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Those taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Micro utility business center include, from left; Rodney Tart of Green Engineering of Wilson, Adam Caldwell of Sen. Thom Tillis' office, Johnston County Commissioner Patrick Harris, Micro Town Clerk Lisa Holland, Judy Hunt of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Micro Mayor Jay Warren, Micro Commissioner Jay Langston, Micro Commissioner Russell Creech and Micro Public Works Director Johnny Dixon.

Micro water, sewer gets boost without tax hike

MICRO — Thanks to a $785,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development grant coupled with town officials adjusting out-of-town water rates, the town of Micro is building a new utility …
Attorney John Whitley explains to the Smithfield Town Council why his request to rezone property for a law office at the corner of South Third and Waddell streets should be approved.

Objection overruled: Law office rezoning approved

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Town Council approved a rezoning request for a law office despite concerns raised by the town’s planning department. Attorney John Whitley asked to rezone a parcel …

Classes canceled for teacher rally

Teachers carry signs during the March for Students and Rally for Respect on Raleigh's Bicentennial Plaza on May 16, 2018.
SMITHFIELD — Joining school districts from across the state, Johnston County Public Schools has canceled classes May 1 as teachers take their concerns to the state capital. Officials said 505 …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Warm temps, plenty of sunshine in store this week

Temperatures will be at or above the seasonal average of 75 degrees in the Wilson area this week with plenty of sunshine, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this week's installment of The Wilson Times …

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

Why is property crime such big business?

There seems to be a lot more stealing going on today that we had just a few short years ago. I’m not sure why that it is or when and how this all changed, but boy, did it ever. I checked some …

Ned Walsh

Trump’s 2nd wall: Immigration backlog

Remember those “pop quizzes” in high school and college classes? I do! They always put the fear of the divine in me if I had not done my homework reading assignment. Well, here is a pop quiz …

Top sports stories
North Carolina State's Eric Lockett, left, throws a lob to Torin Dorn as Princeton's Zach Garris (32) looks on in the Deacon Jones Gymnasium during the third stop of the 41st annual ACC Barnstorming Tour April 15 at Princeton High.

ACC Barnstorming Tour gives fans, players a night to remember

PRINCETON — A crowd of more than 1,500 eager spectators packed into Deacon Jones Gymnasium at Princeton High on April 15 to see some of the best senior basketball players from Johnston County take …
Walston-Lucas win doubles crown

KENLY — From the No. 3 seed, the team of juniors Graham Walston-Carsse Lucas prevailed in an all-North Johnston High doubles final last Wednesday at the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys tennis …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of April 17, 2019

Church to host Easter egg hunt KENLY — The Highest Praise Ministries Worship Center, 201 N. Gardner Ave., will have a fun day and Easter egg hunt from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Sunrise service, egg hunt …

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