Undeveloped land between the Neuse River and Buffalo Road is under consideration for a new Johnston County jail.
Undeveloped land between the Neuse River and Buffalo Road is under consideration for a new Johnston County jail. Drew Jackson jdjackson@newsobserver.com
Undeveloped land between the Neuse River and Buffalo Road is under consideration for a new Johnston County jail. Drew Jackson jdjackson@newsobserver.com

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