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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 […]


School Board Waives Snow Makeup Day

Johnston County school students will not have to make up a day lost to winter weather in January. At their board meeting on Tuesday, the school board agreed to forgive January 22nd for all three school calendars including traditional schools, year-round schools, and Early and Middle College High Schools. Brian Vetrano, Chief Personnel Officer, said […]


Selma Says “No” To Chickens

Two months after a resident asked the Town of Selma to allow chickens within the town limits, the Selma Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny the request. Angela Parrish appeared before town leaders in December asking officials to consider allowing chickens in residential neighborhoods.  Parrish, who lives on Bennett Drive, said at the […]


Arrest Made In Attempted Bank Robbery

Garner Police have made an arrest in a month old bank robbery investigation. Christopher Stephen Labrador, 22, is charged with the Jan. 4th robbery of the Bank of America on Benson Road. Bank employees said the suspect entered the bank and presented a note demanding money. No weapon was displayed. Investigator William Hinson was able […]


Candy Stolen During Florist Break-In

Smithfield Police are investigating a business break-in. Monday night or early-Tuesday, someone broke into Smithfield City Florist located at 902 South Brightleaf Boulevard. Police Captain R.K. Powell the suspect used a flower pot to shatter a rear window at the business. Once inside the suspect stole money and $100 worth of candy. Anyone with information […]


Bid Awarded For Public Works Building Upgrades

The Smithfield Public Works Facility will be getting some much needed upgrades. The Smithfield Town Council has awarded a bid to renovation some of the facility.  The low bidder on the project was SOHN, Inc. at $14,963. They were slightly lower than Lane Contracting that bid $15,250 on the project. Public Works Director Lenny Branch […]


Smithfield Approves Board Appointments

The Smithfield Town Council has made appointments to several town boards. Anita Liverman of Baker Street was reappointed to serve a second term on the Appearance Commission. Robert Worsham of S. Vermont Street was reappointed to his third term on the Appearance Commission. Regina Sanders of E. Heath Avenue was reappointed to her fourth term […]


Arrest Made In Clayton Break-In

A Princeton man has been charged with breaking into a Clayton home last year. Jacob Lee Heath, 30, of Massey Holt Road was arrested Wednesday morning by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.  Heath is accused by deputies of entering a home on Hazel Street near Clayton on August 28, 2015. Heath was one of two […]


2016 NC Boll Weevil Assessment Remains At $1 Per Acre

The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2016 boll weevil assessment at $1 per acre of cotton, keeping the fee the same for the third straight year. The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll weevil and […]


Teacher Dies After Being Struck By Bus

An elementary school teacher was struck and killed by a bus on school grounds Tuesday morning. The tragedy occurred at the Meadow Lane Elementary School on E. Ash Street in Goldsboro.  Brandon Kincaid, 25, a second grade teacher at the school, was struck in the school’s parking lot by a private bus driven by Ray […]


Residents, Fire Chief Concerned About Crashes At Rural Intersection

The Department of Transportation says they are not aware of any problems with a rural intersection many nearby residents say is accident prone. Neighbors say they are concerned about the intersection of Fire Department Road and Buffalo Road between Wilson’s Mills and Highway 42.  The latest crash occurred at the intersection on Saturday sending several […]


Alcohol Referendum Requested In Archer Lodge

If the Archer Lodge Town Council has their way, residents of Johnston County’s newest town will vote later this year to allow alcohol sales. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the town council voted to ask Johnston County Commissioners to place the referendum on the November ballot.  The resolution needed to be adopted and to […]


Clayton Man Charged In US Treasury Check Scheme

A Clayton man was arrested Sunday after being indicted in December by a federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh.  Felipe Hurtado (aka Juan de Dios) was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public money, 25 counts of theft of public money, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Hurtado is alleged to […]


New Officer Joins Police Force

The Smithfield Police Department has hired a new officer. Officer Tyler Hayes was sworn in by Mayor Andy Moore during the Feb. 2nd town council meeting. Hayes graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Nash Community College. He previously worked for the NC State University Campus Police. A resident of Wilson, Officer Hayes has been assigned […]


Council Approves Purchase Of New Transformer

In an effort to provide more reliable power service, the Town of Smithfield has purchased a second transformer for the Brogden Road Power Substation.  The second transformer was originally designed for the substation when it went online nearly 10 years ago but was eliminated due to financial constraints at the time. The Brogden Road Power […]


Clayton Man Indicted On Child Sex Charges

A Clayton man has been indicted on a half dozen charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile. A Johnston County Grand Jury indicted Antwain Gemald Riley, 27, of N. Lombard Street, on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of crimes against nature and one count of attempted […]


Man Indicted For Business Fire, Other Suspects Still Unidentified

A Wake County man has been indicted on charges he set fire to a Smithfield business in 2014. A Grand Jury in Smithfield returned a Bill of Indictment against 27 year-old Aaron Levell Freeman of Maple Street, Knightdale for his alleged involvement in a fire at the R City Bar and Grill at 388-A Venture […]


Local Orthopedist Joins UNC Physicians Networks, Adds Surgeon

An orthopedist on the medical staff at Johnston Health has joined the UNC Physicians Network and recently added a surgeon. Richard Alioto, M.D., of University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, will continue his practice at Spring Branch Medical Pavilion in Clayton. The practice includes Aaron Leininger, M.D., a sports medicine specialist who came aboard last year, […]


Man Accused Of Stealing Town Water

A Pine Level man was arrested Thursday on charges he was stealing water service from the Town of Pine Level. Dennis Carroll Medlin, 42, of Mr. B Street, is accused of tampering with a water meter and having a water hose running into a residence from a neighbors house. The incident occurred at an address […]


Special Needs Church Relocates To Clayton

The congregation of Good Samaritan United Church of Christ has moved from Selma to Clayton to better reach those with special needs, and those who want to join them in this ministry.  After meeting at Selma Presbyterian Church for a year church leaders said they needed to find another location that was fully handicapped accessible. […]


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