Serving Kenly, Selma, Smithfield, Princeton & Pine Level since 1973
Local News
Clayton High School parent Leigh Narron, left, speaks with Johnston County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jim Causby after a parents' meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the school's media center.

6 of 13 Clayton High students credited with graduation

CLAYTON — Interim Superintendent Jim Causby said Tuesday that six of 13 Clayton High seniors who school leaders said should not have graduated have now met state graduation …

Schools consider comment rule change

SMITHFIELD­ — A revised public comment policy that would still restrict the topics speakers can address received its first reading at the Johnston County Board of Education’s Sept. 10 …
Members of the Golden Girls, from left; Mary Braswell, Judy Wiggs, Barbetta Hester and Nancy White perform “Mister Sandman” prior to Friday's reception at the new Selma Civic Center.

New civic center unveiled

SELMA— During an open house and reception held in their honor on Friday, donors and invited guests were given an opportunity to see firsthand what’s been going on for the past 3 ½ years with the …

Kenly residents: Can we afford new civic center?

KENLY — An overflow crowd of more than 40 people met during a special town meeting Sept. 11 to gather public input on the Kenly Community Center site’s future use. The building is located on …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Warm temps usher in official start of autumn

Above-average temperatures and low humidity will mark eastern North Carolina's transition from summer to fall on Monday, Al Thomas explains in this weekend's installment of The Wilson Times …

RELEASED: After 43 years, Charles Ray Finch a free man

Charles Ray Finch never gave up. Instead, he fought for more than 43 years to gain his freedom. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Finch’s release. In January, the U.S. 4th Circuit of …

WhirliDogs to serve opportunity: Workers with disabilities will learn, make hot dogs

Court upholds Parks’ 2017 murder conviction

Animal shelter fails state inspection

Wilson man burns hands in tractor fire

Nash man charged in aunt’s murder

A Nash County man is accused of killing his aunt, a Raleigh resident reported missing whose body was found in a shallow grave last week. Cleavon Royster Williams, 44, of the 4200 block of Biltmore …

$95M Nash budget to keep tax rate flat

48 earn degrees from Nash-Rocky Mount Early College

Family continues tradition of placing Memorial Day flags


Keith Barnes

I-95 follows well-worn paths

If you watched any TV weather reports over the past couple of weeks — and who didn’t? — you no doubt heard the term “I-95 corridor” being used, abused and tossed about by every reporter and …

Thomas L. Knapp

Presidents have too much power

“Imagine what would be possible right now with ideas that are bold enough to meet the challenges of our time, but big enough, as well, that they could unify the American people [like the 9/11 …

Top sports stories
Corinth Holders quarterback Matt Cozart hands the ball off to Jadyn Parker-Leslie during the first half of a 50-0 win over Smithfield-Selma on Sept. 20. In that first half, the Pirates scored 43 points.

Pirates pound Smithfield-Selma, 50-0

SMITHFIELD — Scoring seven touchdowns and holding an opponent scoreless tends to yield a lot of smiles. After taking a 43-point lead into halftime, the Corinth Holders sideline was giddy …
C.B. Aycock wins shootout with North Johnston

PIKEVILLE — Despite falling in an eventual 34-24 decision, North Johnston varsity football head coach Michael Barnett was pleased with the effort he saw from his Panthers against C.B. Aycock on …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar: Church plans yard sale fundraiser

Church plans yard sale fundraiser FOUR OAKS — Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96 S., will hold a yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to benefit its youth fund. Free breakfast will be available while …

From the pages of your Johnstonian News