ARCHIVES of past editions

September 9, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Schools' enrollment up 782 from last year
• Test results document COVID's learning loss
• More folks dying; highest number in hospitals
• More development headed to West Smithfield
• Smithfield's new fire chief coming from Wilson

September 2, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Schools' enrollment hits 37,307
• SSS wins big on the gridiron
• 1,075 new COVID cases; 8 more deaths
• Employment up, jobless rate down
• Register of Deeds revenue way up

August 26, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Schools' enrollment trailing last year's
• SSS drops football opener at Princeton
• COVID-19 hospitalizations climbing again
• County to offer $13 million in rent aid
• Memories of growing up in the '40s & '50s

August 19, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Census results are in: Johnston County
up to 215,999; Smithfield at 11,292
• Johnston begins 3rd vaccinations for some
• County awards Public Safety Center contract
• 2nd River Rat Regatta a fun-filled event

August 12, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School board makes face masks mandatory
         • Board extends superintendent's contract
• Coronavirus testing rate above 14%
• Beautification plans for public places

• 301 north of Holt Lake closed for repairs

August 5, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School board makes face masks optional
• Coronavirus on the rise here again:
545 new cases, 98 "breakthrough cases"
• Smithfield OKs site for another charter school
• 698 new housing units near Amazon?
• County property-tax intake up $9 million
• Almost 10 inches of rain in July!

July 29, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Johnston Health orders employees vaccinated
• County reports more in hospitals, outbreak in jail
• Employment and jobless rate up in June
• Murals of Johnston County
• Bus Rapid Transit headed to Johnston?

July 22, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Dr. Pearson: "This pandemic is not over"
• County Commissioners get an earful ---
on district elections, bullying, "vaccine snooping"
• Commissioners split on funding DA positions
• New trustees at Community College
• Amazon site may be "Foreign Trade Zone"

July 15, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School issue No. 1: to mask or not to mask
• Policy amendment seeks to placate CRT critics
• Just 37% of Johnstonians are fully vaccinated
• Monique Austin's State Department odyssey
• Chilling rhetoric from a school-board critic

July 8, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Town's council & mayoral election March 8
• Centenary Methodists receive a new pastor
• Triangle East Chamber is losing its leader
•  Back to "normal": 7 inches of rainfall in June
• Michael Jernigan is "Police Officer of the Year"
• Second water main going to West Smithfield

July 1, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield election postponed till 2022
• Fourth fireworks returning to Smithfield
• South Smithfield gets a new principal
• Woman perishes in Sussex Drive fire
• Drop in Johnstonians employed in May

June 24, 2021
This week's headlines:
• County budget adopted with freeze
on school funding till CRT addressed
•  Juneteenth celebrated in Smithfield
• Governor pleads case for vaccinations
• Heritage Center to use part of old Rose's
• Retail sales show record quarterly gain
• More national awards for Johnston Health
• Editorial comment on school priorities

June 17, 2021
This week's headlines:
• County's school funding unsettled;
Critical Race Theory off the table for now
• Health Department's new vaccination tactic
• Water-main cut interrupts Smithfield service
• KS Bank advances in N.C. ranking
• Editorial comment on yet another state tax cut

June 10, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Summer-school enrollment higher
than expected; parents want masks off
• Critical Race Theory in our schools?
• Tax incentives for flour mill's expansion
• 80% of Johnston's elderly vaccinated
• Editorial comment on speeding epidemic

June 3, 2021
This week's headlines:
 • SSS holds a traditional commencement
• Smithfield's budget for 2021-22 adopted;
new Public Works director confirmed
• New Splash Pad a hit with youngsters
• Johnston's jobless rate down to 3.8%
• Virtual Academy looks like a money-maker
• Editorial comment on "navigating" the Sun

May 27, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Proposed county budget cuts tax rate
with modest increase in school funding
• Smithfield Council in agreement on budget
• Public Library has a new director
• Supply problems at both water plants
• Ava Gardner Museum re-opens
• Editorial comment on new houses here

May 20, 2021
This week's headlines:
• What brought Amazon to Smithfield?
• Chris Johnson on N.C. "Power List"
Coronavirus Report: 25.1% fully vaccinated
County to help pay for gas line to Four Oaks
• Our hospitals rank high in patient safety
• Southside Barber Shop's 63 years
• Editorial comment on street resurfacing

May 13, 2021
This week's headlines:
• As anticipated "Project XD" is AMAZON
• Summer-school workers to get extra pay
• Schools seek $10-million increase from county
• Coronavirus report: active cases cut in half
• Earl Marett honored by his peers
• Smithfield planning trash changes
Editorial comment on Smithfield's industry

May 6, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Schools seek incentive pay for teachers
• Last drive-thru vaccinations this Friday
• Police body cameras a costly option
• Demand grows for county greenways
• Unlike previous months, April was dry
• Editorial comment on vaccination lag

April 29, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Groundbreaking for engineering school
• Just 21% of us fully vaccinated
• "Project XD" --- Is it Amazon?
• Jobless rate continues to shrink
• SSS band director "Teacher of the Year"
• Editorial comment: Town's election to be postponed?

April 22, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Johnston vaccination percentages lagging
• SSS team wins "Battle of the Books"
• "Draft" Smithfield budget raises trash fees
• County bond refinancing to save $548,000
• Reflections on Earth Day 2021