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    Recycling fee doesn’t pass fairness test

    Johnston County Commissioners say they want to be fair when deciding how to make trash disposal in Johnston pay for itself. If so, they will be hard pressed to justify levying a $5 recycling fee on homes and businesses in Johnston towns.

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    Schools need to raise their expectations

    Last week, we ran a story on Johnston student scores on the latest end-year tests given by the state. Truth be told, we didn’t find the scores useful, and we doubt parents did either.

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    Good news, bad news in same stories

    The good news is that a lot of people in the Smithfield and Selma communities want to improve academic performance at their high school, where test scores have long been among the county’s worst. The bad news is that they seem intent on doing so by busing black and Hispanic students elsewhere...

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    Here’s proof teachers are getting raises

    For proof that North Carolina teachers are actually getting pay raises, look at what school boards across the state are doing: They’re digging for dollars to match the pay raises that some General Assembly critics claim aren’t raises at all.

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    Why levy a $5 fee for recycling?

    Because they are loath to raise property taxes, ever, county and town governments are fond of fees and usage rates. And that’s not always bad a thing, because in many cases, fees and usage rates make sense. In Johnston County and its towns, water rates come quickly to mind, as do building...

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    Why the secrecy on SSS talks?

    Wednesday’s edition of the Smithfield Herald had a story about the latest meeting of the group pushing Johnston County school leaders to improve academic performance at Smithfield-Selma High School. The story was harder to report than one might imagine.

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    Will good deal deliver lower rates?

    Johnston County’s public-power towns are getting a good deal from Duke Energy Progress, which has agreed to buy the towns’ shares in five power plants. Together, the Johnston towns of Benson, Clayton, Selma and Smithfield will see their public-power debt fall by about 70 percent. That...

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    Should county give money to nonprofits?

    Johnston County Commissioners said recently they will study whether to give tax dollars to nonprofits. We’re comfortable with whatever decision they make.

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    Taxpayers deserve answers

    Not everyone on the Smithfield Town Council wants to get the bottom of the town’s pay scandal. It would be cheaper, they argue, to pay former town manager Eric Williams than to fight him in court, where soaring legal fees might pale in comparison to a costly judgment against the town.

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    Library’s silence fuels speculation

    The director of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield won’t answer questions about Clayton’s impending departure from the county library network. Margaret Marshall canceled one interview with reporter Nash Dunn and has not responded since then to repeated requests for...

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