Area Breaking News

Second Arrest In Murder of Princeton Man

A second arrest was made  in the September 2015 murder of a Princeton man. Smithfield Police arrested 24-year-old Dontrell Khali McDonald of Smithfield on Feb. 23 and charged him in the Sept. 21 murder of 45-year-old Aldolphus Ramon Bryant. McDonald is being held without bond in the Johnston County Jail. He made his first court…

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N.C Senator Brent Jackson holds town hall-style meeting at TFLM in Kenly

Local citizens, constituents and elected officials had the opportunity last Thursday evening to meet and talk face-to-face with N.C. Sen. Brent Jackson about any topics of their choosing in a town hall-style open meeting held at Tobacco Farm Life Museum. This was the fourth meeting of this type held by Jackson in Kenly over the…

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Princeton High Threat Is Hoax

Rumors of a planned violent incident Wednesday at Princeton Middle/High School turned out to be false. “There was a rumor of someone planning to be violent at school today that surfaced last night.  We investigated and included law enforcement and the rumor was found to be unsubstantiated,” said principal Jarvis Ells. “We sent out a message…

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School Officials Explain North Johnston Middle’s “Restart”

About 90 concerned parents and relatives of students at North Johnston Middle School turned out at the school last week to learn more about the process of turning the school into more of a charter type school because of low scores on the school’s annual report card. Due to those low scores over the past…

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Former Selma Mayor Wants US 70-A Named James Overbee Hwy

Former Selma Mayor Charles Hester suggested to the Pine Level Board of Commissioners last week that the board consider naming highway US 70-A through Pine Level as James Overbee Highway, in memorial to Overby. Hester said Overbee, an industrial and commercial developer, who died last Nov. 20, had done much for town of Pine Level…

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Selma Gives Outgoing Town Manager 1.5 Percent Raise

Retiring Town Manager Jon Barlow will get a pay raise effective March 1. After a closed session on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Selma Town Council voted 4-1 to give the outgoing town manager at 1.5 percent salary increase. Councilman Tommy Holmes voted against it. Barlow was making $7,743 per month. With the 1.5 increase, Barlow…

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Princeton property owner complains about proposed apartments

A Princeton property owner voiced his disapproval on Feb. 7 at the Princeton Board of Commissioners meeting of how commissioners handled the cases of two developers in 2016 that attempted to build multi-family apartments in Princeton. “The reason I love Princeton is because it’s a great town, a good Christian-oriented town,” said property owner Kenny…

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County, local leaders promote Kenly’s economic development

Economic development was pushed to the front burner last week during the Kenly Town Council meeting. Not in recent history have so many notables been present in Council Chamber to encourage the town to move forward with some economic development. Council Chamber was packed with the likes of Larry Strickland, state legislator, Jeff Carver, Johnston…

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Sen. Jackson Hosts Kenly Meeting

Senator Brent Jackson will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.  The meeting is open to elected officials, county representatives and the general public. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located at 709 North Church Street in Kenly. For further information please contact the…

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Selma Opposes Proposed Jail Site

The Selma Town Council Tuesday joined the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday in opposing the proposed Buffalo Road site for the new Johnston County Law Enforcement Center. Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver said the Buffalo Road site would not encourage the residential and commercial growth that has been envisioned for the area. Last December,…

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