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Smithfield resident Elizabeth Temple, pictured behind the piano, is the substitute music teacher who resigned after allegedly making inappropriate racial and political statements and criticizing a student's clothing on Feb. 8 at Rand Elementary School in Garner.

Wake County teacher denies MLK, Trump comments

SMITHFIELD — While a former Wake County substitute teacher who lives in Smithfield blames false allegations and biased international media coverage for tarnishing her reputation, Wake County Public …
Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell, now in his sixth four-year term, said ever since he was a child, he wanted to be sheriff. Elected in 1998 as the first Republican sheriff in 70 years, Bizzell said it's not about politics, it's about serving the public.

Bizzell always wanted to be sheriff

SMITHFIELD — Steve Bizzell is fulfilling his life’s dream. He said he’s always wanted to be Johnston County sheriff. A Princeton and Pine Level-area native, Bizzell grew up in a minister’s …
Among those receiving awards or accepting for those not in attendance at the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce awards banquet are, front row, from left; Nancy Cates, Diane Kirby, Danny Renfrow, Pastor Mary Dickens and Angie Hayes. In the back row, from left, are Josia Jackson, Jeff Rumler, Melanie Davis, Ernie Brame, Josh Gibson, Rick Stewart and Anne Smith.

Kenly chamber honors individuals, businesses

The Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce presented its 2018 awards for outstanding achievement during its membership appreciation awards banquet Thursday at the American Legion Hut in Kenly. Tim …
Tim Crocker of Carolina Pottery in Smithfield demonstrates wreath-making for the Pine Level Seniors group on March 13.

Wreath-maker showcases his craft

PINE LEVEL — Although it was officially the Pine Level Seniors’ monthly gathering March 13 at Pine Level American Legion building, it could just as easily have been called the Tim Crocker …
The Pine Level Elementary Green Hornets were the first-place winners of the Johnston County Public Schools Elementary School Battle of the Books competition March 6 at Johnston Community College. Pictured in the front row from left are Ella Pilkington, Addison Parrish, Katie Holloman, coach Karen Parker, Josh Leonard, Emily Holland, Anthony Franco and Gracie Corbett. In the second row from left are coach Wanda Mourer, Juan Martinez, Savana Higgins, Wilmond Barnes and Kaden Zane Holloman. Not pictured is coach Stephanie Guerra.

Green Hornets win big at Battle of the Books competition

SMITHFIELD — The Pine Level Elementary Green Hornets were the first-place winners of the Johnston County Public Schools Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Students on Battle of …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Mild, clear weekend, then rain likely on Tuesday

The pattern of swings in temperature and intermittent rain isn't expected to break this weekend or early in the workweek, with rain in the forecast for Monday and early Tuesday followed by a brief …

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


Ray Hodge

One remark I’ve never heard about alcohol

My pastoral ministry included many counseling sessions, which dealt with people’s personal and family problems, domestic and spiritual issues and vocational and financial concerns. During those …

Ned Walsh

Digging your own wells: In faith and life

I have often, in penning these articles, spoken of being the son of a Southern Baptist pastor. This entailed attending services at least three times a week, not to mention being held to a higher …

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Members of the 2019 Johnston County Athletics Hall of Fame class pictured from left are Brian Honeycutt of South Johnston, Phil Lee's wife Margaret and daughter Becca, Johnny Dutch and Reggie Barnes.

JoCo Hall of Fame inducts four in 2019 class

WENDELL — On Saturday over 100 individuals got together at Corinth Holders High to celebrate the athletic excellence and legacy of Smithfield-Selma’s Reggie Barnes, Clayton’s Johnny Dutch, …
Area Calendar: Mar. 27-Apr. 2

AREA CALENDAR Wednesday, March 27 Varsity Boys Tennis North Johnston vs Princeton, 4 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs South Johnston, 3:30 p.m. West Johnston vs East Wake, 3:30 …

Guns for teachers, bribery and doping

Let’s pick from among the more popular news topics over the past week and briefly offer some thoughts. The first item concerns discipline and involves discussions as to whether teachers should …

Jesus’ bloodline shows redemptive power

Some childhood warnings were overblown

Four agreements for happiness

Four agreements for happiness

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community calendar for the week of February 11

SELMA — Selma Original Free Will Baptist Church, 604 N. Pollock St., will have the Powell family in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. College trustees’ committee to meet SMITHFIELD — …

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