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SBI probes officer-involved shooting in Johnston County

MIDDLESEX — State Bureau of Investigation agents are examining an officer-involved shooting at a rural Johnston County home.  The N.C. Department of Public Safety requested the State …
Johnston County Interim School Superintent Jim Causby asks Johnston County Commissioners for nearly $8.9 million to keep the school system afloat.

Commissioners take no action on schools’ $8.9 million request

SMITHFIELD ­— Johnston County Commissioners on Dec. 2 made no promise to close a nearly $9 million gap in the public schools’ budget. Interim Superintendent Jim Causby appeared before …
Lead vocalist Craig Woolard, left, Bobby Nantz and Stephen Pachuta of The Embers perform during Black Creek Heritage Day.

The Embers coming to Selma

As mentioned in the song “Ol’ Man River,” the Raleigh-based band The Embers “just keeps on rolling along,” and that makes their many fans happy. The group has been performing …

Wisconsin runaway found near Benson

WILSON’S MILLS — A broken home in Wisconsin prompted a 14-year-old girl to travel almost 1,000 miles to Benson, Wilson’s Mills Police Chief A.Z. Williams told the Johnstonian News on …
State House Rep. Donna White (R-District 26) files for reelection.  She faces a primary challenge.

Candidates file for county, state offices

SMITHFIELD ­— It took just two days of candidate filings in Johnston County to produce contested races in next year’s primary and general elections. Donna White of Clayton, a Republican …
A new traffic signal flashes red on Booker Dairy Road, formerly Ava Gardner Avenue, at U.S. 301 in Smithfield. The N.C. Department on Friday turned on three traffic signals on Booker Dairy, which the state has widened and rerouted.

Booker Dairy Road project nears completion

SMITHFIELD — A milestone to widen and extend Booker Dairy Road arrived Friday morning when the N.C. Department of Transportation turned on traffic signals at three intersections. The signals are …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold front brings showers, chases away 70-degree high

A quick warmup to around 70 degrees Tuesday in The Wilson Times area is only a tease. A cold front is expected to bring an 80% chance of showers by Tuesday evening, followed by high pressure …

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


Ned Walsh

A simple celebration of peace

As the financial reports of Black Friday and Cyber Monday tell us of record sales at the onset of the Christmas orgy of purchasing more stuff so we can be happy and make those around us happy, …

Steve and Belinda Kirk

Let’s be like Mary, shall we?

“Be it unto me, according to your word.” A teenage girl spoke those words of surrender more than 2,000 years ago. Mary uttered those words when the Angel Gabriel appeared to tell her that she was …

Top sports stories
Princeton defender Reanna Braswell (24) and LeOnna Nelson (5) swarm North Johnston's Imoni Hines on Friday night during a 43-37 victory for the Bulldogs.

Not enough: Princeton girls basketball downs NJ in overtime

PRINCETON — The Princeton girls basketball team survived a momentum-changing two-point third quarter to beat North Johnston, 43-37, on Friday night. “They did what they had to do to …
Academic All-Conference selections for Corinth Holders

WENDELL — Academic All-Northern Athletic Conference selections from Corinth Holders High. Honorees are listed by sport. Cross country — Kaitlyn Artero, Graeme Boice, Kassidy Busch, …

Dave 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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