JOHNSTON COUNTY
HAS 209,339 RESIDENTS

The latest U.S. Census estimate for Johnston County is 209,339 residents as of July 1, 2019. That's a gain of more than 40,000 since the 2010 Census, putting Johnston's 24% increase among the highest rates of growth in the state. The latest estimate for North Carolina as a whole is 10,488,084 --- a gain of 10% since 2010.

SMITHFIELD'S CENSUS
ESTIMATE: 12,985

The 2019 population estimate for the town of Smithfield is a gain of 2,019 residents since the 2010 Census. Selma's estimated 2019 population is 7,101 --- up from 6,073 in 2010. View more Census data about Smithfield, Selma, Johnston County, and North Carolina as a whole>

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) from the Farmers Almanac>

Next full moon:
November 30 @ 4:32 a.m.

WINTER arrives:
December 21 @ 5:02 a.m.

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







OLD HOTEL BUILDING STILL AWAITING A BUYER


Vacant since the new Smithfield Town Hall opened nearby in 1998, the former Hotel Gabriel Johnston is formally "For Sale" again --- slowly falling apart as the years go by. After it opened as a hotel in 1937, Town Government converted it into the Municipal Building in the 1960s, then sold it to commercial interests after the new Town Hall opened 22 years ago. The property was recently posted by a local realtor as "under contract" but the prospective buyer canceled the deal.


TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
 
Annual budgets going back several years

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2020-21

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2020-21
JOBLESS RATE UP; SO
IS NUMBER WITH JOBS
Johnston County's jobless rate rose slightly to 6.1% in September even though the number of Johnstonians employed also went up --- from 87,446 in August to 89,700 in September. At the same time, the number seeking jobs rose from 5,644 to 5,861, producing the modest increase in the local unemployment rate.
Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP 11%
DESPITE CORONAVIRUS
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $576,596,859 in Johnston County April-June were 11% higher than the $510,158,928  reported for the second quarter of 2019. Get more reports from NCDR>

JOHNSTON STILL NO. 4
IN CASH FROM CROPS
Local farmers produced crops worth $115.7 million in 2018 --- down from $140.3 million in 2017. But we still rank 4th among the state's 100 counties, according to the latest statistics posted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We still rank 3rd in flue-cured tobacco, and we're 5th in sweet potatoes (down from 4th place in 2017). Our $85.9 million from livestock, dairy, and poultry ranks 28th in the state.
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 11-19-20
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter