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SMITHFIELD — Smithfield on Tuesday became the latest local government to declare a state of emergency because of the coronavirus. “This decision is not made lightly, nor is it made to … more
When North Carolina began shutting down because of the coronavirus, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau had to switch gears. Accustomed to promoting upcoming events, it had to deliver bad news … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County commissioners on June 15 made short work of their 2020-21 budget. After Commissioner Jeff Carver read a lengthy motion, the board voted unanimously in favor of the … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston school board members had heard the arguments for all-remote learning. The district’s chief administrators were confident the schools could offer robust and rigorous … more
SMITHFIELD — The good news on Tuesday was that the number of coronavirus cases in Johnston County was unchanged from the week before. “We have two presumed positive cases here in our … more
SMITHFIELD — To live within their means, Johnston County’s public schools must tame local spending on exceptional children, teacher supplements, overtime pay, child nutrition, driver’s … more
SMITHFIELD — The state’s guidelines for reopening North Carolina’s schools in August run 122 pages and tally more than 34,000 words. But here’s the short version of the three possible reopening scenarios. more
SELMA — Two storefronts on South Raiford Street in downtown Selma collapsed Saturday afternoon. No one was injured. Around 4 p.m., Jim Beaston, owner of A Matter of Record, was in his vinyl … more
CLAYTON — Even amid a pandemic, towns have work they must do. They have to resurface streets, trim tree limbs away from power lines, install street signs, repair broken sidewalks. Rusty … more
Stormy weather is expected to move into the Wilson Times area Tuesday afternoon, with searing heat due to arrive by Saturday. A trough and low pressure system to the south, eventually setting up … more
Comfortable temperatures, low humidity and sunshine highlight the weather in the Wilson Times area’s Labor Day weekend. A cold front was expected to clear our area and move to the coast by … more
CLAYTON — Police need help identifying three young men who went on a graffiti bombing run Sunday morning in downtown. The three spray-painted more than a dozen properties, including a historic … more
KENLY — Star McLawhorn and Floyd Nichols are co-owners of Small Town Tire & Service of Kenly, which began operation on Nov. 13. The business is located at 100 Church St. in a building most … more
PIKEVILLE — Sheriff’s deputies suspect foul play in the death of a pregnant woman whose body was found in a wrecked car Wednesday.  On Friday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s … more
SMITHFIELD — Dr. Rodney McCaskill has a unique perspective on Johnston Health’s Smithfield hospital. His role as chief medical officer gives him a broad view of the hospital’s coronavirus … more
SMITHFIELD — Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby shared some of his experiences as a member of the North Carolina Supreme Court with paralegal, history and criminal justice students at Johnston … more
SMITHFIELD — The number of coronavirus deaths in Johnston County climbed to eight on Monday from four over the weekened, the county reported. But the number of cases on Monday remained at … more
PINE LEVEL — Upgrades to the town’s water and sewer systems are closer to getting under way, according to town’s consultant on the project. On April 21, Pine Level was scheduled to open bids … more
SMITHFIELD — Provisional members of the Junior Women’s Leage of Smithfield are combatting hunger in Johnston County. When they became provisional members last August, the club split … more
KENLY — Alice Scott will receive the Tobacco Farm Life Museum’s Excellence in Agriculture Award next year, the museum’s director has announced. Scott is co-owner and executive secretary of … more
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