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The year just ended was a bruising one for the Johnston County Board of Education. Early in 2019, the board came under fire for a public-comment policy that required those speaking before the … more
SMITHFIELD ­— After 17 years on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, Jeff Carver will step down next December. Carver announced in October that he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2020. … more
CLAYTON — When Michelle Harrell saw the story of the Magic Wheelchair organization, she wanted to get involved some way. The mother of two joined the online community and patiently waited for … more
On the job-creation front, 2019 was a good year for Johnston County. In all, the county’s economic-development director announced more than 3,000 jobs and some $350 million in investment last … more
PRINCETON — The fate of the Princeton Community Building will have to wait. At their December meeting, commissioners debated three options: raze the current building and construct a new one, … more
The jet stream is continuing to be a friend to The Wilson Times area. Arching up and over the eastern half of the United States, the jet stream is keeping eastern North Carolina mild and … more
A large high-pressure ridge stretching from southeastern Canada into Louisiana has moved into place and should provide stable conditions with mostly above-average temperatures through at least … more
CARY — Catherine Truitt, a former classroom teacher in Johnston County, has filed as a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction. Joining her in filing on her birthday, Dec. 17, … more
Brent Evans believes coaching and mentoring are important qualities for community college instructors. As a heating, air conditioning and ventilation instructor at Johnston Community College, … more
SMITHFIELD — The Eastern Chapter of the N.C. Transportation Maintenance Council recently awarded tool boxes, tool sets, gift cards and other prizes to 17 students in the diesel and … more
Christmas show winding down SELMA — It’s not too late to catch this year’s Christmas show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St. Final performances are scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. … more
Of all the candidate filings for school board in Johnston County, Kay Carroll’s might be the most surprising. That’s because the Smithfield pharmacist has been there and done that, serving on … more
SMITHFIELD — Twyla Casey Wells is the new vice president of advancement and community relations at Johnston Community College. In her new role, Wells serves as the college’s chief advancement … more
SMITHFIELD — Cari Drew, director of student success and advising at Johnston Community College, has been named the 2019 Rudolph Howell Staff Person of the Year. Drew started at JCC in 2009 as an … more
Cosmetology instructor program starts March 9 Johnston Community College is registering students for its cosmetology instructor program, which begins March 9. Students in the two-semester … more
SMITHFIELD­ — An expert in conducting searches for school superintendents told the Johnston County Board of Education this that it will take six months to find a new leader for the county’s … more
Rick Mercier, a former journalist who now works in local government, has filed for a seat on the Johnston County Board of Education. Mercier, who filed Friday, was editor of the Clayton News-Star … more
Food hall adds coffee, tea, desserts SELMA — Old North State Food Hall has announced its second vendor, a Clayton favorite, Boulevard West. “We are thrilled to be part of the Old North … more
CLAYTON — To understand why Michelle Pace Davis wants to be a county commissioner, it helps to know her background, which begins on the family farm on Buffalo Road. “I’m the sixth generation … more
KENLY — Tommy Johnston concedes that the go-cart accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down changed his life dramatically. But the change was not necessarily for the worst, said … more
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