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An investigation but no answers

January 15, 2022

Johnston school board Chairman Todd Sutton is right. Federal law bars schools from saying much about...

School board member Lyn Andrews makes the case for a continued mask mandate in Johnston schools.

Our Opinion

Will mask mandate end when students return in January?

December 9, 2021

When she flipped from mask choice to mask mandate, Johnston school board member Lyn Andrews said one...


Our Opinion

Landscape mandate accomplishes nothing

January 5, 2022

Kudos to Smithfield Councilman David Barbour. Normally a fan of rules and regulations, he drew the l...

Town Attorney Jim Cauley advises the council on its residency rule for the town manager.

Our Opinion

Next Clayton manager should live in town

December 1, 2021

The Town Council could still require it in an employment contract. But by statute anyway, the next C...

Our Opinion

How can county best manage growth, or should it even try?

November 26, 2021

Everything County Commissioners said recently about growth had the dual virtues of being honest and accurate. Ted...

Joe Preston speaks to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.


Our Opinion: Of course county commissioners withheld school funding

October 26, 2021

Joe Preston, whose wife quit teaching rather than wear a mask at school, says he’s running for the J...


Our opinion: School, county leaders differ on public comment

October 14, 2021

When Johnstonians speak before their school board, a video screen counts down the three minutes they...


Our Opinion: Street vendors deserve better than this

October 6, 2021

In the Bronx, a New York City borough, two sanitation crews began throwing away produce because the ...


Our Opinion: Test scores were predictable but they’re still troubling

September 29, 2021

Kristy Stephenson, the school system’s head of testing, tells Johnston school leaders not to put too...


Our opinion: Schools must find way to reduce student quarantines

September 23, 2021

We suspect many Johnston parents share County Commissioner Larry Wood’s COVID-19 frustrations. At a ...

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 …

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 …

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 …

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