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Attack ads are filling up local mailboxes in the race for state Senate District 11, but figuring out exactly who’s doing the mudslinging can be a real chore. State Rep. Lisa Barnes, a Spring … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County reported its 2,216th COVID-19 case on Wednesday, but most of those cases — 1,579 — have likely recovered, the Health Department reported. Here are … more
Johnston County’s high schools have announced the dates and times for their drive-through graduation ceremonies. more
SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions has named Emily Harris its new director. Junior Cotillions is an etiquette and social dance training program. more
RALEIGH — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Smithfield man to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. According to court documents, Mitch Hamilton Parrish, 44, possessed … more
SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High School will hold a drive-through graduation ceremony July 30. Graduating seniors will receive their diplomas in a window of time based on their last name. more
CLAYTON — Searching for a place to rent in Clayton? Then beware. Clayton police are investigating at least eight cases this year in which scammers advertised rental properties they did not … more
SMITHFIELD — Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina schools to reopen with a mix of in-person and remote learning. more
Johnston pastors are thankful a federal judge said Gov. Roy Cooper went too far when he placed curbs on worship services. “I think the judge was right to say it was overreach,” said Matt … more
CLAYTON — An around-the-clock security detail for Clayton’s police chief cost taxpayers nothing extra, the town’s spokeswoman said on Friday. That’s because those officers were already … more
SELMA — Redneck BBQ Lab wanted to be part of Johnston County’s first food hall. But the price to join Old North State Food Hall was simply too high, said Jerry Stephenson Jr., owner of the … more
Assisted-living center wins town’s approval SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Town Council on July 7 said yes to an assisted-living center on Kellie Drive across from Smithfield-Selma High … more
CLAYTON — The sounds of balls striking pins and people cheering returned to Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center on Thursday. And by 11:30 a.m., the socially distancing bowling alley had filled every … more
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnston pastors have changed the tenor of their sermons. “The theologian Karl Barth always said you had to prepare for a sermon with the Bible in one hand and a … more
SMITHFIELD — County Commissioners are closer to mandating a minimum lot size for housing in rural Johnston. On Aug. 3, commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposal to require housing … more
SMITHFIELD — Anna Grace Brown, a 2020 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School, has signed to join the Barton College cheer team more
SMITHFIELD — Jessica Mencia of Smithfield has received an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship for her graduate studies in social work at the University of Buffalo. Mencia earned her … more
A number of students from Johnston County earned spring semester President’s List honors at their respective universities. They are listed below by school. Clemson University — … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County recorded its 38th COVID-19 death over the weekend, as the total number of confirmed cases surpassed 2,000. Here are the latest numbers for Johnston: Total number … more
FOUR OAKS — Patrick Stanley of Four Oaks has been named a Transportation Research Board Minority Student Fellow for 2021. Stanley is a graduate student at N.C. A&T State University in … more
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