ARCHIVES of 2024 editions

June 20, 2024
This week's headlines:
• County budget adopted with 2-cent tax cut
and 17.5% more for public-school operations
• School board lists projects for proposed bond issue
• Town Council rejects "Buffalo Ridge" subdivision
• Council adopts rule requiring paved driveways
• Editorial comment on Smithfield growth issues

June 13, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield-Selma High School graduates 371
  • Town receives federal grant for police body cams
• School leaders make their case for more county aid
• School board heads toward new attendance districts
• For 816 children, Read to Grow "Booked for Summer"
• Editorial comment on county school funding

June 6, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield Town Council adopts 2024-25 budget
• November's bond referendum for $150 million
• Leo Daughtry's novel rooted in his homeland
• May's 10.34 inches doubled 2024's rainfall
• SSS senior gets JoCo TEACH scholarship
• Editorial comment on "out of control" speeding

May 30, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield's estimated population rises to 12,468
• John Parrish receives Lifetime Achievement Award
• What's new in proposed Smithfield budget?
• Johnston's jobless rate down to 3.0% in April
• Walking trail at Smith-Collins Park gets a name
• Editorial comment on Memorial Day service

May 23, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Town bumps police pay by $10,000 to fill vacancies
• Town OKs 163-acre North Smithfield development
• County considering bond issue of $200-260 million
• Renfrow is "Communications Center Leader of Year"
• Editorial comment on Downtown "social district"

May 16, 2024
This week's headlines:
• No surprise: Brad Knott gets U.S. House nomination
• Wilson's Mills alumni request naming of new media center
• School board votes (sort of) to cull "gender identity"
• Dr. Bracy is regional "Superintendent of the Year"
• Chris Johnson on magazine's "Power 100" list (again)
• Editorial comment on children walking to school

May 9, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Ham & Yam '24: bigger layout = bigger turnout
• Kelly Daughtry withdraws from race for Congress
• Commissioners fill vacancy with GOP nominee
• Manufacturer with plans to hire 500 lured to Selma
• Town Council backtracks to OK 7-lot subdivision
• Hospital volunteers thanked for 23,500 service hours
• Editorial comment on funding for overdue street work

May 2, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Schools asking for $23.3 million more from county
• Johnston's jobless rate rose to 3.4% in March
• April showers few and far between: just 1.16"
• Golfer Neal Lancaster in JCPS Athletic Hall of Fame
• JCC gets $645,836 grant for cyber-security training
• Editorial comment on replacing Bradford pear trees

April 25, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Amazon doubling initial hiring goal
• JCATS is "Transit System of the Year"
• School leaders ask legislators to fund more staff
• JCCollege asks for $85-million county bond issue
• Once again SSS hosts Special Olympics
• Editorial comment on Cutter/Grifols 50th anniversary

April 18, 2024
This week's headlines:
• County thanks attorney for 50 years' service
• Partnership for Children asks county for $100,000
• Town seeks grant for North Smithfield fire station
• Town accepts state grants totaling $7.15 million
• First-year teacher at Smithfield Middle a winner
• Editorial comment on Public Library's Smithfield service

April 11, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Monday's eclipse of the sun barely noticed
• A fourth elementary school is going up on 1010
• School board cuts pre-K spaces as ESSER runs out
• Retail sales showed modest growth at year's end
Editorial comment on more dogs in South Smithfield

April 4, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Town agrees to hire SROs for Smithfield schools
• Plan for seven-lot subdivision off NC 210 shot down
• Downtown Development names interim director
• County plan calls for massive water & sewer works
• Judge removes defendants from Johnson's lawsuit
• Editorial comment on the "State" of ACC basketball

March 28, 2024
This week's headlines:
• A resurrection for Holy Week re-enactment
• Hospice House gains community's acceptance
• State funds Johnston's first Public Defender
• JCC awarded $500,000 to start Respiratory Therapy
• Second edition for Literary & Historical Journal
• Editorial comment on fixes for N.C. public schools

March 21, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Johnston population estimate climbs to 241,955
• Bilotts are Smithfield's "Main Street Champions"
• Town to join statewide health-insurance pool
• County's high-school dropout rate went up
• JCC offering truck-driving training in high schools
• Top names for Johnston's 2023 babies
• Editorial comment on where folks want to live

March 14, 2024
This week's headlines:
• County Commissioner Tony Braswell dies
• School board calls for $285-million bond issue
• "Condensed" school calendar adopted for 2024-25
•  Town bracing for 6% rise in residential electric rate
• DECA members at SSS achieve state recognition
• Editorial comment on Primary Election results

March 7, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Ham & Yam Festival will include alcohol sales
Newsweek ranks Smithfield's hospital 12th in N.C.
• County's Fire Marshal earns professional credential
• Editorial comment on public servant Will Rogers Crocker

February 29, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Congressional candidates file fund-raising reports
• Baseball's Amby Foote in coach's Hall of Fame:
Gary Ridout's interview on the Feature Page
• SSS staffer celebrated for "Leading with the Heart"
• Editorial comment on Black History Quiz Bowl

February 22, 2024
This week's headlines:
• County options site for "government complex"
• Register of Deeds saluted for "Thank A Vet" project
• Countywide fire-tax plan moves toward July 1 start
• Town earmarks state grant for costly police project
• Ava Gardner Museum has a new manager
• Editorial comment on county bond financing

February 15, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Wilson's Mills High School "Green Wave" will return
• Johnston considering "year-round schools"
• School-enrollment projected growth: 1.88% annually
• SSS girls winners at state swim meet
• HUD projects have transformed East Smithfield

February 8, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Neuse Charter asks county for $8 million
• New fire engine may cost town $889,788
• Audit shows town's fund balance still growing
• Concert series scheduled at new amphitheater
• Editorial comment on regional transportation

February 1, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Championship show horses bred and trained here
• Priorities in crafting Smithfield's next budget?
• Moratorium on additional townhouses here?
• Marcia Armstrong gets state Professionalism Award
• Editorial comment on people's attitudes about taxation

January 25, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Four SSS students killed in early-morning crash
• Smithfield-based KS Bank is 100 years old
• Police Department vacancies reduced to five
• Council tables rezoning for 222-lot subdivision
Editorial comment on reckless driving

January 18, 2024
This week's headlines:
• N.C. board upholds denial of candidate's challenge
• County funds replacement Broadband contractor
• County's new Public Safety Center in service
• ESSER paying for HVAC upgrades at schools
• Neuse River flooding less frequent past 2 years
• Editorial comment on Education Lottery's numbers

January 11, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Elections board rejects Ronald Johnson's challenge
• Long-standing CPA firm changes its name
• Another record set in student enrollment at JCC
• Chamber of Commerce names new officers
• Editorial comment on accessibility at meetings

January 4, 2024
This week's headlines:
• Smithfield repaves parts of 13 streets
• School-board candidate challenged delayed
• County OKs tax break for new Four Oaks industry
• County has new HR director & deputy attorney
• Soggy December pushed '23 rainfall to 53.26"
• Editorial comment on historic preservation projects