U.S. CENSUS:
JOHNSTON
HAS
196,708 RESIDENTS

That official Census estimate for 2017 shows a gain of 5,258 residents since 2016 and almost 28,000 since the 2010 U.S. Census. For more Census data about Johnston County, click here.

N.C. "REPORT CARDS"
FOR OUR SCHOOLS
For the latest stats on Johnston County' schools, click here.


FOR LOCAL NEWS, check out "Johnston County Report" from radio station WTSB. Another online source is The News & Observer's "Johnston County" page (Smithfield Herald is kaput).

LOCAL OBITUARIES
Click here for links to funeral homes posting obituaries online:
Parrish & Underwood
Sanders Funeral Home
Walter Sanders F.H.

WEATHER DATA
Temperature and conditions at Johnston County Airport

Regional radar from weather.com

Neuse River depth at Smithfield from USGS

Click here for all sorts of historical weather statistics for Smithfield

OFFICIAL TIME
Click here and set your clock

ALMANAC
Click here for today's times of sunrise, sunset (plus moonrise, moonset)

SUMMER begins:
June 21 @ 6:07 a.m.


N
ext full moon:
June 28 @ 12:53 a.m.

a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 6-15-18
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Wingate Lassiter






BRIGHTENING A COMMERCIAL CORNER
Brothers Ali and Waiel Mohamad show off the new home of Sound Station and Security in Smithfield. Their business started out in a converted gasoline service station 25 years ago and has since grown into today's expanded quarters as well as a second store in Raleigh. The new Smithfield store along with its landscaping significantly enhances the attractiveness of the busy commercial corner of Market Street and Bright Leaf Boulevard.

TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Click here for highlights of recent board meetings
Click here for minutes of recent board meetings

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes
Click here for proposed budget for FY 2018-19

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes

JOBLESS RATE DROPS
TO HISTORIC LOW: 3.4%

Johnston County's unemployment rate dropped from 3.9% in March to 3.4% in April, as the number of Johnstonians employed rose to 92,234 while 3,237 were looking for work, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. For more information from NCDC, click here.

RETAIL SALES UP
5.7% IN 4th QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $480,463,025 in Johnston County
October-December
were up 5.7% from $454,591,452 reported for the fourth quarter of 2016. For monthly reports compiled by NCDR, click here.

JOHNSTON NO. 3
IN CASH CROPS
Local farmers produced crops worth $136,225,598 in 2016, ranking 3rd among the state's 100 counties. We continue to rank 2nd in flue-cured tobacco (behind neighboring Sampson County), and we're 4th in sweet potatoes. In addition to income from crops, Johnston's farmers earned $97,789,707 from hogs, chickens, turkeys, and other livestock.
For more stats about N.C. agriculture, click here.

MORE ECONOMIC DATA
ABOUT JOHNSTON CO.
Click here to access the website of the county's Economic Development Office.

THINGS TO SEE & DO
Click here for a rundown of upcoming cultural events compiled by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.


SMITHFIELD-SELMA MAP
Click here for an interactive Google map of our area.

4 AMTRAK TRAINS
STOP HERE DAILY
Click here for information about passenger trains that stop at Selma Union Station.