Police charge two with vandalism
Clayton police have charged two teens in recent vandalism at Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road.
Alec Preston, 18, and Patrick Pearce, 17, both of the Willow Spring area, are charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and damaging property. Preston was jailed under a $52,000 bond; bond for Pearce was set at $41,000.
Police said vandals caused $6,000 in damage and stole hundreds of dollars in candy.
Scooter driver dies in collision with car
A Four Oaks man died Wednesday morning when the motorized scooter he was riding collided with car on U.S. 70 at Peedin Road Extension near Selma, authorities said.
John Quincy Radford Jr., 53, “failed to stop at the light” and collided with a car in an intersection, according to the Highway Patrol.
The crash happened about 7 a.m., and the Highway Patrol was investigating, Johnston County authorities said.
Shutdown affects moms, babies
The federal government shutdown will soon affect the ability of thousands of North Carolina’s low-income mothers and their infants to get food and nutrition.
The state on Tuesday announced that it had discontinued issuing food and nutrition benefits to women, infants and young children in the state because the shutdown in Washington had dried up federal funding. Because 80 percent of those eligible have already received their benefits for October, the shutdown will not immediately affect most recipients. In North Carolina, 264,000 women, infants and young children are enrolled in the program.
In a news release, Johnston County government said the local WIC program would be implementing a waiting list for participants. “All other WIC services, including nutrition education, breastfeeding education, counseling and support, and eligibility determinations will continue,” the county said.
For more information, Johnston County residents should call the Public Health Department at 919-989-5200.
New bridge opens in Cleveland
A new bridge on Cornwallis Road over Swift Creek in the Cleveland community has opened to traffic more than three weeks ahead of schedule.
The new bridge replaces a 41-year-old bridge that the state deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Because of its condition, the Department of Transportation had posted a weight limit on the bridge that prevented larger vehicles from using it.
The new bridge meets current design standards for width, shoulders and railings and does not have a posted weight limit.
The Swift Creek bridge had been closed since July 8, requiring drivers to use a detour. The DOT had not expected the new bridge to open until late this month or early November.
Crews have now begun work on the second part of a $2.4 million contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, the replacement of a second bridge on Cornwallis Road over Mill Branch Creek. It is southwest of the Swift Creek bridge and about 3 miles away.
The replacement of the Mill Branch Creek bridge started Monday, Oct. 7, when the bridge closed for demolition. The contractor then has 105 days to open the new bridge on that site. The 62-year-old bridge was also structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means it had remained safe but was unable to properly handle the volume of traffic that now travels along Cornwallis Road. It also had a weight limit that prevented larger vehicles from using it.
The closure means a detour is in place, using Cleveland Road, Old Drug Store Road and South Shiloh Road.
Planning board to hear requests
The Johnston County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the commissioners’ meeting room at the courthouse in Smithfield.
Son-Lan Shipwash LLC will ask the board to modify the master plan for a mixed-used development on Old Drug Store Road in Cleveland Township.
Brandi K. Autry will seek business zoning for 3 acres at 9239 Cleveland Road in Cleveland Township.
McIntyre votes to pay workers
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre released the following statement regarding the government shutdown and federal employees:
“I voted for a bipartisan bill to ensure that federal employees who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are paid.
“As a co-sponsor of this bill, the Federal Employees Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, I am pleased that this important bill has passed.
“I have voted at every opportunity to end this shutdown. It is time for the bipartisan bickering to end and for both parties to work together. A good first step would be to bring a clean budget bill to the floor for a vote, so we can reopen the government and begin to address the challenges we have.”
The Johnston Community College Board of Trustees will hold its committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Wilson Building conference room on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.