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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:
• PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
• 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

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