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School board Ronald Johnson appeals for looser mask rules.

School board member Johnson appeals for looser mask rules

By Scott Bolejack
| January 18, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Another month, another 4-3 vote to mandate masks in Johnston schools. “It’s sad news,” ...

Johnston County is seeing more COVID-19 cases among people who have been vaccinated.

Breakthrough cases continue to climb

January 18, 2022

Here are the COVID-19 numbers in Johnston County as of Jan. 13: Total cases — 42,140, up 933 from tw...

Smithfield-Selma High School students are displaying their photographs.

SSS students display their photos

January 18, 2022

SMITHFIELD —Through February, photographs by Smithfield-Selma High School students are on display at...

Johnston Health CEO Tom Williams, second from right, congratulates Stephanie Lombard, third from left, on being named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. With them are, from left, Katlyn Creech, analyst and specialty services supervisor in the business office; Eddie Klein, chief financial officer; and Angela Deans, director of patient financial services.

Business office employee is hospital ambassador

January 18, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Health’s latest Ambassador of the Month is Stephanie Lombard, a financial supp...


Rouzer bringing office hours to Johnston

January 18, 2022

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer is bringing office hours to Johnston County. On the second Wedneday of every ...

School board Chairman Todd Sutton asks parents for their understanding as the schools labor to keep buses rolling.

Johnston schools acknowledge bus woes

By Scott Bolejack
| January 17, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Johnston school leaders last week asked for patience and understanding when buses don’t...


Johnston Health limits virus testing

January 17, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Health is no longer administering COVID-19 tests to people who come to its eme...

From left are scholarship semifinalists Leyla Anthony, Kyra Worth, Mia Calloway and Michelle Chen.

SSS seniors are scholarship semifinalists

January 17, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Four Smithfield-Selma High School students are scholarship semifinalists. Leyla Anthony...

Girl Scout cookie sales are underway in Johnston County.

Girl Scout cookies on sale in Johnston

January 17, 2022

Girl Scout cookies are on sale. Here’s when and where to buy them in Johnston County over the next c...

Laici Deravil is an All-Region cheerleader.

SSS cheerleader named All-Region

January 17, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High School’s Laici Deravil is an All-Region Cheereleader. The N.C. Ch...

James Smith deploys a prop to show that a 25-degree slope insn't all that steep.

Council puts off slope protections

By Scott Bolejack
| January 15, 2022

CLAYTON — No one who rose to speak wanted the Town Council to protect gently sloping land from devel...

A state program helps low-income families keep their water flowing.

State expands program that helps families pay water bill

January 14, 2022

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its Low-Income Household Wat...

The N.C. Department of Transportation has bicycle helmets to give away.

Applications open for bicycle helmets  

January 14, 2022

RALEIGH — To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation is encouragin...

Bob Jones University offers more than 100 degree programs.

Bob Jones student on President’s List

January 14, 2022

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Karie Jensen, a senior theater major from Clayton, has been named to the fall sem...


Young Democrats hear from school board hopefuls

By Debbie Herrera
| January 15, 2022

Johnston school board elections are nonpartisan affairs, but most candidates have a party affiliatio...

Clayton Councilman Jason Thompson makes his case for delaying appointments to the Planning Board.

Clayton delays Planning Board appointments

January 15, 2022

CLAYTON — The Town Council on Jan. 3 made appointments to several advisory boards. But it delayed ac...

Owen Daughtry, author of “Different but Special,” is shown here on Benson’s Story Walk. With him are members of the Benson Chamber of Commerce and Benson town employees.

Benson park adds Story Walk

January 13, 2022

BENSON — The Johnston County Partnership for Children has christened its second Story Walk. This one...

Dollar General has a distribution center on Shotwell Road in Clayton.

Distribution center makes donation

January 13, 2022

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General’s Clayton distribution center on Jan. 6 presented $7,500 to t...


Virus surges but deaths are fewer

By Scott Bolejack
| January 15, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The new year did not arrive as Dr. Marilyn Pearson had hoped. “We are still in a pandem...

The six townhouses would be on the vacant lot at the top of this map.

Clayton tables townhouse project

By Scott Bolejack
| January 12, 2022

CLAYTON — The Town Council on Jan. 3 was poised to grant a request to build six single-family townho...



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