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Internal Investigation Finds No Wrongdoing By SRAC

An internal investigation into a report children from the Salvation Army summer camp were allegedly turned away from the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center (SRAC) has been completed. The copy of the report compiled by the Smithfield Police Department for Town Manager Michael Scott and members of the Smithfield town council has been obtained by […]


Motorcyclist Critically Injured

A motorcyclist was critically injured after being thrown from his bike during a crash on the US 70 Bypass in Wilson’s Mills Wednesday afternoon. The 2016 Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound when it appears the bike collided with another vehicle headed in the same direction. The motorcycle slid 245 feet before ending up in a […]


Drugs, Small Children Found In Car At Kenly Checkpoint

A Johnston County man is facing drug and child abuse charges. Stevie Allen Cantrell II, 37, of S. Wilson Street, Kenly was arrested at a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team license checkpoint Wednesday afternoon on Princeton-Kenly Road. When Cantrell stopped at the checkpoint, deputies allege they detected an odor of marijuana coming from his […]


Driver ‘Checking Email’ Charged With DWI

A Clayton woman was arrested for driving while impaired after deputies reportedly found her behind the wheel of her SUV in a parking lot on Highway 42 near I-40 around 11:15 PM Wednesday. Deputies said the vehicle was still running when they found the suspected impaired driver who claimed she had stopped at the location […]


Construction Sites Targeted By Thieves

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four break-ins in a 24 hour period at new homes under construction. The thefts were discovered Monday and Tuesday near McGee’s Crossroads, Cleveland, and Selma. Among the items taken from the four locations were windows, vinyl siding, lights, appliances, and four pallets of shingles. The total value of […]


Local Woman Whose Father Fought In Civil War To Be Honored

It seems unlikely that a soldier from the Civil War would have a child who is still alive. However, according to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) there are at least 10 ladies whose fathers fought for the South between 1861 and 1865. One of these is Johnston County’s Iva Lee Benson Gainey, a […]


Johnston Baptist Association Celebrates Schools For 20 Years

For the 20th year, the Johnston Baptist Association graciously welcomed back the Johnston County Schools (JCS) family with a special luncheon to show their support for the upcoming school year. While many faith communities provided meals for schools on their first week back to school, one of the largest luncheon events was held at West […]


School Board Approves Advisory Council Appointments

The Johnston County School Board has approved appointments to advisory council’s at three public schools. The board approved a request to renew the appointments of Tina Lee, Ashley Anderson and Brent Massengill on the advisory council at Meadow School. Walter Martin, Kevin Dougherty, and Malcolm Hinton were approved for a three-year term on the Princeton […]


University Of Mount Olive Summer Graduation Set For Saturday

Mount Olive – The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 250 students on Saturday. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive Campus. Businessman and UMO Board Member Donnie Lassiter will be the commencement speaker. Lassiter grew up on a farm in the […]


Interstate 40 Lane Closures Set For Thursday

Maintenance work along the median on Interstate 40 between Exits 306 and 309 near the Johnston-Wake County line near Garner will require the closure of the inside lane in both directions. The closure, for the safety of the crews repairing the median shoulders, will be in place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday. No […]


Neglect Allegations Made Against Assisted Living Center

Allegations have arose of neglect of residents at Oakview Commons Adult Living Center. The facility owned by Depaul Senior Living is located on Boyette Road in Four Oaks. Former employees and a family member have told The Daily Record conditions for both residents and employees of the facility’s Alzheimer’s wing — also known as the […]


Woman Calls 911 Reporting Burglary Told Home Is On Fire

A woman who dialed 911 early-Wednesday reporting someone was kicking in her back door didn’t expect the 911 operator to tell her that her house was on fire. Around 3:00am, a woman was at home with her 8 year-old son and 4 dogs when she heard what sounded like an explosion. She retrieved a gun […]


Booster Club President Proposes Multi-Use Facility On SSS Campus

Johnston County School officials have not determined what type of facility will be built on the Smithfield Selma High campus to replace the former Field House that was demolished over-the-summer. However, the president of the SSS Athletic Boosters has a suggestion he recently shared with members of the school board. At their August monthly meeting, […]


Superintendent Discusses Future Of Schools With County Mayors

Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow invited county mayors to a special meeting to discuss the state of the school district. The superintendent shared the district’s vision for instruction in Johnston County schools, titled “JoCo 2020.” Dr. Renfrow also addressed any questions and concerns brought by the mayors. The conversation included the I-95 corridor […]


Marijuana Found In McDonald’s Bag

A motorist was arrested on several charges at a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team checkpoint Tuesday night. Officers were conducting the license checkpoint on Old Fairground Road when a green truck approached. A deputy said he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, identified as 58 year-old Robert Lynn […]


Clayton Man Arrested Following Undercover Investigation

A Clayton man was arrested at his home on Tuesday on charges he sold cocaine to an undercover agent with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Javante Burns, 23, of the 1400 block of Castleberry Road was arrested on six criminal charges. Burns had been the focus of a two month undercover investigation, according […]


Third Suspect In Robbery, Shooting Identified

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has identified a third suspect in last month’s robbery and shooting of a convenience store clerk. On Wednesday, deputies announced that 18 year-old Khalik Najm Green of Tommy’s Road, Goldsboro was wanted on outstanding warrants charging him with attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, and breaking and entering. On July 11th, […]


Arrest Made In 1 Of 3 Smithfield Break-Ins

Smithfield Police have solved one of three break-ins reported Monday and Tuesday. Hebert Le Clark, 24, of Ogburn Road, Smithfield is accused of breaking into a location on East Street stealing air conditioning parts and scrap metal valued at $30. Clark was located by police on West Street less than 10 minutes later and arrested. The […]


Store Employee Charged With Felony

A clerk at a Smithfield convenience store is facing a felony charge after she allegedly stole $15. Police were called to the Speedway Gas Station at 1016 North Brightleaf Boulevard on Tuesday. Police allege 25 year-old Brittany Ann Massey of Lee Street, Princeton removed $15 from the register. She was arrested at the scene on […]


Camels Enter Final Week Of Training Camp

Buies Creek – Campbell has entered its final week of training camp. Preparation for the 2016 football season continued Tuesday with a helmets-only afternoon practice at Barker-Lane Stadium Tuesday. The Camels reported on August 3, and have just two practices remaining on their camp schedule, including Thursday night’s (Aug. 25) scrimmage and Fan Fest. The […]


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