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School board debates ‘unity agreement’

SMITHFIELD — As it did the month before, the Johnston County Board of Education last week discussed but did not adopt an agreement that would govern its behavior. No school leader has said so …
Brianne Krut, left, and Joyce Kilpatrick-Jordan rehearse a scene from "Flung."

In ‘Flung,’ Neuse Little Theatre tackles family drama

SMITHFIELD — In “Flung,” the Neuse Little Theatre’s latest production, four siblings gather at the family cottage on Lake Michigan to spread their late father’s ashes atop his favorite …

Schools to review energy contract

SMITHFIELD — Kay Carroll is not a school board member — at least not yet — but the candidate might be shaping school board policy. In a 1,600-word opinion piece for the website …
Clayton's Harmony Playground will have areas for different types of play.

Harmony Playground clears last funding hurdle

CLAYTON — The Town Council this month filled the hole in funding for Clayton’s first playground for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through cash donations, grants …

School board needs to regain public’s trust, candidate says

CLAYTON — Kenon Crumble has one overarching goal if elected to the Johnston County Board of Education. “I want to regain the community’s trust,” he said in an interview. In recent months, …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Warmup will melt the snow, then cold front arrives

After a very cold start to Saturday, with temperatures landing near 20 degrees at daybreak, the Wilson Times area should see a quick warmup. High pressure over North Carolina ridging back to …

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

The GOP and Trump’s ‘Enabling Act’

Johnston County is a solid Republican county that, I assume, gives President Trump its loyal party support. May I be so bold as to offer an alternative and historic perspective of this mortal human …

Corey Friedman

Ban drag queens today, Bibles tomorrow?

Ben Baker wouldn’t want his daughters to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour at the local library — and as a parent, that’s his prerogative. But if Baker has his way, other parents won’t be able …

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Clayton junior B.J. Freeman hangs on the rim after a big dunk against West Johnston. Freeman scored 23 points in a 84-52 victory that allowed the Comets to finished unbeaten in 3-A Greatern Neuse River Conference play.

Comets finish unbeaten conference run

BENSON — An 84-52 victory for the Clayton boys basketball team over West Johnston on Thursday night finished out an undefeated 10-0 record in the 3-A Greater Neuse River this season for the …
Comets earn share of GNRC title with rout of WJ

BENSON — The sound of celebration — of chanting and yelling and just plain screaming — echoed from the West Johnston High vistors locker room and out into the hallway near 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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