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Playgrounds across Johnston County have reopened with the blessings of Gov. Roy Cooper, who had closed them because of COVID-19. Smithfield has five playgrounds. Two are in Community Park at … more
Roundtable to explore racism in criminal justice SMITHFIELD — A roundtable discussion on racism in the criminal justice system is schedule for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at JohnstonNC Heritage … more
CLAYTON — Mayor Jody McLeod on Friday said the resignation of Town Manager Adam Lindsay had nothing to do with the COVID-19 outbreak that has ravaged the Clayton Fire Department. The vote to … more
SMITHFIELD — A two-year college in small-town Smithfield might seem an odd career destination for Nancy Bercaw, the new director of communications and marketing at Johnston Community … more
SMITHFIELD — Over the course of four days last week, search-and-rescue teams navigated swift river currents and crossed ever-changing terrain in hopes of bringing two children home to their … more
SMITHFIELD — For many years now, Johnston County’s public school enrollment has grown by the equivalent of one new school a year. This year, however, the school system has seen its enrollment … more
BENSON — For DeVan Barbour IV of Benson, the 2020 Republican National Convention was memorable partly because it was unique. “The event in Charlotte was an amazing, historic experience unlike … more
Breakfast to salute NCSU professor KENLY — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is moving forward with plans for next year’s Breakfast with the Commissioner benefit. The 2021 Excellence in Ag Award … more
SMITHFIELD — As it made its way from Smithfield to Chapel Hill last week, the ambulance carrying a Clayton firefighter passed under a number of highway overpasses. On many of those, firefighters … more
Floodwaters from last week’s torrential rains washed away sections of numerous Johnston County Roads, the N.C. Department of Transportation reported. “A total of 13 state-maintained roads … more
SMITHFIELD — Before COVID-19, U.S. Navy veteran Garnett “Don” Crowe, 79, was on his way to regaining full mobility after a series of knee and hip surgeries left him unable to walk on his … more
After a hiatus of nearly six months, the Ava Gardner Museum in downtown Smithfield reopened Sept. 5. Before it closed in mid-March because of COVID-19, the museum was having a good year, said its … more
CLAYTON — As they accepted the resignation of their town manager on Friday, Clayton council members had differing views of his tenure. “Adam Lindsay set Clayton up to transition really from a … more
SMITHFIELD — Michael Baraldi has joined Johnston Community College as vice president of finance and facility services. Most recently, he was director of budget and accounting for the Facilities … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College on Thursday said it was tracking 18 COVID-19 cases across campus. The cases — 16 students and two employees — make up 0.32% percent of JCC’s 4,837 … more
SMITHFIELD — A new coffee house is creating a buzz with its homey ambiance and tasty offerings, including bubble waffles, sweet and savory crepes, and locally sourced drip coffee. The Gilded … more
CLAYTON — With two of his firefighters and the spouse of one still in the hospital, Clayton Fire Chief Lee Barbee says he is emotionally and physically overwhelmed. “It’s tough,” he said … more
CLAYTON — The donations of groceries quickly filled locker rooms last week at Clayton High School. They came from Clayton residents who wanted to support firefighters sickened by … more
CLAYTON — Fire Chief Lee Barbee doesn’t know how COVID-19 infiltrated the fire department. And the Johnston County Public Department has said little about its efforts to trace the outbreak, which … more
In a span of three hours on Aug. 31, fire and rescue teams in Johnston performed 21 water rescues. It’s a danger Johnstonians and rescuers can face when that much rain falls that quickly, said … more
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