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SMITHFIELD — A milestone to widen and extend Booker Dairy Road arrived Friday morning when the N.C. Department of Transportation turned on traffic signals at three intersections. The signals are … more
MICRO — With a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew some 75 guests, the Town of Micro on Thursday christened its new town hall and utility center. “I am thrilled, and God has blessed us,” Mayor … more
MOUNT OLIVE — Southern Bank CEO J. Grey Morgan will begin his retirement next summer with a transition from the C-suite to the boardroom. Morgan is stepping down as chief executive of Southern … more
SMITHFIELD ­— Johnston County Commissioners on Dec. 2 made no promise to close a nearly $9 million gap in the public schools’ budget. Interim Superintendent Jim Causby appeared before … more
SMITHFIELD — Tiffany Ruiz, who teaches medical office administration at Johnston Community College, has received a classroom technology grant from Wake Electric Membership Corp. The $1,065 grant … more
WILSON’S MILLS — A broken home in Wisconsin prompted a 14-year-old girl to travel almost 1,000 miles to Benson, Wilson’s Mills Police Chief A.Z. Williams told the Johnstonian News on … more
SMITHFIELD — Zane Hedgecock, chief of staff in the N.C. Department of Agriculture, had a busy day on the speaker’s podium during Thursday’s Tobacco Day at the Johnston County Agricultural … more
SMITHFIELD ­— It took just two days of candidate filings in Johnston County to produce contested races in next year’s primary and general elections. Donna White of Clayton, a Republican … more
MICRO — Christmas came early for the scores of children and their parents who attended the Dec. 7 toy giveaway and lunch with Santa at Hinnant Outreach Center, a ministry of Micro Original Free … more
KENLY — Geneva Varnam’s third-graders at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School are now published authors. In their book, which students titled “I See,” a photograph containing many items … more
RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. George Holding announced Friday that he would not seek another term in Congress. Holding, whose district includes part of Johnston County, said the latest congressional … more
A retired educator has filed for a seat on the Johnston County Board of Education. Lyn Andrews of Smithfield said she had a deep desire to serve the children and people of Johnston County. “I … more
As mentioned in the song “Ol’ Man River,” the Raleigh-based band The Embers “just keeps on rolling along,” and that makes their many fans happy. The group has been performing … more
Board of Elections to meet Thursday SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Elections will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the elections office at 205 S. Second St. The board will … more
CLAYTON — Grifols played host to North Carolina’s first recycling summit last month. Officials from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, manufacturers and recyclers met at Grifols’ … more
SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Department of Social Serviced is accepting applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program through March 31 or until the program’s funds are … more
PRINCETON — After a spirited discussion last week, a divided Princeton Board of Commissioners told the N.C. Department of Transportation that it “accepts” the transformation of U.S. 70 into … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College is registering students for its evening cosmetology program, which begins Jan. 6. The three-semester continuing education program is designed to teach … more
SMITHFIELD­ — At their morning meeting on Dec. 2, county commissioners took the first steps toward water system upgrades in western Johnston. One project will expand the capacity of a pump … more
SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Town Council bid farewell Dec. 3 to Councilman Emery Ashley. Ashley, who served two four-years terms on the council, decided not to seek reelection to his at-large … more
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