ARCHIVES of 2021 editions

December 30, 2021
This week's headlines:
• 2021 summed up with one word: COVID
• More folks get tests; vaccinations still lag
• Houses increase in value in Smithfield
• Retail-sales growth in Johnston tops 20%
• The industrial legacy of John Shallcross Sr.

December 22, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Gingerbread House Festival at the Library
• Christmas cantata at Centenary Church
$100 gift cards offered for first vaccinations
Public Library offers automatic renewals
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!"

December 16, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School salaries raised for teachers and all
• Schools' mask mandate extended another month
• 15 local physicians among N.C. "Top Doctors"
• A pair of Santas visit the entire town
• Christmas Lights Contest winners
• Editorial comment on poorly lighted parade

December 9, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Two more West Smithfield subdivisions OK'd
• March 8 elections postponed till May 17
• Butch Lawter chairs County Commissioners
• Johnston reaches 50% vaccination rate
 • Nearly 100,000 Johnstonians employed
• Students get an extra New Year's holiday

December 2, 2021
This week's headlines:
• New state budget boosts Smithfield projects:
CSX culvert issue may be resolved
• A new COVID-19 variant looming
• Duke Endowment boosts telehealth effort
• Just 1.05 inches of rainfall in November

November 25, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Two families honored on Farm-City Week
• Coronavirus numbers update
• Energy assistance for needy households
• Smithfield's Christmas events schedule
• Courthouse approaching 100th birthday

November 18, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Dickie Braswell new county commissioner
• How legislative redistricting affects Johnston
• No rush to get children vaccinated here
• Schools' audit confirms improved finances
• Town pays tribute to long-serving pastor
• SSS ends season with most wins since '95
• Wow! An "explosion" of fall color here

November 11, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School employees offered $2,500 bonus
• At last: Smithfield's street re-pavings
• Smithfield's voting districts unchanged
• Melissa Overton is Athena Award winner
• School board votes 4-3 to keep mask rule
• SSS defeats South Johnston, 54-14
• Neuse Charter volleyball girls finish 2nd

November 4, 2021
This week's headlines:
• 20,000 children eligible for COVID shots
• Unemployment rate down to 3.3%
• Hospital gets high marks for stroke treatment
 • Breakthrough project for industrial recruiting
• SSS gets season's 7th win in football

October 28, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Chairman Stewart resigning to take ABC job
• First Baptist calls first female senior pastor
• Weekly COVID cases down sharply
• Schools to get extra November holidays
• SSS wins again, raises record to 6-3
• Johnston County's "Mount Trashmore"

October 21, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Building permits soar; more inspectors OK'd
• Fewer COVID hospitalizations free up beds
• Hospitals rate high for heart-attack treatments
• DSDC director an N.C. "trailblazer"
• SSS football team and band are winners
• Story of Sawreys' long-standing family business

October 14, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Teacher supplements raised as vacancies mount
• School masks retained; "Test to Stay" plan added
• COVID hospitalizations still below recent peak
• SSS upends conference foe West Johnston
• A new "pampering" shop for Downtown

October 7, 2021
This week's headlines:
• Commissioners OK "full funding" for schools
after school board adopts anti-CRT policy
• Commissioners split over property's price
• Two more subdivisions for West Smithfield
• Football Spartans crush Fike, 42-14
• Smithfield's new park for drone flying

September 30, 2021
This week's headlines:
• A whole lot of building going on:
commercial, institutional, residential
• COVID: another peak passed?
• August jobless rate down to 3.9%
  • Spartans lose Homecoming game;
for SSS soccer, a winning record

September 23, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School board continues mask mandate
• Incentive pay to lure substitute teachers
• 45% of Johnstonians fully vaccinated
• Hospitals recognized for stroke treatment
• Retail sales jumped 20% in 2nd quarter
 • County OKs funds for Neuse trail study
 End of the line for Holt Lake Bar-B-Q

September 16, 2021
This week's headlines:
• School board endures mask protest
• Schools amend policy to address racism
• COVID update: hospitalizations, deaths
listed by age; a report from the front lines
• Scooter's Coffee Drive-In is open

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: