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Split Board Approves Countywide Alcohol Sales Referendum

In a split vote, the Johnston County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to place a countywide alcohol referendum before voters in November. Vice Chairman DeVan Barbour of Benson said many towns in Johnston County have varying rules regarding alcohol and he believed a countywide referendum would “clear things up.”  He added, “Everything is different.” Chairman […]


Commissioners Approve Third 50-210 Fire Station

The 50-210 Fire Department cleared a hurdle on Monday to building a third fire station in their rapidly growing district in western Johnston County. In a unanimous vote by Johnston County Commissioners, the board agreed to allow the department to move forward with a $1.2 million tax exempt loan to build 50-210 Fire Station Number […]


Man Dies While Fishing

A Benson man died while fishing in a creek Saturday evening. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said 63 year-old Edward Lee Johnson of Banner Elk Road was at a small creek near his home fishing. Family members reportedly checked on Johnson around 7:00pm and he was fine. When they went back around 9:00pm they discovered his […]


Body Found In Little River

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible drowning. Saturday afternoon the body was found under the Little River Bridge at Highway 70 in Wayne County. Sheriff’s investigators said Monday no foul play is suspected. The identity of the victim has not been released pending notification of the next of kin. Photos by John […]

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Man Shot, Robbed After Accepting Ride

Authorities are looking for at least two suspects following a shooting at an abandoned home in Johnston County.  The incident happened around 6:00pm Friday in the 2100 block of Benson-Hardee Road outside of Benson. A 38 year-old Coats man said he had asked someone for a ride to a relative’s home in Johnston County.  A […]


Four Oaks Bank Announces First Quarter Earnings

Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FOFN) the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company has announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. For the first quarter, the Company reported pre-tax net income of $1.3 million compared to $978,000 for the same period in 2015 and $810,000 for the preceding quarter […]


Four Oaks Native Featured In Tennessee Writing

Danny (Dan) Lee, originally from Four Oaks, and now living and working as a teacher in Nashville, Tennesee was featured last week on the blog of Miss Nashville Jeannette Morelan. Miss Nashville frequently posts about individuals who have inspired her from the Nashville community, and she picked Dan Lee for her “Power of One” commentary. […]


Coley Receives Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 29, chartered by the Kenly Kiwanis Club, presented Reese Coley with his Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts. The ceremony was held Sunday at the Kenly Free Will Baptist Church. While a Boy Scout, Reese was awarded the Order of Arrow, and held several positions in his troop including […]


Garner Native Signs With New York Giants

Buies Creek – The New York Giants have signed Campbell defensive tackle Greg Milhouse, Jr. as an undrafted free agent. Milhouse becomes the first Camel to sign a contract with a National Football League franchise. Campbell completed its eighth football season in 2015. The Garner native was a two-time All-PFL defensive lineman, including a First […]


Dillon Signs With Arizona Cardinals

Buies Creek  – Campbell long snapper Daniel Dillon has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Dillon, a Sanford, NC native, has been Campbell’s starting long snapper for the last four seasons, seeing action in 43 career games. He added seven tackles, forcing a fumble in 2013. Dillon joins Campbell teammate Greg Milhouse, […]


NC Safe Plates — Food Safety Manager Certification Course May 3-5

The Johnston County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Johnston County Environmental Health Department will offer N.C. Safe Plates — Food Safety Manager Certification Course. This comprehensive course is appropriate for food service managers and supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, childcare facilities and other food-handling establishments. The course […]


Cleanup Follows Severe Storms

Cleanup is underway from Thursday evenings storms that swept across the area. At the peak of the storm, nearly 1,000 power customers were without electricity across Johnston County. Hail, heavy rains, lightning and strong winds accompanied the storms which produced at three separate thunderstorm warnings locally. Numerous trees and limbs were knocked down by the rain […]


Neighbor Charged With Arson

An arrest has been made following a suspicious fire in southern Johnston County on Wednesday night. A mobile home on Memory Lane, outside of Benson, burned to the ground. The 48 year-old homeowner lost all of his belongings in the blaze. Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of the home moments before seeing […]


Home Invasion Reported

An overnight home invasion is under investigation in northern Johnston County. Around midnight, a lone suspect reportedly kicked in the back door to a home in the 6000 block of Highway 231, Middlesex. Once inside, the suspect went into the bedroom of a woman staying in the home then left. Authorities said the suspect did not […]


Stolen Bulldozer Recovered

Authorities say they have solved a 4 year-old case with the arrest of a Benson man.  On April 15, 2012, Barefoot Construction reported a Caterpillar bulldozer had been stolen. The bulldozer was recovered earlier this month, nearly 4 years to the day, in Wayne County when it was placed up for auction. The person reportedly […]


Johnston Health Receives Highest Rating On Hospital Safety Score

Johnston Health has received an “A” rating for Leapfrog Group’s April 2016 Hospital Safety Score, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. “Johnston Health’s ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group demonstrates our continued commitment to putting our patients’ safety first,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and president […]


McGee’s Crossroads Native Among 10 Finalists For Senior CLASS Award

Campbell’s Matt Parrish has been named one of 10 finalists nationally for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for […]


Town Testing New Crosswalk Signs

Downtown Benson businesses are blooming this spring! In the last 12 months, business owners and visitors have reported increased foot traffic in the heart of downtown. In light of the increased foot traffic, the Town of Benson started testing crosswalk signs this week for pedestrian safety. These signs remind drivers that yielding to pedestrians at […]


Four Oaks 12u Team Wins Tournament

The Four Oaks 12u Softball Team won the ninth annual Fast Pitch Frenzy tournament held April 21st- April 24th in Four Oaks. The members of the winning team include: (first row kneeling) McKenzie Millard, Hannah Evans, Bayla Sutton (second row) Hollyn Champagne, Meagan Worley, Lainey Edwards, Allison Stewart (3rd row) Logan Hodge, Grayson Johnson & […]


Tractor Pulling Weekend In Four Oaks

There’s going to be a rumble this weekend at the pulling track inside Four Oaks Farm Park. Beginning this evening at 7, the park will host a lawn tractor and modified mini tractor pull. Dozens of participants will compete to see who can move a heavy sled the greatest distance. But the fun doesn’t stop […]


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