NCDOT wants public input on transportation’s future

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina. From now until Nov. 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation…

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N.C. 42 in Johnston County will be widened

Work on $58.7 million contract will start soon CLAYTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has approved a $58.7 million contract to widen a 4.6-mile segment of N.C. 42 east of Clayton to alleviate growing congestion. W.C. English Inc. of Lynchburg, Va., can start after Oct. 29 on expanding the two-lane highway into four lanes with…

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One-stop, early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 17

One-stop, early voting for the Nov. 7 general election begins Wednesday, Oct. 17. There are three early voting precincts in Johnston County: The First Baptist Ministry Center, 125 S. Fourth St., Smithfield, The Church at Clayton Crossing, 11407 U.S. Highway 70 West, Clayton and the Johnston Community College Cleveland Campus, 9046 Cleveland Rd., Clayton. Voting…

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Junior Women’s League accepts grant applications

SMITHFIELD–  The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield (JWL) is currently accepting applications for Community Impact Grant recipients for the 2018-2019 league year. The Community Impact Grant (CIG) allows the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield, Inc. to appropriate monies in a flexible manner to nonprofit community agencies that render services within Johnston County. Priority will be…

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Farmer-Butterfield’s residency questioned

Politician says she uses Johnston home while legislature’s in session By Corey Friedman cfriedman@wilsontimes.com 252-265-7813 State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield says the Johnston County house she bought three years ago provides legislative session lodging and has not replaced her childhood home in Wilson County as her primary residence. Political rivals are raising questions about the four-bedroom,…

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A down-home homegoing

Tractor carries Kenly man to his final resting place By Keith Barnes kbarnes.jhn@wilsontimes.com 919-710-5549 KENLY — Ronnie William Sasser’s last ride came courtesy of a John Deere tractor, and loved ones said the lifelong country boy wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Sasser, 55, of Piney Grove Church Road, died Oct. 2, and the…

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GOP drops support for school board member

By Steve Reed sreed.jhn@wilsontimes.com 919-740-6834 SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Republican Party has withdrawn its support for incumbent school board member Butler Hall in the Nov. 6 general election. Johnston County Board of Elections Director Leigh Anne Price said on Oct. 9 that Hall had recently visited her office and asked whether a candidate’s name…

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County’s tourism spending tops $239 million

                      From staff reports SMITHFIELD — Visitors and tourists added more than $239 million to Johnston County’s economy in 2017, state officials say, an increase of 2.75 percent from the previous year. Visit North Carolina, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s domestic tourism arm,…

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Community Calendar for the week of Oct. 17

Revival wraps up Wednesday KENLY — New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church, 1461 Jerusalem Church Road, will conclude its revival with a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Rev. Ricky Evans is guest speaker for the nightly revival, which began Sunday, Oct. 14. Community fish fry set for Friday PRINCETON — Fellowship United…

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Thomas named Selma’s new top cop

                          By Steve Reed sreed.jhn@wilsontimes.com 919-740-6834 SELMA — Police Chief Billy Thomas said he was “humbled” by the opportunity to succeed retired chief Richard Cooper. Town Manager Elton Daniels announced Thomas’ appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 10. “Selecting the new police chief had a…

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