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Downtown Development Delinquent On Loan Payments

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) admitted this week they failed to make two yearly payments to the Town of Smithfield.  Instead of repaying the delinquent money when the missed payments were recently discovered, the executive director has asked the payments be forgiven. In 2006, at the request of the DSDC, the Town of Smithfield […]


With New Job, Scott Receives 16% Pay Increase

Michael Scott received a 16 percent pay increase this week when he became the new Smithfield town manager.  Scott, who had been the police chief, had been making $81,640. With the new job title and additional duties his salary was increased by the town council by 16 percent to $95,000. Scott is still being paid […]


Husband Charged With Attempted Murder Of Wife

A 29 year-old man is charged with attempting to kill his own wife.  Authorities said the suspect lured his wife to a dead end road then shot her while she was in her vehicle. Brandon Lee Williams of Dudley was arrested this week by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the March 19th […]


Arrest Made In School Break-In

An arrest has been made in a break-in at an area elementary school.  On April 26th, a break-in was discovered at the Spring Creek Elementary School on St. John Church Road near Goldsboro. There were numerous items taken, including laptop computers and iPads.  A total of $6,180.96 in property was stolen. Following an investigation by […]


Stolen Vehicle Involved In Chase

A vehicle stolen from Smithfield on Wednesday was involved in a chase and crash in Wake County hours later.  Interim Smithfield Police Chief R.K. Powell said a resident on North Third Street had started their car to allow it to warm up. When they returned a few minutes later it was gone. Around midnight, a […]


Woman Caught With Drugs In Pants Says Pants Not Hers

A woman caught with suspected heroin in her pants pocket says the pants she was wearing don’t belong to her. Selma Police received a call around 6:00am Monday to investigate two people involved in a domestic dispute beside Highway 70 near Ricks Road.  Officers arrived and found 27 year-old Timothy Scott Holleman Jr., of Knollwood […]


Four Oaks Man Charged With Check Theft

A Four Oaks man is charged with stealing, forging and cashing two checks from a Benson area business. On April 29th, Ivey’s Wood Works reported someone had taken two business checks and cashed them for $720 and $1,000.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Garrett Cody Odom, 23, of Strickland’s Crossroads Road. […]


Arrest Made In Check Cashing Scam

A Clayton man has been arrested for an alleged check cashing scam. Johnston County deputies said they arrested Andrew Neil Osterdyk, 30, of Trenburg Place, on April 29th following a three week investigation.  Osterdyk is accused of cashing a $920 check at a local bank, then taking a copy of the same check to a […]


Sullivan Named NC Environmental Health Supervisor Of The Year

The director of the Johnston County Environmental Health Department has been recognized by his peers.  Larry Sullivan was named the NC Environmental Health Supervisor of the Year at meeting held in April in Aberdeen. The award was from the NC Environmental Health Supervisor Association, under the leadership of the NC Public Health Association. “I was […]


2016 National Day Of Prayer

Today (Thursday) marks the 65th observance of the National Day of Prayer.  In recognition, the Clayton Town Council and Mayor Jody McLeod has proclaimed May 5th as National Day of Prayer in the Town of Clayton. Mayor McLeod presented a 2016 National Day of Prayer proclamation to Angela Williams of Interstate Ministries of Clayton on […]

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Council Votes To Spend $113,000 To Light Trees

A divided Smithfield town council approved a controversial plan Tuesday night to place spotlights on 38 trees alongside Market Street from Front Street, at the Neuse River Bridge, to Brightleaf Boulevard. In April, town officials considered the proposal which would have cost $210,235 or $5,532.50 per tree. Instead of contracting out the work to a […]


Former Town Hall Building For Sale

If the price is right, you could own a former town hall building in Johnston County.  This week, the Town of Clayton declared their former town hall building at 231 E. Second Street as surplus property.  The request was made by Town Manager Steve Biggs. Biggs said he has been approached by several people interested […]


Storms Cause Power Outages, Isolated Damage

The sky looked a bit scary in Johnston County Tuesday night.  Portions of the area were hit with high winds, large hail and torrential rainfall. Power lines were knocked down on Glendale Road. Scattered power outages were reported near Clayton, Kenly, and Stancil’s Chapel. A large tree limb fell, knocking a hole in the roof […]


Officer Struck By SUV

A police officer was injured after being struck by a vehicle Friday night. Selma Police Sgt. T.L. Avery was on patrol around 10:30 pm in the 1000 block of River Road and spotted a silver Honda SUV in the front yard of the home of Michael Anthony Simpson. Police had been looking for the 27 […]


Convenience Store Robbed

Clayton Police are looking for a gunman who robbed a convenience store. Around 10:30pm Sunday, a man walked into the Han-Dee Hugo’s on US70 Business and Amelia Church Road. The suspect produced a small silver revolver. He then fled on foot towards the Greenwood Apartments. The robber was described as a male with light black […]


Drugs, Cash Seized Following 135 MPH Two County Chase

A 30 mile chase that reached speeds of 135 miles per hour ended with the arrests of three suspects.  Wilson’s Mills Police said the chase began Saturday afternoon when the driver of a Cadillac failed to stop on US 70 for an expired license plate violation.  A chase followed down US 70 through Selma, where […]


Driver Crashes While Practicing For DMV Exam

A woman practicing for her DMV motorcycle license endorsement exam was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday.  The incident happened in the backyard of a home on Beckwith Avenue near Archer Lodge. The 45 year-old victim, who is from Greensboro, was in the backyard at her brothers home and riding his Kawasaki motorcycle when […]


Moped Driver Arrested For 4th DWI

A driver with three previous DWI convictions was arrested for his fourth drunk driving offense in Smithfield on Friday. A police officer on patrol on South 5th Street a few blocks away from the Smithfield police station stopped a man operating a moped and determined he was impaired. During a breathalyzer exam, 40 year-old Jesse […]


14u STORM Wins First Place

The Smithfield-Selma Sports Academy 14u STORM basketball team recently won its 2nd first place trophy in three tries. The teams only second place finish came in a dramatic 5 overtime loss in Fayetteville at Methodist University. Team members include from left to right: Cam Thomas, Colin Coles, Tanner Smith, Landon Ginn, Austin Robinson, Jayden Beloti, […]


Local Middle, High School Teams Place In State Competition

Three Envirothon teams from two Johnston County schools recently qualified and competed at the State Envirothon at Cedarock Park in Burlington. Riverwood Middle School made its first appearance at the State Envirothon and placed 18th out of 50 middle school teams from across the state. West Johnston High School had two teams compete.  The “Fourth […]


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