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    (Left to right): DeVan Barbour III, Vice Chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners announced Monday he would not seek re-election. On Tuesday, his son, DeVan Barbour IV, announced he would run for the District 4 seat held by his father.

    Son To Run For Commissioners Seat Being Vacated By Father

    On Monday, DeVan Barbour III, Vice Chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners announced he would not seek re-election in 2016. On Tuesday, his son, DeVan Barbour IV announced he would seek the District 4 seat his father has held. DeVan Barbour III said, “After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to […]


    Sawrey Announces Bid For NC Senate

    Johnston County attorney Benton Sawrey has announced his candidacy for the NC State Senate.  Sawrey, a Republican, announced Monday he will run for the 11th District seat currently held by Senator Buck Newton who is seeking the NC Attorney General’s Office. Newton has held the District 11 seat, which covers portions of Johnston, Wilson and […]


    Children Flee From Home As Parents Die In Murder-Suicide

    The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is treating the death of a Clayton couple found dead in their home Monday night as an apparent murder-suicide. Around 7:15pm, deputies responded to a call from the couple’s children, ages 11 and 16, who reported their parents were in a bedroom arguing. When the argument began to escalate, authorities […]


    Shooting Death Of 15 Year-Old May Be Gang Related

    The shooting death of a teenager in Wayne County is being treated as murder. Around 9:15pm Monday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Wayne County EMS responded to a shooting on Rollingwood Drive near Dudley. Fifteen year-old Deyelle Morrisey was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound. His body was sent to the NC Medical Examiner’s […]


    ATF Offers Reward In Smithfield Business Fire

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire set last year at a Smithfield business. On October 28th, 2014, a fire occurred at the R City Bar and Grill, located at 388-A Venture […]


    Police: Man Arrested For Calling 911 To Complain About Cop

    A Smithfield man who allegedly called 911 to complain about a police officer has been arrested. Around 1:40am Sunday, a Smithfield police officer conducted a traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver in the 2200 block of US70 East near I-95.  That’s when 24 year-old Alex Aron Huskey called 911 to complain about the officer’s […]


    Health Insurers To Rebate $8.5 Million in North Carolina

    On Monday, NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced that almost $8.5 million in rebates is to be issued to approximately 162,000 health insurance policyholders in North Carolina as a result of the federal 80/20 rule. The 80/20 Medical Loss Ratio Rule requires insurers in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80 […]


    Gas Leak Closes Busy Highway

    A section of Highway 42 near Clayton was shut down for several hours Monday afternoon following a large natural gas leak. A construction crew was digging between Glen Laurel Road and Castleberry Road and accidentally struck an underground 8 inch natural gas line around Noon.  Clayton Police and the NC Department of Transportation shut down […]


    Should Ambulance Crew Have Followed Speeding DWI Suspect?

    Two EMS workers are facing disciplinary action for pursuing a suspected drunk driver from Johnston into Harnett County while on an ambulance, temporarily leaving the 50-210 community without emergency medical coverage.  The incident happened just before 1:00am Wednesday morning.  50-210 EMS Chief Ricky Denning tells WTSB News the two EMS workers with his agency were […]


    4 Injured In Head On Collision

    Two adults and two children were injured in a head on collision Monday morning on Highway 301 between Selma and Micro.  Two cars collided head-on, sending one vehicle into the ditch. The driver of the car that landed in the ditch was trapped inside and had to be cut free by firefighters.  The female driver […]


    Woman Struck By Train Identified

    Benson Police have ruled the death of a woman struck and killed by a train as accidental. Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said officers responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a CSX train around 6:00pm Friday near the Hill Street crossing. Officers discovered the victim, Melissa Brooke Boucher, who had turned 33 […]


    Driver Arrested Following Car Chase

    A Benson man was arrested following a chase with Benson Police Saturday night.  It began on US301 and continued on several side streets in Benson. Eventually the pursuing officers lost sight of the car, but Benson Fire Chief Alan Johnson located the vehicle a short time later parked at a residence on Hodges Chapel Road. […]


    Burn Victims May Be Linked To House Fire

    The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possible link between a house fire and two burn victims found at another location Monday morning. Around 5:20am, a house fire was reported at 1920 Leroy Autry Road in the Autryville community.  Fire departments from Autryville, Salemburg, Roseboro, Clement, Stedman, and Herring responded along with Roseboro Rescue […]


    Man Charged With Statutory Rape

    Johnston County deputies have arrested a 20 year-old man for the alleged rape of a 13 year-old girl.  The incident was reported on Friday. The suspect was arrested later that day. Rudy Amilcar Rodriguez of Sauls Lane, Selma was charged with statutory rape/sex offense. Rodriguez was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $100,000 […]


    Grant Announces Bid For Johnston County School Board

    Teresa Grant has announced her candidacy for the Johnston County Board of Education.  Grant, an 18 year resident of the Cleveland community, is a Chemistry Section Supervisor and Safety Officer with the NC Department of Agriculture. She has two granddaughters that attend West View Elementary School. “I have witnessed first-hand the difference that our schools […]


    Ashley Recognized For Service To Masonic Lodge

    Wallace Ashley was recently presented his 50 year Veterans Certificate in recognition of his long and dedicated service to Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 in Smithfield. Mr. Ashley was Initiated on March 11, 1965, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on August 19, 1962 and raised to the sublimed degree of Master Mason on November 11, […]


    Driver Arrested For DWI, Speeding

    A Smithfield man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and speeding.  The traffic stop occurred around 1:10am Saturday in the 7400 block of Highway 222 West of Kenly. Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain A.C. Strickland said a deputy was on routine patrol and clocked a car speeding 83mph in a 55mph zone. The officer stopped the […]


    Ava Gardner Memorialized With Historical Marker

    Local dignitaries were on hand Friday for the official unveiling of the Ava Gardner Highway Historical Marker in Smithfield. The marker is located on Highway 70 Business at Sunset Memorial Park, where Gardner was buried in 1990. The NC Department of Cultural Resources Office of Archives and History approved the marker in June but it […]


    Joyner Bridge Road To Close For Bridge Replacement

    The NC Department of Transportation will close a section of Joyner Bridge Road south of Four Oaks on Monday, Nov. 23, for the replacement of the bridge over Mill Creek. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by late April 2016, weather permitting. The bridge, which was constructed in 1975, is classified as […]


    Police To Enforce Ban On Semi Truck Traffic

    Smithfield Police will soon began cracking down on commercial trucks that use South Third Street through Downtown Smithfield as a shortcut to US301 South (Brightleaf Boulevard). Police Chief Michael Scott said “No Through Truck” signs will be placed along South Third between Market and Brightleaf Boulevard following a request by the town council to deal […]


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