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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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    School board should allow religion class

    Surely Johnston school board member Butler Hall has no real qualms with an online course in world religions. Surely he sees no real harm in a class that introduces, not indoctrinates, young people to the religions that have influenced individuals, cultures and societies, in many cases for thousands...

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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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