ARCHIVES of 2022 editions

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

March 3, 2022
This week's headlines:
• 11 candidates file for 3 school-board seats
• Face masks now optional on school buses
• Police station expansion saved by federal aid
• Smithfield's Police Officer of the Year
• African-American health-care pioneers
• Editorial comment on rising traffic fatalities

February 24, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Candidates resume filing for May 17 election
•  Johnston's vaccination status vs. our neighbors
• County Commissioner Larry Wood resigns
• Most popular names for 2021's newborns
• SSS student leaders win "Spirit Stick"
• Black-owned funeral homes stand test of time

February 17, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Masks optional at schools "without stipulations"
• Forecast for growth in Smithfield-area schools
• SSS runner finishes 3rd in state meet
• Johnston's new Literary & Historical Journal
Editorial comment on schools unmasked

February 10, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School masks optional if outbreaks contained
• Six more schools to be built by 2032?
• SSS basketball court to be named for coach
• Annual audit: county "in really good shape"
• Editorial comment on town election delay

February 3, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Spartan girls win conference swim title
• COVID numbers heighten cause for alarm
• Unemployment rate down to 2.7%
• Town salutes Neuse Charter's volleyball team
• Town's electric rates "stable" for another year
Editorial comment on the ongoing COVID battle

January 27, 2022
This week's headlines:
• First measurable snowfall since pre-COVID
• Coronavirus case total still surging
• Police activity had ups and downs in '21
• Another record year for Register of Deeds
• Editorial comment on snow-days remote learning

January 20, 2022
This week's headlines:
• COVID case numbers have jumped this month
• How shall Smithfield spend ARPA windfall?
• Changing of the guard at KS Bank
• Campaign targets commuters leaving Johnston
• SSS sends 30 to All County Honors Band
Editorial comment on Market Street traffic

January 13, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School masks still on as COVID cases spike
• School staffs change jobs to keep buses rolling
• At last, schools' annual budget is finished
• SSS students semi-finalists for major scholarships
• Editorial comment on a very warm December

January 6, 2022
This week's headlines:
• New Year's first day unseasonably balmy
• 2021 rainfall above average, below last year's
•Coronavirus infection rates rising again
• Johnston's jobless rate drops below 3%
• 1,300 households get rental assistance
• Smithfield reports six police vacancies
• Editorial comment on another day of infamy