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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Possible severe thunderstorms expected as cold front moves in today

Scattered thunderstorms, some that could become severe, are expected to develop this afternoon and evening, ahead of a strong cold front moving into central and eastern North Carolina. The greatest threat could come from damaging thunderstorm gusts. Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning...

Stream cleanout ready to begin

Wayne County is ready to begin a nearly half-million-dollar stream cleanout project to help mitigate possible future flooding caused by storms and/or heavy rains. But in order to move forward, the county will need access to properties adjacent to...

Schools to host open houses

Wayne County Public Schools will hold a round of open house events this week in anticipation of schools on the traditional calendar resuming on Monday, Aug. 28. Several schools already started classes earlier this month, including Goldsboro High School,...

Chosen for Innovators

A Charles B. Aycock High School senior participated in an eight-week summer internship program through the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. William Jones Jr. was one of 24 students chosen from 100 applicants -- and the only...

Moving closer to accreditation

Marilyn "Rosie" Wagner has spent years combing crime scenes, meticulously documenting evidence and working to help law enforcement agencies maintain national accreditation standards. Wagner started working for the Goldsboro Police Department Friday and will lead the agency in its...

NAACP to hold forum Sunday

The Goldsboro-Wayne and Johnston County branches of the NAACP will hold a candidates forum at the St. James AME Zion Church on George Street Sunday, as the group prepares to find new leadership after the Rev. William Barber steps...

Dancing Stars kicks off season

They came. They saw. And hopefully they'll dance. Potential "stars" attended the kickoff Tuesday for the seventh annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County event. Modeled after the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars," the annual fundraiser benefits educational...

Community rallies around 5-year-old with tumor diagnosis

Before April, 5-year-old Caden Edwards enjoyed a normal life -- he likes to play T-ball, spend time with his dogs and, if he really knows a person, enjoys telling jokes. He began to experience headaches, nausea and fatigue, his mother,...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Woman charged for embezzling from booster club

The former president and treasurer of Charles B. Aycock High School's Music Boosters Association is facing felony charges after turning herself in Tuesday for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from the club during her tenure. Sandra Dawn Petersen, 40, of...

Police seek information in rash of vehicle break-ins on North Hillcrest Drive

On Thursday, Aug. 17, at approximately 7:40 a.m., the Goldsboro Police Department responded to 400 block of North Hillcrest Drive, in reference to a vehicle break-in.  Officers located four vehicles in the area had been broken into and several bags...

Road project on hold due to public opposition

FAISON -- Planned safety improvements to the U.S. 117/N.C. 50 intersection are on hold and could even be dropped because of public opposition. All of the 10 comments received at a recent public meeting on the project were in opposition,...

Two arrested in break-ins at Southern Wayne High School

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two people today in connection to break-ins at Southern Wayne High School in June. Power tools were taken from areas where shop class is held, loaded into a wheelbarrow and stolen. Dillon Blake Brown,...

High temps and humidity to produce heat index value as high as 100 degrees

High temperatures in the low 90s combined with humid conditions today through Wednesday will continue to produce heat index values as high as 100 degrees. Thunderstorms are expected to develop after 1 p.m. Wednesday ahead of a strong cold front...

Senate district lines for county change

The N.C. Senate released its new district map proposal Sunday evening with Wayne County potentially losing Sen. Don Davis, D-Dist. 5, as a representative. District 5, which currently includes approximately half of Pitt County in its territory, all of Greene...

Wayne County Homeschool Fair offers information and support

When Chasity Cerny started homeschooling her children, one of the challenges was knowing what was available to support her. An event like the Wayne County Homeschool Fair would have been wonderful, she said. "It used to be we didn't...

Wayne County Public Schools bringing local sports to cable TV

Wayne County Public Schools is launching a locally produced weekly sports show on the district cable TV channel. "Coaches Corner" will air Thursday evenings at 8 and 10 p.m. on the Wayne County Education Alliance Channel, WCEA, found on Spectrum...

Motorcycle rider charged after leading police on high speed chase

A motorcycle rider led deputies on a chase from Potts Road to Arrington Bridge Road Friday night, reaching speeds of 100 mph before deputies got him into custody. Tremell Deleon Burns, 34, of 5604 Mesa Court, Fayetteville, is charged...

Monday, August 21, 2017

All eyes to the sky: Wayne County turns out for the eclipse

As the moon passed in front of the  sun Monday, many people  in Wayne County -- children as well as adults  -- had their eyes to the sky. The Wayne County Public Library invited children and their parents to learn...

Police investigate shooting death outside local bar

Police are investigating a 45-year-old woman's death after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the parking lot of 2006 N. William St. early Sunday morning. Many questions remain unanswered as the head of the Goldsboro...

Armed robbers arrive in one stolen car, leave in another

Police are looking into two armed robberies that happened Saturday. Neither of the victims were injured, but both were held at gunpoint by multiple people. Police reports indicate the first incident happened around 4 a.m. Saturday. A man told police...

Man shot in the behind at a party tells police it might have been something he said

A man was shot in the buttocks early Sunday morning while at a party on Durham Lake Road, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Authorities still aren't sure where the party was because the victim...

Eclipse-centered events organized in county, 2:46 p.m. is the peak time for Goldsboro

As the solar eclipse draws near, organizations in the city are gearing up for special eclipse-centered events. The Wayne County Public Library will host an eclipse viewing and educational event from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today, where kids and...

Happy rocks: Painters of the rocks hope each one brings a smile to someone's face

Marilyn Glover was downtown one day and saw a woman sitting on a bench on Center Street all by herself. "She just looked so lonely and was just sitting there alone," Glover said. "So I gave her a rock I...

County sends out tax notices

Approximately 73,000 tax notices are being mailed out by the Wayne County tax office over the next few days. Taxpayers who do not receive their bill by Sept. 1 should contact the tax office at 919-731-1478 or go online...

Community, developer at odds over mailboxes

Whenever Kelly Clark wants to get her mail, she drives 10 minutes from her home in the Glen Laurel subdivision to the post office in Pikeville. She and her neighbors have been doing so for around a year, since...

Looking at the side effects, county focuses on recruitment and retention of doctors

Wayne UNC Health Care is taking steps to address the community's physician shortage by targeting ways to recruit and retain more doctors, say hospital officials. The effort is such a priority that two new positions have been created to address...

Public hearings scheduled on new districts

The new maps released by the N.C. House Saturday are propositions subject to public comment, approval by the redistricting committee and the entire General Assembly and to the judgment of courts, said Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Dist. 4. Statewide, the proposed...

Council to discuss parking

Parking in the downtown area for an extended amount of time may come with a cost. The Goldsboro City Council is set to consider the approval of a two-hour time limit for Center Street parking spaces, from Ash to...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Maps change representation

Republicans in the N.C. House released the new proposed districts map Saturday with Wayne County having different borders and losing a representative. Wayne County is included in District 21 and 10, but the county has been completely removed from District...

Still 29 teacher vacancies

With a little over a week until traditional schools in the county resume, Wayne County Public Schools is exhausting every resource to fill 29 certified teacher vacancies, assistant superintendent of human resources, Dr. Yvette Smith Mason said. The first...

Back on campus

Wayne Community College kicked off another academic year on Thursday, with a preliminary head count of 3,257 -- just shy of the 3,312 enrollment for the same point last fall. Officials said they expect the numbers to climb with registration...

WCC arts and humanities schedule

A little Scarlett O'Hara, a little football, World War I and II, and a timely program on Russia, are just a few of the offerings for the fall line-up of the arts and humanities from the Foundation of Wayne Community...

'Wayne's Got Talent' kicks off United Way campaign

Singers, musicians and actors pulled their talents together Friday in support of the United Way of Wayne County during "Wayne's Got Talent." The show, performed at the Paramount Theatre, included a blend of bluegrass music, patriotic and inspirational songs,...

W.A. Foster Center hosts back-to-school event for area students

Going back to school is right around the corner for children. That means supplies are needed, but also means that summer -- and the chance to have a little fun -- is drawing to a close. Community leaders hosted...

Pending cases affected by officer's firing

District Attorney Matthew Delbridge confirmed this week several pending court cases are now compromised after a Goldsboro Police Department officer was deemed ineffective and fired in July. Delbridge declined to go into specifics on how many cases are compromised,...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Calling all pollinators: Beekeepers of the Neuse takes Waynesborough Park by swarm

Waynesborough Park was abuzz with excitement Saturday as families from all over gathered to enjoy music, food and learn about honeybees. The Beekeepers of the Neuse hosted the National Honey Bee Day event, which saw throngs of people flock to...

Police seek information in Day Circle shooting

On Thursday, Aug. 3, at approximately 12:37 a.m., the Goldsboro Police Department responded to Wayne UNC Health Care reverence a gunshot victim that had arrived by a private vehicle.The victim, Mr. Jamal Leach, a 24-year-old black male of Goldsboro was...

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