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Volunteers dismantle beaver dams to fix flooding
SELMA — Carl Carlson and Carlos Reyes have found a way of volunteering by helping solve a problem within their community while at … Read More
Woman seeks closure in daughter’s death
The mother of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found dumped along a rural Johnston County road on Dec. 28 wants closure and some … Read More
Benson bank robbery suspect back in Johnston County
BENSON — A man accused of robbing a PNC Bank and fleeing from a Raleigh hospital was captured in South Carolina last week and is now … Read More

Poor neighborhoods neglected?

Smithfield District 1 Councilman Marlon Lee stands next to one of many blighted houses in his district. Lee said this house, located at 1014 Blount St. at Brogden Road, has been abandoned for more than 10 years. The town posted an unsafe property sign in 2017, but the home is yet to be demolished.
SMITHFIELD — A town councilman told colleagues and staff during an April 2 meeting that his district’s needs are being neglected. Marlon Lee, who represents District 1, said the town “kicks …
Detective Sgt. Dale Wood, right, was named the 2018 Smithfield Police Officer of the Year. The award was presented at the April 9 town council meeting. Also pictured from left are Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore and Police Chief Keith Powell.

Smithfield detective named Officer of the Year

SMITHFIELD — Detective Sgt. Dale Wood is the Smithfield Police Department’s 2018 Officer of the Year. Police Chief Keith Powell presented the award at the April 9 Smithfield town council …
Former Johnston County school board member and retired educator Butler Hall, center, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the April 9 school board meeting. Pictured with Hall are Superintendent Ross Renfrow, left, and school board Chairman Mike Wooten.

Former school board member, educator receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

SMITHFIELD — Former Johnston County Board of Education member and longtime educator Butler Hall was surprised at the April 9 school board meeting with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Awarded by …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Rain chances diminish, front brings cooler nights, mild days

A mild weekend with some clouds and a slight chance of a stray shower should follow Friday's storms, Albert Thomas Jr. explains in this edition of The Wilson Times Weathercast brought to you by …

County panel: Build new animal shelter ‘as quick as we can’

County commissioners want to expedite plans to build a new animal shelter that would more than triple the current shelter’s capacity for stray dogs and cats. On Tuesday, the county’s Animal …

Atlantic Coast Pipeline developer to launch Supreme Court appeal

Hemp risk and reward: Regional meeting shows high interest in newly legal crop

New eatery combines barbecue styles, flavors

Wreck victim identified as Wilson County man

‘Education is the key’: School unlocked future for 3 decades of black children

Vashti Perry, the daughter of a former slave, went to school, completed high school and began a legacy of education in her family that now includes three generations of college graduates. Perry …

Spring Hope museum celebrates local sports

Spring Hope to consider electronic gaming center

Embers to headline 2019 pumpkin festival


Keith Barnes

Unforgettable earworms from bygone days

Most of us have encountered words, catchphrases, statements or tunes that became stuck in our minds, like that song that we were unable to forget. These have mostly come in the form of poems, …

Ned Walsh

Politics and religion prove a deadly mix

I find myself in full agreement with Barbara Brown Taylor when she writes, “Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a …

Top sports stories
Neuse Charter's Colin Danielson (11) awaits a pickoff attempt while Princeton's Dayde Farrell (15) slides back in during the April 10 1-A Carolina Conference game at Neuse Charter. Danielson drove in the winning run in the 10th inning.

Neuse Charter grabs first league sweep

SMITHFIELD — Neuse Charter School took down 1-A Carolina Conference rival Princeton, 4-3, at home April 10 in a 10-inning thriller via a walkoff error. Freshman Collin Danielson came up to the …
Lady Panthers continue hot streak against Rosewood

GOLDSBORO — The North Johnston High varsity softball team scored 10 or more runs for the fourth straight game to win 15-3 at Rosewood on Wednesday, April 10. Olivia Gachuz was the leading …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of April 17, 2019

Church to host Easter egg hunt KENLY — The Highest Praise Ministries Worship Center, 201 N. Gardner Ave., will have a fun day and Easter egg hunt from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Sunrise service, egg hunt …

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