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Johnston can’t shake COVID-19

SMITHFIELD — COVID-19 is a stubborn, relentless virus that Johnston can’t seem to escape, the head of the county’s health department told commissioners earlier this month. “Two weeks ago, …
The First Baptist Church Ministry Center on South Fourth Street in Smithfield is among the county's three dozen polling places.

Here are Johnston’s 36 polling places

SMITHFIELD — Some Johnston County polling places have moved this year. Below are the county’s 36 precincts and their polling places with street addresses. Archer Lodge — Archer Lodge …
The newly renovated Howell Theatre has more legroom and even tables.

Historic Howell Theatre gets makeover

SMITHFIELD — From new restrooms to re-upholstered seating to an Art Deco-inspired lobby, the Howell Theatre is both more attractive and more comfortable. And owner Bill Johnson hopes the …
"The Cat in the Hat" is among the book characters on display in downtown Clayton.

Cooper students ‘Bring Stories to Main’

CLAYTON — Students at Cooper Academy have turned their pumpkins into book characters, and they’re on display in Main Street storefronts. In a project dubbed “Bring Stories to …
Jack Delgado, 7, carries a pumpkin from the patch at Smith's Nursery.

Pumpkin Patch brings families together

This past Friday, the Delgado family — Edward, Lisa and children Jack and Holly — fed barnyard animals, then searched for the perfect pumpkin before enjoying scoops of homemade ice cream in the …
From right, Devon and Al Cotham join othe Johnston Health volunteers for a picnic lunch.

Hospital’s volunteers help patients, make friends

CLAYTON — A cold drink, a warm blanket, an encouraging word. Al and Devon Cotham enjoy performing those acts of kindness as volunteers at Johnston Health in Clayton. “You get them their …
The Archer Lodge and Thanksgiving fire departments could soon have a new name — Northside Fire-Rescue.

Archer Lodge, Thanksgiving fire departments to merge

SMITHFIELD — County Commissioners have given their blessing to the merger of the Archer Lodge and Thanksgiving fire departments. Archer Lodge Fire Chief Philip Driver said the departments were …
Selma uses this type of meter for its prepaid utility accounts.

Selma doubles minimum payment for prepaid accounts

SELMA — The minimum payment on prepaid electricity accounts will double on Nov. 1 — from $20 to $40, the Town Council has decided. In explaining the change, interim town manager Rhonda Sommer …

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Are we better off today than in 2016?

When I was growing up, political engagement was important in my family. I remember watching Michael Dukakis losing the first “Kids Vote” on Nickelodeon. I remember, in 1992, watching the news …
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Habits can shape us for the better

Do you have bad habits? How about some good ones too? We often think about habits in a negative way. I guess it’s because we often think of breaking bad habits or recognizing the stuff that we …

Scary laws won't make Halloween safer

The prospect of police scouring suburban streets to enforce trick-or-treating bans gives a whole new meaning to the term “witch hunt.” From New England to the California coast, cities …

Nov. 3 is America’s ‘Bonhoeffer Moment’

“If I sit next to a madman as he drives a car into a group of innocent bystanders, I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe, then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Zeta’s remnants could bring showers, gusty winds

Mostly sunny skies, after some early morning fog, and mild temperatures are forecast for the Wilson Times area Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures both days should get to the 76- to 78-degree …

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Clayton senior forward Megan Flockhart (15) pushes the ball ahead during the NRFA Cup championship game  against Cleveland on March 6. Flockhart would love to see the season, her final one, resume after it was paused due to COVID-19 concerns.

‘Special’ group at Clayton contemplates impact of COVID-19

CLAYTON — The seniors on the 2020 Clayton girls soccer team are a special group for head coach Joseph Mott. When Mott first came to the school in 2017 to coach soccer, eight now-seniors, who …
7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

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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