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Tip Prompts State Audit Of Town Finances

There are more questions than answers about a state audit of Town of Micro funds. An emergency meeting was held by the Micro Town Board on Tuesday to discuss the allegations.  Mayor Jay Warren, who took office in December, said the board met with two investigators with the state who came to the Town following […]


E-Cigarette Battery Burns 2 People, Home

A fire that burned two people and caused damage to a Smithfield home has been linked to a battery for an electronic or e-cigarette. Around 1:00 pm Thursday, the Smithfield Fire Department and Johnston County EMS responded to a fire in the 300 block of South Fourth Street in Smithfield.  Authorities say a man had […]


Driver Seriously Injured When SUV Overturns

The Highway Patrol is investigating a serious accident outside of Clayton. It happened Friday afternoon on Medlin Road a short distance from Covered Bridge Road. A female driver was injured when the SUV she was operating overturned in the roadway.  No others vehicles were reportedly involved. Crews from the Archer Lodge Fire Department had to […]


Fatal Crash Goes Unreported For Hours

Authorities believe a fatal accident about 40 feet off a busy roadway went undiscovered for hours Friday morning. The victim lived a short distance away from the accident scene. The fiery crash occurred in the 1800 block of Castleberry Road in the Archer Lodge city limits before daylight.  The Highway Patrol says a white Acura 4-door […]


Superintendent’s Retirement To Cost Johnston Taxpayers $520,000

The News & Observer says the upcoming retirement of Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom will cost county taxpayers $520,000. Dr. Croom will be retiring March 1st at the age of 50. He has been the superintendent for the past 7 years. Dr. Croom announced his retirement in October and said at the time […]


Johnston Couple Linked To $2 Million Internet Steroid Distribution Ring

A Smithfield couple has been indicted for a $2.25 million internet steroids distribution ring in Missouri. Aaron Vincent Schweidler, 31, and Nicole R. Lyne, 26, both of Smithfield, NC, formerly of Weston, Missouri, Michael G. Peters, 27, of Pelham, New Hampshire, and Samuel C. Miller IV, 29, of Annapolis, Maryland, were charged in a nine-count […]


Smithfield Approves Water And Sewer Rate Increase

The Smithfield Town Council has increased water and sewer rates across the board.  In response to concerns from the NC Local Government Commission (LGC) about the financial stability of the Water and Sewer Fund, the town council discussed in January a rate hike.  Town leaders were concerned a $1.4 million loan request might be denied […]


House Fire Ruled Arson

Smithfield Police and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office are treating a house fire Thursday morning as arson. The early morning blaze at 1013 Lemay Street, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, heavily damaged a vacant home owned by Vera Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland.  The home had been unoccupied since an August 2012 fire […]


JCC Selected Among 150 Colleges For Aspen Prize

Johnston Community College is one of 150 two-year institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Two-year colleges are considered for the award based on their performance in three key areas: student outcomes, consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial, ethnic, […]


Sampson County Woman Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

Glenda Boyette of Clinton in Sampson County become the state’s latest big Powerball winner, claiming a $200,000 prize. In Saturday’s drawing, Boyette beats odds of 1 in 913,000 as her lucky numbers matched four of the white balls and the Powerball. Because she had purchased a $3 Power Play ticket, the $50,000 prize jumped to […]


2015-16 Archer Lodge Middle School Second Quarter Results

6th GRADE: Principal’s List: Madison Adams, Samantha Alford, Jessica Arnn, Londyn Baldwin, Hannah Barton , Seth Benbow, Gianna Ciardullo, Antonio Ciardullo, Haley Coppock, Devin Dames, Kessa Davey, Riley DeChelilis, Rivers Dorsey, Synergy Dougherty, Tyler Dumonceaux, Isaiah Faulkner, Jorden Gammon, Elijah Gatabaki, David Gathman, Cherokee Grogg, Noah Hardy, Lilly Heder, Blake Hines, Caroline Hines, Justin Horta, […]


Commissioners Reject Homeowners Appeal

A Johnston County man lost his appeal before county commissioners this week.  Derek Ball appealed a stop work order first issued in 2014 on a building at his home at 250 Willis Run, Garner. The Johnston County Inspections Department said Ball was building a barn without a permit, however Ball contended the barn was already […]


Residents Review Plans To Build Bridges Over US 70

Wilson’s Mills residents had a lot of questions for NC Department of Transportation representatives during a public meeting Tuesday at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School. Residents learned about the DOT’s plans to install bridges over US 70 at Swift Creek Road and Wilson’s Mills Road, as well as building ramps and service roads that would improve […]


Police Officers Rescue Residents From Burning Building

Police officers who responded to an apartment fire Wednesday morning in Dunn are being credited with helping several people escape from the flames. Around 2:00 am, the officers were responding to an unrelated call in the area when they noticed the fire at a large wood frame house which had been converted into 6 separate […]


Thief Steals Cigarettes In Benson Business Break-In

Benson Police are investigating a business break-in. Early Thursday morning, police responded to an alarm at the Tobacco Warehouse, located at 105 West Parrish Drive in Benson. Officers found a window had been broken. After searching the business and reviewing surveillance footage, it was determined a break-in had occurred. Police said after the suspect entered […]


Man Charged With Sandwich Fraud

A man who allegedly tried to return two stolen sandwiches for a refund is facing felony charges. On January 20th, a woman reportedly went into the Sheetz convenience store on Highway 210 at McGee’s Crossroads and left without paying for two sandwiches valued at $10.65.  Video surveillance reportedly shows a male suspect outside the store […]


Student Accused Of Stealing Car From School

A Clayton High School student was arrested on felony charges Wednesday in connection with the theft of a classmates car from the student parking lot last week. On January 27th, a Nissan Maxima was stolen from the student parking lot. The student initially discovered her keys were missing. When she went to her car it […]


Fremont Burglary Suspects Identified

Two men who allegedly broke into a Fremont home then eluded a manhunt by numerous law enforcement officers have been identified. It began Tuesday when a woman returning to her home on Aycock Dairy Farm Road saw two people getting into a truck behind her house. The victim tried to block the truck but the […]


$19,000 In Lawn Equipment Stolen During Break-Ins

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of nearly $19,000 in lawn and landscaping equipment take during two break-ins reported Wednesday morning. A break-in was discovered around 7:45 am in the 200 block of Parker Road outside of Four Oaks.  The homeowner said someone broke into his home stealing $4,960 in property including […]


Man Loses $4,500 In Counterfeit Coin Scam

Selma Police are investigating a scam involving counterfeit coins.  A Raleigh man said he responded to a Craigslist ad where rare collectors coins were being offered through an estate sale.  The seller, claimed to be an antique dealer in the Goldsboro area, was trying to liquidate 15 gold Indian Head coin sets and 13 Carson […]


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