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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,” ...


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...


Virus surges but deaths are fewer

By Scott Bolejack
| January 15, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The new year did not arrive as Dr. Marilyn Pearson had hoped. “We are still in a pandem...

John Hood


School closures were too risky

By John Hood
| January 8, 2022

When the news broke on Monday that one of North Carolina’s largest school districts, Cumberland Coun...

T. Ryan Gallaher


Omicron brings urgency for vaccination, safety habits

By T. Ryan Gallaher
| January 5, 2022

As eastern North Carolina continues to see rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the ...

The Johnston County Public Health Department offers the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

State continues to urge vaccinations

January 3, 2022

RALEIGH — The COVID-19 vaccine remains the most important thing North Carolinians can do to keep the...

COVID-19 is surging in Johnston County.

Cases climb by 951 in just two days

January 4, 2022

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County isn’t immune from North Carolina’s Omicron surge. On Dec. 30, the Johns...

Johnstonians social distance while waiting for a COVID-19 test at the Progressive Men's Club building in Smithfield.

As Omicron spreads, so does testing

By Debbie Herrera
| January 8, 2022

SMITHFIELD — With COVID’s Omicron variant spreading quickly and widely, Johnstonians are lining up t...

This graph charts new COVID-19 cases in Johnston from April 2020 to Dec. 21 of this year.

COVID-19 cases surge in one day

December 28, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The number of COVID-19 cases in Johnston County grew by 136 in one day last week. Becau...

Tom Campbell


Back where we began

By Tom Campbell
| December 22, 2021

Over the past few days, it has felt like we were ending 2021 where we started it — in the throes of ...

The Johnston County Public Health Department offers the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

First COVID-19 vaccine dose comes with $100 gift card

December 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — While supplies last, the Johnston County Public Health Department is offering $100 VISA...

Johnston tenants and landlords can apply for rental assistance at

County doling out millions in rental assistance

By Scott Bolejack
| December 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County continues to dole out dollars to keep renters in their homes with the l...


Pace of COVID infections climbing again

By Scott Bolejack
| December 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — When Dr. Marilyn Pearson spoke to Johnston County Commissioners last week, the newest C...

Thomas L. Knapp


Omicron: Next step from pandemic to endemic?

By Thomas L. Knapp
| November 30, 2021

South Africa reported detection of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus to the World Health Organizat...

Booster shots of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Johnston County Public Health Department.

CDC expands booster recommendation to all adults

November 24, 2021

RALEIGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for ...


Doctors welcome vaccine for kids

By Debbie Herrera
| November 18, 2021

UNC Health doctors expressed excitement after the federal government on Oct. 29 OK’d Pfizer’s COVID-...

Dr. Marilyn Pearson, second from left, and members of her staff don Halloween costumes for a vaccination clinic on Oct. 29.

Halloween adds food, fun to vaccine clinic

By Debbie Herrera
| November 10, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Public Health Department used Halloween to inject some fun — and ...


Boosters are many, first doses are not

By Scott Bolejack
| November 9, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The number of Johnston adults who want a COVID-19 vaccine appears to have reached a pla...


COVID spread continues to slow

November 3, 2021

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper said the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina was slowing. The numbers i...

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