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Eastern North Carolina could be the stage for a showdown between an approaching cold front and a stubborn Bermuda high-pressure system at week's end, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The … more
SMITHFIELD — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that domestic visitors to Johnston County spent an average of $256.02 per person in 2018, an increase of 7.1% from 2017 data. These findings are … more
Sometimes my bifocals don’t focus so well. Take this morning, for example. I read something in Mark 4 that I’d never read before — probably because it wasn’t there before. Upon Jesus’ … more
Just the other day, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out for a fancy dinner and a show. There was no dancing involved. There were no elaborate gifts or overwrought … more
Many consider the British-born Rolling Stones to be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Despite their advancing ages, the Stones have been performing music for crowds all over the … more
BENSON — Town officials say road work now being done on Main Street will not interfere with the town’s signature Mule Days celebration next month. Benson town government spokesman Tyler … more
Steve Matthews, 59, owner of Matthews Motors in Clayton, Goldsboro and Wilmington, died Aug. 13 at a home in Carolina Beach. Known in television commercials as “The Walkin’ Man’s Friend,” … more
SMITHFIELD ­— Chef Judith Cage, owner of Chef Judy’s Jaguar Grill at Johnston Community College, was slated to appear on Tuesday’s episode of the Food Network’s “Supermarket … more
PINE LEVEL — Town officials have ordered a new garbage truck, and if all goes as expected, the vehicle will arrive sometime in October, according to Public Works Director Ray Stuckey. While it … more
CLAYTON — Anglers Marine has named Dubie Picquet general manager of its Clayton boat dealership. Picquet left Cabela’s of Garner and joined Anglers roughly a year ago. He has more than 25 … more
In mid-August, we begin to think about school starting again, about new clothes, school supplies, new teachers, opportunities for new friendships and those wonderful, roomy backpacks that have a … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College is one of the best 10 community colleges in America, according to personal finance website To create the rankings, SmartAsset considered … more
GOLDSBORO — Wayne Community College has added a new automotive specialty to its training toolbox. A new Nissan Technician Training Academy program will be implemented this fall as part of … more
PIKEVILLE — A Charles B. Aycock High School teacher has resigned after being arrested on allegations that he had an inappropriate physical relationship with a student. Ryder Heith Webb, 24, of … more
PINE LEVEL — Mayor Jeff Holt used the Pine Level seniors group’s monthly meeting Aug. 14 to honor longtime town resident Nestor McLean. Holt thanked McLean for his service to the town and … more
KENLY — Following an inaugural event last year, the town of Kenly held its second annual back-to-school bash for kids on Saturday at the Kenly Area Parks and Recreation Center to distribute … more
KENLY — The late Bob Boyette’s children have donated local history books their father wrote to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum so it can sell them in its gift shop. Boyette was a popular … more
SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Education Summit held an Aug. 13 press conference to discuss its efforts to end what the group calls Johnston County Public Schools’ marginalization of African … more
Vendors sought for craft sale benefit BENSON — The Benson Center for Active Aging is seeking vendors to participate in an indoor craft and yard sale fundraiser planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Vendor spaces are 8 … more
SMITHFIELD — Town leaders have given the green light to Smithfield’s first hemp greenhouse. The Smithfield Town Council on Aug. 13 granted Frank Lee’s application for a special-use permit to … more
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