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A large tree fell on a car and house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Smithfield on Thursday afternoon. A National Weather Service team is investigating whether a tornado caused the damage.

Dorian leaves little damage

SMITHFIELD — A team from Raleigh’s National Weather Service forecast office investigated the site of a possible tornado touchdown that damaged a Smithfield home. The house, located in the 400 …
The town of Smithfield provided this image showing a drainage ditch clogged with debris. Town leaders are asking railroad company CSX to better maintain the ditches and storm drains on its property in order to prevent flooding.

Town scolds CSX over drainage, floods

SMITHFIELD — Town leaders have adopted a resolution admonishing railroad company CSX for failing to clean clogged ditches and storm drains on its property, which causes or contributes to flooding …
Gov. Roy Cooper, second from right, visits the state medical support shelter at Clayton's C3 Church on Sept. 4. Cooper thanked the emergency medical technicians for their service.

Church hosts Dorian medical support shelter

CLAYTON — C3 Church seized an unusual opportunity to share Christian compassion last week. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services selected the megachurch to serve as a 50-bed …

Interim schools head to probe principal switch

SMITHFIELD — Interim Superintendent Jim Causby says he plans to swiftly resolve the controversy over his predecessor’s decision to transfer a popular Clayton High School principal to a central …

Habitat for Humanity plans meeting for applicants

KENLY — Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will hold a homeowner information session from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenly Public Library, 205 E. Edgerton St. Homeowner selection manager Tamesia …
Clayton High School Parent Kim Winslow addresses the Johnston County Board of Education at its Sept. 10 meeting about the transfer of Principal Bennett Jones. Jones was transferred without explanation by former Superintendent Ross Renfrow on Aug. 12. Steve Reed | Johnstonian News

School board chair: Clayton issue resolved in two weeks

SMITHFIELD-Johnston County School Board Chairman Mike Wooten said Wednesday, Sept. 11 the issue of Principal Bennett Jones'  transfer from Clayton High School should be resolved in two …
Johnston County Administrative Officer David Pearce presents a revised public comments policy to the Johnston County Board of Education at its Sept. 10 meeting. The board may vote to approve the changes at its Oct. 8 meeting. Contributed Photo

School district may revise public comments policy

SMITHFIELD­-A revised public comment policy received its first reading at the Sept. 10 Johnston County Board of Education meetng.  The board may vote to approve the changes at its Oct. 8 …

Man charged with sexual assault on 6-year-old

Weathercast: Warm, humid temperatures expected this week

Grand jury indicts ex-teachers with false credentials

Johnston gang member receives life sentence

Johnston writers’ group to meet: Beekeepers’ symposium slated

County museums add collection care specialist

Plate sale, auction, raffle planned to benefit firefighter

Pine Level Elementary welcomes 4 new faces

Farm tour prepares 4-H’ers for livestock judging

Seniors learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia risks

New Hampton Inn under construction in Smithfield

Firefighters receive $22,000 Duke Energy grant

Weathercast: Sunshine, seasonable temps follow Dorian's downpours

Johnston gang member receives life sentence for ordering hit on home

Dorian leaves little damage, but storm spawned possible tornado

Deputies: Couple overdosed, passed out with 3 young kids in car

Dorian causes was 640,000 gallon wastewater spill

Johnston County under tornado watch

Johnston County activates Emergency Operations Center

Johnston County offices close at 3 p.m.

Clayton closes, greenways off limits

Johnston County prepares for Hurricane Dorian

Flash flood watch issued for Johnston County

Tropical storm warning issued for Johnston County

Johnston County school closings

Johnston County declares state of emergency

I-95 overnight work needed ahead of Dorian in Kenly

Middlesex woman accused of breaking baby’s leg

Weathercast: Cold front's timing could determine Dorian's effects

Free Johnston's interim superintendent probing Clayton High principal transfer

College names new vice president of instruction

Tourism authority approves $209,000 in grants

Critics share hope for schools’ future

Long road to trial for Bonnie Neighbors murder suspect

Pride, unconfessed sin can separate us from God


Albert Thomas Jr.

Weathercast: Warm weekend followed by a slight midweek cool-down

Expect warm temperatures, partly cloudy skies and a 25% chance of rain this weekend through Tuesday, Al Thomas says in this installment of The Wilson Times Weathercast brought to you by …

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


Corey Friedman

Chappelle defeats ‘cancel culture’ and confounds his critics

It’s “cruelty,” Salon’s Melanie McFarland scolds. “Offensive in all the wrong ways,” wails Vice’s Patrick Marlborough. Most popularly — to repeat a charge several critics have …

Keith Barnes

Drive-thru clerks: Don’t forget the canine customers

It’s a well-known fact most dogs enjoy riding in vehicles along with their owners, almost as much as the owners enjoy having the dogs along with them. Whether it’s a cute little yapper riding …

Top sports stories
North Johnston senior quarterback Camden Aycock (10) looks downfield for a running lane while running back Camron Privette trails behind in case of a pitch on Sept. 13 during a 29-15 win against Smithfield-Selma. Any time the Panther offense faced a deficit, the team responded to the Spartans on the next drive. Jack Frederick | Times

Barnett, North Johnston capture ugly first win

SMITHFIELD — North Johnston High varsity football head coach Michael Barnett’s first win, by no means, will be his prettiest. But as the ice chips from an emptied cooler started being …
Princeton 8th in first AP 1-A poll

Two wins to start the season, including one over Pamlico County — last year’s  North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A runner up — impressed the voters as the …

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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