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Clayton residents can go online to see a map of where the town could build pedestrian paths.

Clayton seeking input on pedestrian plan

October 22, 2021

CLAYTON — The town wants to hear from residents as it crafts a community-wide pedestrian plan. A sur...

Olivia Parrott thanks the school board for agreeing to test rather than automatically quarantine students exposed to COVID-19.

Parent backs Test to Stay

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A divided Board of Education on Oct. 12 voted to keep the mask mandate in Johnston scho...

Some Johnstonians, students and parents included, want to keep teachers and students in masks.

Mask mandate enjoys student, parent support

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The four school leaders who voted last week to continue Johnston’s mask mandate enjoyed...

Johnston Health's Smithfield hospital is offering monoclonal antibody treatment seven days a week.

COVID-19 treatment available daily in Smithfield

October 22, 2021

Johnston Health in Smithfield is offering monoclonal antibody therapy from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. seven ...


Parents continue to lobby for mask choice

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Since early August, a slim Board of Education majority has consistently and predictably...

A parent says Innovation Academy is a great school that could use a working cafeteria and better restrooms.

A great school could use some help, parent says

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Stuart Lee described himself as a “very proud, proud Innovation Academy parent.” He cal...

Plastic bags are one of the greatest contaminants of Selma's recycling stream, the town says.

Could Selma abandon recycling?

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SELMA — The town has a recycling program. Basically, folks aren’t using their recycling containers f...

Mary Beck says Policy 5100 will silence teachers and harm the community.

Policy 5100 will harm community, parent says

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Mary Beck told school leaders she read something recently that they should hear. “One o...

University of Maryland Global Campus caters to working adults.

Four from Johnston on Dean’s List

October 21, 2021

ADELPHI, Md. — Four students from Johnston County have been named to the summer term Dean’s List at ...

A Citadel cadet puts on his class ring for the first time during the ring presentation ceremony on Oct. 1.

Student from Benson receives Citadel ring

October 21, 2021

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Blake Markuson of Benson has joined the thousands of alumni who wear The Citadel ...

Ronald Johnson calls on the school board to reward bonuses to the school system's classified employees.

School employees to receive bonuses

By Scott Bolejack
| October 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education has OK’d bonuses for substitute teachers and inc...

The former Day by Day Treatment Center could become a home for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Selma property could serve veterans with PTSD

By Scott Bolejack
| October 20, 2021

SELMA — A former treatment center for substance abuse could soon serve another purpose. Eric Edwards...


Police think woman helped teen run away

October 20, 2021

CLAYTON — Police here think a Raleigh woman helped a Clayton teenager run away from home this past s...

Source: Johnston County Public Health Department

COVID-19 deaths fall in Johnston

October 20, 2021

From Oct. 7 to 14, COVID-19 claimed two lives in Johnston County. In the two weeks from Sept. 24 to ...

What rules, if any, should govern when the town says yes to requests to close streets for festivals?

Church’s request sparks debate

By Scott Bolejack
| October 19, 2021

SELMA — On paper, the request appeared benign: Close portions of Raiford and Waddell streets on Sund...

School board member Kay Carroll argues for keeping masks mandatory.

Masks remain mandatory in Johnston schools

By Scott Bolejack
| October 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s COVID-19 numbers are improving. But they’re not yet to the point wher...

This is Bethesda Baptist Church in an undated photo.

A prankster took advantage of a ghost story

By Taylor Heeden
| October 19, 2021

This is the tale of how a notorious prankster used a ghost story to scare the wits out of some frien...

Brittany Ellis holds the certificate she received for completing Peer Mentor training.

She’s now ready to mentor others

October 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — JCI helped train Brittany Ellis for employment. Now she’s ready to help train others. I...

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