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    County must protect field’s neighbors

    On Dec. 1, Johnston County Commissioners will decide whether to rezone a youth baseball field built with county bond dollars. It would seem a foregone conclusion, because to deny the zoning change – and shutter the ball field – would waste those county dollars, some $147,000 in all.

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    Two parks speak well of communities

    In Smithfield, two nonprofit groups have broken ground on town-owned land for a ball field and playground for special-needs children. In Clayton, a citizens’ committee has unveiled the design of an inclusion park there.

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    Candidate should blame self for loss

    On Tuesday, Jim Davenport, a retired police officer who lives near Kenly, lost his write-in campaign for sheriff, 38,821-1,097. If an email to this newspaper and others is any indication, he blames the media for his pummeling at the polls.

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    After ruling, respecting both sides

    In the days that followed a court ruling, two Johnston County officials made polar-opposite decisions about same-sex weddings. We respect them both.

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    Thank a volunteer

    We like fall, partly because it offers relief from summer’s heat but also because the cooler weather brings forth a bounty of festivals. Already, autumn has brought Mule Days in Benson, Railroad Days in Selma, the Pumpkin Festival in Wilson’s Mills and the Shindig in Clayton. Still...

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    These truths self-evident

    We know the world isn’t black and white; its many thorny issues have shades of gray. Still, we suspect some things are universal.

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    Wealth plays role in doctor recruitment

    Johnston County would appear to have much going for it: affordable housing, at least compared to many of our neighbors in the Triangle; schools that are good, though not great; good-paying jobs at companies like Grifols, Novo Nordisk and Caterpillar; proximity to not only good-paying jobs but also...

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    Road projects in Johnston pass muster

    Some folks are wondering how two Johnston County projects made the list of road needs that North Carolina might meet with bond dollars. It’s our understanding that Gov. Pat McCrory asked the N.C. Department of Transportation to suggests meaningful road projects that were partially done.

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    State shouldn’t have monopoly on gambling

    The good news is that Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle is moving to enforce a law that no one else was willing to enforce. But that might be good only in the sense that a state ought not have laws it’s unwilling to enforce.

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    Property tax remains fairest of all

    The good news is that debt issued by the Town of Clayton is an increasingly safe bet for investors. And that’s good news for taxpayers, because the higher the credit rating, the lower the interest rate, which means lower interest payments on town borrowing.

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