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Kenly calls emergency closed session tonight to discuss police investigation

KENLY-Kenly Town Manager Michael Douglas issued the following statement Thursday, Sept. 19: "In accordance with GS 143-318-12, the Town of Kenly will conduct an emergency council meeting on …

North Johnston senior quarterback Camden Aycock (10) looks downfield for a running lane while running back Camron Privette trails behind in case of a pitch on Sept. 13 during a 29-15 win against Smithfield-Selma. Any time the Panther offense faced a deficit, the team responded to the Spartans on the next drive. Jack Frederick | Times

Barnett, North Johnston capture ugly first win

SMITHFIELD — North Johnston High varsity football head coach Michael Barnett’s first win, by no means, will be his prettiest. But as the ice chips from an emptied cooler started being …

Princeton 8th in first AP 1-A poll

Two wins to start the season, including one over Pamlico County — last year’s  North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A runner up — impressed the voters as the …

Local news

School district’s proposed comments policy still restricts topics

SMITHFIELD­-A revised public comment policy which would still restrict topics addressed by speakers received its first reading at the Sept. 10 Johnston County Board of Education meetng.  …

6 of 13 Clayton High students credited with graduation

Clayton High School parent Leigh Narron, left, speaks with Johnston County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jim Causby after a parents' meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the school's media center.
CLAYTON — Interim Superintendent Jim Causby said Tuesday that six of 13 Clayton High seniors who school leaders said should not have graduated have now met state graduation …
School Sports
North Johnston's Hailey Medlin jumps to redirect a ball over the net toward a hole in the Smithfield-Selma defense during a 3-0 victory over the Spartans on Sept. 10 in Kenly. Jack Frederick | Johnstonian News

Panthers sweep SSS volleyball after early battle

KENLY — Midway through the first set, the Smithfield-Selma volleyball team stood just four points away from taking a 1-0 lead on North Johnston. But ahead by seven points on the same team …
James Kenan linebacker Lincol Figueroa (51) scoops up a fumble by North Johnston during a 17-0 victory over the Panthers on Monday night.

Turnovers sink North Johnston in Monday loss to James Kenan

KENLY — In an eventual 17-0 loss to Warsaw James Kenan, the ability to punctuate drives with a touchdown proved to be elusive for the North Johnston High football team on Monday …
Pro Sports
Lucama's Joseph Pittman poses for a picture in front of his winning car after capturing his first-ever track title in the Mini Stock division at Southern National Motorsports Park, the track located about half a mile from his house.

Pittman finally breaks through at SNMP as Mini Car points champion for 2019

Growing up so close to Southern National Motorsports Park, the sounds and smells of the track are familiar to Joseph Pittman. It’s likely that on some nights, the last noises the Lucama native …
UNC Notebook
Spirits high for Tar Heels despite first loss

As disappointing as North Carolina’s six-point loss at Wake Forest on Friday night was, the Tar Heels have definitely exceeded expectations so far in 2019. Few Tar Heel fans and (if they were …

NC State Notebook
McKay better than OK so far for Wolfpack

Dave Doeren is not concerned with his starting quarterback.  The move to Matt McKay as the primary signal caller in 2019 is bound to have its ups and downs.  The redshirt sophomore is …

Duke Notebook
Blue Devils look to learn more about themselves versus MTSU

DURHAM — Finding some middle ground at Middle Tennessee State might help Duke define what type of team it can be this year. So far, the Blue Devils failed to live up to expectations in their …

ECU Notebook
Pirates offense has been alarmingly sluggish

Most observers realized East Carolina would have some talent deficiencies in certain areas heading into the first year of the Mike Houston era. But the belief surrounding the program was the …