Johnston County, NC

Crime &

Serious Injuries Reported In Accident

SELMA – A collision involving two vehicles Saturday night sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash was reported just before 9:30pm on Highway 42 East at Thanksgiving Fire Department Road. The intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents in recent months. A minivan and passenger...
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Mary Louise Johnson Chamberlain

Benson, NC: Mrs. Mary Louise Johnson Chamberlain – a quick-witted, vivacious lady – passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the age of 77 in Dunn, NC, with her family by her side. Mrs. Chamberlain was born in Johnston County, NC to the late Willie B. and Lucy Mae...
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Inmate dies in NC prison, investigation underway

BAYBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A man sentenced from Johnston County died while in a North Carolina prison Saturday night, officials say. Johnny Autry, 44, was sentenced as a habitual felon and for drug possession in Johnston County in 2016, according to prison records and a news release from the SBI. Autry was serving his sentence … Read more.
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Governor Visits Johnston County Health Department

SMITHFIELD – Governor Roy Cooper toured the Johnston County Health Department on Friday to see, first-hand, the great work the Health Department staff is doing to keep all of Johnston County healthy and safe. Governor Cooper, guided around the facility by Health Department Director, Dr. Marilyn Pearson, saw several residents getting their COVID-19 vaccinations and also visited the emergency operation center located inside the Health Department.

100-Mile Long Yard Sale Happening This Weekend

A 100-mile long yard sale is happening in North Carolina this weekend. The event called “The 301 Endless Yardsale” spans 5 NC Counties. The communities along US 301 will join together with deals, antiques, collectibles, and more. The sale takes place along a 100-mile stretch of highway between Kenly and Benson, in Johnston County…. and now sites will be found in Halifax, Wilson, Nash, and Harnett Counties as well. The sale was mimicked after the long-established 127 Longest Sale and inspired by the HGTV television show “Flea Market Flip.”

Bartlett Milling to expand mill operations in North Carolina

JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC. — Bartlett Milling plans to invest as much as $28 million to expand and upgrade its mill operations in Wilson’s Mills, NC. Bartlett Milling in Johnston County, which includes the town of Wilson’s Mills, produces a full line of commercial patent flours for bakeries, restaurants and institutional foodservice operations such as schools and hospitals. Bartlett acquired the Wilson’s Mill facility, which was constructed in 2000, from Midstate Mills, Inc. in 2007.

Junior Women’s League Of Smithfield Raises $17,000

On Saturday, May 22, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield held their 6th annual Big Night Out as a virtual reverse raffle fundraiser to benefit Riverside Ranch, a therapeutic equine facility that serves children with physical and developmental disabilities, veterans, and senior adults. League President, Sarah Edwards, and BNO co-chair,...
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Four Oaks Man Charged In Brunswick County Break-In

A Four Oaks man was served with arrest warrants June 12th in Benson. A Johnston County deputy located Buddy Ray Brown, of the 6800 block of Highway 301 South, while on Main Street in Benson. Brown was wanted on arrest warrants from the Oak Island Police Department in Brunswick County...

JCPS Principals Complete Distinguished Leadership Program

Johnston County Public Schools had two principals recently complete the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals. Archer Lodge Middle Principal Melissa Hubbard and Princeton Elementary Principal Melissa Hurst were recognized for their successful completion of the program on June 3. “I...