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Johnston County Sheriff's Office vehicles are shown at the scene of an apparent murder-suicide near Pine Level.

Johnston deputies investigate apparent murder-suicide

PINE LEVEL — The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide after two people were found dead inside a home Monday night. Around 7:15 p.m., officers were …
AdVenture Development founder and President Kevin Dougherty addresses the Selma Town Council during a Feb. 12 public hearing for the Eastfield development's annexation into town limits. The town board unanimously agreed to annex the site for the $287 million mixed-use project estimated to create 3,100 new jobs.

Selma annexes $287M Eastfield site

SELMA — Mayor Cheryl Oliver called the town’s annexation of the Eastfield development a “game-changer “ for the town. “The Eastfield development is a game-changer for Selma, Johnston …
Shown conducting business by cellphone light at Micro's Feb. 12 town board meeting after the power went out are, from left, Commissioners Kevin Worley and Jay Langston, Mayor Jay Warren, Town Clerk Lisa Holland and Commissioner Russell Creech.

Town board addresses police chief’s departure

MICRO — A standing-room-only crowd of more than 30 people attended the town board’s Feb. 12 meeting to express concern about former Police Chief Donna Greene’s resignation in a dispute over …
Johnston County Heritage Center employee Lucy P. Washington examines an accounting journal from 19th-century Smithfield resident Seth Woodall that included entries about her grandfather Sam Penny, a former slave, who did odd jobs for Woodall and was paid 10 cents a day.

Exhibit examines life after slavery

SMITHFIELD — “Building the Black Community 1865-1900” covers a period of black history that Johnston County Heritage Center Executive Director Todd Johnson said has been largely …

Selma town manager departs

Selma Town Manager Elton Daniels, right, was honored at his last Selma Town Council meeting on Feb. 12. Daniels is leaving to become the city of Rocky Mount's parks and recreation director. Pictured …
Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver, left, congratulates town Human Resources Director Susan Sult, who retires March 1. Sult was honored during the Feb. 12 Selma Town Council meeting.

Selma human resources director to retire

SELMA — The town of Selma honored retiring Human Resources Director Susan Sult at the Feb. 12 town council meeting. Sult has worked for Selma for more than six years. A Selma native, Sult …
Active shooter, self-defense training planned

SMITHFIELD — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office are hosting active shooter and self-defense training from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the First …


North Johnston inducts 39 into National Honor Society

New inductees in North Johnston High School's National Honor Society chapter include, in the front row from left; Cami Crocker, Brooke Evans, Hailey Nichols,  Laura Parker,  Emma Hodge,  Daisy Barcenas Alvarado and Brittney Acevedo. In the second row from left are Lucas Stanley, Jonathan Resendiz-Munoz, Anna Pollock, Victor Ibarra–Mendoza, Kaitlyn Kerr, Angelica Valdivia-Avila, Kadence Overby, Madison Barbour and Elizabeth Wheeler. In the third row from left are Alex Logan, Kyla Winborne, Abby Delbridge, Joshua Johnson, Meredith Godwin, Taylor Jones, Daniela Gonzalez–Gonzalez, Madison Daughtry and Maci Davis. In the back row are Jordan Johnson, Camden Mooring, Seth Coats, Gabe Coats,  Nawara Pongsri, Riley Nicol, Emma Scott, Joshua Carter, Garrett Brown, Logan Taylor and Erica Gil–Ortiz. Not pictured are Sarah Batten, Hannah Dowling and Seham Salah.
KENLY — North Johnston High School inducted 39 of its students into the National Honor Society during a Feb. 7 ceremony in the school auditorium. President Kailey Rea emceed the event, gave a …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Rainy February continues with cloudbursts this week

The pattern of cloudy skies and mostly chilly temperatures is expected to persist this week as each day holds a substantial chance of rain Tuesday through Saturday. Showers are expected Tuesday …

Agencies struggle to recruit volunteer firefighters

Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department recently participated in a federally-funded public service announcement designed to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters as departments struggle to maintain …

$20M building sought for Wilson Academy of Applied Technology

Fire destroys K-9 officer’s home

Hotel tax revenues show Wilson County’s tourism growth

Soil tilled for family’s new home, fresh start

Nash County traffic stop leads to heroin seizure

Two people face heroin trafficking charges in a multi-agency drug operation that started with a traffic stop near Middlesex. Farlyn Andres Suarez De Jesus, 26, and Katherine Polanco, 27, both of …

‘A ministry of presence’: Hospital chaplain racks up 515 days in volunteer hours

Police: Felon caught with drugs, guns

8 Louisburg players advance to 4-year schools


Ned Walsh

The religious right’s roots and origins

I’m fascinated by the current impact of the evangelicals and the religious right on the political scene in our nation. Being one who believes history tells that story and how such came to be, I dug …

Keith Barnes

The impact of Greg Fishel’s resignation

When it was announced last Wednesday that Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist since 1989 at WRAL-TV Channel 5 in Raleigh had resigned, it reminded me of what it felt like right after President John F. …

Top sports stories
Neuse Charter senior Isaiah Deck works to escape from East Surry’s Joseph Becker in the 1-A 170-pound consolation final Saturday at the NCHSAA tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Deck won a 14-4 major decision to finish third in the weight class.

Cougars’ Deck, Pirates’ Doss finish 3rd at state tourney

GREENSBORO — Neuse Charter senior Isaiah Deck and Corinth Holders sophomore Andrew Doss each capped his wrestling season by finishing third in their respective weight classes at the North Carolina …
Princeton clinches conference crown

PRINCETON — With the game seemingly in hand, 61-50, the Princeton High girls varsity basketball team seemed to be well on their way to clinching the 1-A Carolina Conference championship against …

Free will offers choice to obey or rebel

They didn’t have a choice. We read in I Samuel about how God allowed the Philistines to capture the Israelites’ most important possession — the Ark of the Covenant. However, after seven …

A perspective on public education

‘Good, brown fat’ and the battle of the bulge

Triangle East name reflects focus on growth

Trump’s foreign policy: Retreat and abdication

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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