Smithfield Herald Headlines, 1885-2007

As part of the Johnston County Heritage Center's Research Databases Project, we are happy to provide you with a searchable collection of the headlines published in the Smithfield Herald newspaper between 1885 and 2007.

You can also search the Smithfield Herald Harvest Edition headlines here.

This database is a work in progress. Should you encounter any errors in the information, please e-mail We endeavor to make this database as accurate as possible, and welcome your comments and suggestions.

You can search by keyword or date range. If you do not find what you are looking for with one type of search, try another.

If you would like a photocopy of a particular article, we would be glad to send it to you through the mail. You may order online by clicking the "ADD TO CART" button at the bottom of each entry and following the instructions from there. Or, you may simply send us a written request along with a check ($5.00 per article) made payable to the Johnston County Heritage Center, P.O. Box 2709, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Search for Keywords in the Headlines

Enter the keyword(s) you are looking for. You can enter up to four keywords. Each word or phrase you enter in each field will be searched for in that order. For example, if you enter 'chili dog' as your search term, it will find all instances of "chili dog" (there are none). If you want to find all instances of 'chili' and all instances of 'dog', regardless of whether or not they appear together, then enter these terms into separate keyword fields. If you want to search for part of a word, enter only the beginning letters. (Note, though, that the fewer letters you enter, the longer your search will take, and the more irrelevant hits you will return).

TIP: If you are searching for a name, to receive all instances of the name, enter each variation in a different keyword box. For example, if looking for "John Smith", enter 'John Smith' in the first box, and 'Smith, John' in the second box. This will return all instances of "John Smith" and "Smith, John".

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Search Headlines by Date of Publication

Enter a date range for headlines published between two dates. Format of the date must be mm/dd/yyyy. Dates are inclusive.

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Page last updated:  April 16, 2024