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Police seek suspect in Smithfield killing

SMITHFIELD — Police are searching for a suspect accused of fatally shooting a 39-year-old man found dead in his home Thursday morning. Officers were called to the Forbes Drive home at 9:48 …

Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run crash

ZEBULON — State troopers are seeking witnesses to help identify and locate a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in rural Johnston County. Troopers say a vehicle struck 48-year-old …

Man faces murder charge in fatal shooting

FOUR OAKS — Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man with murder in a fatal Friday shooting at a rural Johnston County home.  Authorities were called to a shooting at 6350-A Devils …

Johnston County Public Schools faces $10 million shortfall

SMITHFIELD — Interim Superintendent Jim Causby told school board members Oct. 8 that Johnston County Public Schools needs $10 million to get through the 2019-20 school year. Board member Todd …

Ex-pastor faces more child sex offense charges

SMITHFIELD — A former Johnston County pastor faces additional sex charges and the possibility of life in prison if he’s convicted of statutory rape. Steve Morris, 61, was pastor of Oliver’s …
Wilson Glass and Mirror employees Cameron Wooten, left, and Dustin Mooring install insulated glass windows into the Kenly Parks and Recreation Center building that's being transformed into a senior center.

New senior center planned

KENLY — The brick building beside Kenly Parks and Recreation offices that was previously used both as an agriculture building and a storage area for Kenly Area Ministries is being transformed into …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Tropical system brings Saturday evening storms

A tropical system forecast to sweep through eastern North Carolina should bring rain — very heavy in spots — to the greater Wilson area on Saturday evening, Al Thomas explains in this …

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

Extinction is a natural phenomenon

Although I seldom have time to watch TV interviews on the morning news while I’m getting ready for work, last week I overheard a guest who sounded as if he was blaming those he thought responsible …

Thomas L. Knapp

Focus on climate claims, not Thunburg

What is Greta Thunberg’s superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average 16-year-old doesn’t start successful global activist movements, address UN Climate Action Summits and have …

Top sports stories

Area Calendar, Oct. 22-23

Tuesday, Oct. 22 High School Varsity Volleyball 1-A Carolina Conference tournament at Princeton, quarterfinals — Neuse Charter vs. Lakewood, 5 p.m.; Rosewood at Princeton, 7 p.m.; 2-A …
Pirates advance to NAC championship

WENDELL — The No. 1 seed Corinth Holders volleyball team made quick work of Raleigh Wakefield in the semifinals of the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Tournament, advancing  to the …

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar: Church plans yard sale fundraiser

Church plans yard sale fundraiser FOUR OAKS — Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96 S., will hold a yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to benefit its youth fund. Free breakfast will be available while …

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