Area News

Johnston County Intersection Will Change to an All-Way Stop

New traffic pattern coming Oct. 25 SMITHFIELD – If the weather cooperates, the N.C. Department of Transportation will convert a crossroads in Johnston County into an all-way stop on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The department will change the traffic pattern at the intersection of Polenta and Matthews roads in the Willow Springs community, west of Smithfield. The…

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DOT planning US 70 upgrade

The state Department of Transportation has begun planning and environmental studies to upgrade U.S. 70 to interstate standards from U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County to west of Pondfield Road in Johnston County. According to a NCDOT notice sent to property owners, it stated that engineers, surveyors, biologists, geologists and other NCDOT representatives would…

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Oak City Collection offers variety

By Steve Reed sreed@kenlynews.com Oak City Collection in Smithfield is more than a T-shirt shop. The shop, located at 105 S. Third St., also sells caps, mugs, ladies tops and glassware and baby onesies. Also available are stickers, koozies and commemorative license plates. Judd Patterson and Suzanne Taylor are the co-owners. “We also carry a…

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Wallace tells Council its partnership with Chamber is valued

By Steve Reed sreed@kenlynews.com The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce values its partnership with the Town of Selma. That was the message Kelly Wallace, interim chamber president, delivered to the Selma Town Council at its Oct. 10 meeting. “With partnerships, we’re able to do bigger, better things and foster relationships,” said Wallace. “We also value our…

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Sami’s Pizza has new owner

By Steve Reed sreed@kenlynews.com Sami’s Pizza in Selma has a new owner. Joe Mannino is quick to tell visitors he’s an authentic Italian. Mannino bought the restaurant, located at 25 JR Rd., two months ago. His brother Anthony helps him operate it. Their parents are originally from Sicily. “We pride ourselves on using fresh ingredients,…

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Anchored in Christ continues to be blessed

By Steve Reed sreed@kenlynews.com Anchored in Christ Church in Fremont, an independent church, has come a long way since it was established in 2000. At the time the church met in a storefront building in downtown Princeton. It became known as “The Apple Jack Church” because it would sell them every year at the N.C.…

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Glendale-Kenly sets Halloween parade

Event has occurred for some 25 years Following a tradition that began some 25 years ago, the annual Glendale-Kenly Elementary School Halloween parade will take place at the school on Tuesday, Oct 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Former Glendale-Kenly teacher Lindalee Sawyer staged the first Halloween parade at GKE after bringing the idea from her…

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Jon Barlow Kenly interim manager

Jon Barlow, who retired in August as town manager of Selma, has been hired to serve as interim town manager of Kenly replacing current interim Kenly manager Richard Hicks, who has taken a full-time job in Virginia.    Barlow has been on the job since Oct. 2 and will be serving on an interim basis…

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Micro Elementary visited by Micro VFD

Students at Micro Elementary School got a visit from Micro Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as part of National Fire Prevention Week recognized Oct 8-14. The department brought trucks and equipment to the school to introduce kids to the sights and sounds of what they would experience if they were ever involved in…

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Hephzibah hosts Oct. 29 singing

Hephzibah Baptist Church will host its next fifth Sunday Night Sing on Sunday, Oct. 29,  at 6 p.m. The featured group is Servant’s Heart from Pikeville. Refreshments will be provided after the program. Everyone is invited to this free event. Hephzibah Baptist Church is located at 4633 US Highway 70E, Princeton. Call 919-965-5886 or visit www.hbcprinceton.org for more information.

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