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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Worship safety seminar Monday

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office will hold a house of worship safety and security seminar at 7 p.m. Monday at First Free Will Baptist Church. The public is invited. The church is located at 604 E. Ash St. Sheriff...

Kids triathlon

Nearly 90 kids took part in the first Goldsboro YMCA Youth Triathlon Saturday. Board of directors member Betsy Wisniewski said, "This is a new event and we hope it will become an annual event." The event was organized by the...

Night shift with the GPD

Friday night. It's just after 7 p.m. I'm standing in the Walmart parking lot at 1002 N. Spence Ave., and a 2-year-old's dirty diaper is smearing its contents onto my arm. Officers with Goldsboro Police Department's D Shift are searching...

Man charged with 16 felonies

A Pikeville man has been charged with 16 felonies in relation to several breaking and entering cases in Farmville and Wayne County. Marcus Keont'a Lashley, 23, of 4269 U.S. 117 North, Pikeville, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts...

City Council to discuss bond issue

The Goldsboro City Council will consider Monday whether to support a $10 million bond referendum that asks voters to support funding for the construction of a multi-sports complex and street improvements. The council will review the bond proposal that includes...

State cornhole competition held

Some of the best cornhole players in the nation were among the more than 100 competitors who were in Goldsboro Friday night and most of Saturday vying for the North Carolina state single and double cornhole championship titles. The...

Red Cross installing smoke detectors in homes for free

Wanda Faison and her husband, Donnie, had been talking about the need to have smoke alarms installed in the home they moved into on Friday. So when Red Cross volunteers arrived at her door Saturday morning offering not just...

Planning panel to meet Monday

A Harris Teeter gas station and a new Dollar General store will be reviewed by the Goldsboro Planning Commission during its Monday night meeting. The seven-pump gas station is proposed to locate along Wayne Memorial Drive, off U.S. 70...

Grant money available through United Way

Wayne County has been awarded $52,821 in Federal funds under an Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Phase 32 (2014 spending period) this program assisted local charities in providing emergency assistance in the...

FSA nominating period ends Aug. 1

Wayne County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Richard Toler, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Wednesday, June 15. "County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal...

Duplin County ECA holds awards program

CLINTON -- Duplin County's Extension Community Association recently had its first awards program in years. The North Carolina ECA is a creative and motivated group with a focus on strengthening families' quality of life. This organization has been around for...

County schools honor 75 retirees

Wayne County Public Schools recently recognized 75 retirees from the district, who collectively amassed 1,725 years in the education profession. The 2015-2016 retirement ceremony was held at Lane Tree Golf Club and Conference Center. Board of Education members Arnold Flowers...

Bridge dedicated to Johnston deputy

SMITHFIELD --The North Carolina Department of Transportation, together with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, recently dedicated the bridge on Business 70 East in Smithfield to honor Deputy Clendon Paul West Sr. A special ceremony was held on the bridge itself...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sheriff's office to sponsor church safety, security seminar

First Free Will Baptist Church will host a house of worship safety and security seminar sponsored by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the church at 604 E. Ash St. The church's...

Hospital won't raise rates

On average there are no rate increases for Wayne Memorial Hospital patients in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. It is the first time in three years that rates have not increased. Also, there will be a...

Goldsboro Used Furniture robbed, owner is assaulted

The owner of Goldsboro Used Furniture at 101 N. Center St. in downtown Goldsboro was robbed and assaulted Thursday morning inside his business. An unknown suspect entered the business that is located across the street from City Hall just...

The amazing race

Ahmad Stewart, 13, and Vann Frere, 15, are handed word searches by Penny Dawson Wednesday at Steele Memorial Library during the teen reading program. Ahmad, Vann and a group of teens spent the afternoon on a scavenger hunt modeled...

China Taste is robbed at gunpoint

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened Wednesday at China Taste Chinese Restaurant at 301 N. George St. An unknown suspect walked into the restaurant just after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, pointed at shotgun at...

Road rage results in shots fired on U.S. 117

An unknown suspect fired a single shot at a vehicle in a road rage incident Wednesday on U.S. 117. A husband and wife were driving a red 2007 Ford F-150 when a blue 2016 Dodge Ram began following them...

Armed robbery suspect charged

A man wanted for the June 6 armed robbery of the Five Points Food Mart on U.S. 13 south was arrested Wednesday after authorities received a tip on his whereabouts. John Earl Hinton Jr., 61, of Goldsboro, was found...

Local man victim of prize scam

A local man fell victim to a fraud scheme after transferring $100 to an unknown person promising him that he had been selected to win $2.4 million and a Mercedes. Marlon Lopez went for a job interview Wednesday at...

Police charge man for three vehicle thefts

A Goldsboro man has been charged with 10 felonies and one misdemeanor in connection with the theft of three vehicles. All three were recovered by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Joshua Ray Daniels, 22, of 137 Parks Road, was...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Family of eight loses home to fire

PIKEVILLE -- In the midst of charred ruins that was all that was left of her family's home and possessions, Caroline Reynolds found a cross that had been untouched. "It means that God was there with us and watching...

Contract awarded for ag center

A $3,001,446 contract was awarded by Wayne County commissioners Tuesday for site work for the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center. The board also scheduled groundbreaking ceremonies for the facility for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14. Also on Tuesday,...

Miss North Carolina begins with preliminary competition Wednesday

RALEIGH -- Forty-one young women competing for the title of Miss North Carolina 2016 and 41 vying to be the state's Outstanding Teen participated in the first round of preliminary competition Wednesday evening. There are three nights of preliminary...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

County schools announce administrative changes

More administrative changes have been announced by Wayne County Public Schools, including five principal shifts and more than a dozen assistant principals named. Earlier in the month, officials had made two principal changes -- moving Grantham Middle School Principal...

County reneges on WATCH increase

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning reneged on a promise made less than week ago to increase funding for Wayne Action Teams for Community Health (WATCH) by $35,000. Commissioners John Bell and Ed Cromartie, who voted for the increase last...

25th STARBASE: Students learn science and math through aerospace applications

The 25th anniversary of the STARBASE program launched this week at Greenwood Middle School, where upcoming fifth-graders learn science and math -- aerospace style. Sixty-four military and non-military children met Tuesday at the school for Science and Technology Academy...

Police work to reinstate SWAT

The Goldsboro Police Department is taking steps toward reinstating its currently nonexistent SWAT team in the wake of the Wayne Community College shooting that happened in April 2015. The department will hold a two-day training SWAT orientation course on...

Fremont sewer in danger of failing

FREMONT -- Ten sewer pumps in Fremont could potentially be in danger of failing, a town Public Works employee said at the Fremont Town Board meeting Tuesday evening. Kenneth Wayne Stanley with public works said the 10 above-ground sewer...

City begins search for tourism director

The search for a new Goldsboro travel and tourism director is underway with the city already receiving more than 50 applications. The applicant pool includes several out-of-state candidates, a few from Goldsboro and others from across North Carolina, said...

Magical time

First African Baptist Church's second annual Summer Fest for children in Lincoln Homes featured magic tricks by David Hersh of Magic by David & Co. of Raleigh. Thursday's event also included hot dogs and hamburgers and sign-up for Vacation...

Paschal to make visit to Pikeville

It's not too often that a Grammy Award-nominated artist visits Wayne County. That's exactly what will happen July 16 when inspirational Christian and gospel singer Janet Paschal visits Pleasant Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church in Pikeville. She will...

Crime of the week

On June 2, Goldsboro police officers responded to a break-in at a home in the 800 block of Eleventh Street where someone caused an estimated $20,000 worth of property damage to the residence once they broke in. Before leaving the...

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