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Friday, April 18, 2014

West: Wood should check math

The Wayne County Board of Education Thursday night acknowledged, but declined to follow, a recommendation from Wayne County commissioners that it approve the use of the design/bid/build method to construct two new schools. Not only did the school board...

Raid nets weapons, money, heroin

The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad seized money, guns and drugs as it broke up a heroin operation based out of Pikeville Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Stacey Renard Pittman, 43, and...

Bunny money

Tammy Greene, in front of a crowd of 150 excited children, outlined the objective of "The Bunny Egg Express." Out of the hundreds of eggs spread across the Herman Park Center lawn, three were golden. "That's your goal, your...

Offices closed for Easter

Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Fremont, Pikeville and many state offices are closed today in observance of Good Friday, but banks, the Postal Service and federal government offices do not observe the holiday. All Wayne County offices, including the landfill and...

Six girls to compete in Miss Blue Revue

The Zeta Chi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will sponsor the Miss Blue Revue Pageant and the Junior Miss Blue Revue Pageant on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Admission is free. Six contestants will compete....

Used computers collected Saturday

The Optimist Club of Goldsboro will be at Sam's Club Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds and collect used computers and peripheral equipment for its Optimist Computers4Kids program. Over the last two school years, this...

Col. Leavitt gets new assignment

The Air Force has just announced 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Jeannie Leavitt's next assignment. The colonel will be the principal military assistant to the secretary of defense....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dozens of Goldsboro city employees volunteer for trash cleanup

Goldsboro city employees walked the roads this morning picking up trash along some of the city's most-littered routes. About 60 employees spread out around Goldsboro this morning to spend a couple hours working 20 stretches of roadway identified as...

Three WCPS employees have new duties

Three employees with Wayne County Public Schools will absorb duties held by Assistant Superintendent for Accountability/Student Services Dr. Craig McFadden, who retired earlier this month. McFadden, whose responsibilities encompassed everything related to district testing, also handled the exceptional children...

Lawmen seize guns and marijuana

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division noticed drugs and weapons in the home of a Mount Olive man they were serving a warrant to Tuesday, prompting a call for additional lawmen and a subsequent arrest....

Wayne County commissioners discuss new jail

Wayne County commissioners devoted half of their eight-hour meeting Tuesday to listening to and quizzing companies vying for the job of renovating the former Wayne Correctional Center for use as a county jail. Commissioners were anxious to find out...

Goldsboro considering options on health care coverage for city employees

The city of Goldsboro is weighing its options on whether to continue to fund its own health insurance next year or pay a company to provide the city with insurance. Currently, Cigna provides administration services for the city's self-insured...

Arrest made in kidnapping

An arrest has been made in a kidnapping that took place April 10 -- an incident that saw a man taken from a residence on Ivey Lane in Pikeville and later located in Fremont. Jerry Mason, 39, of N.C. Highway...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Opinions differ on schools

Wayne County Attorney Borden Parker and Interim County Manager George Wood Tuesday evaded direct responses when asked whether Wayne County commissioners' decision on how to build and fund two new schools is binding on the county Board of Education....

They sang their songs

Students from across Wayne County came together Tuesday evening at Goldsboro High School to share, in many voices, what they have learned this year. Hundreds of people turned out for The All-County Choral Festival....

Fremont officials: Town finances improved

FREMONT -- The town of Fremont's General Fund showed a positive cash balance in March marking the first time since the beginning of the fiscal year in July 2013 that the fund has had money. Fremont Interim Town Administrator...

'Tar Heel Traveler' Mason speaks at annual Belk Lecture

The Rotary Club of Goldsboro hosted Scott Mason, known for his "Tar Heel Traveler" segment on WRAL, as the speaker for the annual Belk Lecture held Tuesday afternoon. Mason is a broadcast journalist with 30 years of experience writing and...

Dudley man faces heroin charges

KENANSVILLE -- A Dudley man is facing numerous drug charges after he was stopped for a traffic violation in Duplin County. Monterius Smith, 28, 107 Willow Road, Dudley, was charged by Duplin County sheriff's deputies with three counts of...

Crime of the Week

On Friday, April 4, at 9:15 a.m., Reginald Donnell Price Jr., 23, reported that while standing in the parking lot of the Savemore Gas Station, 1903 E. Ash St., at approximately 3:30 a.m. he heard several gunshots, then realized he...

Arrest made in kidnapping

An arrest has been made in a kidnapping that took place April 10 -- an incident that saw a man taken from a residence on Ivey Lane in Pikeville and later located in Fremont. Jerry Mason, 39, of N.C. Highway...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Second robbery suspect evading police

Goldsboro police continue to search for the second man identified as a suspect in Monday's armed robbery of the McDonald's at 1501 U.S. Highway 70. Joseph Simms, 25, 151 Wharton Drive, should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Police...

Ex-Raleigh planner talks development

A former Raleigh city planner spoke at a public presentation at Goldsboro City Hall on Monday about the importance of leveraging land to maximize economic development and tax revenues. City officials, including City Councilman Michael Headen, attended the presentation in...

C.B. Aycock senior gets academy appointment

Charles B. Aycock High School senior Cady Jane Sheeks has received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy in the fall. She said she became interested in the military option because of her own family, which includes an...

School board argues over how to replace recently deceased member

It took four votes, all split, before the Wayne County Board of Education Monday night could decide on how to go about naming a replacement to fill the unexpired term of the late Thelma Smith. But before they did, tempers...

Monday, April 14, 2014

County to eye school building plans

"Absolutely ludicrous" is how Interim Wayne County Manager George Wood is describing architect Robbie Ferris' original proposal to build two new middle schools. Not only is the capital lease method outlined in the contract the "worst option" to use...

Celebrating military children

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base held a celebration Saturday to observe the Month of the Military Child. The event featured inflatable rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting, free food and a petting zoo....

C.B. Aycock senior earns scholarships

PIKEVILLE -- A Charles B. Aycock High School senior has been awarded two prestigious scholarships, the Morehead-Cain and the Park Scholarship, offering full rides to UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, respectively. Myra Waheed actually applied to six colleges,...

Alleged fast-food robber caught

One man is in custody and police are searching for two others following the armed robbery of the McDonald's at 1501 U.S. Highway 70 W. just after 1 a.m. today. A store manager was struck in the head with...

EWHS Key Club nets honors at convention

Since being chartered in 1996, the Key Club at Eastern Wayne High School has become one of the most active organizations on campus, its adviser, Vince Beasley, says. A social studies teacher at the school, Beasley helped launch the...

Wayne Memorial Hospital wins Spirit of N.C. Award

The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence is sponsored annually by the United Way of North Carolina. These awards provide statewide recognition for employers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and support to their community through local United...

Replicas of Columbus' ships on display

MOREHEAD CITY -- On Friday, April 25, the "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus' ships, will be open for visitors in Morehead City. The ships will be docked at the Sanitary Fish Restaurant, 501 Evans St., until their departure...

Top Realtor

Jeri Lynn Coker, left, accepts the Realtor of the Year Award from Bruce Gates, last year's winner, at the 48th annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Association of Realtors Luncheon held at the Goldsboro Country Club. She is a broker at Berkshire...

Officers set their sights on speeders

Slow down. That is the message Goldsboro police are sending to drivers with Operation: Safe Speeds, an initiative designed to catch speeders and to reduce collisions along the city's most congested arteries. Officials have not said when the increased...

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