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A 10-year-old girl was hospitalized after a three-car crash on N.C. 242 near Benson last Wednesday. Her mother and brother were injured and sent to WakeMed for treatment.

Benson girl, 10, on breathing tube after Wednesday crash

BENSON — A 10-year-old girl remained sedated and on a breathing tube Friday after she was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a three-car crash late last Wednesday near …
Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Ross Renfrow asks county commissioners for $1.5 million to cover year-end expenses and $7.2 million to be added to the $66 million the county has allocated to the school system in its 2019-20 budget.

Schools, college seek $9.2M budget boost

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Public Schools and Johnston Community College have requested $9.2 million in additional funds from the county’s 2019-20 budget. The county’s proposed budget has …
Children enjoy ice cream at a recent food truck rodeo in Selma. The Smithfield Town Council is considering a zoning amendment to increase the number of food trucks in town.

Smithfield may expand zoning for food trucks

SMITHFIELD — Town council members on June 4 tabled a recommendation from the planning department that it revise the town’s ordinance regarding food trucks. Food trucks are currently only …

Avery named North Johnston High principal

KENLY —The Johnston County Board of Education has named Tol Avery as principal at North Johnston High School. Avery comes to North Johnston following three years as principal at Four Oaks …
Classic Ford and Johnston County have signed an agreement regarding the dealership's use of Shelter Way as a secondary entrance. The dealership's new building located at 1324 N. Brightleaf Blvd. A moving date hasn't been announced. Steve Reed | Johnstonian News

Classic Ford, county strike deal on road access

SMITHFIELD — Classic Ford of Smithfield built a new dealership 1324 N. Brightleaf Blvd. The Smithfield Town Council approved the construction permit in March 2017. Classic Ford is currently located …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Pleasant weekend, return to average summer temps

After a near-perfect weekend in the greater Wilson area, expect a return to typical summer heat and humidity to start the workweek, Al Thomas Jr. advises in the latest 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


Thomas L. Knapp

Donor refund shows need for budget cut

Last year, Florida attorney and philanthropist Hugh Culverhouse Jr. donated $26.5 million to the University of Alabama. The university, grateful for its largest private contribution ever, …

Ned Walsh

Realtors seek reform on private roads

Information, knowledge and facts are powerful tools for making changes in our society that often benefit those who feel voiceless, ignored or disenfranchised by the established powers that govern our …

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Princeton sophomore Gracelyn Massey throws a pitch in game 2 of the NCHSAA 1-A East finals against Camden County on May 23.

Lady Bulldogs swept by Camden County in 1-A East finals

PRINCETON — A disastrous turn of events in the seventh inning ended the season of the Princeton High varsity softball team in game 2 of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A …
North Johnston sweeps EPC’s top honors on the diamond

A sweep of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year honors headlined the end-of-season accolades for the North Johnston High softball and baseball teams after a pair of deep runs into the …

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Community calendar: Three Little Pigs Triathlon planned

Three Little Pigs Triathlon planned SMITHFIELD — The Three Little Pigs Triathlon, sponsored by Sysco, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. Arts …

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