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A COVID-19 vaccination clinic draws a parking lot full of cars to North Johnston High School.

Vaccine clinics bring hope to Johnston County

By Taylor Heeden
| January 19, 2021

As Johnston County began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, 102-year-old Irene Exum figured she would...

Rouzer

Rouzer recounts Capitol invasion

By Taylor Heeden
| January 19, 2021

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer was in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 for the certification of the presidential e...

Andrews

Return to in-person learning divides school board

By Scott Bolejack
| January 19, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Four Johnston school board members wanted students to return to their classrooms sooner...

James Reid said the work of the Rev. Martin Luthr King Jr. benefitted Americans of all colors.

Selma video salutes Martin Luther King Jr.

By Taylor Heeden
| January 19, 2021

SELMA — Town leaders and residents came together this month for a video paying tribute to the Rev. M...

The Johnston County Public Health Department is administering the Moderna vaccine, which requires a second dose four weeks after the first.

Next vaccination clinic is Wednesday at Corinth Holders High

From staff reports
| January 18, 2021

A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic will get underway at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Corinth...

A pipe break left standing water through the Ava Gardner Museum.

Water damage delays new Ava Gardner Museum exhibit

From staff reports
| January 18, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Water damage has forced the Ava Gardner Museum to close temporarily. A pipe break last ...

Habitat for Humanity recently completed this three-bedroom, two-bath house in Kenly.

Habitat seeking Johnston applicants

From staff reports
| January 18, 2021

Do you know someone who could benefit from owning their own home? Habitat for Humanity is building i...

Scott

Smithfield to pay COVID bonuses

By Scott Bolejack
| January 18, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The town will pay a $500 bonus to all full-time and permanent part-time employees. Call...

This tract on the west side of Smithfield will become home to an industrial park.

Smithfield backs industrial park

By Scott Bolejack
| January 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council last week cleared the way for an industrial park on the west side of t...

The Town of Smithfield will install this water meter in West Smithfield.

Town to replace water meters in West Smithfield

From staff reports
| January 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The town on Jan. 19 will begin changing out water meters in West Smithfield. During the...

The Johnston County Public Health Department is administering the Moderna vaccine, which requires a second dose four weeks after the first.

In vaccine rollout, 2 numbers important to remember

From staff reports
| January 15, 2021

As the Johnston County Health Department rolls out its COVID-19 doses, remember these two numbers: 1...

Johnston enjoys one of the lower jobless rates among its neighbors.

Johnston’s jobless rate ticks up

By Taylor Heeden
| January 15, 2021

Johnston County’s jobless rate climbed to 5.3% in November from 5.2% in October, the N.C. Employment...

UNC Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.

UNC Health offering vaccine in Smithfield

From staff reports
| January 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — UNC Health has begun offering the COVID-19 vaccine to adults 75 and older. Those are th...

Strickland

Johnston lawmaker gets powerful committee post

From staff reports
| January 14, 2021

RALEIGH — Rep. Larry Strickland, a Johnston County Republican, has been named co-chair of the Approp...

Princeton High volleyball players wear masks during a match this season.

Pandemic reshapes high school sports

By Taylor Heeden
| January 14, 2021

PRINCETON — While Johnston students have returned to remote-only learning, high school sports contin...

Paramedic Stacey Turner, left, receives follow-up instructions from paramedic Jennifer Turner after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

As vaccine rollout begins, ‘rest assured you have a place’

By Scott Bolejack
| January 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A Facebook post on Jan. 5 likely disappointed many Johnstonians. “The Johnston County H...

COViD-19 restrictions make for fewer showing and smaller audiences at North Carolina movie theaters, including Smithfield Cinemas.

Theater pleads for tax relief

By Scott Bolejack
| January 16, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Commissioners could do nothing on Jan. 4 to help Smithfield businessman...

Culver

Some reluctant to get COVID-19 vaccine

By Scott Bolejack
| January 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Over five days in late December and early January, the county offered the COVID-19 vacc...

Johnston County will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to adults 75 and older on Thursday at North Johnston High School.

North Johnston High School to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic

From staff reports
| January 13, 2021

KENLY — A second COVID-19 vaccination clinic for adults 75 and older will get under way at 10 a.m. T...

A divided school board votes to return to school under Plan B on Feb. 1.

Johnston students to return under Plan B on Feb. 1

From staff reports
| January 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Most Johnston students will remain in remote-only learning until Feb. 1, when they will...


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Vaccine clinics bring hope to Johnston County

As Johnston County began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, 102-year-old Irene Exum figured she would...

Rouzer recounts Capitol invasion

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer was in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 for the certification of the presidential e...