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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Salvation Army to take applications for help with Christmas Oct. 27-30

The Salvation Army will take applications for Christmas help Oct. 27-30 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at its building at 610 N. William St. But anyone who received Christmas assistance last year must have...

A crust above

Melody Thomas did not get a birthday cake this year. Instead she got a pie -- nine nut pies, to be exact. Mrs. Thomas celebrated her birthday at the fair as she does every year. She and her husband are...

Suspects steal 73 guns

A $15,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects responsible for a Saturday break-in at a local gun shop. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 71 handguns and two...

Volunteers still needed for Big Sweep

Get out your boots and gloves and get ready to help clean up Wayne County Saturday. Big Sweep 2014, a nationwide watershed cleanup, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers are still needed. Anyone can...

Cherry dairy is still site for ag center

The former Cherry Hospital dairy property remains Wayne County's top choice as the site for its proposed $12 million regional agriculture center. The property acquisition was the topic of a Tuesday afternoon closed session of a subcommittee of the...

WCC student discovers machining and turns classes into a career

Bailee Daniels didn't have a clue what she wanted to be when she grew up. "When I was a little girl, actually I wanted to play the piano for a long time. I liked doing something with my hands,"...

Sunday in the Park will be this weekend

The last Sunday in the Park of 2014 will be held Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Herman Park. The event is a partnership with Goldsboro Parks and Recreation and the Arts Council of Wayne County. There's a variety...

Ministry helps needy in Dominican Republic

Goldsboro resident Betty Evans began celebrating her 80th birthday by serving soup and sandwiches to Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic. Mrs. Evans was part of a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by Blessed2BlessU Ministries out...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair winners

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Tuesday Salute to Senior Citizens Oldest senior citizen: Winston Best, LaGrange Youngest grandparent: Norita Swinson, Goldsboro Most recent grandparent: Dianna Thomas, Goldsboro Most grandchildren: Marjorie Hines, LaGrange Most great-grandchildren: Louise Holland, Dudley Married longest to each...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stolen car report becomes hit, run

A Princeton man who reported his Jeep stolen to the Goldsboro Police Department Sept. 24 now faces charges for driving while impaired and hit and run. Roland Parker, 42, of 156 Capps Bridge Road, told Goldsboro police that his...

Sewer testing planned

The city of Goldsboro's Public Works Department is buying new equipment to test sewer lines. The department has budgeted $200,000 to buy new machinery to conduct smoke and dye testing of lines, and to obtain robotic cameras and acoustic...

Shots fired at car on city street

Two vehicles traveling east on Elm Street traded gunfire Monday at 10:50 a.m., according to a Goldsboro police report. A city Animal Control officer witnessed the shooting. Officer Cary Faulcon, 57, said he saw a white Ford Explorer and...

Ride 'em, cowboys

kballard@newsargus.com One Mississippi. Larry Holmes grips the rope firmly. "Two Mississippi." He balances through each buck. Three Mississippi. He absorbs one kick -- and then another. Four Mississippi. He has been training for this moment. Five Mississippi. He has overcome...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair winners

Monday Vocational Competition *Carpentry: first place, Tommy Sheppard, Eastern Wayne High *Health Occupations Spelling Bee: Gracie Parrott, Charles B. Aycock Saturday Open Junior Market Lamb Show Grand Champion: Lillie Medlin, Rocky Mount Reserve Champion: Braelyn Wesley Long, Selma Showmanship Ages...

Business Women's Week Oct. 20-24

Wayne County will celebrate women in the workplace Monday through Friday, Oct. 20-24. And a Career Woman of the Year will be selected. The events are being sponsored by the Wayne-Duplin Chapter of the Business and Professional Women of North...

Monday, September 29, 2014

County teens hope to start peer-to-peer conversations

Leah Weaver and Morgan Yelverton never set out to be local TV producers. The Wayne School of Engineering students just wanted to do something in their community. Then Leah had the idea for a teen-driven talk show. The junior...

School construction back on track

Recent rains have slowed work on the two new schools being built in Grantham and Spring Creek, but officials say they are making up the time and both projects will soon be back on schedule. Wayne County Public School...

Attorney is facing state bar sanctions

A local attorney and former Superior Court judge is facing several complaints in connection with two divorce cases he allegedly mishandled. Former District 8-A Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell, who denies any wrongdoing, went before the Disciplinary...

Fair dig

Katie Williams, 6, digs through sand to find the artificial potatoes hidden in a display garden at the 4-H area of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair.  After finding several, Katie said, "I must be really good at finding potatoes."...

Area residents to discuss local health issues

Fifty representatives from businesses and organizations with an interest in improving the county's health will meet this week to share ideas, expertise and suggestions. The Healthy Wayne Task Force, which last year launched GoWayneGo, a countywide effort to motivate...

College's leadership seminars are on tap

The Wayne Business and Industry Center at Wayne Community College will offer a set of seminars over the next few weeks that can lead to a leadership certificate for participants. The free Leadership Series includes a seminar every Tuesday...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pikeville group plans to place wreaths

PIKEVILLE -- American Legion Post 541 Commander James Carter is hoping for a repeat of the post's successful participation last year in the Wreaths Across America program. Thanks to the community's response, the post was able to purchase and to...

She's the queen

A 14-year-old with aspirations of becoming a neo-natal nurse was named 2014 Queen of the Fair Friday night. The annual contest, which helps kick off the 10-day Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, was held in the entertainment arena with eight...

Murder trial slated for early October

For six days in August 2011, Goldsboro police searched for a Goldsboro News-Argus employee who failed to show up for work one Friday. More than three years later, one of the people charged in connection with her murder is set...

GATEWAY ridership gets look

GATEWAY's board of directors spent Thursday afternoon's meeting analyzing ridership numbers and the cost of implementing an automated tracking system for rural route vehicles. Ridership numbers, detailed by GATEWAY director Alfred Fontana in his director's update, revealed that the...

Interstate status being sought for U.S. 70 and 117

A bipartisan bill to designate the U.S. 70 and U.S. 117 highway corridors as future interstates has been filed by U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Walter B. Jones. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr also are expected to file...

Southern Bank announces new positions

Southern Bank and Trust Co. officials have announced that Lemuel D. Uzzell has joined the bank's Goldsboro office as vice president/commercial lender, and that Jane P. Thomas has joined the LaGrange office as a loan officer assistant. A native...

Operation Christmas Child is gearing up

Once again this year, hundreds of Wayne County residents will gather up shoe boxes and stuff them with holiday gifts for children overseas who might not otherwise have a holiday. Operation Christmas Child sends thousands of such boxes around...

New method of treating hog waste developed

In 1992, Don Lloyd saw his first hog farm. He was astounded by the lagoon system, the smell and the waste. North Carolina is second in the nation for hog production. Lloyd says hog waste is 27 times stronger than...

Couple faces meth charges

A Dudley couple face charges of purchasing pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Christopher Edward Ward, 33, and Ashley Widener, 25, are charged with a single count each of possession and distribution of...

Health chief: No cases of enterovirus in Wayne

While no cases of the enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, have been reported locally, the county health director said education and prevention are still important. The state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed six cases of the virus earlier...

Community comes out to support literacy effort

More than 60 people gathered at the home of Dave Ham and Betty Duncan on Park Avenue Saturday to enjoy the works and stories of two famous authors -- and to support literacy efforts in their community. The annual...

Youths show lambs at fair Saturday

Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow. Anna Brooke Taylor's little lamb has a blue ribbon. The 10-year-old competed in the Junior Lamb Show Saturday at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. It is her third...

Fair competition results

FRIDAY Open Junior Meat Goat Show Grand champion: Haylie Williams, Halifax Reserve grand champion: Rachel Murphy, Four Oaks Showmanship: Age 5-8: Kinsey Bagley, Angier Age 9-13: Stacie Winner, Battleboro Age 14-19: Alan Johnson, Mount Olive Queen of the Fair Pageant...

She really has been behind the same desk for 41 years

Charlotte Jenkins knows a little something about conservation. She has sat behind the same desk in the same location since she started working with the Wayne County Soil and Water office on April 13, 1973. She has outlasted the...

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