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As it seeks to attract jobs and investment, Johnston Regional Airport should not overlook smaller tenants that also benefit the community, says the head of Adventist World Aviation.

At airport, an appeal not to overlook the little guy

SMITHFIELD — Adventist World Aviation is a nonprofit that provides medical rescues and care to isolated spots around the globe.

Long-shot candidate has no regrets

SMITHFIELD — Denton Lee knew the odds were against his independent bid for a seat in the N.C. House.
Shelby Stephenson's latest book is available from Fernwood Press.

Stephenson releases ‘The Hog Poems’

Johnston County poet Shelby Stephenson has penned “Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems.”

An interview with Johnston County’s Shelby Stephenson

What follows is a Q&A with Johnston County poet Shelby Stephenson, the author, most recently, of “Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems.”
The house on South Maple Street in Kenly has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates Kenly home

KENLY — Habitat for Humanity has dedicated its newest Johnston County build, a three-bedroom, two bath home at 309 S. Maple St.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace this metal culvert with a bridge.

DOT begins Galilee Road bridge project

The N.C. Department of Transportation has taken the first steps toward replacing a washed-out culvert with a bridge on Galilee Road.
Clayton's sign toppers could look like this.

Clayton moving to promote historic district

CLAYTON — The town will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its historic district by placing toppers on street signs. The Town Council recently agreed to spend about $2,100 for 75 signs, or …
Johnstonians line up for last week's COVID-19 testing with same-day results. The testing returns to Progressive Men's Club building in Smithfield on Dec. 9.

Community Calendar

SMITHFIELD — Free COVID-19 testing with same-day results is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Progressive Men’s Club.

COVID-19 Map

Let’s celebrate Activate Selma

I was in New York City once for a long weekend. And because I am an early riser, I found myself on the sidewalks of Times Square long before they began teeming with tourists and New Yorkers headed to …

Prescriptions aren't making patients safer

Illnesses are ignored and chronic conditions go untreated as the coronavirus crisis conspires to keep Americans away from their family doctors. More than a third of primary care physicians had …

Good news on the state budget

RALEIGH — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the …

It’s time for Cooper to make deals

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has just been reelected. It’s an outcome his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory, were unable to accomplish. A sweet as that …

Al Thomas

Weathercast: Temps to plunge as high pressure takes hold

A strong Canadian high pressure system is forecast to build into the Wilson Times area Tuesday, keeping high temperatures in the upper 40s. A west wind around 10 mph, occasionally gusting to 15, …

Top sports stories
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 …
Lady Panthers sweep Bruins in Eastern Plains opener

WILSON — The simple joy of a bus ride home for the winning team is something North Johnston High volleyball coach Nicole Davis is glad her players aren’t missing this season. With the havoc …

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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