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Reggie Barnes, third from left, joins Selma leaders in breaking ground for the baskeball court that he will build in Selma.

Former hoops star is building more than a basketball court

SELMA — In his hometown of Selma, basketball legend Reggie Barnes hopes to build up young people one basket at a time. On Thursday, Barnes and Selma leaders broke ground on Reggie Barnes Court, …
Johnston County's newest elementary school is under construction east of Clayton. One county commissioner candidate says Johnston can continue building schools without raising property taxes.

Commissioner candidates debate school spending

Election 2020 SMITHFIELD — In Johnston, county commissioners support school operations and small capital projects with an annual outlay that now tops $70 million. And they spend roughly $35 …
The Selma Fire Department is selling reflective signs to help first responders find homes in emergencies.

Selma wants numbers on every house

SELMA — The town hopes households will buy reflective signs to help first responders find their homes in emergencies. “This will give citizens the chance for something low cost to look after …
A clay shooting tournament on Oct. 16 will benefit the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

Business Briefs: Clay shooting tourney to benefit Clayton chamber

Chamber deploying Rapid Response The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce wants to help businesses help working parents. “Working in a COVID-19 world means employers must plan for working …
Clayton Councilman Jason Thompson speaks about his friend, Jason Dean during a news conference after the fireighter's death from COVID-19.

Community says goodbye to fallen Clayton firefighter

CLAYTON — Sirens wailed as the community said goodbye to fallen firefighter Jason Dean, a husband and father who died Sept. 22 of COVID-19. Those who knew Dean said he loved parades, so the …

Selma retreat broke meetings law

SELMA — At its retreat last month, the Selma Town Council talked about town matters in private, denied the public access to the meeting, and did not keep minutes. Mayor Cheryl Oliver defended …

Commissioner candidates differ on budget priorities

Election 2020 SMITHFIELD — A recent forum asked county commissioner candidates what changes they would make to the yearly budget. The answers were as varied as the candidates …
Clayton resident Timothy Weiss calls on the Town Council to be transparent when negotiating contracts with future town managers.

Resident, councilman cross swords

CLAYTON — Earlier this month, two Clayton residents faulted the Town Council over the severance for former town manager Adam Lindsay. At that meeting, on Sept. 8, Clayton Councilman Michael …

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Know that God has a plan for you

Sometimes God just has other things in mind. We can plan and plot, organize and schedule. Then, as if from nowhere, the bottom falls out. Everything we have agonized over for hours or even days comes …

Trump purges politics from diversity training

President Donald Trump’s critics are branding him a bigot again. This time, they’re crying wolf. At Trump’s behest, the Office of Management and Budget told federal agencies to freeze …

Are the socialists coming?

Mitch McConnell texted me the other day with an urgent message. If Democrats are elected — particularly Joe Biden — America will be lost to socialism. OK, it wasn’t just me. Mitch actually …

Courts can't censor jury rights flyers

Activists can’t be jailed for telling jurors they’re free to acquit defendants who break unjust laws, a federal court recently confirmed. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote struck down a …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold front could bring rain Tuesday and Thursday

An advancing cold front and low pressure system will likely give the Wilson Times area showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Tuesday night. Tuesday should also be the warmest day for the rest of …

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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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