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Meadow Resident In Desperate Need Of Double Lung Transplant

A group of family members, friends and concerned citizens are now in the middle of a fundraising process to help a local citizen who is in dire need of a lung transplant. Colin Wilson, now 22, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 6 months old. The Meadow resident and his family have been […]


Pinder Wins State Championship

A local athlete continues to excel. Dylan Pinder, a student at North Johnston High School, won the State Championship in the 100 and 200 meter wheelchair race in Greensboro over-the-weekend. Dylan also broke the state record for both events and had the best times of all school classifications that completed. This marks Dylan’s 11th State […]


Meth Lab Found Hidden Inside Home

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office located a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday. Sheriff’s drug agents said the meth lab was found inside a vacant mobile home on Deer Tracks Drive off Wendell Road in northern Johnston County. Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Captain A.C. Fish said the property was vacant and was in the process of […]


Dinner And A Rescue

Off-duty Coast Guardsman takes life-saving action in Beaufort, NC By Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua L. Canup and Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Five women, all senior citizens, gathered for a photo on a pier outside a waterfront restaurant in Beaufort, North Carolina, on the evening of May 11. Without warning, the pier collapsed, […]


4-H’ers Bring Home District Honors

Twenty Johnston County 4-H’ers competed at District Presentations this month at Lenior Community College in Kinston. Two youth presented in 4-H Entertains, which is a talent showcase.  Two more participated in the non-competitive 7-8 year old Cloverbud Division.   There were 182 presenters from 18 counties in attendance. Presentations allow youth to talk about, or demonstrate […]


Marijuana Found In Mailbox

Police have arrested three people after they said they found marijuana inside a home along with the mailbox outside the same residence. Responding to a tip, Selma Police went to a Selma Housing Authority property on West Preston Street Monday.  Police said they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home. After being […]


Arrest Made In 2014 Drug Investigation

A Willow Spring resident was jailed Monday under a $100,000 bond. Ronald Christopher Adams, 34, of the 500 block of Honeycutt Road, was arrested on three counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and a single count of conspiracy to traffic in opium or heroin. Adams was one of several individuals that was the focus […]


Three Camels Garner All-Big South Honors

Buies Creek – Campbell’s Matt Parrish has been named First Team All-Big South, leading three Camels on the league’s 2016 all-conference awards list. Grant Yost was also named Second Team All-Big South and Anthony Lopez received an honorable mention nod. Parrish was also named to the Big South’s All-Academic Team for the third time in […]


Inmates Caught Attempting To Smuggle Contraband Into Jail

Several inmates in the Johnston County Jail are under investigation for allegedly trying to smuggle contraband into the jail. WTSB News has learned approximately 6 inmates are under investigation for attempting to smuggle cell phone items and cigarettes into jail.  Authorities allege the inmates were caught after officers noticed a string being lowered through a […]


Rail Crossing Closings This Week

CSX crews will be rebuilding railroad crossings through Smithfield, Kenly and Wilson this week.  This work includes tearing out old crossties, installing new ties and repaving the crossings with concrete and asphalt to provide a smoother ride over the tracks for drivers.   Typically, it takes two to three days to rebuild, repave and re-open a […]


Benson Tax, Electric Rates Expected To Remain Unchanged

With the final draft of Benson’s 2016-2017 budget expected later this month, town officials said the tax rate as well as recently-lowered electric rates should remain stagnate in the proposed budget. Benson commissioners will hear the final draft budget presentation Tuesday, May 31. Town Manager Matt Zapp said the proposed budget shows no tax increase […]


House Shot 20 Times In Drive-By Shooting

A drive by shooting left a Johnston County home and car riddled with bullet holes. Authorities are now trying to figure out who committed the crime and why. Around Noon on Saturday, a 26 year-old Clayton man said he left his home in the 1300 block of Guy Road. About 10 minutes later he said he […]


Deputy, Suspect Injured During US 70 Pursuit

A sheriff’s deputy was injured during the arrest of a suspect who led officers on a vehicle pursuit the wrong way on US 70. Wayne County Deputy C. Gustafson, who is assigned to the department’s DWI Task Force, attempted to stop a vehicle on US 70 in Wayne County. As he attempted to make contact […]


Congressman Holding Makes Stop In Johnston County

U.S. Congressman George Holding made a weekend stop in Johnston County. Holding who is running for election in the Second District Republican primary on June 7th, stopped in for supper at Bojangles in Selma on Sunday night. Congressman Holding joined WTSB Radio’s Carl Lamm, former Johnston County Clerk of Court Will Crocker and Johnston County […]


Inspectors Find Credit Card Skimmers At Gas Stations

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors recently conducted a month long sweep at gas stations across the state looking for credit card skimmers. Inspectors visited 972 stations in 12 counties and checked 8,567 dispensers. The inspectors found three skimming devices. The devices were found in Mecklenburg and Nash counties. Thieves can install credit […]


Burglar Caught Inside Home

Johnston County deputies responded to a frantic call from a woman Friday asking for an officer to respond to her home to discover a burglary suspect was inside her home. Around 8:30 am, officers responded to a home in the 3300 block of Wood’s Crossroads Road outside of Benson and found the woman fleeing from […]


Student Injured In Assault At High School

A local high school student was injured after being assaulted on school grounds Friday.  It happened at Smithfield Selma High School. An 18 year-old student reported he was punched in the head and jaw by another student around 7:15 am. School officials and a resource officer located the other student, identified as 18 year-old Duffie […]


DNA Links Suspect To 2012 Church Break-In

A man accused of burglarizing a Clayton church in 2012 is in custody thanks to DNA evidence and cooperation between the Clayton and Smithfield Police Departments. George Stanton Ribar, 39, of Clayton was arrested Thursday night and charged with felony larceny and felony breaking and entering a place of religious worship. The charges stem from […]

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School District Updates Conduct Policy

The Johnston County School Board has updated their Code of Conduct policy for students. Until now the policy did not specifically address the threat of violence to educational property. The updated policy defines what constitutes a threat on school grounds and how a student will be disciplined. A student who makes a threat or false […]


Class Of 2016 Inspires Elementary Students With ‘Senior Walk’

North Johnston High School seniors walked the halls of their former elementary schools to inspire younger students to graduate. Wearing their caps and gowns, seniors proudly walked through the halls at Glendale-Kenly and Micro-Pine Level elementary schools as current elementary school students filled the halls and cheered them on Friday. “We were high-fiving people and […]


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