Tons of creosote-treated railroad ties burn, polluting air over largely non-white, low-income neighborhoods near Goldsboro

BY: - February 12, 2023

From 25 miles away, an inky plume of smoke and its purple tail diffused over the eastern horizon. Closer to the blaze, smoke roiled and towered behind the tree line and a shopping center. It painted the sky over a subdivision. Its reflection floated on the Neuse River. Within a few hundred yards, flames licked […]

Living in his car, then a one-star motel, Goldsboro man who survived Hurricane Matthew gets little relief from state

BY: - June 1, 2022

Man's advocate says NCORR ignored requests for emergency repairs The grumbling of outboard motors announced that help had arrived.  In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew engulfed the city of Goldsboro in 15 inches of rain, lifting the Neuse River to a record 29.7 feet — 11 feet above flood stage.

Combating poverty and other barriers, Wayne County coalition focuses on equitable economic development

BY: - December 4, 2018

Marking nearly a year of planning and progress in Goldsboro, a group of community residents, nonprofit leaders and elected officials that have been part of an initiative focusing on equitable economic development known as WAYne Forward, hosted a Fall Summit to discuss the ways in which the community can address poverty through collective effort. With […]

A community conversation about poverty and opportunity in Goldsboro

BY: - January 19, 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, January 17th Gene Nichol stood at a podium at the First African Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC, cleared his throat and told an expectant community what it already knew, “that its city was uniquely gripped by poverty”. What those 130 in attendance may not have completely grasped prior to this presentation was […]

Coal ash on the water and trees: “The area looks like a winter wonderland”

BY: - October 19, 2016

This post has been updated with a comment from NC DEQ. For the past week Matthew Starr, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, has been surveilling the water near Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee facility, assessing flood damage from the hurricane. First, he noticed that the river waters, he told NCPW last week, “were chewing away at the [coal […]