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Three want to be mayor of Wilson’s Mills

July 23, 2021

Suddenly, three people want to be mayor of Wilson’s Mills. After no one filed before the noon deadli...

Emergency department nurse Lisa Johnson, seated, was the first Johnston Health employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. She volunteered. Johnston Health now says all employees must get the vaccine.

Johnston Health mandates COVID-19 vaccine for staff

By Taylor Heeden
| July 23, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Health is requiring its staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 21. The h...

Johnston schedules vaccination clinics

July 23, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is coming to a spot near you. The Johnston County Public Health Department has ...

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, center, announces the Clayton Fire Department’s ISO rating of 2. With him are Mayor Jody McLeod, left, and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Sutphin.

Fire department’s milestone could save homeowners money

July 22, 2021

CLAYTON — The Clayton Fire Department has received its best ISO rating ever. Insurance Commissioner ...


Selma needs to make water, sewer a priority, candidate says

By Scott Bolejack
| July 20, 2021

SELMA — This country has many layers of government — town, county, state, federal. Selma Town Counci...


Council candidate has a lot of ideas for Clayton

By Scott Bolejack
| July 21, 2021

CLAYTON — Porter Casey wants to serve his hometown. “I grew up in Clayton, and I’ve watched it chang...

The Johnston County Jail is recovering from a second COVID-19 outbreak.

Latest COVID-19 outbreak at jail appears to have peaked

By Taylor Heeden
| July 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Jail appears to be emerging from its second COVID-19 outbreak. The ...

School board chairman Todd Johnson says he'd like to be able to give parents and staff a choice when it comes to wearing masks.

School leaders anxious for end of mask mandate

By Scott Bolejack
| July 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Some school board members are ready to end the mask mandate in Johnston classrooms. Oth...


Board adopts policy tweak

By Scott Bolejack
| July 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Board of Education last week OK’d a policy change that it hopes will end the debate...

Kay Carroll tells fellow board member Ronald Johnson that he too didn't act on Critical Race Theory until county commissioners threatened school funding.

Johnston school board members clash

By Scott Bolejack
| July 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — It was a rare public display of acrimony between Johnston school members. Kay Carroll a...

Officer Victoria Lee and Raven make up Clayton's K9 unit.

Clayton creates first female K9 unit team

July 22, 2021

CLAYTON — Officer Victoria Lee and K9 Raven form a unique team. Lee is the Clayton Police Department...

Here's a rendering of a Clayton High School football field with artificial turf.

Clayton field to get artificial surface

July 19, 2021

CLAYTON — The football field at Clayton High School will get an artificial surface. The Johnston Cou...

Tom Williams, second from left, is a new member of the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees. With him are, from left, Cody Peedin, incoming student government president; trustee Suefan Johnson, a real estate agent with Caldwell Banker Advantage; and Johnston County Clerk of Court Michele Ball, who administered the trustees’ oaths of office.

Johnston Health CEO named to JCC Board of Trustees

July 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A week or so after taking his seat on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees,...

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Filing period closes in Johnston towns

July 19, 2021

Here are this year’s candidate filings in Johnston County towns: Archer Lodge — Teresa Bruton, incum...

Sergio Soto of the University of South Florida’s Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science drew this sketch from a facial recognition sculpture of an unidentified man whose remains were discovered in Mount Holly in October 1979.


Homicide victim’s identity remains a puzzle

By Lindell J. Kay
| July 19, 2021

Shot dead and dumped in the Gaston County woods, next to nothing is known about a Black man whose re...

Ariana Daley is a state titleholder in the 400-meter dash.

Johnston school board honors state title winners

July 16, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education on July 13 saluted three state champion athletes...

From left are Ed Croom, president of Mount Olive University; Mike Mancuso, president of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce; and Paul Rutter, head of strategic partnerships for MOU.

Mount Olive to offer MBA program on JCC’s Smithfield campus

July 16, 2021

Starting in August, the University of Mount Olive will offer its master’s degree in business adminis...

With help from Johnston Health, Elton Parrish beat bladder cancer. He's shown here with his daughter, Susan Watson.

Early detection, change of heart led to his victory

July 16, 2021

When Elton Parrish learned he had bladder cancer, he nearly passed up treatment. At age 93, the Selm...

N.C. State Fair Manager Kent Yelverton, right, and fair mascot Casey Cardinal pause for a photo with Morgan Wilder.

State Fair salutes a big fan

July 15, 2021

On Thursday, as tropical storm Elsa made her way through North Carolina, N.C. State Fair Manager Ken...

Blood drives coming to Johnston

July 15, 2021

The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives in Johnston County: Tuesday, July 20...

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