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Hurricane Dorian's speed, its path and the timing of an approaching cold front are variables likely to affect how much wind and rain the area sees, Al Thomas explains in this week's installment of … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Public Schools welcomed Jim Causby as interim superintendent on Tuesday.  According to Causby, his primary responsibility will be to restore the … more
SMITHFIELD — Linda Smith is Johnston Community College’s new vice president of instruction. Smith, JCC’s former associate vice president of health, wellness and human services, started her … more
SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Tourism Authority recently approved $209,000 in tourism capital grants for several area projects. “As the county continues to grow, the investment in … more
SMITHFIELD — Now that Superintendent Ross Renfrow has retired, some of his critics are expressing hopes for the future of Johnston County Public Schools. Clayton High School parent Kim Winslow, … more
SMITHFIELD — Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly — and in a 47-year-old murder case, those wheels can turn at a snail’s pace. That’s just what’s happening as prosecutors begin … more
No matter how hard we try to hide, it just doesn’t work. A continually unrepentant spirit in the life of a believer eventually shows itself. Oh, we might be able to fool some people some of the … more
CLAYTON — The Johnston County Public Utilities Department will smoke test the sewer system in the Cleveland community during the first three weeks of September. The testing area includes the … more
KENLY— Glendale-Kenly Elementary School has welcomed eight members to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Catherine Strickland will be a second grade teacher following stints of teaching … more
SMITHFIELD — Mark Palm said his mission in life was forged when he was just a teenager and he is now fulfilling that mission to the hilt. Palm said his parents were pastors who managed a … more
FOUR OAKS — Four Oaks United Methodist Church, 302 N. Church St., will hold its annual book and bake sale from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 … more
SELMA — Some 175 guests attended the 2019 Triangle East Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Banquet held Thursday at Sysco Raleigh LLC in Selma. “We successfully rebranded,” said … more
SMITHFIELD — After a closed-door Johnston County Board of Education meeting Aug. 27, school board Chairman Mike Wooten announced Superintendent Ross Renfrow’s retirement effective the following … more
SMITHFIELD — The town of Smithfield has awarded J.P. Edwards a $235,510 contract to restore the Spring Branch Wetland Facility damaged in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. The facility is … more
With Hurricane Dorian carving an uncertain path toward the U.S. coastline, eastern North Carolina weather should remain pleasant and seasonal at least through Tuesday, Al Thomas explains in this … more
SMITHFIELD-Former Johnston County School Superintendent Ross Renfrow, who retired Aug. 28, will receive a lump sum payment of $75,000 from Johnston County Public Schools by Sept. 26. Renfrow's … more
After a closed door meeting of the Johnston County Board of Education Tuesday night, at which Superintendent Ross Renfrow was absent, School Board Chairman Mike Wooten announced Renfrow’s retirement effective Wednesday, Aug. 28. more
The last week of August in eastern North Carolina will be seasonable and temperate, with highs and lows tracking close to the average of mid-80s during the day and mid-60s overnight, Al Thomas says … more
CLAYTON — N.C. 42 was closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon at the Buffalo Road intersection after a CenturyLink subcontractor struck a gas line while installing cable and fiber optic … more
I’m sure most of we grandparents have chided our grandkids who are about to start their new school year with our tales of how hard it was back in our day. My favorite tale is that I had to trudge … more
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