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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 — In the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton massacres, along with other killings and attempted shootings, Johnston County officials say they’re as prepared as they can be for a … more
No matter how hard we try to hide, it just doesn’t work. A continually unrepentant spirit in the life of a believer eventually shows itself. Oh, we might be able to fool some people some of the … more
A few years ago, I was out to lunch with a couple of guys I worked with and we went to a deli. The deli was one of the traditional kind, with all kinds of meats and stuff hanging around and corned … 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
KENLY— Glendale-Kenly Elementary School has welcomed eight members to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Catherine Strickland will be a second grade teacher following stints of teaching … more
Johnston County drivers are seeing roundabouts more frequently these days. As traffic circles are built, transportation officials say knowing how to use them will help keep North Carolina … 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
A cold front expected to stall out to our north could bring showers and thunderstorms late this week and into the weekend, Al Thomas explains in this week's installment of The Wilson Times … more
SMITHFIELD — Mark Palm said his mission in life was forged when he was just a teenager and he is now fulfilling that mission to the hilt. Palm said his parents were pastors who managed a … more
CLAYTON ­— Johnston Health Clayton celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 1. Community leaders, hospital board members, administrators and employees gathered in front of the cafeteria to … 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
FOUR OAKS — Four Oaks United Methodist Church, 302 N. Church St., will hold its annual book and bake sale from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 … more
SMITHFIELD — Five characters from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life Oct. 24 during Johnston County Heritage Center’s 15th annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s 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
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