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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Competitions enliven Pickle Festival

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tucked into a small corner of the 31st annual North Carolina Pickle Festival was a multitude of competitions, each more fearsome than the last. Competition got underway with a homestyle chili cookoff, with about a half dozen...

Thousands attend annual North Carolina Pickle Festival

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mohammed Fakhri could not sleep Friday night. He could not sleep because he knew that the Saturday morning ride from his home in Goldsboro to the North Carolina Pickle Festival would signal the end of a...

Legislators express concern over base

Efforts to protect the state's military installations from the encroachment of gargantuan wind turbines have won the first "little battle," but the need to win the war remains, House Majority Leader John Bell said Friday. Bell, a member of...

Officer could be found in contempt

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Mozingo could be found in criminal contempt of court after speaking to a juror in the first-degree murder trial of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III Thursday evening. Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury, who is presiding...

Stancil's brother testifies in trial

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III's younger brother Nick Stancil testified in the elder Stancil's first-degree murder trial Friday. Much of the younger Stancil's testimony centered around what his brother was like leading up to when Stancil shot and killed Ron Lane...

Wayne Community College summer registration ends this week

Wayne Community College summer registration will continue through Thursday, May 4. Current and new students can register for college credit courses from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday, May 1, through Thursday, May 4. Tuition and fees are due May...

Wayne schools recognize volunteer of the year

Wayne County Public Schools announced its volunteer of the year Thursday afternoon, recognized three outstanding Partners in Education and introduced a new award in honor of a veteran educator. Volunteer of the Year Teri Johnson invested more than 200 hours...

University of Mount Olive FFA gives honorary degrees

MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a banquet and awards ceremony. During the event, agriculture education and agribusiness students shared information on curriculum advancement, instructional development, internships,...

New program featured at Wayne Community College

Stephen Knotts is in his glory. Hired at Wayne Community College six years ago, he was named lead instructor of mechatronics engineering two years ago -- a virtually unheard of program that didn't even have a curriculum or textbook. He...

Mayor's Walk to be held Wednesday

The 21st annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, will held Wednesday, starting with registration at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 204 E. Chestnut St. at 9:30 a.m. The five-block...

Habitat Women Build May 6-14

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne and future Habitat homeowners will work alongside Lowe's volunteers and mostly-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity's 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. More than 17,000 women, including Lowe's Heroes volunteers, are expected...

Eastern Wayne Elementary wins regional Battle of the Books

Eastern Wayne Elementary students won the Region 2 Elementary Battle of the Books competition. The team qualified for the Region 2 Competition after winning the WCPS Elementary Battle of the Books Competition earlier this month. The Elementary School Battle of...

Downtown summer fun kicks off this week

A Star Wars costume contest and tunes from Spare Change will kick off the 2017 Center Street Jam concert series Thursday in downtown Goldsboro. Other events are also planned in the downtown area, including the Three Eagles Beer Festival in...

Day of Prayer Thursday at 7 at Family Y

On Thursday, May 4, millions of Americans will gather in observance of the 66th annual National Day of Prayer. Wayne County's National Day of Prayer Task Force invite you to join in this effort to pray for our country...

Board of Education takes look at budget

The Wayne County Board of Education took a preliminary look at its budget for the 2017-2018 school year at a work session Friday morning, which includes a request for funding to provide core-subject textbooks to every student in Wayne County....

LaGrange Garden Spot Festival

Mary Kittrell of Rouse Missionary Baptist Church serves up barbecue and chicken during the LaGrange Garden Spot Festival on Saturday....

Pikeville Community Day

Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce poses with Iron Man (Rocky Melvin) in the "Raven" helicopter on static display at the Pikeville Community Appreciation Day on Saturday....

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Multiple roads close as Neuse River rises

Multiple roads around Wayne County are closed as the level of the Neuse River rises and floods low-lying areas. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Neuse River had exceeded initial estimates and risen to 24.23 feet at 6:15 p.m....

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sheriff's office captain spoke to juror after testifying in murder trial

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Mozingo could be found in criminal contempt of court after speaking to a juror in the first-degree murder trial of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III Thursday evening. Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury, who is presiding...

Teen arrested for breaking and entering

The Goldsboro Police Department arrested a 17-year-old early Thursday morning after he allegedly broke into a camper and a shed, according to a press release. Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officers with C shift responded to a call of an active...

Woman charged for cocaine, marijuana

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a Mount Olive woman Wednesday after finding cocaine and marijuana in her car during a check point stop, according to a sheriff's office press release. According to the release, officers with the Aggressive Criminal...

Pikeville to hold event Saturday

PIKEVILLE -- The town of Pikeville's Community Appreciation Day will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at 100 W. School St. Shearae Robinson, the event's organizer, came up with the idea last summer to bring the...

National Week of the Young Child

Caleb Redstone, 4, wearing a Goldsboro Fire Department helmet,  receives a temporary tattoo from Charlie Ivey at the National Week of the Young Child event Wednesday sponsored by the Partnership for Children of Wayne County at Cornerstone Commons....

Mom returns from deployment, surprises daughter at school

The last time Staff Sgt. Melissa King was deployed, her daughter Laila was too young to remember it. Her second deployment, a six-month stint in southwest Asia, was a different story. Laila, now a kindergarten student at Spring Creek Elementary...

Flood waters rise

The boat landing at U.S. 117 South is under water this morning as the Neuse River continues to climb toward its expected crest at 23.7 feet early Monday. It is expected to fall to 21 feet by late Tuesday night....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jurors see video evidence from WCC the day Stancil killed Ron Lane

 Surveillance video of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III's actions before and after he shot and killed print shop technician Ron Lane on Wayne Community College's campus April 13, 2015, was shown Thursday in the fifth day of Stancil's first-degree murder trial....

Speeding crack down leads to drug arrest

Pikeville ----  Police arrested a man Friday on marijuana charges, according to a Pikeville Police Department press release. Pikeville officers were conducting a traffic checkpoint on U.S. 117 North near Duck Pond Lane Friday as part of the "Obey the...

Two more defendants sentenced in Shanekqua Thompson murder

Two men involved in the Oct. 31, 2014 murder of 21-year-old Shanekqua Adriana Thompson were sentenced today in Wayne County Superior Court. Both men had already taken plea deals in exchange for testimony against Alquan De-shawn Hill, who was convicted...

Witness says he saw Stancil kill victim

Witness testimony and evidence presentation began Wednesday in the fourth day of the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III after a jury for the trial was set before lunch. The third and last witness of the...

River level to keep rising

The Neuse Rivers reached its  flood stage of 18 feet early this morning and by 7 a.m. had climbed to 18.22 feet. The river level is expected to continue to rise over the next five days, reaching 23.7 feet by...

Ward returned to Wayne County on murder charge

Not long after 12:30 a.m. today, sheriff's deputies escorted Ricky Ward from the back of a police van, up the steps of the North William Street side of the Wayne County courthouse and into the magistrate's office. Ward, who had...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Captured: Ricky Ward in custody

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Ricky Terrell Ward, 33,  has been taken into custody in Kinston. Maj. Tom Effler said details will be released at a later time. Local and state law enforcement had an apartment complex...

ALE charges Maynard's Entertainment permit holder

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Alcohol Law Enforcement charged the permit holder of Maynard's Entertainment today in the wake of a security staff member being assaulted and killed Saturday night at the establishment. Marlton Matthew Price, 45, of Seven Springs, is...

Manhunt for Ricky Ward locks in on Kinston apartment complex

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office received a call this morning that possible murder suspect Ricky Terrell Ward might be in Kinston. According to a Kinston Police Department press release, officers were called at 3:30 a.m. to Ward's possible location at...

Manhunt shifts to Kinston

The State Bureau of Investigation has taken control of the manhunt for possible murder suspect Ricky Terrell Ward taking place now in Kinston. Law enforcement including the SBI, State Highway Patrol and Wayne and Lenoir county sheriff's offices have a...

Arrest made in January shooting

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on warrants Tuesday, while deputies were searching for possible armed suspect Ricky Terrell Ward. According to a press release, deputies conducted a search for Ward near Durham Lake Road in Dudley when...

Selection of jurors still unsettled

A jury for the first-degree murder trial of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was not finalized by the end of the trial's third day Tuesday. Stancil is accused of shooting and killing Wayne Community College print shop technician Ron Lane...

Neuse to flood, crest at 23 feet

The Neuse River is expected to reach its 18-foot flood stage later this afternoon and crest at 23.3 feet Sunday. The level could rise even higher, according to the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. The expected crest is...

Proposed funding cuts could cripple Habitat for Humanity

Proposed cuts in President Trump's federal budget could have a crippling effect on Habitat for Humanity's work in helping residents secure affordable housing in Wayne County. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates, including Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne,...

Tobacco and wheat crops may be damaged by heavy rains

Some of Wayne County's tobacco and wheat crops could be damaged or lost because of this week's heavy rains. Adding to the cost associated with any losses, some farmers may have the additional expense of reapplying fertilizer. "It was...

Two retail thefts in less than two hours

In less than two hours, two men allegedly removed anti-theft devices from electronics at Target in separate theft attempts Monday afternoon. Francisco Lee Mendez, 21, of Stantonsburg, removed an anti-theft device from wireless headphones worth $149 at 2:46 p.m., according...

Gertrude Weil biographer speaks

Author Leonard Rogoff speaks in the Gertrude Weil auditorium at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday evening. Rogoff's book "Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South," paints a vivid picture of the indomitable Miss Weil, who was one...

Searching for the right words

Jeff Chapin is at a loss for words. He loves to talk. His bubbly personality has always spilled out through his smile and animated expressions. Those are still there, but the aftermath of two strokes since the school year began...

Police say man poured bleach on ex-girlfriend

A man allegedly poured bleach on his former girlfriend this morning, according to a Goldsboro police report. The man, who is the father of the woman's child, pushed and shoved the woman after the two began arguing in the 700...

Board votes to let bottle shop expand

Well Travelled Beer, a craft beer bottle shop in downtown Goldsboro, is planned to expand after operating less than a year in the city. John Hodge, co-owner of the 201 S. Center St. business, is seeking a conditional-use permit...

Visitation restrictions lifted at Wayne UNC Health Care

Effective Tuesday, visitation restrictions due to flu have been discontinued at Wayne UNC Health Care. Flu cases have decreased significantly throughout the  and in Wayne County during the last two weeks, hospital officials said. The hospital's  infection control team will...

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