JOHNSTON COUNTY
BREAKS 200,000 MARK
IN ESTIMATED CENSUS

The latest U.S. Census estimate for Johnston County is 202,675 residents as of July 1, 2018. That's a gain of almost 34,000 since the 2010 Census, putting Johnston's 20% increase among the highest rates of growth among North Carolina's counties.

SMITHFIELD'S CENSUS
ESTIMATE: 12,669

The latest population estimate for the town of Smithfield is 12,669. That's a gain of 1,703 residents since the 2010 Census. Clayton, meanwhile, continues to grow at an accelerated rate: 22,850 as of July 1, 2018 --- up from 16,116 in 2010, a gain of almost 42 percent. Selma's estimated 2018 population is 6,913 --- 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 County 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>

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 Almanac>

Next full moon:
Aug. 15 @ 8:31 a.m.

AUTUMN arrives:
Sept. 23 @ 3:50 a.m.







SYSCO AT SELMA CELEBRATES EXPANSION

Opened in 2005, Selma's "Sysco Raleigh" food warehousing and distribution center has completed an expansion project that pushes employment over 380. Now there's more than 500,000 square feet of both freezer and "dry" storage components inside the plant, which stands beside the U.S. 70 Bypass just east of Buffalo Road north of Smithfield. Many of the local facility's employees gathered for this photo following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 21.

TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings
Adopted BUDGET for FY 2019-20

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
Proposed BUDGET for FY 2019-20
Annual budgets going back several years

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
Adopted BUDGET for FY 2019-20

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
Adopted BUDGET for 2019-20



A hand-painted mural on a side wall of the Selma Visitors Center includes these and other icons of the town's history: (from left) Richard B. Harrison School, the Vick Building, and Mitchener's Station on the North Carolina Railroad, which brought Selma to life in 1868.






JOBLESS RATE ROSE
TO 3.8% IN MAY; YET
NUMBER EMPLOYED UP
Johnston County's unemployment rate rose from 3.3% in April to 3.8% in May even though the number of Johnstonians employed increased from 94,526 to 94,886. At the same time, the number looking for work also went up --- from 3,254 in April to 3,742 in May, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.  Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP
11.9% IN 1st QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $492.4 million in Johnston County January through March were up 11.9% from $439.3 million reported for the first quarter of 2018.
Get more reports from NCDR>

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>

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

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updated 7-19-19
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Wingate Lassiter