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

That  estimate for 2016 shows a gain of almost 6,000 residents since 2015. To review historical Census data for Johnston County and its towns, click here.

N.C. "REPORT CARDS"
FOR OUR SCHOOLS
Click here for a PDF of 2016-17 results for all 44 of Johnston County's public schools.

FOR THE LATEST LOCAL NEWS
, check out "Johnston County Report" from radio station WTSB.

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 (& moonrise, moonset)

N
ext full moon:
Oct. 5@ 2:41 p.m.

Autumn arrives
:
Sept. 22 @ 4:02 p.m.
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MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDATES
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

NOTE: (I) denotes incumbents seeking re-election

Town of Selma
Mayor

Cheryl L. Oliver (I)
Tommie Holmes
Timmy Wayne Strickland

Council: 2 seats at large

Jackie Lacy (I)
John Radford
William Earl Overby (I)
Eric Jackson
Ann Williams

Town of Smithfield
Mayor

Andy Moore (I)

Council seat, District 1

Marlon Lee (I)
Kevin Peacock 
Ava Atkinson Gaines

Council seat, District 2

Perry Harris (I)
Tim Johnson 
David Stevens

Council seat, District 3

Travis Scott (I)

Council seat, District 4

David R. Barbour


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 minutes of meetings

WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?
Click here for the school system's "newsroom"
JOBLESS RATE RISES
SLIGHTLY TO 4.1%
Johnston County's unemployment rate in July was 4.1% up a tad from 3.9% in June yet lower than a rate of 4.7% in July a year ago. Out of a total labor force of 94,732 Johnstonians this past June, 90,846 had jobs while 3,886 were looking for work, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. For more information from NCDC, click here.

RETAIL SALES UP
9% IN 2nd QUARTER
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $451,274,950 in Johnston County
April-June
rose 9% above the $414,117,255 reported for the second quarter of 2016. For monthly reports going back to the late 1990s, click here.

JOHNSTON NO. 4
IN CASH CROPS
Local farmers produced crops worth $139.4 million in 2015, ranking 4th 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 $106.6 million 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.