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Commissioner Fred Smith says Johnston doesn't immediately need a $103 million high school.

Our Opinion

What about those mobile classrooms?

May 28, 2022

In March of last year, Johnston school leaders told County Commissioners they would need a $143 mill...

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What explains the interest in Johnston school board race?

March 12, 2022

Is anyone surprised that 13 Johnstonians are chasing just three available seats on the county Board ...

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Johnstonians are already learning to live with COVID

February 26, 2022

At every level of government, our elected leaders and the medical experts who advise them are saying...

Clayton will no longer charge out-of-town residents to use its library.

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In Clayton, poor now subsidize library services for wealthy

February 26, 2022

From now on, the poorest Clayton residents will subsidize library services for the wealthiest folks ...

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Do the pros of water, sewer cooperation outweigh the cons?

February 5, 2022

Here’s the problem with Johnston County having so many water and sewer providers: When it comes to a...


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An investigation but no answers

January 15, 2022

Johnston school board Chairman Todd Sutton is right. Federal law bars schools from saying much about...

School board member Lyn Andrews makes the case for a continued mask mandate in Johnston schools.

Our Opinion

Will mask mandate end when students return in January?

December 9, 2021

When she flipped from mask choice to mask mandate, Johnston school board member Lyn Andrews said one...


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Landscape mandate accomplishes nothing

January 5, 2022

Kudos to Smithfield Councilman David Barbour. Normally a fan of rules and regulations, he drew the l...

Town Attorney Jim Cauley advises the council on its residency rule for the town manager.

Our Opinion

Next Clayton manager should live in town

December 1, 2021

The Town Council could still require it in an employment contract. But by statute anyway, the next C...

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How can county best manage growth, or should it even try?

November 26, 2021

Everything County Commissioners said recently about growth had the dual virtues of being honest and accurate. Ted...

Joe Preston speaks to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.


Our Opinion: Of course county commissioners withheld school funding

October 26, 2021

Joe Preston, whose wife quit teaching rather than wear a mask at school, says he’s running for the J...


Our opinion: School, county leaders differ on public comment

October 14, 2021

When Johnstonians speak before their school board, a video screen counts down the three minutes they...


Our Opinion: Street vendors deserve better than this

October 6, 2021

In the Bronx, a New York City borough, two sanitation crews began throwing away produce because the ...


Our Opinion: Test scores were predictable but they’re still troubling

September 29, 2021

Kristy Stephenson, the school system’s head of testing, tells Johnston school leaders not to put too...


Our opinion: Schools must find way to reduce student quarantines

September 23, 2021

We suspect many Johnston parents share County Commissioner Larry Wood’s COVID-19 frustrations. At a ...

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