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Moonshine Still Busted In Southern Johnston County

Southern Johnston County was the scene of a moonshine still bust this week. A joint investigation between North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents and  the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division culminated with a raid in the 1700 block of Creek Bridge Road, near Meadowbrook Road, outside of Benson. Agents served an ALE search warrant […]


SBI Joins Probe Into Suspicious House Fire

A fire that damaged a Four Oaks area home on Thursday is being treated as suspicious. Firefighters had to battle scorching heat while extinguishing the flames at 1071 Juniper Road. The fire was reported around 4:45pm. Four Oaks EMS crews stood by to assist firefighters from the Four Oaks and Blackmon’s Crossroads Fire Departments who […]


High Speed Car Chase Ends Near Children

A high speed car chase on Thursday ended a short distance away from where 150 children were located. Around 11:00am, a Johnston County SAFE Team Deputy was on patrol on Highway 42 East and clocked an approaching car traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle quickly decelerated when the driver saw the […]


Teen Linked To Car Break-Ins

A series of car break-ins and the theft of US Mail from a Clayton-area subdivision has led to an arrest. Around 4:30am Thursday, a concerned citizen called 911 after spotting a suspicious person dressed in all black clothing in the back yard of their home in the Huntsbury Subdivision off Ranch Road. When confronted by […]


Benson Girl Crowned Junior Miss Princess Of NC

Reagan Vanek of Benson has been crowned Junior Miss Princess of North Carolina 2016. The pageant was held July 21st-22nd at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro. Prior to winning, Reagan was Junior Miss Princess of Wake County which qualified her to compete in the state pageant. In addition to winning the title, she also won […]


Evans Family Recognized For Having One Of “America’s Coolest” Jewelry Stores

Just weeks after a locally owned business received national exposure about their new store, more honors are coming in for the Evans family at Evan’s Jewelers in Smithfield. INSTORE, “The Magazine for the American Jewelry Store Owner,” recently held its 15th annual contest for ‘America’s Coolest’ independent jewelry retailers.  A total of 85 stores were […]


Four Oaks Bank Announces 2016 Second Quarter Earnings

Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FOFN) (the “Company”), the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company (the “Bank”),Friday announced earnings for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2016. The Company reported pre-tax net income of $1.4 million and $2.7 million, respectively, for the second quarter and six months ended June […]


Church And Daycare Left Sweltering After AC Units Stolen

Thieves made the hot weather even more unbearable for a Johnston County daycare and a church this week. Employees at the Childcare Network at 2029 Winston Road, Clayton arrived at work Wednesday morning and discovered the inside of the building was unusually hot. They checked the thermostat and it wasn’t working. When they checked outside […]


JCSO: Woman Claims Drugs Found In Bra Not Hers

A Raleigh woman was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) around midnight Wednesday after being found slumped over in a vehicle in a business parking lot. A concerned citizen flagged down a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy on patrol alerting him to the suspicious vehicle parked near the Sheetz convenience store on Highway 50 […]


Employee Charged With Stealing Items

A former employee at a John Deere location in Johnston County has been arrested. Officials at the John Deere Turf Care warehouse near Benson reported recently a large quantity of bushings had been stolen.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office began investigating and determined 88 pounds of the stolen property had been sold to a Dunn […]


Shoplifting Suspects Face Felony Charges

Three people were arrested Wednesday on felony charges after they allegedly shoplifted a large number of items from three Smithfield businesses. Smithfield Police were called to Carolina Premium Outlets around 11:10am after an alert employee noticed the suspects allegedly shoplift items from their store then go into another business. Officers arrived and located the three […]


AKA Chapter Contributes $5,000 To Cath Lab

They’re all ages, and hail from different areas and backgrounds. But they share a sisterhood steeped in service to Johnston County. They’re members of Psi Sigma Omega, a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Last month, the chapter contributed $5,000 to the First Citizens Bank Catheterization Lab at Johnston Health in Smithfield. In years past, […]


Enrichment Fund Awards Scholarships To Needy East Smithfield Children

Opening Doors To Enrich Young Lives is the motto of the Annie D. Jones Child Enrichment Fund organization. The nonprofit organization awards scholarships to disadvantaged children living in the East Smithfield Community to attend recreational and cultural activities. To date, 23 scholarships have been awarded to youth ages six to eight to attend three summer […]


Internet Scam Costs Teen $3,500

A Smithfield resident lost a $3,500 camera in an internet scam. On Tuesday, the 18 year-old victim told police she had sold the camera online to a buyer in Nicaragua. The buyer made an online payment for the camera but after it was shipped cancelled the payment. Police said since the camera was shipped out […]


Dollar General Purchases Local Wal-Mart Express Stores

Dollar General announced late-Wednesday it has completed the purchase of 41 former Wal-Mart Express locations across 11 states, including several in this area. Dollar General said they anticipate relocating into each of the purchased sites no later than October 2016. Former Wal-Mart Express stores in the area purchased by Dollar General include locations in Four […]


Johnston County Serviceman Killed Coming To Woman’s Aid

  One of two United States servicemen killed while trying to help a woman being attacked in a South Carolina bar Sunday morning had attended West Johnston High School. Sgt. Jonathan Prins, 29, and Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, were gunned down at the Frayed Knot Bar & Grill in Lexington County, S.C. […]


Suspects Charged With Numerous Car Break-Ins

Good ol’ fashioned police work, great information from victims and law enforcement networking has two Wake Forest men behind bars suspected not only in a series of car break-ins in Clayton, but across the Triangle. On Monday, officers were called to the Amelia Village Apartments, off Amelia Church Road, after valuables were stolen from seven […]


Police Arrest Suspect In Two Smithfield Break-Ins

Smithfield Police say they have solved two business break-ins. Detectives have charged 42 year-old Odell Sheffield of Goldsboro with a June 18th break-in at Murphy’s Express on North Brightleaf Boulevard and a July 19th break-in at the Speedway on South Brightleaf Boulevard. In both break-ins, tobacco products were taken from the businesses. Interim Police Chief […]


Scholarships Awarded To Local Students

Johnston Health Volunteers have awarded scholarships to 10 local students pursuing careers in health-related fields. They are: from left and seated, Chelsea McDaniels of Kenly, Jatina Cradick of Four Oaks, Taylor Driscoll of Clayton, Callin White of Willow Spring; and standing, Hunter Welfare of Wilson, Tyler Parker of Selma, Krista Cannady of Clayton, and Elizabeth […]


Silver Alert Issued For Elderly Man

The search is underway for a missing 81 year-old man. A Silver Alert has been issued for Arthur Pickens who was reported missing Tuesday by his family. Pickens was last seen around 9:00am yesterday and is believed to have left on foot from his house on Jones Street in Eureka. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said […]


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