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Deputies: Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing wife in chest
GOLDSBORO — A rural Wayne County man faces an attempted murder charge after sheriff's deputies say he stabbed his wife in the … Read More
Deputies seek missing Johnston County woman
KENLY — Authorities are searching for a 71-year-old woman reported missing from her rural Johnston County home. The Johnston … Read More
Officials: Take precautions to avoid polio-like virus
SMITHFIELD — Acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like virus that has paralyzed hundreds of children across the country … Read More

Thousands attend Christmas fest

Crowds watch one of the many stage performances during Kenly's Christmas on Main festival Saturday.
KENLY — With the weather fully cooperating and people seeming to be in the holiday spirit, thousands of visitors gathered on Saturday for the second edition of Christmas on Main. Event organizers …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Winter storm packs a wallop, but snow not likely to accumulate here

If wind chill figures were air temperatures, Albert Thomas Jr. says, the greater Wilson area would be a winter wonderland come Sunday. With feels-like readings in the teens and 20s but actual …

Road warriors wanted: Driving school touts miles of opportunity for new truckers

There are more than 50,000 truckers needed across the nation. A2Z Trucking Academy on U.S. 301 is trying to fill those positions one by one. “I got into the instruction side of trucking a …

Wilson man received note from George Bush

Elm City Middle PTO plans silent auction

WCC provides green light for traffic signal jobs

County board honors deputy for bike donation

Nash County commissioners unanimously voted to re-elect Robbie Davis as chairman and Wayne Outlaw as vice chairman on Monday. There was no apparent competition or dissension in giving the two …

Can't rain out Bailey's Christmas parade

Spring Hope appoints new planning board

Nash Community College instructor trains teachers in Zambia


Keith Barnes

Laughter the best medicine at Christmastime

It’s almost Christmastime and that means, among other things, a break from school, time off from work, giving and receiving gifts, eating lots of goodies and fellowship with friends and …

Keith Barnes

Now a fast-food staple, the spork is 144 years old

With Thanksgiving already gone and Christmas still several weeks away, maybe this would be a good time for us to discuss, analyze and learn more about an item called a spork. Spork, is that really …

Top sports stories
Corinth Holders hosted rival Cleveland Tuesday night. The Pirates came out with wins in both varsity games. Kai Jones | The Johnstonian

PHOTOS: Corinth Holders vs. Cleveland basketball

Smithfield-Selma senior guard Anthony Council surveys the floor against Beddingfield's Avery Huggins (0) and Jalil Hutcherson (3) during Thursday's game in Smithfield. The senior point guard finished with 39 points.

SSS guard Council’s big night sinks Bruins, 69-58

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High senior point guard Anthony Council had 36 …
Second-quarter foul trouble dooms Lady Bruins at SSS, 45-26

SMITHFIELD — A 3-point second quarter from the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team gave Smithfield-Selma an insurmountable lead, which led to a 45-26 win for the Lady Spartans on …

In America, you can get there from here

A man who got lost on some back roads asked a local resident how to get to a particular location. “Well, you go a mile down this road,” the man responded, “take a right at the first paved …

Christians and the new golden calf

Let God’s Word shine a light

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

When truth dies, authoritarianism can rise

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of December 5, 2018

SMITHFIELD — The N.C. State University Extension Service will hold a Tobacco Day seminar for all tobacco growers and industry personnel from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at the …