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Lisa Smith, a teacher at Adventures Under the Sun in Four Oaks, holds 11-month-old Annlee Warwick. Johnston County leaders visited three child care facilities on Thursday during a Think Babies bus tour.

Child care needs examined

SMITHFIELD — Public officials and educational and business leaders learned about child care availability, cost and quality during a Thursday bus tour of Johnston County child care facilities. …
Selma Lions Club member Dicky Parrish reports at the March 12 Johnston County school board meeting on the county Lions clubs' new school vision screening program that uses a new Spot Vision Screener, enabling Lions members to test 150 students per hour.

Lions clubs provide student vision screenings

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Lions clubs are screening vision with technology that tests 150 students ‘ vision per hour. Dr. Dicky Parrish, a retired Selma dentist and former chairman of the …
Josh Phillips, left, and April Phillips, standing, explain to daughters Riley, 4, left, and Kamryn, 6, how tobacco seeds are planted in the greenhouse.

Sonlight Farms to expand offerings this year

KENLY — Although much has occurred at Sonlight Farms since the local husband-wife farming team of Josh and April Phillips created the Christian-based, family-operated agricultural park near Kenly …
Hundreds of cars are seen on the property at Manheim North Carolina that have either already been sold at auction, are waiting to be sold or belong to dealers there to purchase them. Bagley Road intersects the property running from upper left to lower right.

Manheim auto auction a major player in Kenly

KENLY — The Manheim North Carolina auto auction on Bagley Road in Kenly has been chosen as the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Month for March. “Manheim North Carolina was …
Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore, third from left, presents a proclamation honoring the American Legion on its 100th anniversary. Smithfield Post Commander Michael Schall accepted it on behalf of Post 132 members during the post's Thursday meeting.

Smithfield salutes American Legion on anniversary

SMITHFIELD — Mayor Andy Moore signed a proclamation honoring the American Legion’s 100th anniversary and recognizing March 15-17 as American Legion Week in the town of Smithfield. Moore …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: A gradual warmup under shower-free skies in store this week

A dry week that begins on the chilly side should gradually warm up, with a nearly 20-degree temperature shift between Tuesday and Saturday, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this week's installment of …

County panel: Build new animal shelter ‘as quick as we can’

County commissioners want to expedite plans to build a new animal shelter that would more than triple the current shelter’s capacity for stray dogs and cats. On Tuesday, the county’s Animal …

Atlantic Coast Pipeline developer to launch Supreme Court appeal

Hemp risk and reward: Regional meeting shows high interest in newly legal crop

New eatery combines barbecue styles, flavors

Wreck victim identified as Wilson County man

‘Education is the key’: School unlocked future for 3 decades of black children

Vashti Perry, the daughter of a former slave, went to school, completed high school and began a legacy of education in her family that now includes three generations of college graduates. Perry …

Spring Hope museum celebrates local sports

Spring Hope to consider electronic gaming center

Embers to headline 2019 pumpkin festival


Keith Barnes

Some childhood warnings were overblown

Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in …

Paul Evans

Four agreements for happiness

In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. …

Top sports stories
Princeton's Lamarr Wilkens (3) shoots the ball in Thursday's second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs against John A. Holmes, which the Bulldogs lost 56-51. Wilkens had a team-high 13 points.

Bulldogs lose a heartbreaker to end historic season

PRINCETON — One of the best seasons in Princeton High boys basketball history came to a disappointingly early end Thursday with a 56-51 loss at home to John A. Holmes of Edenton in the second round …
Corinth Holders takes advantage of tired Fike

WILSON — The Fike High girls soccer team’s fifth game in seven days caught up with the Lady Demons on. March 13 in the second half of its true home opener against Corinth Holders. After being …

Four agreements for happiness

In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. …

Growing old...gracefully?

Health crisis: Inequality in dental care

‘Dead men tell no tales?’ Don’t be so sure

Believers remain fresh, flourishing as we age

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community calendar for the week of February 11

SELMA — Selma Original Free Will Baptist Church, 604 N. Pollock St., will have the Powell family in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. College trustees’ committee to meet SMITHFIELD — …

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