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Thursday, May 21, 2015

City woman charged in check crime

A Goldsboro woman charged with stealing and forging checks and cashing them at various locations around the county is in custody today after Wayne County Sheriff's deputies found her camping in the woods off Overman Road. Her boyfriend, wanted...

Ready for class: Board visits new schools

Wayne County Public Schools held two celebration ceremonies Wednesday at the district's newest middle schools, currently under construction in Grantham and Spring Creek and slated to open in the fall. "Top off celebrations" were held at the district's "energy-positive...

Guns, cash stolen from house

An assortment of rifles, handguns and shotguns are on the street this morning following a residential break-in that took place while the homeowner was out of town. Thirty-six pocket watches and $17,700 in cash were also reported stolen. The...

Computer system on tap for DSS

Wayne County commissioners on Tuesday balked at the initial cost of $1,353,136 and then $153,740 annually for each of the following four years for support services for a new hardware and recordkeeping software system for the Department of Social...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

County finalizes pay plan

Three of seven Wayne County commissioners expressed reservations about switching to a merit-based pay plan based on employee evaluations out of concern that it could become a "buddy and friend" system. However, Commissioners John Bell, Ed Cromartie and Joe...

Locals set to honor fallen

Nearly 4,000 small American flags will be placed on veterans' graves Saturday as Wayne County prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, said Bill Graham of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition. Observances will be held in Goldsboro and Mount...

Tassel turners

The first round of high school graduations are upon us, as five private and alternate schools kick off the season with ceremonies starting this week. Commencements start Thursday evening with two ceremonies planned. Wayne Country Day School will graduate...

Goldsboro High School conducts 'signing day'

Goldsboro High School counselor Jason Willoughby wanted to generate student interest in planning for the future, so he took a page from what is often done for athletes who receive college scholarships. Traditionally, once a standout player is wooed...

Garbage collection guidelines change

When it comes to garbage trucks, it's out with the old and in with the new -- rules and regulations included. As automated garbage trucks are implemented throughout the city, updates to routes and rules regarding placement of garbage...

Icing down

With the weather heating up, some are preparing for a busy summer season, especially workers at businesses that offer cooler treats....

Twenty-five graduate from Junior Leadership program

Twenty-five local high school juniors recently graduated from the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership program. An outgrowth of the Wayne County Leadership program, the student version was introduced in 1999. Each year, high school juniors are selected...

Inmate found dead in cell

KENANSVILLE -- An investigation is being conducted into the death of a Duplin County Jail inmate found hanging in his jail cell Tuesday. No foul play is suspected. Anthony Ray Baker, 36, was found hanging in the shower of...

Crime of the week

On May 15, officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Prince Avenue regarding a break-in. Once on scene they spoke with the reporting party who stated the residence was secure on May...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

160-mile walk brings man through Wayne

A lone man, dressed as a Confederate soldier, crested the top of the hill. Philip Brown hardly noticed a car speeding past him. He is re-creating the walk home by a paroled Southern soldier after the Civil War --...

Dudley man charged with statutory rape

A Dudley man is charged with statutory rape after engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release. Tyrell Devon Tann, 18, 211 Brentwood Drive, is charged with two counts of statutory...

Promise ... kept

Beth Carr has a special place in her heart for the group of students she taught more than 10 years ago at Rosewood Elementary School. In what would be her last year at the school, 2003-2004, it was a...

City budget cuts appropriations

A Goldsboro City Council budget discussion Monday afternoon revealed that the proposed budget for 2015-2016 will cut funding for many organizations, such as the Wayne County Museum and Literacy Connections, or remove funding entirely for some agencies, such as...

High-speed chase ends in crash

A Goldsboro man was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after a high-speed chase with police on a four-wheeler through a residential area ended in a wreck Monday evening, a Goldsboro Police report said. Speeds in excess of...

8-year-old served as Relay for Life honorary chairman

bbarclay@newsargus.com Anna Beth Sanderson had to face the harsh reality of cancer at a very young age. But she didn't let it get the best of her. In fact, when she completed her chemotherapy, she wore a Disney "Frozen" Elsa...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wayne Community Concerts is folding

After almost 80 years of bringing musicians, comedians and dancers from all over the world to Goldsboro, Wayne Community Concerts has folded. The nonprofit organization had been providing four to five performances each year, shows that people in Goldsboro...

Man, woman face charges in break-ins

A man and a woman charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Friday in connection with a pair of motor vehicle break-ins reported May 11 might also be responsible for break-ins in the city. Since March, dozens of motor...

Attendance for Wings Over Wayne Air Show weekend: 205,000

1st Lt. Zach Purser and 1st Lt. Josh Wilson sit atop a 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle while watching the Combined Arms Demonstration at the Wings Over Wayne Air Show Sunday afternoon. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials...

New director tapped for Board of Elections

Rosemary Blizzard is stepping down May 27 after serving just over two and a half years as director of the Wayne County Board of Elections. Dane Beavers, 57, an election technician with the county since September 2012, has been...

Board to eye budget, salaries

Wayne County commissioners will get their first look Tuesday at the second part of a new employee classification and pay plan. On May 5, the board by a 6-1 vote adopted a merit-based pay plan based on employee evaluations....

Jerry's Memorial Ride to raise money for sarcoidosis research

Tim Tucker of Goldsboro and the late Jerry Grimes were not only friends, they were neighbors. And in an ironic twist of fate, Tucker has been suffering for 14 years from the disease that claimed his friend's life just...

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