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Johnston voters on March 3 will choose nominees for a host of county, state and national offices.

Will voters turn out on March 3?

SMITHFIELD — Historically, primary elections in Johnston County bring out few voters. Sharon Castleberry, chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party, understands some of the reasons …
Pine Level brothers Connor House, left, and Carter House are shown with pigs they are raising for the Johnston County Youth Livestock Show and Sale in April.

For House brothers, livestock show, sale is a team effort

PINE LEVEL — This spring, some 130 young people will take part in the Johnston County Youth Livestock Show and Sale. Among them will be brothers Connor and Carter House, who will show the …

Clayton joins I-540 chorus

CLAYTON — The Town Council last week joined the push to speed completion of Interstate 540. The state’s Turnpike Authority and Department of Transportation are seeking a federal grant that …

Smithfield buys 20 acres of park land

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council this month purchased 20 acres on the west side of town for a park. The land, which the town bought from Cornerstone Faith Fellowship, is on the south side of N.C. …

News Briefs: Federal jury convicts Four Oaks man

ELIZABETH CITY — A jury in a federal courtoom last week found a Four Oaks man guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Evidence showed that …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Mild Tuesday, Wednesday will give way to cold snap

Morning showers in the Wilson Times area Tuesday will likely become sparse by afternoon, with probabilities around 20% into Wednesday morning. Temperatures, meanwhile, are forecast to climb to the …

RELEASED: After 43 years, Charles Ray Finch a free man

Charles Ray Finch never gave up. Instead, he fought for more than 43 years to gain his freedom. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Finch’s release. In January, the U.S. 4th Circuit of …

WhirliDogs to serve opportunity: Workers with disabilities will learn, make hot dogs

Court upholds Parks’ 2017 murder conviction

Animal shelter fails state inspection

Wilson man burns hands in tractor fire

Nash man charged in aunt’s murder

A Nash County man is accused of killing his aunt, a Raleigh resident reported missing whose body was found in a shallow grave last week. Cleavon Royster Williams, 44, of the 4200 block of Biltmore …

$95M Nash budget to keep tax rate flat

48 earn degrees from Nash-Rocky Mount Early College

Family continues tradition of placing Memorial Day flags


Keith Barnes

A show like no other in TV history

“Folks, we’ve got a really big shew (show) for you tonight. And now, right here on our stage ….” With those introductory words, host Ed Sullivan opened another installment of “The Ed …


Do me a favor and vote next Tuesday

I have friends across the political spectrum. I’m quite certain, for example, that my friend Bill, a lifelong Democrat, will vote for either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren next Tuesday because …

Top sports stories
Clayton junior B.J. Freeman hangs on the rim after a big dunk against West Johnston. Freeman scored 23 points in a 84-52 victory that allowed the Comets to finished unbeaten in 3-A Greatern Neuse River Conference play.

Comets finish unbeaten conference run

BENSON — An 84-52 victory for the Clayton boys basketball team over West Johnston on Thursday night finished out an undefeated 10-0 record in the 3-A Greater Neuse River this season for the …
NCHSAA first round: Princeton, Clayton teams moving on

SMITHFIELD — Freshman Anna Taylor scored 33 points and added seven assists and seven steals to lead the No. 15 seed Neuse Charter girls basketball team past 18th-seeded Durham Voyager 63-40 in …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



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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