News Flash


Posted on: March 13, 2020



As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation here in Benson and the surrounding areas, the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff remains a top priority. 

Due to the increased risk of coming in contact with and spreading the virus in large social gatherings and frequented public places, we have decided to cancel or postpone all town events and town-hosted events for 30 days — effective after 5pm today (3-13-20). 

To clarify, Benson Town Hall will remain open during normal hours (8:30am-5pm), while all after-hours events at Parks & Recreation, WJ Barefoot Auditorium, Lee Street Gymnasium, Town Hall Conference Center facilities, and Singing Grove will be postponed or canceled for 30 days beginning at 5pm today (3-13-20). 

Benson Parks & Recreation will operate daily on reduced hours — opening at 8am and closing at 5pm for the next 30 days with no access public access to the building. The Benson Museum will be completely closed for the next 30 days. The Benson Library is currently closed for renovations — the reopening of the library, originally planned for later this month, will now be rescheduled to a future date. Those with books or items to return to the library are asked to wait until the library is reopened to do so (fees will not accrue during this 30-day closure period).

Over the course of the next 30 days, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation locally and adjust this closure plan as needed.

COVID-19 Resources:

Currently, 911 centers across the state are being inundated with calls about symptoms and other COVID-19-related questions. Officials are urging people to use this COVID-19 Information call-in line setup by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) — 866-462-3821. 

The best source for up-to-date Johnston County COVID-19 is the Johnston County Facebook page

The best sources for state and global COVID-19 information are:

Coronavirus Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

World Health Organization (WHO)

Printable COVID-19 Factsheets can be viewed here:

General Info:


Preventive Actions: