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Not long ago, Clayton banned food trucks, arguing that they threatened brick-and-mortar restaurants, which not only pay taxes but often give back to the community, sponsoring festivals and youth … more
As a matter of policy and politics, asking newcomers to pay for the services they demand is sound. Most of the time. Which is to say that while Johnston’s system-development fees are higher … more
The average monthly water bill in Selma is going up more than 42 percent. To Town Manager Steven Hicks, the increase is no big deal. It’s the cost of one hamburger and soft drink a week, the town … more
North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, fast-food … more
In Our Opinion Johnston County Commissioners are largely dismissive of fears that their slower-growth policies will fuel sprawl and inflate housing prices here. For them, the rapid pace of … more
In Our Opinion Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina. State officials have withheld vital information about coronavirus outbreaks … more
By now, most Johnstonians know their school board exhausted its cash savings, apparently on salaries and other recurring expenses, and taxpayers have rightly chided the board for doing so. Last … more
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face … more
Earlier this month, the Johnstonian News posted an update on the search for Johnston County’s next superintendent of schools. In case you missed it, the school board had narrowed its search from 31 … more
President Donald Trump is in the thick of yet another high school free speech controversy. A North Surry High School student made a joke about Trump during an improv club meeting on Wednesday, … more
Citing federal privacy laws, Johnston County leaders have revealed little about the many coronavirus cases here, and it’s true that only patients can agree to the disclosure of their health … more
During a recent forum, some Johnston school board candidates called on County Commissioners to up their education spending. One candidate even suggested that commissioners had been shortchanging the … more
We share the Smithfield Town Council’s distaste for vacant, dilapidated buildings. They’re eyesores that cast doubts on a town’s vitality. Still, we’re not sure the Town Council’s … more
A Republican state Senate candidate is making headlines throughout North Carolina for all the wrong reasons. Dennis Nielsen was served with a domestic violence protective order after wife Karen … more
Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous … more
County commissioners have been talking about it for a year now, and were scheduled to talk about it again earlier this week. Meanwhile, candidates for county commissioner have mentioned it too in … more
Johnston County’s interim superintendent of schools, Jim Causby, has said the school system’s budget deficit is not the result of criminal mischief. In other words, no one in the public schools … more
The year that’s ending wasn’t an especially good one. As the curtain prepares to close on 2019, our country’s leaders remain deeply divided over President Trump and whether to remove him … more
In 1984, Congress used its power of the purse to limit alcohol sales to buyers 21 and up. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act threatened state legislatures with a loss of federal highway funds if … more
Two decades. More than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths. Roughly a trillion dollars. Time, blood and treasure haven’t stamped out the scourge of terrorism or transformed Afghanistan into a stable … more
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