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Johnston County’s newest state lawmaker will retain his leadership post when the General Assembly convenes next year. State Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne, was re-elected as House majority leader for … more
PRINCETON — Town commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 3 to increase starting salaries for beginning police officers. “Officer I started at $31,487. The Officer I currently employed was … more
SELMA —Three longtime employees earned recognition from the Selma Town Council at its Dec. 11 meeting. Two are retiring and one received his advanced law enforcement certificate. Parks and … more
FOUR OAKS —More details have emerged about a Dec. 8 house fire in Four Oaks that left a teen dead and her mother and brother hospitalized. Johnston County Fire Marshal Adam Stanley on Thursday … more
KENLY — Two months to the day after a September holdup at the Kenly 95 Petro truck stop, police have arrested a suspect. Donnell Jerome Alford of Smithfield, who had been sought in the Sept. 8 … more
WILSON — Investigators believe they found a missing Johnston County woman’s body in a shallow grave behind a Wilson home on Thursday — a day after they charged a convicted rapist in the … more
SMITHFIELD — A crowd estimated at more than 3,000 appeared to already be in the Christmas spirit from the very start of the Smithfield Christmas parade held Thursday along Market Street and … more
SELMA — Johnston County Public Schools students, staff, parents and community members connected with local authors at the first-ever JoCo Reads event Dec. 6 at Selma Elementary School. Featured … more
KENLY — The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office made a record $5 million cocaine haul during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 near Kenly. Deputies pulled over a produce truck traveling in … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Public Schools named former educators Hazel Sanders, Phyllis Parrish and Joyce Wade as 2018 Living Legend Award recipients. The Living Legend Award is presented to … more
Jewel Thorne of Spring Hope said she plans to buy her dream home after winning a $427,896 Cash 5 jackpot. "I'm finally going to get my own house," Thorne said. "It's a wonderful feeling to know I … more
The greater Wilson area is in for a soggy Saturday, but a high-pressure system asserting itself this weekend should chase the clouds away and bring sunshine through at least Wednesday. Rain should … more
Investigators believe they found the body of a missing Johnston County woman in a shallow grave Thursday behind a home in Wilson — a day after they charged a convicted rapist in the woman’s … more
SMITHFIELD — Authorities are seeking the public's help to find a 71-year-old woman whose disappearance has been ruled suspicious. The Johnston County Sheriff's Office released additional … more
Sub-freezing wind chill temperatures are expected to linger Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of a gradual warmup with mild conditions in the cards for Friday and the weekend, Albert Thomas Jr. says in … more
Drive-thru live Nativity planned PRINCETON - Hephzibah Baptist Church, 4633 U.S. 70 E., will have a drive-thru live Nativity display from 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 14. … more
PRINCETON — Town leaders have hired Kinston-based Dunn & Dalton Architects to design the soon-to-be-renovated Princeton Community Building. The building, located at 106 N. Center St., … more
KENLY — Representatives from area fire departments, law enforcement and emergency response agencies gathered Sunday for the 37th annual Kenly Fire Department appreciation breakfast. The … more
SMITHFIELD — Snow blanketed some parts of Johnston County early Sunday, causing church cancellations and creating a play day for children across the region. The National Weather Service reported … more
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