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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...

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...

Thomas L. Knapp


‘It can’t happen here,’ Down Under edition

By Thomas L. Knapp
| September 20, 2021

Clever tweets tend to morph in content and meaning over time. I don’t know where this one originated...

Opponents of a mask mandate in Johnston schools march to the Board of Education building on Sept. 14.

Johnstonians protest mask mandate

By Taylor Heeden
| September 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A congressman from Western North Carolina joined Johnston residents on Sept. 14 to prot...

Tom Campbell


Avoiding another failed school year

By Tom Campbell
| September 16, 2021

There’s no sugarcoating it: More that 50% of North Carolina’s schoolchildren failed to achieve grade...

John Hood


Biden's mandate goes too far

By John Hood
| September 16, 2021

RALEIGH — I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I ...

This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Johnston now reporting COVID deaths, hospitalizations by age

September 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — For the first time, the Johnston County Public Health Department has begun reporting CO...

Dr. Marilyn Pearson tells County Commissioners that Johnston continues to see COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

‘This pandemic is still raging,’ health director says

By Scott Bolejack
| September 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — When the COVID-19 pandemic began to wane in late spring, Dr. Marilyn Pearson’s routine...

County Commissioner Larry Wood questions the wisdom of mask rules that allow so many exceptions.

Commissioner voices COVID frustrations

By Scott Bolejack
| September 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Commissioner Larry Wood might suffer from COVID fatigue. At the very le...

Johnston Health has partnered with Benson Health to operate a clinic for administering monoclonal antibodies’  COVID-19 treatment. Its first day was Sept. 8. From left are Michelle Bradley, a registered nurse; Ashley Luckett, a registered nurse and clinical supervisor at Benson Health; Lindsey Tart, a registered nurse; Mitch King, a paramedic; Tom Williams, chief executive and president of Johnston Health; William W. Massengill Jr., chief executive of Benson Health; and Lori Martin, director of education for Johnston Health.

Johnston Health partners with Benson Health to open monoclonal antibodies clinic

September 16, 2021

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 have a new treatment option in southern Johnston County. On ...

American Rescue Plan will deliver $4.13 million to Smithfield

September 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In all, the American Rescue Plan Act will funnel $4,138,286.32 to the Town of Smithfiel...

Johnston Health’s brand new mobile outreach unit arrived Wednesday.

Johnston Health puts new mobile unit to work

September 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Within hours of its delivery on Sept. 8, Johnston Health’s new mobile outreach unit rec...

Dr. Matthew Ledoux


Vaccinations, masks create safe learning environments

By Dr. Matthew Ledoux
| September 10, 2021

As a pediatrician serving eastern North Carolina, as well as a father to school-aged children, I tru...

Thomas L. Knapp


Biden's vaccine mandate isn't about COVID-19

By Thomas L. Knapp
| September 10, 2021

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” President Joe Biden said as he announced his...


Lying leaders can’t be truth police

By Corey Friedman
| September 23, 2021

If you think the federal government should act swiftly to remove coronavirus fibs and falsehoods fro...

County Manager Rick Hester says Johnston wants to get rental assistance out quickly and efficiently.

Emergency Rental Assistance available online

September 9, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County has begun administering the Emergency Rental Assistance Program online....

In his video, Johnston Health nurse John Samosky says his COVID-19 patients all say they wish they had gotten vaccinated.

Video campaign urges vaccination

By Taylor Heeden
| September 6, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In a series of videos, Johnston Health staff members are urging their fellow Johnstonia...

COVID-19 quarantines forced Corinth Holders High School to cancel two football games.

Student, staff quarantines top 1,400

September 7, 2021

COVID-19 quarantines among Johnston County public school students reached 1,347 on Friday, the last ...

Some top-shelf vodkas have been hard to come by. Some tequilas too.

Pandemic squeezes liquor supply

By Scott Bolejack
| September 7, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Shortages of liquor, labor and glass have combined to thin the shelves at Johnston ABC ...

A second COVID-19 outbreak at the Johnston County Jail has proven hard to overcome.

An outbreak that seemed over has since mushroomed

By Taylor Heeden
| September 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In early July, the Johnston County Jail thought its second COVID-19 had peaked. By then...

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