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Lift veil of secrecy shrouding public employee records

March 16, 2021

Your taxes pay their salaries, but when police officers, teachers and other public-sector workers ar...

Town, community college leave us scratching our heads

October 27, 2020

Normally, when people in positions of authority dodge a reporter’s questions, it’s because they have done something wrong. Not necessarily criminal, but something that likely to cast them or …

Commissioners right to scrap decals

October 20, 2020

Residents of rural Johnston have many objections to the county’s trash-decal program. One, certainly, is the cost, which has climbed markedly over the years. Another is the hassle of having to …

The people of Selma have a right to know the public’s business

October 13, 2020

We like Selma mayor Cheryl Oliver. She’s sharp, articulate, polished in public appearances and, we think, genuinely committed to the betterment of both Selma and Johnston County. But if Ms. Oliver …

Selma got it backward

September 22, 2020

Selma Councilman Byron McAllister says a majority on the Town Council wanted Steven Hicks out as town manager because he had the wrong vision for Selma. Perhaps that’s true. But if so, Selma …

Clayton voters are angry, but will they stay that way?

September 22, 2020

Everything Timothy Weiss said to the Clayton Town Council was true. The council was wrong to pay Adam Lindsay, a rookie town manager, like a seasoned veteran. Doing so set Mr. Lindsay up for …

Schools miss chance to be transparent

August 25, 2020

April Lee, head of the Johnston County Association of Educators, says the public schools are hiding COVID-19 cases as K-5 students prepare for in-person classes. If so, Johnstonians have to wonder …

Towns should provide level playing field for business

August 4, 2020

Not long ago, Clayton banned food trucks, arguing that they threatened brick-and-mortar restaurants, which not only pay taxes but often give back to the community, sponsoring festivals and youth …

Parks benefit all Johnstonians

July 14, 2020

As a matter of policy and politics, asking newcomers to pay for the services they demand is sound. Most of the time. Which is to say that while Johnston’s system-development fees are higher …

In Selma, town manager’s quip was tone-deaf

July 15, 2020

The average monthly water bill in Selma is going up more than 42 percent. To Town Manager Steven Hicks, the increase is no big deal. It’s the cost of one hamburger and soft drink a week, the town …

Mask mandate drafts cashiers, clerks as Cooper’s cops

June 30, 2020

North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, fast-food …

Here’s another plea to keep the county’s housing affordable

June 9, 2020

In Our Opinion Johnston County Commissioners are largely dismissive of fears that their slower-growth policies will fuel sprawl and inflate housing prices here. For them, the rapid pace of …

Open government guarantee belongs in NC Constitution

June 2, 2020

In Our Opinion Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina. State officials have withheld vital information about coronavirus outbreaks …

Johnston taxpayers deserve better from these two boards

May 12, 2020

By now, most Johnstonians know their school board exhausted its cash savings, apparently on salaries and other recurring expenses, and taxpayers have rightly chided the board for doing so. Last …

Ask Congress to support local news during pandemic

April 28, 2020

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face …

How will public greet next superintendent?

April 21, 2020

Earlier this month, the Johnstonian News posted an update on the search for Johnston County’s next superintendent of schools. In case you missed it, the school board had narrowed its search from 31 …

Trump joke or not, school censorship’s no laughing matter

April 14, 2020

President Donald Trump is in the thick of yet another high school free speech controversy. A North Surry High School student made a joke about Trump during an improv club meeting on Wednesday, …

Public needs more info about COVID-19 cases

April 6, 2020

Citing federal privacy laws, Johnston County leaders have revealed little about the many coronavirus cases here, and it’s true that only patients can agree to the disclosure of their health …

Numbers show a commitment to schools

March 2, 2020

During a recent forum, some Johnston school board candidates called on County Commissioners to up their education spending. One candidate even suggested that commissioners had been shortchanging the …

Vacant buildings need more than bandages

February 17, 2020

We share the Smithfield Town Council’s distaste for vacant, dilapidated buildings. They’re eyesores that cast doubts on a town’s vitality. Still, we’re not sure the Town Council’s …


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