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Plant Needs $7 Million To Remain Open, Keep 203 Jobs

A Johnston County manufacturing plant is looking for investors so they can stay in business. Otherwise, the plant will close in less than eight weeks forcing the layoff of 203 workers. Last Thursday, SONA BLW Precision Forge, Inc. announced they were being forced to shut down their facility in the Oak Tree Business Park in […]


Town Spends $20,804 To Keep Two Managers On Payroll

Smithfield taxpayers spent over $20,800 to keep interim Town Manager Jim Freeman on the payroll for 10 weeks after the hiring of a new town manager. Former police chief Michael Scott was hired as the town manager on May 3rd. However, interim town manager Jim Freeman was asked to remain on until July 13th.  A […]


Truck Strikes Bridge

Witnesses said it was a miracle the driver of this pickup truck was able to walk away from this violent crash Monday night. Around 8:45pm, a pickup truck was traveling westbound on US 70 near Selma when it ran off the roadway and struck the Buffalo Road bridge. The truck came to rest on its […]


15 Year-Old Severely Injured In Crash

Four family members were injured, one seriously, following a collision at the busy intersection of US 70 Business and Highway 42 East in Clayton. The accident happened around 11:30 Sunday night. Clayton Police said a 44 year-old mother was headed eastbound on US70 with her husband and two teenage children in the vehicle. They were […]


Drivers Seriously Hurt In Collision

The drivers of two vehicles involved in a near head-on collision Sunday night were both injured. The collision occurred around 10:00pm at the intersection of Barber Mill Road and Government Road outside of Clayton.  A red car and blue pickup collided in the intersection. Both drivers were taken to Wake Medical Center for treatment of […]


Police Ask Citizens To Be Alert Following Dramatic Increase In Burglaries

Interim Smithfield Police Chief Keith Powell confirmed Monday there has been a spike in business burglaries “during the last few months.” The burglaries have occurred overnight and authorities believe a small group of people are involved with the crimes, which could possibly be related. Powell said the police department’s Investigation Division is working on leads […]


Suspect In Deadly Shooting Charged With Murder

An arrest has been made in a murder investigation. Matthew Craig Moyers, 24, of Southwinds Drive, Dudley was arrested Monday on murder charges. Around 12:30am Saturday, Moyers is accused of shooting Joshua Omar Forbes at a location on Bryan Boulevard in the Mar Mac community. Forbes reportedly went to a residence, became involved in a […]


Health Care Worker Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Patient

A home health care worker has been arrested on charges she stole from an elderly patient. The incident was reported on March 28th. The victim said $5,305 in property was taken from their home in southwestern Wayne County. This week, Kimberly Ann Anys, 46, of Cambria Lane, Goldsboro was arrested. Anys was charged with felony […]


Inmates Caught With Pills

Two inmates in the Johnston County Jail are facing new charges. Detention officers searched the inmates cell on Monday and reportedly found a quantity of prescription pills. Jennifer Erin Marks, 32, of Jacksonville, NC and April Dawn Canady, 36, of Brogden Road, Smithfield were charged by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of […]


Four Oaks Bank Helps Team Get To Tournament

The Four Oaks All Stars 8U baseball team has earned a spot in the North Carolina State Championship Tournament which takes place this Thursday in Wilkesboro, NC. To help with the expenses of getting to the tournament, Four Oaks Bank’s Four Oaks City Executive Tim Barbour recently presented a check to Carson Pope who accepted […]


Driver Crashes Into Building

An elderly driver sustained minor injuries Monday afternoon after her car crashed into a building. It happened at a beauty salon in the 500 block of Village Court in Garner. The vehicle crashed through the front of the business sending people inside scrambling. The driver sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by […]


Second Fire Reported In Same Neighborhood

A fire heavily damaged a building Saturday night in Smithfield, a short distance away from where a commercial office burned three nights earlier. Around 10pm Saturday, fire fighters responded to a large out building that caught fire behind residence at 522 North Seventh Street. Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said the blaze appears to have […]


Three Accidents On I-95 Cause Traffic Delays

The Highway Patrol is investigating three accidents near Smithfield Sunday afternoon that caused significant traffic delays. All the collisions occurred in northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the US70 Exit (Exit 95) in Smithfield. The first collision involved a motorcycle and red passenger car that collided. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Wake […]


Fire Victim Arrested On Weapons Charge

A Johnston County homeowner whose residence was damaged by fire last week has now been arrested. Last Monday July 18th, a fire was intentionally set on the rear deck of a home on Eddleston Court, off Gordon Road, between Clayton and Wilson’s Mills.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office announced the next day the case was […]


Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

Deputies said they seized two ounces of suspected marijuana after being called to a disturbance at a Clayton-area home. Officers responded to an address in the 3600 block of Polenta Road around 8:20pm Saturday. While on the scene, officers reportedly found approximately two ounces of marijuana. The drugs were seized along with digital scales, sandwich […]


Caught Ya’ Doing Good! Award Recognizes Community Court Founder

Cleo McKinnon, founder of Community Court of Benson, is the July recipient of Benson’s “Caught Ya’ Doing Good!” award. Community court is a program that is run twice a week at McKinnon’s home on West Woodall Street. Cleo was inspired by the work of Benson Baptist Church and their “Lunch on the Lawn” program that […]


Dates Announced For 2016 Clayton Harvest Festival

The dates have been announced for the 2016 Clayton Harvest Festival. The event will take place this year Wednesday, September 14th through Sunday, September 18th. More than 20,000 people are expected for the annual event which features music, live performances, rides, food, vendors and more. It is the biggest event held in Clayton each year. The […]


Benson Blood Drive Slated Aug. 3

According to the American Red Cross, there is still a shortage of blood in our area, for all types especially O and B. The Benson Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a community drive Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion  Building on U.S. 301 (Wall Street), just north of Downtown Benson. […]


Campbell Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll

Buies Creek – Campbell has been voted fifth in the 2016 Pioneer Football League preseason coaches’ poll. San Diego was picked to win the league’s regular season race for the sixth-consecutive year. San Diego, which shared the 2015 regular-season title with Dayton, was followed by the Flyers in polling. San Diego and Dayton combined to […]


World War I Monument Replaced Following Construction Accident

A historical monument damaged beyond repair in an accident last year has been replaced. In June 2015, contractors were doing weekend maintenance work to the exterior of the old section of the Johnston County Courthouse when the operator of a heavy equipment lift accidentally bumped into the marble fountain that was erected as a war […]


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