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 Smithfield-Selma High, Smithfield MIddle, and South Smithfield, West Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills Elementary. Selma Middle and Selma Elementary graded "F."
Click here to see the state's grades for all of Johnston County's public schools.

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

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 National Weather Service (including current readings, predicted levels, and historical high marks)
Click here for all sorts of historical weather statistics for Smithfield

OFFICIAL TIME
Click here and set your clock

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

WINTER begins:
Dec. 21 @ 5:23 p.m.


Next full moon:
Dec. 22 @ 12:50 p.m.

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.

AMTRAK STOPS HERE
Click here for information about passenger trains
that serve Selma Union Station.





'TIS THE SEASON
FOR VOLUNTEER
BELL RINGERS


Warren Grimes of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County spent part of "Black Friday" doing what club members have been doing since 1988: ringing the bell at one of the red-kettle collection points for the Salvation Army. The Rotary Club is just one of several civic organizations providing volunteers every Christmas season to help raise money for needy Johnstonians.

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
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Every 8 years the County of Johnston reappraises
all real estate for purposes of taxation.
Results of the current revaluation process
will be mailed to all property owners Dec. 31.

Click here for a County of Johnston video
on why and how revaluation is done here.



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
UP SLIGHTLY TO
3.1
% IN OCTOBER
Johnston County's unemployment rate was up from a record low 2.8% in September to 3.1% in October, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. The number of employed Johnstonians actually increased to 93,671 in October while the number looking for work rose to 3,036.
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 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.
For more Census data about Johnston County and Smithfield, 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.
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 12-6-18
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter