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Here's a photo of the anonymous threat on Wednesday against Smithfield-Selma High School.

School threats were hoaxes, Sheriff’s Office says

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

Four Johnston County schools had scares on Wednesday after social media threats of violence. Among o...

Clayton High School football players prepare to christen their artificial turf field.

Clayton High christens artificial turf field

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

The Clayton High School Comets on Friday played their first game on the school’s new artificial turf...

County Commissioner Larry Wood questions the wisdom of mask rules that allow so many exceptions.

Commissioner voices COVID frustrations

By Scott Bolejack
| September 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Commissioner Larry Wood might suffer from COVID fatigue. At the very le...

Selma pauses to reflect on Constitution

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

SELMA — The Town of Selma is celebrating Constitution Week. The Daughters of the American Revolution...

An Amazon distribution center is taking shape in West Smithfield Business Park.

Smithfield backs Amazon roadwork

September 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Amazon wants the N.C. Department of Transportation to help make road-safety improvement...

The campus of Southern New Hampshire University is in Manchester, but the university is just as well known for its online offerings.

Class Notes

Johnston students on President’s List

September 22, 2021

Ten students from Johnston County have earned places on the summer President’s List at Southern New ...

Johnston Health emergency room nurse Mary Johnson cares for  COVID-19 patient on a ventilator.

COVID-19 taxes hospital ER

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — When Mary Johnson went to work at Johnston Health in June 2020, the recent nursing scho...

Kristy Stephenson, head of testing, tells schools leaders not to place too much emphasis on this year's test results.

Most students fail state tests

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — This past school year, just 42.7% of Johnston students passed their state-required test...

Dale Lands tells school leaders that unless they adopt a standalone policy against Critical Race Theory, they will find scant support for the next school bond issue.

School board takes further steps on Critical Race Theory

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education has put some meat on the bones of a policy tweak...


Johnston school board keeps mask mandate in place

By Taylor Heeden
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — By yet another 4-3 vote, the Johnston County Board of Education on Monday kept in place...

The Ollis Family will perform Sept. 25 at Benson Grove Baptist Church.

Gospel music coming to Benson Grove Baptist

September 21, 2021

BENSON — The Ollis Family will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Benson Grove Baptist Chur...

The oil wagon begins its journey from downtown Kenly to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, its new home.

Historic wagon finds home at Kenly museum

By Taylor Heeden
| September 21, 2021

KENLY — A part of Kenly history has a new, permanent home. On Sept. 15, a wagon that delivered oil f...

Clayton police remind residents to lock their cars.

Thieves preyed on unlocked cars in Clayton

September 20, 2021

Clayton police think they know who committed thefts from cars in two neighborhoods in July and Augus...

Inner Shows will bring carnival games and rides to Carolina Premium Lots later this month.

Carnival, revival on Smithfield calendar

September 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Town Council on Sept. 7 said yes to a couple of special events. A Family...

Opponents of a mask mandate in Johnston schools march to the Board of Education building on Sept. 14.

Johnstonians protest mask mandate

By Taylor Heeden
| September 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A congressman from Western North Carolina joined Johnston residents on Sept. 14 to prot...

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