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Goldsboro, North Carolina

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Overview
Goldsboro is a city in Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 37,597 at the 2008 census estimate. It is the principal city of and is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area
Goldsboro metropolitan area
The Goldsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of one county – Wayne – in North Carolina, anchored by the city of Goldsboro...

. The nearby town of Waynesboro was founded in 1787 and Goldsboro was incorporated in 1847. It is the county seat of Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

. The city is situated in North Carolina's Coastal Plain
Coastal plain
A coastal plain is an area of flat, low-lying land adjacent to a seacoast and separated from the interior by other features. One of the world's longest coastal plains is located in eastern South America. The southwestern coastal plain of North America is notable for its species diversity...

 and is bordered on the south by the Neuse River
Neuse River
The Neuse River is a river rising in the Piedmont of North Carolina and emptying into Pamlico Sound below New Bern. Its total length is approximately , making it the longest river entirely contained in North Carolina. The Trent River joins it at New Bern. Its drainage basin, measuring in area,...

 and the west by the Little River, about 43 miles southwest of Greenville
Greenville, North Carolina
Greenville is the county seat of Pitt County and principal city of the Greenville, North Carolina metropolitan area. Greenville is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of North Carolina's Tidewater and Coastal Plain and in 2008 was listed as the Tenth Largest City in North Carolina...

and 55 miles southeast of Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's 2010 population was 403,892, over an area of , making Raleigh...

, the state capital and 87 miles northwest of Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population is 106,476 according to the 2010 Census, making it the eighth most populous city in the state of North Carolina...

 in Southeastern North Carolina.
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Goldsboro is a city in Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 37,597 at the 2008 census estimate. It is the principal city of and is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area
Goldsboro metropolitan area
The Goldsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of one county – Wayne – in North Carolina, anchored by the city of Goldsboro...

. The nearby town of Waynesboro was founded in 1787 and Goldsboro was incorporated in 1847. It is the county seat of Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

. The city is situated in North Carolina's Coastal Plain
Coastal plain
A coastal plain is an area of flat, low-lying land adjacent to a seacoast and separated from the interior by other features. One of the world's longest coastal plains is located in eastern South America. The southwestern coastal plain of North America is notable for its species diversity...

 and is bordered on the south by the Neuse River
Neuse River
The Neuse River is a river rising in the Piedmont of North Carolina and emptying into Pamlico Sound below New Bern. Its total length is approximately , making it the longest river entirely contained in North Carolina. The Trent River joins it at New Bern. Its drainage basin, measuring in area,...

 and the west by the Little River, about 43 miles southwest of Greenville
Greenville, North Carolina
Greenville is the county seat of Pitt County and principal city of the Greenville, North Carolina metropolitan area. Greenville is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of North Carolina's Tidewater and Coastal Plain and in 2008 was listed as the Tenth Largest City in North Carolina...

and 55 miles southeast of Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's 2010 population was 403,892, over an area of , making Raleigh...

, the state capital and 87 miles northwest of Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population is 106,476 according to the 2010 Census, making it the eighth most populous city in the state of North Carolina...

 in Southeastern North Carolina. Goldsboro is best known as home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located to the southeast of Goldsboro, North Carolina. The base is named for Navy test pilot Seymour Johnson, a native of Goldsboro...

.

Demographics


As of the 2000 census, there were 39,043 people, 14,630 households, and 19,465 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,574.9 inhabitants per square mile (708.1/km²). There were 19,372 housing units at an average density of 660.4 per square mile (255.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.04% White, 52.24% African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.44% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 14,630 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 20.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males. Because of the warm climate, low cost of living, and proximity of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, many military retirees live in the area.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,456, and the median income for a family was $34,844. Males had a median income of $26,223 versus $21,850 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $16,614. About 15.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

History


Around 1787, when Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

 was formed, a town named Waynesborough grew around the county's courthouse. Located on the east bank of the Neuse River
Neuse River
The Neuse River is a river rising in the Piedmont of North Carolina and emptying into Pamlico Sound below New Bern. Its total length is approximately , making it the longest river entirely contained in North Carolina. The Trent River joins it at New Bern. Its drainage basin, measuring in area,...

, the town became the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

. Population growth in Waynesborough continued through the 1830s. However, this changed once the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Originally chartered in 1835 as the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad name began use in 1855. At the time of its 1840 completion, the line was the longest railroad in the world with 161.5 miles of track...

 was completed in the early 1840s. By then, a hotel had been built at the intersection of the railroad and New Bern
New Bern, North Carolina
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina with a population of 29,524 as of the 2010 census.. It is located at the confluence of the Trent and the Neuse rivers...

 Road, which grew into a community after the train started to transport passengers from there.

More and more citizens soon relocated from Waynesborough to this growing village, named eventually "Goldsborough's Junction" after Major Matthew T. Goldsborough, an Assistant Chief Engineer with the railroad line. Later this was shortened simply to Goldsborough. In 1847, the town was incorporated and became the new Wayne County seat following a vote of the citizens of Wayne County. Local legend has it the Goldsborough supporters put moonshine
Moonshine
Moonshine is an illegally produced distilled beverage...

 in the town's well to encourage people to vote for Goldsborough.

In the following decades, Goldsborough's growth continued in part by new railroad connections to Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2010, Charlotte's population according to the US Census Bureau was 731,424, making it the 17th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009...

 and Beaufort
Beaufort, North Carolina
Beaufort is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Established in 1709, it is the third-oldest town in North Carolina.The population was 4,189 at the 2008 census and it is the county seat of Carteret County...

. By 1861, the town's population was estimated to be 1,500.

Because of its importance as railroad junction, Goldsborough played a significant role in the Civil War
American Civil War
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

, both for stationing Confederate troops
Confederate States of America
The Confederate States of America was a government set up from 1861 to 1865 by 11 Southern slave states of the United States of America that had declared their secession from the U.S...

 and for transporting their supplies. The town also provided hospitals for soldiers wounded in nearby battles.

In December 1862, the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge was waged, in which both sides fought for possession of the strategically significant Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Originally chartered in 1835 as the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad name began use in 1855. At the time of its 1840 completion, the line was the longest railroad in the world with 161.5 miles of track...

 Bridge. Union
Union (American Civil War)
During the American Civil War, the Union was a name used to refer to the federal government of the United States, which was supported by the twenty free states and five border slave states. It was opposed by 11 southern slave states that had declared a secession to join together to form the...

 General John Foster
John G. Foster
John Gray Foster was a career military officer in the United States Army and a Union general during the American Civil War whose most distinguished services were in North and South Carolina. A postbellum expert in underwater demolition, he wrote the definitive treatise on the subject.-Early...

 arrived with his troops on December 17, aiming to destroy this bridge in order to put an end to the vital supply chain from the port of Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population is 106,476 according to the 2010 Census, making it the eighth most populous city in the state of North Carolina...

. He succeeded on that same day, his troops overpowering the small number of defending Confederate
Confederate States Army
The Confederate States Army was the army of the Confederate States of America while the Confederacy existed during the American Civil War. On February 8, 1861, delegates from the seven Deep South states which had already declared their secession from the United States of America adopted the...

 soldiers and burning down the bridge. On their way back to New Bern, Foster's men were attacked again by Confederate troops, but they survived the attack with fewer casualties than the enemy.

Goldsborough was once more the scene of a Union offensive in 1865, during Union General Sherman's Carolinas Campaign
Carolinas Campaign
The Carolinas Campaign was the final campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. In January 1865, Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman advanced north from Savannah, Georgia, through the Carolinas, with the intention of linking up with Union forces in Virginia. The defeat of ...

. After the battles of Bentonville
Battle of Bentonville
At 3 p.m., Confederate infantry from the Army of Tennessee launched an attack and drove the Union left flank back in confusion, nearly capturing Carlin in the process and overrunning the XIV Corps field hospital. Confederates under Maj. Gen. D.H. Hill filled the vacuum left by the retreating...

 and Wyse Fork
Battle of Wyse Fork
The Battle of Wyse Fork was a battle fought in the Carolinas Campaign of the American Civil War, resulting in a Union Army victory.-Background:...

, Sherman's forces met with the armies of Schofield
John Schofield
John McAllister Schofield was an American soldier who held major commands during the American Civil War. He later served as U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the United States Army.-Early life:...

, their troops taking over the city in March. During the following three weeks, Goldsborough was occupied by over 100,000 Union soldiers. After the war was over, some of these troops continued to stay in the city.

In 1869, the spelling of the city was officially changed to Goldsboro.

The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located to the southeast of Goldsboro, North Carolina. The base is named for Navy test pilot Seymour Johnson, a native of Goldsboro...

 opened on the outskirts of Goldsboro in April 1942. From this point on, much of the city's population and businesses increased as a result of the airbase's presence.

In 1961, two hydrogen bombs were dropped accidentally on the village of Faro, 12 miles north of Goldsboro after a B-52 aircraft broke up in mid air
1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash
The 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash refers to an accident that occurred near Goldsboro, North Carolina, on 24 January 1961 when a B-52 Stratofortress carrying two Mark 39 nuclear bombs broke up in mid-air, dropping its nuclear payload in the process.-Accident:...

. The two Mark39 weapons were released after the crew abandoned a B-52
B-52 Stratofortress
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who have continued to provide maintainence and upgrades to the aircraft in service...

 bomber which had suffered mid-flight structural failure
Structural failure
Structural failure refers to loss of the load-carrying capacity of a component or member within a structure or of the structure itself. Structural failure is initiated when the material is stressed to its strength limit, thus causing fracture or excessive deformations...

. Both bombs went through several steps in the arming sequence, but neither one detonated.

Law and government


Alfonzo "Al" King is presently the city's Mayor
Mayor
In many countries, a Mayor is the highest ranking officer in the municipal government of a town or a large urban city....

, succeeding former mayor Hal Plonk in 2002. As mayor, King is the official and ceremonial head of city government and presides at all City Council meetings. The mayor and the City Council are elected to office for a four-year term. Goldsboro has a council-manager government
Council-manager government
The council–manager government form is one of two predominant forms of municipal government in the United States; the other common form of local government is the mayor-council government form, which characteristically occurs in large cities...

. The former City Manager, Joseph R. Huffman, retired on February 28th, 2011. The current interim City Manager is Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan, and the City is in the process of looking for a new Manager.

City Council members

  • 1st District: Michael Headen
  • 2nd District: Bob Waller
  • 3rd District: Donnie R. Chatman, Sr.
  • 4th District: Rev. Charles J. Williams, Sr.
  • 5th District: Chuck Allen
  • 6th District: Jackie Warrick

Federal Appointments


Goldsboro is in North Carolina's 1st Congressional District and is currently represented by Democrat G. K. Butterfield
G. K. Butterfield
George Kenneth Butterfield, Jr. is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the northeastern corner of the state.-Early life and education:...

.

Goldsboro is represented in the Senate by Republican Richard Burr
Richard Burr
Richard Mauze Burr is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives....

 and Democrat Kay Hagan.

Geography



Goldsboro is located at 35°22′55"N 77°58′41"W (35.381961, -77.977974).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 24.8 square miles (64.2 km²). 24.8 square miles (64.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.

Climate


Goldsboro's location on the Atlantic Coastal Plain
Atlantic Coastal Plain
The Atlantic coastal plain has both low elevation and low relief, but it is also a relatively flat landform extending from the New York Bight southward to a Georgia/Florida section of the Eastern Continental Divide, which demarcates the plain from the ACF River Basin in the Gulf Coastal Plain to...

 lends it a Humid subtropical climate
Humid subtropical climate
A humid subtropical climate is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters...

, with hot humid summers and cool winters. The hottest month is July, with an average high temperature of 91°F (33°C), and an average low of 71°F (22°C). The coldest month is January, with an average high of 54°F (12°C), and an average low of 33°F (1°C). Annual total rainfall is 49.84 inches, falling relatively evenly with a slight wet season in the late summer/early fall. Some light to moderate snowfall can occur in winter, but it is sporadic and can range from only a trace to totals over a foot (30 cm) in some years.
Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F (°C) 85 (29) 87 (31) 96 (36) 98 (37) 102 (39) 106 (41) 108 (42) 107 (42) 105 (41) 99 (37) 90 (32) 86 (30)
Norm High °F (°C) 54 (12) 58 (14) 66 (19) 75 (24) 82 (28) 88 (31) 91 (33) 89 (32) 84 (29) 75 (24) 66 (19) 57 (14)
Norm Low °F (°C) 33 (1) 35 (2) 42 (6) 50 (10) 58 (14) 66 (19) 71 (22) 70 (21) 64 (18) 51 (11) 43 (6) 35 (2)
Rec Low °F (°C) -1 (-18) 2 (-17) 10 (-12) 16 (-9) 32 (0) 40 (4) 43 (6) 45 (7) 31 (-1) 22 (-6) 15 (-9) 1 (-17)
Precip in (mm) 4.54 (115.3) 3.61 (91.7) 4.48 (113.8) 3.39 (86.1) 3.8 (96.5) 3.97 (100.8) 5.39 (138.9) 5.7 (144.8) 5.34 (135.6) 3.07 (78) 3.19 (81) 3.36 (85.3)
Source: USTravelWeather.com http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USNC0271?from=36hr_bottomnav_vacation

Sites of interest

  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
    Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
    Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a North Carolina state park in Wayne County, North Carolina in the United States. It is located near Seven Springs, North Carolina and covers along the southern banks of the Neuse River. It has a swimming area, camp sites, hiking trails, fishing areas, and picnic...

     is a state park located near the city. It covers 751 acres (3 km²) along the southern banks of the Neuse River. It has a swimming area, several hiking trails, fishing areas, a nature museum, and picnic areas. The cliffs rise 90 feet above the Neuse River.
  • Waynesborough Historical Village is a reconstructed "village" located near the original site of the town of Waynesborough. It is home to historical Wayne County buildings ranging from various periods of time. These buildings include a family home, a medical office, a one room school, a law office, and a Quaker Meeting House.
  • Herman Park includes a recreational center, miniature train, tennis courts, picnic shelters, a turn-of-the-century park house, gazebo
    Gazebo
    A gazebo is a pavilion structure, sometimes octagonal, that may be built, in parks, gardens, and spacious public areas. Gazebos are freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed, and open on all sides; they provide shade, shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest...

    , goldfish pond, fountain, and children's playground.
  • The Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course, which was built in 1941 and renovated in 1999.
  • The Oheb Shalom
    Congregation Oheb Sholom (Goldsboro, North Carolina)
    Oheb Sholom is a Reform synagogue located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. It is one of fewer than a hundred nineteenth-century synagogues still standing in the United States, and the second oldest synagogue building in the state.-History:...

     synagogue's Romanesque Revival building is one of fewer than a hundred nineteenth-century synagogues still standing in the United States, and the second oldest synagogue building
    Oldest synagogues in the United States
    The designation of the oldest synagogue in the United States requires careful use of definitions, and must be divided into two parts, the oldest in the sense of oldest surviving building, and the oldest in the sense of oldest congregation...

     in the state.

High schools

  • Charles B. Aycock High School
    Charles B. Aycock High School
    Charles B. Aycock High School is a public high school in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States, that opened in 1961. The school’s physical address is Pikeville, North Carolina. This area of North Carolina is near the birthplace of Governor Charles Brantley Aycock. During Governor Aycock’s...

  • Eastern Wayne High School
    Eastern Wayne High School
    Eastern Wayne High School is a public high school located in Wayne County, North Carolina, that opened in 1969. It is classified as a 3-A school with enrollment estimated at 1100 students. The school mascot is the Warrior, and its school colors are navy blue and gold. The school recently received...

  • Goldsboro High School
    Goldsboro High School
    Goldsboro High School is a public high school located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Goldsboro High School was classified as a 2-A school with an enrollment of 858 students , but now is classified as a 1-A school....

  • Rosewood High School
    Rosewood High School
    Rosewood High School is a high school for grades 9-12, located in Rosewood near Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA.Part of the Wayne County School System, the school operates on a block schedule with four classes taken each semester...

  • Spring Creek High School
  • Wayne Early/Middle College High School
  • Wayne School of Engineering
    Wayne School of Engineering
    Wayne School of Engineering is an "innovative high school" in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA. WSE currently serves grades 9–12, but plans to have grades 9–13 when fully developed. The school day starts at 10:30 and ends at 4:30...

  • Southern Wayne High School

Middle schools

  • Norwayne Middle School
    Norwayne Middle School
    Northern Wayne Middle School is a middle school located in Northern Wayne Middle School is a middle school located in Northern Wayne Middle School is a middle...

  • Rosewood Middle School
  • Eastern Wayne Middle School
  • Greenwood Middle School
  • Dillard Middle School
  • Spring Creek Middle School

Elementary schools

  • Eastern Wayne Elementary School
  • Northeast Elementary School
  • Spring Creek Elementary School
  • Meadow Lane Elementary School
  • School Street Elementary School
  • Rosewood Elementary School
  • Carver Heights Elementary School
  • North Drive Elementary School
  • Tommy's Road Elementary School
  • Grantham School
  • Dillard Academy
  • Northwest Elementary school

Private schools

  • Wayne Country Day School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Pathway Christian Academy
  • Wayne Christian School
  • St. Mary School

Newspaper


The Goldsboro News-Argus
The Goldsboro News-Argus
The Goldsboro News-Argus is a daily U.S. newspaper located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, serving the citizens of Wayne County. The paper has a daily circulation of approximately 21,500...

 is the city's only daily newspaper, with a circulation of approximately 21,500.

Television


Goldsboro supports one television station. WHFL TV 43
WHFL-LP
WHFL-LP is a religious Class A low-power broadcasting television station in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The station broadcasts on UHF channel 43, reaching Wayne County, North Carolina and portions of the six surrounding counties, all part of the Raleigh/Durham television market...

 is a low power broadcast station on UHF channel 43 and is also found on two local cable networks. The station is a FamilyNet affiliate and carries religious, local, and family programming. The area is also served by television stations from the Raleigh-Durham and Greenville areas. NBC affiliate WNCN-TV, Channel 17, is licensed to Goldsboro but has its studios in Raleigh. Up until August 2010, a Public, educational, and government access
Public, educational, and government access
Public, educational, and government access television, refers to three different cable television specialty channels...

 (PEG) cable TV station called PACC-10 TV was available to Time Warner
Time Warner
Time Warner is one of the world's largest media companies, headquartered in the Time Warner Center in New York City. Formerly two separate companies, Warner Communications, Inc...

 customers. The station aired its own programming as well as City Council and County Commissioner meetings. Time-Warner transferred the channel to Wayne County
Wayne County, North Carolina
- Cities and towns :*Brogden*Dudley*Elroy*Eureka*Fremont*Goldsboro*Mar-Mac*Mount Olive*Pikeville*Rosewood*Seven Springs*Walnut Creek*Grantham-Geography:According to the U.S...

 who currently provides local announcements and community interest programming.

Radio stations based in Goldsboro

  • WYMY
    WYMY
    WYMY "96.9 La Ley" is a Spanish language radio station licensed to Goldsboro, North Carolina, which is east of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle. It plays a contemporary hit radio format...

     96.9 FM Spanish
  • WEQR 97.7 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WFMC
    WFMC
    WFMC is a radio station licensed to Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA. The station is currently owned by New Age Communications, Inc....

     730 AM Black Gospel
  • WGBR
    WGBR
    WGBR is a radio station licensed to Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA. The station is currently owned by New Age Communications, Ltd.....

     1150 AM News/Talk
  • WSSG
    WSSG
    WSSG is a radio station broadcasting a Gospel music format. Licensed to Goldsboro, North Carolina. The station is currently owned by Robert Swinson....

     1300 AM Southern Gospel

Transportation


The closest airport is Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport
Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport
Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport is a public airport located three miles north of the central business district of Goldsboro, in Wayne County, North Carolina, USA. This general aviation airport covers and has one runway. It is owned by the city of Goldsboro and Wayne County....

, but is only used for general aviation. The nearest public airport is Kinston Regional Jetport
Kinston Regional Jetport
Kinston Regional Jetport , also known as Stallings Field, is a public airport located three miles northwest of the central business district of Kinston, a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA. The airport has a single runway that is one of the longest in the southeastern United States. It...

  in Kinston
Kinston, North Carolina
Kinston is a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 23,688 at the 2000 census. The population was estimated at 22,360 in 2008. It has been the county seat of Lenoir County since its formation in 1791 . Kinston is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks...

 about 28 miles east of Goldsboro, although most residents use Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is a public international airport located 4.5 miles northeast of the town of Morrisville in suburban Wake County, North Carolina, United States. The airport covers and operates three runways, providing direct service to 40 domestic and international...

 for domestic and international travel.

Major highways that run through the city are US 70
U.S. Route 70
U.S. Route 70 is an east–west United States highway that runs for 2,385 miles from eastern North Carolina to east-central Arizona. As can be derived from its number, it is a major east–west highway of the Southern and Southwestern United States...

 (the main thoroughfare through Goldsboro), US 13
U.S. Route 13
U.S. Route 13 is a north–south U.S. highway established in 1926 that runs for from Interstate 95 just north of Fayetteville, North Carolina to the northeastern suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Morrisville. In all, it traverses five states in the Atlantic coastal plain region,...

, US 117
U.S. Route 117
U.S. Route 117 was a north–south US Highway that ran for from Norlina, North Carolina to Virginia. Established in 1927, US 117 traveled from Norlina, through the towns of Warrenton, Roanoke Rapids, and Murfreesboro; from there it went north into Virginia. In 1932, US 117 was removed from this...

, Highway 111
North Carolina Highway 111
North Carolina Highway 111 is a highway running from NC 11/NC 42 in Oak City to US 258/NC 24 in Catherine Lake....

, and Highway 581
North Carolina Highway 581
North Carolina Highway 581 is a highway running from NC 111 near Goldsboro to US 401 in Louisburg....

. I-795
Interstate 795 (North Carolina)
Interstate 795 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It runs 24 miles from I-95 near Wilson south to its terminus at US 70 in Goldsboro.-Route description:...

 now connects Goldsboro to I-95
Interstate 95 in North Carolina
Interstate 95 is a major Interstate Highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. In North Carolina, I-95 runs diagonally across the eastern third of the state, from Rowland in the southwest to Roanoke Rapids in the northeast of the Inner Banks.-Route...

 in Wilson.

The city has a bus system known as Gateway which runs four routes.

Hospitals

  • Wayne Memorial Hospital (North Carolina), a medical facility located in Goldsboro, is the county's second largest employer.
  • Cherry Hospital
    Cherry Hospital
    Cherry Hospital is a 274-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. It serves the citizens of 33 Eastern North Carolina counties. It is operated by the state of North Carolina and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Cherry Hospital has 6 major...

     is a psychiatric hospital
    Psychiatric hospital
    Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, are hospitals specializing in the treatment of serious mental disorders. Psychiatric hospitals vary widely in their size and grading. Some hospitals may specialise only in short-term or outpatient therapy for low-risk patients...

     which first started in 1880 as a facility to treat mentally ill African American
    African American
    African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...

    s. A museum depicting its history is also part of the hospital campus.
  • O'Berry Neuro-Medical Center
    O'Berry Neuro-Medical Center
    The O'Berry Neuro-Medical Center is a public hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina owned by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Its original goal was to help the mentally retarded achieve independence by teaching them self-help skills and productive vocations...

     is a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services hospital providing rehabilitative services to the mentally retarded and people with developmental disabilities.

Notable people

  • Andy Griffith
    Andy Griffith
    Andy Samuel Griffith is an American actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's epic film A Face in the Crowd before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead...

    , lived in Goldsboro for a few years, teaching English, drama, and music at Goldsboro High School
    Goldsboro High School
    Goldsboro High School is a public high school located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Goldsboro High School was classified as a 2-A school with an enrollment of 858 students , but now is classified as a 1-A school....

  • George Altman
    George Altman
    George Lee Altman is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball. From through , Altman played for the Chicago Cubs , St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets...

    , a baseball player
  • Lee Andrews, R&B singer who formed The Hearts
    The Jaynetts
    The Jaynetts were a Bronx, New York girl group who became one-hit wonders with "Sally Go 'Round the Roses", which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.-Beginnings:...

     in 1952
  • Leslie Ike Atkinson
    Ike Atkinson
    Leslie "Ike" Atkinson is a former US Army master sergeant and convicted drug trafficker, believed to have been a major figure in smuggling heroin into the United States from Southeast Asia from about 1968 to 1975.-Criminal career:...

    , drug trafficker and supplier to Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas
    Frank Lucas (drug lord)
    Frank Lucas is a former U.S. heroin dealer and organized crime boss who operated in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was particularly known for cutting out middlemen in the drug trade and buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle...

     as depicted in the 2007 film American Gangster
  • Warren Barfield
    Warren Barfield
    Warren Barfield is a Christian musician.- Personal life :Warren has been married to Megan Barfield since September 1, 2001...

    , a Christian singer and musician
  • Curtis Hooks Brogden
    Curtis Hooks Brogden
    Curtis Hooks Brogden was the 42nd Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1874 to 1877.He was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, the son of a local farmer. Brogden joined the North Carolina state militia at the age of 18 and rose to the rank of major general...

    , a 19th century politician
  • Mike Evans, a former professional basketball player and coach
  • Jimmy Graham
    Jimmy Graham
    Jimmy Graham is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He played college football at the University of Miami...

    , a tight end for the New Orleans Saints
  • Johnny Grant, a radio personality and television producer and honorary mayor of Hollywood
  • Anne Jeffreys
    Anne Jeffreys
    Anne Jeffreys is an American actress and singer.- Career :Born Anne Carmichael in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jeffreys entered the entertainment field at a young age; her initial training was in voice , but she decided as a teenager to sign with the John Robert Powers agency as a junior model.Her...

    , an actress and singer
  • Carl Kasell
    Carl Kasell
    Carl Kasell is an American radio personality, most widely known as a newscaster for National Public Radio and as the official judge and scorekeeper of the weekly news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!.-Early life:...

    , a radio newscaster
  • John H. Kerr, III
    John H. Kerr, III
    John Hosea Kerr III was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing constituents in Greene, Lenoir and Wayne counties. An attorney from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Kerr served eight terms in the state Senate. Previously, he served three terms in the state House. In...

    , a senator
  • Clyde King
    Clyde King
    Clyde Edward King was an American pitcher, coach, manager, general manager and front office executive in Major League Baseball. King, whose career in baseball spanned over 60 years, was perhaps best known for his longtime role as a special baseball advisor to George Steinbrenner, late owner of the...

    , a baseball manager
  • Manny Lawson
    Manny Lawson
    -San Francisco 49ers:The San Francisco 49ers selected Lawson in the 2006 NFL Draft with the intention that he could bring pressure off the edges as the 49ers defense transitioned from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. Although Lawson played defensive end in college, the 49ers felt that he had the athletic...

    , 1st round NFL draft pick from North Carolina State
  • Jerry Narron
    Jerry Narron
    Jerry Austin Narron is a former Major League Baseball catcher and manager. He currently serves as the bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers. During an 8-year playing career, he played from 1979–1987 for three different teams...

    , a baseball manager
  • Johnny Narron
    Johnny Narron
    John A. Narron, Jr. is the current Hitting Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and the former Assistant Hitting Coach of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He is a confidant and friend of center fielder Josh Hamilton and acts as an "accountability partner" to help Josh in his recovery from...

    , a baseball player and personal coach of player, Josh Hamilton
  • Sam Narron
    Sam Narron (pitcher)
    Samuel Franklin Narron is a professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in one game for the Texas Rangers in the season. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the amateur draft. On April 28, 2008, Narron hit a home run for the Huntsville Stars, the first home run on the season...

    , a baseball player
  • Mark O'Meara
    Mark O'Meara
    Mark Francis O'Meara is an American professional golfer who was a prolific tournament winner on the PGA Tour and around the world from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s...

    , a golfer
  • Chris Richardson
    Chris Richardson
    Christopher Michael "Chris" Richardson is an American singer-songwriter who was the fifth-place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol.-Personal life:...

    , a contestant on the sixth season of American Idol
  • Kenneth Claiborne Royall
    Kenneth Claiborne Royall
    Kenneth Claiborne Royall was a United States Army general and the last person to hold the office of Secretary of War...

    , United States Army
    United States Army
    The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

     general and last Secretary of War
    United States Secretary of War
    The Secretary of War was a member of the United States President's Cabinet, beginning with George Washington's administration. A similar position, called either "Secretary at War" or "Secretary of War," was appointed to serve the Congress of the Confederation under the Articles of Confederation...

  • Dave Simmons, an American football player
  • Scott Stapp
    Scott Stapp
    Scott Alan Stapp is an American musician and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Creed, of which he is a founding member. His debut solo album, The Great Divide, was released in 2005. A second album, Between Lust and Love, is currently in production...

    , a musician in the Grammy award-winning band Creed.
  • David Thornton
    David Thornton (football)
    David Dontay Thornton is a former outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.-North Carolina:...

    , an American football player
  • Thomas Washington
    Thomas Washington
    Thomas Washington was an admiral in the United States Navy during World War I.-Early life and career:Born at Goldsboro, North Carolina, Washington was appointed to the United States Naval Academy on 17 May 1883...

    , an admiral during World War I
  • William Henry Washington
    William Henry Washington
    William Henry Washington was a Whig U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1841 and 1843.Born near Goldsboro, North Carolina, he graduated from Yale College in 1834, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1835. Washington practiced law in...

    , a 19th century politician
  • Gertrude Weil
    Gertrude Weil
    Gertrude Weil was involved in a wide range of progressive/leftist and often controversial causes, including women's suffrage, labor reform and civil rights.-Life:...

    , a political activist.
  • Robert M. Wilson, a former professional baseball player

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