Selma Middle School Principal Chris Germanoski outlines why he believes control of the school should remain in local hands. Selma Middle is one of 48 schools around the state being considered for N.C. Innovative School District, which will take five under-performing schools and give them over to charter organizations starting in the fall of 2018.
Cleveland fire chief Chris Ellington discusses the $30,000 North Carolina legislators earmarked this summer for Cleveland, a fast-growing crossroads community of shopping centers and subdivisions that does not govern itself and does not have a traditional downtown.
In Johnston County, the Neuse River at Smithfield exceeded its 15-foot flood stage Tuesday and continued to rise, reaching nearly 25 feet Wednesday afternoon. At 23 feet, the river flooded Hospital and Buffalo roads and cut off the town water treatment plant’s access to its reservoir. The river is expected to remain flooded above 15 feet until Friday night. The Neuse in Smithfield broke records during Hurricane Matthew when it rose above 29 feet.
VIDEO: Todd and Joni McPhetridge of Zebulon, N.C. run one of the two North Carolina affiliate sites of Rent The Chicken, a company that lets people rent chickens and all the necessary equipment to keep them for six months, and then either keep or return them.
Hurricane Matthew flooding caused a complete collapse of Smith Road in Johnston County and several partial washouts of the road. A vehicle remained stranded in the rubble more than a week after the storm.
Hurricane Matthew didn't discriminate in its destruction and Smithfield Councilman Perry Harris was one of those affected. His warehouse wholesale business was flooded but family, friends and the community turned out to help.
VIDEO: Mamie Moore has been the director of the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County in Selma since its inception. The Boys and Girls Club aims to provide after-school encouragement and enrichment, particularly to the children who need it most. For Moore, engaging dozens of children every day is second nature.
“I just enjoy being around them and talking to them and listening what they have to say," she says. “Working with kids is just such an important commitment.”