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Patty Whittington, an assistant superintendent, says summer school is open to all but will target those students needing the most help.

Johnston schools lay out summer learning plans

By Scott Bolejack
| April 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s summer of learning will open June 7 and run through July 15. State la...

Clayton won’t celebrate July 4 with fireworks

By Taylor Heeden
| April 20, 2021

CLAYTON — For the second consecutive year, the rockets’ red glare will not be part of Independence D...

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Operation Medicine Drop is April 23 in Clayton

April 20, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Police Department wants to help residents safely dispose of unused and expired...

The East Coast Truckers Jamboree is May 6-8 in Kenly.

East Coast Truckers Jamboree returning to Kenly in May

April 20, 2021

KENLY — The eighth annual East Coast Truckers Jamboree will take place May 6-8 at Kenly 95 Petro, 92...


Don’t fear the vaccine, doctors say

By Taylor Heeden
| April 20, 2021

North Carolina has paused use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, but the move shoul...

Vaccine available at Johnston County Health Department

April 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer COVID-19 vaccine doses by appoi...

Nearly 1,200 first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on Wednesday.

First-dose clinic is Wednesday at West Johnston High School

April 19, 2021

A first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic will get under way at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at West J...

The Clayton Community Center's basketball courts have become popular too with pickleball players. The community center is slowly emerging from its COVID-19 closing.

Clayton Community Center taking another step toward fully reopening

By Taylor Heeden
| April 19, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Community Center in May will resume evening programming and alter some COVID-1...


Selma debates reopening Town Hall

By Taylor Heeden
| April 19, 2021

SELMA — Johnston County’s COVID-19 numbers are falling, and Gov. Roy Cooper has relaxed limits on in...

Clayton Youth Council member Bri Bryant, left, presents gift baskets to Clayton Police Officer Victoria Lee.

Clayton Youth Council wins top honors

April 19, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Youth Council earned two top honors at this year’s State Youth Council Spring ...

An expansion of Berry's Benson plant will create 63 jobs, the company says.

Berry to add 63 jobs in expansion of Benson plant

April 16, 2021

BENSON — Berry Global, a maker of nonwoven fabrics and plastic packaging products, will spend more t...

After more than a decade, Four Oaks Business Park has just one tenant, Becton Dickinson, a medical device maker that has a distribution center in the park. Mayor Linwood Parker thinks natural gas would attract manufacturers

Four Oaks seeks county’s help with gas line

By Scott Bolejack
| April 16, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker knows that Johnston County has much to attract industry....


Selma releases manager’s contract

April 16, 2021

Selma’s employment contract with its new town manager is fairly standard. It guarantees Brent Taylor...

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