REPORT CARD: "D"
GRADES, MOSTLY,
FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
The state's latest School Report Card gives "D" grades to Smithfield Middle School and all our local elementary schools: Selma, South Smithfield, West Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills. Smithfield-Selma High was graded "C" while Selma Middle School got an "F." Neuse Charter School was graded "C."
To view 2018-19 results for all of North Carolina's public schools, follow this link>

JOHNSTON COUNTY
HAS 202,675 RESIDENTS

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.

SMITHFIELD'S CENSUS
ESTIMATE: 12,669

The latest population estimate for the town of Smithfield is 12,669. That's a gain of 1,703 residents since the 2010 Census. Clayton, meanwhile, continues to grow at an accelerated rate: 22,850 as of July 1, 2018 --- up from 16,116 in 2010, a gain of almost 42 percent. Selma's estimated 2018 population is 6,913 --- 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 County 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:
Nov. 12 @ 8:37 a.m.

WINTER arrives:
Dec. 21 @ 11:19 p.m.

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







SELMA'S "NEW" CIVIC CENTER IS FINISHED

What was built as a Depression Era WPA project in the late 1930s has been transformed into the new and greatly improved Selma Civic Center. Located on North Webb Street, the cavernous structure was used as a community building and gymnasium for Selma High School until it was turned over to the American Legion. In later years it was leased for commercial purposes. The Town of Selma purchased it in early 2016 for $60,000 and a subsequent fund-raising campaign produced more than $300,000 for its renovation.



TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings
Adopted BUDGET for FY 2019-20

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
Proposed BUDGET for FY 2019-20
Annual budgets going back several years

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
Adopted BUDGET for FY 2019-20

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
Adopted BUDGET for 2019-2
JOBLESS RATE
DOWN TO 3.3%
IN SEPTEMBER

Johnston County's rate of unemployment dropped from 4.1% in August to 3.3% in September. The N.C. Department of Commerce estimates that 96,080 Johnstonians held jobs in September --- up from 95,145 in August. The number seeking jobs dropped from 4,042 in August to 3,257 in September.
Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP
1.9% IN 2nd QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $519.2 million in Johnston County April through June were up 1.9% from $509.3 million reported for the first quarter of 2018.
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>

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 11-1-19
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter