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  • COLUMNS

    Laughter is good medicine

    A good laugh can be good for the soul.

  • COLUMNS

    News arrives in many ways

    I am no longer a voracious reader of novels. Indeed, the last book I read was a collection of short stories by Southern writers. That was at least two years ago, because the publisher of that anthology has since discontinued it.

  • EDITORIALS

    Is your town affordable?

    The news release, which arrived via email, said Clayton ranked in the Top 10 in affordability among North Carolina towns with more than 10,000 people. Smithfield wasn’t far behind, ranking 14th.

  • COLUMNS

    Building needs piling up

    A couple of years ago, a friend who was raising money for a major cultural project in the state asked my opinion about the likelihood of winning a grant from state lawmakers.

  • COLUMNS

    Business, industry support critical to JCC’s success

    A conversation about Johnston Community College and its impact on the county rarely concludes without the mention of a partnership. In today’s economy, with resources at a premium, partnerships are imperative. Marriage cannot exist without partnership. Friendship, learning, service to others...

  • COLUMNS

    Can we enjoy spring without winter?

    Spring has sprung in Johnston County, and I am surely not alone in applauding its tardy arrival. Winter overstayed its welcome here, bringing a cold rain as recently as last weekend, so Johnston County residents deserved the change in weather that arrived midweek.

  • COLUMNS

    On transit, county right to be cautious

    When it comes to commuter rail, Johnston County Commissioners sound like they want to have their cake and eat it too: They don’t want to commit money to rail transit, but they also want a seat at the regional planning table.

  • EDITORIALS

    Downtown needs vitality around it

    We asked a friend in town government if a downtown could thrive without a vital town around it. No, he said, at least not a downtown in a small town.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Reader writes: SRAC story left many questions unanswered

    I read with interest – and some alarm – the story about the pool heaters at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. I think the taxpayers of Smithfield and Johnston County need the rest of the story.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Reader writes: Parking lots are for parking, not driving

    I appreciate your observance of the state-owned vehicle being misused by its presence in the drive through at Hardee’s. There is a lot of waste throughout our government, and it keeps getting worse.

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