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State resurfacing two Clayton roads

April 14, 2021

CLAYTON — Drivers will encounter lane closures this month while contract crews mill, resurface and r...

An expansion of Berry's Benson plant will create 63 jobs, the company says.

Berry to add 63 jobs in expansion of Benson plant

April 16, 2021

BENSON — Berry Global, a maker of nonwoven fabrics and plastic packaging products, will spend more t...

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Selma releases manager’s contract

April 16, 2021

Selma’s employment contract with its new town manager is fairly standard. It guarantees Brent Taylor...

A young girl watches the Petals String Duo perform during a Third StrEATery event last fall.

Smithfield Briefs

Council OKs return of Third StrEATery

April 16, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council last week: • Gave the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. permission...

After more than a decade, Four Oaks Business Park has just one tenant, Becton Dickinson, a medical device maker that has a distribution center in the park. Mayor Linwood Parker thinks natural gas would attract manufacturers

Four Oaks seeks county’s help with gas line

By Scott Bolejack
| April 16, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker knows that Johnston County has much to attract industry....

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Commissioners want more state troopers in Johnston

By Scott Bolejack
| April 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston commissioners will ask Gov. Roy Cooper to assign more state troopers to the co...

The Clayton Town Council has OK'd an expansion of Riverwood Golf Club that will add a total of 726 houses, townhomes and apartments.

Neighbors balk but council OKs development

By Taylor Heeden
| April 15, 2021

CLAYTON — The Town Council on April 5 cleared the way for 726 houses, townhomes and apartments in Ri...

Pearson

COVID-19 numbers continue to improve

By Scott Bolejack
| April 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — For months, Johnston County’s COVID-19 trend was troubling, even frightening. On April ...

Saylor

Johnston faces commuter rail question

By Scott Bolejack
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Soon, county leaders will have to decide how badly they want commuter rail to reach int...

Smithfield coffee lovers can expect their Scooter's Coffee to look like this.

Drive-thru coffee coming to Pine Needle Square

By Scott Bolejack
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Town Council on April 6 said yes to a drive-thru coffee shop in Pine Needle Square ...

Traffic makes its way along South Equity Drive in Smithfield. A makeover of the heavily traveled commercial road is nearing completion. Scott Bolejack | Johnstonian News

Equity Drive makeover nearing completion

By Scott Bolejack
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD —The overhaul of Equity Drive — a loop road that’s home to restaurants, hotels and a movi...

Three male kittens at Johnston County's animal shelter await adoption.

Want to end euthanasia of homeless dogs, cats?

By Taylor Heeden
| April 14, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Chad Massengill notes that euthanasia rates at Johnston County’s animal shelter are fal...

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be available Wednesday at Corinth Holders High School.

First-dose clinic is Wednesday at Corinth Holders

April 12, 2021

A first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic will get under way at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Corint...

A homeless man digging for food in a Rocky Mount dumpster in 2007 discovered the body of an unidentified baby boy covered by this plastic Cheetos bucket that investigators believe may be a clue in the case.

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‘John Nash’ baby’s killing remains unsolved

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 12, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — A baby boy found in a Food Lion dumpster 14 years ago had been strangled to death by s...

Litter cleanup coming to Smithfield

April 9, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The town invites residents to take part in Earth Day Litter Pick-up from 9:30 to 11:30 ...

The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be available Friday at Johnston Community College.

Second-dose clinic is Friday at Johnston Community College

April 8, 2021

A second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic will get underway at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Johnston C...

Clayton's Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library needs more room.

Library to request funding for potential renovations

By Taylor Heeden
| April 8, 2021

CLAYTON — Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will ask the Town Council to include renovation dollars ...

Veterans at the ceremony pause for a photo.

Ceremony salutes Vietnam War veterans

April 7, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Smith-Bryan Daughters of the American Revolution held a ceremony and wreath-laying ...

One-dose clinic is Saturday in Smithfield

April 7, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic will get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 10...

Andrew and Erika Wagner are the owners of the Little Brown Jug, which has reopened after nearly a year's hiatus because of COVID-19 restrictions. Contributed photo

Little Brown Jug reopens after yearlong hiatus

By Taylor Heeden
| April 6, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Andrew and Erika Wagner were in Maui celebrating their wedding anniversary when Gov. Ro...


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Seasonable temps, minimal rain chances

Weather conditions in the Wilson Times area should be relatively benign Saturday through Tuesday, wi...

State resurfacing two Clayton roads

CLAYTON — Drivers will encounter lane closures this month while contract crews mill, resurface and r...

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