Area News

Runaway trailer hits water main

By William Holloman Staff Writer A hit-and-run type incident on Breazeale Avenue involving a runaway trailer caused property damage, but miraculously, no one was hurt. Officers said the incident happened in the 900 block of North Breazeale Ave. Only one witness was located: Sean Simpson, an employee at a business located in the Carolina Crossroads…

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Warsaw won’t give up stoplight

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher After nearly a year of debate, discussion, and trying to dissuade DOT, Warsaw, barring a last-minute stay from the Governor, will buy a new stoplight. The Warsaw Town Council voted last Monday night that if last minute appeals failed, it would spend $83,400 to replace the historic stoplight at the…

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Local giant Pope passes

By William Holloman Staff Writer Local businessman Buddy Pope has passed away. E.J. “Buddy” Pope, a giant in the area’s businesses, including petroleum, died on Wednesday of last week. He was 86. He was a man who for years played an important role in shaping the future direction of the community, friends said. “I knew…

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Calypso Town Board approves business zone on a technicality

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher On the advice of the town’s attorney, Calypso’s mayor nulled the last-month vote of a town board member against the passage of a  business zone in town, and called the new zone in town passed. The amendment of the minutes of the last meeting brought an extended discussion at the…

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MOPD getting cars, cams, eyes in the sky

By William Holloman Staff Writer Mount Olive’s Police Department is poised to get three new cruisers and new, up-to-date body cameras for all 16 officers during the next few months. The funds for the new cars and equipment, said Police Chief Tommy Brown, have already been approved by the town board in the new fiscal…

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New eatery is reason to celebrate

By William Holloman Staff Writer The newest business to open its doors here is Hardee’s. The new eatery opened on Monday, July 2, just as the sun was giving a welcome to the new day, and saw a big turnout from town officials and residents. The 3,162 square-foot operation located on NC Highway 55, just…

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Scott moves up to WCDA chair

By William Holloman Staff Writer Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott has been installed as new chairman of the Wayne County Development Alliance. Scott, a known advocate for bringing new industry and new jobs to Wayne County, is no stranger to the local economic development efforts. He had previously been a member of the area Committee…

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Calypso Planning Board meets without committee

By Barry Merrill Tribune Publisher The emotionally-charged debate over establishment of a business zone in Calypso will again be before the town board this Monday (July 2) night. There may be fireworks—during the meeting. The town’s planning board met Thursday night with the mayor and two town board members in attendance, but three other town…

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Readying the park for celebration

The annual July Fourth in the Park celebration will be held on the fourth at Westbrook Park, beginning at 5 p.m. The event is put on by the Exchange Club of Mount Olive. The annual July Fourth fireworks display is set for July 3rd at dusk at the Mount Olive Industrial Park on the Old…

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MO is growing, new Hardee’s opens July 2

Mount Olive’s newest eatery, Hardee’s, is on the verge of opening for business. A firm spokesperson said the opening date is set for July 2 at the NC Highway 55 West operation. Mayor Joe Scott said he welcomes the new restaurant and it is a clear signal that Mount Olive is growing, not only in…

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