You’ll be seeing more of me


For the past three weeks, you’ve seen my name appear throughout the Mount Olive Tribune.

Now it’s time to put a face with it.

I’m Rudy Coggins, your new assistant editor.

I’m not a stranger to these parts. I moved to Wayne County more than 20 years ago and continued my sports writing career at the Goldsboro News-Argus.

Luckily, folks from the different communities spread throughout the county embraced me and made me feel right at home.

I stepped away from the News-Argus in November 2018.

By then, my life had drastically changed with the loss of my mom and dad within 8 ½ months of each other. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever write again, much less pick up a pencil. To make a long story short, now I’m here.

Though I haven’t been given a blueprint, my job – along with my co-worker Mr. William Holloman – is to bring the news to your doorstep or mailbox each Wednesday. I have the education/community news/sports beat.

Our readers are the threads woven into the community’s color-rich tapestry. We’re here to share your stories and pictures.

In less than a month, Mount Olive will launch a year-long celebration of its sesquicentennial (150th birthday). There are numerous activities planned by several historians that will allow the older generation to reminisce about its forefathers and educate the young about this wonderful town that was built around a railroad track in the late 1800s.

Then, of course, there is the annual N.C. Pickle Festival in late April.

This two-day fiesta, to me, is better than any county or state fair. It attracts vendors far and wide, has great music and where else can you eat a pickle prepared 100 different ways?

Needless to say, I’ve hit the ground running and have met some wonderful people in the past three weeks.

I look forward to building a strong rapport with the community.

I’m in the office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. And if you have story or photograph ideas, please email me at

Rudy Coggins is the assistant editor at the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at


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