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I’m sure most of we grandparents have chided our grandkids who are about to start their new school year with our tales of how hard it was back in our day. My favorite tale is that I had to trudge … more
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us to “run the race — the race that God Himself has chosen for us — with endurance, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” That’s a … more
SMITHFIELD — Chef Judith Cage, owner of Chef Judy’s Jaguar Grill at Johnston Community College, took home the grand prize of $10,000 on Aug. 20 when she bested four other chefs on “Supermarket … more
Someone asked me recently why I haven’t mentioned the goat man in any columns for a long time. Since I do occasionally like to revisit the goat man mystique, this can serve as an excuse to do so … more
Conservative writer and commentator Pete D’Abrosca says he’s challenging fellow Republican and incumbent U.S. Rep. David Rouzer for the 7th Congressional District seat in next year’s primary … more
MICRO — Micro Elementary School has welcomed four new teachers to its faculty for this school year. Heather Pope Johnson will be a fourth grade teacher at Micro Elementary following six years at … more
PINE LEVEL — American Legion Post 405 has much to celebrate this year, beginning with recognition of 93-year-old Laland House, the sole remaining charter member of the local post that began in Pine … more
National Clear the Shelter Day events in Johnston and neighboring counties provided 290 animals with new homes. Johnston, Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson and Lee counties all participated in the … more
RALEIGH — State Rep. Larry Strickland, R-Johnston, has hired a new staff member, his office announced Thursday. The second-term lawmaker from Pine Level said Collin Miller has joined his staff … more
SMITHFIELD — The Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County has a new director. Renita Barksdale of Columbia, South Carolina, started work July 8. She follows longtime director Margaret … more
Leaders from this newspaper’s publishing company will participate in a yearlong program at the University of North Carolina designed to help news outlets improve their products and remain … more
Chamber plans ‘State of the Region’ lunch SELMA — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 State of the Region luncheon meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Sysco, 1032 Baugh Road. Attendees will hear updates … more
BENSON — For the last two years, Erin Sinclair has donned the Benson Police Department’s uniform and protected residents in a professional, caring and determined manner, according to her … more
CLAYTON — Hundreds of students, parents and community members rallied at Clayton Town Square Park on Thursday to support former Clayton High School Principal Bennett Jones. Johnston County … more
SELMA — A three-year volunteer effort that raised nearly $400,000 in donations to renovate a historic building will culminate with the Selma Civic Center’s grand opening in the second week of … more
A major change in what had become a static summer pattern is forecast this weekend, knocking high temperatures down into the 70s, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The Wilson Times … more
Eastern North Carolina could be the stage for a showdown between an approaching cold front and a stubborn Bermuda high-pressure system at week's end, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The … more
SMITHFIELD — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that domestic visitors to Johnston County spent an average of $256.02 per person in 2018, an increase of 7.1% from 2017 data. These findings are … more
Sometimes my bifocals don’t focus so well. Take this morning, for example. I read something in Mark 4 that I’d never read before — probably because it wasn’t there before. Upon Jesus’ … more
Just the other day, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out for a fancy dinner and a show. There was no dancing involved. There were no elaborate gifts or overwrought … more
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