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Friday, October 24, 2014

Wayne County to be first to get career readiness certification

pmoore@newsargus.com Wayne County is poised to become the first county in the state to attain a National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC, says Diane Ivey, executive director of the Wayne Business and Industry Center at Wayne Community College. The NCRC...

Pikeville police chief resigns

mharrell@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Police Chief Joe Sadler has resigned. Mayor Glenn Hartman confirmed that the lawman's resignation letter was dated Sept. 30 and the effective date of his resignation is Oct. 31. But the reason Sadler's is leaving the post...

A heart full of the will to thrive

pmoore@newsargus.com Peggy Southerland had such a strong family history of breast cancer that she was almost expecting to receive the diagnosis herself. "For some strange reason, I always knew deep down that I would have breast cancer," she said. "I...

Arrest made in shooting

jjoyce@newsargus.com A day after announcing to the public the identity of an attempted murder suspect, Goldsboro police have their man. Tacarous Monquez Peterson, 21, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is currently being held in the...

Uchiyama America is honored as Wayne's Industry of the Year

sherring@newsargus.com The Wayne County Development Alliance honored two local companies Thursday as part of its annual Industry Celebration luncheon at the Goldsboro Country Club. Uchiyama America earned Wayne County Industry of the Year honors, while Turner Equipment Co. received the...

First day of early voting sees large turnout

sherring@newsargus.com More than 2,200 ballots were cast in Wayne County on Thursday during the first day of one-stop voting, prior to the mid-term general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The 2,221 ballots cast at the county's five early-voting sites fell...

Pate running for re-election to state Senate

By STEVE HERRING sherring@newsargus.com Medicaid reform, lottery and highway funding, and taxes are among the major issues the new General Assembly will face when it convenes in January. Republican Sen. Louis Pate, 78, of Mount Olive, says his experience and...

Anderson seeks District 7 state Senate seat

Whoever is elected to the District 7 seat in the state Senate needs to be independent because he is there for the entire district and not a select group, Erik Anderson says. Anderson, 34, a Winterville Democrat, is challenging Republican...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

School district: Substitute violated rules

pmoore@newsargus.com A Wayne County substitute teacher was removed from the public school system's call list last week after a video of her trying to break up a fight at Goldsboro High School surfaced on Facebook. Janet Barnes, a veteran teacher,...

Teams to visit 100 N.C. firms

pmoore@newsargus.com A team of workforce development partners has been visiting local businesses to discuss the challenges related to finding and retaining top quality employees. The effort is part of an initiative announced in the spring by Gov. Pat McCrory --...

Residents to get light petition signed

sherring@newsargus.com Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning took the first step toward getting the street lights shining again in the de-annexed area north of Goldsboro. However, whether those lights go back on is the responsibility of the property owners in that...

SJAFB airman cited for giving policeman 'wet Willy'

kfine@newsargus.com A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman who was charged with a felony while on leave for allegedly giving a Minnesota police officer a "wet Willie" entered a guilty plea Monday on a lesser charge and was released. Riley...

Groups supports substitute teacher

jjoyce@newsargus.com More than 1,300 signatures have been collected online on a petition seeking to reinstate Janet Barnes, a Wayne County substitute teacher relieved of her duties last week for allegedly violating policy while breaking up a fight at Goldsboro High...

Local chili chefs ready for Saturday cookoff

bbarlay@newsargus.com Wayne County cooks are getting their secret recipes ready for the 16th annual Really Chili Challenge. It will take place Saturday in the parking lot next to the Flying Shamrock. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Soup...

Woven creations: Basket weaving gives senior with back pain a break

kballard@newsargus.com Seven years ago, Ingrid Quick could not move. She was unable to twist or bend. Her days -- and nights -- were spent in bed, recovering from a spinal fusion. Basket weaving, she said, kept her sane. To pass...

Sen. Hagan makes stop on campaign swing

sherring@newsargus.com More than 60 people, mostly senior citizens, crowded into a back room at Wilber's Barbecue Tuesday afternoon to listen as Sen. Kay Hagan pledged her support of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for senior citizens. Ms. Hagan, a...

Property crime down in Fremont, police chief says

esmith@newsargus.com FREMONT -- Fremont has seen a drop in crime over the past two years, the town's police chief told the Town Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. "I feel good about the overall shape of the department and...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Southern Bank donates $100,000 to University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Southern Bank Foundation has made donations totaling $100,000 donation to the University of Mount Olive. The total includes $20,000 to the university's fine arts facility and $80,000 to its annual fund. "The Southern Bank Foundation...

Golden grooves: Senior Zumba classes more than just dancing

kballard@newsargus.com They giggled when their instructor urged them to "get loose" -- to mimic the pops and shimmies that unfold at the beginning of her Zumba lesson. But by the time Lisa Weston asked them for a "sexy circle," the...

Firefighters contain blaze at dog food plant

jjoyce@newsargus.com A fire at a dog food processing plant shut down traffic on North William Street for more than an hour Monday. The Goldsboro Fire Department has responded to the same location at least half a dozen times within the...

City moving ahead with sports complex

esmith@newsargus.com The Goldsboro City Council approved a contract with a design firm for a multi-sports complex off Oak Forest Road at its meeting Monday night. During a work session prior to the council's regular meeting, city Finance Director Kaye Scott...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Terry Light running for district attorney

Terry Light says she had never considered politics until her boss, District Attorney Branny Vickory, told her he was retiring. That was more than two years ago, and Ms. Light, 43, who has spent 17 and a half years in...

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