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Federal jury convicts Four Oaks man

ELIZABETH CITY — A jury in a federal courtoom last week found a Four Oaks man guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Evidence showed that Lamont Turrentine, 40, engaged in a shoot-out with Wayne County deputies, who were trying to arrest him after an attempted burglary. During a chase, Turrentine fired his weapon at officers, and the officers returned fire. He was arrested a short time later.

Officers retraced the path where Turrentine had fled and found a firearm. A ballistics expert matched the firearm found on the path to casings found where the shoot-out took place.

Town to treat with chlorine only

SMITHFIELD — The town’s water plant will temporarily remove amonia from its treatment process.

From March 2 through April 6, Smithfield will treat its water with chlorine only, an annual step that helps maintain a healthy distribution system, the town explained in a news release.

During this time, customers might notice discoloration or a change in taste and smell of their water. If that happens, customers should flush plumbing fixtures throughout their homes thoroughly, the town said.

For more information, call the water plant at 919-934-2661.

JCC nursing program ranks second in state

SMITHFIELD — The website has ranked Johnston Community College’s nursing program second in the state.

JCC, the website noted, “creates nursing graduates that possess the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to find success in the field. With this foundation, nursing graduates from JCC’s associate degree program are a premier pick for employment.”

In the rankings, JCC trailed only Cape Fear Community College and finished aheard of Duke University, No. 5; East Carolina University, No. 8; Wake Technical Community College, No. 12; and UNC-Chapel Hill, No. 20.

Bank reports higher earnings

SMITHFIELD — KS Bancorp has reported fourth quarter net income of $939,000, or 85 cents per share. That’s up from $906,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Net income for all of 2019 was $3.6 million, or $3.29 a share, compared to $3.5 million, or $3 a share, in 2018.

Pre-K program accepting applications

SELMA — The Johnston County Partnership for Children is accepting applications for the state’s pre-kindergarten program.

Children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31. For more information, call 919-975-2522 or go to


SMITHFIELD — In a recent story about a World War II exhibit at the Johnston County Heritage Center, the Johnstonian News incorrectly identified Lucy Penny Washington and her brothers, Frank Penny and Leon Penny. The family’s last name is Penny, not Perry.