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." 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.

N.C. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BRACKETS
Click here to access pairings for all 8 NCHSAA playoff divisions. Johnston teams in the running are Princeton (1AA), South Johnston (3A), Clayton (3AA), and Cleveland (3AA).
 

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)

Next full moon
:
Nov. 23 @ 12:39 a.m.

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

a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 11-14-18
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Wingate Lassiter



NOV. 6 ELECTION RESULTS
FOR JOHNSTON COUNTY

Click here for the numbers direct from
the Johnston County Board of Elections website



Carolyn Ennis named 'Volunteer of the Year'

  The annual Francis Finch Hobart Award is conferred by the Johnston County Community Foundation. On hand for this year's presentation: (left to right) award benefactor Frankie Hobart, award recipient Carolyn G. Ennis, award presenter Susan Lassiter, and John Hobart.


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 RECORD
LOW OF 2.8% IN  SEPT.
Johnston County's unemployment rate reached an apparent record low of 2.8% in September down from 3.6% in August, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. The number of employed Johnstonians rose slightly to 92,962 in September, while the number looking for work decreased significantly to 2,727.
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.

SMITHFIELD-SELMA MAP
Click here for an interactive Google map of our area.


THINGS TO SEE & DO
Click here for a rundown of upcoming cultural events compiled by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.


4 AMTRAK TRAINS
STOP HERE DAILY
Click here for information about passenger trains that stop at Selma Union Station.