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Special Needs Church Relocates To Clayton

The congregation of Good Samaritan United Church of Christ has moved from Selma to Clayton to better reach those with special needs, and those who want to join them in this ministry.  After meeting at Selma Presbyterian Church for a year church leaders said they needed to find another location that was fully handicapped accessible. […]


Child Sparks Fire That Destroys Mobile Home

A juvenile playing with firecrackers is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a singlewide mobile home in Johnston County Friday night. Fire crews rushed to the home, located in the 400 block of Cornwallis Road around 6:35pm but could not save the property. According to the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office […]


Arrest Made In Farmland Scam

A Johnston County man is accused of defrauding two landowners out of payments for their farmland. Rodney Albert Hayes, 44, of George Street, Benson was arrested Sunday arrested Sunday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. Hayes allegedly entered into contracts in 2014 to lease cropland in the […]


Selma Man Charged With 3 Break-Ins

Johnston County deputies say they have solved three storage building break-ins with the arrest of a Selma man. Gary Wayne Johnson, 43, of the 2800 block of Micro Road West, was arrested Friday night.  Johnson is accused of entering storage buildings at homes on Lizzie Mill Road and Pippin Drive near Selma and on Yelverton […]


Horse Gear Valued At $9,050 Stolen

Over $9,000 worth of horse saddles and riding equipment were stolen from a storage facility in Smithfield last week. A Selma woman said she had placed the items in a unit at Carolina Self Storage at 1330 North Brightleaf Boulevard. She last checked on the items on Jan. 29th. When she went on Feb. 6th […]


Police: Mom Brings Along Child While Shoplifting

A young woman allegedly caught shoplifting while bringing her 8 year-old son along has been charged with child abuse. Police were called to American Eagle on Outlet Center Drive in Smithfield Saturday afternoon after an employee noticed a customer enter the business with a large bag, and soon the woman began placing merchandise inside the […]


DWI Suspect Arrested Following Birthday Party

A driver who told police he was returning home from a birthday party was arrested for driving while impaired. A Selma police officer was sitting stationary in a business parking lot on US301 South around 2:30 am Sunday when he spotted a vehicle speed by. The officer got behind the vehicle to conduct a traffic […]


Record Call Volume Set At 911 Center During Jan. Ice Storm

The January 22nd ice storm is all but a memory, however, Johnston County 911 officials have just released the call volume data from the winter storm event. 911 Director Jason Barbour said the 911 Center received more calls during a 9-hour period on Jan. 22nd than what was experienced during Hurricanes Fran and Floyd. From […]


Clayton Awards Water Line Extension Bid

The Clayton Town Council has awarded a bid to extend a water line on Vinson Road. Corbett Contracting was the low bidder for the project at $110,441.  The Town had previously budgeted $138,000 for the work. A total of 3 bids were received by the town.  At their meeting Monday night, the town council voted […]


Music And Memory Alzheimer’s Program Implemented At 3 Facilities

The Johnston County Alzheimer’s Music and Memory (JAMM) program has been implemented at three long-term care facilities in the County. This program is simple. It provides an iPod with a personalized playlist of music for each person. By listening to favorite music from their past, research shows Alzheimer’s patients can “come back to life”, allowing […]


Tip Prompts State Audit Of Town Finances

There are more questions than answers about a state audit of Town of Micro funds. An emergency meeting was held by the Micro Town Board on Tuesday to discuss the allegations.  Mayor Jay Warren, who took office in December, said the board met with two investigators with the state who came to the Town following […]


E-Cigarette Battery Burns 2 People, Home

A fire that burned two people and caused damage to a Smithfield home has been linked to a battery for an electronic or e-cigarette. Around 1:00 pm Thursday, the Smithfield Fire Department and Johnston County EMS responded to a fire in the 300 block of South Fourth Street in Smithfield.  Authorities say a man had […]


Driver Seriously Injured When SUV Overturns

The Highway Patrol is investigating a serious accident outside of Clayton. It happened Friday afternoon on Medlin Road a short distance from Covered Bridge Road. A female driver was injured when the SUV she was operating overturned in the roadway.  No others vehicles were reportedly involved. Crews from the Archer Lodge Fire Department had to […]


Fatal Crash Goes Unreported For Hours

Authorities believe a fatal accident about 40 feet off a busy roadway went undiscovered for hours Friday morning. The victim lived a short distance away from the accident scene. The fiery crash occurred in the 1800 block of Castleberry Road in the Archer Lodge city limits before daylight.  The Highway Patrol says a white Acura 4-door […]


Superintendent’s Retirement To Cost Johnston Taxpayers $520,000

The News & Observer says the upcoming retirement of Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom will cost county taxpayers $520,000. Dr. Croom will be retiring March 1st at the age of 50. He has been the superintendent for the past 7 years. Dr. Croom announced his retirement in October and said at the time […]


Johnston Couple Linked To $2 Million Internet Steroid Distribution Ring

A Smithfield couple has been indicted for a $2.25 million internet steroids distribution ring in Missouri. Aaron Vincent Schweidler, 31, and Nicole R. Lyne, 26, both of Smithfield, NC, formerly of Weston, Missouri, Michael G. Peters, 27, of Pelham, New Hampshire, and Samuel C. Miller IV, 29, of Annapolis, Maryland, were charged in a nine-count […]


Smithfield Approves Water And Sewer Rate Increase

The Smithfield Town Council has increased water and sewer rates across the board.  In response to concerns from the NC Local Government Commission (LGC) about the financial stability of the Water and Sewer Fund, the town council discussed in January a rate hike.  Town leaders were concerned a $1.4 million loan request might be denied […]


House Fire Ruled Arson

Smithfield Police and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office are treating a house fire Thursday morning as arson. The early morning blaze at 1013 Lemay Street, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, heavily damaged a vacant home owned by Vera Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland.  The home had been unoccupied since an August 2012 fire […]


JCC Selected Among 150 Colleges For Aspen Prize

Johnston Community College is one of 150 two-year institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Two-year colleges are considered for the award based on their performance in three key areas: student outcomes, consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial, ethnic, […]


Sampson County Woman Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

Glenda Boyette of Clinton in Sampson County become the state’s latest big Powerball winner, claiming a $200,000 prize. In Saturday’s drawing, Boyette beats odds of 1 in 913,000 as her lucky numbers matched four of the white balls and the Powerball. Because she had purchased a $3 Power Play ticket, the $50,000 prize jumped to […]


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