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County board pushing for economic growth

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County must continue its focus on economic development. Ted Godwin, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, issued that challenge during his State of the …
State Sen. Brent Jackson, left, listens as House Majority Leader John Bell announces that the town of Princeton will receive a $100,000 economic development grant during town commissioners' Jan. 7 meeting.

Princeton receives $100K development grant

PRINCETON — The town of Princeton was awarded a $100,000 state downtown development grant. State Sen. Brent Jackson and Rep. John Bell made the announcement at the Jan. 7 Princeton board of …

Trooper’s shooting sparks manhunt; suspect captured in woods

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers confer along Sharon Acres Road near Elm City after a fellow trooper was shot Monday in Wilson County.
ELM CITY — A third-generation state trooper was shot during a Monday afternoon traffic stop, drawing sheriff’s deputies, police and troopers to the scene in a manhunt …
Moore remembered as ‘stalwart supporter’ for Selma

SELMA — Joseph A. “Joe” Moore, former mayor, town councilman, fire chief, civic leader and owner of Selma IGA died on Dec. 31, only one week after celebrating his 83rd birthday. Moore also …


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: A mild week, then brace for the deep freeze

Mild temperatures this week are likely to give way to a deep freeze as cold Canadian air dips into the continental United States over the weekend, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this week's …

Data could show drop in opioid deaths

State officials say North Carolina saw an increase in unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 compared to the previous year. And it was due to the increase of potent illicit drugs …

Shutdown could hamper Wilson DSS programs

Wilson crop income charts $30 million decline

Lucama accepts state water grant

Medical spa sets up shop in Wilson plaza

Nash sheriff's office promotes first woman to major

The Nash County Sheriff's Office has promoted its first woman to the rank of major in the agency's history. Miste Strickland, who has been with the sheriff's office since …

Shuttered charter school teachers may not be paid

Spring Hope approves sidewalk expansion

Auditor notes ‘good numbers’ in Nash County finances


Ray Hodge

Carolina confusion: Far-flung cities, counties share names

North Carolina has 100 counties, and for me it is good mental exercise to try to name them. There are as many as six states with more than 100 countwies. Texas has the most, with 254, Georgia has …

Ned Walsh

The border crisis: Fact or fiction?

Anyone reading this column who is not aware of the ongoing political boondoggle issue of Trump’s demand for a border wall must have just come out of a long coma. Even prior to our president’s …

Top sports stories
Smithfield-Selma senior point guard Anthony Council was honored before the Spartans’ 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference home matchup with West Johnston on Friday night for scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 13. After getting the game ball from head coach Matt Cuddington,  Council scored a career-high 51 in the Spartans’ 73-55 win over the Wildcats.

Council's 51 lifts SSS over West Johnston | 252-265-7824 | Twitter: @MMJKaiJones SMITHFIELD - Smithfield-Selma High's senior point guard Anthony Council scored a career-high 51 points Friday to give his varsity boys …
Corinth Holders places 6th at Jolly Roger Invite

WENDELL — Four Johnston County wrestling teams made their way to Wendell for one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the state: the seventh annual Jolly Roger Invitational with the host team …

Lots of birds and a beautiful sunset

Shortly after arriving at my workplace at the Johnstonian News in Kenly on Friday morning, I received a phone call from fellow photojournalist Drew C. Wilson of The Wilson Times. Although Drew and …

God’s limitless power inspires fear, awe

Having fun while grocery shopping

Government by chaos and tweets

Christ’s presence lingers long after Christmas

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of January 9, 2019

SMITHFIELD — The N.C. Cooperative Extension in Johnston County will host a tobacco production and good agricultural practices recertification meeting on Friday, Jan. 11, beginning with registration …