5 OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS GET "D"
GRADES; 2 GET "F"

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction's "report card" for the 2017-18 academic year shows grades of "D" for all the public schools in the Smithfield-Selma area except two, which were graded "F." Schools graded "D": Smithfield-Selma High, Smithfield MIddle, and South Smithfield, West Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills Elementary. Selma Middle and Selma Elementary graded "F." Meanwhile, Neuse Charter School a regional school based at Smithfield graded "B."
Click here to see the state's grades for all of Johnston County's traditional public schools.

JOHNSTON COUNTY'S
45 SCHOOLS ENROLL
37,077 STUDENTS

Click here to see current student enrollments in all of Johnston's public schools, and how those numbers have changed since last year's counts.

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

AUTUMN
arrives
:
Sept. 22 @ 9:54 p.m.


Next full moon
:
Sept. 24 @ 10:52 p.m
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 9-18-18
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Wingate Lassiter




TOP 10 NEUSE RIVER FLOODS AT SMITHFIELD

From the National Weather Service archives, here are the highest flood crests recorded here over the past 110 years (flooding from Hurricane Florence, at 18.91 feet, didn't even make the Top 20):

(1) 29.09 ft on 10/10/2016
(Hurricane Matthew)

(2) 27.40 ft on 09/08/1996
(Hurricane Fran)
(3) 27.10 ft on 08/01/1908
(4) 26.80 ft on 07/24/1919
(5) 26.72 ft on 09/18/1999
(Hurricane Floyd)

(6) 26.40 ft on 10/03/1929
(7) 25.90 ft on 09/20/1945
(8) 25.36 ft on 04/27/2017
(9) 24.40 ft on 10/01/1924
(10) 23.65 ft on 03/21/1975


Click here for NOAA's web page of current Smithfield river data
that includes the list of record-setting floods (scroll down)




SMITHFIELD CELEBRATES ITS NEW BOAT RAMP

To draw attention to Smithfield's reconstructed boat ramp on the Neuse River, the town's Parks & Recreation Department hosted its first annual "River Rat Regatta" on Saturday, July 14. The event featured about 30 homemade cardboard boats that raced from the ramp downstream about 250 yards to the Market Street bridge. The original boat ramp at this site was built by the town as part of Smithfield's 200th birthday celebration in 1977. The new ramp was built by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and features a floating dock. Its location at the north end of Front Street is believed to be near the site of Smith's Ferry, a late 18th Century colonial landmark that gave birth to a settlement first known as "Johnston County Court House," later incorporated as the Town of Smithfield. To view more pictures from the River Rat Regatta, click here.


TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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 DOWN
TO 3.7% FROM 3.9%
Johnston County's unemployment rate was 3.7% in July down from 3.9% in June,, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. The number of employed Johnstonians rose to 95,037 in July, while the number looking for work decreased to 3,652.
For more information from NCDC, click here.

RETAIL SALES UP
12.9% IN 2nd QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of more than $509.2 million in Johnston County April-June of this year were up 12.9% from $451.2 million reported for the second quarter of 2017.
For monthly reports compiled by NCDR, click here.

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.


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.