Wayne County Abstinence Essay

2005 Abstinence Essay Contest

The Wayne County Health Department and the Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention sponsored it's 3rd annual essay contest on "Abstinence" for area High Schoolers. A total of 75 entries were received and the best-of-the-best were selected.

Each student submitted an essay in their own words on why they think abstinence is the best choice for teens in the prevention of teenage pregnancy. The essay's were limited to 1500 words and could be type or handwritten.

The winners were recognized by the Wayne County Board of Health at their monthly meeting on May 18, 2005.

To read the top three winner's essay's plus some of the honorable mentions, click on one of the respective link above.

Pictured above (from left) are Kristin McIntosh-Tri, Wayne County Health Department Health Educator, Ashley Smith, 1st Place, Eastern Wayne High School, Noelle Kelly, 2nd Place, Eastern Wayne High School, Kyle Ham, 3rd Place Eastern Wayne High School and Carolyn King, Wayne County Health Department Health Education Supervisor.

 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Plans on track for new shelter

While Wayne County officials await bids for designing a new animal shelter, residents supporting the project say they are continuing to collect signatures on a petition calling for its creation. Doris Petrak, a member of Concerned Citizens of Wayne County,...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:55 PM Full Story

Crowded jail prompts county to eye extension

Overcrowding has been a continuous problem at the Wayne County Jail since it was built in 1994, Sheriff Carey Winders said. And if extensions are not made within the next two years, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith said the problem...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Events planned for Black History Month

The Wayne County Library will sponsor the 2006 African American Read-In, beginning Sunday and continuing through the following day, in honor of Black History Month. By simply reading a book by a black author on either day, participants can win...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:53 PM Full Story

She's a wife, and an F-15 pilot

Capt. Holly Grant, a pilot with the 335th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is filling two roles lately. Not only is she a fighter pilot, but she's also a wife left at home waiting for word from...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

OPINION - Cherry Hospital's age is showing

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and Sen. John Kerr took time last week to visit Cherry Hospital. They spent upwards of two hours being briefed by staff members, asking questions and then touring some of the facilities....

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Public records

Wanted man caught after chase A man wanted on an outstanding warrant for criminal contempt tried to flee from authorities Monday but was captured in less than an hour. Timothy Wayne Adams, 45, of Old Smith Chapel Road faces more...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Pikeville board to sue over two abandoned buildings

The Pikeville Town Board of Commissioners voted to authorize town attorney Jean Hollowell to proceed with legal action against resident Hugh Howard for alleged violations of the town's abandoned structures ordinance. According to the resolution signed by Mayor Herb Sieger,...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Commissioners meeting canceled

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners has cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting for Feb. 7. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board will be Feb. 21. Commissioners meet at 8 a.m. in their board room on the fourth floor...

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

Correction

A photograph in Monday's News-Argus incorrectly identified a father and daughter at the YMCA's W.A.R.M. Hearts dance as Wayne and Lauren Smith. The photograph was of Dean and Jessica Poirier....

Published: Jan 31, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Monday, January 30, 2006

Dancing with daddy

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Dean Poirier and his daughter, Jessica, above, top, share a laugh at the Family YMCA Father-Daughter Dance Saturday. More than 170 ladies and their dates, who could include a father, stepfather or other special male role model,...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:55 PM Full Story

Residents can tour new city building soon

Residents could soon get a chance to see where some of last year's tax dollars were spent downtown. City officials said they hope to open Goldsboro's new City Hall for public tours as soon as the work is finished in...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Two new agents join Extension Service

The Wayne County office of North Carolina Cooperative Extension has added new faces to its roster. New agents Jessica Hyatt and Mandy Barnes began working earlier this month. Ms. Hyatt, 26, is the new extension agent in horticulture, or garden...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

Faison puts an end to Sunday sales ban

FAISON -- The Faison Town Board has overturned an ordinance that prohibited the sale of beer and wine on Sunday afternoons. Joani Babcock, chef at the Southern Exposure restaurant, had asked the board to rescind the ordinance, saying it hurt...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

Womanless beauty pageant February 11 at WCC

Eleven contestants will flaunt their figures in evening gowns, demonstrate their talents onstage and show off their brainpower by answering tough questions. But this will be no ordinary pageant. The contestants all will be men. They will compete for the...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Wayne Community College students planning gaming expo

Hundreds of video-game enthusiasts are expected to flood the atrium at Wayne Community College on Saturday when a video gaming exposition will be held. The Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity is sponsoring the event, which will feature not only the...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Public records

Burglaries Wayne County authorities are investigating two weekend burglaries. A couple was kidnapped, bound and robbed Friday of a rifle in a home in the 100 block of Mobile Circle near Dudley, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report....

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Crime Stoppers calls help lead to arrests

Calls to Crime Stoppers helped lead law officers to make arrests in three crimes in Mount Olive -- a bank robbery, a break-in and a drug case. The agency's law-enforcement coordinator, Goldsboro police Sgt. Dot Ardes, told the Crime Stoppers...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

Child-care conference to be held February 18 at WCC

Child-care professionals and parents are invited to attend the 6th Annual Child Care Conference to be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wayne Community College. Thirty-two workshop sessions will be offered, with topics including...

Published: Jan 30, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Web site can track sex offenders

Wayne County residents can click on the Sheriff's Office web page and instantly see if any registered sex offenders live near their home or their child's day care or school. The Sheriff's Office is the second in North Carolina to...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:10 AM Full Story

Salvation Army kettle campaign comes up short

The Salvation Army 's 2005 kettle campaign came up almost $30,000 short. The goal was $70,000, but a little under $41,000 was raised, Salvation Army commander Maj. Andrew Wiley said. In 2004, the campaign raised a little more than $70,000....

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:09 AM Full Story

Doctor: Patients still confused by drug plan

Changes in prescription drug plans offered through Medicare have got many scampering to untangle the information in time to take advantage. WAGES, Wayne County Services on Aging, and the Social Security Administration are several agencies that have been holding seminars...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:08 AM Full Story

Holocaust scholar discusses 'Night' as part of Wayne Reads

Reading Elie Wiesel's "Night" isn't easy, but then again, it is not supposed to be. That is the message that Holocaust expert Dr. Steve Gowler left with the more than 180 people who packed the Wayne County Museum on...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:07 AM Full Story

General performs re-enlistment ceremony

Nine local reservists renewed their commitment to the U.S. Air Force Reserves Saturday in front of their national commander. Lt. Gen. John Bradley, commander of the Air Force Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, administered the Air Force...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:07 AM Full Story

For Chinese, today begins Year of the Dog

If you sweep your floor today, you could be destined for an unlucky year. And make sure to wear plenty of red. As people around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year, many superstitions and traditions will guide them through...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:06 AM Full Story

New County property, liability insurance approved

Wayne County's Board of Commissioners has approved a new bid for the county's property and liability insurance, kept the business in the county and saved some money.. The county's current insurance was due to renew Feb. 1. The commissioners approved...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:05 AM Full Story

Bicyclist rides cross country to raise diabetes awareness

From staff reports Ernest "Sonny" Neupert is determined to ride diabetes into the ground. After 10 months and more than 8,000 miles of cross-country cycling, Neupert, 65, stopped briefly in Goldsboro on Friday, catching a little rest before continuing on...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:04 AM Full Story

Rose Banquet Feb. 15

Local youths will be treated to a free spaghetti dinner, entertainment and a drama skit at the annual Rose Banquet to be Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wayne Center. The Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:03 AM Full Story

Rep. Jones seeks tougher immigration laws

Rep. Walter Jones is urging congressional leaders to create tougher regulations to curtail the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. Jones said federal officials are not doing enough to prevent illegals from entering the country. They cost taxpayers...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:02 AM Full Story

Public records

Two hurt in wreck Two people were injured and both cars were demolished Friday in a collision at West Ash Street and the new U.S. 117, Goldsboro police reported. One driver, John Delton Underwood, 49, of East Hillsboro Street, Mount...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:02 AM Full Story

Parents can have car seat checks

From staff reports Wayne County Safe Kids chapter through the Partnership for Children of Wayne County will host free car seat checks next month. Held in conjunction with Child Passenger Safety Week, the events will take place the week of...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:01 AM Full Story

Children can design 100 Best poster

Children all over the county are participating in a poster contest to help celebrate Wayne County being named one of the nation's 100 best communities for young people. The 100 Best Communities Committee has sent out the call for posters...

Published: Jan 29, 2006 2:00 AM Full Story

Friday, January 27, 2006

Gen. Duncan McNabb visits Goldsboro

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Visiting Gen. Duncan McNabb, right, speaks with Atlas Price Jr. over lunch at the Base Community Council meeting at Goldsboro Country Club Thursday afternoon. McNabb is commander of the Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill....

Published: Jan 27, 2006 2:04 PM Full Story

General says airmen proud to serve nation

Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander of the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command, wants Wayne County residents to know that members of the U.S. Air Force are proud to serve and ready to continue the fight against terror. McNabb,...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 2:03 PM Full Story

Annexation case will go to trial

Judge Ridley Rand denied the city of Goldsboro's motion for summary judgment Thursday night, ruling in favor of Good Neighbors United and sending the group's challenge of the city's annexation order back to court. The trial is scheduled to begin...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 2:01 PM Full Story

Security, roofs top discussion for committee

A weekend break-in at the Wayne County School District central office prompted board members to discuss security during a meeting of the board's facilities committee Thursday afternoon. Although committee members did not discuss the pending 2005 facilities funding plan, they...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:59 PM Full Story

Country growers slated to receive $12 million in buyouts

More than $12 million is being paid to Wayne County tobacco growers and farm owners this year as part of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, a Farm Service Agency official said. Wayne County land owners are receiving $8.4 million, while...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:57 PM Full Story

Four leaders honored with Scout award

Four volunteers received scouting's highest honor during the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council's 83rd annual scout recognition banquet Thursday at the Goldsboro Country Club. The 2005 Silver Beaver awards went to Howard Huff of Goldsboro, Alice Overby and Hank Daniels, both...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:56 PM Full Story

Authority planning extension of runway

The Goldsboro-Wayne Airport Authority approved plans Thursday to extend the airport runway 1,000 feet and build more hangars. Authority members have said they want to improve the airport so that it can handle larger planes and more traffic. The existing...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Engineers get OK to start work

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Airport Committee gave engineers tentative approval to proceed with plotting a proposed runway extension to the south. The committee met Wednesday with engineer Jay Talbert. Committee members present at the meeting said the approval...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

Valentine's Day event will raise funds for theater

Song, dance and a little bit of romance will help rebuild the theater that brought a duet together years ago. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. announced a new act for its Valentine's Day Downtown campaign, performing duo Addison-Russo. Proceeds from...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Public records

Break-in charges filed Wayne County authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a string of break-ins. Linwood Ray Boykin Jr. of Talbert Road was charged with five felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny and one...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Mount Olive awaiting grant to hire officer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive town officials are crossing their fingers and watching for the mailman, hoping he will bring good news about a grant that would pay for a new police officer and patrol car. The grants from the...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Deadline extended for Wayne Reads bus trip and essay contest

The deadlines to sign up for the Wayne County Reads bus trip to Washington, D.C., and to enter the "Sunflower" essay contest have been extended until Feb. 3 Wayne County Reads is sponsoring the March 18-19 bus trip to visit...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

correction

The telephone number to call for information about a scholarship fund for teenagers taking part in the Wayne County Board of Health's abstinence essay contest was listed incorrectly in a story Wednesday. For information or to make a tax-deductible donation...

Published: Jan 27, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Thursday, January 26, 2006

WATCH Van

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Family Nurse Practitioner Kathy Johnson checks Steven Mitchell's heart at the WATCH van this morning at House of Fordham. Officials have put a temporary hold on new patients for the mobile medical unit, which they say cannot...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:57 PM Full Story

WATCH van isn't taking any new patients for now

Working beyond capacity for some time, the WATCH program is not accepting any new patients. At least for right now. At Wednesday's board meeting of WATCH, which stands for the Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, director Sissy Lee-Elmore said...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:56 PM Full Story

Commanders make stop at Seymour Johnson AFB

Two high-ranking Air Force generals will be inspecting the 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this week. Gen. Duncan J. McNabb is commander of Air Mobility Command, based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

City gives more time for repairs to house

City officials said Willie Worrells is doing the best he can to bring his dilapidated home up to code -- new wood, fixtures and windows show progress. Monday, at their final meeting of the month, Goldsboro City Council members rewarded...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:53 PM Full Story

Wreck victim still critical at Pitt Memorial

A Wayne County man injured Friday in a head-on collision on N.C. 111 south remains in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital, a spokesman said today. Clift McCall, 46, of Dobbs Place, was traveling north when the accident occurred, investigators...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

She wanted donations for shelter instead of gifts for herself

All it took were a few words to get her interested, but what really tugged at Hannah West's heartstrings was a picture of a dog cowering in the corner of a pen at the Wayne County Animal Shelter. That is...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

Holocaust expert opens celebration of reading

The annual Wayne County Reads program kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. at the Wayne County Museum. The program will focus on both the Holocaust and Jewish tradition, and will include a reception, a presentation on the group's 2006 selection,...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Engineer -- Sewer budget not in bad shape

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The engineer who designed and oversees the town of Seven Springs' sewer system said the system's financial situation is not as bad as it might appear. Town board members got bad news last month when they learned...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

Public records

Drug charges Two people were arrested Wednesday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with felony drug offenses. Nakita Donta McGee, 17, of Olivia Lane was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana after an investigation...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Cold War film subject of library discussion

A six-part discussion series on the film "Post War Years, Cold War Fears: American Culture and Politics, 1946-1960" begins Sunday in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium of the Wayne County Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Rhonda Konig, a reference...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

Artist will be honored at Arts Council Friday

Goldsboro artist Zeno Spence will be honored with tributes, a cocktail buffet and exhibits of his work Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Arts Council of Wayne County. Gene Price, editor emeritus of the Goldsboro News-Argus, will serve...

Published: Jan 26, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Welcome home

News-Argus/Turner Walston Airman 1st Class Alan King hugs his sons Sutton, left, and Trevor, while wife Michele looks on at the Base Community Center Tuesday. Fourteen airmen returned home from duty overseas. For more information see Airmen are back...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:16 PM Full Story

State officials present case for new water usage rules

Tougher restrictions on water use during droughts would hurt small businesses that depend on water to operate, several speakers said Tuesday at a public hearing at Wayne Community College. State officials are proposing new regulations governing water use during droughts....

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:14 PM Full Story

Duplin names new county schools chief

KENANSVILLE -- The superintendent of the Rowan County-Salisbury School System has been hired as Duplin County's new superintendent. The hiring of Dr. Wiley J. Doby was announced by the Duplin County Board of Education at a called meeting of the...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:10 PM Full Story

Airmen are back from duty

Cheers erupted and flags waved Tuesday afternoon as a bus carrying 14 members of the 4th Fighter Wing arrived at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Community Center. Family members embraced loved ones and airmen greeted their team members, who...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:05 PM Full Story

Groups join forces to hunt down flu vaccine

Through the efforts of health officials, 900 doses of the flu vaccine were obtained before Christmas and redistributed as a preventive measure for those who work closely with animals. While growing concern over avian flu might have prompted the concern,...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:03 PM Full Story

County tax collection on track for '06

Nearly 90 percent of Wayne County property tax bills for 2005 were paid by mid-January, tax officials said. The deadline for paying taxes without penalty was Jan. 5. Two percent interest is added to the bill the first month payments...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 2:01 PM Full Story

Recycling could get new look

Wayne County residents and businesses generate 525 tons of solid waste every day, county officials say, and the county needs to find a way to recycle more to cut down on the amount of waste that ends up at the...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:59 PM Full Story

Sampson authorities seize $20 million worth of cocaine

Sampson County law officer seized about 440 pounds of cocaine during a raid at a house Monday about 5 p.m. on Edmond Matthis Road in the Ingold community. Two men were arrested and charged with trafficking in the drug. Alejandro...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:57 PM Full Story

Public record

Attempted robbery at Salvation Army Goldsboro police responded to a call from the Salvation Army, 610 N. William Street, Tuesday evening in reference to an alleged breaking and entering. Representatives from the organization said they saw a person enter their...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:55 PM Full Story

Police officer promoted

A Goldsboro police officer has been promoted to investigator, Chief Tim Bell announced Tuesday. Dwayne Bevell, 30, had served as a patrol corporal since November, when he was promoted from patrol officer. Bevell joined the Police Department on Aug. 19,...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Casey cleared of assault charges

A former candidate for mayor of Goldsboro has been cleared of charges that he fondled several women who lived in his mobile home park. Lonnie Casey Jr., who operates Casey's Trailer Lodge at 1700 S. Slocumb St., was found not...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

Chairmen picked for Mount Olive College School of Business Advisory Board

Two area men have been named officers of the newly formed Mount Olive College School of Business Advisory Board. Dr. Gregory M. Bounds, chief executive officer of Goshen Medical Center, was elected chairman, and Samuel Ernest Taylor Jr., owner of...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

LaGrange choose couple for 2005 Citizens of Year

LAGRANGE -- Herbert T. "Bud" Curdts and Mary Margaret Harrison have been named LaGrange's 2005 Citizens of the Year. The announcement was made by the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting Tuesday. Both Curdts, 66, and Ms. Harrison,...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

February Bloodmobile schedule

Here is the February Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Feb. 2: New Hope United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7: Wayne Country Day School from 8 a.m. to noon. Feb....

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Free programs planned at Cliffs of the Neuse this weekend

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will offer two free programs this weekend. "Animals of Cliffs of the Neuse" will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at the museum. A park ranger will talk about animal habitats...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Scholarship will reward essay contest winners

Scholarships rewarding abstinence among teens are being heralded by health educators, with hopes that the public will also support the effort. The annual abstinence essay contest has been sponsored by the Health Department and the Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

It's 114 degrees ... somewhere

No, Goldsboro is not in the middle of a heat wave. Drivers on Berkeley Boulevard might be a little disoriented by the new time and temperature sign in front of the News-Argus. Crews installed a new LED display this week...

Published: Jan 25, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

YMCA mentoring program

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Majesty Phillips, right, a sixth-grader at Goldsboro Middle School, right, rests her head on the shoulder of her mentor, Jerrica Ashford, a Goldsboro High School senior, as they listen to a presentation in the Building Better Teens...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Judge will review arguments in annexation case

A Superior Court judge could rule this week on whether a lawsuit against the city of Goldsboro opposing the annexation of an area north of the city limits can proceed. Lawyers for the city and Good Neighbors United presented arguments...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:53 PM Full Story

Council sets new rules on parking

Trucks soon will no longer be able to park on the Center Street median, Goldsboro City Council members decided Monday. Despite concerns voiced by business owners last week that parking restrictions downtown would limit advertising opportunities and put their trucks...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

$46,000 set aside to acquire lot in city

Goldsboro City Council made a move Monday signifying the city's intention to acquire property around the Paramount Theater. At their final meeting of the month, councilmen voted to appropriate $46,000 into the city's general fund to be used for the...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Residents share their thoughts on land use

The Wayne County Planning Department began the process of gathering public opinion for the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan during a public meeting Monday night at the Wayne Center. The process of developing a plan began more than a decade...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

Growth will stay on agenda for Pikeville officials

PIKEVILLE -- Lonnie Graves will leave his position as Pikeville town administrator Friday. But even though he will now work for his family's health-care business in Burlington, Graves said he still hopes to help the next person who will lead...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Mentoring program for teens

Majesty Phillips, 12, a sixth-grader at Goldsboro Middle School, doesn't worry about talking to her mentor, Jerrica Ashford. They share the same interests -- cheerleading, shopping and talking about boys. But, most importantly, Majesty said she likes her mentor in...

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Public records

Store robbed Two black teenagers, one armed with a handgun, shot a man Monday night during an attempted robbery of a grocery store, according to a Goldsboro police report. The suspects entered the Fourth Street Grocery at 815 Fourth St....

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

Sutton sentenced for assault on deputies

A 21-year-old man from Rosewood who assaulted several Wayne County sheriff's deputies last year has been sentenced to about four years in prison. Darryl Sutton of Fisher Drive was accused of assaulting and injuring Sgt. Sherwood Daly and Deputies C.T....

Published: Jan 24, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Monday, January 23, 2006

Driver rescued

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Rescuers who found this car overturned about 12:20 a.m. today on Dobbersville Road heard tapping coming from inside and found the driver pinned beneath the vehicle in a ditch containing a foot of water. Firefighters from Jordans...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 2:09 PM Full Story

Annexation motion hits court today

The city of Goldsboro will seek to have a lawsuit challenging its plans to annex an area northwest of the city limits dismissed today in Wayne County Superior Court. If Judge Ridley Rand rules in favor of the city, the...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 2:04 PM Full Story

Huffman looks back at first year

Organization, attention to detail and long-range planning. These qualities are among those City Manager Joe Huffman feels he brings to the table. Just a week shy of the one-year anniversary of his appointment, Huffman said his experience in the city...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 1:59 PM Full Story

Agency makes plans for fundraiser auction

Home Health and Hospice Care Inc., 3HC, is gearing up for its fourth annual reverse drawing and silent and live auctions next month. Featuring a $10,000 grand prize this year, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Kitty Askins...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 1:55 PM Full Story

Health Board supports flu vaccine proposal

The Wayne County Board of Health has decided to support a state movement designed to change how flu vaccines are paid for and distributed in North Carolina. Health Director James Roosen told the board that health departments had been asked...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Public records

Goldsboro home damaged in fire A home at 915 E. Elm St. was damaged heavily Sunday in a predawn fire bedroom fire, according to a Goldsboro Fire Department report. The owner and resident, Vincent Weeks, escaped the fire that caused...

Published: Jan 23, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Katrina orders cause traffic tie-up

Since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, a Wayne County industry has been operating 24 hours, seven days a week to supply shingles to help reconstruct the city. But although the boom is good for business at GAF Materials Corp, the...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:08 AM Full Story

Man critical after head-on crash

A Wayne County man remains in Pitt Memorial Hospital after the pickup truck he was driving drifted left of center and hit an Eagle Transport gas truck head-on Friday morning. Clift McCall, 46, of Dobbs Place in Goldsboro, was traveling...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:07 AM Full Story

New rules for Center Street parking considered

Motor oil stains line the sidewalks on Center Street. A large moving truck parked Friday across from the Paramount Theater is one of the culprits, its front end covering more than half of the median, well in front of the...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:07 AM Full Story

Wayne gets ready to read

Wayne County residents who haven't yet gotten their copy of "Night" by Elie Wiesel should rush the nearest bookstore. Oprah's Book Club fans just might clean out the stacks. The annual Wayne County Reads program will kick off its 2006...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:06 AM Full Story

Speaker says ports could be boon here

During the next decade, North Carolina's ports could become a gateway to markets around the world, providing industry, jobs and revenue for the state, a director of the North Carolina State Port Authority told members of a regional transportation committee...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:05 AM Full Story

Fremont preparing to spend nearly $2 million on sewer system

FREMONT -- Fremont is preparing to spend almost $2 million to continue to improve its sewer system. Most of the money will come from two grants. Town residents, meanwhile, will have to dig a little deeper to pay their electric...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:04 AM Full Story

Prayer breakfast Feb. 1

The annual human relations prayer breakfast, sponsored by the Goldsboro Community Affairs Commission and Wayne County, will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 1 in the fellowship hall of Goldsboro Chapel Free Will Baptist Church at 1314 Ben Brewington Court....

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:03 AM Full Story

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151 ext. 336 or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:02 AM Full Story

Wayne County Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Gerald Patrick Lee, 32, South Slocumb Street, breaking and entering, 101 to 131 months (habitual felon). *Tiszon Olajuwon Evans, 19, U.S. 13 South, possession of a firearm by a convicted...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:01 AM Full Story

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Robert Gene Bailey, 70, Fayetteville, failure to work after being paid, dismissed. *Christy Allen Stevenson, 21, Ukraine Drive, LaGrange, communicating threats, dismissed; assault, not guilty. *Linda Brown Burks, 38, South...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:01 AM Full Story

Processing of buyout payments slowed

Software problems have slowed processing as Farm Service Agency officials make Tobacco Transition Payment Program payments this week. Processing of the tobacco buyout payments began Tuesday. As of Thursday morning, the agency had completed about 3,600 of the nearly 5,700...

Published: Jan 22, 2006 2:00 AM Full Story

Friday, January 20, 2006

Closed for good

News-Argus/Dennis Hill This building on U.S. 70 East near Beston Road housed the Doll House for several years. For more information see Judge orders club closed....

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

Judge orders club closed

A nightclub in eastern Wayne County has been permanently closed after a judge signed a consent order in Wayne County Superior Court this week. Judge W. Allen Cobb of Wilmington signed the order Tuesday against The Doll House at U.S....

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Man draws two life sentences for murders

A Goldsboro man was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive life terms in prison for his part in a "grisly" double murder on New Year's Day 2004. Christopher Lee Brown, 22, of Forest Knolls Road, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior...

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

State Fair midway vendor is familiar to Wayne residents

People who attend the North Carolina State Fair this year will find out what Wayne County officials say they have known for several years -- Powers Great American Midway puts on a good show. Powers was selected Thursday by state...

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Mount Olive Chamber names director

MOUNT OLIVE -- Gena Knode has been named to take the helm of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike Rackley, the new chairman of the chamber board of directors, announced the appointment of Knode as the chamber president...

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Atlanta Company apparent low bidder for project

MOUNT OLIVE -- An Atlanta contractor is the apparent low bidder for a project to build a sewer plant for the town of Mount Olive. The consultants who opened the five bids Thursday at the Mount Olive Town Hall told...

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

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3 hurt in wrecks Three people were injured and damages were estimated at $7,300 in two recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at North William and...

Published: Jan 20, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Fighter Squadron Deployment

Air Force photo Capt. Paul Siegler and 1st Lt. Kyle Meyer of the 336th Fighter Squadron prepare for take off this morning for deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:54 PM Full Story

Reporting for duty

After-burners lit up the night sky just after 3:30 this morning as the first deploying F-15E Strike Eagles left Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to entering the cockpit, officers and...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:53 PM Full Story

They've earned their As

The Golden A awards, given annually to restaurants and foodstands that earned 95 percent or higher throughout the year, were presented to 135 recipients Tuesday night at the Wayne Center. It was the eighth year for the awards program, based...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

Commission hears list of school needs

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners acknowledged the county school system's five-year facility needs list Monday, but not without a dissenting vote. The list is a collection of wants, not needs, dissenting commissioner Larry Howard said. The list contains the board...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

Committee looks at consolidating county services

Consolidation of water, sewer and other utility services in Wayne County would require cooperation from all the organizations involved, said the executive director of the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments. Larry Moolenaar spoke Wednesday to a meeting of the county...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

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Mobile home fire A malfunctioning heater was blamed Wednesday night for a fire that caused about $1,500 in damages to a mobile home at 551 Watery Branch Church Road, a fire official said. The unidentified occupants escaped the fire in...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Condemnation proceedings expected to continue in Princeton

PRINCETON -- Princeton is expected to continue condemnation proceedings against three dilapidated buildings. Police Chief Eddie Lewis said Tuesday that the town's attorney, Robert Spence Jr. of Smithfield, was beginning the paperwork against properties at 640 Dr. Donnie Jones Boulevard,...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

West promoted to captain in Goldsboro Police Department

From staff reports Michael D. West, a 14-year veteran with the Goldsboro Police Department, has been promoted to captain, Chief Tim Bell announced Wednesday. West replaced Glenn Barnes, who retired recently. West, who specializes in collision reconstruction, joined the department...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

Black history artifacts sought

From staff reports The Goldsboro-Wayne branch of the NAACP will sponsor a black history exhibit at the Wayne County Museum throughout the month of February. Memorabilia and artifacts, including photographs, newspaper clippings, books, clothing or other significant items are being...

Published: Jan 19, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Baker's Chapel Road fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Dudley firefighters get ready to break a window in a house at 452 Baker's Chapel Church Road about 6:30 a.m. today. Firefighters from Dudley, Mount Olive and Smith's Chapel and EMS Station 9 responded to the blaze,...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

Driver saves woman from Mount Olive blaze

An unidentified driver who just happened to be passing by a Mount Olive fire this morning helped a local woman escape the blaze. Mount Olive Fire Department officials said Evelyn Anderson, of 452 Bakers Chapel Church Road, was sleeping when...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

State rejects sewer permit for feed mill

CALYPSO -- Concern that waste generated by a new Case Farms feed mill might push the town of Calypso over its sewer limit has delayed construction of the project until engineers can satisfy state regulators. Duplin County Economic Development Director...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

Machines coming for May election

Wayne County voters will have new voting machines in time for the May election, but the county's board of elections members and commissioners say they are not happy about the limited choices or the uncertainty of what costs might still...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Howell honored as top local firefighter

Jack Howell, a firefighter for almost 40 years and a chief for almost 20, was honored with the Wayne County Firemen's Association highest award. Howell, the chief of the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department on two occasions, on Tuesday night received...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Opportunity Center officially opens doors

Wayne Opportunity Center has merged with the H.O.P.E. program, a rehabilitation center for mentally handicapped clients, on the old campus of Wayne Community College at 804 E. U.S. Highway 70 Bypass. Funded by the United Way of Wayne County, Wayne...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

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Quick response helps in arrest A Wayne County man was arrested by Wayne County sheriff's deputies within 15 minutes of a strong-armed robbery after a detective heard the suspect's description. A man on Sunday night pushed through two customers at...

Published: Jan 18, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Heroes' sendoff

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Seymour Johnson airmen load their bags and make final preparations for their deployment to southwest Asia Monday night. For more information see 200 Seymour Johnson AFB personnel deploy for next mission....

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

200 Seymour Johnson AFB personnel deploy for next mission

Airman Jeff Jamieson didn't have much time to be a newlywed before getting the call that he, along with 200 other airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, would be deploying to southwest Asia. The 19-year-old and his wife, Sarah,...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Starbucks, bigger stores on list for Wayne

A long-rumored coffee shop is planning to locate in Goldsboro, and two major retailers in the city are planning extensive renovations. Starbucks Coffee submitted plans to the city Inspections Department last week to build on an outparcel in front of...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Businesses look more to region for expansion

Wayne County saw a lot of economic growth in 2005, and that trend should continue, said Steve Hicks, president of the Wayne County of Chamber of Commerce. "Without a doubt, 2005 was a very memorable year for Goldsboro and Wayne...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

State officials want to talk about water use; meeting set here

State officials will hold a public hearing Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at Wayne Community College for residents of the eastern part of the state to comment on proposed changes in how the state deals with water shortages. The state...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

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Cigarettes stolen from Eureka store EUREKA -- About $1,028 worth of property, including 48 cartons of cigarettes, was stolen between Sunday and Monday from the Eureka Mini-Mart at 2710 N.C. 222 East. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported that the...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

MOC alumnus to perform Jan. 26 at Rodgers Chapel

MOUNT OLIVE -- Scott Bircher, a contempary Christian singer, will perform in Rodgers Chapel at Mount Olive College on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The performance, co-sponsored by the campus Activity Board and Big Coffee, is free and open...

Published: Jan 17, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Monday, January 16, 2006

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annual breakfast

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Damesha Smith, MLK committee chairperson, talks with Goldsboro Mayor Al King before the breakfast and memorial tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. In addition to a couple of speeches, the event included entertainment and a...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:52 PM Full Story

Case still pending against driver

Goldsboro police say they are continuing to put together their case against a driver who allegedly struck two 13-year-old eighth-graders last year as they crossed East Ash Street near Greenwood Middle School. Police Sgt. Trey Ball said when he completes...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:51 PM Full Story

Officials to finalize new voting machines

Wayne County's commissioners will pick voting machines for the county and determine how much to set aside to pay for them at the board's meeting Tuesday. Last year, the General Assembly approved legislation requiring each county's Board of Elections to...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:50 PM Full Story

New high school seeks applicants for fall semester

Wayne County Public Schools is preparing to open its 32nd school this fall, to be located on the Wayne Community College campus. Wayne Early/Middle College High School, part of a national high school reform initiative, will become the school system's...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:49 PM Full Story

Celebrating his dream: Annual breakfast honors Dr. King

Singing, dancing, prayer -- all in honor of a champion of the civil rights movement. More than 400 county residents arrived at H.V. Brown Hall this morning to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the city hosted...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:48 PM Full Story

Fitness program sponsored by county, extension service

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Wayne County Health Department are sponsoring a fitness program for Wayne County residents. Wayne Gets Fit! begins Jan. 24 and run through April 10. The program will be held every Tuesday from 4:30...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:47 PM Full Story

Goldsboro native pens WCC play

The Wayne Community College Fine Arts Club will sponsor performances of a play written by a Goldsboro native. Spat, written by Ayinde Hurrey, will be performed Jan. 21, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:15 p.m. in the music room of...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:46 PM Full Story

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Wanted Three people are wanted by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on two felony warrants for breaking and entering and one felony warrant for larceny. Brian Curtis Herring, 30, of Smithfield, Amy Herring Ham, 23, of Hugh Street and Ricky...

Published: Jan 16, 2006 1:45 PM Full Story

Sunday, January 15, 2006

250 to deploy from Seymour Johnson

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are deploying this month for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. By the end of January, more than 400 airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will have deployed...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:12 AM Full Story

Everett sues to get retirement

The former Goldsboro city attorney is suing the state Local Government Employees' Retirement System over benefits he says he was unfairly denied upon retirement. Harrell Everett filed suit in Wayne County Civil Superior Court last week, asking that a decision...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:11 AM Full Story

FBI investigates military record

FBI agents in Raleigh are reviewing allegations that a Wayne County veteran faked portions of his military record, including claiming medals for valor in combat that he might not have earned. Under investigation are medals Preston Garris, 60, claims to...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:10 AM Full Story

Turkey houses destroyed in storm

Three turkey houses and several buildings in western Greene County were destroyed after strong winds ripped through the area in the early morning hours on Saturday. Three of six turkey houses on Jimmy Herring's farm near Shine's Crossroads were destroyed,...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:09 AM Full Story

Boy Scout council looking for new executive

Tuscarora Council officials say they hope to have a new scout executive by March 1. Former Boy Scout executive Bill Lappin left the council in December after a 21-year tenure serving the Wayne County region. Tuscarora President Jim Daniels said...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:08 AM Full Story

McDonald found not guilty on assault charge

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Town Manager Ray McDonald was found not guilty Friday of assault on a man at a polling place on Election Day. Judge Les Turner also dismissed a charge of communicating threats against McDonald. The charges...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:08 AM Full Story

Fathers will escort daughters to fundraiser dance

For the past two years, a father-daughter dance has been held at the Family YMCA to raise funds for the WARM Hearts mentoring program. With family dynamics rapidly changing, the concept has been expanded to include grandfathers, uncles or a...

Published: Jan 15, 2006 2:07 AM Full Story

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