Williams, mayor stand up for Southern Wayne

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher Mount Olive community leaders spoke up to county leaders last week, asking them to fund proposed improvements at Southern Wayne High School. Lynn Williams, Public Relations Director at Mount Olive Pickle Company, and Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott were among the speakers urging Wayne County commissioners to follow through on…

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Returning ND Principal Jones looks forward to ‘18-19

By Robert J. Sivori Staff Writer North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School Principal Anthony Jones is still the high-caliber, proper-education-driven math teacher who spent over 17 years in the classroom before moving up to school administration. Now, back at North Duplin, his headquarters experience will continue to improve ND’s student performance and increase the graduation percentage.…

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Deputy Philip Jones honored

By Robert J. Sivori Staff Writer At the recently Duplin County Board of Education meeting, Deputy Philip Jones, School Resource Officer at North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School, received a special award for above and beyond dedication to protecting children last October. During the early morning on October 18, 2017, a pre-school bus broke down on…

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MO to hammer down on overgrown lots

By William Holloman Staff Writer The days of privately-owned property blanketed with overgrown weeds and grass, routinely maintained by the town at taxpayers’ expense, are about to be over. Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott and the town’s board of commissioners clearly state they are tired of it and say action is on the way that…

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Shots fired into Oliver St. home

By William Holloman Staff Writer Mount Olive Police are still investigating a shooting on Oliver Street that startled five people inside the residence watching television. All miraculously escaped injury. Investigators at this point have no suspect and no motive for the shooting. The incident happened in the early morning on August 13 at 602 Oliver…

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Tribune to livestream ND football Friday

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher The Mount Olive Tribune will again offer live streaming video of the North Duplin football games this season, beginning this Friday. ‘We made a decision Thursday to do it again this year,” Publisher Barry Merrill said last week. “We will be announcing some of those decisions in coming days and…

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Calypso votes unanimously to approve solar farm

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher After several months of sometimes emotional debates, the Calypso Town Board moved past some issues last Monday night with the approval of a solar farm special use permit. Cypress Creek Renewables was awarded a permit for a solar farm on Broadhurst Farm in the town’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction. That was the…

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Pickle Plant asking for road for increased truck traffic

By William Holloman Staff Writer An effort by the Mount Olive Pickle Company to get a road from NC Highway 55 over to Talton Avenue to ease traffic congestion and provide a better truck route to the company facilities has been endorsed by the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners. The town board last week…

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7/28 deluge causes sewer spill

By William Holloman Staff Writer A sewage spill resulted from heavy rainfall last week, and approximately 45,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the nearby headwaters of the Northeast/Cape Fear River. The sanitary sewer overflow was inside the town’s wastewater treatment plant. The spill happened on Monday of last week around 8 p.m. and lasted…

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