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Some key COVID-19 numbers in Johnston County fell on Wednesday.

Johnston's COVID-19 numbers are improving

SMITHFIELD — The number of Johnstonians in the hospital with COVID-19  fe1l to 12 on Wednesday, and the number of new cases climbed by just 24, the county's Public Health Department …
Unified students take part in the Polar Plunge and Rally for Respect.

Smithfield-Selma High earns recognition for inclusion

SMITHFIELD — Special Olympics has named Smithfield-Selma High School a Unified Champion School. Unified is a Special Olympics program that encourages young people with and without …
The Johnston County schools have received a $100,000 grant to prevent school violence.

Johnston schools receive violence-prevention grant

RALEIGH — Johnston County’s public school system has received $100,000 from the U.S. Justice Department’s School Violence Prevention Program. “Protecting the safety and …
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Poe Center salutes Johnston educator

SMITHFIELD — The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education has named its Educator of the Year. She is Amanda Allen, executive director of social and emotional learning for the Johnston …
Voters in East Selma Precinct will cast their ballot at at Selma Elementary School.

Polling places on the move in Johnston

SMITHFIELD — For various reasons — some COVID-related, some not — the Johnston County Board of Elections has moved the polling places for six precincts. Here are the precincts …
Broad River Retail has opened an Ashley HomeStore retail outlet and distribution center on Brewer Road near Interstate 95 in Four Oaks.

Ashley HomeStore opens in Four Oaks

FOUR OAKS — Ashley HomeStore has arrived in Four Oaks. The sprawling building at 125 Brewer Road houses an Ashley HomeStore, an Ashley HomeStore Outlet, a distribution center, an e-commerce …
Kenly's Tobacco Farm Life Museum will reopen Sept. 24.

Kenly museum to reopen Sept. 24

KENLY — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will reopen Sept. 24. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On its website, the museum has set up an online calendar where …
The Johnston County schools have received a $100,000 grant to prevent school violence.

Johnston schools receive violence-prevention grant

RALEIGH — Johnston County’s public school system has received $100,000 from the U.S. Justice Department’s School Violence Prevention Program. “Protecting the safety and …
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Ultimately, Johnston school leaders make the right call

After Johnston school leaders in August delayed the return of in-person learning, a friend asked me when I thought children might be back in their classrooms. I told him that I thought students would …

When in doubt, remember God’s love

“The problem isn’t talking to yourself. It’s answering yourself.” If that’s all it takes to label me crazy, then write it on a Post-it Note with a big, black Sharpie and stick it to my …

Regulators’ food fight isn’t about consumers

If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to the …

Pandemic a chance for family worship

One of the funniest signs I have ever seen was in a souvenir shop at Topsail Beach. It was a picture of a Blackbeard-type pirate, and it simply said, “The beatings will continue until morale …
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Weathercast: Cooler temps mark first week of fall

The Wilson Times area should enjoy very stable conditions at least Saturday through Tuesday, with cool temperatures and lots of sunshine. A high-pressure system dropping from the Great Lakes to …

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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 …
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7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

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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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