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Johnston County school board members and staff hold hands in a prayer for unity last week.

School board prays for unity

SMITHFIELD — A school board in turmoil sought last week to forge a united front. “Now is the time for us to eliminate any and all issues,” said Todd Sutton, chairman of a board that has had …
A rendering of the Hampton Inn under construction in Smithfield.

Hampton Inn, Sami’s Pizza, other projects coming along

SMITHFIELD — Across town, commercial projects are in various states of construction. At 160 Towne Center Plaza, on the cul-de-sac just down the street from Golden Corral, a Hampton Inn is on …

Restraining order filed against state Senate hopeful

MIDDLESEX — A state Senate candidate says the restraining order his estranged wife filed against him means he’s just another unjustly accused male victim of the #MeToo movement. Retired Air …
The dotted green line shows the route N.C. 42 East will take to reach Ranch Road, which has an interchange with U.S. 70.

Clayton celebrates a road win

CLAYTON — Commuters on N.C. 42 East can look forward to a shorter route to the U.S. 70 bypass of Clayton. The town last week said it had received word of complete funding for a project that will …

A pioneer in downtown Clayton has closed

CLAYTON — The Flipside, the downtown restaurant known for its food and live music, has closed. Owners Tim and Andie Jones announced the closing in a Facebook post on Jan. 4. “After long …

Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Warmup begins Wednesday after chilly start to the week

The Wilson Times' area is likely to continue with below average temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, arctic air is forecast to be blocked from getting here for quite a while. Daytime …

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


Keith Barnes

Leave him out of this experiment in taste

While meatless burgers might be fine for some, I just don’t think they’re for me. I have never been a fan of meat substitutes of any kind, so I did not get excited when several fast food …

Steve and Belinda Kirk

In sickness, choosing to find joy

I’ve made a decision. Better said, I’ve come to a conclusion. Joy, real joy, has nothing to do with chocolate and my slowly emptying canister of chocolate chips. Joy is a choice, simply a choice. …

Top sports stories
North Johnston senior wrestler Justin Richardson works to pin Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove during a quint hosted by the Cougars on Nov. 20 in Smithfield. Richardson moved into the 100-win club on Saturday, becoming the first Panther since 2013 to achieve the total.

NJ’s Richardson ‘in his own world’ on mat

KENLY — When North Johnston senior Justin Richardson gets on the wrestling mat, it’s as if he’s suddenly in his own world. Those words, which come directly from head coach Jeff …
Rams get back on track with win over SSS

CLAYTON — The Cleveland boys basketball team ended what had been a losing skid with a 70-54 win over Smithfield-Selma, while the Spartans continued to slid deeper into 3-A Greater Neuse River …

School board shouldn’t restrict media’s access

Some years ago now, the newspaper I worked for thought it best to cover the West Johnston High School graduation because of a threat of violence there. The school system said that was fine so long as …

Virginia backlash shows gun control deeply unpopular

Now where did that notebook go?

In blaming media, Sutton went too far

Some reading jewels from 1922

Jesus knows that we need him

A proposal for impeachment trials

Christmas afterthoughts and leftovers

A model for Johnston Republicans

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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