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Johnston principals complete leadership training

June 14, 2021

Two Johnston County principals have completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program, or D...


Ryan Ewell to lead Cleveland Elementary

June 9, 2021

Ryan Ewell is the new principal of Cleveland Elementary School. Most recently, Ewell was the assista...


Dixon Road has new principal

June 10, 2021

Amy Creed is the new principal of Dixon Road Elementary School. A native of Benson, Creed has served...

Smithfield-Selma High School has announced its latest nine-week honors.

SSS announces Principal’s List, Honor Roll

June 9, 2021

Smithfield-Selma High School has announced its Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the fourth nine w...

Here's a rendering of a Clayton High School football field with artificial turf. Courtesy Johnston County Schools

Clayton High School, town might strike partnership on ball fields

By Taylor Heeden
| June 8, 2021

CLAYTON — Clayton High School would like for the town to help make drainage and other improvements t...

Four Oaks Middle School has announced its latest Principal's List and Honor Roll.

Four Oaks Middle announces Principal’s List, Honor Roll

June 11, 2021

Four Oaks Middle School has announced its Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the final nine weeks o...

Princeton High School seniors receive their diplomas during a ceremony Friday evening in the gym.

In-person graduation returns to Johnston

By Taylor Heeden
| June 1, 2021

PRINCETON — After a year of online learning and intermittent in-person classes, Johnston County high...

Celebrating the Month of Military Children at Smithfield-Selma High School are, from left, retired Master Sgt. Randy Griffin, Navy Junior ROTC cadets Amy Martinez, Miranda Galindo, Jenifer Aparicio and Ana Alvarado, and retired Master Chief Matthew DesChamps.

Smithfield-Selma High is a Purple Star school

May 28, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High School has received a Purple Star from the N.C. Department of Pub...

On hand for the check presentation were, from left, Todd Holmes, executive director of Beginning Educator Support; Janet Lebo, director of Beginning Educator Support; Ryan Taylor of Horace Mann Insurance Co.; Ally Edwards, Outstanding First Year Teacher; Heather Anders, principal of North Johnston Middle School; and Danah Miller, director of the Beginning Educator Support team.

Agriculture teacher is top first-year teacher in Johnston

May 27, 2021

Ally Edwards is Johnston County’s Outstanding First Year Teacher. A 2016 graduate of Corinth-Holders...

Johnston schools to give all bus drivers a bonus

By Scott Bolejack
| May 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In a normal year, Johnston school bus drivers with perfect attendance would receive a $...


Jenny Durko to lead River Dell Elementary

May 13, 2021

CLAYTON — Jenny Durko is the new principal of River Dell Elementary School. Durko has been an educat...


Schools hire engineer to oversee energy management

May 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County public school system has hired Weston Hockaday as its first enginee...


Board hopes to use incentives to lift struggling schools

By Scott Bolejack
| May 11, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Superintendent Eric Bracy wants to reward Johnston schools that erase D’s and F’s from ...

Class Notes

Honor society welcomes three

May 6, 2021

Three Johnstonians have been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor socie...


University of Mount Olive salutes two students from Johnston

May 12, 2021

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive has presented awards to two students from Johnston Count...

SSS band teacher has Flame for Learning

April 30, 2021

Brian Jones is this year’s teacher of the year in Johnston County. The band director at Smithfield-S...

Two schools have their own calendar

June 3, 2021

Johnston County’s Early College Academy and Career & Technical Leadership Academy have their own sch...

From left are team member Kyra Worth, faculty adviser Angela Causby, and team Jude Reece, Ruthie Nutt and Jaime Sugg; Joining remotely for the photo were Catherine Cepin and Maya Mercier.

SSS wins Battle of the Books

April 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A team from Smithfield-Selma High School has won the 2021 Battle of the Books, a virtua...

Doris Wallace applauds the school board for embracing diversity in its hirings and appointments.

Speakers weigh in on race in Johnston schools

By Scott Bolejack
| April 23, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Last week’s school board meeting drew an unusual number of public comment speakers. Two...

Here’s latest on proms, graduation ceremonies in Johnston

April 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston schools on April 13 unveiled more details about prom and graduation for the co...

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