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Restraining order filed against state Senate hopeful

MIDDLESEX — A state Senate candidate says a restraining order his estranged wife filed against him means he’s just another unjustly accused male victim of the #MeToo movement. Retired Air …
Nate Clifton is pictured with his sister, Samantha, and mother, Susan, before the crash that left Nate paralyzed from the chest down.

Family expresses hope after crash paralyzes North Johnston junior

CLAYTON — His doctors at WakeMed think 17-year-old Nate Clifton will never walk again. His family thinks otherwise. “We do not believe that,” said his big sister, Samantha …

Police arrest prowler suspect

CLAYTON — Police have arrested an 18-year-old after sightings of a pantless prower in the Riverwood neighborhood. Carlos Antonio Soto of Bobby Ray Court in Clayton faces one count of indecent …

Causby resigns, citing board interference

SMITHFIELD — Jim Causby says he resigned as Johnston’s interim superintendent because he did not have the support of all school board members. “I believe that there are members of the board …

Another debate, but no consensus on trash decal

SMITHFIELD — Once again last week, county commissioners debated whether or how to spare Johnstonians the annoying burden of having to buy a decal to use Johnston’s solid-waste convenience …
Firefighters were able to contain the damage to this house on Keen Street in Four Oaks.

Fire in Four Oaks displaces police officer’s family

FOUR OAKS — A fire on Jan. 6 has temporarily forced the family of a Pine Level police officer out of their century-old Four Oaks home. Officer Matt Cuddington and his wife, Samantha, had only …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold front brings chilly days, subfreezing nights

Winter hasn't bypassed The Wilson Times' area after all. A large dip in the jet stream well south and east of its recent pattern will push through a cold front late Saturday and bring much colder …

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


Cartoon by Dave DiFilippo

Virginia backlash shows gun control deeply unpopular

Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring …

Keith Barnes

Now where did that notebook go?

Regardless of age or attention span, we all lose or misplace things, some of us more often than others. I lose things almost daily, like my glasses, cellphone, wallet, car keys and pens, and I …

Top sports stories
North Johnston senior wrestler Justin Richardson works to pin Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove during a quint hosted by the Cougars on Nov. 20 in Smithfield. Richardson moved into the 100-win club on Saturday, becoming the first Panther since 2013 to achieve the total.

NJ’s Richardson ‘in his own world’ on mat

KENLY — When North Johnston senior Justin Richardson gets on the wrestling mat, it’s as if he’s suddenly in his own world. Those words, which come directly from head coach Jeff …
Rams get back on track with win over SSS

CLAYTON — The Cleveland boys basketball team ended what had been a losing skid with a 70-54 win over Smithfield-Selma, while the Spartans continued to slid deeper into 3-A Greater Neuse River …

In blaming media, Sutton went too far

Years ago, in a piece for another newspaper, I encouraged the Johnston County Board of Education to pick Todd Sutton for the vacancy created when Larry Strickland won election to the N.C. House of …

Some reading jewels from 1922

Jesus knows that we need him

A proposal for impeachment trials

Christmas afterthoughts and leftovers

A model for Johnston Republicans

No wonder English is hard to learn

Symbols of heritage or shame?

It’s good to be working at this newspaper

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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