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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Towns excited about future savings

It will be some time before ElectriCities customers in Fremont and Pikeville could see any change in their monthly bills, but there is no question that the announcement is "a big deal," Fremont Mayor Darron Flowers said. The deal...

Shared crop

When you don't have a lot of money in your household budget, fresh foods can be out of reach. And it is even tougher if you have trouble getting to the grocery store. According to federal designations, when an...

Lawmen charge man in local robbery spree

Arresting officer Det. Sgt. Ronald Baker of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday's capture of a breaking and entering suspect began with the suspect's being chased from a residence by the homeowner's father. Jamario DeShawn Weeks, 24, 619...

Golden LEAF awards scholarships

Fifteen Wayne Community College students were selected to receive summer term scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. Curriculum (college credit) recipients and their programs of study are Devin Best, automotive systems...

Ward to retire as county 'tax man'

Wayne County Tax Administrator David Ward, 59, calls himself an "accidental" tax collector. After all, no child sets out to be the "tax man," said Ward who is retiring after nearly 40 years in the Wayne County Tax Office....

Fremont teens charged in Norwayne Middle break-in, robbery

FREMONT -- Two Fremont teenagers are charged with breaking into and vandalizing Norwayne Middle School. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office learned of the break-in after a fire department responded to an alarm at the school and discovered a forced entry....

Lawmen holding charity golf event

Golfers hitting the links at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course Oct. 10 might see blue lights in their cart's rear view mirror, but they don't need to worry about being cited for any double-bogies. The goal is to raise...

Former teacher back to run Faith Christian

An alumnus and former teacher at Faith Christian Academy has returned to the fold as its administrator. Micah Conlon, who graduated from the school in 1997 and later taught math and science there for 10 years, said he was...

Pool problems

Hot weather and high humidity have some Wayne County residents battling an unwanted green visitor in their pools and on their porch steps. Bill Smith, owner of Bill's Pool and Spa Maintenance Service, said he has received a lot...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A second chance

She wanted a new start. Instead, she found herself spending the last $10 she had to put gas in her truck with nowhere to go, and no idea what was going to happen next. Ruby Pichirilo, 31, came to...

Tickets available Friday for Reading Between the Wines

Wayne County residents will have a chance to meet two famous North Carolina authors and to help their neighbors at the same time this September. Two North Carolina writers will read some of their works and talk about their...

Lawmen arrest murder suspect

U.S. Marshals and SBI agents located a Snow Hill man wanted in connection with a Greene County murder Monday. Three Goldsboro men have already been charged. Authorities caught up with Terrence Melton, 29, at about 5:30 p.m. in Walstonburg,...

Legislative breakfast rescheduled

State budget negotiations that are expected to continue into the weekend have prompted the rescheduling of an end-of-session legislative update breakfast that had been planned for this Thursday. Sponsored by The Goldsboro News-Argus in conjunction with the Wayne County Chamber...

Woman missing after family drops her off at bus terminal

Wayne County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who has been missing since Independence Day. Patsy Mitchell McMillan, 49, of 414 E. Hall St. in Wallace, has not been seen since relatives left her at the bus terminal...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mount Olive sewer grant approved

MOUNT OLIVE -- After hearing unofficially for days, the town of Mount Olive has finally been notified that its $1.5 million sewer infrastructure improvements grant has been approved. Town officials earlier had learned that another $1.5 million grant, this...

'You get a line ... '

Children fish at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course this morning as part of a four-day fishing camp hosted by the city's Parks and Recreation Department....

Industry could be coming to county

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive town officials last week hinted that a potential new industry with ties to the military is interested in locating in the Mount Olive Industrial Park. No details concerning the industry's identity were revealed during...

City foots the bill for tearing down homes

Each year, the Goldsboro Community Development Department allocates funding to tear down damaged or dilapidated houses across the city for owners in need. The owners know that their houses need to be torn down, but can't afford to do...

Optimist Club to host open house

Optimist Club of Goldsboro will host an open house Saturday, Aug. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at the club's headquarters, 205 E. Walnut St. During the open house, club members will provide information about the club's Computers4Kids program...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Uprooted -- Lawmen cut down 100-plus pot plants

Behind a mass of cornfields tucked off Highway 70, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office made an unexpected find. Two plots of marijuana -- plants with a street value in the hundreds of thousands -- were growing tall. So they watched...

Man charged in shooting incident

A Wayne County man has been arrested for his alleged connection to a shooting incident. Dwayne Alan Smith, 193 Mull Smith Lane, was charged with discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with...

Riverkeepers hope to protect Neuse from seepage

Matthew Starr of the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation was floating down the Neuse River in his kayak when he noticed something strange flowing into the water. What he saw was a mysterious orange seepage near the site of the former...

No one running against Gurley

No Democrat will officially challenge newly appointed commissioner Republican Joe Gurley this fall in his bid to serve the remainder of his term as District 4 representative on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Democratic Party Chairman Gene Britt...

Local church hosts block party

To celebrate his one-year anniversary at New Spirit Church Ministries on North William Street, pastor Marvin Alexander did something a bit unconventional. He threw a block party. From Clydesdale horses to motorized flying helicopters, the block party gave something for...

News-Argus to host legislative breakfast

Want to hear firsthand what is happening in Raleigh and to ask your state representatives a question or two? This coming Thursday will be your chance.The Goldsboro News-Argus, in conjunction with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor an...

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