KS Bank rejects First Citizens Bank’s offer to purchase–again

KS Bancorp, parent company of KS Bank headquartered in Smithfield, reaffirmed its position on Friday that it is not interested in being purchased by First Citizens Bank. In a statement issued late Friday, KS Bank CEO Harold Keen said, “….our board has determined the best interests of our shareholders will be served by KS Bancorp…

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Selma participates in Shop Small Saturday

Uptown Selma, in partnership with American Express, will participate in this year’s “Shop Small Saturday” on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. This is first year Selma will participate in the nationwide event. Melissa Dooley, parks and recreation event planner, said shoppers are encouraged to visit the Uptown Selma Shopping District located along…

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Will community building house library?

Will a new and improved Princeton Community Building become the new home for the Princeton Public Library? The issue was discussed at the Nov. 6 Princeton Board of Commissioners meeting when the town board saw that a portion of the renovated community building had an area designated as a reading room and computer area. The…

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Smokin’ Black Jack wins BBQ cook-off

Taking home the first place trophy and bragging rights in the Tobacco Farm Life Museum TFLM BBQ Challenge barbecue cook-off fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12 was the Smokin’ Black Jack barcue team of Goldsboro with chief chef Ashley Wheeler. Second place went to the Kirby Que team of Kenly with chief chef Curtis Kirby and…

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Churches discuss security issues

Church shootings like the Nov. 5 massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a lone gunman murdered 26 worshippers and wounded 20 others has raised safety concerns among Johnston County churches. “Sutherland Springs is about the same size as Micro,” said Rev. Dwayne Batten, Princeton Baptist Church pastor. “We say it…

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Pine Level Elementary hosts Christmas Tree Lighting

Pine Level Elementary School is planning a community Christmas tree lighting that will take place on Monday Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. in front of the school. “The event, called “A Pine Level Community Christmas” is being sponsored by Pine Level Elementary School PTA. For more information, purchase a copy of The Pine Level News on sale…

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George Carlisle receives Princeton Golden Key award

Former Princeton Mayor George Carlisle received the 2017 Golden Key Award, presented by Princeton’s town board to recognize citizens who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to community and public service. Mayor Don Rains and commissioners presented the award to Carlisle at the Nov. 6 board meeting. Carlisle’s son, Joe, said that during his father’s tenure…

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Cats over run parts of Kenly

Areas of Kenly have apparently become overrun with cats running loose, especially in the area near the intersection of North Gardner Avenue and West Third Street that includes U.S. Post Office, Dot’s Cleaners and NAPA Auto Parts No one seems to have a solution to the situation, although Alice Scott of Lucama, a member of…

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Raymond “Red” Stephen Keen Jr.

Raymond “Red” Stephen Keen Jr., 70, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home. He was born March 11, 1947 to the late Raymond Stephen Keen and Doris Marie Balance Keen. He was a long distant truck driver for 54 years. He loved his family very much. He was also preceded in…

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Blackmon’s Crossroads Fire Chief Arrested

Johnston County Sheriff’s Office detectives initiated an investigation into financial matters involving the Blackmon’s Crossroads Fire Department after being contacted by Johnston County Finance Department officials. During a review of documents from the fire department, discrepancies were found involving invoices that had been paid from fire department funds. The investigation revealed that Fire Chief Kenan…

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