Area News

Mount Olive PD preps to welcome new K-9

By William Holloman Staff Writer Mount Olive Police Chief Tommy Brown says another K-9 unit is expected to be added to the department’s personnel list within the next six to eight weeks. Officer Michael MacHamer and his dog, Marko, are currently in training. Marko is a Belgian Malinois. He is being trained for both drug…

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Big July 4 celebration planned at Westbrook Park

The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, local Jaycees, the Town of Mount Olive, and the Exchange Club of Mount Olive have all combined to provide residents with a variety of July 4th activities. Fireworks provided by the town, Jaycees, and the chamber will kick it all off on July 3 around 9:15 p.m. with a…

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Mount Olive woman charged with forgery

By William Holloman From reports A Mount Olive woman has been arrested by investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department on several forgery allegations. Jailed in lieu of a $7,500 bond was 39-year-old Rachel Lee Dennington of 701 NW Center Street. She is charged with forgery of endorsement, uttering a forged endorsement, and obtaining property…

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Mount Olive helps Hinson ‘make a difference’

By William Holloman Staff Writer Less than a year ago, Mount Olive’s Hurricane Matthew disaster shelter was boosted by a major food contribution from the Make A Difference Food Pantry of Grantham. The pantry was founded 13-year-old Brooke Mackenzie “Kenzie” Hinson, a Grantham resident. She founded the food pantry in 2015, and since that time…

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We want your drugs: New service unveiled by police chief

By William Holloman Staff Writer Citizen requests over the years for help in disposing of unused prescription drugs have finally fallen on attentive ears. Mount Olive Police Chief Tommy Brown unveiled a new project that will allow residents to take their prescription drugs to the police department. The department will take care of their safe…

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Unanimous vote for newest commissioner

By William Holloman Staff Writer The Town of Mount Olive has a new face on the board of commissioners. Mrs. Barbara Kornegay, the current Vice President of Enrollment at the University of Mount Olive, was sworn in as the new District 3 commissioner. She replaces Tom Preston, who announced his resignation at the board’s May…

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$1.5 million dream coming true

By William Holloman Staff Writer A small crowd of well wishers and dignitaries on the local and state level watched the dirt move in a construction kickoff groundbreaking for the $1.5 million corporate aircraft hangar at the local airport. More than a year of effort was involved in planning and financing the project. Mount Olive…

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June events at local libraries

Wayne County Public Library Events (All programs are free; registration is necessary where noted) Children’s Events “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Programs, All Library Branches June 19-July 26The Children’s Departments in all branches will be promoting this summer’s reading programs that focus how we are connected to the world around us and how our…

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