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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 ...

COVID vaccination clinic for teens, adolescents is July 14 at SSS

July 13, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for teens and adolescents is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday...

COVID-19 cases in Johnston top 22,000

July 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Johnston climbed to 22,023 on Thursday, up 79...

An entry in the first River Rat Regatta launches from the boat ramp on the Neuse River in Smithfield.

Smithfield's River Rat Regatta to return Aug. 14

July 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council last week gave its blessing to the return of the River Rat Regatta. Th...

Tony Rasmussen, seated with his family, is seeking a kidney donor.

In search of a donor

By Taylor Heeden
| July 19, 2021

WENDELL — Tony Rasmussen met his wife, Kathy, at a Burger King in 1989, when he stopped for coffee b...

In this mosaic, Mary holds Jesus as a toddler.

Mosaics at Saint Ann's reflect an artist’s faith

By Taylor Heeden
| July 14, 2021

CLAYTON — When Jorge Luis Pina Rosales was a child, his parents taught him how to create Byzantine-s...

An Amazon distribution center that's under construction could help Smithfield land a grant for sewer improvements on the west side of town.

Grant would boost West Smithfield sewer

By Scott Bolejack
| July 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Town leaders hope to turn Amazon’s impending arrival into dollars for sewer improvement...


Selma passes budget

By Taylor Heeden
| July 12, 2021

SELMA — The Town Council adopted a $21.3 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. The b...

From left are Mike Mancuso, John Parker, Katie Crowder, Chad Little, Lovette Kirks, Sam O'Brien, Melissa Curry, Telia Virgin, Lindsey Parnell, Brian Worley, Lucia Planchon, Harold Keen and Kelly Wallace.

Leadership Johnston salutes 2021 graduates

July 12, 2021

Leadership Johnston celebrated its newest graduates during a ceremony June 24. Despite the challenge...

Johnston County Commissioners have set aside dollars to help with renovations to the Pleasant Grove Community Building.

County gives an assist to community buildings

By Scott Bolejack
| July 12, 2021

The community buildings that dot Johnston County are all decades all, and many need extensive makeov...

Survey seeks opinions on growth in Johnston

July 9, 2021

SMITHFIELD  — Johnston leaders are seeking public input as they begin writing a land-use plan that w...

Clayton police ID those injured in biker fight at restaurant

July 9, 2021

CLAYTON — Police have released the names of those injured in a clash on July 7 between motorcycles c...

Schools to make up day lost to storm

July 8, 2021

After canceling classes on July 8 because of tropical storm Elsa, the Johnston County public schools...

One shot, four hurt as motorcycle gangs fight at Clayton restaurant

July 8, 2021

CLAYTON — One person was shot and four others were injured during a fight Wednesday night at the Cle...

COVID-19 cases climbing but slowly

July 6, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The number of COVID-19 cases in Johnston climbed to 21,870 on Thursday, up 22 from two ...

Johnston seniors take part recently in a food crafts. Starting July 1, the county's senior centers will be open five days a week.

Johnston County's senior centers emerging from COVID

By Scott Bolejack
| July 7, 2021

SMITHFIELD —Like much of Johnston, Community & Senior Services is emerging, cautiously, from COVID-1...

Participants compete in the hot dog eating contest, part of Clayton's Square to Square Independence Day Street Festival.

Clayton celebrates Independence Day

By Taylor Heeden
| July 6, 2021

CLAYTON — The community celebrated the Fourth of July in a new way on Saturday. Clayton staged its f...

Big Daddy's Smokehouse & Grill was the last food truck to visit the Johnston County Department of Social Services.

Smithfield puts brakes on food trucks at DSS

By Scott Bolejack
| July 8, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The email’s subject line was in all caps: LAST FOOD TRUCK. The weekly food trucks at th...

Smithfield forced to delay election

July 7, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The town’s voters will not elect four council members in November. It’s unlikely they w...

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