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State Investigation Confirms Serious Neglect

Report reveals appalling conditions, lack of supervision A month after The Daily Record ran its first article on multiple reports of serious neglect from family members and former employees at Oakview Commons in Four Oaks, the state launched its own probe and came up with the same results. The North Carolina Department of Health and […]


Suspicious Fire Damages Home

A house fire this morning (Thursday) in Smithfield appears to have been intentionally set. Around 12:06am, the Smithfield Fire Department responded to a fire at 903 Harris Street in East Smithfield.  The small wood frame home sustained an estimated $20,000 in damage. The home is owned by Michael Johnson of Smithfield. Smithfield Police are treating […]


Firemen Promote Fire Safety At Pine Level Elementary

On Monday, the Pine Level Fire Department recently visited Pine Level Elementary School and talked about Fire Safety with the students. During this annual event Pre-K through second grade students have the opportunity to visit with firemen and explore their fire trucks outside on the school’s campus. The firemen showed students the equipment they use […]


$53,400 In Property Stolen From Family During Break-In

A Johnston County family says thieves stole more than $53,000 in property from their home during a break-in this week.  The incident is now under investigation by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded to a home on Coharie Drive, off Covered Bridge Road east of the Archer Lodge, after a teen returned […]


Juveniles Linked To School Break-Ins

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with two break-ins at Corinth Holders Elementary School. On Thursday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said the youths are facing charges in juvenile court for break-ins reported on September 27th and October 2nd at the school concession stand.  Chocolate candy bars and Gatorade were among the items taken. […]


Rouzer Expresses Discontent With USDA Decision

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, joined Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Wednesday expressing disappointment following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s advancement of three flawed rules, commonly referred to as the GIPSA […]


Town Approves $198,141 For New Billing Software

The Town of Smithfield will spend an estimated $198,141 to upgrade their billing and accounting software.  It marks the third time in 5 years the Town has tried to update antiquated software to a newer version. The previous two attempts failed to meet expectations of town leaders. Finance Director Greg Siler says the current system […]


Benson Museum Seeking Nominees For 2017 Black History Month Open House

Do you know someone that has been a pioneer for the African-American community in Benson? If so, please consider nominating them to be honored by the Benson Museum of Local History at its 2017 Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The Board of Directors of the Benson Museum of Local History is […]


Clayton Named One Of The Best, Smithfield Among The Worst Places To Live In NC

The fast-growing Town of Clayton has been named one of the top 20 places to live in North Carolina, while the Town of Smithfield has been ranked at the bottom of the list. WalletHub, a personal financial website, ranked the Clayton among the best places to live in the Tar Heel state.  The company selected […]


Gunman Robs Smithfield Business

Smithfield Police are looking for a gunman who robbed a restaurant Tuesday night. Around 8:17pm, a lone gunman walked into Little Caesars Pizza at 1202 North Brightleaf Boulevard and pulled out a handgun. The suspect demanded money from employees who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. Police Captain R. Sheppard said a K-9 tracked […]


Councilman Wants Church Groups Bottled Water Investigated

A member of the Selma Town Council has asked for an investigation into bottled water distributed at the Railroad Days Celebration. During the annual festival held in September, Councilman William Overby said a local church group handed out bottled water to attendees. Overby said the bottled water had a customized label with the name of the […]


Smithfield Selma Chamber Receives Accreditation From Carolinas Chamber Association

The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has received the Accredited Chamber designation from the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE). The two-state organization recognized the 2016 recipients at their Annual Management Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill on October 20, 2016. The Smithfield Selma Chamber was among 4 chambers of […]


Historic Ghost Walk In Smithfield

Five characters from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life Thursday during the Johnston County Heritage Center’s annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery. This unique event will begin at 6:30 pm at the corner of Church and Second streets beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The line-up includes several fascinating twentieth century […]


Faircloth Joins Smithfield Police Force

A former Wilson County sheriff’s deputy is the newest member of the Smithfield Police Department. Officer William Faircloth was sworn in recently by Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore.  Faircloth has two years of experience in law enforcement. Police Chief Keith Powell said Faircloth will be assigned to the patrol division.


Disaster Assistance For Hurricane Matthew Expands To Additional Counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew. The disaster declaration now covers Wake, Moore, and Lee counties. Previously,  Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, […]


Two Charged With Attempted Murder Of Deputy Following Shooting, Chase

Two people have been charged with the attempted murder of a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy.  A search is underway for a third suspect. Around 10:00pm Monday, a deputy on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic stop on Cleveland Road near the intersection with Barber Mill Road.  The driver of the car refused to pull […]


Kyle Wilson Photography Exhibit Opens Next Week

The Frank Creech Art Gallery, in partnership with the Johnston County Arts Council and Johnston Community College will sponsor a new exhibit, “Kyle Wilson Photography,” beginning in November 2016. An exhibit by photographer Kyle Wilson of Clayton will open Nov. 1 with a reception catered by the Johnston County Arts Council in the Frank Creech […]


Transportation Workers Continue To Repair Roads Damaged By Hurricane Matthew

Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed eastern North Carolina, residents are still reeling from the storm’s impact. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are doing everything they can to help life return to normal. “Our staff is working tirelessly to assess the damage and repair our roads and bridges,” said Greg Burns, division engineer […]


One Lane Of I-95 South Closed For Two Days

Work on Interstate 95 southbound near mile marker 91.5 near Smithfield will require the right lane of I-95 South to be closed for two days. The lane was closed Tuesday morning and will not reopen until 9:00am Thursday, weather permitting. The lane is closed so the existing approach to the bridge over the Neuse River […]


Jewelry Store Employee Arrested After Returning Stolen Rings

A woman who allegedly stole two expensive rings from her employer was arrested when she tried to return the merchandise. Smithfield Police said they are investigating the incident that occurred last week at Zale’s Jewelry on Outlet Center Drive.  Police Captain R. Sheppard said two rings, worth $3,575 and $4,540, had previously been stolen from […]


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