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The address for the new website is  johnstonnc.com/parks2/.

Parks program launches new website

September 24, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s Parks and Open Space Program has unveiled a new website. The website ...

Signs like this will go up at an intersection near McGee's Crossroads.

Johnston crossroads becoming all-way stop

September 24, 2021

A rural intersection near McGee’s Crossroads will become an all-way stop to boost safety. The N.C. D...

Bridge replacement will close road near Four Oaks

September 24, 2021

FOUR OAKS — Webb Mill Road at Lake Levinson has closed to allow for the construction of a new bridge...

The Neuse Little Theatre says this weekend's two performances of "Never Too Late" will not take place because of COVD-19.

COVID derails Neuse Little Theatre production

September 24, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Neuse Little Theatre has postponed, perhaps canceled, the final two performances of...

17-year-old held in threats against Johnston schools

September 23, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Sheriff’s Office has detained a 17-year-old in Wednesday’s social media threats aga...

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...


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 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...

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...

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...

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...

This unidentified man checked into a downtown Raleigh hotel and died in his room in December 1994.


Who was the man with sad hazel eyes?

By Lindell J. Kay
| September 20, 2021

RALEIGH — A man with sad hazel eyes checked into a downtown hotel under an assumed name, died in his...

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...

Selma Girl Scout Troop 1999 has earned elite status.

Selma Girl Scout troop earns elite status

September 23, 2021

Girl Scouts of the N.C. Coastal Pines have named Selma Troop 1999 a Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troop for 20...

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