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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...

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,” ...

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...

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...


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...

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...


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 ...

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...

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...

This evidence photo shows the pair of shoes worn by an unidentified man whose skeleton was found in the Chatham County woods in 1981. The shoes are size 9 brown leather designer slip-ons made by Pierre Cardin.


Shoes are best clue in skeleton case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 17, 2022

PITTSBORO — A pair of designer shoes and some ragtag clothing are about the only clues left to the i...

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...

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...

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...

Smithfield is seeking a grant to help restore Spring Branch.

Smithfield Briefs

Town to seek greenway-planning grant

January 12, 2022

The Smithfield Town Council last week: • Agreed to pay McCormick Taylor, a Raleigh firm, up to $8,70...

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