2021 ESTIMATE RAISES
JOHNSTON POPULATION
TO NEW HIGH OF 226,504
That's up from the 2020 Census, which officially put Johnston's population at 215,999, an increase of 27.9% over the number for 2010 which was the highest rate of growth in the state based on percentages.

SMITHFIELD & SELMA
POPULATIONS ARE UP
Smithfield's estimated population rose 3% from 2020 to a new total of 11,630 in 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Selma's population rose 4.5% to a July 1, 2021 estimate of 6,601. Johnston County's estimated population was up 4.9% from 2020 to 2021. View more updated Census numbers for Smithfield, Selma, Johnston County, and all of North Carolina>

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)>

Next full moon:
Oct. 9 @ 4:54 p.m. EDT


AUTUMN arrives
:
Sept. 22 @ 9:04 p.m. EDT

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







WEST SMITHFIELD'S AMAZON DISTRIBUTION CENTER

The 620,000-square-foot processing facility nearing completion off US 70 Business West is scheduled to be in operation next spring. Amazon says it will employ 500 here. (Photo from Johnston County Economic Development Office)


TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings
BUDGET  for FY 2022-23
 

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2022-23


SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2022-23

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2022-23
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
DOWN TO 3.3% IN JULY
Johnston County's jobless rate dropped from 3.7% in June to 3.3% in July as the number of Johnstonians employed rose from 102,838 to 104,433 while the number unemployed fell from 3,928 to 3,546, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP 13.9%
IN 1st QUARTER OF '22
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $699,162,295 in Johnston County January through March were $85.4 million above the total of $613,775,236 reported for the first quarter of 2021. Get more reports from NCDR>

JOHNSTON RANKS 4th
IN CASH FROM CROPS
Local farmers garnered cash income of $105.6 million in 2019 --- down from $115.7 million in 2018. That ranks us 4th among the state's 100 counties, according to the latest report from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We rank 28th in livestock, dairy, and poultry production at $87.3 million.
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 9-14-22
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter