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First Citizens Bank Robbed

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect who robbed a Cleveland area bank Friday afternoon. Around 12:50 pm, the suspect entered First Citizens Bank at 120 Glen Road, near the I-40 / NC 42 interchange.  The robber did not display a weapon but did leave with an undisclosed amount of money. The […]


Police File Charges In Kidnapping

Smithfield Police are investigating the alleged kidnapping and rape of a young woman.  The incident happened early Thursday morning in a wooded area near the 301 Mobile Home Park on South Brightleaf Boulevard. Interim Police Chief Keith Powell said the victim reported that she was with a group of acquaintances when the suspect approached, began […]


Class Of 1966 Holding 50th Reunion This Weekend

It will be a big weekend for the Smithfield High School Class of 1966. The graduates will celebrate their 50th class reunion on Saturday. A total of 130 graduates from the class later became business owners, lawyers, educators, homemakers, dentists, pharmacists, musicians, police officers, bankers, writers, artists, nurses, engineers, and valuable members of their communities. […]


Princeton Women Face Drug Charges

Two Johnston County women are facing charges following an investigation into the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. On Thursday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Tiffany Marie King, 24, and Pamela Nicole Bradley, 26, both of the 5700 block of Bizzell Grove Church Road, Princeton for allegedly purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose […]


Shred Event A Big Success

Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive says the 2016 Shred Event was a big success.  A total of 16,000 pounds of paper was shredded last Saturday.  Due to the overwhelming popularize of the free annual event, a second shredder truck was added this year. The event was held this year in the parking lot […]


Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Receives Funding

It costs $122 per day for a juvenile to be held in detention, and the State $126,401 per year for each juvenile that is committed to a Youth Detention Center.  That is one reason county leaders want to keep delinquent and undisciplined offenders out of detention whenever possible. District Court Judge Addie M. Harris Rawls, […]


Clayton Volunteers Recognized

A number of volunteers who participated in a recent roadside litter cleanup campaign received a big public “thank you” this week. Recently, volunteers spread out across 70 miles of streets and roadways in Clayton and picked up beer bottles, cigarette butts and fast food wrappers. Altogether, 104 bags of trash were collected alongside the highways […]


KS Bank Announces First Quarter Results

Smithfield, NC –  KS Bancorp, Inc. (OTCBB: KSBI), the parent company of KS Bank, Inc. has announced unaudited net income available to common shareholders of $435,000, or $.33 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to a net income available to common shareholders of $322,000, or $.25 per diluted share, […]


Powhatan Elementary Third Nine Weeks

Principal’s List Third Grade: Kathryn Adams, Everett Alston, Parker Byrd, Jacob Coblentz, Dulany Doyle, Owen Fitzsimmons, Madeline Gutierrez, Lucas Hatch, Evan Herman, Claire Hill, Connor Josefsberg, Walter Kennedy, Trista Leach, Greer Lee, Emily Mahoney, Fiona Manchec, Sydney McCain, Sadie McDuff, Halayna McNutt, Rachel Miura, Anneliese Passant, Carlie Pope, Maddy Pruett, Kiera Pulczinski, Jackson Wells, Jacsen […]


Shot Fired Into Selma Home

Authorities are investigating a shooting incident near Selma.  Around 2:00 AM Wednesday, a 30 year-old woman said she was awakened in her home on Revell Road by what sounded like a gunshot. While leaving for work several hours later, the victim discovered a bullet hole on the side of her home. The Johnston County Sheriff’s […]


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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