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Maybe 35 years ago, my family took a short vacation toward the coast of North Carolina. I was allowed to take one of my friends, who happened to be one who accompanied me on many of these types of … more
Accomplished junior golfer Ella June Hannant has not only resumed her par-busting tear but is now starring in a sisters show in the sport. A Drive Chip and Putt national champion in 2018, the … more
I came home from a trip to Des Moines, Iowa to find my oldest son shredding nylon rope. Using a pick, he would insert it between the threads and comb out the fine fibers, making what looked like the … more
FOUR OAKS — South Johnston won the Tar Heel Leagues 15-and-under Baseball State Tournament on July 28, topping Jamesville 13-1 in the final game to take the title. South Johnston went … more
Sixteen members of the Johnston County-based Evolution Track Club qualified for the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field National Championship after strong showings at the North Carolina AAU … more
It was tough. Climbing mountains is hard work, especially during the summer in a North Carolina climate. Yet here we were, scaling the fourth-highest peak in the mountain range. Our muscles aching, … more
Don’t let the hollow yellow bat and plastic ball fool you — the competition that takes place every July at Smithfield Community Park is serious. With fields measuring only 140 feet to the … more
SMITHFIELD — Returning to the game he loves in the 2019 North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament has been a blessing for Jordan Adams. “Every day I’m blessed,” Adams said. “I’m blessed to … more
The second Johnston County Wrestling Camp, put on by the Neuse Charter School wrestling program, was held July 8-11 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Neuse Charter wrestling coach … more
As we celebrate Independence Day weekend, it may be a good time to discuss a few ways in which our country survived due to the outdoorsmanship of our founding fathers and early settlers. Without this … more
Fifteen campers took part in drills during North Johnston's first-ever Youth Tennis Camp held June 17. The camp was run by North Johnston tennis coach David Anderson and Panthers players, West … more
I grew up right beside a pond and a lake. It made life great as a youngster. It also created some interesting times. Before I dive deep into this scene, it must be noted that 50 years ago, times … more
The 31st edition of the North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament will return to Smithfield’s Community Park on July 13-14.  The entry fee for the slow-pitch event, which features four-man … more
The night can be a wondrous thing. Especially when the nighttime sky is unfiltered with artificial light. I have written many times about dark skies and the glory that they can hold. From … more
I am an outdoors columnist and a freelance photographer. If you have read this column more than a couple of times, you know I like to reminisce about days in the past while getting to the point of my … more
We live in delicate times. There is no doubt. There is also no doubt that we can become alarmists with exaggerated threats as well. I have been wandering around on this planet for nearly 50 years … more
Wednesday, May 1 Varsity Girls Soccer North Johnston at Farmville Central, 6 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. West Johnston vs South Johnston, 6:30 p.m. Clayton vs East … more
Turkeys are the bane of me. Not quite like the hated ticks, although as turkey season comes in, ticks tend to open ‘human season’ it seems. Turkeys are more like a love/hate relationship, … more
There is some good news regarding our deer and elk herds in North Carolina. In 1999, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission began testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) amongst our … more
April 10 Varsity Baseball Princeton at Southern Wayne, 5 p.m.   Varsity Softball Princeton at South Johnston, 6 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Wilson Prep, 4:30 p.m. Corinth … more
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