For its first-ever River Rat Regatta on July 14, 2018, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is challenging boat builders to craft two-person vessels made only of cardboard, duct tape and glue.
Changes in consumer preferences can catch government unprepared. Witness the number of governments large and small scrambling to accommodate, or regulate or ban the likes of ride-sharing service Uber and hotel alternative Airbnb.
A live nativity is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at First Baptist Church of Clayton, 411 N. Fayetteville St., Clayton. The church’s Chancel Choir will present a Christmas musical at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
A truck smashed into a stopped, unlighted Cadillac in an eastbound lane of Interstate 40 in Johnston County early Tuesday, killing the car driver when he was thrown out of it, the State Highway Patrol reported.
As drivers head into Smithfield from the west, they’re witness to heralding angels glowing on town light poles. As traffic crosses the Neuse River into downtown, those angels give way to another sign of the season, bright snowflakes.