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Johnston schools name new superintendent

SMITHFIELD — Eric Bracy is moving next door. The superintendent of Sampson County schools will take the helm of Johnston County schools on July 1. The Johnston County Board of Education …
Andrew Wagner, co-owner of The Little Brown Jug, built a corral at his bar to help with social distancing.

‘It doesn’t make any sense’: Governor allows restaurants with bars to reopen, but standalone bars must remain closed

Mike Stojic wants Gov. Roy Cooper to explain why bars can’t reopen but restaurants with bars can. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said Stojic, co-owner of Revival 1869 in downtown …
COVID-19 put Johnston County resident Linwood Sanders in the hospital for 17 days. Nine of those were in a medically induced coma.

COVID-19 packed a punch, first hospital patient says

ANGIER — COVID-19 did a number on Linwood Sanders. The Johnston County man figures that’s partly because he waited to seek treatment. “Before I went to a hospital, I’d already had it about …
Pondra Byrd sits at an empty table at Rainbow Lanes on.Thursday.

Bowling alley owner sad, angry

CLAYTON — Pondra and Eddie Byrd had spent countless hours and thousands of dollars preparing to safely reopen Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But then Gov. Roy Cooper …

For restaurants, quick return won’t be easy

SMITHFIELD — Gov. Roy Cooper told restaurants they could reopen their dining rooms at 5 p.m. May 22. That likely proved easier said than done. “The biggest obstacle is timing,” said Heidi …
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David Morgan of Wendell and his daughter, Morgan, 11, pick strawberries at Pace Family Farms in the Archer Lodge community.

A ‘berry’ different season: Business is good, but Johnston strawberry patches are different this year

North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 has changed his farm in many ways, says Mitch Smith, an owner of Smith’s Nursery near McGee’s Crossroads. “In a normal year, we host field trips from …

Friends mourn retired Johnston health educator

CLAYTON — She had a contagious smile and a faith-driven passion for helping others, especially the neediest Johnstonians. That’s how friends described Cynthia Toudle, a retired health educator …
The Morning Glory Inn, a bed and breakfast in Clayton, is on the market.

It’s the ‘inn’ of an era in Clayton

CLAYTON — A former editor of Bon Appétit magazine. A world-famous ukulele player. A model who appeared on album covers, most notably “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” by Herb Alpert and the …
The Junior Women's League of Smithfield now has Blessing Boxes at six fire stations across Johnston County. The one above is at the Archer Lodge Fire Department, 6483 Covered Bridge Road, Clayton. Contributed photo

Blessing Boxes spreading across Johnston

SMITHFIELD — Less than a year after placing its first four Blessing Boxes in Johnston County, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield has installed two more, with plans to add another …

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Weathercast: Sticky, cloudy and warm week ahead

Sky-high humidity and plenty of showers and thunderstorms highlight this week’s weather in the Wilson Times area. An offshore trough and a low-pressure system over Florida are expected to …

Missing woman’s sister won’t give up: ‘I’ve got to fight for her’

Free Christy Ruffin often catches herself listening to her sister’s voicemails. “I thank God for technology,” she said. “You really never know how important that stuff is until that’s all …

Diners detoured: Wilson balancing public safety, restaurant business

Specialist takes extra steps for child

Innovation hub nearly complete

Farm app links customers with Wilson County produce

Steak, lobster, credit and free utilities: Audit says Rocky Mount misused taxpayer funds

ROCKY MOUNT — A scathing state audit report released Friday paints a picture of officials who used City Hall as their personal ATM while bilking taxpayers of thousands of dollars. The report …

Rocky Mount wrote off nearly $50K in councilman's unpaid utility bills

Girlfriend denies involvement in missing person case

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

Trump bungled small-business aid

Social distancing and stay-at-home precautions have “flattened the curve” and saved countless lives. The unfortunate side effect, however, has been a massive slowdown in the economy, with the …

Business owners acted in good faith; Cooper should too

Until last week, I had given Gov. Roy Cooper the benefit of the doubt. True, I think locking down much of North Carolina’s economy will prove a cure worse than the disease that is COVID-19. But …

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Clayton senior forward Megan Flockhart (15) pushes the ball ahead during the NRFA Cup championship game  against Cleveland on March 6. Flockhart would love to see the season, her final one, resume after it was paused due to COVID-19 concerns.

‘Special’ group at Clayton contemplates impact of COVID-19

CLAYTON — The seniors on the 2020 Clayton girls soccer team are a special group for head coach Joseph Mott. When Mott first came to the school in 2017 to coach soccer, eight now-seniors, who …
All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

The hard work of countless cheerleaders from football through basketball season did not go unnoticed. On the All-Greater Neuse River Conference team, 11 cheerleaders were honored …



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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