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AdVemture Development president and founder Kevin Dougherty is pictured with his wife, author Hope Toler Dougherty.

$287M development to create 3,100 jobs

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 4 approved tax incentives for Eastfield, a $287.5 million mixed-use 353 acre development that is projected to create 3,100 jobs. The …
Johnston Regional Airport is in line for $3.8 million in grant funding to support Blue Line Aviation's $13 million headquarters, flight school and hangars at the facility.

State approves $3.8M for Johnston airport expansion

SMITHFIELD — State transportation officials have approved more than $3.8 million in state and federal funding to develop a site capable of hosting a fixed-base operator and maintenance facility at …
Johnston County Economic Development Director Chris Johnson said he's passionate about promoting Johnston County and recruiting new busnesses and industries.

Johnston’s passionate promoter: Economic developer works to court new business

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Economic Development Director Chris Johnson said he’s passionate about recruiting industry to Johnston County and sharing what this region has to offer. “I have …
Donnie Boyette is shown with his dog, Willie, sitting in the passenger seat of his airplane following a 2014 flight.

After surgery, canine copilot Willie on the mend

KENLY — Friends and fans of Willie, the 10-year-old Australian cattle dog owned by Donnie and Ellen Boyette of Kenly, have been encouraged to learn that Willie is home and recuperating from serious …
Tim Narron said the time has come for him to retire as Kenly parks and recreation director.

Narron retires as Kenly parks, rec director

KENLY — Following a 19-year career as director of parks and recreation, Tim Narron will be retiring in early March. “I am a very fortunate man,” said Narron. “My wife Kelly and I have been …
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 …

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Tim Narron said the time has come for him to retire as Kenly parks and recreation director.

Narron retires as Kenly parks, rec director

KENLY — Following a 19-year career as director of parks and recreation, Tim Narron will be retiring in early March. “I am a very fortunate man,” said Narron. “My wife Kelly and I have been …
WEATHERCAST

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold front brings rainy weekend, start to the workweek

A slowing cold front is expected to dump rain on the greater Wilson area Friday night through Tuesday, but rain chances and amounts can fluctuate based on the system's movement, Albert Thomas Jr. …

WILSON TIMES NEWS
Attempted murder charges filed in trooper’s shooting

The man accused of shooting a state trooper in Wilson County on Monday faces several new charges including attempted murder. On Thursday, additional charges were filed against 36-year-old John …

Hero’s homecoming greets injured trooper

Bill Ellis Barbecue closes its doors

State Civil War sites ditching Confederate gear

Science project focuses on cleaning Lucama’s water

THE ENTERPRISE NEWS
Bailey town administrator resigns

After an impromptu closed session during Monday’s Bailey Board of Commissioners meeting, officials announced that Town Administrator Timothy Johnson would resign his post effective 5 p.m. …

Spring Hope ready to grow

Government shutdown stalls Middlesex grant application

Nash sheriff's office promotes first woman to major

COLUMN

Ned Walsh

A perspective on public education

Having a spouse who spent 31 years in the arena of public education and two grandchildren in public education, I approach this subject with great respect and care. The more in-depth research I …

Keith Barnes

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

I don’t recall who said it, but last week during a local TV news segment, I heard a reporter use the term “good, brown fat” — an unusual combination of words for sure. I made note of it …

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New North Johnston head football coach Michael Barnett stands at the podium during the press conference announcing his hire Feb. 4 in Kenly. Barnett was hired Dec. 28 after former head coach Jon Riba resigned after the season.

Barnett takes reins at North Johnston football

KENLY — This time last year, Michael Barnett was applying to Goldsboro High, the school where his senior son played football. Barnett thought he would get the job. He didn’t. Barnett was …
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Lady Dogs lose battle of attrition to Rosewood

GOLDSBORO — With a starter injured, another dealing with heat exhaustion and two more dealing with foul trouble, the Princeton High varsity girls basketball team couldn’t recover from a …

OPINION
Triangle East name reflects focus on growth

Since 1970, the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has been a strong economic force with a big-picture outlook for Smithfield, Selma and their neighboring communities. During 2018, …

Trump’s foreign policy: Retreat and abdication

Thoughts on the cold weather

Nice guys and gals don’t finish last when it counts

What is a whirling dervish, anyway?

Dave DiFilippo cartoon

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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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