JOHNSTON COUNTY
HAS 209,339 RESIDENTS

The latest U.S. Census estimate for Johnston County is 209,339 residents as of July 1, 2019. That's a gain of more than 40,000 since the 2010 Census, putting Johnston's 24% increase among the highest rates of growth in the state. The latest estimate for North Carolina as a whole is 10,488,084 --- a gain of 10% since 2010.

SMITHFIELD'S CENSUS
ESTIMATE: 12,985

The 2019 population estimate for the town of Smithfield is a gain of 2,019 residents since the 2010 Census. Selma's estimated 2019 population is 7,101 --- up from 6,073 in 2010. View more Census data about Smithfield, Selma, Johnston County, and North Carolina as a whole>

FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED DAILY, check out the JoCo Report (a.k.a. "Johnston County Report).

LOCAL OBITUARIES
Links to funeral homes posting obituaries online:
Parrish & Underwood
Sanders Funeral Home
Walter Sanders F.H.

WEATHER DATA
Temperature and conditions at Johnston Regional Airport

Regional radar from weather.com

Neuse River depth at Smithfield from National Weather Service (current readings, predicted levels, historical high marks)

Review all sorts of historical weather statistics for Smithfield>

ALMANAC
View today's times of sunrise, sunset (plus moonrise, moonset) from the Farmers Almanac>

Next full moon:
October 1 @ 5:06 p.m.

AUTUMN arrives:
September 22 @ 9:31 a.m.

OFFICIAL TIME
Set your clock according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology>







SELMA TO HOST MODIFIED RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the show will go on the first weekend in October with a virtual "All-Aboard" Hollering Contest, a Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo with social distancing, a model-train display inside Historic Union Station, plus an-online merchandise store. For details visit the town's festival web page>

TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
 
Annual budgets going back several years

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2020-21

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2020-21
COUNTY JOBLESS RATE
CLIMBS TO 7.9% IN JULY
Johnston County's rate of unemployment went from 6.9% in June to 7.9% in July. But that's still below a record-high of 11% in May because of coronavirus shutdowns. The N.C. Department of Commerce says 7,569 Johnstonians lacked jobs in July --- up from 6,401 in June. The county's unemployment rate in July 2019 was 4%.
Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES DOWN
2.2% IN 1st QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $480,717,651 in Johnston County January through March were down 2.2% from $491,367,659  reported for the first quarter of 2019. Get more reports from NCDR>

JOHNSTON STILL NO. 4
IN CASH FROM CROPS
Local farmers produced crops worth $115.7 million in 2018 --- down from $140.3 million in 2017. But we still rank 4th among the state's 100 counties, according to the latest statistics posted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We still rank 3rd in flue-cured tobacco, and we're 5th in sweet potatoes (down from 4th place in 2017). Our $85.9 million from livestock, dairy, and poultry ranks 28th in the state.
Here's the latest report for all of the state's counties>

MORE ECONOMIC DATA
ABOUT JOHNSTON CO.
Visit the website of the county's Economic Development Office>

AMTRAK STOPS HERE Here's information about passenger trains that serve Selma Union Station>

THINGS TO SEE & DO
Check out this rundown of upcoming cultural events compiled by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.

SMITHFIELD-SELMA MAP

Open an interactive Google map of our area>
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 9-4-20
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter