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Attendees hold their candles aloft during a Wednesday vigil for Officer Ryan Hayworth of the Knightdale Police Department, who died when a motorist struck his stopped patrol vehicle.

Hundreds attend vigil for Knightdale police officer killed in crash

By Amber Revels-Stocks
| October 22, 2021

KNIGHTDALE — Hundreds of people attended a Wednesday candlelight vigil for Knightdale police Officer...

The former Day by Day Treatment Center could become a home for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Selma property could serve veterans with PTSD

By Scott Bolejack
| October 20, 2021

SELMA — A former treatment center for substance abuse could soon serve another purpose. Eric Edwards...

The Clayton Thales Academy will look much like this.

Thales Academy makes it official

October 18, 2021

From staff reports CLAYTON — Last fall, a spokesman for Flowers Plantation said Thales Academy would...

Olivia Parrott thanks the school board for agreeing to test rather than automatically quarantine students exposed to COVID-19.

Parent backs Test to Stay

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A divided Board of Education on Oct. 12 voted to keep the mask mandate in Johnston scho...


Police think woman helped teen run away

October 20, 2021

CLAYTON — Police here think a Raleigh woman helped a Clayton teenager run away from home this past s...


SSS teacher will be Space Education Ambassador

October 18, 2021

A Johnston County teacher will take part in the N.C. Space Education Ambassadors program, or NCSEA, ...

Plastic bags are one of the greatest contaminants of Selma's recycling stream, the town says.

Could Selma abandon recycling?

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SELMA — The town has a recycling program. Basically, folks aren’t using their recycling containers f...

What rules, if any, should govern when the town says yes to requests to close streets for festivals?

Church’s request sparks debate

By Scott Bolejack
| October 19, 2021

SELMA — On paper, the request appeared benign: Close portions of Raiford and Waddell streets on Sund...

Ronald Johnson calls on the school board to reward bonuses to the school system's classified employees.

School employees to receive bonuses

By Scott Bolejack
| October 20, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education has OK’d bonuses for substitute teachers and inc...

Some Johnstonians, students and parents included, want to keep teachers and students in masks.

Mask mandate enjoys student, parent support

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The four school leaders who voted last week to continue Johnston’s mask mandate enjoyed...

This is Bethesda Baptist Church in an undated photo.

A prankster took advantage of a ghost story

By Taylor Heeden
| October 19, 2021

This is the tale of how a notorious prankster used a ghost story to scare the wits out of some frien...

Mary Beck says Policy 5100 will silence teachers and harm the community.

Policy 5100 will harm community, parent says

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Mary Beck told school leaders she read something recently that they should hear. “One o...

Brittany Ellis holds the certificate she received for completing Peer Mentor training.

She’s now ready to mentor others

October 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — JCI helped train Brittany Ellis for employment. Now she’s ready to help train others. I...

Clayton residents can go online to see a map of where the town could build pedestrian paths.

Clayton seeking input on pedestrian plan

October 22, 2021

CLAYTON — The town wants to hear from residents as it crafts a community-wide pedestrian plan. A sur...

School board member Kay Carroll argues for keeping masks mandatory.

Masks remain mandatory in Johnston schools

By Scott Bolejack
| October 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s COVID-19 numbers are improving. But they’re not yet to the point wher...


Parents continue to lobby for mask choice

By Scott Bolejack
| October 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Since early August, a slim Board of Education majority has consistently and predictably...

A parent says Innovation Academy is a great school that could use a working cafeteria and better restrooms.

A great school could use some help, parent says

By Scott Bolejack
| October 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Stuart Lee described himself as a “very proud, proud Innovation Academy parent.” He cal...

Smithfield's Riverside Cemetery will once again play host to the Johnston County Heritage Center's annual Ghost Walk.

Ghost walk returns in-person on Oct. 28

October 18, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Heritage Center will stage its 17th annual Ghost Walk on Thursday, ...

University of Maryland Global Campus caters to working adults.

Four from Johnston on Dean’s List

October 21, 2021

ADELPHI, Md. — Four students from Johnston County have been named to the summer term Dean’s List at ...

Source: Johnston County Public Health Department

COVID-19 deaths fall in Johnston

October 20, 2021

From Oct. 7 to 14, COVID-19 claimed two lives in Johnston County. In the two weeks from Sept. 24 to ...

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