U.S. CENSUS:
JOHNSTON
HAS
191,450 RESIDENTS

That  estimate for 2016 shows a gain of almost 6,000 residents since 2015. For more Census data about Johnston County, click here.

N.C. "REPORT CARDS"
FOR OUR SCHOOLS
For the latest stats on Johnston County' schools, click here.


FOR THE LATEST LOCAL NEWS, check out "Johnston County Report" from radio station WTSB. Another source is The News & Observer's "Johnston County" page online.

LOCAL OBITUARIES
Click here for links to Smithfield-Selma 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 USGS

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)

N
ext full moon:
Jan. 31 @ 8:27 a.m.

Spring
arrives
:
March 20 @ 12:15 p.m.
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 1-15-18
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter





JOHNSTON COUNTY'S COURTHOUSE decorated for the holidays.
To read the 2018 "State of the County" report
by County Commissioners' Chairman Jeff Carver, click here.


TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Click here for highlights of recent board meetings
Click here for minutes of recent board meetings

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL
Click here for meeting agendas and minutes

JOBLESS RATE UP
SLIGHTLY TO 4
.1%
Johnston County's unemployment rate in November rose to 4.1% from 3.8% in October. Out of a total labor force of 93,997 Johnstonians in November, 90,171 held jobs while 3,826 were looking for work, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. For more information from NCDC, click here.

RETAIL SALES UP
3.8% IN 3rd QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $431,967,582 in Johnston County
July-September
were up 3.8% from $416,058,417 reported for the third quarter of 2016. For monthly reports compiled by NCDR, 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 production of flue-cured tobacco (behind neighboring Sampson County). 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.

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.