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Johnstonian News relocates, names new editor

SMITHFIELD — The Johnstonian News has moved its office from Kenly to Smithfield and hired Scott Bolejack to serve as editor, President and Publisher Keven Zepezauer announced this week. The …
The Rev. Lee Colbert, pastor of Smithfield's First Baptist Church, plans to retire in February after more than 40 years of service to his congregation and the community.

First Baptist’s shepherd for 40 years, Colbert to retire

SMITHFIELD — When the Rev, Lee Colbert arrived at First Baptist Church of Smithfield, Jimmy Carter was president, “My Sharona” by The Knack ruled the airwaves and the top movie was “Kramer …
Kevin Hill inspects a Johnston County school bus' engine in August to ensure the bus is in working order for another school year.

Schools seek to hire 40-60 bus drivers

SMITHFIELD­­ — Johnston County Public Schools hopes to recruit 40-60 new school bus drivers at a job fair planned from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the school system’s facility services …

Johnston County woman looks back on 100 years

KENLY — Georgia Langley’s formula for living a long, healthy life has been pretty simple. “Just live right, eat right and trust in the Lord,” she said. Langley, who lives in Johnston …

Deputies: 3rd suspect in killing captured

SMITHFIELD — Authorities say the third suspect accused in a Johnston County convenience store robbery and murder was captured last week in Greenville. John Pettiway III, 21, of Selma, is charged …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Weekend, early week temps on roller coaster ride

This forecast period will likely require a wide array of wardrobe selections as temperatures go on a roller coaster ride. Highs will barely edge past 50 degrees Saturday afternoon but then soar …

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

Recollections of Christmases past

For me, and likely for many of you, the most vivid Christmas memories come from the time when we were between 6 and 9 years old, coincidentally about the same age as Ralphie, the main character in …

A simple celebration of peace

As the financial reports of Black Friday and Cyber Monday tell us of record sales at the onset of the Christmas orgy of purchasing more stuff so we can be happy and make those around us happy, …

Top sports stories
Princeton defender Reanna Braswell (24) and LeOnna Nelson (5) swarm North Johnston's Imoni Hines on Friday night during a 43-37 victory for the Bulldogs.

Not enough: Princeton girls basketball downs NJ in overtime

PRINCETON — The Princeton girls basketball team survived a momentum-changing two-point third quarter to beat North Johnston, 43-37, on Friday night. “They did what they had to do to …
Whitley vaults Princeton to victory

PRINCETON — Despite sloppy play throughout the game, the Princeton varsity boys basketball team had no trouble putting away North Johnston on Friday night, 78-52. “That was probably …

Dave Cartoon



Community Calendar: Church plans yard sale fundraiser

Church plans yard sale fundraiser FOUR OAKS — Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96 S., will hold a yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to benefit its youth fund. Free breakfast will be available while …

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