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Johnston Health Receives Highest Rating On Hospital Safety Score

Johnston Health has received an “A” rating for Leapfrog Group’s April 2016 Hospital Safety Score, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.                                                                                “Johnston Health’s ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group demonstrates our continued commitment to putting our patients’ safety first,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and president […]


McGee’s Crossroads Native Among 10 Finalists For Senior CLASS Award

Campbell’s Matt Parrish has been named one of 10 finalists nationally for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for […]


Town Testing New Crosswalk Signs

Downtown Benson businesses are blooming this spring! In the last 12 months, business owners and visitors have reported increased foot traffic in the heart of downtown. In light of the increased foot traffic, the Town of Benson started testing crosswalk signs this week for pedestrian safety. These signs remind drivers that yielding to pedestrians at […]


Four Oaks 12u Team Wins Tournament

The Four Oaks 12u Softball Team won the ninth annual Fast Pitch Frenzy tournament held April 21st- April 24th in Four Oaks. The members of the winning team include: (first row kneeling) McKenzie Millard, Hannah Evans, Bayla Sutton (second row) Hollyn Champagne, Meagan Worley, Lainey Edwards, Allison Stewart (3rd row) Logan Hodge, Grayson Johnson & […]


Tractor Pulling Weekend In Four Oaks

There’s going to be a rumble this weekend at the pulling track inside Four Oaks Farm Park. Beginning this evening at 7, the park will host a lawn tractor and modified mini tractor pull. Dozens of participants will compete to see who can move a heavy sled the greatest distance. But the fun doesn’t stop […]


Band Director Receives $25,000 Grant

Selma Middle School will soon receive approximately $25,000 worth of new musical instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. With many school music programs across the country losing vital funding, the foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets by donating new instruments, often replacing some that are more than 30 years old. “I am […]


Archer Lodge Middle School 3rd Quarter Honors

6th GRADE: Principal’s List:  Madison Adams, Samantha Alford, Neyda Arreaga Puac, Londyn Baldwin, Hannah Barton, Seth Benbow, Carson Biethman, Jason Blackley, Ariel Braswell, Gianna Ciardullo, Antonio Ciardullo, Jessica Clark, Haley Coppock, Devin Dames , Reese Davenport, Kessa Davey, Synergy Dougherty, Tyler  Dumonceaux, Isaiah Faulkner, Wren Fergus, Fred Foreman, Sarah Frye, Jorden Gammon, Elijah Gatabaki, Matthew […]


Benson Mule Days Named Top 20 Event In Southeast

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named Benson Mule Days one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September, 2016. This year’s festival is scheduled for September 21–25, and was submitted for consideration by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, who is charged with promoting the county’s tourism assets to attract visitors to the […]


Mobile Home Fire Ruled Arson

A 48 year-old man lost all of his belongings in a fire Wednesday night near Benson. The Benson, Elevation and West Johnston Fire Department responded to the fire around 7:30pm on Memory Lane. When fire crews arrived on the scene the home, which was up a path and surrounded by woods, had already burned to […]


Inmate Accused Of Injuring Jail Nurse

An inmate awaiting trial on arson charges is now accused of assaulting and injuring a jail employee. On Wednesday, Martha Lucia Herrera Britt, 54, of the 1100 block of Aquilla Road, Benson was seeing a detention nurse in the Johnston County Jail when she allegedly assaulted the 30 year-old woman by scratching her face and […]


Rouzer Receives Award For Conservation Excellence

This week Congressman David Rouzer received the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his leadership and conservative voting record for the first session of the 114th Congress.  This is the ACU’s top award for Members of Congress who vote most consistently with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution: limited […]

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Scam Alert: Jury Duty Summons

Local citizens are again being targeted by telephone calls, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury summons.  The caller usually states that they are members of the their local sheriff’s office warrants division.  The victims of this scam are asked to place money on a prepaid card or other form of “reload […]


DWI Suspect Arrested At Restaurant Drive Thru

A driver that police said was trying to place an order at the drive thru of a restaurant, even though the business was closed, has been arrested for driving while impaired. Around 1:45am Friday, a Selma police officer allegedly began following a Nissan on US301 and noticed the car was weaving in the travel lanes.  […]


Grandfather, Grandson Arrested

A 72 year-old grandfather and his 41 year-old grandson landed in jail Wednesday afternoon after a search of their home. Johnston County deputies were asked to company probation officers while they went to the home of Lee Richmond Waddell on Firetower Road near Selma. Waddell, a convicted felon, was reportedly found in the possession of a […]


Free Public Shred Event Saturday

Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive will hold his annual Public Shred Event this weekend. Olive and his office hold the event each year to give citizens a way to dispose of personal documents like receipts, credit card information, bank statements, returned checks, and other sensitive information they want to discard. Identity theft is […]


Benson Scavenger Hunt Saturday

Do you like a challenge? Do you like to have fun? Then you won’t want to miss the Benson Center for Active Aging’s Scavenger Hunt fundraiser Saturday, April 30, at the Benson Singing Grove. Sign-ups will start at noon and the adventure will begin at 1 p.m. The scavenger hunt will take you all over […]


Harrison Center For Active Aging Receives State Certification

The Harrison Center for Active Aging located in Selma has been certified as a Center of Excellence by the Division of Aging and Adult Services of the State of North Carolina based on an on-site certification visit conducted last Friday. The certification is valid for a five year period. There are 163 senior centers in […]


Driver Killed In I-95 Crash

One person is dead following an accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 95 at Interstate 40 near Benson. Around 9:45 AM, a 2015 Peterbuilt traveling northbound was slowing due to road construction ahead.  As the tractor trailer began to stop, a 2005 Freightliner towing a flatbed trailer approached from the rear. The driver of the Freightliner […]


4th Grade Teacher Named 2016 Teacher Of The Year

Laura Hines, a fourth grade teacher at Corinth-Holders Elementary, is the recipient of the 23rd Annual Flame for Learning Award. Hines, who teaches math, science, and social studies, was honored at the annual Flame for Learning Banquet held on April 26, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Hosted by the county’s Chambers of Commerce, the […]


Woman Found Dead In Motel Room

A young woman was found dead in a motel room. Authorities are investigating her death. Smithfield Police said they responded to the Holiday Inn Express on South Equity Drive just after 6:00am Monday after a 39 year-old woman was found deceased.  Police said Brandy Leigh Houk of Smithfield apparently died during her sleep.  Her boyfriend […]


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