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Sunday, December 17, 2017

A dream kept alive

Johny Watson was larger than life. And full of dreams. He hoped to one day travel to Paris. A good student, he graduated at 16 from Spring Creek High School and immersed himself in the cosmetology program at Lenoir...

Council to revisit new fee

The Goldsboro City Council will revisit proposed commercial stormwater fees and whether to change the mayor's voting power during its meeting Monday. A new stormwater fee structure for all non-residential properties is under consideration, with a declining fee for...

*** Empty Stocking Fund ***

Donations may be made by mailing checks made out to the Empty Stocking Fund to P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, NC 27532. Or donors can simply stop by the newspaper office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd. * Goldsboro High School Class...

Wreaths for the fallen

The crowd at Evergreen Cemetery began gathering nearly an hour before the noontime ceremony began to honor fallen veterans on Saturday. Tawyna Tucker, organizer, praised the community for its response to the local version of the national event, Wreaths Across...

University of Mount Olive graduates 300

Saturday was a day of accomplishments for Candice Worrells. The Goldsboro mom of two received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management from the University of Mount Olive But just as importantly for...

Jingle in the Park rescheduled for Dec. 20

Jingle in the Park, originally planned on Dec. 8 and 9 but canceled due to adverse weather, will take place on Dec. 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Herman Park. The no-cost event, hosted by the Goldsboro Parks...

Laundry Love shares hope with a little pocket change, detergent

Laundry Love Goldsboro put the word out, and the community answered. The non-profit group held its monthly event at the Ash Street Laundrymat at 503 E. Ash St. Friday, where volunteers brought change and detergent on hand to allow...

City selling 30-pound bags of compost

The city of Goldsboro is now selling 30-pound bags of compost to the public from its compost facility 200 Westbrook Road. The popularity and overall quality of the compost, typically purchased in larger quantities from area nurseries or landscaping...

Rock 'n' roll dreaming: Fat Cat Music opens in city

Eddie Gonzalez dreamed of playing in the N.C. Symphony as a boy. But after picking up an electric guitar at age 15, he wanted to become the next Eddie Van Halen. The owner of the newly opened Fat Cat Music...

Giving in the season: Groups come together to help those in need

A free hot breakfast and clothing giveaway ushered in the holiday season for the sixth year as Christmas in the City took place Saturday morning in downtown Goldsboro. The event was split between two churches on John Street -- St....

A taste of the Caribbean: Supermarket specializing in island flavors opens

A new Caribbean Supermarket is now open on East Ash Street in Goldsboro. Owner Benita Tambel decided to open the store after seeing an unmet need in the community. The store offers a variety of foods that are more...

Friday, December 15, 2017

Beekeepers of the Neuse to present basic beekeeping class

The Beekeepers of the Neuse, in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office, will present the basic beekeeping class. The class is open to anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills....

AgCarolina Farm Credit collects more than 780 toy for Toys for Tots

RALEIGH -- For the third consecutive year, AgCarolina Farm Credit announced a donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. Over 780 toys were collected in the toy collection drive.  The Toys for Tots campaign began in...

Two arrested and one cited for possession of heroin and meth

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two people and cited a third on drug charges Friday morning, after finding heroin and methamphetamine during a traffic stop, according to a sheriff's office incident report. According to the report, sheriff's deputies conducted...

St. Luke United Methodist Church's music director to retire on Dec. 31

Bess Edwards-Sawyer has directed choirs and played the organ at church, has taught piano to young people and has even taken her choirs to the White House on two occasions. Music and the church have been an important part of...

Reaction in kindness: Goldsboro High teacher's gift goes viral

When Goldsboro High School math teacher Kyree Bethel gave a pair of shoes to senior Justin Barnes Tuesday, neither expected the response the kind act would garner from across the nation. Bethel, a lifelong basketball player with an extensive collection...

Nostalgia in song: Member of The Platters sings at Brookdale Senior Living

Milton Bullock took people back to the early rock 'n' roll era by singing The Platters chart-topping hits "Only You" and "The Great Pretender." Bullock, a former first tenor for the 1950s group, The Platters, held a concert at Brookdale...

Wayne Reads makes a return

An air of mystery surrounds the return of Wayne County Reads in 2018. Solve it and you will uncover the title of the 2019 edition of Wayne County Reads. And readers of the 2018 selection will be able to test...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wayne Community College partners with Delta to train technicians

Wayne Community College has entered a partnership with Delta Airlines to train aircraft maintenance technicians, officials announced. The college's Aviation Systems Technology program is one of 42 Aviation Maintenance Technician, or AMT, schools across the United States selected by...

Learning how to deal

Charles B. Aycock High School 10th-grader Maddy Belanger has moved eight times, across the country and across the world. Belanger, whose father is in the Air Force, was among several students from Charles B. Aycock, Eastern Wayne High and...

*** Empty Stocking Fund ***

• Jerry and Gwendolyn DeVaughn, $100. • The Logan Family, $50, in memory of James and Akina Logan. • Edward Brewington, $50, in memory of Margaret H. Brewington. • Lorie Tisdale and Mark Price, $50, in memory of our...

Maxwell Center to open in March

The $20 million Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center will open during the first weekend of March with four days of celebration. The center, located at 3114 N. Wayne Memorial Drive, will be 1.5 acres under roof. T.A. Loving...

City offers 30-pound bags of compost for $4

The city of Goldsboro is now selling 30-pound bags of compost to the public from its compost facility 200 Westbrook Road. The popularity and overall quality of the compost, typically purchased in larger quantities from area nurseries or landscaping companies,...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Reward offered in LaGrange killings

LAGRANGE -- Lenoir County Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to arrests in a Nov. 12 triple homicide as investigators work to piece together what happened when the botched heist ended with a dead body count....

Man's car is struck by gunfire on Berkeley Boulevard and New Hope Road

Police do not yet know whether gunfire that struck a man's vehicle Tuesday night was meant for him or someone else. The victim's car was struck by a bullet when shots were fired near the crossroads of Berkeley Boulevard and...

Man shot in the buttocks on Central Heights Road

A 57-year-old man is recovering after someone shot him in the buttocks early Tuesday morning. The victim told officers he was walking south in the 3500 block of Central Heights Road when someone shot him in his hindquarters. The victim...

Tax discount on the table

Offsetting an increase in the property tax rate by offering a discount for early payment is the latest option to come before Wayne County commissioners as they search for a way to replace $2 million in lost low wealth school...

Tax deadline approaches

Wayne County taxpayers have about a month remaining in which to pay their 2017 property taxes without being delinquent. Property taxes are due Sept. 1, but people have until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. A 2-percent penalty will be...

Looking forward, talking progress

The state of the Wayne County community is one of growth spurred by collaboration, but one that is still facing challenges -- mainly planning for the future. Those were the assessments Tuesday evening of Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen and...

New stormwater fee begins at start of new year

Commercial and all non-residential properties across the city of Goldsboro are under review for a new stormwater fee that is expected to start in early 2018. City officials originally planned to implement monthly stormwater fees for non-residential properties in...

Wayne Community College, Brevard College sign agreement for ag course credits

Wayne Community College and Brevard College have signed an agreement to allow agricultural students' course credits to flow seamlessly between the schools. The transfer articulation agreement allows students who earn associate degrees in agriculture at Wayne Community College to...

The Platters to perform at Brookdale

The Platters music group released such hits as "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." And on Thursday they will be performing in concert in Goldsboro, says Kelly Helms, sales and marketing manager...

Graduate of Goldsboro High School honored with W.C. Legacy Award

A Goldsboro High School graduate was recently honored with the W.C. Legacy Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Alumni Association. Dr. Manuel Dudley, dean of Guilford Technical Community College's campus in Greensboro, is a 1990 GHS...

Nominations sought for best small business in Wayne County

Nominations are being sought for best small businesses in the county. The Small Business Center at Wayne Community College, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation of Wayne Community College are seeking...

Inductees announced for fall 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter

The fall 2017 inductees into Wayne Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter are pictured, from left, Celeste Aguirre, Hope Mitchell, Kristen Rochelle, Aneesha LaFleur and Faith Mitchell; middle row, Maggie Anne Powell, Cristina Saldivar, Viviana Ponce-Castaneda, Joanna James,...

*** Empty Stocking Fund ***

Donations may be made by mailing checks made out to the Empty Stocking Fund to P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, NC 27532. Or donors can simply stop by the newspaper office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd. * IOTA Chapter, Beta Lambda...

Tech company professionals participate in technology show

Technology professionals and representatives from several tech companies gathered at the Holiday Inn Express recently, as part of an information technology and cybersecurity show hosted by a group of local event planners. Elizabeth Brewington, one of the event organizers,...

To be a mentor

Lisa Lee saw the merits of a mentoring program at Goldsboro High School early on. Her son graduated from the school, and her daughter is now a junior. Plus, Lee had been in their shoes. "I graduated from GHS in...

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