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Chick-fil-A in Smithfield says it has fired an employee who shared a social media post that the restaurant called wrong and hurtful. Tyler Stocks | Johnston News

Chick-fil-A apologizes for employee’s social media post

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield’s Chick-fil-A is apologizing after an employee shared a social media post the restaurant called “hurtful, ignorant and wrong.” Amid protests over …
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New superintendent will earn more than $195,000 in first year

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy, Johnston’s new school leader, will earn $195,000 in wages in the year ahead, though his total compensation will be more. That’s because the contract he signed …
Protesters march through downtown Smithfield on Sunday, days after a white Minneapolis police officer killed a black man. Tyler Stocks | Johnstonian News

Protesters march peacefully through Smithfield, Selma

SMITHFIELD — More than 100 people on Sunday peacefully protested the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several …
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Johnston schools name new superintendent

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy is moving next door. The superintendent of Sampson County schools will take the helm of Johnston County schools on July 1. The Johnston County Board of Education …
COVID-19 put Johnston County resident Linwood Sanders in the hospital for 17 days. Nine of those were in a medically induced coma.

COVID-19 packed a punch, first hospital patient says

ANGIER — COVID-19 did a number on Linwood Sanders. The Johnston County man figures that’s partly because he waited to seek treatment. “Before I went to a hospital, I’d already had it about …
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David Morgan of Wendell and his daughter, Morgan, 11, pick strawberries at Pace Family Farms in the Archer Lodge community.

A ‘berry’ different season: Business is good, but Johnston strawberry patches are different this year

North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 has changed his farm in many ways, says Mitch Smith, an owner of Smith’s Nursery near McGee’s Crossroads. “In a normal year, we host field trips from …
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Friends mourn retired Johnston health educator

CLAYTON — She had a contagious smile and a faith-driven passion for helping others, especially the neediest Johnstonians. That’s how friends described Cynthia Toudle, a retired health educator …
The Morning Glory Inn, a bed and breakfast in Clayton, is on the market.

It’s the ‘inn’ of an era in Clayton

CLAYTON — A former editor of Bon Appétit magazine. A world-famous ukulele player. A model who appeared on album covers, most notably “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” by Herb Alpert and the …
The Junior Women's League of Smithfield now has Blessing Boxes at six fire stations across Johnston County. The one above is at the Archer Lodge Fire Department, 6483 Covered Bridge Road, Clayton. Contributed photo

Blessing Boxes spreading across Johnston

SMITHFIELD — Less than a year after placing its first four Blessing Boxes in Johnston County, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield has installed two more, with plans to add another …
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Weathercast: Clear skies to return, followed by warmer temps

Relief from the warm, very humid and occasionally rainy air mass is expected Sunday in the Wilson Times area.  It will probably be Wednesday before summertime weather returns. Saturday …

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Missing woman’s sister won’t give up: ‘I’ve got to fight for her’

Free Christy Ruffin often catches herself listening to her sister’s voicemails. “I thank God for technology,” she said. “You really never know how important that stuff is until that’s all …

Diners detoured: Wilson balancing public safety, restaurant business

Specialist takes extra steps for child

Innovation hub nearly complete

Farm app links customers with Wilson County produce

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Steak, lobster, credit and free utilities: Audit says Rocky Mount misused taxpayer funds

ROCKY MOUNT — A scathing state audit report released Friday paints a picture of officials who used City Hall as their personal ATM while bilking taxpayers of thousands of dollars. The report …

Rocky Mount wrote off nearly $50K in councilman's unpaid utility bills

Girlfriend denies involvement in missing person case

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

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Class of 2020 has a void that will be impossible to fill

If not for COVID-19 hundreds of Johnston County high school seniors would have received their diplomas this past Friday. They would have done so amid pomp and circumstance, with proud, and sometimes …

Face masks shouldn't become partisan props

Not since the tomato-red “Make America Great Again” hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage. Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following …

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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 …
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All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

The hard work of countless cheerleaders from football through basketball season did not go unnoticed. On the All-Greater Neuse River Conference team, 11 cheerleaders were honored …

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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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