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Two dead in apparent domestic dispute near Clayton

CLAYTON — An apparent domestic dispute early this morning left two people dead and one injured, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office reported. Around 2:30 a.m., deputies found the …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Johnston reports coronavirus death

Johnston County has reported its first coronavirus death. In a news release Friday morning, the Johnston County Public Health Department said the individual died March 26 from complications of the …
Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center in Clayton has no bowlers for the foreseeable future. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has shut down a number of close-contact businesses in the state, including bowling alleys.

Executive order shutters a host of Johnston businesses

CLAYTON — With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Roy Cooper shuttered the state’s hair salons, barbershops, nails salons and similar businesses as of 5 p.m. March 25. The decision could be devastating …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Doctor: Assume everyone has virus

SMITHFIELD — To stem the spread of the coronavirus, Johnstonians must assume the worst, a doctor told the Johnston County Board of Commissioners on March 18. “I think we have to assume that …
Teacher Roni Avery and two children play with blocks at Johnston UNC Health's Early Learning Center in Smithfield.

Child care centers adapting in wake of coronavirus

CLAYTON — From “kiss and go” lanes to mandatory temperature checks, Johnston day care workers say their aim is to protect children and staff from COVID-19. Childcare Network, which has seven …

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Midweek rain will usher in milder daytime highs

A low-pressure system to our south and then east is forecast to bring the Wilson Times area over a half inch of rain late Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.   It will likely also be …

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


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COVID-19: A tomb and a womb

In a recent post to her blog,, Valarie Kaur wrote: “The blistering pace of the pandemic, the cacophony of commentary, the relentless barrage of breaking news without rest …

Keith Barnes

Let’s hope toilet paper shortage ends soon

The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary …

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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 …

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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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