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Paul Sabiston Hired As Aberdeen Town Manager

Seventeen months after being fired by the Town of Smithfield, former Town Manager Paul Sabiston has been hired as the new town manager in Aberdeen. Sabiston began work on January 3rd in Aberdeen, in southeastern Moore County.  The city is experiencing tremendous growth, with the population doubling since the 2000 census. Sabiston replaces former manager […]

Clayton High Closed Thursday

Students at Clayton High School had an unexpected day off from school today (Thursday). A transformer issue affected the electricity at Clayton High School this morning that resulted in a fan motor burning up. Johnston County School maintenance staff is working with the Town of Clayton to have the electrical issues resolved and the school […]

$300,000 Grant Would Help Pay For Civic Center Renovations

The Selma Civic Center Committee is seeking a $300,000 to help pay for renovations of the former American Legion Building into a civic center. In a 3-to-1 vote, the Selma Town Council approved a request by Ann Williams, a member of the Committee, to apply for a USDA Rural Business Development Grant.  The deadline to […]

Suspects Wanted For Credit Card Scam

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance identifying two men wanted for questioning in a  fraud investigation.  The two suspects pictured are believed to have used a stolen credit card number taken from a Johnston County resident while at a Food Lion in Wilson on December 16th. Additional credit card numbers were also used […]

Foul Play Not Ruled Out In Disappearance Of Sampson County Woman

Foul play has not been ruled out in the disappearance of a 38 year-old woman. Maria Ventura Cruz was last seen around 7:00pm Saturday at her home on Hayes Mill Road in the Godwin community in Sampson County. She was reported missing to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.  Cruz has not been heard […]

Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres, Vacant Home

Approximately 5 acres of brush burned Wednesday afternoon after a fire got away from a man burning debris. Several fire departments responded to the blaze in the 500 block of Fire Department Road in the Wilson’s Mills city limits. Gusty winds helped spread the fire which engulfed a vacant house on the property. The home […]

Police Officer Receives Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate

A Smithfield police officer was recognized by the Town Council and Mayor during their monthly meeting on Jan. 10th.  Lieutenant Brian “O.B.” O’Branovich recently received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Education Training and Standards Commission. The certification required 1,200 hours of continuing education. Lt. O’Branovich joins 14 other members of the Smithfield […]

Holland Completes Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael J. Holland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also […]

NC Rate Bureau Withdraws Request For 19.6 Percent Rate Increase

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says the N.C. Rate Bureau has elected to withdraw the rate filing made on Nov. 30, 2016, which would could have increased dwelling fire insurance premiums an average of 19.6 percent in North Carolina. The rate filing was reviewed by Department of Insurance experts who discovered data issues that needed to […]

Arrest Made In Construction Site Theft

A Smithfield man is accused of stealing $1,617 in construction materials from a new home construction site in western Johnston County. The theft was reported on January 12th by Scott Lee Holmes.  Plywood and 2×4’s were removed from a jobsite on Lantern Ridge Drive between Jan. 6th and Jan. 12th. Nelson Laverne Gilmore, 68, of […]

Selma Couple Accused Of Prescription Fraud

A Selma couple is accused of passing fake prescriptions at two Smithfield pharmacies last week. John Joseph Santos, 39, and Shekita Tyese Tate, 38, both of the 700 block of North Sumner Street, Selma were arrested Monday by Smithfield Police. Additional charges were filed against the couple on Wednesday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Both […]

Groundbreaking Held For New Shell Station-Hardee’s Restaurant In Selma

The Town of Selma continues to enjoy business growth. Tuesday afternoon, groundbreaking was held for a new Shell Station and Hardee’s Restaurant. New Dixie Mart and Boddie-Noel Hardee’s held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new business at 433 US Highway 70 East next to Interstate 95 in Selma.  New Dixie officials plan to tear down the […]

Downtown Drug House Busted Near Police Station

A drug house was raided Friday in Downtown Smithfield just four blocks away from the Smithfield Police Department. WTSB News has learned the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation over the past few months during which several undercover drug buys were made at the residence. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said a search warrant […]

Woman Dies In Highway 301 Crash

Selma Police have released the name of a woman who died in a single vehicle accident Monday night on Highway 301 at Highway 39.  Police said Maria H. Flores Escamilla, 67, of New Creech Road, Selma was traveling northbound on Highway 301 at 7:15pm. At the intersection of Highway 39, Escamilla drove straight through the […]

Police Investigate Second Armed Robbery

Smithfield Police are investigating their second armed robbery within a week.  Around 12:10am Saturday, a 44 year-old Selma woman was asleep in a car in the parking lot of Twister’s at 1300 South Brightleaf Boulevard when she was robbed. Police Captain R. Sheppard said the woman was awakened by a black male armed with a […]

New Details Released In Suspicious Fire

A fire that damaged a home and detached garage at a Smithfield area home Tuesday afternoon is being treated as suspicious.  Around 2:00pm fire crews responded to the blaze at 45 Green Bramble Court in the Swift Creek Hills subdivision off Short Journey Road. The 55 year-old homeowner was burned by the fire. Emergency crews also […]

Neighbors Charged With Burglary

Two men are behind bars accused of breaking into one of their neighbors homes. Antwain Lynn Chestnut, 23, and Derek Tyrone Robinson, 21, both of 1425 Landmark Road, Willow Spring have been linked to a break-in Thursday night’s at the home of a neighbor in the 1100 block of Landmark Road. Around 10:30pm, deputies were […]

Family Member Sought In Robbery, Carjacking

A robbery and carjacking in a Cleveland subdivision Tuesday was not a random act.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a relative of the victim wanted for the 7:20am incident. It happened in the Leachburg Place subdivision off Old Drug Store Road. A 34 year-old woman said she was in her SUV with […]

Dixie Melody Boys To Be Featured At Adamsville Baptist Church Friday Night

One of Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Adamsville Baptist Church, located at 1302 N Berkeley Blvd in Goldsboro, NC, on Friday, January 20.The Quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony during an exciting musical service,beginning at 7:00pm. Since organizing over five decades ago, the Dixie Melody […]

Efforts Underway To Save Historic 162 Year Old Train Depot

Efforts are underway to save the oldest surviving train station in North Carolina, which happens to be right here in Johnston County. The Mitchener Station was built in 1855, eighteen years before the Town of Selma was chartered in 1873.  It is believed by railroad historians to be the oldest surviving train station in our […]


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