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Rape convict accused of killing missing Johnston County woman

A Johnston County Sheriff's Office investigator spreads crime scene tape in the backyard of a Harper Street home in Wilson on Thursday morning. Authorities say the body of a missing 71-year-old woman was discovered there in a shallow grave.
Investigators believe they found the body of a missing Johnston County woman in a shallow grave Thursday behind a home in Wilson — a day after they charged a convicted rapist in the woman’s …
Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore has served three years as the town's chief executive and 16 years as a town council member.

Mayor: Smithfield poised for smart growth

SMITHFIELD — Mayor Andy Moore is presumed to be the youngest person ever elected to the Smithfield Town Council. Before his election as mayor in 2015, the 47-year-old Smithfield native served 16 …
Attendees at Sunday's first responders appreciation breakfast include, from left, Jack Durham, Cad Wilkinson, Jimmy Holland and Bobby Moore.

Community thanks firefighters, first responders

KENLY — Representatives from area fire departments, law enforcement and emergency response agencies gathered Sunday for the 37th annual Kenly Fire Department appreciation breakfast. The …
Adventist aviation group provides free medical flights

SMITHFIELD — Adventist Worldwide Aviation provides free flights for those who can’t afford transportation for medical treatment. AWA leases a hangar at the Johnston Regional Airport on Swift …


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Soggy Saturday, then sunshine through midweek

The greater Wilson area is in for a soggy Saturday, but a high-pressure system asserting itself this weekend should chase the clouds away and bring sunshine through at least Wednesday. Rain should …

Maggie Society halts house demolition to save puppies

As an excavator tore through a house Thursday, the whines of puppies mingled with the sound of cracking wood and shattering glass. After much debate, work stopped for the night and rescuers were able …

$18.5M Cherry Hotel project on track

3 sentenced in drug conspiracy

RSV cases lead to hospital visitor restrictions

Nash drug roundup nets 32 suspects

NASHVILLE — Authorities raided a home and fanned out across Nash County at dawn Wednesday, charging 32 suspects following a six-month investigation into the local drug trade. Nash County sheriff's deputies …

School loses appeal to keep its charter

Middlesex board approves new water system fees

Nash farm receives family business award


Ned Walsh

Is there really a war on Christmas?

Memories of past childhood Christmases are warm, precious memories. In those long past times, life was a great deal simpler. My preacher dad, my younger brother and I would head for the Ozark forests …

Thomas L. Knapp

Election 2020 already well underway

American politicians can’t seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it’s 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he’s “the most qualified person in …

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Princeton freshman Nayshin Waller (42) drives past North Johnston's Daylan Hinnant (10) Friday night.

Princeton outruns North Johnston to stay unbeaten

PRINCETON — North Johnston couldn’t keep up with the fast-paced style of Princeton and the Panthers couldn’t hand the Bulldogs their first varsity boys basketball loss of the season Friday, …
Johnston County Athletes Recognized

Clayton defensive lineman and defensive back Savion Jackson and JR Walker will play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Saturday. Corinth-Holders offensive lineman Jacob Monk will aslo play in the …

Tradition grew business of Christmas tree farms

Among my best childhood memories was the distinct smell given off by a live Christmas tree that permeated our house each year during the holiday season. We always had a live tree during those …

Laughter the best medicine at Christmastime

Now a fast-food staple, the spork is 144 years old

In America, you can get there from here

Christians and the new golden calf

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of December 12, 2018

Drive-thru live Nativity planned PRINCETON - Hephzibah Baptist Church, 4633 U.S. 70 E., will have a drive-thru live Nativity display from 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 14. …