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Monday, April 24, 2017

Manhunt resumes for armed man, now possible murder suspect

Update ---- 6:45 p.m. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office now says Ricky Terrell Ward, 33,  is a "possible" murder suspect in relation to Sunday night's shooting death of David Demarlo Thompson, 35. Thompson was shot and killed in the back...

County under flash flood watch

Wayne County and most of central North Carolina is under a flood watch with flash flooding possible today through early Tuesday morning. Periods of heavy rain are expected today and tonight with rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches expected...

Shortage of homes, more children causes foster care program crisis

The foster care crisis around the state is being felt in Wayne County, with growing numbers of children being put into the system and a shortage of homes in which to place them, said Debbie Jones, director of Wayne County...

Report: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base a boon for economy

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base helped to increase employment for Goldsboro and Wayne County last year with nearly 800 civilians finding jobs with the base. According to the base's 2016 economic impact report, Seymour Johnson spent $705 million on local...

Kindergarten registration begins Tuesday

Kindergarten registration for Wayne County Public Schools  will be Tuesday at 13 elementary schools. It will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at most of the schools, with the exception of Edgewood Community Developmental School and North Drive...

Sheriff's Office investigates two homicides over weekend

DUDLEY -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder that happened Sunday night on Arrowhead Road. David Demarlo Thompson, 35, of 109 Arrowhead Road, was found in his backyard suffering from several gunshot wounds around 9:30 p.m. when...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bouncer killed in bar fight, two charged

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Two Wayne County men are charged with murder after allegedly beating a security staff member to death outside Maynard's Night Club Saturday night, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Jerry Wayne Anthony...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three assistants become finalists

Three instructional assistants with Wayne County Public Schools have been selected as finalists in the running for the distinction of being 2017 Instructional Assistant of the Year. The district program, modeled after the Teacher of the Year, highlights the...

'Repair cafe' to be held at Northview Church

Northview Baptist Church will hold a "repair cafe" on Saturday, June 3 at the church at 600 Patetown Road. What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with...

Pickle Festival begins Friday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hike the Pickle Trail and discover pickle-flavored popcorn, snow cones and even free pickles. Those with a real appetite for pickles can test themselves to see if they can down a bowl of kosher dill pickles in...

Brookdale holds community event featuring Phil Ford

Adam Combs slid a familiar picture on a table to former University of North Carolina Tar Heels point guard Phil Ford. Ford stared closely and was reminded of what he looked like 21 years ago. "I'm seeing me more as...

Through the camera lens

Samer Kasbari can be at the edge of the Grand Canyon, in the mountains overlooking a lake or in a forest surrounded by foliage and he might stand there for a long time waiting to take the perfect photograph. "So...

Guardian ad Litem honors volunteers

Guardian ad Litem volunteers serving hundreds of children in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties were recognized Friday for their service to the community. The District 8 Guardian ad Litem program, which serves nearly 300 children in the three-county area,...

Quilt to be raffled to raise money for Cures for Colors

Marion Atkins Adair helps raise money for Southeastern Cancer Care's Cures for the Colors in an unusual way -- by making a quilt each year to be raffled off. The quilt is on display at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center....

Arts Council to host May events

The Arts Council of Wayne County will have three major events in May. The first will be a Cinco de Mayo party May 5 from 5 to 8 during its regular First Friday event. There will be Cinco de Mayo-themed...

Driver crosses center line, vehicle flips

A man was injured when he crossed the center line and ran into a ditch on Genoa Road near the intersection of Outlaw Road Friday night.William Earl King was driving Pontiac Vibe when it hit a ditch and then flipped...

Man charged with larceny after selling stolen items to pawn shop

A man allegedly stole items from a Mount Olive couple's home one week ago and sold the items to a local pawn shop and a jewelry store. According to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release, Joseph Michael Phillips, 26,...

Wayne Community College's Adult High School Program honors three

Wayne Community College's Adult High School Program has honored three students for outstanding academic achievement. Bailey Jewel Evers, Jason Edward Benner, and Nakia Shadai Tune made the Scholars List for the Spring 1 2017 session. To receive this honor, students...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jury selection starts, stops in Stancil first-degree murder trial

Jury selection began today in the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III. Stancil is accused of shooting and killing Wayne Community College print shop technician Ron Lane on April 13, 2015, on the school's campus. He is...

Jury convicts Alquan Hill in 2014 murder of mother of three

Update ---- 2:42 p.m. Alquan De-Shawn Hill will serve life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in Wayne County Superior Court today. Hill was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent...

16-year-old charged in shooting of a family member

Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies called to a Dudley home Thursday night said they found a man shot in the leg by a family member. According to the report, deputies saw "several" neighbors outside waiving their arms for deputies to...

Relay for Life survivors banquet

Jo Sutton was one of the oldest cancer survivors in the audience at Thursday night's Relay for Life Survivors Banquet at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. "I had lung cancer in 2008," the 85-year-old said. Over the years since, she...

Make A Difference

Gov. Roy Cooper has named Mackenzie Hinson of the Grantham community as the state's first "spokeskid" for his Youth Make a Difference Days initiative. Cooper was in Goldsboro Thursday afternoon for a roundtable discussion held in the county's emergency...

Police: Woman returns to store she twice shoplifted from, is charged

A woman who allegedly stole headphones at U.S. Cellular earlier this week was arrested at the store Thursday. Crystal Smith Ezzell, 30, of 105 Dee Dee Place, entered the store April 11, and April 17, with an infant child and...

Cooper: Lack of affordable housing hindered hurricane recovery

A lack of affordable housing in Wayne County and across eastern North Carolina has hindered efforts to relocate people who lost their homes because of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Roy Cooper said. The  storm put a spotlight on things that leaders...

Murder case to go to jury today

Jury deliberation in the murder trial of Alquan De-shawn Hill begins today after both sides presented closing arguments Thursday afternoon. The trial has gone on since April 10. Hill is accused of taking part in the killing of a 21-year-old...

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