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Cody Lloyd Carmody

Deputies seek man wanted in Smithfield killing

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Clayton man who is wanted on a murder charge. Sheriff's deputies were called to an assault at 1516 Braswell Road in Smithfield at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Joshua Biedekapp, who lived at the address, was found dead. Capt. Jeff Caldwell said investigators determined Cody Lloyd Carmody, 24, of 317 Sun Ray Drive, Clayton, fatally attacked Biedekapp. …
Selma Councilwoman Ann Williams, a former deputy school superintendent, discusses a state grant to place a school resource officer at Selma Middle. Councilman Mark Petersen, a Smithfield-Selma High school science teacher, listens.

Selma town councilwoman questions school officer plan

SELMA — Councilwoman Ann Williams expressed concern about the state’s $30 million state safety grants program and how Johnston County Public Schools would administer the hiring of a school …

Smithfield, Selma enjoy Christmas cheer

Artistry Motion dancers of Smithfield perform a dance number on Market Street during the Smithfield Christmas parade on Thursday.
SMITHFIELD — A crowd estimated at more than 3,000 appeared to already be in the Christmas spirit from the very start of the Smithfield Christmas parade held Thursday along Market Street and …
Deputies make $5M cocaine bust on I-95

KENLY — The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office made a record $5 million cocaine haul during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 near Kenly. Deputies pulled over a produce truck traveling in …


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Winter starts Friday, but lows should remain above freezing

Temperatures should remain mild from now through Christmas, with only one overnight low at or below freezing predicted for the next 10 days, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this week's installment of …

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


Steve and Belinda Kirk

5-year-old inspires John 3:16 Christmas prayer

Our family sat down to dinner one day several years ago, and our 5-year-old said he wanted to bless the food. We bowed our heads, turning our attention toward Heaven, and he started: “For God so …

Ray Hodge

‘Joy to the world, the Lord is come’

The gospel of Luke tells its readers that a multitudinous choir of angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The hearers of those words were poor …

Top sports stories

Princeton’s Gaster named Coach of the Year

PRINCETON — Princeton’s football team had a historic season, but it didn’t start on the field, it started in New York. A mission trip to feed the hungry in the summer let head coach Travis …
Area Calendar for the week of Dec. 19, 2018

Wednesday, Dec. 19 High School Wrestling North Lenoir, St. Paul's, Neuse Charter at Clinton, 3:30 p.m.   Thursday, Dec. 20 High School Varsity Boys Basketball Clayton at …

Christmas: ‘The gift of love with skin on it’

Several years ago, I read a story of a journalist who was interviewing a group of children about their understanding of the Nativity scene. One child was asked what she thought about the true meaning …

Hot diggity, we love our hot dogs

Is there really a war on Christmas?

Election 2020 already well underway

Tradition grew business of Christmas tree farms

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of December 19, 2018

KENLY — Hickory Cross Gospel Center, 3713 Hickory Cross Crossroads, will have David and Judy George and Shelia Collier in a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. For more information, call …