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Mayor Pro-tem Walter Martin Jr., left, listens as Mayor Don Rains discusses a proposed resolution expressing support for the N.C. Department of Transportation's proposed U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass to Princeton. Commissioners voted to table the matter.

Princeton board divided on endorsing U.S. 70 bypass

PRINCETON — After a lengthy debate, town commissioners voted 3-1 to table a resolution of support for the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the U.S. 70 bypass to Princeton. …

County board pushing for economic growth

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County must continue its focus on economic development. Ted Godwin, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, issued that challenge during his State of the …

State honors retired publisher

Retired Johnstonian News publisher Rick Stewart receives congratulations from Janie Crumpler following a Sunday ceremony awarding him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
KENLY — In recognition of his career of public service by providing news and current events for area residents for more than three decades as the Kenly News’ owner and publisher, Rick Stewart of …
Moore remembered as ‘stalwart supporter’ for Selma

SELMA — Joseph A. “Joe” Moore, former mayor, town councilman, fire chief, civic leader and owner of Selma IGA died on Dec. 31, only one week after celebrating his 83rd birthday. Moore also …


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Cold snap brings bitter cold, wind chill in single digits

"First comes the rain, then the wind, then probably our coldest temperatures of the season," Albert Thomas Jr. says in this weekend's installment of The Wilson Times Weathercast brought to you by …

Attempted murder charges filed in trooper’s shooting

The man accused of shooting a state trooper in Wilson County on Monday faces several new charges including attempted murder. On Thursday, additional charges were filed against 36-year-old John …

Hero’s homecoming greets injured trooper

Bill Ellis Barbecue closes its doors

State Civil War sites ditching Confederate gear

Science project focuses on cleaning Lucama’s water

Bailey town administrator resigns

After an impromptu closed session during Monday’s Bailey Board of Commissioners meeting, officials announced that Town Administrator Timothy Johnson would resign his post effective 5 p.m. …

Spring Hope ready to grow

Government shutdown stalls Middlesex grant application

Nash sheriff's office promotes first woman to major


Ray Hodge

Carolina confusion: Far-flung cities, counties share names

North Carolina has 100 counties, and for me it is good mental exercise to try to name them. There are as many as six states with more than 100 countwies. Texas has the most, with 254, Georgia has …

Ned Walsh

The border crisis: Fact or fiction?

Anyone reading this column who is not aware of the ongoing political boondoggle issue of Trump’s demand for a border wall must have just come out of a long coma. Even prior to our president’s …

Top sports stories
Smithfield-Selma senior point guard Anthony Council was honored before the Spartans’ 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference home matchup with West Johnston on Friday night for scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 13. After getting the game ball from head coach Matt Cuddington,  Council scored a career-high 51 in the Spartans’ 73-55 win over the Wildcats.

Council's 51 lifts SSS over West Johnston | 252-265-7824 | Twitter: @MMJKaiJones SMITHFIELD - Smithfield-Selma High's senior point guard Anthony Council scored a career-high 51 points Friday to give his varsity boys …
Corinth Holders places 6th at Jolly Roger Invite

WENDELL — Four Johnston County wrestling teams made their way to Wendell for one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the state: the seventh annual Jolly Roger Invitational with the host team …

Lots of birds and a beautiful sunset

Shortly after arriving at my workplace at the Johnstonian News in Kenly on Friday morning, I received a phone call from fellow photojournalist Drew C. Wilson of The Wilson Times. Although Drew and …

God’s limitless power inspires fear, awe

Having fun while grocery shopping

Government by chaos and tweets

Christ’s presence lingers long after Christmas

Dave DiFilippo cartoon



Community Calendar for the week of January 9, 2019

SMITHFIELD — The N.C. Cooperative Extension in Johnston County will host a tobacco production and good agricultural practices recertification meeting on Friday, Jan. 11, beginning with registration …