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Smithfield Middle School First Quarter Principal and Honor Roll

6th Grade Principal’s List Gabrielle Andrews, Valeria Antonio Olguin, Britney Arana Alberto, Jennifer Avalos Hernandez, Dhanna Canales-Cubas, William Cobey Caviness, Catherine Cepin, Anthony Finch, Silvia Franco, Kevin Fulcher, Denis Gallego Aguilar, Stephanie Gomez-Gomez, Alan Gonzalez-Barrios, Magdalena Guiterrez, Nahkya Holder, Sire Holmes, Dynasty Mangum, Yasser Mohamed, Lesley Molina-Perez, Darian Murray, Marquis Nichols, Kaven Peacock, Nathen Putnam, […]


Smithfield Selma Chamber Opposes New Jail Location

The Greater Area Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Friday they are taking a public position in opposition of a proposed new jail site on Buffalo Road just north of Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. “The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce does not support the selection of the Buffalo Road site for a future […]


Insurance Companies Request 19.6 Percent Rate Hike For Dwelling Policies

The North Carolina Department of Insurance has received a request from the N.C. Rate Bureau to raise rates on dwelling insurance policies. The N.C.Rate Bureau represents all companies writing property insurance in the state. The average rate increase requested is 19.6 percent, varying by territory, effective July 1, 2017. The rate request filed Wednesday includes […]


FEMA Closing Johnston Recovery Center

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have announced the closure of the Johnston County Disaster Relief Center. The center, located at Johnston Industries at 912 N. Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield will cease operations at 6 p.m. today (Friday). “It’s time to close, this is a joint decision between the state and FEMA,” Sharon Karr, media relations […]


Retiring Commissioner Receives Order Of The Long Leaf Pine

At a private retirement reception with friends and family Thursday night, retiring Johnston County Commissioner DeVan Barbour, III of Benson was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by his son, DeVan Barbour, IV. The honor bookends 31 years of service to the community by Mr. Barbour that started as a Town Commissioner in […]


Burglary Reported At School Superintendent’s Home

The home of school superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow was burglarized on Thursday. WTSB News has learned that Johnston County deputies received a burglar alarm from Renfrow’s home around 1:42pm yesterday.  When officers arrived at the residence just off Highway 39 North they discovered a garage door had been forced open.  There was a shoe mark […]


Bentonville Battlefield Christmas Open House Saturday

Enjoy a wagon ride around the grounds while taking in the scenes at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site’s Holiday Open House. On Saturday, December 3rd, visitors will get the chance to see how Christmas was celebrated in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. The holiday program will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Members […]


Woman Killed While Walking Children To Bus Stop

A woman walking her two children to a bus stop Thursday morning was struck and killed by a car.  It happened at 8:24am on Barberry Drive, outside of Benson, near McGee’s Crossroads. Maria Aguilar Saurez, 34, was walking the children to the bus stop when a blue Kia struck her and her 8 year-old son, […]


Riding Lawnmower Operator Killed In Collision With Car

A Four Oaks man was killed after his riding lawnmower was struck while in the roadway Wednesday night.  The fatal collision happened around 6:00pm on Parkertown Road at Adam Road, off US Highway 301 South. Billy Bruce Parker, 53, 729-B Mulberry Road, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Parkertown Road when he was struck […]


SBI Bomb Unit Responds To Smithfield Home

The NC SBI Bomb Unit responded to a home on North Johnson Road, off Galilee Road near Smithfield and about a mile from West Smithfield Elementary School around Noon on Thursday. A homeowner was in the process of tearing down an old barn when they discovered blasting caps inside. The homeowner alerted the Johnston County […]


Local NC Representatives Could Face New Election In 2017

Several local lawmakers elected to the General Assembly for the first time may have to run again in 2017. A federal court this week ordered the State of North Carolina to withdraw House and Senate districts by March 15, 2017.  The court said a special primary and general election must be held, for the 28 […]


Police Investigating Man’s Bizarre Disappearance

Benson Police are seeking help from the public in locating a missing man. Around 3:00am last Friday morning, police said Christopher Cole Thomas of Live Oak, Florida and two of his friends were traveling on I-40 towards Durham when they exited off the interstate and had come into Benson. As the men were traveling through […]


New State Laws Take Effect December 1st

Several new law takes effect on Thursday, December 1st. Starting today (Thursday) state law requires cyclists riding between sunset and sunrise to have a light on the front of their bike that can be  seen at least 100 yards away, and to have a red lamp or mirror on the back of their bike. Sheyenne’s […]


Angier Man Charged In Attempted Murder

An Angier man is facing felony charges following an incident that occurred at his home. According to Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Major Jeff Huber, deputies were called to 41 Julian Drive outside Angier around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived officers found Jerry Barnes, 26, of Angier had suffered a gunshot wound. Mr. Barnes was […]


Four Oaks Girl Scout Earns Silver Award

Brianna Smith of Four Oaks has been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she discovers her strengths and takes […]


Bridge Work to Require Nighttime Closures On I-95 Near Wilson

Bridge work will require nighttime closures on I-95 in both directions between mile marker 121 and 127, the U.S. 264 and N.C. 97 exits, in Wilson County. The closures will take place from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, beginning as soon as tonight (Thursday, Dec. 1) weather permitting.  The work is expected to […]


Questions Center Around County Fundraiser For Victims Of Hurricane Matthew

There are numerous questions about a fundraiser launched by a Johnston County agency for businesses damaged by Hurricane Matthew which never raised a single dime. The president of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Donna Bailey Taylor, started a GoFundMe page on October 13th five days after the storm hit saying the agency needed to raise […]


Gunman Fires 14 Shots Into Elderly Woman’s Home

Detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office need your help solving a shooting incident at the home of an elderly woman. Around 8:00am today (Wednesday) deputies responded to the home of a 78 year-old woman on Avenue Road, east of Smithfield in the Brogden community. Deputies said someone fired into the elderly woman’s mobile home […]


90 Year-Old Man Knocked Unconscious, Robbed At Home

An elderly Four Oaks man was knocked unconscious and robbed at his rural home Tuesday afternoon. It happened at a home on Strickland’s Crossroads Road near Adams Road. Around 4:50pm, the 90 year-old man said he answered a knocked on his door to find a person inquiring about a car parked in his backyard wanting […]


Contract Awarded for Access Road to Novo Nordisk in Johnston County

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to build a road to provide access to the Novo Nordisk site in Clayton. The $6.1 million contract was awarded to PLT Construction Company, Inc. of Wilson, the lowest bidder as required by state law. Construction began on Monday, Nov. 28. The road is scheduled to […]


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