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Clayton High principal appeals his transfer

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten said Friday the school board has instructed administrators to expedite former Clayton High School Principal Bennett Jones’ …
Robert O'Neal of the Johnston County Education Summit speaks during an Aug. 13 news conference at St. Peter's Church of Christ in Smithfield.

Group protests schools’ comment rules

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Education Summit held an Aug. 13 press conference to discuss its efforts to end what the group calls Johnston County Public Schools’ marginalization of African …
Chris Flippo, one of a handful of certified hemp growers in Wilson County, walks through a greenhouse willed with young hemp seedlings.

Hemp to sprout in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD — Town leaders have given the green light to Smithfield’s first hemp greenhouse. The Smithfield Town Council on Aug. 13 granted Frank Lee’s application for a special-use permit to …
Nestor McLean walks through downtown Pine Level in 2017. The 91-year-old attributes his health and longevity to his habit of taking daily walks.

Pine Level honors McLean with sidewalk dedication

PINE LEVEL — Mayor Jeff Holt used the Pine Level seniors group’s monthly meeting Aug. 14 to honor longtime town resident Nestor McLean. Holt thanked McLean for his service to the town and …
Bobby Moore, left, and Tobacco Farm Life Museum Executive Director Melody Worthington display copies of Bob Boyette’s book “Treasured Times." Boyette's children donated them to the museum.

Local history books donated to tobacco museum

KENLY — The late Bob Boyette’s children have donated local history books their father wrote to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum so it can sell them in its gift shop. Boyette was a popular …

Weathercast: Cold front pushes weekend highs below 80 degrees

Weathercast: Clash of weather systems could bring rain, cooler temps

Johnston ranks 3rd for visitor spending growth

Trust the Savior to protect you through all of life’s storms

Quality time, not elaborate plans, makes anniversary special

Rolling Stones still command top dollar

Benson road to reopen before Mule Days

Community mourns Clayton auto dealer Steve Matthews

Johnston Community College’s ‘Chef Judy’ appears on Food Network

Pine Level orders new garbage truck

Anglers Marine names store manager

School locker lore rattles our memory, characterizes our past

Website gives Johnston Community College high marks

Wayne Community College to host Nissan training academy

Deputies: Aycock High teacher had relationship with student

Backpacks distributed at Kenly back-to-school bash

Community Calendar: Vendors sought for craft sale benefit

Retired educator: Prioritize student diversity

Weathercast: Rain chances climb heading into workweek

Deputies: C.B. Aycock High School teacher had relationship with student

Weathercast: Cold front brings chance of severe thunderstorms

Man charged with killing roommate

Summer outreach tradition continues in Benson

Hospitals force Folwell to back off State Health Plan reforms

Developments bringing 1,000 new homes to Zebulon

Community Calendar

Shooting response plans in place

Benson Mule Days to celebrate 70 years

Squirrel mascot reminds Johnston to be prepared

Kenly Kiwanians cancel popular pancake supper

Johnston Health’s CEO to retire at year’s end

College honors GED, adult high school grads

Taking a whack at solving the world’s pressing problems


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold front pushes weekend highs below 80 degrees

A major change in what had become a static summer pattern is forecast this weekend, knocking high temperatures down into the 70s, Al Thomas explains in this installment of The Wilson Times …

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

America’s idolatry of firearms

I grew up in what many would call a sportsman’s paradise, the Ozarks of Missouri. Deer hunters from the big cities would fill the motels in the small river town of Van Buren. During quail hunting …

Ned Walsh

God’s not absent, but we too often are

God, where are you? The place was the terrace surrounding the North Carolina legislative building. The event, a sleep-out demonstration for the issue of the homeless in our state. The hour, 2 …

Top sports stories
Omarion Garrett (6) leads the Smithfield-Selma football team through the tunnel ahead of a 34-0 victory over Spring Creek Aug. 23 in Smithfield. The win gave the Spartans their first season-opening victory since 2007.

Week 1: SSS wins its first season-opener since 2007

SMITHFIELD — Before taking the field Friday night against Spring Creek, Smithfield-Selma sophomore running back Brandon Perry put in his headphones and shuffled through a series of throwback …
AREA ROUNDUP: NJ girls tennis starts season on a hot streak

KENLY — Through three home matches this week, the North Johnston High girls tennis team has captured three wins and has yet to drop a match at any flight.On Tuesday, the Lady Panthers plowed …

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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