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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Clearing out the shelter

Makayla Biermann grew up with a Jack Russell dog as a companion. She wants her daughter to grow up with that same companionship, so she went to the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center to pick out just the...

Brawl at Maynard's leaves one woman injured

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A woman reportedly went to the hospital with injuries after she and another person were caught in a brawl at Maynard's Entertainment late Saturday night. The woman was there with a man, and told the Wayne County...

Board to talk school districts

The Wayne County Board of Education will discuss strategies for redistricting at a special called session Thursday, as Wayne County Public Schools prepares to dive in to the details of redrawing district lines. The meeting is set to begin around...

Wayne Community College names President's List, Dean's List rosters for Spring 2017 semester

Wayne Community College recently named 80 students for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2017 semester. President's List To be named to the President's List for the spring semester, students must have been enrolled for at least 12 semester hours...

City seeks $2M Golden LEAF Foundation grand to protect treatment facility

The city of Goldsboro is seeking a $2 million Golden LEAF Foundation grant to better protect the city's water treatment plant during natural disasters. The treatment plant, on Jordan Boulevard, experienced flooding during Hurricane Matthew, in October, but not...

Tax burden eased for victims

Wayne County taxpayers who as of Jan. 1 had property that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew, but not yet repaired, could receive a break on their tax bill. Taxpayers who do not receive an adjustment, but think that they...

Former 'AGT' contestant takes aim at 'American Idol' reboot

"American Idol" is returning to TV and a Grantham girl hopes to be one of the contestants. Kasey Vann of Grantham is warming up her pipes to audition for the show later this month in Charleston, S.C. The Southern Wayne...

Virginia-based educator with Goldsboro roots has school named in his honor

A former Goldsboro resident will have a Virginia elementary school named after him this month. John Harper Jr. has made his home in Prince William County, Dumfries, Va., since 1979. He will be recognized during a ceremony for that district's...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Woman charged for allegedly trying to hit man with truck

A Goldsboro woman allegedly drove a pickup truck toward a man and his two sons who were fishing from a bridge on U.S. 13 South. Kevin Glenn Hyatt, 30, 104 Brenn Loop, secured a warrant on Paigela Hinson, 49, 188...

No rain expected Wednesday, thunderstorms are possible on Thursday

A break from the rain is expected Wednesday with highs near 89 degrees and partly sunny conditions. Into the evening on Wednesday, skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 73 degrees. Though there is an expected reprieve from...

Home shot into on Fairview Circle

A bullet damaged a woman's home when someone shot into it Monday morning. A police report said the woman told officers someone shot into her home on Fairview Circle, damaging her living room wall, at about 9 a.m. Monday. Police...

Second person arrested in shooting on Slocumb Street

The Goldsboro Police Department arrested a second person in connection with a mid-June shooting which sent a man to Vidant Medical Center, according to a press release. Shantel Charese Atkinson, 26, of 601 Day Circle, was arrested for her alleged...

Man is robbed at gunpoint in city

A man was robbed at gunpoint as he was driving another man around the city Friday, according to a Goldsboro police report. The victim was driving a man known only as "Dre" around to several stores Friday evening. After the...

At the heart of fellowship

Gayle Peele believes in the power of prayer. So much so that it has become the centerpiece of her Pikeville business, Two Mama's Gift Shop. The store name is a tribute to her own mother, Ellen Blizzard, who died...

Strickland Insurance plans downtown move

A Goldsboro-based company with a history that started in the downtown area plans to return to its roots. The owners of Strickland Insurance Brokers recently purchased a near 1-acre property on Ash Street, at the corner of John Street, in...

Lidl plans advancing in Goldsboro

Lidl grocery stores are now open in Kinston, Greenville and Wilson and plans are still on track for the German discount grocer to open a new store along Wayne Memorial Drive. Since its June launch into the United States market,...

Board works in spite of turmoil

The Wayne County Board of Elections will meet as usual next week despite a state system in turmoil. The state board that it once reported to has been erased from existence by a Republican General Assembly and replaced with...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daniels Memorial UMC creates reading camp through vacation Bible school

Summer is the time of year when Vacation Bible School is held all over the county at local churches. But one church decided to do something a little different this year. Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church combined VBS with a...

Hatching a lesson plan

Jennifer Johnson loves animals. So it's been a natural progression for her to be the animal science instructor at Wayne Community College for nearly a dozen years. It didn't happen right away, though. Growing up in the Patetown community, when...

May the fair run dry: The Wayne County Regional Agricultural Fair is scheduled to run Sept. 28 through Oct. 7, weather permitting

DUDLEY -- Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Manager Eddie Pitzer is looking for some guarantees on the weather. "If you can help me, I will be glad to take you up," he said. "We plan for the best and do everything,...

Doctor recruitment, retention difficulties plague Wayne County

Access to health care and recruiting and retaining doctors are among the top issues in Wayne County, according to a report presented at last week's Board of Health meeting. Celita Graham, health educator, updated the board on some of the...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Peace vigil confronts hatred

While the national media reported on the numerous peaceful vigils  going on across the country Sunday, including one outside Trump Tower in New York, local residents were gathering in a display of unity of their own at the Wayne County ...

Peace vigil planned in Goldsboro tonight for the victims in Charlottesville, Virginia

A gathering is planned this evening at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Goldsboro to remember the lives of a protester and two state troopers killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. The event is scheduled to take place from 6 to 6:30...

Virginia man charged with cocaine possession at Busco Beach

Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on patrol at Busco Beach today came across a man they say was in possession of cocaine. Shawn Bradford, 28, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is charged with possession of cocaine and was placed...

Complaint leads sheriff's deputies to man's home where 35 marijuana plants were growing inside

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies responding to a complaint about a man growing marijuana at his home on Ann Street recovered 35 marijuana plants Friday. A press release issued Sunday said three firearms and 360 grams of marijuana were also seized....

A closer look at the need for redistricting

Student transfers, residential development and state legislation are all factors Wayne County Public Schools officials must now consider as the system begins to work on redistricting. Its main goal is to help solve the substantial overcrowding impacting many Wayne...

WCC names business and industry center director

Wayne Community College has named Craig S. Foucht as its new Wayne Business and Industry Center executive director. A 1999 WCC graduate and 15-year employee, he taught in the automotive program and headed the transportation department. He was named a...

Road improvement projects included in state's 10-year budget

Improvements to U.S. 117 from West Ash Street south to Lee's Country Club Road at Mount Olive are included in the state's new 10-year (2018-2027) transportation improvement plan as efforts continue to transform the highway into an extension of...

Program focuses on girls' empowerment

Four years ago, Michelle Estrada, family and consumer sciences agent proposed to the Wayne County Extension and Community Association "The Power of Girls Program," a two-day program for girls 11 through 13. "We learned that many girls do not have...

Grand jury indicts alleged meth manufacturers

A pair arrested for running a meth lab on Old Smithfield Road in May 2016 was indicted by a Wayne County Grand jury this week. Andrew Douglas Best, 57, of 1775 Old Smithfield Road, was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine,...

Fill the Boot campaign underway

When Goldsboro Fire Department Capt. Rob Loreman first learned that a close friend's daughter had muscular dystrophy, it presented him with a unique challenge. "Just trying to understand what it meant was difficult," he said. "There's such a wide...

Debutante from Wayne County heads to 91st annual ball

The 91st annual North Carolina Debutante Ball will be held next month in Raleigh, with one young lady from Wayne County among those being formally presented into society. The tradition dates back to the 1920s, when young gentlemen from Raleigh...

Public hearings on community development, Busco Beach on commissioners agenda

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold a public hearing to explain the regulations, eligible activities and potential uses of Community Development Block Grant funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery. They also will discuss the city of Goldsboro's pending public...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Facing the fight, together

Jonith "John" Matta remembers the long days, hours and months of struggling to survive after being diagnosed with bone marrow cancer at the age of 26. It's been a two-year journey of chemotherapy treatments and other aggressive medical procedures. The...

A man convicted of rape, murder in 1984 will soon come up for parole

Garfield Noah Prevette knew Goldie Jones through her voluntary prison ministry. Jones, a retired 61-year-old social service employee, was supposed to be at early morning mass on Jan. 8, 1984. When she didn't pick up a friend she was going...

A clean slate: volunteers remove graffiti from Eastern Wayne High School

It takes a village to raise a child ---- and to clean up a school. Members of several community groups partnered with the Goldsboro Police Department gang suppression unit Saturday to clean up graffiti at Eastern Wayne High School, in...

Vote for Habitat

An Internet-based voting competition that kicks off Wednesday could help give Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne a $25,000 boost for its new home repair program. "Habitat Goldsboro-Wayne is excited to be in the running for this award," said Habitat Goldsboro-Wayne...

Humphrey Street paving project to begin soon

The dirt roadway path along Humphrey Street will soon get a new asphalt surface as crews start constructing a new road following approval of a $489,883 city contract. The Goldsboro City Council voted Monday to hire Barnhill Contracting Co., out...

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