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Anders named North Johnston Middle School principal

KENLY ­— Heather Anders has been named principal at North Johnston Middle School. She succeeds Kenneth Sumler, who left to become Johnston County Public Schools site administrator for the …
Interim Town Manager Mike McLaurin speaks during the Selma Town Council's June 11 meeting. Property taxes will remain at 54 cents per $100 in property value for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Selma to raise water, sewer rates, but property taxes stay flat

SELMA — The Selma Town Council adopted its $19,864,107 fiscal year 2019-20 operating budget on June 11 during its monthly meeting at town hall. Interim Town Manager Mike McLaurin said the budget …
Robert O'Neal reads the Johnston County Education Summit's public comment letter to school board members on June 11. Board Chairman Mike Wooten required revisions to the letter when Reginald Holley addressed the board in May.

School board hears censored comments

SMITHFIELD — A public comment letter on “racial marginalization” that was read with redactions at the May 14 Johnston County Board of Education meeting was heard unedited at the school …
Dave DiFilippo cartoon

Our Opinion: School board allows uncensored remarks, but won’t fix policy

The Johnston County Board of Education righted a wrong last week when it allowed previously censored public comments to be read, but it also compounded its mistake by doubling down on unlawful and …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: High humidity arrives to greet summer solstice

Eastern North Carolina's weather will be in tune with the astronomical calendar as Friday's solstice marks the first official day of summer, Al Thomas says in this week's installment of The Wilson …

RELEASED: After 43 years, Charles Ray Finch a free man

Charles Ray Finch never gave up. Instead, he fought for more than 43 years to gain his freedom. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Finch’s release. In January, the U.S. 4th Circuit of …

WhirliDogs to serve opportunity: Workers with disabilities will learn, make hot dogs

Court upholds Parks’ 2017 murder conviction

Animal shelter fails state inspection

Wilson man burns hands in tractor fire

Nash man charged in aunt’s murder

A Nash County man is accused of killing his aunt, a Raleigh resident reported missing whose body was found in a shallow grave last week. Cleavon Royster Williams, 44, of the 4200 block of Biltmore …

$95M Nash budget to keep tax rate flat

48 earn degrees from Nash-Rocky Mount Early College

Family continues tradition of placing Memorial Day flags


Keith Barnes

Lottery or none, gamblers will start young

I recently heard a radio broadcaster say the North Carolina Education Lottery that’s been around since 2005 and raised $5.5 billion in education funds is responsible for teaching today’s …

Ned Walsh

Trumpisms and the power of words

The art of communication and the attendant skills to create thoughts and word pictures that capture readers’ imagination seem to be a slowly diminishing art these days. We have slowly become a …

Top sports stories
Corinth Holders High right-hander Landon Ginn prepares to pitch during a May 10 matchup against Apex at Corinth Holders. Ginn was recently named the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association 4-A Player of the Year.

Corinth Holders’ Ginn named 4-A Player of the Year

WENDELL — Landon Ginn was at a recent Carolina Mudcats game with his teammates when the news reached him that he’d been named the 4-A Player of the Year by the North Carolina Baseball …
North Johnston sweeps EPC’s top honors on the diamond

A sweep of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year honors headlined the end-of-season accolades for the North Johnston High softball and baseball teams after a pair of deep runs into the …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar: Church to hold summer revival

Church to hold summer revival FOUR OAKS — Mount Calvary Holiness Church of Deliverance, 114 Lakeview Drive, will hold its summer revival beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 and continuing at 7 p.m. daily. The theme is …

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