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.
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FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED DAILY,
check out the JoCo Report (a.k.a. the "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 (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 Almanac>

Next full moon:
May 18 @ 5:11 p.m.

SUMMER arrives:
June 21 @ 11:54 a.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
DOWN SLIGHTLY
TO 3.8
% IN MARCH
Johnston County's unemployment rate declined from 3.9% in February to 3.8% in March, as the number of Johnstonians employed rose from 93,445 to 94,091. Meanwhile, the number looking for work declined from 3,816 to 3,757, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.  Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP
17% IN 4th QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $565.7 million in Johnston County October through December 2018 were up 17% from $480.4 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2017.
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>
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 5-1-19
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter