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Assistant Superintendent David Pearce explains how Test to Stay will work in Johnston.

Schools to offer Test to Stay

By Scott Bolejack
| October 18, 2021

SMITHFIELD — In a bid to reduce student and staff quarantines, Johnston County schools will offer Te...

Commissioners Chairman Chad Stewart says the board welcomes public comment, criticism included.

Commissioners listen, then speak out

By Scott Bolejack
| October 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — County Commissioners listened last week as speakers either praised or condemned them fo...

COVID-19 pandemic

'Our trends are looking much better'

By Scott Bolejack
| October 11, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston’s public health director painted a more encouraging COVID-19 picture when she ...

Flu season has arrived, meaning it's time to get vaccinated, Johnston health officials say.

Health officials touting flu, COVID vaccines

By Taylor Heeden
| October 15, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Dr. Octavia Cieza, the immunologist at Johnston Health, knows why Johnstonians largely ...

Commissioner Fred Smith makes a motion to release additional funding to Johnston schools.

Commissioners release school funding

October 5, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Johnston school leaders on Friday made one last attempt to persuade County Commissioner...

The Johnston County Public Health Department prepares for a Pfizer booster clinic last week at Brightleaf Flea Market in Smithfield.

Pace of new COVID-19 cases slows

October 4, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Johnston County grew to 30,699 on Friday from 30,18...

Clayton police think a pickup like this one hit and killed a man.

Police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run

October 3, 2021

CLAYTON — Police say a fatal hit-and-run might have been intentional. Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, polic...

Murder suspect in custody in Georgia

October 3, 2021

The woman suspected of fatally shooting a relative in Clayton on Thursday is in custody in Georgia.

Pfizer booster shots available Thursday in Smithfield

September 29, 2021

SMITHFIELD — First, second and booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be available from 10 ...


Schools OK bonuses for substitute teachers

By Scott Bolejack
| September 27, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Substitute teachers in Johnston will earn bonuses based on the number of days they work...

This spot along the Neuse River near East Clayton Elementary School has become an impromptu launching point for canoes and kayaks. Johnston County aims to make it an official one.

Johnston buys land for canoe, kayak access on Neuse

By Scott Bolejack
| September 27, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Adrian O’Neal, Johnston’s parks and recreation chief, says Wake and Wayne counties both...

17-year-old held in threats against Johnston schools

September 23, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Sheriff’s Office has detained a 17-year-old in Wednesday’s social media threats aga...

Here's a photo of the anonymous threat on Wednesday against Smithfield-Selma High School.

School threats were hoaxes, Sheriff’s Office says

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

Four Johnston County schools had scares on Wednesday after social media threats of violence. Among o...


Johnston school board keeps mask mandate in place

By Taylor Heeden
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — By yet another 4-3 vote, the Johnston County Board of Education on Monday kept in place...

The oil wagon begins its journey from downtown Kenly to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, its new home.

Historic wagon finds home at Kenly museum

By Taylor Heeden
| September 21, 2021

KENLY — A part of Kenly history has a new, permanent home. On Sept. 15, a wagon that delivered oil f...

Kristy Stephenson, head of testing, tells schools leaders not to place too much emphasis on this year's test results.

Most students fail state tests

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — This past school year, just 42.7% of Johnston students passed their state-required test...

Johnston Health emergency room nurse Mary Johnson cares for  COVID-19 patient on a ventilator.

COVID-19 taxes hospital ER

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

SMITHFIELD — When Mary Johnson went to work at Johnston Health in June 2020, the recent nursing scho...

Dale Lands tells school leaders that unless they adopt a standalone policy against Critical Race Theory, they will find scant support for the next school bond issue.

School board takes further steps on Critical Race Theory

By Scott Bolejack
| September 21, 2021

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education has put some meat on the bones of a policy tweak...

Opponents of a mask mandate in Johnston schools march to the Board of Education building on Sept. 14.

Johnstonians protest mask mandate

By Taylor Heeden
| September 17, 2021

SMITHFIELD — A congressman from Western North Carolina joined Johnston residents on Sept. 14 to prot...

Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood says it will serve its last dine-meal on Sept. 18.

Holt Lake Bar-B-Que is closing

September 13, 2021

SMITHFIELD — Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood will close its doors later this week. “It is time to reti...

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