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American Legion Honors First Responders

Five public servants from the county were honored during an awards ceremony held Thursday night at the Clayton American Legion. American Legion Leonard Moore Post 71 pauses each year to recognize the service of local fire responders.  The five honored were voted as the “top performers” for 2015. “Every Veteran understands the sacrifice you give […]


Moment Of Silence Held For Slain Officers

Law enforcement officers from across the local area and country paused from their duties Friday afternoon to pay respects for 7 officers who have died in the line of duty in the past week. A total of 9 officers have been killed in the past month. Ten officers have been killed this year. Of those […]


How Would CSX Terminal Impact 6 Nearby Schools?

Opposition to the CSX Intermodal Terminal has taken on a new front. This time the focus is on the proposed terminals impacts on area schools. L.C. Smith, a resident of Micro, appeared before the Johnston County Board of Education on Tuesday to express concern about the proximity of the terminal to six public schools. Smith […]


Pets Die In House Fire

An fire early-Friday claimed the lives of three dogs and two cats and destroyed a double wide mobile home.  The blaze happened at 370 Branch Chapel Church Road outside of Selma. Around 12:54 AM, the three occupants of the home, Stephen Fordyce, Corey Jenkins and Dylan Thomas, were returning from a movie when they discovered […]


One Person Injured After Car Strikes Home

A Johnston County home sustained extensive damage after being struck by a car Thursday night. The crash happened around 7:30 PM on Bakers Chapel Road at Brogden Road in the Brogden community east of Smithfield. The driver of the car was injured and transported to the hospital. No one inside the home was hurt. The […]


Teen Stabbed In Back, Robbed While Skateboarding

A Clayton teenager was stabbed in front of his home Thursday afternoon. The search is now on for the two suspects. Around 5:00pm, Johnston County deputies responded to Skylar Lane after a 16 year-old who was skateboarding in the street in front of his home was assaulted, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information Officer, with […]


Shooting Reported In Business Parking Lot

Deputies are investigating an overnight shooting incident in a business parking lot. Around 11:30 pm, sheriff’s deputies were called to the parking lot at the Dollar General at 10525 Cleveland Road, just off Highway 42 West.  According to the victims, three people were in a Chevy SUV in the parking lot waiting to meet a […]


Two Arrests Made In Home Invasion

Two arrests have been made in a home invasion reported earlier this week near Benson. On Friday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of 17 year-old Quamel Raleek Collins and 21 year-old Daquann Jermal Collins, both of Saw Mill Road, Four Oaks. The two are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. The […]


Former Store Manager Charged With Embezzlement

The former manager of a Johnston County convenience store has been arrested on embezzlement charges.  On January 8th, a district manager for the Short Stop on Highway 50 South of Benson reported a total of $882 was missing. The alleged theft occurred between Nov. 2015 and Jan. 2016. On Thursday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office […]


Neuse Charter School Principal’s List / Honor Roll

Neuse Charter School is proud to recognize the following students who have made either Principal’s List or Honor Roll for the second nine weeks of 2015-2016: Principal’s List 12th Grade John Fang, Sabrina Sicilia, Abigail Williams 11th Grade Isaac House, Briana Neal, Anabelle Ortiz, Marika Samuelsson, Dawson Tippett, Jeffrey Wilkins 10th Grade Mattie High, Alexander […]


School Board Chairman Seeks Apology Following “Personal Attack”

One day after Johnston County Commissioner Chairman Tony Braswell criticized the Johnston County School Board for its handling of an employment contract for Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom, the Chairman of the School Board has responded to what he calls a “personal attack.”  Braswell and the county board of commissioners have raised questions following a News […]


New Elementary, Middle School Principals Named

The Johnston County School Board approved several personnel changes at their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, including the naming of new principals. Heather Anders, who is an assistant principal at Smithfield Middle was named the new principal at the same school. Also Takicey Dunston, the assistant principal at Benson Elementary will transition to the principal at […]


Smithfield Names Full Time Fire Chief

After serving as interim fire chief for several months, John Blanton officially took over Thursday as the permanent fire chief of the Smithfield Fire Department. Blanton had been serving as the interim since the retirement of former Chief Patrick Harris on July 1, 2015. Chief Blanton’s career has included approximately 30 years of progressively responsible […]


Home Invasion, Robbery Reported Near Benson

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion and robbery. It happened around 11:20am Wednesday in the 1300 block of Federal Road near Benson. A 19 year-old college student was at home when three suspects forcibly entered the residence and at gunpoint stole a handgun and money.  Sheriff’s Detective Lt. M.J. Carson said […]


Four Oaks Bank Renames Financial Services Division

Four Oaks Bank has announced the renaming of their financial services division.  Four Oaks Financial Services is now Four Oaks Wealth Management. The Bank established their financial services division in 2002, to give their customers, as well as the people in the communities they served, convenient access to financial management and planning services from a […]


Church Break-In Reported

Johnston County deputies are investigating an attempted break-in at the White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located on Highway 231 near Highway 222 near the Johnston-Nash County line.  A church member discovered the attempted break-in on Wednesday night and alerted deputies.  No items were reported stolen but the suspect or suspects caused […]


Smithfield Man Linked To Vehicle Theft

Clayton Police have arrested a man they said was in possession of a stolen SUV hours after it had been reported stolen near the Johnston County Country Club in Smithfield. Smithfield Police use OnStar to track the vehicle taken near Holt’s Lake to South Boling Street in Clayton.  Clayton Police located the stolen Chevy Tahoe […]


Neighbor Charged With Break-In

Nineteen year-old Adrian Lamanz Whack of the 1500 block of Braswell Road was arrested Feb. 4th. According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Whack allegedly broke into a neighbors home in the 1700 block of Braswell Road on Jan. 27th and stole an XBox video game system. Deputies said Whack sold the stolen game system […]


Selma Tweaks Subdivision Rules

The Town of Selma has modified an ordinance making it easier for subdivisions to locate within their extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Selma Town Council approved a change allowing an exemption for sidewalks to be installed in subdivisions if they are outside the city limits, the typical street is fronted […]


Commissioner Chairman: “The Lights Are On At The Board Of Education But No One Is Home”

The Johnston County School Board is being criticized for its handling of an employment contract for retiring Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom that will leave Johnston County taxpayers on the hook to potentially pay $520,000 toward his state retirement benefits.  There are also questions being raised about when school leaders first realized this was a problem […]


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