News Briefs

August 19, 2013 

Change coming to rural intersection

The N.C. Department of Transportation will change the intersection of highways 96 and 231 in northern Johnston County from a two-way to a four-way stop this week, weather permitting,

The intersection has stop signs on N.C. 96, but traffic on N.C. 231 is not required to stop.

The DOT is converting the intersection to a four-way stop because an investigation found traffic volumes and other factors warranted installing stop signs on N.C. 231. Crews will also paint bars on the road to show motorists where to stop. On-site flagmen will control traffic through the intersection while work is underway.

As drivers approach the intersection, they are reminded to follow these right-of-way rules:

•  The first vehicle to the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived.

•  When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way.

•  The vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right.

•  When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right-of-way.

Smithfield officer receives award

Smithfield Police Officer Victor Denoble has received the latest Johnston County Officer of the Month award from District Attorney Susan Doyle.

“Officer Denoble has the qualities of a great officer,” Doyle said. “He genuinely cares for the people and takes his job of serving the public literally. He is also a hard worker, a team player and continues to be involved in his cases until the resolution. He knows that his work is not over just because he makes an arrest in a case. Many times there is a lot more work to be done, and Officer Denoble always follows through with every case.”

Grant to feed needy

Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action received a $5,000 grant from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The money will help feed needy people in the three counties.

“Our agency appreciate the Food Lion Charitable Foundation for giving us a gift of $5,000 to help feed the many individuals and families needing our assistance for food,” said Marie Watson, executive director. “It would be impossible for us to assist some of these families without these funds.”

Smithfield’s new website

The town of Smithfield has revamped its website at The website provides information for residents, employees, visitors and businesses looking to relocate. Among the new features planned are online utility-bill payment and real-time streaming and on-demand features of the town’s TV station, SJCCTV 18.

Blood drive

An Aug. 7 blood drive in Benson netted 41 points, according to Red Cross volunteer Helen Smith.

Stephen Langdon received his one-gallon pin. Gregg Creech and Wanda McLamb won the cash drawing.

In addition to Smith, volunteers were Hilda Pope, Shirley Harris and Brenda Eason.

Meeting notices

The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the council chambers in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The council will consider revisions to recreation fees, and it will consider amendments to rules governing signage and off-street parking and loading. Also, the council will hear requests to state two events in Clayton – Squealin’ on the Square and a shindig.

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Mental Health Center in Smithfield.


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