Area Breaking News

Warsaw water rescue saves 5 near NDHS

By Robert J. Sivori Staff Writer Flood waters rose quickly after Hurricane Florence lingered over eastern North Carolina and drenched the area in torrential rainfall. That flooding caught some local residents by surprise. From the Warsaw firehouse command center, volunteer firefighters like James Blackmore, son of the Fire Chief, traveled to NC 403 west of…

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MO’s USPS goes camping

By William Holloman Staff Writer The Mount Olive Post Office is currently maintaining its operation out of a large tent behind the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center. Its regular office suffered water damage from the recent storm. Postmaster James Benson said he is “hopeful” normal operations can be up and running by October 4. The local…

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MO pulls together to get through storm

‘Amazing’ togetherness for storm recovery By William Holloman Staff Writer United, we stand; divided, we fall. The aftermath of Florence, the second major hurricane to hit the area in two years, reminded officials of what pulling together is all about. “The only thing I can adequately say that will describe it all,” said Mount Olive…

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Calypso Recreation Board resigns

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher Earlier this year some young parents volunteered to serve on the Calypso Recreation Board, vowing to work to clean up a number of problems. After a spring and summer ball season, almost all of the exhausted parents have resigned. Calypso Recreation Commissioner Cynthia Reynolds delivered the bad news to the…

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Calypso Board grouses over planning board

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher The Calypso Planning Board recommended the town take legal steps to allow a property owner to get clear title to sell her property, but after the planning board chairman left, some board members said they resented him telling them what they should do. The Town Board called for a public…

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Florence swamps Wayne, SE counties

By William Holloman Staff Writer Preparations here in Mount Olive for Hurricane Florence got an early start, and actually began a week ago when Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott issued serious concerns at the monthly town board meeting. Those concerns appeared to be well-founded, due to hazardous conditions still present at press time. “We have…

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MO begins knocking down eyesores

By William Holloman Staff Writer Another residential eyesore in town has been taken down. The latest removal was a structure at 110 Pollock Street, and Mayor Joe Scott said the clean-up effort is far from over. “We are going to piece by piece get rid of these structures that are nothing more than an eyesore…

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Town buys banners to dress up downtown

By William Holloman Staff Writer Residents and merchants will soon see new seasonal banners in the downtown business district as Mayor Joe Scott continues with his downtown beautification program. Twelve new fall-themed banners will replace those now up in the downtown area between James and Main Streets. Current banners reflect a patriotic theme. Two other…

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School Board to endorse sales tax hike Tues.

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher Bulldozers will be at work clearing the way for a new Southern Wayne High School gym virtually the day after Wayne County passes a sales tax referendum. That was the confident prediction of Wayne County Schools administration after an informal discussion last Thursday between Wayne School Board members, Wayne County…

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Tribune to livestream North Duplin football Friday

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher Tribune Streaming Services will return to H.E. Grubbs Field Friday night on the campus of North Duplin to present another Rebels football game. As always, the Tribune urges all who can to come out and root for the Rebels. If you can’t, or even if you want to watch it…

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