ARCHIVES of past editions

November 7, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Dunn, Rabil, Wood elected to Council
• Harbor's chief receives Athena Award
• County adds $75,000 to library's budget
• Carver out, Smith in for commissioner
• Legion Post refurbishes its home
• Editorial comment: Fall festival for Smithfield?

October 31, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Who wrecked Riverside Cemetery's wall?
• Smithfield in a new N.C. Senate district
• JCCollege's new "Student Success Center"
• SSS finishes first in Capital City Band Expo
• Smithfield's hotel tax revenue up 10.8%
• Editorial comment: Political signs in wrong places?

October 24, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Meet the Town Council candidates
• TLC buys 1,120 acres in Neuse "bottomlands"
• Kiwanis Pancake Supper lives on and on
• Home folks embrace author Emily Wallace
• Editorial comment: Preserving nature & history

October 17, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Finally! Some bona fide rainfall
• Register of Deeds revenue up 56%
• More than 6,000 at "Skyfest"
• 15th annual Ghost Walk next week
• Novell Lee to join N.C. Hall of Fame
• Editorial comment: "Exceptional children" funding

October 10, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Autumn arrives (at last)
• Triangle East Chamber best in class
• Schools' funding shortfall disclosed
• A new fee for county trash disposal?
• St. Ann's International Food Festival
• SSS Hall of Fame nominations?
• Editorial comment: Amphitheater & road name

October 3, 2019
This week's headlines:
• "Low performing" schools set goals
• Susan Lassiter gets Community Service Award
• New road named "Ava Gardner Avenue"
• CNA Janice Gaddis ends 41 years of service
• Visitors Bureau wins marketing awards
• Johnston Health to combine with REX
• Editorial comment: A better way to grade schools?

September 26, 2019
This week's headlines:
• SAT scores for Johnston's high schools
• Smithfield seeks grant for a new park
• High honor for Judge Andy Corbett
• Bar Association honors JImmy Narron
• Salvation Army's new commanders
•Miracle League gets boost from Campbell
• Editorial comment: "Climate change" a hoax?

September 19, 2019
This week's headlines:
• 50th anniversary homecoming at SSS
• Johnston retail sales top $2 billion
• Blue Line Aviation starts airport project
• Ringing of bells for the U.S. Constitution
• JCI employees, employer honored
• West Smithfield teacher assistant saluted
• Editorial comment: new industry, old buildings

September 12, 2019
This week's headlines:
• 15 schools graded "D" or "F"
• 9/11 remembrance at SSS
• SSS celebrating 50th anniversary
• Little damage from Storm Dorian
• Holt Lake memories: Betty Welch
• Editorial comment: Mountains-to-Sea Trail

September 5, 2019
This week's headlines:
• School "report cards" are out
• Interim superintendent on the job
• JCATS: transit "for everyone"
• "State of the Region" reports
• Town annexes large subdivision
• Tourism grants for local projects
• Editorial comment: Redistricting & bad driving

August 29, 2019
This week's headlines:
• School's in; Renfrow's out
• The Prayer Shawl Ladies
• Employment reaches all-time high
• Visitor spending up 7.1%
• Local construction update
• Editorial comment: superintendents' history

August 22, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Back to school next Monday
• High-school football starts Friday
• A new bistro at the Dupree House
• Spring Branch wetlands under repair
• Editorial comment: School board mistrust

August 15, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield OKs hemp-production greenhouse
• Parents warns schools about opioid addiction
• High-school sports open next week
 • JCI employee receives state award
• Remembering our tobacco heritage
• Editorial comment: School calendars, misspelled streets 

August 8, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Sewage plant's replacement advances
• Dr. Woodrow Batten dies at age 97
• Johnston Health's CEO to retire
• JCCollege ranked among "Best 10"
• Smithfield's "National Night Out"
Holt Lake memories: Charles Wilson
• Editorial comment: Rainfall and tax bills

August 1, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Johnston County Hams out of business
• More sweet potatoes than tobacco!
• Public Library's has a new director
Editorial comment: Country hams & yams

July 25, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Rain ends oppressive heat wave
• 4 candidates running for 3 Council seats
• Smithfield hosting baseball tourneys
• Johnston Health gets $433,000 grant
• Editorial comment: Flooding and the Klan sign

July 18, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Way too much rain in one night
• Town replacing electric meters
• Wiffle Ball for the big boys
• Junior Women's League fills a void
• Editorial comment: Raleigh "rains" on us

July 11, 2019
This week's headlines:
• First look at plan for new "jail"
• A Revolutionary Era Governor gets his due
• Smithfield urged to step up stormwater work
• Community Foundation aids agencies, and students
• Holt Lake memories: Rupert Hester
• Editorial comment: Are industrial "incentives" fair?

July 4, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield has lowest residential power rates
• All but one council incumbent to run again
• The "Creature" is showing up elsewhere
• July 4th neighborhood parade and fireworks
• Editorial comment: Comparing property-tax rates

June 27, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Sysco employs over 380 with expansion
• First Baptist's long-standing pastor
• Junior League boosts Rescue Mission
• Another "Creature" sighting reported
• Editorial comment: Music for the Lunch Bunch

June 20, 2019
This week's headlines:
• County budget cuts property-tax rate
• Freedmen's School marker unveiled
• Library's Margaret Marshall retiring
• More than 300 in Smithfield's triathlon
• What is the "Creature of Spring Branch"
• Editorial comment: Higher taxes? Do the math

June 13, 2019
This week's headlines:
 • SSS graduates 57 with honors
• Johnston Health a repeat winnner
• County board hears final budget appeals
• SSS teachers get $52,000 in grants
• Historical markers to be unveiled
• Editorial comment: High-school grads overlooked

June 6, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield budget means higher bills for most
• New exhibit opens at Ava Gardner Museum
• Schools assigned new principals
• Smithfield's population estimate: 12,669
• Community Garden open for business
• Editorial comment: Tax increase is overdue

May 30, 2019
This week's headlines:
• How HOT can it get?!!!
• Four Oaks lands distribution & call center
• Smithfield budget calls for higher taxes
• The SRAC celebrates its 10th birthday
• Ava Gardner Festival resumes this weekend
• Editorial comment: No history without newspapers

May 23, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield Council eyes tax increase
• County manager recommends tax hike
• #SSStrong Community Day was heated fun
• Smithfield attacks trash with "Litter Sweep"
• Ruffin Johnson remembers WWII's homefront
• Editorial comment: tax rates in perspective

May 16, 2019
This week's headlines:
• School budget seeks $20.5-million increase
• Relay for Life cancer fighters raise $113,407
• Youngsters walk and bike to school
• Community College gets 2 major grants
• Sidewalks making a comeback
• Editorial comment: school-calendar impasse

May 9, 2019
This week's headlines:
• How stands the health of Johnstonians?
• A "blessing box" for persons in need
• Ham & Yam Festival highlights
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline opens station here
• Last 50-year reunion for Smithfield High grads
* Editorial comment: Public hearings for the public

May 2, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Teacher supplement increase a priority
• Smithfield has gone to the dogs!
• Historic gym bears beloved coach's name
• Schools honor leading volunteers
• Ham & Yam Festival's start in 1985
• Editorial comment: Unproductive politics

April 25, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Johnston's population exceeds 200,000
• Schools to close May 1 for teachers' rally
• Hospital volunteers worth a million bucks
• A one-of-a-kind restorer of historical signs
• Holt Lake memories: Lorine Lassiter Davis
• Editorial comment: Drowning in plastics?

April 18, 2019
This week's headlines:
• Will property-tax rates be adjusted?
• Thad Hardee: long-time church organist
• "Champions for Children" celebrated
• ECU honors Smithfield professor
• SSS grad runs the Boston Marathon
• Editorial comment: Handel's Messiah for Easter

April 11, 2019

This week's headlines:
Superintendent offers "draft" school budget
• Contract awarded for Corinth Holders addition

• Four join Johnston Schools' Athletic Hall of Fame
• Pictorial tour of the Neuse River "greenway" trail
• Editorial comment: Progress on the recreation front

April 4, 2019

This week's headlines:
Clayton-to-Smithfield "greenway" advances
• A reunion at South Smithfield School

• Public Works crew: "Main Street Champions"
• County names water plant for Tim Broome
• Editorial comment: Delivering one of life's essentials

March 28, 2019

This week's headlines:
Carl Lamm's last week on the air
• Smithfield Council eyes tax-rate cut

• Schools honor "Employees of the Year"
• Chamber's CEO chosen for national fellowship
• Holt Lake memories: Johnny Ward
• Editorial comment: Patrol leader on reckless driving

March 21, 2019
This week's headlines:
Extra sales-tax levy to build new schools?
• "Heritage Heroes" thanked for donations
Johnston Community College in the news
• Do you know the Streams of Smithfield?
• Editorial comment: Adults need driver re-training

March 14, 2019
This week's headlines:
Smithfield-Selma High wants medical clinic
• School calendar for 2019-20 subject to change
Rotarians honor 30 first responders
• Often overlooked landmarks of Smithfield
• Editorial comment: No need for teachers with guns

March 7, 2019

This week's headlines:
Radio icon Carl Lamm retiring at 92
• IB programme expanding to elementary schools

• County to fund more police officers at middle schools
• Smithfield Council orders water-rate study
• "Sally's Kitchen" open to all comers
• Editorial comment: Those who litter need a lesson

February 28, 2019

This week's headlines:
Smithfield Middle team wins "Battle of the Books"
• Smithfield eyes Hurricane Matthew demolitions

• The Jewel Box in 73rd year as family business
• Basketball done for local high-school teams
• Holt Lake memories: Mokie Stancil
• Editorial comment: Driveways to nowhere

February 21, 2019

This week's headlines:
Johnston Health gets more national recognition
• Under the Oak Cafe joins Downtown lineup

Woodruff heads county elections board
• I-95-US 701 interchange plan to be shown
• Have your "say" in a new Smithfield Town Plan
• Editorial comment: Hospital's success story

February 14, 2019

This week's headlines:
Johnston board hopes for mid-August school opening
• 75 percent of Johnston's students ride the bus

Chamber honors teachers as "Semester Superstars"
• Police answered fewer calls this past year
• Bigness a fitting name for this lady's service
• Editorial comment: Successful school integration

February 7, 2019

This week's headlines:
Next revaluation in six years rather than eight
• Incentives lure three industrial prospects

Johnston road-construction updates
• Pine Acres neighborhood celebrated
• SSS B-ball star gets Extra Effort Award
• Editorial comment: Widening the railroad underpass

January 31, 2019
This week's headlines:
Chamber of Commerce honors good citizens:
Stores about Warren Grimes, Andy Moore, Melissa Overton
• New name for the Chamber: "Triangle East"
• How cold did it get here this week?

Top 10 names for 2018 Johnston County babies
• Editorial comment: Recruiting school teachers

January 24, 2019

This week's headlines:
Smithfield under construction: what's new?
• School-safety update from the Superintendent
• Partnership seeks new teachers close to home

• Three local attorneys among N.C. "Legal Elite"
Editorial comment: "Commuter rail" in our future?

January 17, 2019

This week's headlines:
Chamber of Commerce announces major awards
• Legislative support for revised school calendar?
• New local business: Coates Hearing Clinic
• Dr. Eric Janis heads hospitals' board of directors
Editorial comment: School-attendance redistricting

January 10, 2019

This week's headlines:
Real-estate values up 24% countywide
• Johnston airport lands pilot training center
• 2018 rainfall was 4 inches above normal
• Smithfield will get "wayfinding" signs
• Civil Rights Center says schools' racial imbalance
can be remedied without more busing

January 3, 2019

This week's headlines:
• Real-estate revaluation time is here
• Flu outbreak prompts hospitals to restrict visits
• People in the news: Carolyn Ennis, Leo Daughtry,
Twyla Wells,
Phyllis Parrish, Hazel Sanders, Joyce Wade

Dec. 20, 2018 (preview)
This week's headlines:
What's this publication all about?
• When flooding blocks the Greenway
• School board asks for earlier school opening