ARCHIVES of 2022 editions

December 29, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Retail sales still climbing, but not as fast
• New trail finished at Smith-Collins Park

December 22, 2022
This week's headlines:
• New JCCollege president coming from Illinois
• Holding Foundation boosts Youth Zone
• New board members get school assignments
Editorial comment on Longfellow's disturbing lyrics

December 15, 2022
This week's headlines:
• 4-3 vote elects Lyn Andrews school-board chair
• Ronald Johnson will be able to present "new facts"
• IB Program approved for Smithfield Middle School
• Heritage Center's new JoCo Museum is finished
• Editorial comment on more outdoor Christmas lights

December 8, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Site for new high school grows to 210 acres
• JCC asks for $75-million bond issue in 2024
• Cost of police-station addition jumps again
• Jobless rate rose to 3.5% in October
• History still happening in historic Courthouse

December 1, 2022
This week's headlines:
• New charter school takes $8.5 million of state's funding
• New teaching scholarship directed toward SSS district
• School dropouts increased; SSS had the most
Rainfall better in November, but it's still a dry year
Editorial comment on retiring police chief and racial gaps

November 24, 2022
This week's headlines:
• County OKs $9.6 million for school-safety projects
• County puts up $17.5 million for job-training center
• County grants $200,000 to My Kid's Club
• COVID cases in Johnston schools down to just 3
• Grade "B" for Smithfield hospital; "A" for Clayton's
• JCC e-sports champ signs NIL contract
• High praise for county board's retiring clerk

November 17, 2022
This week's headlines:
• New charter school enrolls 1,759
• Public-school enrollment down 377
• Two new representatives in next Congress
• Candlelight reflections: Alzheimer's awareness
• Editorial comment on unfixed Outlet Center Drive

November 10, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Tippett, Donovan, Antoine win school-board seats
•School bonds approved by comfortable margin
• County OKs $138.5 million for water/sewer projects
• Smithfield-Selma High ends season with 9 wins
• Editorial comment on checking residential speeders

November 3, 2022
This week's headlines:
• 26,000+ Johnstonians have voted early
• Town Council thanks retiring police chief
• Marcia Armstrong N.C. State Bar president
• October was "bone dry" – until the last day
• Jobless dropped to 3% in September
• SSS senior is a National Merit semi-finalist
• Editorial comment on Johnston's "dirty air"

October 27, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools' chief gets bonuses, contract extension
• Low-performing schools aim to improve
• COVID cases in schools under control
• Hospitals get five stars for heart care
• Editorial comment on TV political ads

October 20, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Town fires Johnson for "detrimental conduct"
• County OKs purchase of new high-school site
• Commissioners OK $8-million transfer for schools
• JOCO WORKS reaches 3,000+ eighth-graders
• Neuse named national "River of the Year"

October 13, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School board censures Johnson a third time
• Audit: nothing amiss in schools' finances
• Staffs at improving schools get bonuses
• County gets grant to equip new 9-1-1 center
• Editorial comment on undisclosed student transfers

October 6, 2022
This week's headlines:
• New Johnston County
museum to open
• Tropical storm Ian left little impact
• Brogden Road industrial project gets incentives
• Town OKs Blue Line Aviation's expansion plan
• Community College's enrollment up 6%
• Wilson's Mills Elementary has a new principal
• Editorial report on school-bond campaign

September 29, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Johnston County Courthouse is 100 years old
• Town to get a bit more state aid for street work
• Johnston's jobless rate rises to 3.5%
• County's media team wins national award
• Editorial comment on Market Street speeds

September 22, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Will commuter rail make it into Johnston?
• Neuse Trail report OK'd; route unsettled
• Retail sales up 15.1% in 2nd quarter
• Chamber CEO in national leadership program
• Edward Earl Sutton: "The Motorcycle Man"
• Update on COVID infections in Johnston

September 15, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools' Day 10 enrollment 285 short of last year's
• New charter school opens near Smithfield
• School board finalizes recruitment campaigns
• After-school extra learning at South Smithfield
• New director for Johnston Health Foundation
• Editorial comment on stalled development projects

September 8, 2022
This week's headlines:
• 4 of 5 Smithfield-area schools graded "D"
• Two industries granted incentives to expand
• Town Council permits a second five-story hotel
• Recommended route not a "Neuse River Trail"

September 1, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools enroll 36,301; more expected
• Johnston's jobless rate dropped to 3.3% in July
• Amazon delays start-up here till next spring
• Town to study stormwater funding options
• August rainfall was close to what's normal
• Editorial comment on Market Street traffic

August 25, 2022
This week's headlines:
• School board wants Ronald Johnson removed
• Johnston goes back to school Monday
• SSS continues reversal with big win vs. Princeton
• Democrats produce nominee for commissioner
• Crackdown coming on Downtown parking violations
• Editorial comment on school board's transparency

August 18, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Schools' budget adopted, not quite finished
• County Commissioners ponder sewer allocations
• River Rat Regatta postponed again
• Q.K. Wall: a local pioneer in racial integration
• Editorial comment on late-August school start

August 11, 2022
This week's headlines:
• Pay raises ratified for county's school staffs
• Project list adopted for school-bond vote
• School board member chastised for secret recording
• Heritage Center expanding into leased space
• Historical photo: when gasoline sold for 28.9 cents

August 4, 2022
This week's headlines: