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Johnston County Public Schools faces $10 million shortfall

SMITHFIELD — Interim Superintendent Jim Causby told school board members Oct. 8 that Johnston County Public Schools needs $10 million to get through the 2019-20 school year. Board member Todd …

Ex-pastor faces more child sex offense charges

SMITHFIELD — A former Johnston County pastor faces additional sex charges and the possibility of life in prison if he’s convicted of statutory rape. Steve Morris, 61, was pastor of Oliver’s …
Wilson Glass and Mirror employees Cameron Wooten, left, and Dustin Mooring install insulated glass windows into the Kenly Parks and Recreation Center building that's being transformed into a senior center.

New senior center planned

KENLY — The brick building beside Kenly Parks and Recreation offices that was previously used both as an agriculture building and a storage area for Kenly Area Ministries is being transformed into …
The brick courtyard in front of the new Selma Civic Center contains commemorative bricks sold for $100 each with funds used to help pay for the facility.

Selma Civic Center resumes commemorative brick sales

SELMA — Supporters can once again purchase engraved bricks for the new Selma Civic Center’s courtyard, town Councilwoman Ann Williams announced last week. Following regularly scheduled …

School board delays vote on comment rules

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education tabled a vote on its new public comment policy last week as it invites community members to weigh in. The current rules for people addressing …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold fronts to bring showers, possible thunderstorms

After a couple weeks of dry cold fronts and mild temperatures, the greater Wilson area is in for some rain and a taste of more fall-like weather in the days ahead, Al Thomas explains in this weekend …

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

Extinction is a natural phenomenon

Although I seldom have time to watch TV interviews on the morning news while I’m getting ready for work, last week I overheard a guest who sounded as if he was blaming those he thought responsible …

Thomas L. Knapp

Focus on climate claims, not Thunburg

What is Greta Thunberg’s superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average 16-year-old doesn’t start successful global activist movements, address UN Climate Action Summits and have …

Top sports stories
Smithfield-Selma forward Marvin Barrios connects on a penalty kick that becomes the Spartans first goal in a 5-2 loss to Clayton on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at home. Barrios' goal started a brief run back into the game before the Comets took control again.

Clayton loosens grip before closing the door on Smithfield-Selma

SMITHFIELD — The Clayton High varsity boys soccer team took a healthy 3-0 lead into the half Wednesday night at Smithfield-Selma, but barely three minutes into the second half the Comets …
Panthers fall in first round

CLINTON — Tasked with dueling against Clinton High in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Dual Team Tennis Championship, the North Johnston girls tennis team …

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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