Events in our area 2.20


ALS support group to meet

The monthly meeting of the Greenville ALS Connection Group, a support group for persons with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and caregivers (for Lou Gehrig’s disease), will be held Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The location has been changed to the N.C. Adaptive Technology Program at 1033 W. H. Smith Blvd., Greenville. For more information, contact Phyllis Hazel at or 877-257-7491, ext. 709.

Steele Memorial Library events

  • Story Time for ages 0-5 with an adult: Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28, 10 to 11 a.m. at Steele Memorial Library. Join in for stories, songs, and crafts that build listening and literacy skills. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Steele Memorial Library children’s desk at 919-299-8105, ext. 2.
  • Battle of the Books Practice (for grades 3-5) Feb. 21, 6 to 7 p.m. At Steele Memorial Library. Are you on a Battle of the Books team at school? Do you want an opportunity to practice your skills? Steele Memorial Library is hosting practice sessions until the final competition. This program is free, but register by calling the children’s desk at 919-299-8105, ext. 2.
  • Pajama Story Time, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Steele Memorial Library. Jump into your jammies and join in for songs, stories and fun for ages 2-6 with an adult. No registration is necessary to attend. For more information, contact the Steele Memorial Library children’s desk at 919-299-8105, ext. 2.

    VFW Post 9959 barbecue dinner Saturday

    VFW Post 9959, 1012 N. Church St., Mount Olive, will hold its semi-annual fundraiser for community programs and building fund Saturday from 11 a.m. until. There will be barbecue pork or chicken plates available for $8 each. You can eat in or take out.

    Board Curriculum and Instruction Committee To Meet

    The Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Wayne County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9:00 a. m. in Conference Room C. at the administrative offices on Royall Avenue. For more information, contact Tamara Berman-Ishee at 919-731-5900.

    Allied Health Programs subject of info sessions 

    Wayne Community College has scheduled two information sessions for anyone considering entering the allied health field. 

    The hour-long meetings will be held at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Room 225 of the Pine Building on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro.

    The hour-long presentations will cover career opportunities as well as WCC admission criteria for 2019, financial aid options, and program expectations. The practical and associate degree nursing, dental hygiene and assisting, medical assisting, medical laboratory, and pharmacy programs will be discussed. No reservation or advance registration is required.

    Individual appointments are available for anyone who cannot attend these sessions. 

    For more information, contact Counselor Carl Brow at (919) 739-6727 or

    February Career Readiness
    testing set

    Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is being held this month at Wayne Community College. 

    The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide a testing session from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. The session will be held in Room 136 of the Walnut Building on Wayne Community College’s main campus in Goldsboro. Registration is required. Call 919-739-7004.

    Cost to take the set of three skill assessments (Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents) is $36. 

    The Airman and Family Readiness Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base offers free assessments to military personnel and their dependents. For more information and to register for the next testing session on the base, call 919-772-1123. 

    Those wishing to prepare for the NCRC may take advantage of the self-directed instruction and skills upgrade training offered in the WORKS Lab, which also is located in Room 136 of the Walnut Building. The lab is open 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. The lab is closed on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    More information about the NCRC and future testing schedules are available at

    Neighborhood Watch
    meeting set

    The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office will host a Neighborhood Watch Seminar Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Ed Emory Auditorium at Duplin Commons, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville.

    The event is being held to inform interested members of the community on how to start or restart a community watch program in their areas. Information on how to organize and inform members through new technology and innovations will be discussed.

    The modern version of the Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch Program was developed as a result of the multiple requests from sheriffs and police chiefs around the country. They were looking for a crime prevention program that would incorporate citizen involvement and address the increasing number of burglaries taking place, especially in rural and suburban areas.

    For more details, contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150 or contact Detective Ben Parrish at or Lt. Scott Kennedy at

    Men of FIC news

    The Men of Faith, Integrity, and Character (Men of FIC), will celebrate their eighth anniversary March 2 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion building on Chestnut Street in Mount Olive.

    Each year, Men of FIC celebrates with a “Togetherness Banquet” where they honor individuals, businesses or civic groups who have made meaningful contributions to the betterment of Mount Olive and the surrounding communities.

    This year’s honorees will be Piggy Wiggly, American Legion Post 103, Brenda Artis, the Bridge to Hope Ministry, and the Peanut Crew of the United Methodist Church. This year’s speaker will be Pastor Adrian Grandy of The Solid Rock United Holy Church of America, Saint Paul.

    For tickets, contact Al Southerland at 919-394-0198 or Sam Platt at 919-634-7765.

    Pickle Princess Pageant applications available

    Applications are now available for the 19th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival Princess Pageant. The pageant will be held April 6 at 6 p.m. at Southern Bank Auditorium on the campus of the University of Mount Olive. The pageant is open to all ages and is not a closed title. Winners will reign over the nationally-known North Carolina Pickle Festival. Event winners have gone on to win Miss North Carolina, Mrs. North Carolina and Mrs. America. For an application, email or call 919-738-8443.

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