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JULY 2020 | Your Community. Your Neighbors. Your Story.

Reimagine Summer Grifols expansion

to add 300 jobs

Medical practice

gets a new name

A look back at

our last pandemic

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JULY 2020 | Your Community. Your Neighbors. Your Story.

Reimagine Summer Grifols expansion

to add 300 jobs

Medical practice

gets a new name

A look back at

our last pandemic

Luke and Bella Zapp enjoy the view from a tower at Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton. Photo courtesy of Johnston County Visitors Bureau.


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Johnston Community College holds drive-up graduation ceremonies


Sorting out a weird spring The calendar tells me that I went on a cruise in March, and, as I recall, I had a very good time.

of the new stuff we had to deal with like masks, stay-at-home orders and the break down of the national supply chain.

Of course, that was just a few days before COVID-19 burst onto the scene — kicking in our collective front door and propping its feet up on our couch.

Yet, time has played some other tricks on me the past few months. When I wasn’t paying attention, my son became a high school graduate. He got accepted at Wake Tech, and we spent 30 minutes in front of the whiteboard trying to sort out his fall schedule.

It’s still here, too, eating our food and making toilet paper disappear. It’s funny, but I think it can bend time as well. For example, has there ever been a month that felt any longer than April? Not just because of the things that were missing (school, prom, baseball, etc.), but because

I don’t know if I could have been really ready for that, but this spring has left me more unprepared than I might have been. It hit me hard when they called my son’s

name on Main Street in Four Oaks during the parade honoring South Johnston’s seniors. I was proud, happy RANDY CAPPS randy@johnstonnow.com and surprised, somehow, at how fast it all happened. My body handled the emotional malfunction the only way it could — tears. I’m blaming the virus. Nobody likes it anyway.

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County and towns collaborate on ‘We Are Open for Business’ video

A screenshot from the “We Are Open for Business” video.

Submitted by Johnston County Visitors Bureau

SMITHFIELD — Life, work and leisure in Johnston County — and the entire United States — is sure to look different as we move forward with the state’s reopening plan. Undoubtedly, business owners and residents alike are excited to return to some sort of normalcy, although we know that the concerns around COVID-19 will linger for quite some time. With this in mind, town officials, chamber leaders and agencies around the county have kept in contact — working on a message to remind Johnstonians that


their communities are still there for them just as before. This group landed on the idea of a video and social media campaign to showcase and celebrate businesses affected by the crisis. “We all agreed that no matter the ‘new ways’ of doing things, we have so much to be proud of and our businesses are eager to welcome customers and visitors back through their doors,” said Donna BaileyTaylor, President/CEO of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.

See the video via the Visitors Bureau’s YouTube channel at www.youtu.be/ i0qpAUfWozk. “The video has a tone that things will be different, and reopening will happen slowly with some restrictions, but whatever those may be, the county stands together,” Bailey-Taylor said. The Johnston County Visitors Bureau website has dedicated pages for resources, updates on business openings and rescheduled events and festivals. Visit www. johnstoncountync.org for more information.

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Benson Area Medical Center changes name to Benson Health Submitted by Benson Health

BENSON — Benson Area Medical Center’s CEO William Massengill announced recently that the organization has changed its name to Benson Health and has rebranded with a new logo and tagline. “I am very happy to share this exciting, positive news,” he said. “This announcement demonstrates our long-term commitment to residents in Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties and beyond. The new branding is designed to represent the organization now and carry it into the future, allowing room for growth and expansion of services to provide quality healthcare to a growing population.

Medical Director Dr. Eugene H. Maynard Jr., left, and CEO William Massengill show off the new sign and logo for Benson Health.

“I want to be clear that this is a rebranding — a name and logo change — and that our organization has not been sold. We continue to

be a nonprofit organization, a nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home and a member of the UNC Health Alliance, which provides best-practice sharing with continuous learning opportunities to improve patient health and well-being. “The board of directors and I hope that the name change, along with the addition of more providers and the acute care service, as well as the new telehealth service started in response to COVID-19, demonstrates our commitment to being here for the community for many years to come. We also hope the community will embrace the new name, visit with our providers and join in this positive spirit.” In addition to the new branding, the nonprofit organization has added new providers and now has 10 ready to serve you. The newest providers are Dr. Robert Matthews and Dr. Amanda Steventon.


Matthews brings more than 35 years of experience to Benson Health with the last 11 years serving as a medical missionary in Africa. He tends to focus on complex issues of elderly people but enjoys seeing patients of all ages. Steventon’s favorite aspect of serving people as a healthcare provider is the long-lasting relationships she forms with patients and their families. She particularly enjoys newborn and pediatric, adolescent and women’s care. “Our providers specialize in patients from infants to older adults,” Massengill said. “We’ve also started an acute care service so that established patients who need to be treated immediately, but whose established provider’s schedule is full, can be seen as soon as possible.” Patients may continue to see the former name for a while as the Benson Health providers and staff transition to the new name and new branding.

Clayton-area Rotary Clubs pay tribute with Flags for Heroes Submitted by Clayton Rotary Club

CLAYTON — More than 100 American flags will be flying near Johnston Health, on N.C 42 West in Clayton, from June 28 through July 4 to allow our community to recognize their heroes in the Flags for Heroes project. The Rotary Club of Clayton and the Rotary Club of Clayton Mid-Day have joined together to plan this special tribute to Honor our Heroes.

A large road sign indicates the location of the Flags for Heroes.

Each 3-by-5-foot American flag will be on a 10-foot pole. “God Bless America and the many people in our lives that are heroes to us,” said Leigh Hudson, organizer of the event. “In today’s climate, patriotism for our veterans, healthcare workers and first responders feels stronger than ever. Flying a field of flags will show our pride and appreciation for their efforts.” Proceeds from this event will help

fund numerous service projects in our community. For information on Rotary clubs in Clayton, visit the Rotary Club

of Clayton Facebook page or contact the club at claytonrotaryevents@gmail.com or 919-827-1832.

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Make the most of your outdoor spaces Submitted by Joey Totherow, Handyman on Purpose

Renovate. Restore. Refresh. As we look forward to making our reemergence into the world and getting back to normal, we are still going to be spending a lot of time in our own outdoor spaces. I know, personally, I have appreciated my quarter acre and play set more in the last two months than I ever have. As we are waiting for bars, restaurants and other venues to open fully, it’s going to be more convenient and safer to get a couple of families together on the deck or in the backyard than to venture out. Let’s talk about some ways to get your outdoor space to where you will enjoy it more and increase the value of your home. THE FRONT PORCH Whether you have a simple stoop or a

large country front porch with 15 rocking chairs on it, the front porch is the welcome mat to your home. It’s where you greet family and friends and the center of all the conversations with your neighbors. As we have gotten closer to our neighbors staying home so much, the front porch has become more and more important. Now is a great time to make sure the paint on the rails and stain on the boards is top-notch. You can also consider replacing columns, adding roof structure or a complete redesign. THE SCREENED PORCH A screened porch is great when you want to get out of the house but not in with the bugs. You can have dinner out there with family and friends. It can even be an extension of your living room with couches and an outdoor TV. We have a great

climate for a screened porch here in Johnston County, and an outdoor fan makes it comfortable for most of the year. You can screen in an existing porch, add one on from nothing or revamp the one you already have. There are products available that make the screen hardier for kids and pets. You can get a few ideas on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ handymanonpurpose. THE BACK DECK The quintessential emblem of American machismo. Where beverages are consumed and meat is cooked over an open flame. Many a party was once thrown with the epicenter being your back deck. It is feeling neglected and maybe starting to look that way as well. Before we get back to that epic party in a few months, why not build it, rebuild it, add to


it, stain it or screen it in! THE POOL DECK Whether it is something as simple as a set of stairs and a small platform to make a grand entrance into the pool or somewhere for you and all your friends to lay out and tan, your pool needs a deck. After all, we don’t know when or if we will be able to get into the public pools this summer. If you’ve invested in a new pool, we can help you enjoy it to the fullest. As we look forward to slowly making our way out of the quarantine, let’s make the most of the outdoor spaces we have. As we spend more and more time at home, let’s make sure it’s a place that we enjoy looking at and spending time around. Learn more about Handyman on Purpose at www.handymanonpurpose.com.

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American Legion Post 71 names Jerry Hill its Legionnaire of the Year Submitted by American Legion Post 71

CLAYTON — When a legion member thinks of Legionnaire of the Year, several images come to mind, but the most important is that of a legionnaire who is involved with nearly every facet of their post, compassionate and passionate about the community and legion they serve, enthusiastic about helping others, helping support the pillars of the American Legion and having a genuine love for America and its veterans. This is the picture of the consummate legionnaire. This is the person a post member turns to for help, and this is the legionnaire others aspire to be. This year, that person is Jerry Hill. Hill’s passion for all is evident in his

First Vice Commander Jerry Hill, accompanied by his wife, Brenda, accepts the Legionnaire of the Year award from Post Commander Troy Acorn.

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involvement in the annual Clayton Harvest Festival. This is one of the largest events in Johnston County and draws thousands people each year. He is the reason Post 71 is involved at all. He brought the idea to the membership and sold folks on the idea of using the festival as a recruiting tool and fundraiser at the same time.

a wait staff member in our post cantina, helps with many building improvement projects and he was instrumental in the initial formation of our regular Friday night dinners.

Since he got Post 71’s initial display and setup nearly six years ago, the Harvest Festival has ‘harvested’ over 20 members and more than $6,000 in donations and support. His compassion is felt in his support of members and their families in times of need.

These dinners have become not only a source of revenue for the post, but a great, new-found tradition for camaraderie between legionnaires as well as their spouses and families. Additionally, Hill’s presence as a member of the Post 71 Honor Guard makes him nearly indispensable for the annual Clayton Christmas Parade and honoring veterans as they go on to their final assignment to the Supreme Commander.

Legionnaire Jerry Hill has been the spark plug for many efforts at Post 71. He regularly volunteers as

These are just some of the reasons Jerry Hill was selected as Legionnaire of the Year for 2019-20.

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Grifols To add 300 jobs as part of new expansion Submitted By Johnston County Economic Development

CLAYTON — Grifols Therapeutics LLC, already Johnston County’s largest industrial employer, will invest $351.6 million in an expansion that will add 300 jobs at its Clayton campus. The Spanish company will build a new plasma fractionation facility and logistics center in response to growing global demand for its medicines. “Companies like Grifols continue to choose expansion in North Carolina because our workforce can meet the needs of this important facility,” Governor Roy Cooper said in a press release. “During this public health crisis,

we have seen the value of manufacturing close to home and this expansion means new, life-saving medicines will be manufactured in Clayton.” The company transforms human plasma into essential medicines that treat chronic, rare and life-threatening diseases. As part of Grifols’ commitment to society, the company is also playing a leadership role in the response to COVID-19 by developing a plasma-based antibody treatment for the disease. In partnership with the federal government, Grifols is collecting convalescent plasma from eligible COVID-19

survivors across the country. Grifols’ 13 plasma collection centers in North Carolina are participating in this important effort. Convalescent plasma from donors will be manufactured into a hyperimmune therapy specific to COVID-19 at the company’s manufacturing campus in Clayton. “(This) is a very exciting day for Grifols,” said Doug Burns, president of Grifols Therapeutics. “We are extremely proud to expand our Johnston County manufacturing operations and would like to thank state, county and municipal leaders for their strong support. Our new state-of-the-art fractionation facility will help us meet the growing demand for plasma-derived medicines in the United States and around the world.” Jobs at Grifols’ new Clayton facilities will average $69,032 in annual wages, with new positions spanning fractionation technicians, logistics specialists, maintenance engineers and quality assurance personnel.


The company currently employs more than 1,735 at its Clayton facility, which Grifols has operated since its 2010 acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics. “When a company that has operated here for the past 10 years is willing to undertake an expansion this significant, it speaks to their confidence in our community, our workforce and our leadership,” said Ted Godwin, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. “(It) also says great things about the future of our economy, as we go about putting our citizens back to work and embracing new opportunities ahead in the post-pandemic landscape.” Clayton town leaders also expressed support for the project. “We welcome (this) exciting news and look forward to continuing to build on the very positive relationship the town has had with Grifols since 2010,” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “Aside from being our largest private employer, the company has been a terrific

in bio-processing instruction. The center, a unique partnership between the two companies, county government, Johnston Community College and the Johnston County Economic Development Corporation, is among the unique assets of North Carolina’s BioPharma Crescent, a collaborative economic development initiative involving Johnston, Wilson, Nash and Pitt counties, as well as the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s Eastern Office. partner and advocate for our community in many ways.” A prime example is the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, a 30,000-square-foot training facility remodeled in 2018

to simulate life sciences work environments. Along with neighboring Novo Nordisk, Grifols supports the center financially through a special research tax zone and has also donated a significant amount of technical equipment for use

“Education and training are a major part of what created the BioPharma Crescent and made it home to 10,000 bio-manufacturing jobs,” said Chris Johnson, director of the Johnston County Office of Economic Development. “The seeds of (this) announcement

were sown years ago with some very bold investments in bio-processing infrastructure and talent pipelines.” The Johnston County Economic Development Office (JCEDO) facilitates valueadded interaction between government, education and the private sector in encouraging and promoting job creation and economic investment in Johnston County. A unit of county government, JCEDO collaborates with local, regional and statewide partners and allies in providing confidential location assistance to businesses and technical support to the county’s 11 municipalities. Its menu of services includes customized digital mapping, labor and wage analysis, site readiness assistance and incentive packaging. For additional information, visit www.jcnced.com

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Johnston Community College holds drive-up graduation ceremonies Submitted By Johnston Community College

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, more than 700 Johnston Community College graduates could not turn their tassels in the college auditorium. So graduates decorated their caps and cars for a drive-thru graduation and celebration. JCC president, Dr. David Johnson, administration and faculty awarded degrees and diplomas while handing out swag bags and yard signs to all participants. For more information provided to graduates, visit www.johnstoncc.edu/ graduation.

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The Woman’s Club of Clayton installs new officers Submitted by The Woman’s Club of Clayton

CLAYTON — The Woman’s Club of Clayton has work to do in the community, so the organization has not let COVID-19 slow them down. With 80 members, it has not been able to meet face to face, but instead has taken advantage of their newsletter, email and Zoom to help members stay informed. The group has tried to help when needs have been identified, such as rallying members to donate food to schools and Backpack Buddies. The community needs are many, so nonprofits will be essential to help people get through these trying times. The organization changes officers every two years and did so during its May meeting. The meeting was held via Zoom,

The Clayton Woman’s Club installed new officers recently. Pictured are: First row, Judy Ryan, treasurer. Second row, Loretta Mascia, recording secretary, and Sarah Brooks, first vice president. Third row, Sunday Penny, second vice president; Donna Steele, immediate past president; Betsy Grannis, president; Dianne Carroll, installing officer and chair of trustees; and Susan Johnson, corresponding secretary.

and a short installation service was held. Shortly after, a small group of less than 10 met at the clubhouse for a formal installation — while employing social

distancing and wearing masks. For more on The Woman’s Club of Clayton, visit www.twccnc.org.

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etter a month late than not at all, right? Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve all had to make adjustments. One of those changes was waiting a bit longer to get some clarity on what would — and would not — be taking place in the county this summer.

pandemic. There just aren’t as many to tell you about as usual. Some of the venues listed below are also affected due to the governor’s orders on social distancing. It’s a good idea to reach out first and see what individual places are doing in response to COVID-19.

Unfortunately, camps have been hit hard by the recent

Stay safe, and have fun!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Clayton River Walk on the Neuse Address: 2686 Covered Bridge Road, Clayton Cost: Free Overview: It’s a beautiful 4-mile, paved trail that begins at the Wake/Johnston county line and runs parallel to the Neuse River under Covered Bridge Road.

Contact: www. townofclaytonnc.org/Parksand-Recreation/greenwaysand-trails.aspx Sam’s Branch Greenway Address: 1358 N. O’Neill St., Clayton Cost: Free Overview: It’s a beautiful

1.25-mile, 10-foot-wide paved pedestrian and biking trail. The greenway leads to the winding Neuse River and connects with the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse, a 4-mile section of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail. These trails now allow families to enjoy more than 30 miles of biking or hiking all the way from Clayton to Falls Dam Lake in Raleigh.

Contact: www. townofclaytonnc.org/Parksand-Recreation/greenwaysand-trails.aspx Clemmons Educational State Forest Address: 2411 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton Cost: Free

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Legend Park Mountain Bike Trail Address: 550 City Road, Clayton Cost: Free Overview: This park offers a little something for all riders, from beginner to expert. Contact: www. townofclaytonnc.org/Parksand-Recreation/mountainbike-trail.aspx Buffalo Creek Greenway Address: 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield Cost: Free

Overview: The first of North Carolina’s Educational State Forests, Clemmons opened in 1976 in Johnston County. Featuring self-guided trails and exhibits, as well as Ranger-conducted classes, the forest offers a wealth of experiences for the senses and the mind.

Overview: Enjoy nature along the three-mile greenway, which travels along the Spring Branch to the Neuse River Walk at Smithfield Commons. Part of the Mountains-toSea Trail through Johnston County, the 10-foot wide path accommodates hikers, runners and bikers. Trail entrances are located throughout Historic Downtown Smithfield and the back of Smithfield Community Park.

Contact: www.ncesf.org/ clemmons.html

Contact: www.smithfield-nc. com/page/parks_neuse_

Campers enjoy a canoe ride.

riverwalk Bentonville Battlefield Address: 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks Cost: Free (special events not included) Overview: The Battle of Bentonville, fought on March 19-21, 1865, was the final full-scale battle in the Civil War. It was the largest battle fought in North Carolina and the only attempt to defeat Gen. William T. Sherman during his march through the Carolinas. The Union force was almost three times larger than the Confederate Army, under Joseph E. Johnston, and the result of the battle was a Union victory. Contact: www.historicsites. nc.gov/all-sites/bentonvillebattlefield Howell Woods Address: 6601 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks Cost: Free (special events not included) Overview: The Rudolph Howell & Son

Environmental Learning Center, or Howell Woods, is a 2,800-acre natural resource where visitors can experience a variety of environmental education programs and recreational activities. Activities include hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, hunting, fishing and more. Contact: www.johnstoncc. edu/howellwoods GALOT Motorsports Park Address: 555 Dragstrip Road, Benson Cost: Varies by event Overview: GALOT Motorsports Park offers a wide variety of amenities to racers and fans. The racetrack features 330 feet of climatecontrolled concrete to keep the surface temperature down, state-of-the-art traction equipment and a brand new lighting system. There’s seating for more than 9,000 spectators and a concession stand with indoor seating. On the summer schedule, there’s everything from drag racing to a demolition derby to enjoy. Contact: www. galotmotorsportspark.com

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Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton.

Southern National Motorsports Park Address: 8071 Newsome Mill Road, Lucama Cost: General admission is $15 with reduced rates for seniors, students and younger children Overview: Located just outside of Kenly, Southern

National Motorsports Park features a 0.4-mile, 70-footwide oval asphalt track with 17-degree turns and sevendegree straight-a-ways with speeds reaching 100 mph. Contact: www.snmpark.com Black Creek Hill Farms Address: 6019 N.C. Highway

50 North, Benson


Cost: Varies by event

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Overview: Take horseback riding lessons or join a summer camp at this charming facility outside of Benson. Cost is $250 per week. Contact: www.bchfarms. com or email bsjernigan@ bchfarms.com Tucker Lake Address: 3025 Allens Crossroads Road, Benson Cost: Starts at $10

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Overview: Smith’s Nursery is a family owned and operated nursery and produce farm in Johnston County. During the spring and early summer, they have an exciting U-Pick strawberry and blueberry season. There are also farm animals to feed, inflatables and ice cream for kids to enjoy. Contact: www. smithsnurseryinc.com

Overview: Tucker Lake will be open in 2020 under the original Tucker Family Management. It’s a 30-acre lake fed by clear, spring water with white sandy beaches. Whether you want to relax on the beach, float in the water or take a plunge from the 167-foot high water slide, Tucker Lake has you covered.

Johnston County Heritage GeoTrail Dates: All summer

Contact: www.tuckerslake. com

Contact: www. johnstoncountync.org/thingsto-do/nature-and-recreation/ geocaching/

Smith’s Nursery Address: 443 Sanders Road,

Cost: Free Overview: There are more than 100 special geocaches scattered around Johnston County. Can you find them all?


The Clayton Center.

Publisher’s Note: Some of these venues are operating under COVID-19 restrictions. Contact the venue for the most current information.

The Clayton Center Address: 111 E. Second St., Clayton Cost: Varies by event Overview: The Clayton Center provides a timeless and elegant backdrop for any special occasion. Attend a concert or event in its beautifully renovated 600-seat auditorium.


Contact: www. theclaytoncenter.com The Rudy Theatre Address: 300 N. Raiford St., Selma Cost: Varies by event

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Overview: Check out the weekly variety show, or catch other nationally-renowned acts throughout the summer at the historic Rudy Theatre in downtown Selma. Contact: www.rudytheatre. com Benson Museum of Local History Address: 102 W. Main St., Benson Cost: Free Overview: Check out exhibits on a variety of subjects including Benson’s agricultural heritage, its founding fathers and much more. Contact: www.townofbenson. com/2209/museum

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Overview: Discover more about Johnston County’s rich heritage with online access to more than 500 million records including census data, newspapers,

obituaries, military service records, marriages and more. Contact: www. jcheritagecenter.org

Broadslab Distillery in Benson.

Tobacco Farm Life Museum Address: 709 N. Church St., Kenly Cost: General admission is $8


(reduced rates for children and seniors) Overview: Come visit and step back in time to a turn-of-thecentury homestead, including

a restored house and detached kitchen, smokehouse, log tobacco barn and even an outhouse. The 6,000-square foot museum features both permanent and rotating

exhibits on farm life, Southern medicine, domestic skills, rural social life and artifacts. Contact: www. tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org


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Ava Gardner Museum Address: 325 E. Market St., Smithfield Cost: General admission is $10 (reduced rates for military personnel, children and seniors) Overview: Take a self-guided tour through more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit space. You’ll see extraordinary costumes, movie posters and awards that represent the Smithfield native’s 50-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. Contact: www.avagardner.org Hinnant Family Vineyards Address: 826 Pine Level Micro Road, Pine Level Cost: Varies depending on tasting and tour options Overview: Enjoy a wine or port tasting or take a tour of the oldest and largest commercial Muscadine vineyard in the state of North

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Carolina. Contact: www. hinnantvineyards.com Gregory Vineyards Address: 275 Bowling Springs Drive, Angier Cost: Varies depending on tasting and tour options Overview: This picturesque 135-acre working farm showcases hills of planted vineyards, a winery, a distillery and a tasting room that’s open seven days a week. If you’re hungry, Lane’s Seafood and Steakhouse is also on site. Contact: www. gregoryvineyards.com Deep River Brewing Address: 700 W. Main St., Clayton Cost: Varies depending on tasting and tour options Overview: Take a tour or enjoy

a tasting at Johnston County’s first legal brewery. The facility was an old cotton spinning mill in downtown Clayton and was brought back to life by utilizing old barn wood on the walls, Mason jar lights and whiskey barrels for tables. Contact: www. deepriverbrewing.com Double Barley Brewing Address: 3174 US 70, Smithfield Cost: Varies depending on tasting and tour options Overview: Double Barley is JoCo’s second brewery and specializes in dark brews with a higher ABV that you can taste in a taproom with a rustic but modern feel. They also have an excellent in-house menu. Contact: www. doublebarleybrewing.com Broadslab Distillery Address: 4834 N.C. Highway

The Rudy Theatre in Selma.

50 South, Benson Cost: $12 for a tour and tasting Overview: During a onehour tour, visitors will learn about the company’s natural, handcrafted premium products, how and why they make them and receive a free shot glass and tasting. Contact: www. broadslabdistillery.com Frank Creech Art Gallery Address: 245 College Road, Smithfield Cost: Free Overview: This 1,500-squarefoot gallery on the campus of Johnston Community College features local painting, sculptures, drawings and photography for the public to enjoy Contact: www.johnstoncc. edu/frank-creech-art-gallery

Memorial Road, Selma Cost: Varies by day and time Overview: This semi-private facility features tall pines, canals, ponds and bunkers to create a challenging course for beginners and seasoned players alike.

GOLF COURSES Country Club of Johnston County Address: 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield Cost: Varies by day and time

Overview: This 18-hole Ellis Maples designed course is open to public play and has played host to multiple professional and amateur events.

Contact: www.playcardinalcc. com

The Country Club of Johnston County in Smithfield.

Neuse Golf Club Address: 918 Birkdale Drive, Clayton Cost: Varies by day and time

Contact: www. ccjohnstoncounty.com Cardinal Country Club Address: 363 Parrish

Overview: This John B. LaFoy designed course tops 7,000 yards from the back tees, and according to the website, players might want to save some energy and concentration for the 14th hole.

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Contact: www.facebook.com/ GolfRaleighTheNeuse/ Pine Hollow Golf Club Address: 3300 East Garner Road, Clayton Cost: Varies by day and time Overview: The par-71 course, designed by Maurice Brackett and Bob Moore, opened in 1968 and measures 6,333 yards

from the back (gold) tees. Contact: www.pinehollowgolf. com Reedy Creek Golf Club Address: 585 Reedy Creek Road, Four Oaks Cost: Varies by date and time Overview: Conveniently located near I-40 (Exit 319),

this 18-hole, par-72 course is built upon rolling farmland. The Gene Hamm-designed layout has been consistently rated as one of eastern North Carolina’s top public courses. Contact: www.reedycreekgolf. com Riverwood Golf and Athletic Club Address: 400 Riverwood

Drive, Clayton Cost: Varies by date and time Overview: Riverwood Golf Club is a championship layout set in the beautiful rolling terrain along the Neuse River. Contact: www. riverwoodgolfnc.com/

Nick’s Flippin’ Kids in Clayton.

OTHER THINGS TO DO Selma Train Depot Address: 500 Railroad Street, Selma Cost: Free, unless you take a train Overview: Historic train station and museum still in operation in Downtown Selma; originally built in 1924.


Contact: www. johnstoncountync.org/listing/ selma-historic-union-stationnc-amtrak/1005/ Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center (SRAC) Address: 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield

Cost: Varies, but a membership or day pass is needed to use the facilities Overview: Enjoy the eightlane, competition-sized swimming pool with adjacent kiddie splash pool, double gymnasium, elevated walking track, racquetball courts, fitness room and banquet room. Day

Howell Theatre in Smithfield.

passes are available for visitors. Contact: www.smithfield-nc. com/page/srac_home Smithfield Cinemas Address: 175 S. Equity Drive Cost: Varies

Overview: Check the website for current information at www.smithfieldcinemas.net.

Overview: Choose from one of several escape room scenarios. Don’t worry, it’s not scary. It’s just an hour of brain-teasing fun.

Howell Theatre Address: 141 S. Third St., Smithfield

Contact: www. conundrumescapes.com

Cost: Varies based on age and show time

Ready Set Escape Address: 1304 D W. Market St., Smithfield

Overview: The Howell Theatre is a vintage circa 1935 movie theater that has been in constant operation for almost 80 years. Check the website at www.howellmovies.com for current information. Rainbow Lanes Address: 850 N.C. 42, Clayton Cost: Varies Overview: Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center is a great place to have fun times with family and friends. Check the website at www.rainbowlanesclayton.com for current information. Bungalow Bounce Address: 101 Best Wood Drive, Clayton Cost: $7 for ages 3-11 and $2 for children under 3. Overview: Sometimes, kids just need to bounce. This is a place where that can happen safely. Check the website at www.bungalowbounce.com for current information.

CAMPS July 10-12 and July 17-19

Cost: Varies, but starts at $23 per person Overview: Choose from one of three escape room scenarios. Great for a special occasion, group get together, birthday, anniversary and corporate training or team building. Contact: www.ready-setescape.com 6th SE6SE Escapes Address: 11425 U.S. Hwy 70 West, Clayton Cost: Varies, but starts at $27.75 per person

2020 First-Year Scout Summer Weekends Program Camp Tuscarora, Four Oaks This is a program for brand new Scouts who have just moved up from Webelos or those joining the troop right before summer camp. The purpose of the program is to help new Scouts become comfortable with Scouting methods and give them an understanding of how Scouting skills are learned and adapted for a lifetime. Participating Scouts will function as members of a provisional troop and become part of a patrol during program time. Fees are $240 per Scout, which includes both weekends, all meals at camp, program materials and a special edition Tkahsaha FirstYear program patch! Visit www. scoutingevent.com/424-38085 to register.

July 13-17 and August 3-7

Howell Woods Summer Camp Howell Woods, Four Oaks Check out Howell Woods’ summer camp for 8- to 12-year-olds! This week-long day camp will be full of outdoor adventure, fun and more. Each week will cost $150 per camper. To register, visit www.johnstoncc.edu/ howellwoods. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

July 13-16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Overview: Players must use their powers of observation and problem solving skills to escape one of three different escape rooms within 60 minutes.

Carolina Dance Productions Magical Fairy Day Camp Carolina Dance Productions, Clayton Email info@cdpdance.com to learn more about this event.

Contact: www.6thse6se.com

Art Buzz Kids Camp: The Art of Science Wine & Design, Clayton This week-long, half-day camp is all about the beautiful things that can happen when art and science come together! Kids will not only have fun, but they may also learn a thing or two about science as well. Email clayton@ wineanddesign.com for more details.

Nick’s Flippin’ Kids Address: 9257 U.S. 70 Business East, Clayton Cost: Varies

Conundrum Escapes Address: 41-A Technology Drive, Garner

Overview: Take a gymnastics class, plan a party or join a summer day camp.

Cost: Varies, but starts at $25 per person

Contact: www. nicksflippinkids.com

July 13-17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

July 13-17 and July 20-24, 1-3 p.m. Kids Band Camp Artmosphere Community Arts Center For beginner-level musicians, we provide the instruments and the experience of playing in a band. Students will learn the fundamentals of every instrument, different styles

of music, types of ensembles and perform a role in a band. Campers will decide on a song or songs to learn, get the ins and outs of stage and performance etiquette and even try their hand at making band merch! On the last day of camp, there will be a showcase where the students get to show off their hard work and perform for their friends and family. Cost is $225. Visit www.artmospherecac.com to learn more.

July 20-23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carolina Dance Productions Princess Camp Carolina Dance Productions, Clayton Email info@cdpdance.com to learn more about this event.

July 26-28 and July 30 through Aug. 1

Summer Camp: Backstage Pass Carolina Youth Theatre, Clayton Now in its 10th year, Backstage Pass gives rising third- through sixth-grade students a behind-the-scenes look at Carolina Youth Theatre’s summer musical. Participants will spend the week rehearsing scenes, music and choreography in preparation for a performance of their own. In addition, participants will get a backstage tour and receive daily instruction on different aspects of technical theater. Each participant will also receive a T-shirt and a complimentary ticket to CYT’s summer musical. Visit www. carolinayouththeatre.com for more information.

July 27-30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carolina Dance Productions Jungle Safari Day Camp Carolina Dance Productions, Clayton Email info@cdpdance.com to learn more about this event.

July 27-31, 9 a.m. to noon

Carolina Dance Productions Jungle Safari Day Camp Carolina Dance Productions, Clayton Email info@cdpdance.com to learn more about this event.


Stones Creek VBS Stones Creek Church, Benson The theme for this year’s event is “Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through.”

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Johnston County during the 1918 Pandemic By Benjamin Sanderford | Photo courtesy of Johnston County Heritage Center

All was not well in Johnston County in 1918. A new disease was sweeping through the community, one that attacked the respiratory system quickly and with deadly efficiency. They called it “Spanish flu,” but no one really knew where it originated. By the time this influenza pandemic passed, more than 100 Johnstonians would be dead, and the survivors would be faced with the fragility of their society. The first recorded victims of the new influenza virus were soldiers at Camp Funston, Kansas, in March. A month later, some 1,100 had fallen sick and 46 had died. The disease then spread to other Army camps, to Europe and to the rest of the world. The flu symptoms during the early months of the pandemic seemed ordinary — aches, chills, high fever and coughing. However, a second wave spread in the fall. Victims in this phase often died of suffocation as their lungs filled with fluids days or hours after infection. 32 | JOHNSTON NOW

By the first week of October, many authorities, including Johnston’s own County Board of Health, were ordering schools and churches to be shut and all public gathering to be banned. As of Oct. 7, there were 48 known cases in Kenly and nearly 20 in the old Smithfield cotton mill vicinity, which also shut down. On Oct.15, The Smithfield Herald reported that County Quarantine Officer Eva Hood Hooks, whose doctor husband was serving in Europe, had appointed H.B. Marrow, superintendent of Smithfield Graded Schools, as county supervisor of health. Marrow was soon busy issuing guidelines and reports to halt the spread of the flu. In one editorial that appeared in the Herald, dated Oct. 22, he lamented “the absolutely indifferent and careless way in which” some people ignored the recommendations of health experts. In particular, the he noted those who gathered at the drug stores, street corners

H.B. Marrow, far right, Superintendent of Smithfield Graded Schools, poses with other faculty members in this photo. Marrow served as County Supervisor of Health during the pandemic in 1918.

and the homes of sick friends without wearing masks or using handkerchiefs when they sneezed. Then there were the spitters whose “neighbors are sure to get a full supply of their germs.” Faced with this nonchalant behavior, Marrow concluded that “unless these conditions are changed I think it will be expedient that strenuous regulations be enacted and enforced” to ensure that the flu “is completely stamped out.” To that end, he passed along instructions from the State Board of Health. These guidelines recommended, among other things, that “all persons with coughs and colds should be warned to remain at home in bed” and that people “should avoid congregating unnecessarily.” The neighboring articles illustrated the wisdom of Marrow’s advice. The Herald reported that there had been a total of two deaths thus far in the Four Oaks area, six in and around Kenly and nearly 12 in the Clayton vicinity. Despite assuring readers

that the situation in these locales was “improving,” the paper acknowledged that the virus was still spreading. Consequently, the directors of the North Carolina Warehouse Association agreed at a meeting held in Wilson at the end of October that the warehouses, including Smithfield’s tobacco market, should not reopen on Monday, Nov. 4, as previously planned. Economic sacrifices like this were necessary, but they also bred impatience. The County Board of Health lifted the quarantine in Smithfield on Nov. 5 too soon. The example of Philadelphia should have been a warning. Back on Sept. 18, the city held a grand parade to support the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive despite the presence of flu. Ten days later, more than 1,000 Philadelphians were dead. By the time the pandemic ended in March 1919, the death toll had surpassed 15,000. One of the dead was Hannah Davis, originally of Wilson’s Mills. The Herald

reported that her body was returned home for burial on Oct. 22, right next to Marrow’s editorial warning of the dangers of complacency.

would cause long-term economic loss. About 100 people in Selma became infected, a low figure compared to other Johnston County communities.

Of course, Smithfield had a much smaller population than Philadelphia (roughly 2,000 for Smithfield and 2 million for Philadelphia), but the fact remained that more people fell sick and died than was necessary.

Today, Johnston County is once again in the grip of a pandemic. Like the influenza virus of 1918, the coronavirus first detected in 2019 is contagious, deadly and unforgiving.

Selma, by contrast, was focused on beating the disease. Prominent citizens organized several committees to oversee every aspect of containing the spread of the influenza virus. The Rev. C.K. Proctor, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Finance Committee Chairman E.H. Moser made a house-to-house canvass, marked homes that had flu cases and sent immediate help to them.

It has also caused economic pain by forcing governments, businesses and ordinary citizens to make sacrifices in the name of public health. Finally, as during the 1918 pandemic, indifference is the greatest ally of the disease. We can beat COVID-19 just as our ancestors beat the flu. However, many lives will be saved and the period of economic dislocation will be shorter if we emulate what they did right, and avoid their mistakes.

Even businessmen in Selma took the pandemic seriously. They cut their hours in order to limit crowds, and two cotton mills closed when the flu gained a foothold near them. The owners realized that short-term economic loss was better than the decimation of their workforce, which

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Add your organization’s events to the community calendar at JohnstonNow.com or email us at calendar@JohnstonNow.com. For the full community calendar with hundreds of area events, visit JohnstonNow.com All events are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact the event host to confirm details. Every Friday, 11 a.m.

Angels on a Mission Food Pantry Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 9856 Hwy 210, Four Oaks This organization helps feed families in need in Johnston County. It is also in need of volunteers. For more information, contact John Jernigan at 919-320-7387.

Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Smithfield Running Club Join the Smithfield Running Club each week to meet new people, get back in shape, train for races and explore the growing downtown area of Smithfield. For more information, find them on Facebook by searching for Smithfield Running Club or email smithfieldrunningclub@gmail.com.

Every Tuesday, 7 a.m.

Cleveland School Rotary Club Cleveland Draft House, Garner Cleveland School Rotary Club meets weekly and serves the citizens of the 40/42 area of Johnston County and Garner.

Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Smithfield Kiwanis Club Meeting Golden Corral, Smithfield Come for dinner and learn about this volunteer service club with a focus on actively supporting children’s programs. Learn about Smithfield and neighboring communities from weekly presenters. Community and social opportunities as well. Looking to grow our club with a diverse membership. For more information, call Whit at 919-524-6810.

First and third Tuesdays, Noon

Clayton Rotary Mid-day Club Cleveland Draft House, Clayton This small group of service-minded individuals is very dedicated to community betterment in Clayton and Johnston County.

First and third Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

Smithfield Lions Club Golden Corral, Smithfield This group gathers for fellowship and a meal (self-paid), and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Come learn about the club and how it helps with local community service projects. For more information contact, Karen Brown at 919-934-2555.

Second Monday, 10 a.m.

JOCO Quilters Meeting Johnston County Agricultural Center The JOCO Quilters will be meeting on the second Monday of each month for anyone interested in coming by to see or join them. Call Flora Grantham for any questions at 919-9340791.

Second Monday, 6 p.m.

PACT meeting The Church at Clayton Crossings Parents of Adult Children in Transition meets the second Monday of each month at The Church at Clayton Crossings from 6-8 p.m. To learn more about this program which benefits families coping with special needs, contact Jeff Holland at hollandjeff@yahoo.com.

Second Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Veterans Rally Point American Legion Post 132, Pitchi Street, Smithfield All veterans are invited to attend “Veterans Rally Point” on the second Wednesday of each month. This is a place for veterans to meet, socialize and network. For more information, call Robert Boyette at 919-989-5067.

Second Wednesday, noon

The Woman’s Club of Clayton meeting 109 Church Street, Clayton The Woman’s Club of Clayton (TWCC) is a nonprofit philanthropic organization made up of professional women who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physically, culturally and educationally. Please consider joining us and help us serve those in need of assistance. TWCC meets at Noon the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August).

Second Thursday, 7 p.m.

American Legion Post 71 meeting 1300 Old U.S. 70 W., Clayton All veterans are invited to attend the monthly meeting for socializing, camaraderie and community support. For more information, visit www.amlegionncpost71.org.

Third Monday, 6 p.m.

Clayton Civitan Club meeting Clayton Civitan Building, McCullers St., Clayton Join the Clayton Civitan Club for its monthly meetings. Call 919-550-0694 for more information.

Kiwanis Club of Clayton, N.C. Cleveland Draft House, U.S. 70 Business The Kiwanis Club of Clayton, N.C., serves the community with emphasis on school youth Kiwanis programs. It advises two local high school KEY (Kiwanis Educating Youth) clubs and one elementary school club and meets each month. For more information, email president Jack Tucker at mrtcpa@ gmail.com or call 805-377-9573.

First and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Third Monday, 7 p.m.

First and third Thursdays, 6:45 p.m.

Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 meeting Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84, S. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and visitors are welcome. The lodge will open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email Grover Dees at gdees1@nc.rr. com.

Vietnam Veterans of America Smithfield American Legion Post 132 The Smithfield Chapter 990 meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America is every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Third Tuesday

Widowed Persons Fellowship Group Parkside Cafe, Pine Level The Widowed Persons Fellowship Group, Johnston County, cordially invites widowed males and females to join them at their monthly self-pay dinner meeting. There is no charge to join their group. Come and see what they’re all about. Call 919-965-3865 with any questions.

Third Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.

Clayton Women In Business meeting Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Clayton WIN’s core purpose is to support emerging and established women entrepreneurs, leaders and other professionals, empowering them through mentoring, learning, development and professional networking thereby giving back to the community. For more information, visit www.ClaytonWin.com.

Fourth Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans meeting Smithfield DAV, Buffalo Road Smithfield Chapter 44 of the Disabled American Veterans meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Every Thursday, 6:45 a.m.

Clayton Rotary Morning Club Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Every Thursday morning, 70 service-minded people, representing all ages, genders and races meet at Rainbow Lanes in Clayton. Breakfast is served at 6:45 a.m. and the hour-long meeting starts sharply at 7 a.m.

Every Thursday, 8-10 a.m.

Plant a Row for the Hungry - Johnston County JCC Arboretum Volunteers plan and take care of vegetable gardens and an orchard year round, and all of the harvest is donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries. No previous gardening experience is required and training is provided. Adults welcome, and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, please contact Tiffany at plantarow@yahoo.com.

Every Thursday, 12 p.m.

Central Johnston County Rotary Club The Central Johnston County Rotary Club meets every Thursday for lunch at the Johnston Medical Mall and serves the Smithfield and Selma areas.

Every Thursday, 6:15 p.m.

Clayton Area Toastmasters meetings JCC Workforce Development Center, Clayton Clayton Area Toastmasters is a public speaking club in affiliation with Toastmasters International. For more, visit claytontm.com.

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Every Fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Selma American Legion Meeting American Legion building, 409 N. Green St., Selma All veterans are invited to attend the monthly meeting of American Legion Post 141 on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Third Tuesday, 6 p.m.

African American Caucus meeting 1302 West Market Street, Smithfield The Johnston County African-American Caucus meets every third Tuesday of the month. For additional information, email dwcsw610@yahoo.com.

First Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Clayton Area Parkinson’s Group Holy Cross Lutheran Church, N.C. Hwy. 42 W., Clayton All people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers are invited to learn, socialize and exchange ideas in friendly and casual meetings. To learn more, call Mark or Jane Wilson at 919-359-0633 or 919-631-2628. Or email retiredones@ earthlink.net.

Third Thursday, 6 p.m.

Johnston County Republican Women meeting The Johnston County Republican Women meet the third Thursday of each month rotating between Golden Corral in Smithfield and Cleveland Draft House on Shotwell Road in Clayton. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ groups/jcrwrocks/ or email jcrwrocks@gmail.com for more details.

Four Oaks American Legion meeting American Legion Building, Hwy. 301, Four Oaks All veterans are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of Four Oaks American Legion Post 346 on the first Thursday of Last Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. each month at 6:30 p.m. Coffee Club Edward Jones, Hwy 70 Bus. West, Clayton Third Thursday, 6 p.m. Join a coffee club, hosted by Edward Jones Financial Advisor Four Oaks American Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting Brad Palmer, and discuss current events, the economy, and American Legion Building, Hwy. 301, Four Oaks investing in a relaxed and informal setting. It’s a great way All veterans’ wives are encouraged to attend the monthly to get to know one another. Coffee and breakfast pastries meeting of Four Oaks American Legion Post 346 on the third provided. Call Christine at 919-879-8974 or email brad. Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. palmer@edwardjones.com by the Friday prior to RSVP.

Third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Democratic Women of Johnston County meeting St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Smithfield The Democratic Women of Johnston County have a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month. For more details, visit www.jcdp.org/dwjc.

Third Saturday, 1 p.m.

Refreshing Springs Outreach Ministries Fairfield Inn and Suites, Smithfield Come out to worship and fellowship with a growing ministry at Fairfield Inn & Suites-Marriott. For questions, email Rev. Pam Ballard at pballard@refreshingspringsrc.com or call 919-585-7497.

Last Saturday, 1 p.m.

Crafter’s Day James Bryan Creech Public Library, Four Oaks Bring your latest arts and crafts items to share and work with other like-minded people. Learn new techniques and find out how others do things. Have a little coffee while you’re at it.

July 1 and July 25, 10 a.m.

All About Bats Howell Woods, Four Oaks Have you ever seen a bat flying at night? Come learn about these wonderful mammals at Howell Woods and discuss bat adaptations, species found in North Carolina, and create a bat craft to take home. Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. The event is for ages 5 and up, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per participant and requires preregistration. To register, call 919-938-0115 or email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu.

Thursday, July 2, 9 p.m.

All-American Fireworks Show U.S. 70 and N.C. 301, Selma Viewers are asked to remain in your vehicle for the entire show for safe viewing and social distancing regulations. Call Selma Parks and Recreation for complete information at 919-975-1411.

Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Celebrate Cleveland Cleveland Fire Department The annual parade kicks off at 9 a.m., while the fireworks display gets underway at 9 p.m.

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Saturday, July 4, 6-9 p.m.

Benson Fireworks Display Benson Singing Grove Check out the annual fireworks display in Benson.

Saturday, July 4, 6 p.m.

Project 63 in concert First Street Tavern, Clayton PROJECT 63 will be performing outside for a very special 4th of July celebration!

Saturday, July 4, 9 p.m.

Kenly Fireworks Display Kenly 95 Petro Don’t miss the annual fireworks display, presented by Kenly 95 Petro and the Town of Kenly.

July 7 and July 21, 9:30 a.m.

Nature Play Days - Tuesday Mornings Howell Woods, Four Oaks Come play at Howell Woods in its new Nature Play Area. This free program will include extra materials to play with from bubbles to paints and more. For all ages that like to play!

July 8 and July 11, 9 a.m.

Kayak Lessons Howell Woods, Four Oaks If you’ve always wanted to kayak or canoe, but were not sure where to start, this program is for you! Participants will be taught paddling techniques and paddler safety while on the calm waters of Swan Pond located at Howell Woods. To better understand the differences of vessels, participants will start the day paired with a canoe and finish individually with a kayak. Seats are limited, so sign up early! Register by emailing mrhill@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Ages 13 and up only, and the cost is $15 per participant.

Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles Sea Turtles are part of coastal ecosystems and are considered one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Visit Howell Woods and discuss these creates, their life cycle and create a craft to take home! Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Ages 5 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is $5/participant and requires preregistration. To register, call 919-938-0115 or email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu.

Friday, July 10, 8 p.m.

2Digh4 in concert Shenanigans Taproom, Benson Don’t miss 2Digh4 live at Shenanigans.

Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.

Making Jam and Jelly Toad Song Farm, Clayton Come on out to Toad Song Farm and make a little homemade jam and jelly! In this workshop, learn how to make jam and jelly using fresh fruit of the season. Everyone will get to take home a jar or two of the jam made during class. The cost of the class is $20 per adult and is for adults only. Class is limited to 10 participants due to kitchen space and for social distancing. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, call Mary at 919-815-6090.

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.

Sharks of North Carolina Howell Woods, Four Oaks Head to Howell Woods for some shark talk. Discuss these carnivorous creatures, what species are found in coastal communities off of North Carolinas coast and create a shark craft to take home! Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Ages 5 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is $5/participant and requires preregistration. To register, call 919-938-0115 or email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu.

July 11 and July 25, 12:30 p.m.

Nature Play Days - Saturday Afternoons Howell Woods, Four Oaks Come play at Howell Woods in its new Nature Play Area! This free program will include extra materials to play with from bubbles to paints and more! For all ages that like to play!

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Saturday, July 18, 8 a.m.

Selma Farmer’s Market Selma Civic Center The Town of Selma is sponsoring a farmer’s market, featuring products and produce for sale, on July 18. To learn more, contact Bobbie Wiggs at 919-965-5834 or email jwiggsjr@nc.rr.com.

Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.

The Southern Vintage Market Benson Singing Grove Save the date for the next Southern Vintage Market. Visit www.facebook.com/events/690800168129408/ to learn more.

Saturday, July 18, 6 p.m.

Heartshaped Jukebox in concert Deep River Brewing Company, Clayton They’ll be playing mostly 90s hits, with some classic hits mixed in, too.

Saturday, July 18, 9:30 p.m.

Carolina Sky in concert Saddle Up Saloon, Smithfield Carolina Sky returns to Saddle Up Saloon.

Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.

Sew & Share Johnston County Agricultural Center Come join the Sew & Share group on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information on this sewing group or the JoCo Quilters, contact Flora Grantham at 919-934-0791.

Tuesday, July 21, 1:30 p.m.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Friendly Chapel Church, Benson Please sign up for this upcoming blood drive and encourage a friend to as well. Visit www.facebook.com/ events/583461748943824 to learn more.

Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m.

Sundown in Downtown - The Embers Benson Singing Grove Check out the Sundown in Downtown concert, featuring the Embers, at the Benson Singing Grove.

Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Humpback Whales En-Danger Howell Woods, Four Oaks What causes some animals to be endangered, while others are not? Visit Howell Woods and discuss an endangered animal that lives in North Carolina, the humpback whale. Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. The event is for ages 5 and up, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per participant and requires preregistration. To register, call 919-938-0115.

Friday, July 24, 6 p.m.

Luck of the Draw Raffle Broadslab Distillery, Benson Don’t miss the Luck of the Draw Reverse Raffle and party. More than $15,000 in prizes will be awarded. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres by Meadow Village Catering and a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by the North Tower Band.

Friday, July 24, 8 p.m.

Bradley Wik in concert First Street Tavern, Clayton Falling somewhere between Springsteen, Neil Young and Ryan Adams, Bradley will bring the rock — yes, even to an acoustic show — and a few heart-wrenching ballads. For more info on Bradley, visit www.bradleywik.com.

Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m.

Neuse River Day Trips Howell Woods, Four Oaks The Neuse River runs right along the back of the Howell Woods property and makes for the perfect paddling route for more experienced kayakers. The course of this trip stretches through 12 miles of Johnston County, ending at the Richardson Bridge Boat Landing. Guides will provide history of the Neuse, as well as identify wildlife along the way. Participants should pack a bag lunch and water. Arrive at the Learning Center by 8 a.m. Please register by email to mrhill@johnstoncc.edu or calling the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Cost is $35 per participant.

Saturday, July 25, 6 p.m.

Live Music by Gypsy Railroad Deep River Brewing Company, Clayton Don’t miss Gypsy Railroad in concert.

Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Fleming Road Band in concert Fainting Goat Brewing Company, Benson FRB is back at the Fainting Goat Brewing Company in Benson.

Sunday, July 26, 3:30 p.m.

454 in concert Plan B Bar, Smithfield Check out a day of rock and roll!

Friday, July 31, 6 p.m.

KTZ Band in concert Deep River Brewing Company, Clayton The KTZ Band is back in Clayton and on Last Friday.

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Store • 216-218 E Main St., Benson

Warehouse • 102 E Parrish Drive, Benson

Serving Johnston, Harnett, Sampson & Wake Counties Rehab, Longterm Care & Assisted Living