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Justine Maas says her fairs markets help small businesses while giving the community a place to gather.

Vendor fair showcases small businesses

By Debbie Herrera
| May 19, 2022

For a Saturday in April, the wedding venue Twin Oaks Barn at Umstead Ranch became a shopping center....

Dana Wooten, president and chief executive of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, speaks during the first LaunchJoCo graduation.

LaunchJoCo salutes its first graduates

May 16, 2022

CLAYTON — The Clayton Chamber of Commerce on May 3 presented certificates to the first graduates of ...

Brittany Lucas cuts the ribbon to her shop, the Dragonfly Boutique, in downtown Smithfield.

Boutique opens downtown Smithfield storefront

By Debbie Herrera
| May 17, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Brittany Lucas’ early exposure to fashion was very much hands-on. “I have always been d...

Jacqueline "Jackie" Gathers is the owner of Inspirational You Beauty Box, a shop she opened amid the pandemic.

Her vision is to inspire the beauty within

By Debbie Herrera
| May 20, 2022

Jacqueline Gathers was in her car when inspiration struck. “I was on the phone with a friend, and I ...

The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce will present its Legacy Awards on June 14.

Triangle East Chamber to hold awards celebration

May 10, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce will hold its first Legacy Awards celebration on ...

KS Bank’s Earl Worley Jr., left, and Doug Cockrell, right, present a $10,000 check to the Johnston County Education Foundation’s Darla Peedin and Eric Brownlee.

KS Bank donates $10,000 to Education Foundation

May 3, 2022

KS Bank has donated $10,000 to the Johnston County Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports t...

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will hold a business social on Friday.

Chamber social is Friday morning

May 4, 2022

CLAYTON — The next “Good Morning Clayton” business social is scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, May ...

KS Bank is headquartered in Smithfield.

KS Bank receives Rural Center award

May 4, 2022

The N.C. Rural Center has named KS Bank its 2021 Community Bank of the Year. The award goes to the b...

Keen

KS Bancorp reports lower earnings

May 5, 2022

SMITHFIELD — KS Bancorp has reported first quarter earnings of $1.367 million, or $1.23 per share. T...

The Johnston County Workforce Development Center serves the county's pharmaceutical companies.

Interstate alliance plans job-training center in Four Oaks

By Scott Bolejack
| April 30, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Clayton is home to the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, a training ground ...

The Cardinal is now officially a bar that sells food. Photo courtesy Johnston County Visitors Bureau

Is the Cardinal in Clayton a restaurant or a bar?

By Scott Bolejack
| April 23, 2022

CLAYTON — North Carolina has restaurants that serve alcohol and bars that serve food. Which is the C...

McGuinness

Chamber to hold meet-and-greet for new president

April 18, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce will introduce its new president and chief execut...

Clayton Chamber of Commerce members meet with state lawmakers. Shown are, from left: front row — Dana Wooten, Rep. Donna McDowell White, Rep. Larry C. Strickland and Ruth Anderson; middle row — Kyle McDermott, Rick Heilmann, Lydia Davis and John Tosches; and back row — Scott Sides, Brad Palmer and Patrick Pierce.

Clayton chamber lobbies state lawmakers

April 19, 2022

RALEIGH — The Clayton Chamber of Commerce carried its legislative agenda to Raleigh on March 28. Cha...

AgCarolina Farm Credit, which has this branch in Smithfield, plans a merger of equals with Cape Fear Farm Credit. Johnstonian News file photo

Two farm lenders say they will merge

April 22, 2022

AgCarolina Farm Credit and Cape Fear Farm Credit have announced their intention to merge. The combin...

Harris Teeter, which has a store in Flowers Plantation, is raising money to support the USO.

Business Briefs

Grocer’s campaign to support troops

April 22, 2022

Harris Teeter has launched its annual Support Our Troops campaign to benefit the USO.

Carolina Packers hot dogs are no longer on the menu at Durham Bulls games.

Business Briefs

Carolina Packers no longer on Durham Bulls menu

April 13, 2022

The Durham Bulls are no longer serving Bright Leaf hot dogs from Carolina Packers.

Town and chamber leaders attend the ribbon-cutting for Sisters II Ice Cream. From left are Will Chandler, Kim Pickett, Mayor Jerry Medlin, Nick Capps, Billy Olsen, Caroline Parker, Thomas Parker, Kyler Parker, Karen Parker, Russ McLamb, Eric Brownlee, Matt Moore, Michele Brownlee, Jaymes Elliott, shop owner Deborah Davis, Casandra Stack, Shanna Capps, Alan Johnson, William Neighbors, Maxine Holley and Loretta Byrd.

Ice cream shop opens in Benson

March 28, 2022

BENSON — Sisters II Ice Cream has opened at 108 S. Market St. in Benson. Deborah and Jim Davis owner...

The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards to, from left: front row — Matt Moore, Max Miller, Leon Tart, Dennis Moore, and Alicia Howell; and back row — Daniel Parker, Dale Parker and Bryan Parker.

Benson Chamber holds awards banquet

March 31, 2022

The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce held its 73rd awards banquet March 17 at The Barn at Broadslab. ...

Selma now allow alcohol sales as early as 10 a.m. Sundays.

Selma OKs alcohol sales at 10 a.m. on Sundays

By Scott Bolejack
| March 21, 2022

SELMA — State lawmakers in 2017 allowed restaurants and stores to sell alcohol as early as 10 a.m. o...

Seminar will explore small-business marketing

March 31, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College will offer “Marketing Your Smal...


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