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Normally, when people in positions of authority dodge a reporter’s questions, it’s because they have done something wrong. Not necessarily criminal, but something that likely to cast them or … more
Residents of rural Johnston have many objections to the county’s trash-decal program. One, certainly, is the cost, which has climbed markedly over the years. Another is the hassle of having to … more
We like Selma mayor Cheryl Oliver. She’s sharp, articulate, polished in public appearances and, we think, genuinely committed to the betterment of both Selma and Johnston County. But if Ms. Oliver … more
Everything Timothy Weiss said to the Clayton Town Council was true. The council was wrong to pay Adam Lindsay, a rookie town manager, like a seasoned veteran. Doing so set Mr. Lindsay up for … more
Selma Councilman Byron McAllister says a majority on the Town Council wanted Steven Hicks out as town manager because he had the wrong vision for Selma. Perhaps that’s true. But if so, Selma … more
April Lee, head of the Johnston County Association of Educators, says the public schools are hiding COVID-19 cases as K-5 students prepare for in-person classes. If so, Johnstonians have to wonder … more
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
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