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Mount Olive hosts Food Truck Friday

What’s The Dilla will have a food truck on hand from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Friday in downtown Mount Olive for Food Truck Friday. Tables and chairs will be set up outside the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce office, 123 N. Center St. A chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony for What’s The Dilla is planned at 11 a.m.

Duplin school board plans meetings

The Duplin County Board of Education and Duplin County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, April 1 at the Duplin County Cooperative Extension building, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville.

The Duplin County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in the board conference room, 315 N. Main St., Kenansville.

School system to hold spring parent seminar

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual Title I spring parent seminar at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at the WCPS Professional Development & Family Engagement Center, 415 S. Virginia St., Goldsboro.

This year’s guest speaker will be Freddie Pierce, local entertainer, speaker and author. The theme for this year’s spring seminar is, “The masterpiece is you: the magic of communicating successfully in the 21st century.”

The event is free to participants. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Translators and child care are available upon request. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Carver High alumni meeting scheduled

The Carver Alumni & Friends Association will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5 in the headquarters building. All individuals interested or willing to volunteer for various committees during the July 4-7 alumni weekend are invited to sign up at the meeting. For more information, call Comatha B. Johnson at 919-734-1513.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony slated

Jones True Value will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday, April 5. Food will be served all day long.

Rabies vaccination clinics planned

Wayne County will hold rabies vaccination clinics from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Eastern Wayne High School, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Rosewood High School, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at Grantham Elementary School and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the old Pikeville School parking lot.

The cost is $5 per dog or cat. Every dog or cat at least 4 months old should receive a rabies vaccination. 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. Owners are encouraged to bring their driver licenses to accelerate the process.

Reading festival, vendor fair slated

The Duplin County Reading Association will hold the second annual “All About Books” spring reading festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at North Duplin Elementary School, 157 North Duplin School Road, Mount Olive. The Somethin’ Good food truck will be on hand along with various clothing, jewelry and home accessory vendors.

College savings fair scheduled

The University of Mount Olive financial aid and student accounts offices will join the Mount Olive Friends of the Park for a “Saving for College” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Westbrook Park in Mount Olive.

The event will provide information to area youth on saving for college. Activities will include face-painting, pictures with costume characters and a raffle. Children will receive a free mini piggy bank while supplies last. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Park.

For more information, email Katrina Lee at

Pageant applications available

Applications are available for the 19th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival Princess Pageant, planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Southern Bank Auditorium on the University of Mount Olive campus. The pageant is open to all ages and is not a closed title. Winners will reign over the North Carolina Pickle Festival. For an application, email or call 919-738-8443.

Scholarship applications due
May 1

The Carver Alumni & Friends Association is offering scholarships to qualified high school graduates. Completed applications are due or should be postmarked no later than Wednesday, May 1.

To apply, download the from at For questions, call Linda Darnell at 919-658-9731 or email Linda Oliver a Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Duplin sheriff’s office seeks Explorers

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Explorers are now recruiting and seeking new members. Youths ages 14-21 who are interested in law enforcement are invited to apply.

Benefits include 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.

Those interested can contact Detective Ben Parrish at 910-441-9524, Deputy Randy Forester at 910-271-4529 or the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 112 W. Hill St. in Kenansville.

Library plans heart disease presentation

To celebrate National Library Week, the Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive will feature a presentation on preventing heart disease at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. National Library Week is observed from April 7-13.


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