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Cold weather means polar run

Cold weather means polar run

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Selma’s seventh annual Polar Bear Run on Jan. 14 gave runners and walkers a chance to support animal welfare while keeping their New Year’s resolutions.  This year’s event showcased Bailey’s Human Rescue, a nonprofit working to reduce the overpopulation and euthanization of cats and dogs. The rescue accepted donations for...

Want to read an ebook? Johnston libraries have an app for that

Want to read an ebook? Johnston libraries have an app for that

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SMITHFIELD — Libby is an app that allows library patrons to borrow and read ebooks, audiobooks and the like. The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield embraced Libby in October 2021 for its ease of use. “Libby is a much simpler platform to use,” said Johnnie Pippin, the library’s...

Selma’s Soul Food Feast returns on Feb. 18

Selma’s Soul Food Feast returns on Feb. 18

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SELMA — The sixth annual Soul Food Feast is scheduled from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Richard B. Harrison Gym, 601 Noble St. The celebration of Black History Month will feature food trucks, live entertainment and shopping. The event is a project of the town and...

Battlefield schedules 2023 special events

Battlefield schedules 2023 special events

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FOUR OAKS — Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site holds several special events throughout the year. Here’s the 2023 schedule: Battle anniversary — March 18. The state historic site marks the battle’s anniversary on the third weekend in March, with large reenactments every five years. The 158th anniversary commemoration will include...

Luncheon in Clayton to benefit youngsters

Luncheon in Clayton to benefit youngsters

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CLAYTON — A luncheon to benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St. Seatings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $20. To purchase tickets, go to https://bit.ly/ClaytonSteakhouse.

Panthers’ Aycock a catch for Mount Olive

Panthers’ Aycock a catch for Mount Olive

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North Johnston High has sent its share of quality baseball players to the University of Mount Olive over the past few years. While maybe not yet fully qualified as a...

Registration underway in Selma for youth sports

Registration underway in Selma for youth sports

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SELMA — Registration continues through March 10 for T-ball, baseball and softball. Here are the offerings: • T-ball — coed for ages 4-6. • Coach pitch — coed for ages...

Is football coach leaving SSS?

Is football coach leaving SSS?

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SMITHFIELD — Is Deron Donald, who returned Smithfield-Selma High School to football prominence, leaving the school after three seasons? Last week, Smithfield Councilman Marlon Lee, a fellow coach in Johnston...

Why did we elect Thom Tillis?

Why did we elect Thom Tillis?

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Our senior senator, Thom Tillis, has a target on his back. Angry, disillusioned partisans are calling him a traitor, a betrayer. Curiously enough, those name callers aren’t Democrats, as might...

‘Fair Tax’ a terrible idea that just won’t die

‘Fair Tax’ a terrible idea that just won’t die

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Here we go again: The “Fair Tax Act” is out for its perennial limp around the dead legislation track. The “Fair Tax,” or “FairTax” for those with defective space bars...

Celebrate school choice, options for parents and students

Celebrate school choice, options for parents and students

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My twin boys, now sophomores in college, never attended a traditional public school, nor a private high school. In no way do I mean to disparage traditional public schools, which...

School board might be grasping at straws

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The Johnston County Board of Education has asked District Attorney Susan Doyle to determine whether evidence exists to charge board member Ronald with “willfully and corruptly” failing to discharge the...

School board might be grasping at straws

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The Johnston County Board of Education has asked District Attorney Susan Doyle to determine whether evidence exists to charge board member Ronald with “willfully and corruptly” failing to discharge the...

‘Poorly chosen’ words created firestorm

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What if Johnston school board member Kay Carroll had never said “Hide your money”? If so, fellow school board member Ronald Johnson would have had no reason to share secretly...

The blame game gets us nowhere

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In Scott Bolejack’s column, “Developers aren’t the ones to blame,” he rightfully notes that farmers and their heirs can sell their land to whomever they wish. He fails, however, to...

Join her in cleaning up our waterways

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, one of the most comprehensive environmental statutes in our country’s history. The enactment of these regulations has allowed us...

For the sake of families, expand Medicaid

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I have never written a letter to the editor before but am doing so today because I am heartened that...

Linwood Ralph Benton

Linwood Ralph Benton

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PRINCETON, N.C. — Linwood Ralph Benton, age 74, died Sunday, December 4, 2022. Service arrangements are entrusted to Casey Funeral Home and Cremations.

Jeffrey Lysinias Creech

Jeffrey Lysinias Creech

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MIDDLESEX - Jeffrey Lysinias Creech, 62, made his Heavenly ascension on Friday, December 2, 2022. A native of Johnston County, he was born on March 17, 1960 to the late...

Edward Talton

Edward Talton

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LUCAMA, N.C. — Edward Talton, age 78, died Friday, December 2, 2022. Service arrangements are entrusted to Kenly Funeral and Cremation Service.