ARCHIVES of 2022 editions

August 4, 2022
This week's headlines:
• County's No. 1 challenge for growth? (sewer)
• Property-tax collections close to 100%
• Town annexes large tract near Amazon
• Marlon Lee coaching N.C. all-star girls
• Unemployment rate rose to 3.7% in June
• Surprising 7.59 inches of rainfall in July
• Editorial comment on backed-up roads & river

July 28, 2022
This week's headlines:
• COVID uptick: How's it looking here?
• A deal with Campbell to lure more teachers
• 200+ children get "Paws for Reading"
• Editorial comment on town's rough streets

July 21, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Draft of county's new Land Use Plan unveiled
• Black female judge to be honored with portrait
• Teachers say school-bond amount not enough
• Editorial comment on county's most pressing issue

July 14, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Two county officials under investigation:
Dickie Braswell and Ronald Johnson
• Leo Daughtry moves to Board of Transportation
• County funds free tuition for some at JCCollege
• Town adds police officer with master's degree
 • Public Library ends fines for overdue items
• Johnston hospitals earn honors for stroke care

June 30, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Town approves big pay raises for employees
• Council awards limited street-repair contract
• School board adds $8 million to capital budget
• Retail sales up 13.9% in first quarter
• Unemployment rate rises slightly to 3.3%
• Just 1.01 inches of rainfall in June

June 23, 2022
This week's headlines:
• County budget done with more school funding
• Storm felled trees, cut power, left little rain
• Benton Sawrey is Chamber's "Emerging Leader"
• KS Bank moves up in ranks of N.C.-based firms
• Public Library launches 24/7 checkout service
• Editorial update on Smithfield's electric rates

June 16, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools' lowest-paid workers plead for raises
•  Smithfield-Selma High School graduates 247
• LuLong Ogburn Medlin in Athletic Hall of Fame
• Food-truck vendor "Chef Dash" opens dine-in grill
• Neuse bacteria at alarming level? Towns says not
Editorial comment on schools' "Public Comment" rule

June 9, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Council OKs 2,005 new homes east of I-95
• Town pays off remaining SRAC loans
• Incentives lure 90+ higher-pay jobs to Selma
• She's "cheese rolling champ" in England
• Hospital gets yet another change in name
• Editorial comment on town's broken streets

June 2, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Town Council receives one new member
• Smithfield's estimated population up 3%
• Kay Kennedy rejuvenates her neighborhood
• 103,245 Johnstonians employed in April
• May had average rainfall, yet year's total lags
• Editorial comment on school shootings

May 26, 2022
This week's headlines:
• County manager's budget: no increase for schools
• Johnston offers booster shots for children 5-11
• Women's League collects lots of peanut butter
• Smithfield's hospital graded "A" for safety
Editorial comment on market's minimum wage

May 19, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools ask county for $11.5 million more
• County office study offers options for DSS site
•  County increases COVID testing as cases rise
• Johnston Health's "Ambassador of the Year"
• Editorial comment about election shortcomings

May 12, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Delayed Primary Election's finish in sight
• Town Council moves to raise employees' pay
 • School board raises bus-driver pay to $17.50
• Prices for Johnston's school meals going up
• Public Library to lend hotspots, Chromebooks

May 5, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School-bond referendum set for $177 million
• Town awards contract to rebuild amphitheater
• School teachers saluted for outstanding work
• Another month with below-normal rainfall
• How do you get to know political candidates?

April 28, 2022

This week's headlines:
• Town's "draft" budget avoids rate hikes
• Two home-based startups choose Downtown
• 102,278 Johnstonians employed in March
• Last (for now) of weekly COVID reports
• JCCollege names interim president
• Ruffin Johnson's Native American lore

April 21, 2022
This week's headlines:
• JCCollege President David Johnson resigns
• County approves immediate pay raises
• School COVID cases far below winter's peak
• Ham & Yam Festival returning May 7
• Editorial comment on Earth Day, Arbor Day

April 14, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Johnston's population rises to 226,504
• 100,796 Johnstonians held jobs in February
• Smithfield attorney new District Court judge
• Landmark event for "Smithfield's" restaurant
• School enrollment nets extra $3.2 million
• Editorial comment on Smithfield's growth

April 7, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School board calls for $253.5-million bond issue
• 2022-23's first semester extended into January
• Second COVID booster shots now available
• County Commissioners fill temporary vacancy
• Town Council rejects 50 apartments for seniors
Editorial comment on misplaced place names

March 31, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Two survive small-plane crash near airport
• COVID test site moving, cutting hours
• Amazon center among top 25 "Project Wins"
Retail sales up 23% in fourth quarter 2021
SSS DECA chapter wins state honors

March 24, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Arts Council celebrates 50th anniversary
• Johnston's COVID status rises to "low risk"
• Commissioners debate capital priorities
• 100,000+ Johnstonians hold jobs
• 20 semi-finalists for Teacher of the Year
Smithfield's "Highway Man" still at work

March 17,2022
This week's headlines:
• Triangle East Chamber has a new CEO
• COVID trending in the right direction
• SSS teacher earns national certification
 • 12 apply for vacant commissioner seat
• Johnston Health gets patient-safety award
• Editorial comment on "Creek Week"

March 10, 2022
This week's headlines:
• County lands another distribution center
• 13 running for school board; just 2 town races
• COVID report: "Things are looking much better"
• Keeping schools up with growth: $720 million
• $150 million sought from state for school needs
• Editorial comment on industrial incentive process