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Chris Flippo, one of a handful of certified hemp growers in Wilson County, walks through a greenhouse willed with young hemp seedlings.

Hemp to sprout in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD — Town leaders have given the green light to Smithfield’s first hemp greenhouse. The Smithfield Town Council on Aug. 13 granted Frank Lee’s application for a special-use permit to …

Community mourns Clayton auto dealer Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews, 59, owner of Matthews Motors in Clayton, Goldsboro and Wilmington, died Aug. 13 at a home in Carolina Beach. Known in television commercials as “The Walkin’ Man’s Friend,” …

Clayton principal appeals transfer

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten said Friday the school board has instructed administrators to expedite former Clayton High School Principal Bennett Jones’ …
Robert O'Neal of the Johnston County Education Summit speaks during an Aug. 13 news conference at St. Peter's Church of Christ in Smithfield.

Group protests schools’ comment rules

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Education Summit held an Aug. 13 press conference to discuss its efforts to end what the group calls Johnston County Public Schools’ marginalization of African …

Johnston ranks 3rd for visitor spending growth

SMITHFIELD — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that domestic visitors to Johnston County spent an average of $256.02 per person in 2018, an increase of 7.1% from 2017 data. These findings are …

Trust the Savior to protect you through all of life’s storms

Quality time, not elaborate plans, makes anniversary special

Rolling Stones still command top dollar

Benson road to reopen before Mule Days

Johnston Community College’s ‘Chef Judy’ appears on Food Network

Pine Level orders new garbage truck

Anglers Marine names store manager

School locker lore rattles our memory, characterizes our past

Website gives Johnston Community College high marks

Wayne Community College to host Nissan training academy

Deputies: Aycock High teacher had relationship with student

Pine Level honors McLean with sidewalk dedication

Backpacks distributed at Kenly back-to-school bash

Local history books donated to tobacco museum

Community Calendar: Vendors sought for craft sale benefit

Retired educator: Prioritize student diversity

Weathercast: Rain chances climb heading into workweek

Deputies: C.B. Aycock High School teacher had relationship with student

Weathercast: Cold front brings chance of severe thunderstorms

Man charged with killing roommate

Summer outreach tradition continues in Benson

Hospitals force Folwell to back off State Health Plan reforms

Developments bringing 1,000 new homes to Zebulon

Community Calendar

Shooting response plans in place

Benson Mule Days to celebrate 70 years

Squirrel mascot reminds Johnston to be prepared

Kenly Kiwanians cancel popular pancake supper

Johnston Health’s CEO to retire at year’s end

College honors GED, adult high school grads

Taking a whack at solving the world’s pressing problems

Chandra Farmer leads county utilities department

God speaks to us in our times of need, worry

County school buses ready to roll

Orientation class shows new teachers the ropes

Grand jury indicts ex-pastor on sex charges

Johnston County man charged with killing roommate


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Rain chances climb heading into workweek

Temperatures should be stable this weekend, but cloud cover and rain chances could fluctuate wildly as the workweek begins, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The Wilson Times Weathercast …

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


Ned Walsh

America’s idolatry of firearms

I grew up in what many would call a sportsman’s paradise, the Ozarks of Missouri. Deer hunters from the big cities would fill the motels in the small river town of Van Buren. During quail hunting …

Ned Walsh

God’s not absent, but we too often are

God, where are you? The place was the terrace surrounding the North Carolina legislative building. The event, a sleep-out demonstration for the issue of the homeless in our state. The hour, 2 …

Top sports stories
North Johnston inside linebacker Randy Locklear wraps up Goldsboro High quarterback Deontay Hooker at the Muddy Water Classic hosted by Smithfield-Selma Aug. 14.

Friday night is football night

The opening week of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football season kicks off Friday night. Here’s a breakdown of season-opening matchups for Johnstonian News readership …
Battle for Neuse River Cup begins Monday

CLAYTON — The 2019 Neuse River Cup, hosted by the Neuse River Futbol Alliance, is set to be played over four days from Aug. 19-26 at East Clayton Community Park. The nine high schools …

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 …

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