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Third suspect sought in teen’s killing

CLAYTON — More than a week after a 15-year-old was fatally shot, sheriff’s deputies are still working to develop a third suspect in the case. Two teenagers face first-degree murder charges in …
Fire and rescue crews search the Cape Fear River for a Smithfield man who was reported missing while swimming with a group Friday evening.

Smithfield man drowns in river

ERWIN — A swim with friends turned into tragedy Friday evening when a man’s lifeless body was pulled from the Cape Fear River at Cape Fear River Park. Officials say 32-year-old Reginald …

Child porn convict receives 30-year sentence

A Benson man will spend 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge, federal prosecutors announced last week. U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced …
Johnston County sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Caldwell demonstrates how to stand when first responders arrive at a workplace targeted by an active shooter during a Thursday training session at Sleep Inn and Suites in Smithfield.

Sheriff’s captain offers active shooter safety tips for workers

SMITHFIELD — Some 25 people from area businesses and organizations took part in an active shooter training session co-sponsored by the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce and the Johnston County …
Johnston Community College President David Johnson discusses cultural changes affecting the school's future during a July 16 seminar led by Ricardo Gonzalez on respecting cultural differences and effective communication.

Leaders seek cultural awareness

SMITHFIELD — Author and motivational speaker Ricardo Gonzalez told a group of Johnston County leaders and educators, “We can’t lead people to the highest levels until we know them at their …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Rain ushers in a week of cooler weather

Showers and storms on Tuesday will usher in a cold front that will finally break the streak of hot, humid days with potentially dangerous heat indexes, Al Thomas says in this week's installment of …

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


Thomas L. Knapp

Power, not policy, drives our politics

Claiming to speak for “we the people,” the framers of the U.S. Constitution offered it as a tool to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the …

Steve and Belinda Kirk

Are we really making Jesus the Lord of our lives?

Over and over again, Jesus’ question played itself in my mind, and over and over again my response was the same — Ouch. “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things …

Top sports stories
East's Kaelin Sanderford (Corinth Holders) looks upfield as she dribbles during the July 16 NCCA East-West All-Star girls soccer match at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro.

Area girls soccer players help East to 3-2 win

BROWNS SUMMIT — In soccer, the box score can only tell so much, especially about those tasked with keeping away goals rather than scoring them. But among soccer talent headed for top …
Triggs to attend athletics leadership conference

Neuse Charter School senior Tylyia Triggs will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, from July 22-24 for the 2019 National Federation of State High School Associations National Student Leadership …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



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