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The Selma La Quinta hotel is at 1695 Outlet Center Drive.

La Quinta opens 80-room hotel in Selma

May 13, 2021

SELMA — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has opened a La Quinta inn at 1695 Outlet Center Drive in Selma. Th...

Johnston and Smithfield leaders announce that Amazon will come to town.

Amazon makes it official

May 10, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Documents on file in Town Hall strongly pointed to Amazon as the first tenant in West S...

This drawing shows a warehouse with 132 loading docks.

Smithfield, county to meet on incentives for employer

May 4, 2021

SMITHFIELD — County and Smithfield leaders will meet Monday, May 10, to consider incentives that wou...

Johnston Community College's Small Business Center is serving up small-business webinars in May.

JCC to offer small-business webinars

April 30, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Small Business Center at Johnston Community Colllege will offer the following semin...

A new home for Johnston Animal Hospital is under construction on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

Johnston Animal Hospital building new home

By Scott Bolejack
| May 12, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Dr. Michael Ward wasn’t necessarily in a rush to build a new home for Johnston Animal H...

This rendering and others suggest that Amazon is coming to West Smithfield Industrial Park.

Documents point to Amazon operation in Smithfield

By Taylor Heeden
| April 26, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Project documents on file in Town Hall suggest Amazon will anchor the new West Smithfie...


Industry recruiter asks county to up its game

By Scott Bolejack
| May 5, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston needs more tools in its industry-recruiting box, Chris Johnson, the county’s h...

Sleep Inn & Suites in Smithfield has won the brand's Platinum Award for guest satisfaction and service.

Smithfield hotel wins guest satisfaction award

May 5, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Sleep Inn & Suites on North Equity Drive has won a 2021 Platinum Award from Choice Hote...

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...

Smithfield coffee lovers can expect their Scooter's Coffee to look like this.

Drive-thru coffee coming to Pine Needle Square

By Scott Bolejack
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council on April 6 said yes to a drive-thru coffee shop in Pine Needle Square ...

Traffic makes its way along South Equity Drive in Smithfield. A makeover of the heavily traveled commercial road is nearing completion. Scott Bolejack | Johnstonian News

Equity Drive makeover nearing completion

By Scott Bolejack
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD —The overhaul of Equity Drive — a loop road that’s home to restaurants, hotels and a movi...

The Market at Three Little Birds, which has products from 70 vendors, began shipping purchases to customers during the pandemic.

Good Vibes

Main Street shop adapts — and thrives — amid pandemic

By Robin Koppen
| March 24, 2021

Editor’s Note: Clayton’s Economic Development Office and Downtown Development Association have joine...


Governor increasing capacity limits at shops, restaurants, other businesses

March 24, 2021

Most Johnston businesses may welcome more customers starting at 5 p.m. Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tu...

Free online seminars for small businesses and nonprofits are coming to Johnston Community College in April.

College to offer small-business seminars

March 18, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Small Business Assistance Center at Johnston Community College will offer the follo...

Catharine Eberhart and Bob Maiers have created a socially distanced studio at Purna Yoga East in Clayton.

New Clayton campaign showcasing resiliency during pandemic

By Robin Koppen
| March 23, 2021

Purna Yoga East in the heart of downtown Clayton has been helping its students stay balanced since 2...


New dental practice coming to Clayton

March 17, 2021

CLAYTON — Drs. Daniel Campolieto and Gilbert Carney will open Flowers Crossroads Dental on April 23 ...


Clayton Chamber to offer Business Solutions Summit

March 16, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will stage its first Business Solutions Summit from 8:45 a...


KS Bank reports higher income

March 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — KS Bancorp has reported fourth quarter net income of $1.3 million, or $1.20 per share. ...

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La Quinta opens 80-room hotel in Selma

SELMA — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has opened a La Quinta inn at 1695 Outlet Center Drive in Selma. Th...

Endowed scholarship honors Kenly couple

MOUNT OLIVE — A new endowed scholarship at the University of Mount Olive honors Howard and Sharlene ...

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