School Board Chairman Seeks Apology Following “Personal Attack”

February 11, 2016 3:16 pm

One day after Johnston County Commissioner Chairman Tony Braswell criticized the Johnston County School Board for its handling of an employment contract for Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom, the Chairman of the School Board has responded to what he calls a “personal attack.”  Braswell and the county board of commissioners have raised questions following a News […]


New Elementary, Middle School Principals Named

February 11, 2016 3:06 pm

The Johnston County School Board approved several personnel changes at their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, including the naming of new principals. Heather Anders, who is an assistant principal at Smithfield Middle was named the new principal at the same school. Also Takicey Dunston, the assistant principal at Benson Elementary will transition to the principal at […]


Smithfield Names Full Time Fire Chief

February 11, 2016 3:05 pm

After serving as interim fire chief for several months, John Blanton officially took over Thursday as the permanent fire chief of the Smithfield Fire Department. Blanton had been serving as the interim since the retirement of former Chief Patrick Harris on July 1, 2015. Chief Blanton’s career has included approximately 30 years of progressively responsible […]


Home Invasion, Robbery Reported Near Benson

February 11, 2016 3:00 pm

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion and robbery. It happened around 11:20am Wednesday in the 1300 block of Federal Road near Benson. A 19 year-old college student was at home when three suspects forcibly entered the residence and at gunpoint stole a handgun and money.  Sheriff’s Detective Lt. M.J. Carson said […]


Four Oaks Bank Renames Financial Services Division

February 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Four Oaks Bank has announced the renaming of their financial services division.  Four Oaks Financial Services is now Four Oaks Wealth Management. The Bank established their financial services division in 2002, to give their customers, as well as the people in the communities they served, convenient access to financial management and planning services from a […]


Church Break-In Reported

February 11, 2016 2:50 pm

Johnston County deputies are investigating an attempted break-in at the White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located on Highway 231 near Highway 222 near the Johnston-Nash County line.  A church member discovered the attempted break-in on Wednesday night and alerted deputies.  No items were reported stolen but the suspect or suspects caused […]


Smithfield Man Linked To Vehicle Theft

February 11, 2016 2:48 pm

Clayton Police have arrested a man they said was in possession of a stolen SUV hours after it had been reported stolen near the Johnston County Country Club in Smithfield. Smithfield Police use OnStar to track the vehicle taken near Holt’s Lake to South Boling Street in Clayton.  Clayton Police located the stolen Chevy Tahoe […]


Neighbor Charged With Break-In

February 11, 2016 2:45 pm

Nineteen year-old Adrian Lamanz Whack of the 1500 block of Braswell Road was arrested Feb. 4th. According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Whack allegedly broke into a neighbors home in the 1700 block of Braswell Road on Jan. 27th and stole an XBox video game system. Deputies said Whack sold the stolen game system […]


Selma Tweaks Subdivision Rules

February 11, 2016 2:36 pm

The Town of Selma has modified an ordinance making it easier for subdivisions to locate within their extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Selma Town Council approved a change allowing an exemption for sidewalks to be installed in subdivisions if they are outside the city limits, the typical street is fronted […]


Commissioner Chairman: “The Lights Are On At The Board Of Education But No One Is Home”

February 10, 2016 3:01 pm

The Johnston County School Board is being criticized for its handling of an employment contract for retiring Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom that will leave Johnston County taxpayers on the hook to potentially pay $520,000 toward his state retirement benefits.  There are also questions being raised about when school leaders first realized this was a problem […]


School Board Waives Snow Makeup Day

February 10, 2016 2:35 pm

Johnston County school students will not have to make up a day lost to winter weather in January. At their board meeting on Tuesday, the school board agreed to forgive January 22nd for all three school calendars including traditional schools, year-round schools, and Early and Middle College High Schools. Brian Vetrano, Chief Personnel Officer, said […]


Selma Says “No” To Chickens

February 10, 2016 2:33 pm

Two months after a resident asked the Town of Selma to allow chickens within the town limits, the Selma Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny the request. Angela Parrish appeared before town leaders in December asking officials to consider allowing chickens in residential neighborhoods.  Parrish, who lives on Bennett Drive, said at the […]


Arrest Made In Attempted Bank Robbery

February 10, 2016 2:30 pm

Garner Police have made an arrest in a month old bank robbery investigation. Christopher Stephen Labrador, 22, is charged with the Jan. 4th robbery of the Bank of America on Benson Road. Bank employees said the suspect entered the bank and presented a note demanding money. No weapon was displayed. Investigator William Hinson was able […]


Candy Stolen During Florist Break-In

February 10, 2016 2:27 pm

Smithfield Police are investigating a business break-in. Monday night or early-Tuesday, someone broke into Smithfield City Florist located at 902 South Brightleaf Boulevard. Police Captain R.K. Powell the suspect used a flower pot to shatter a rear window at the business. Once inside the suspect stole money and $100 worth of candy. Anyone with information […]


Bid Awarded For Public Works Building Upgrades

February 10, 2016 2:25 pm

The Smithfield Public Works Facility will be getting some much needed upgrades. The Smithfield Town Council has awarded a bid to renovation some of the facility.  The low bidder on the project was SOHN, Inc. at $14,963. They were slightly lower than Lane Contracting that bid $15,250 on the project. Public Works Director Lenny Branch […]


Smithfield Approves Board Appointments

February 10, 2016 2:22 pm

The Smithfield Town Council has made appointments to several town boards. Anita Liverman of Baker Street was reappointed to serve a second term on the Appearance Commission. Robert Worsham of S. Vermont Street was reappointed to his third term on the Appearance Commission. Regina Sanders of E. Heath Avenue was reappointed to her fourth term […]


Arrest Made In Clayton Break-In

February 10, 2016 2:20 pm

A Princeton man has been charged with breaking into a Clayton home last year. Jacob Lee Heath, 30, of Massey Holt Road was arrested Wednesday morning by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.  Heath is accused by deputies of entering a home on Hazel Street near Clayton on August 28, 2015. Heath was one of two […]


2016 NC Boll Weevil Assessment Remains At $1 Per Acre

February 10, 2016 2:07 pm

The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2016 boll weevil assessment at $1 per acre of cotton, keeping the fee the same for the third straight year. The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll weevil and […]


Teacher Dies After Being Struck By Bus

February 9, 2016 4:21 pm

An elementary school teacher was struck and killed by a bus on school grounds Tuesday morning. The tragedy occurred at the Meadow Lane Elementary School on E. Ash Street in Goldsboro.  Brandon Kincaid, 25, a second grade teacher at the school, was struck in the school’s parking lot by a private bus driven by Ray […]


Residents, Fire Chief Concerned About Crashes At Rural Intersection

February 9, 2016 3:17 pm

The Department of Transportation says they are not aware of any problems with a rural intersection many nearby residents say is accident prone. Neighbors say they are concerned about the intersection of Fire Department Road and Buffalo Road between Wilson’s Mills and Highway 42.  The latest crash occurred at the intersection on Saturday sending several […]


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