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Workers have begun construction on the new Nutrien Ag Solutions plant on U.S. 301 between Lucama and Kenly. The company is consolidating its Wilson and Princeton locations.

Fertilizer company moving Princeton operation to Lucama

By Drew C. Wilson
| July 26, 2021

LUCAMA — Nutrien Ag Solutions is consolidating its Wilson and Princeton locations into a single 12-a...

Activate Selma members stand in front of a downtown mural. The group has won a grant for more downtown improvements.

Lowe’s grant to benefit two Selma projects

July 26, 2021

SELMA — A project to improve downtown Selma and one of the town’s parks will benefit from a Lowe’s H...

Whether meeting in the old Superior Court room, the Agricultural Center or Smithfield library, County Commissioners have relied on a single camera for livestreams of their meetings. That will change starting in August.

County upgrading livestream of meetings

July 26, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The livestream of Johnston County Board of Commissioners meetings will have a new home...

Ashley Stone stands with some of the cat beds she made.

Girl Scout earns Silver Award

July 26, 2021

Ashley Stone of Clayton has earned the Silver Award, Girl Scouting’s second-highest honor. For her S...

Emergency department nurse Lisa Johnson, seated, was the first Johnston Health employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. She volunteered. Johnston Health now says all employees must get the vaccine.

Johnston Health mandates COVID-19 vaccine for staff

By Taylor Heeden
| July 23, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Health is requiring its staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 21. The h...

Johnston schedules vaccination clinics

July 23, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is coming to a spot near you. The Johnston County Public Health Department has ...

Three want to be mayor of Wilson’s Mills

July 23, 2021

Suddenly, three people want to be mayor of Wilson’s Mills. After no one filed before the noon deadli...

Felice Chadwick, a Master Gardener, helps three youngsters as they work in the Clayton Community Garden.

As Clayton garden grows, so does its fight against hunger

July 23, 2021

CLAYTON — Behind the Clayton Community Center, the Clayton Community Garden is thriving with life. L...

Officer Victoria Lee and Raven make up Clayton's K9 unit.

Clayton creates first female K9 unit team

July 22, 2021

CLAYTON — Officer Victoria Lee and K9 Raven form a unique team. Lee is the Clayton Police Department...

The Johnston County Jail is recovering from a second COVID-19 outbreak.

Latest COVID-19 outbreak at jail appears to have peaked

By Taylor Heeden
| July 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Jail appears to be emerging from its second COVID-19 outbreak. The ...

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, center, announces the Clayton Fire Department’s ISO rating of 2. With him are Mayor Jody McLeod, left, and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Sutphin.

Fire department’s milestone could save homeowners money

July 22, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Fire Department has received its best ISO rating ever. Insurance Commissioner ...

Tom Williams, second from left, is a new member of the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees. With him are, from left, Cody Peedin, incoming student government president; trustee Suefan Johnson, a real estate agent with Caldwell Banker Advantage; and Johnston County Clerk of Court Michele Ball, who administered the trustees’ oaths of office.

Johnston Health CEO named to JCC Board of Trustees

July 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A week or so after taking his seat on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees,...


Board adopts policy tweak

By Scott Bolejack
| July 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Board of Education last week OK’d a policy change that it hopes will end the debate...

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