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Note: Proof of prior rabies vaccination is required to receive the three-year vaccine. If proof is not provided, a one-year vaccine will be given. Bring your driver’s license to speed up the process.


Bentonville program tickets available

Visitors to Bentonville Battlefield’s “A Fighting Chance for Life” Civil War medical program will have the rare chance to tour the Harper House after dark on March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. During the reimagined and rewritten nighttime living history program, the Harper House will be transformed to look as it did as a field hospital during the Battle of Bentonville on March 19, 1865.

Only a few tickets remain. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the Bentonville Battlefield visitor center at 910-594-0789.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield, Inc.

Attendees will follow their guide through the field hospital, seeing the realities of Civil War medicine as never before. Visitors will witness re-enactors as surgeons and medical personnel performing amputations and providing other medical care.

The nighttime tours are part of Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site’s “A Fighting Chance for Life” Civil War medical program, March 16-17, that will compare Civil War medical care to 21st century care. The daytime program activities on March 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are free. Concessions will be available from the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department.

The site is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.

UMO set to host career forum

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business will hold a career forum on March 19 in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The event, which begins at 11 a.m., is open to the public.

The forum provides attendees with the opportunity to hear successful UMO alumni discuss their educational and career experiences. This year’s panelists are: Kate Whetsell of Enviva Biomass, Jackie Hawes of Hawes Funeral Home & Cremations, Charlotte Watson of Wayne UNC Health, Kenisha Armstrong of Murdoch Developmental Center, and Vince J. Watson of Smithfield Foods.

For more information, contact Deborah M. Houston at

Steele Memorial Library events

  • Story Time: For ages 0-5 with an adult, Wednesday and Thursday, and March 20-21 from 10 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and crafts that build listening and literacy skills. Registration is not required.
  • Battle of the Books Practice: For grades 4-5, Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. Are you on a Battle of the Books team at school? Do you want an opportunity to practice your skills? The library will host practice sessions until the final competition. This program is free, but call to register.
  • Play Day: For ages 0-5 with an adult, March 19 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. A morning of unstructured, creative play for your little one.
  • How to Pay Bills Online: For adults, March 15, 10 to 11:00 a.m. Beginning computer users will learn how to set up accounts and pay bills online. Computers are provided for use in class. Please register.
  • Introduction to For adults, March 22, 10 to 11 a.m. Intermediate computer users will learn how to use to communicate for free with family and friends face to face. Computers are provided for use in class. Please register.
  • PokePlay: For ages 13-18, March 21, 5 to 6 p.m. Show what a Pokemon Master you are and meet other Pokemon players.

    For more information or to register for these events, contact the library at 919-299-8105.

    Cliffs of the Neuse spring events

  • Spring Hike: March 23 at 10 a.m. Spring is here. Enjoy a guided hike along the Longleaf Trail to learn about spring in the park and view some historical Longleaf Pine trees. The easy 1-mile hike is over flat terrain and is suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Arbor Day Service Project: March 24 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day at the park. Come learn about the Longleaf Pine tree’s life cycle and history. For this service project, participants will plant native grasses and herbs for habitat restoration. Bring comfortable work clothes and shoes, water, and gloves, if you have them. A limited supply of gloves will be provided by the park. Meet at the Group Camp access road.
  • The Lorax Storytime and Hike: March 30 2 p.m. Dr. Seuss would have been 115 years old this year. In honor of his birthday earlier this month and with spring just beginning, what better way to celebrate than with “The Lorax.” Participants will listen to “The Lorax” then take a short walk to look at some of the local trees. Do you think you’ll see any Truffla Trees? Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Squirmy Wormy: March 31 at 3 p.m. Worms may be slimy, but they are fascinating and a vital part of the environment. Come explore the world of the worm. Participants will also conduct some fun and tasty experiments. Meet at the Visitor Center. If you would like to participate as a community vendor, contact Ranger Autumn Hamm at for an application. Sign up is required for vendors; however spaces are free. For all other questions, call the park office.

    Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is located at 240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs. For more information, call 919-778-6234.

    Wayne County rabies vaccination clinics

    Rabies vaccination clinics will be sponsored by the County of Wayne on the dates and locations listed below. The cost will be $5 per dog or cat. The owner of every dog and cat over 4 months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies. Any animal receiving its first rabies vaccination shall be revaccinated one year from first vaccination date and every three years thereafter.

    April 6

    8-11 a.m. at Eastern Wayne High School

    1-3:30 p.m. at Rosewood High School

    April 13

    8-11 a.m. at Grantham Elementary School

    1-3 p.m. at Old Pikeville School parking lot

    Author Georgann Eubanks event rescheduled

    Author Georgann Eubanks was previously scheduled to visit the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for a workshop on March 12. The event has been rescheduled to March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Southern Bank Auditorium. A reception will follow in the lobby.

    The workshop, sponsored by the UMO Writing Center and the Agribusiness Center, will focus on how Eubanks’ research practices impacted her latest book, “The Month of their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year.” Ms. Eubanks’ book will be sold in the UMO bookstore.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carrah Faircloth at

    Mad About Books Spring Reading Festival

    Duplin County Reading Association will present the second annual Spring Reading Festival “All About Books” April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Duplin Elementary School. This is a free event. Vendors will include Somethin’ Good Food Truck, Monogram, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Tupperware, Paparazzi Jewelry, LuLaRoe and Sentsy.

    Duplin County Sheriff’s Office seeking Explorers

    The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Explorers are now recruiting and seeking new members. If you are between the ages of 14-21 and interested in law enforcement, this exciting and rewarding program is for you.

    Since 1990, The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s program has prepared and offered numerous men and women opportunities in a variety of law enforcement environments and activities and can do the same for you. Start your journey in becoming the best you can be by joining the Explorers and being a part of a proven tradition.

    Benefits include: Expert training, educational opportunities, hands-on activities, physical fitness training, competition with other agencies locally and nationally, ride along program, detention officers’ training, courtroom/bailiff training, and other activities/opportunities pertinent to law enforcement.

    If you are interested and ready for the challenge, contact Detective Ben Parrish at 910-441-9524 or Deputy Randy Forester at 910-271-4529 or the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 112 W. Hill St., Kenansville.

    March Career Readiness testing

    Testing for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) will be held four times at Wayne Community College in March.

    The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide testing sessions 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 19, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 27.

    Both of these sessions will be held in Room 136 of the Walnut Building on Wayne Community College’s main campus in Goldsboro. Pre-registration by calling 919-739-7004 is required.

    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. Call 919-772-1123 for more information and to register for the next testing session on the base.

    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 on Mondays and Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The lab is closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Individuals may earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum certificates based on their performance on the tests. The NCRC is recognized by employers across the state as a proven measurement of job skills.

    More than 18,800 certificates have been awarded to Wayne County residents, giving 35 percent of the workforce the credential.

    Eighty-six Wayne County employers recognize or recommend the NCRC for selection, hiring, training, and advancement.

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

    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.

    Carver Alumni offering scholarships

    Carver Alumni is now offering scholarships to qualified high school graduates. If you would like to apply, download the app from the website, Make sure it says Mount Olive, NC. If you have any questions, call Linda Darnell at 919-658-9731 or email Linda Oliver a Follow instructions as we will not accept incomplete or late applications. Completed applications are due or should be postmarked no later May 1.

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