Johnston County

State’s first case of avian influenza in poultry found at Johnston County farm; 32,000 turkeys killed

BY: - March 30, 2022

A commercial turkey operation in Johnston County has tested positive for High Path Avian Influenza, the state Agriculture Department announced today, forcing the farm to kill 32,100 birds to prevent the spread of the disease. This is the first case detected in a domestic poultry farm in North Carolina.. The agriculture department did not name […]


Read it here: Johnston County’s new anti-Critical Race Theory policy is an absurd mishmash

BY: - October 6, 2021

The ongoing national campaign to stoke the fears of white voters over issues of race and public education hit a new low in Johnston County recently when the local school board adopted a new policy that purports to tell teachers how they should instruct students in American history. As Policy Watch education reporter Greg Childress […]

Johnston County school board acquiesces to demands of Board of Commissioners

BY: - October 5, 2021

Conservative push to control how history is taught results in new policy directive Satisfied with a policy revision banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Johnston County Public Schools, County Commissioners on Monday unanimously agreed to release $7.9 million in new school funding commissioners withheld over the summer because the district had no such prohibition in place.

For Black, Latinx, Native American residents, community connections are key to COVID-19 vaccination success 

BY: - February 19, 2021

Shirley Hill rolled up her right sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday when doses were ready for her and 49 others at the Temple of Praise church in Kenly. Hill, 75, had been trying to get a vaccine appointment closer to her home in Goldsboro, but couldn’t even get on a waiting list. 

Counties holding virtual town halls on COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - March 16, 2020

With schools, business offices and even houses of worship going online this week to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, state lawmakers are working with local government leaders to organize virtual town hall events on the pandemic. In Guilford County, Democratic Sen. Michael Garrett is helping to organize one […]

North Carolina principal at prospective charter takeover school pushes back

BY: - September 22, 2017

The principal of at least one North Carolina school facing the prospect of a charter takeover is pushing back. The News & Observer posted a video Friday of Chris Germanoski, principal at Selma Middle School in Johnston County. Selma Middle is one of 41 low-performing, public schools remaining on the state’s list of schools eligible […]

During Pledge of Allegiance debate, N.C. school district talks students’ right to protest

BY: - November 7, 2016

University protests have been hotly debated in recent months, but there’s been little talk of students’ right to protest in K-12 schools. But today, take the time to read an interesting report in The News & Observer about one North Carolina school district’s debate of how it would handle protests like the one that spurred so many headlines […]