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Johnston facing $520,000 pension bill for school chief's retirement

Johnston County Schools Superintendent Ed Croom’s impending retirement could carry a $520,000 bill for county taxpayers, an expense driven by an employment contract that allowed $44,000 in annual perks to be treated as salary over the past several years, two state lawmakers say.


NC tax credit could save CSX millions on Selma cargo hub

A state report on an unpopular project to build a truck-train freight hub in Johnston County sheds light on why CSX wants to build it there, and why – even after the governor criticized the proposal – the state Department of Transportation is still considering whether to help pay for it.

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Banjo-playing teen is an old soul

Garrett Newton, 16, is an accomplished picker after playing only six years

He plays by ear and watching someone else’s hands as they play

Hopes to play bluegrass professionally after high school


Four arrested in raid on meth-lab house near Apex

Law enforcement agencies Thursday raided a house west of Apex that they said they believed was a methamphetamine-manufacturing facility, and they charged four people from Wake and Johnston counties with possessing the drug and materials used to make it.

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