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Former Clayton High School principal files grievance, says he was 'defamed' and 'harassed'  WTVD-TV

Weeks after a Clayton High School principal was reassigned within the Johnston County school district, he's demanding that he be reinstated.

Hundreds show up to protest in support of former Clayton High principal  HighSchoolOT

The Clayton Police Department granted a permit to organizers of a protest designed to show support for former Clayton High School principal Dr. Bennett Jones ...

Clayton High School football coach resigns  WTVD-TV

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- The varsity football coach at Clayton High School resigned, after Johnston County School District launched an investigation into ...

Clayton High students petition for return of popular principal

Students at Clayton High School are protesting the transfer of a beloved principal. Dr. Bennet Jones was on the job for three years before the Johnston County ...

'Bring Bennett Back!' Clayton High students rally to save principal's job  WTVD-TV

On Wednesday night at a student-led rally, Clayton kids and parents signed a petition to present to the school board, carrying signs, wearing T-shirts with Dr.

Hunter Jenks resigns as head football coach at Clayton  HighSchoolOT

Clayton High School football coach Hunter Jenks has resigned from his position, he confirmed to HighSchoolOT on Tuesday afternoon.

Resolution passed in favor of ex-Clayton principal

Clayton High School students held a series of rallies in favor of Dr. Jones.

No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons volleyball picks up its first win of the season, defeats Clayton 3-1  HighSchoolOT

Cardinal Gibbons picked up its first win of the season over Clayton, 3-1, Monday night on the Crusaders home court.

Clayton’s Stephen Lines hopeful for senior season after missing 2018 with leg injury

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The 2018 football season ended quickly for Clayton High School's Stephen Lines. The defensive back broke his tibia and fibula in ...

Clayton High School senior killed while crossing road

Witnesses told authorities that Gustavo Alexis Armenta Valadez, a student at Clayton High School, was crossing N.C. Highway 42 from Alta Mobile Home Park ...

Johnston County investigating eligibility of Clayton football player  HighSchoolOT

Johnston County Public Schools is investigating questions surrounding the eligibility of a football player at Clayton High School, HighSchoolOT has confirmed.

Clayton High teacher accused of shoplifting art supplies

A Clayton High School arts teacher is accused of shoplifting craft supplies from Walmart over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

Reigning Miss America visits Clayton High School promoting arts in education  WTVD-TV

On Friday, reigning Miss America, Nia Franklin, returned to her home state of North Carolina to promote performing arts in education at Clayton High School in ...

Art teacher accused of stealing craft supplies from Walmart in Clayton  WTVD-TV

A high school teacher stole craft supplies from Walmart, according to Clayton Police Department.

Pro football: Former Clayton resident and NFL coach Maser dies at age 72  NNY360

Mike Maser, the offensive line coaching guru who grew up in Clayton and earned a respected NFL reputation working for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina ...

Former Johnston County teacher accused of lying about education, arrest record on application

CLEVELAND, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Johnston County teacher faces multiple felony charges related to lying on his job application about his arrest record and ...

Longtime Clayton coach Gary Fowler receives Lifetime Achievement Award  HighSchoolOT

Gary Fowler spent 28 seasons pacing the sidelines of the football field at Clayton High School. He also served as the school's athletic director.

Clayton police ask for help tracking down 2 missing teen girls

Information gathered Friday led investigators to believe that the two teens are together and headed to Fayetteville, a news release said.

Clayton safety Zay Peterson commits to Louisville  HighSchoolOT

Zay Peterson, a rising senior safety who has transferred to Clayton High School from Hartsville High School in South Carolina, has committed to the University of ...

Clayton restaurant holds fundraiser for student hit, killed by car  WTVD-TV

On Tuesday, the restaurant where a Clayton High School senior, who died last week worked at, held a Donation Night to assist his family.

Johnston County teen faces felony charge after school fight

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A 16-year-old student is facing a felony charge after another student was seriously hurt during a fight at a Johnston County high ...

21-year-old sentenced for Clayton greenway assault

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A 21-year-old will spend 15 to 27 months in jail for an October assault and robbery on a greenway in Clayton, according to a news ...

2nd suspect sought after Clayton teen killed in drive-by shooting, deputies say

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A second teen is being sought in a drive-by shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy over the weekend in Johnston County, officials ...

2 wanted after Clayton convenience store armed robbery

The store clerk pulled money from the register and gave up his own wallet, police say.

Clayton music teacher accused of holding student in sexual servitude for 4 years

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Clayton music teacher is under arrest and accused of holding one of his adult students in sexual servitude over a four-year period, ...

Rodgers ties school record as Clayton advances past East Wake in soccer  HighSchoolOT

No. 5 Clayton took control early on in Tuesday's first round soccer match with No. 28 East Wake.

Truck fire causes road closure in Clayton

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A landscaping truck caught on fire Wednesday afternoon in Clayton, causing a road closure, according to Clayton police ...

Teachers asked to return money after being paid twice in Johnston County

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Six Johnston County school teachers are being asked to return money after they were overpaid for summer work, officials said ...

Woman found dead in Johnston County was mother of chase, shootout suspect’s children

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A female acquaintance of the man who led police on a high–speed chase in Johnston County yesterday was found dead Tuesday ...

15-year-old killed, young man wounded in Johnston County drive-by shooting

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A teen boy died and a man in his 20s was injured in a drive-by shooting in Johnston County early Saturday, officials say. UPDATE: ...

Suspect dead after shootout, chase involving NC trooper in Johnston County

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A suspect is dead after a shootout involving a North Carolina state trooper during a chase Monday afternoon in Johnston County, ...

Tuberculosis confirmed at Clayton High School; 181 may have been exposed  WTVD-TV

There has been a confirmed case of tuberculosis at Clayton High School, a Johnston County Public Schools spokesperson told ABC11 on Tuesday.

NC State football - Questions with Clayton High School recruit Savion Jackson  Durham Herald Sun

Savion Jackson, Clayton High School defensive end and NC State commit, takes a ride with News and Observer reporter Jonas Pope IV and answers questions ...

Brothers say alligator sighting led to rescue at Neuse River

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Two brothers who were on tubes going down the Neuse River said they saw an alligator – forcing them to get out of the water and be ...

Clayton replacing 33 seniors but expectations remain high  WTVD-TV

The Clayton High School football team only lost one game last season, in the third round of the playoffs. This season, the Comets' goal is simple -- beat every ...

Clayton man released from hospital after being shot by trooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The 20-year-old Clayton man who was shot by a state trooper during an altercation near Princeton last week has been released from ...

Man rams woman’s car in road rage incident at Clayton McDonald’s, police say

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Johnston County man has been arrested in a road rage incident in the McDonald's drive-through over the weekend, officials say.

News  Town of Clayton

To make the route safer for the students, floats and spectators, Clayton Police are asking drivers to move their cars off the route by 5 p.m. Parking during the day ...

Defending champ Clayton jumps to No. 1 in boys tennis poll  HighSchoolOT

After almost five weeks of the season, the HighSchoolOT boys tennis rankings for the eastern half of the state feature some big changes, with defending 3A ...

Clayton History Room  Town of Clayton

Learn about the history of the library, see historical photos of Clayton and find out how to visit the Clayton History Room.

Road rage spurs fight between 2 mothers in Johnston County school parking lot

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A road-rage incident ended with two Johnston County mothers fighting in the parking lot at East Clayton Elementary School. CBS 17 ...

2nd suspect in custody in teen’s death in Johnston County drive-by shooting

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — The second teen suspect in a deadly Johnston County drive-by shooting of a 15-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday in Wake ...

Cards, gifts flooding in for Clayton boy with cancer who will spend 7th birthday in hospital

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – This week, a little boy from Clayton will spend his seventh birthday in the hospital but friends and strangers from all over the world are ...

Missing Clayton teen found safe in Smithfield

Jayla Winfrey's family said they believe she may have left over a dispute about her dating a 17-year-old boyfriend. Police said that the boy is at home with his ...

Johnston County Public Schools latest to close May 1 due to teacher rally

As of Thursday, 505 Johnston County Schools staff members have requested off May 1.

Clayton 4-star prospect J.R. Walker commits to Va. Tech  HighSchoolOT

Walker was considering five schools at the time of his commitment - Duke, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Effort to protect slaves’ graves found at Johnston County housing development

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Johnston County realtor noticed something new in her neighborhood, which she discovered is actually more than a century old.

Clayton school threats: police find sources NC social  The News & Observer

School and law enforcement officials say students have been disciplined for social media posts rumoring threats against a high school in Clayton, NC.

Former Johnston County high school football player behind bars

A former high school and college football player is behind bars in Johnston County, police said. Isaac Martin is charged with attempted first-degree burglary.

Johnston County high school student dies after ATV crash

"Brock will be missed by everyone," fire officials said.

Johnston County family asks for help after veteran stranded in Bosnia

Michael Groissl had a bad fall when he was in Bosnia last month. He was in a coma for nine days.

Thief busted after swiping car with 2 kids inside at Clayton gas station, police say

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Two children are safe and a car thief is behind bars after a car was stolen with the children inside Saturday night, officials say.

167 students, 14 staff members possibly exposed to TB at Clayton High School

A total of 167 students and 14 staff members at Clayton High School could have exposed to a student diagnosed with tuberculosis, health officials said.

New Clayton High principal makes an introduction  News & Observer

On his way to being named Clayton High School's new principal, Bennett Jones changed colleges once and his major three times, entertaining a number of ...

Clayton’s 150th anniversary is this week and a year-long celebration is in the works

Mayor Jody McLeod will proclaim the anniversary at a special ceremony on Friday at 9 a.m. on Main Street across from Town Square.

With 'The Streak' still alive, Wake Forest taking things one game at a time  HighSchoolOT

The Wake Forest Cougars bring their 45-game winning streak into the 2019 season, but the team is more focused on taking things one game at a time than ...

JR Walker, Virginia Tech football recruit, talks about the Hokies and Clayton High School lunch  News & Observer

Clayton High School's J.R. Walker, a Virginia Tech commit, takes a ride with News and Observer reporter Jonas Pope IV.

Clayton sweeps 3A singles, doubles championships  HighSchoolOT

Clayton swept the 3A individual tennis state championships in Greensboro on Saturday afternoon, winning the singles and doubles titles.

Clayton leads wire-to-wire, defeats West Johnston 75-51  HighSchoolOT

Clayton never trailed West Johnston and took down the Wildcats, 75-51, on Tuesday night in the Comets own gym to advance to the semifinals of the Great ...

Trooper shoots armed suspect near Princeton, officials say

PRINCETON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Highway Patrolman shot an armed suspect during a traffic stop on Highway 70 Thursday afternoon in Johnston County, the ...

Clayton's Asia Todd, more than a basketball player  HighSchoolOT

Clayton High School girls basketball scoring superstar Asia Todd is this week's recipient of the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award.

Smithfield-Selma hopes turnaround happens this season  HighSchoolOT

It has been more than a decade since the Smithfield-Selma Spartans pieced together a winning season and made the state playoffs.

Family of 4 safely escapes Clayton house fire

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Multiple crews responded to a house fire in Clayton Tuesday night. Two adults and two children got out of the home safely, officials ...

Power outage leads to early dismissal for Cleveland High School

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A power outage Friday is affecting more than 2,500 customers in Johnston County and forced Cleveland High School to dismiss ...

Asmussen, Jenks to serve as co-athletic directors at Clayton  HighSchoolOT

Clayton High School has announced its replacement for outgoing athletic director Jimmy Williams.

Employee shot during robbery at Johnston County KFC/Taco Bell

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting and armed robbery at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in Benson that ...

Highlights: Clayton's Noah Johns first Johnston County champion since 1994  HighSchoolOT

Noah Johns of Clayton won his 106-pound state championship bout to become the first state champion wrestler from Johnston County since South Johnston's ...

Johnston County woman charged with having marijuana says it was CBD

Look at this, how can you distinguish the difference between marijuana and not marijuana?"

Clayton woman attacked disabled relative for pills, officials say

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Johnston County woman was arrested in Fuquay-Varina Saturday on outstanding assault charges for hitting her disabled relative, ...

Benson man who sent detectives images of kids being sexually abused sentenced to 30 years

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Benson man who authorities say sent a detective images of children being sexually abused during an investigation back in late ...

Parents locked out of Clayton High School graduation  WTVD-TV

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Parents spent Friday locked out of the Clayton High School graduation after school officials moved the outdoor ceremony indoors.

Battle of the Blues: Clayton, Cleveland set to add another chapter to the rivalry  HighSchoolOT

This Friday, another chapter in the rivalry between the Clayton Comets and Cleveland Rams will be written, and based off the past matchups the game will be ...

Johnston County man working to improve his life says he let down friends, family after arrest

"So many church people prayed for me and gave me an opportunity to prove myself. I feel like I let them down," the man said.

Johnston County mother shares lesson after man drives off with car with 2 kids still inside

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Johnston County mother says she's learned a life lesson after she watched a stranger get in her car and drive off with her two kids ...

‘You can rest’: Sister of Johnston County cold-case murder victim gets some closure

Rachel Wheeler still wants to know the motive behind her sister's murder.

Councilman Bob Satterfield  Town of Clayton

2045 Walden Way Clayton, NC 27527-9555 919-553-2273 (work) 919-422-3197 (cell) ...

Flipped tanker truck closes US 70 for 6 hours in Johnston County

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A crash involving a flipped tanker truck closed both directions of U.S. 70 southeast of Clayton in Johnston County for six hours Friday ...

Rodgers' goal propels Clayton to 1-0 win over Corinth Holders in UCB Cup Final  HighSchoolOT

Clayton avenged last years UCB Cup Final loss to Corinth Holders with a 1-0 win in extra time over the Pirates to claim the 2019 UCB Cup title on Monday night.

Woman says pipe flew through her windshield while driving on I-40 in Johnston County

Elizabeth Atkinson said she thought someone was shooting at them at first.

HSOT Honors: Here are the winners from Saturday's awards show  HighSchoolOT

Athletes, coaches, athletic directors, and teams from across Central and Eastern North Carolina gathered June 15 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing ...

911 call: Johnston County nurse ‘gushing blood’ after being attacked by patient

"We just had an assault on a nurse here and he is gushing blood," a 911 caller says.

Clayton Christmas Parade  Town of Clayton

Join us for the 2018 Clayton Christmas Parade - Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018! For info, go to, or call ...

NC high school football playoff pairings announced by NCHSAA

The North Carolina High School Athletic Associated announced the first-round matchups for high school football playoffs. The pairings also include first-round ...

Raleigh man charged with child sex crimes involving 6-year-old in Johnston County

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man is facing multiple child sex charges in connection with a case out of Johnston County that dates back to January, ...

ACLU questions legality of Johnston County deputies’ use of drone

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) – Johnston County Sheriff's deputies recently used a drone to gather evidence that led to a felony arrest – but at least one civil rights ...

Honor Roll: Clayton High School  News & Observer

Clayton High School has announced its Principal's List and Honor Roll for the third nine weeks of school.

Smithfield woman mourns dog shot and killed during Fourth of July break-in

Smithfield Police say someone shot the dog during a July 4th break-in at her home on Flowers street and left him dead on the kitchen floor.

Man charged after attacking Smithfield hospital worker with knife, police say

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A Johnston County hospital worker is recovering after suffering major injuries in a knife attack in a Smithfield hospital Saturday ...

Why this undefeated small-town football team has long been the center of its community  The News & Observer

The more Clayton changes, the more it stays the same. Johnston County's largest town has almost tripled in size since the turn of the century, but high school ...

NC State commit Savion Jackson had to grow up quickly for his family  HighSchoolOT

Before Savion Jackson became a four-star football player and a NC State commit, he was a son and brother helping his mother and siblings through an abusive ...

Neighbors stunned after dead woman found in Johnston County woods

CLEVELAND, N.C. (WNCN) — Johnston County deputies made a disturbing discovery Friday night when they found a woman's body in some woods.

NC, Triangle top high school football players  The Charlotte Observer

Here's a list of the top high school football players in the Triangle area of North Carolina from Friday, October 5, 2018.

I-95 reopened near exit 95 near Smithfield after crash causes closures

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – Highway patrol said Interstate 95 in Johnston County near Smithfield is reopened after a crash closed it earlier ...

Johnston County robbery suspect leads deputies on chase, is still at large

Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle near Johnston Health outside of Clayton. The chase ended in the area around US-70 and NC-42 when the suspects ...

Friends mourn Smithfield dad who died while swimming in Cape Fear River

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities Saturday identified a Smithfield man who died while swimming in the Cape Fear River in Harnett County Friday ...

Day care van driver dies in head-on crash near Clayton; other driver faces multiple charges

A woman driving a day care van with children aboard died in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon on Barber Mill Road south of Clayton in Johnston County, ...

Neighbor recounts events that led to Johnston County couple stealing deputy’s cruiser

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) – The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said a couple behind bars is accused of stealing a deputy's patrol car while he was responding to ...

Arrest made 5 months after man shot during armed robbery at Johnston Co. dealership

CLEVELAND, N.C. (WNCN) – An arrest has been made related to an armed robbery at a used car dealership in Johnston County last year. Johnston County ...

Ham radio operators spring into action when weather becomes dangerous

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – When the weather gets severe and power is down – sometimes the only information available is from amateur radio operators.

Dress code controversy at Clayton High School  WTVD-TV

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A mother said her daughter was in tears when she was sent home from Clayton High School for wearing an outfit deemed ...

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