HIGH SCHOOL
DROPOUTS ARE
FEWER IN NUMBER

Johnston County's high schools for the most part continue to record declines in the number of dropouts. Smithfield-Selma High had 44 dropouts during the 2017-18 academic year. That's the highest number among the county's schools yet below the 56 for the previous year and 62 the year before that. Countywide, last year's total of 135 was down from 179 and 206 the previous two years.
Here's a five-year look at the numbers for all the county's high schools.

FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED DAILY,
check out "Johnston County Report" from radio station WTSB.

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 County Airport

Regional radar from weather.com

Neuse River depth at Smithfield from National Weather Service (including current readings, predicted levels, and historical high marks)
Review all sorts of historical weather statistics for Smithfield

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

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

Next full moon:
March 20 @ 9:43 p.m.

SPRING arrives:
March 20 @ 5:58 p.m.

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.

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






IT'S CALLED THE "PORT OF SELMA"

That's what the folks at the state-owned North Carolina Railroad Company call the busy railroad freight yards on the east side of Selma, mostly in place to serve Bailey Feed Mill, which has expanded significantly in recent years as an importer of animal feeds and other agricultural and industrial materials, liquids as well as solids. Norfolk Southern operates most of the trains that serve Bailey over the North Carolina Railroad line that runs from Morehead City to Charlotte. CSX, Selma's other railroad line, also serves the Bailey mill complex.

TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Click here for agendas for upcoming meetings
Click here for highlights of recent board meetings
Click here for minutes of board meetings
Click here for adopted BUDGET for FY 2018-19


JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes
Click here for links to the annual BUDGET going back several years


SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes
Click here for adopted BUDGET for FY 2018-19


SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Click here for meeting agendas and minutes
Click here for adopted BUDGET for 2018-19

JOBLESS RATE
ROSE TO 3.5
%
IN DECEMBER

Johnston County's unemployment rate was 3.5% in December, up from 3.2% the previous month, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Employed Johnstonians totaled 92,552 in December, down from 93,096 in November; 3,400 residents were looking for work in December.
Here's more news and stats from NCDC.

RETAIL SALES UP
13% IN 3rd QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of more than $488 million in Johnston County July-September of this year were up 13% from almost $432 million reported for the third quarter of 2017.
Get more reports from NCDR.

JOHNSTON HAS
196,708 RESIDENTS

That official Census estimate for 2017 shows a gain of almost 28,000 since the 2010 U.S. Census. Smithfield's estimated population is 12,309, up from 10,966 in 2010. Selma's estimate is 6,684, up from 6,073 in 2010.
View more Census data about Johnston County and Smithfield.


JOHNSTON NO. 4
IN CASH CROPS
Local farmers produced crops worth $140.3 million in 2017, ranking us 4th among the state's 100 counties, according to the latest statistics released by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We now rank 3rd in flue-cured tobacco production (behind neighboring Sampson and Wilson counties ); and we're 4th in sweet potatoes. In addition to income from crops, Johnston's farmers earned $107.6 from hogs, chickens, turkeys, and other livestock, ranking us 25th in the state in that category.
Access more stats about N.C. agriculture.

MORE ECONOMIC DATA
ABOUT JOHNSTON CO.
Visit the website of the county's Economic Development Office.
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 2-21-19
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter