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Kenly Bank Robbery Suspect Wanted For Holdups In 4 Counties

Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a man they believe is responsible for bank robberies in four counties in recent weeks. The latest robbery happened Friday afternoon at the Southern Bank at 101 W Second Street in Downtown Kenly. Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson said the suspect entered the bank around 5:15pm, approached a teller, […]

Student Threatens To “Shoot Up” High School

A 17 year-old student at a Johnston County high school has been arrested after she allegedly threatened to commit an act of mass violence. An assistant principal at a school in New York discovered a message reportedly posted on a Facebook page alleging the person would “shoot up” the school. The New York school official […]

Abandoned Nursing Home Could Be Condemned

An abandoned nursing home in the Smithfield city limits is now being scrutinized by town officials.  Councilman Travis Scott has requested city leaders investigate who owns the vacant nursing home at the intersection of Buffalo Road and Hospital Road and see if they have any future plans for the two buildings. The property was flooded […]

Town Of Selma Opposed To Buffalo Road Jail Site

Opposition to a proposed site for a new Johnston County Jail continues to grow. Following a public hearing last week, members of the Selma Town Council are expected to vote next month to formally adopt a resolution opposed to the proposed location on Buffalo Road near Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. During a public hearing […]

Smithfield Man Almost Throws Away $200,000 Lottery Ticket

For Charlie Carroll Jr. of Smithfield, the luckiest part about winning a $200,000 lottery prize wasn’t that he won it the first time he played, it was the fact that he didn’t throw the ticket away. Carroll was at the Speedway on U.S. 70 in Garner when he decided to buy his first scratch-off ticket. […]

Father Arrested For Inappropriately Touching Children During Sleepover

A Johnston County man is accused of inappropriately touching two children during a sleepover. The incident reportedly occurred in 2016.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office received a report about the alleged offense on December 4th.  Last Thursday, 33 year-old Israel Rosas Villagomez of the 300 block of Massengill Pond Road, Angier was arrested. Villagomez was […]

West Johnston Students Arrested On Campus

Two high school students were arrested Thursday, their first day back to class last week following an extended break for a winter storm. Around 1:15pm, a school resource officer at West Johnston High School was notified of a fight inside the school.  Administrators had already broken up the altercation when the officer arrived. The two […]

Ground To Be Broken On New Hotel

A long-awaited event that Benson officials hope will be the start of an economic upswing is set to take place later this month. Officials from the Leath Company and the Town of Benson will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 26th at 10 a.m. The event takes place across the street from Lee Furniture […]

Rouzer Appointed To Serve On House Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources. “Our natural resources are a major attribute to the quality of life in our state and throughout the nation,” said Congressman David Rouzer, who represents the Seventh Congressional District which includes Johnston County. “North Carolina […]

Employee Injured During Benson Restaurant Robbery

Police in Benson have released grainy video images of a suspect who robbed the Subway Restaurant at gunpoint. It happened at 9:37pm Wednesday at the business, located at 701 East Church Street. An unknown black male entered the Subway armed with what appeared to be a small caliber handgun. The suspect demanded money from the […]

1 Suspect Jailed, 1 At Large Following Sampson County Robbery

Sampson County deputies have arrested one of two suspects they said robbed a business Wednesday night.  It happened at the Delway Trading Company located at 104 Delway Highway in Harrells. Officers said the suspect entered the store and purchased some merchandise.  While paying for the merchandise, the man reached into the cash register drawer and […]

Man, Juvenile Linked To Stolen Car

An alert neighbor who called 911 after seeing two suspicious people dressed in all black walking around a residential neighborhood led authorities to two arrests Thursday. Nash County deputies said they received the call from the Eagle Ridge neighborhood outside of Zebulon in southwestern Nash County. Deputies located a vehicle parked in the neighborhood that had […]

West Johnston High Named SADD Chapter Of The Year

The West Johnston High Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year at the North Carolina State Conference. West Johnston High was named the North Carolina SADD Chapter of the Year for all of the projects that were done at the school and in the community throughout the year. The school […]

Archer Lodge Students Help Homeless During Christmas

The Band Leadership Council at Archer Lodge Middle School completed a “Backpack Buddies” community service program over the Christmas Break. The ALMS Band Leadership Council collected over 100 items including canned food, bottled water, hairbrushes, deodorant, toothbrushes, and other toiletries.  Students used cash donations to purchase backpacks and filled them with the collected donations. The […]

Campbell Baseball 2017 Season Tickets On Sale Now

Buies Creek – Season tickets for Campbell’s 2017 home baseball schedule are now on sale. The Camels will host 30 total home dates at Jim Perry Stadium in 2017. 15 of CU’s first 17 games will come at home, including a three game set with Ohio State (March 3-5), and a midweek tilt against in-state […]

Neal Lancaster Wins PGA Winter Series Senior Stroke Play Championship

By: Craig Dolch Reprinted with permission by PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.- Neal Lancaster was rooting for playing partner Craig Thomas to make a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Until Thomas made it. “I was thinking, ‘Here we go with Canada again,’” Lancaster said, referring to when he doubled the final hole of […]

New Photos Of Missing Man Released

In the past 24 hours there have been significant updates in the search for a missing man in Benson. New surveillance camera photos have been confirmed by his parents to be their missing son. They show him walking in Downtown Benson about two hours before he disappeared. Cole, a 22 year-old electrical worker from Live […]

Two Ejected When Truck Overturns

Two people were ejected from a pickup after it overturned Friday morning near McGee’s Crossroads. The crash happened around 10:30am in the 12000 block of Highway 50 North. The Ford truck was traveling northbound when it ran off the roadway, hit a rock pillar then reentered the highway where it overturned in the middle of […]

First Contract Awarded For Miracle League Baseball Field

After nearly 11 months of delays, a contract has been awarded for work on the Partnership to Build a Miracle Inclusion Park and Miracle League Baseball Field at Smithfield Community Park. Professional Services Group, LLC of Deland, Florida submitted the low bid of $399,999.99 for site work, grading and concrete for the park. An additional […]

Flowers Plantation Health Expo Saturday

Kurt Bienias, Parks and Recreation Director at Flowers Plantation, was a guest on WTSB Radio Thursday. Coach Kurt invited all WTSB listeners to the “Health and Fitness Expo” on Saturday January 14 from 10am – 2pm. This event is for the entire family and is free. There will be over 50 vendors, competitions, a blood […]


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