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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Celebrating together

The Wayne County School of Engineering class of 2016 took a step toward the future at its graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. Fifty students walked the stage. Among them, 10 were students who had stayed an extra year to gain...

Teacher charged with battery

A substitute teacher for the Wayne County Public School System has been accused of sexual battery against a student. Larry Best, 38, of 2711 Billy Francis Drive, allegedly called a student into the classroom he was in at Wayne...

Airman confesses to murder

An airman stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has confessed to murdering his ex-wife in front of their 2-year-old child and then disposing of her body. Staff Sgt. Steven Isaiah Williams, 30, confessed to murdering his ex-wife, Tricia...

SJAFB, Goldsboro leaders talk about community involvement

Mayor Chuck Allen pledged to continue the momentum of seeking a better quality of life for the military and community during a Base Community Council meeting Wednesday. Allen made the pledge to Col. Mark Slocum, 4th Fighter Wing commander...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Shooting victim dies in hospital

The victim of a shooting on Sunday in front of Donel's Convenience Store at 518 E. Elm St. died Tuesday morning after being taken off life support at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Versean Jenkins, 21, of 425 Hollowell...

SBI talks about how to keep children safe online

Special agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Office of Special Investigations held a joint task force meeting Tuesday on base to discuss Internet crimes being committed against children and what...

City looks at raising fees

Motorists and business owners could be looking at new fees in the coming year in the city of Goldsboro's proposed 2016-17 budget. A new motor vehicle registration tax is being considered to help pay for new street construction or...

Budget includes lower tax rate

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning took the wraps off a $148,292,780 general fund budget proposal that would reduce the tax rate from 66.50 to 66.35 cents per $100 of property value. The proposal, that does not include any fee...

Airman stationed at SJAFB confesses to murder

An airman stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has confessed to murdering his estranged wife in front of their 2-year-old child. Steven Williams, 30, is charged with second-degree murder and child neglect for allegedly murdering Tricia Williams Todd, 30....

Board of trustees tours new education center

The Wayne Community College board of trustees moved its meeting venue to the Advanced Manufacturing Center or Wayne WORKS Tuesday night, taking a tour of the site where several programs will move and getting an update on the presidential...

Sheriff's deputy sustains injuries in suspect pursuit

A Wayne County sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries following a vehicle and foot chase on Saturday. Deputy Chris Gustafson attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by Clarence Parks Jr. when Parks allegedly sped away from Gustafson. As Gustafson...

Crime of the week

On Sunda around 12:15 a.m., Versean Jenkins was shot multiple times while at Donel's Convenience Store, 518 E. Elm St. Jenkins was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Jenkins has since died...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Military Resource Center at WCC offers common ground for student veterans

When Melissa Eller and Steven Miller met in the work study program at Wayne Community College, they quickly found they shared common ground. Both have military ties. Miss Eller is a military dependent, and Miller is a veteran, spending six...

Sheriff's Office raids meth lab

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office raided a methamphetamine lab on Sunday, which resulted in a Stantonsburg man being charged with multiple felonies. Jarvis Christopher Chase, 44, of 888 Old Mill Road, Stantonsburg, was arrested and charged with possession of...

One-stop voting begins this week

One-stop voting begins Thursday for the June 7 special primary election and continues through Saturday, June 4. The only one-stop early voting location will be at the Wayne County Board of Elections office, 209 S. William St., from Thursday,...

A patriotic performance

The Wayne County Community Concert Band presented a patriotic concert, "A Salute to the Veterans," Monday evening at the Paramount Theatre....

Lidl looks at city for newest location

German discount grocer Lidl has set its sights on the Goldsboro market and is seeking city approval to build a new store along Wayne Memorial Drive, directly across from Harris Teeter. The Goldsboro Planning Commission Monday reviewed a requested...

Fire and smoke damage home Monday on Claiborne Street

A fire at 707 A N. Claiborne St. Monday morning destroyed a woman's kitchen and caused severe smoke damage to the rest of her home. Goldsboro Fire Department Assistant Chief James Farfour said the fire began on the stove...

Traffic stop results in drug arrest

PIKEVILLE -- A recent traffic stop at 101 N. Goldsboro St. led to a drug arrest and the seizure of a handgun and nine bags of heroin. Pikeville police Det. S.R. Jarman stopped a car being operated by Derrik...

Car runs off road and flips several times on Old Smithfield Road

A Goldsboro woman is being charged with driving while influenced after running her car off the road on Monday evening and causing it to flip over several times, covering more than 400 feet. Amber Noelle Dussault, of 106 Cedar...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wayne County Public Schools honors teachers for work

Wayne County Public Schools has named individual 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year for its 33 schools. The announcement came early this year. Traditionally, the district releases the list over the summer, narrowing the field down to finalists for the...

Board talks improvements for Southern Wayne High School

A facilities plan adopted by the Wayne County Board of Education includes a "future consideration" for a $6.1 million project to add an auxiliary gym and 16 classrooms to replace mobile units at Southern Wayne High School. There is...

Demolition to update

The Pizza Hut restaurant, at 2518 E. Ash St. near Berkeley Boulevard, was demolished last week in preparation for the construction of a new, modern-style Pizza Hut expected to open in the fall. Bill Royall, vice president of design-build...

Man shot on Elm Street

A Goldsboro man is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after being shot multiple times in front of Donel's Convenience Store Sunday morning at 12:15 a.m. Versean Jenkins, 21, of 425 Hollowell St., was standing in front of the...

Red Cross: Get ready now for hurricane season

Last week was National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the American Red Cross if offering steps people should take now to get ready for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Hurricanes cause problems for people in...

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