Stories and photos by Wingate Lassiter unless otherwise noted

This week's sponsors: Carroll Pharmacy; Pernell Inc.; W. Landis Bullock;
John H. Scovil & Associates; Attorney Allen H. Wellons: 7th Street Marketplace


So says the calendar, even if the weather isn't quite there.


It splashes upon a bed of rocks just like a mountain stream. To find out where it is, and to test your knowledge of other Smithfield streams of note, take a look at today's FEATURE PAGE>

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County Commissioners consider extra

sales-tax levy to fund new schools

Johnston's County Commissioners were asked this week to consider adding a 1/4-percent levy to local sales taxes to help pay for new public-school buildings. The extra levy would require approval by Johnston's voters in a referendum.

Commissioner Tony Braswell brought up the idea during the county board's annual "work session" held Tuesday at Johnston Regional Airport. "It's a fair tax," he said.

The N.C. General Assembly several years ago gave counties authority to levy the extra tax, subject to voters' approval. The additional 1/4-percent would raise the total sales-tax rate in Johnston to 7 percent. (The current rate of 6.75 includes a state tax of 4.75 percent and a county tax of 2 percent that's shared with municipal governments).

"It's a good point to spread the (tax) burden," Commissioners' Chairman Ted Godwin said of Mr. Braswell's proposal. Presently, school construction is financed mainly through general obligation bonds paid off with property-tax revenue.

The commissioners took no action Tuesday on the proposed sales-tax addition.

On another matter, the board authorized County Manager Rick Hester to employ professional help to develop a countywide plan for public recreation after rejecting a request from Cleveland Township leaders to create a special tax district to purchase and maintain a park site in their community.

READ MORE about that issue on today's SPORTS & RECREATION page>

READ MORE about other matters discussed during Tuesday's session here>



The children of the late Margaret McLemore Lee --- Mary Nell Ferguson, Margie Stubbs, and Denton Lee (left to right) --- accept a plaque honoring the "patron saint" of the Public Library's Johnston County Room that evolved into today's Johnston County Heritage Center. Mrs. Lee was one of several individuals, families, and organizations cited as "Heritage Heroes" at Tuesday evening's annual Heritage Center Patrons Dinner.

Others honored as "leading supporters of the Johnston County Room" during its formative years were Dr. James W. and Sara Storey Batten, the Thomas J. Sr. and Rena Bingham Lassiter family, the Johnston County Genealogical and Historical Society, Harold and Margaret Lassiter Medlin, Ellen Broadhurst Taylor, Richard T. and Olivia Root Edmonson, Campbell Gibson, Jim and Joyce Talton Gibson, Smith-Bryan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, The Smithfield Herald, Welton B. and Mildred Suddarth Strickland, and Kenneth M. Sr. and Dorcas Stanley Taylor.

Making the presentations were Warren Grimes (on the left in the photo above), chairman of the Johnston County Heritage Commission, and Todd Johnson (on the right), the Heritage Center's director. Mr. Grimes announced that "just under" $35,000 has been raised from Heritage Center "patrons" this fiscal year to support its operations and programs.

Photo courtesy of Brian Eaves, Town of Smithfield

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Nursing program named 4th best in N.C.

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Medical Office program No. 2 in the nation

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New endowment to aid young women

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New cabin for Howell Woods lodging

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Town Council meets this Tuesday

The Smithfield Town Council recessed its regular meeting earlier this month till 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 to begin discussions regarding the town's 2019-20 budget. The council meets at Town Hall, corner of Market and South Fourth streets in Downtown Smithfield.


Each week we'll post links to obituaries about persons who have died during the past week. We will monitor the websites of local funeral homes to compile our list, and we welcome links provided by readers to obituaries of persons with Smithfield connections who have died outside our immediate area.

JAMES ALEXANDER CREECH, 72 - died March 19

JEAN HAMILTON GRICE, 77 - died March 18

LINDA HILL CAMPBELL, 94 - died March 16

EDITH WILLOUGHBY HARE, 78 - died March 14

LINDA JEAN BRIDGES, 65  - died March 12

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