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Crash kills Kenly man

KENLY — A Kenly man died and three others were injured in a three-vehicle crash Dec. 30 on N.C. 42, the Highway Patrol reported.

The wreck occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on N.C. 42 near N.C. 581 in the Buckhorn community.

Troopers said John Wesley Gossett Jr., 58, who was driving a Ford Edge, was traveling west on N.C. 42 when he went left of center and struck a Chevrolet van head-on.

Gossett died at the scene, troopers said.

The driver of the Chevrolet van, 44-year-old Arturo Hernandez Garcia, 44, of Wilson was traveling east on N.C. 42, according to troopers. With him was a passenger, Misael Montes Lopez, 33, also Wilson.

Garcia was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, and Lopez was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to officials.

Before the Chevrolet van and Ford Edge came to rest in the roadway, a third vehicle, a Nissan Versa, rear-ended the van, troopers said.

They identified the driver of the third vehicle as 45-year-old Tierney Jolly Smith of Oxford, who was also taken to WakeMed in Raleigh.

Troopers said all three sustained serious injuries.

Rouzer voices support for killing general

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman David Rouzer on Friday issued the following statement after a U.S. military strike killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani:

“America does not — and will not — tolerate Iran’s escalating aggression. Qasem Soleimani was a murderer, responsible for the deaths of countless Americans and many other innocents throughout the Middle East. President Trump took decisive action — as he should have. I thank our military and intelligence personnel for successfully ridding the world of a brutal terrorist.”

Arts council wins South River grant

SMITHFIELD — A Johnston County group has received a grant from South River EMC.

The Johnston County Arts Council received $2,500 from South River’s Operation Round Up program, which allows customers to round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar, with the difference going to the grant program.