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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 […]


Band Director Receives $25,000 Grant

Selma Middle School will soon receive approximately $25,000 worth of new musical instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. With many school music programs across the country losing vital funding, the foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets by donating new instruments, often replacing some that are more than 30 years old. “I am […]


Archer Lodge Middle School 3rd Quarter Honors

6th GRADE: Principal’s List:  Madison Adams, Samantha Alford, Neyda Arreaga Puac, Londyn Baldwin, Hannah Barton, Seth Benbow, Carson Biethman, Jason Blackley, Ariel Braswell, Gianna Ciardullo, Antonio Ciardullo, Jessica Clark, Haley Coppock, Devin Dames , Reese Davenport, Kessa Davey, Synergy Dougherty, Tyler  Dumonceaux, Isaiah Faulkner, Wren Fergus, Fred Foreman, Sarah Frye, Jorden Gammon, Elijah Gatabaki, Matthew […]


Benson Mule Days Named Top 20 Event In Southeast

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named Benson Mule Days one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September, 2016. This year’s festival is scheduled for September 21–25, and was submitted for consideration by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, who is charged with promoting the county’s tourism assets to attract visitors to the […]


Mobile Home Fire Ruled Arson

A 48 year-old man lost all of his belongings in a fire Wednesday night near Benson. The Benson, Elevation and West Johnston Fire Department responded to the fire around 7:30pm on Memory Lane. When fire crews arrived on the scene the home, which was up a path and surrounded by woods, had already burned to […]


Inmate Accused Of Injuring Jail Nurse

An inmate awaiting trial on arson charges is now accused of assaulting and injuring a jail employee. On Wednesday, Martha Lucia Herrera Britt, 54, of the 1100 block of Aquilla Road, Benson was seeing a detention nurse in the Johnston County Jail when she allegedly assaulted the 30 year-old woman by scratching her face and […]


Rouzer Receives Award For Conservation Excellence

This week Congressman David Rouzer received the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his leadership and conservative voting record for the first session of the 114th Congress.  This is the ACU’s top award for Members of Congress who vote most consistently with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution: limited […]


Scam Alert: Jury Duty Summons

Local citizens are again being targeted by telephone calls, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury summons.  The caller usually states that they are members of the their local sheriff’s office warrants division.  The victims of this scam are asked to place money on a prepaid card or other form of “reload […]


DWI Suspect Arrested At Restaurant Drive Thru

A driver that police said was trying to place an order at the drive thru of a restaurant, even though the business was closed, has been arrested for driving while impaired. Around 1:45am Friday, a Selma police officer allegedly began following a Nissan on US301 and noticed the car was weaving in the travel lanes.  […]


Grandfather, Grandson Arrested

A 72 year-old grandfather and his 41 year-old grandson landed in jail Wednesday afternoon after a search of their home. Johnston County deputies were asked to company probation officers while they went to the home of Lee Richmond Waddell on Firetower Road near Selma. Waddell, a convicted felon, was reportedly found in the possession of a […]


Free Public Shred Event Saturday

Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive will hold his annual Public Shred Event this weekend. Olive and his office hold the event each year to give citizens a way to dispose of personal documents like receipts, credit card information, bank statements, returned checks, and other sensitive information they want to discard. Identity theft is […]


Benson Scavenger Hunt Saturday

Do you like a challenge? Do you like to have fun? Then you won’t want to miss the Benson Center for Active Aging’s Scavenger Hunt fundraiser Saturday, April 30, at the Benson Singing Grove. Sign-ups will start at noon and the adventure will begin at 1 p.m. The scavenger hunt will take you all over […]


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