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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Authorities shut down liquor house on Dail Street

Two men are facing charges after an investigation into a liquor house at 510 Dail St. Saturday, according to a press release. Marvin Lamont Grantham, 53, of 408 Johnson Branch Road, is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession...

Cemetery concerns aired

It would be "absolute political suicide" for state lawmakers not to fund the Eastern North Carolina Veterans Cemetery, Wayne County GOP Chairman Wade Latham said. But at the same time he urged patience during the party's Monday night meeting...

Council approves fitness center, 5-2

The Goldsboro City Council was divided in its 5-2 vote Monday to hire Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. to build a 2,500-square-foot addition to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base fitness center. The $641,542 contract was part of the council's...

Carver alumni gather

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association will hold its 35th reunion Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 2. The association encourages former students and friends to join in the festive weekend events that will...

Bank robbery suspect caught

Goldsboro police have arrested a suspect in two robberies, and he is in the Wayne County Jail under $170,000 bond. Christopher Aaron Menane, 25, of Pecan Road in Dudley, is charged with robbing the PNC Bank on Spence Avenue...

Looking good

Recent rains have come at just the right time for the corn crop in the Wayne County area. Growers are looking forward to high yields come harvest time. This field off U.S. 117 South in Dudley shows robust plants that...

WorkKeys tests to be held in July

Wayne County residents will have just two opportunities to take the WorkKeys tests for the National Career Readiness Certificate in July. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success, or WORKS, program will provide testing sessions July 12 from 12:30-4:30...

Teenager robbed at knife-point

Someone robbed a 16-year-old at knife-point while he was riding his bike on Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. The report said the teenager was riding his bike in the 500 block of Park Avenue...

Arts Council of Wayne accepting artist project grant applications

The Arts Council of Wayne County is taking applications for the 2017/18 Regional Artist Project Grants. The program is done through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout eastern North Carolina working...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Woman faces charges after allegedly trying to conceal drugs

A woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to conceal drugs while acting like she was urinating during a traffic stop Saturday, according to a press release. Krystal Danielle Bryant, 32, of 1728-B Edgerton St., is charged with possession with...

Southern Wayne High to get new principal

Spring Creek Middle School Principal Kevin Smith will move to Southern Wayne High school in the 2017-2018 school year, replacing retiring Principal John Boldt, according to a Wayne County Public Schools press release. The Wayne County Board of Education approved...

Long distance calling

To the casual listener, it probably sounds like a different language. When amateur radio operators key up their mics, a string of words and numbers comes out as they respond to whoever they've made contact with. Words like "alpha," "November,"...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scramble on to find cemetery funds

Local leaders Sunday were hesitant to be critical of the Republican-controlled General Assembly for passing a budget that eliminated funding and positions for the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Rather, they expressed confidence that House Majority Leader John Bell of...

School's $2M included in state budget

A one-time $2 million funding supplement for Wayne County Public Schools is included in the budget approved Thursday afternoon by state lawmakers. It still has to be acted on by Gov. Roy Cooper. If the money remains through final budget...

Police: Teen robbed while riding his bike

Someone robbed a 16-year-old at knife-point while he was riding his bike on Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. The report said the teenager was riding his bike in the 500 block of Park Avenue...

Youth triathlon held at Y

Orange cones and yellow caution tape were strung all over the Goldsboro Family YMCA parking lot Saturday. But it wasn't a crime scene. It was a youth triathlon. Approximately 80 children from ages 6 to 17 competed in the event,...

Public safety training center planned for county

The company designing Wayne County's new 911 center has been hired to also design a public safety training facility for fire, law enforcement and rescue personnel. The center will be built in a wooded area behind the Wayne Community...

City Council to consider addition to base fitness center

The Goldsboro City Council is set to consider a $641,452 contract to expand the fitness center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base during its Monday meeting. The council also plans to review an economic incentive grant for a new business...

Working to make a difference

Erica Hobbs walked into the Lincoln Apartments public housing community with a vision of how to make her summer job count. Hired as an assistant to the property manager, Hobbs came up with the idea to start a new...

State cornhole championships held at Foster Center

Tyler Poythress first started playing cornhole in his high school gym class. "My baseball coach didn't want us playing basketball during that gym time because the risk of injury was too high, so we started playing cornhole," Poythress said. That...

Industry comes to Wayne County

A South African company plans to open its first U.S. location in Goldsboro, creating 60 jobs over three years while making a $2.48 million local investment. Stormberg Foods LLC., a producer of meat protein snacks, is in final negotiations...

KS Bank announces two promotions

KS Bank has announced two promotions. H. Geoffrey Kokiko has been promoted to chief banking officer. He will continue to have responsibility for the overall performance of the retail branch system as well as working with the lending officers...

Host families sought for foreign students

Host families are being sought for French students visiting eastern North Carolina as part of a student exchange program sponsored by East Carolina University. Four girls and a boy, ages 13-18, will be arriving on July 15. Wayne County...

Fremont town board sees budget increase

The Fremont Board of Aldermen approved its budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday evening, and revisited the town's recently passed trash can ordinance. The $851,602 budget is an increase of around $11,000 from last year,...

Cookoff held at Busco Beach

George Edwards has always made his own grills. He built his first one when he was 16, after starting to help his father cook when he was only 12. On Saturday, he used a grill he had fashioned from an...

Wayne County Clerk of Courts unblemished after state audit

No discrepancies were found during an unprompted state audit of the Wayne County Clerk of Court's office conducted by the N.C. Office of the State Auditor. The clerk's office took in more than $8.2 million in cash in various...

Jasper Barber publishes book

Jasper E. Barber has published his second novel, "The Church at the Fork in the Road." Barber served as the deputy chief of public affairs for the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from 1984 to 2001....

Learning while creating art

Taniyah Lane carefully traced the dog's face on the back of a clear glass plate. Then came the fun part -- picking just the right colors for her canine creation. She used yellow for part of the ears. For the...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Veterans cemetery threatened

The Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery gates will be closed and locked next month. There will be no more burials there. Families will be unable to visit loved ones already buried in the cemetery that is less than two years...

Friday, June 23, 2017

MOUNT OLIVE MESSENGER: Kornegay to serve as District 3 representative on town board

MOUNT OLIVE -- Barbara R. Kornegay has been sworn in as the District 3 representative on the Mount Olive Town Board. She will complete the term of Commissioner Tom Preston who resigned effective May 31. Preston plans to move to...

WRIGHT TIMES: Airmen learn about the issues facing the LGBT community

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airmen are taking notice. A group of airmen gathered at Heritage Hall June 14 for a pride month observance event, where they learned about issues...

Woman arrested for allegedly exploiting her elderly grandmother

A Goldsboro woman was arrested today for allegedly exploiting her 86-year-old grandmother. Tiffany Marie Anstey, 33, 103 Buttercup Lane, was charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with the exploitation of a disabled or elder adult through a position of...

Mount Olive police investigate attempted armed robbery

Mount Olive police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that happened earlier this month, which has led to one arrest. Demario Leach, 28, 410 S. Chesnut St., is charged with attempted armed robbery after a 27-year-old man reported the incident....

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