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Saying goodbye to an old friend I’m not the biggest dog person I know. I’m not even the biggest dog lover in my own family.

doesn’t sit on her spot on the couch, either. Perhaps I’m not the only one still looking for her.

But I miss my Abby.

She spent the last 14 years as part of our family. She sat in my lap as I wrote countless columns and stories through a slew of newspaper jobs. She watched Ethan grow from a toddler to the tallest dude at the house.

Abby passed away in Shanna’s arms in April at the age of 16, and almost two months later, I still expect to see her when I open the front door to the house. Her toys are still here, gratefully used by her little brother, Van Gogh, and her food and water bowl are still sitting on the kitchen floor. Gogo doesn’t use them much, though. Come to think of it, he

She was Shanna’s snuggle buddy in bed, and when her kidneys started going bad and she couldn’t control her bladder any more, we put pink and purple diapers on her to keep that tradition going.

Even in her last few minutes, she was worried about me. I don’t know that she had ever seen me cry before.

Randy Capps randy@johnstonnow.com I know she’s happy and healthy now, and that she wouldn’t want me to be sad. She’d want me to cherish every moment, to work hard, to play hard and, as we often did, nap hard. Until we meet again, girl.

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JCC RECEIVES $200,000 GOLDEN LEAF GRANT Submitted by Johnston Community College

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to create a simulated specialty care unit at the college.

capacity. JCC has already received approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing to increase the total student capacity of the associate degree program from 105 to 125.

This unit will be used to train nurses with the skills to meet the growing demand to care for the most acute and critically ill patients in intensive care and progressive care units, and those in post anesthesia and post-operative care. The project will add new clinical opportunities for students in their capstone course, offering them 12 lab hours dedicated to specialty care.

Johnston Health, currently with about 70 specialty care openings for RNs, will provide some nursing students the opportunity to participate in a paid, nurse extern program that exposes those students to specialty care during the final year of nursing school. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduation and licensure, Johnston Health will offer them employment in specialty care. Nurse externs can also access the Johnston Health tuition reimbursement program for that final

To meet the current and anticipated nursing shortages, this project will increase program

semester of nursing school. Golden LEAF dollars will pay for medical and simulation equipment/software to establish a specialty care patient room and associated training for nursing faculty.



“This is a wonderful opportunity for our nursing students and exhibits the outstanding collaboration we have with Johnston Health and our community partners,” said Dr. Linda Smith, associate vice president of health, wellness and human services. Renovations to develop the critical care unit are supported by Mako Medical.

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The Smithfield-Selma High drumline, Spartan Thunder, performed recently at Showcase of Stars. Photographed, from left, are Tyreek Altman, Joshua Washington, Nishaun Theet, Ja’Vone Hardy, TJ Brown, Emily Niewoehner, Chance Roland, Treasure McNeill and James Paschall.

SMITHFIELD — Something’s different about Smithfield-Selma High School’s drumline, and it’s got people buzzing. For Percussion Director Justin Holmes, what makes his drumline special is simple — passion.

is a mix of dance, pre-recorded mix tracks, flips, spins, acting, and of course, drumming.

“Whenever I look at other drumlines, I see them. They're physically playing, but they don't seem like they're enjoying it,” Holmes said. “Our guys just absolutely love it. They're just crazy about it.”

“I'll talk to the kids because I'm kind of old,” Holmes, who is in his late 20’s, said. “I talk to the kids to find out what’s cool and popular right now, and then we can put in the show. Then from there I just kind of put it all together. I think that it makes them really excited for it because it's stuff that they've come up with.”

The school’s drumline, now dubbed the Spartan Thunder, has been around for about as long as anyone can remember. Chance Roland, a junior in drumline, said he was partly inspired to join because his father marched in the drumline when he attended Smithfield-Selma in the ‘80s.

Holmes, a 2008 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High, has been writing for the drumline for the past four years. In addition to using his students’ ideas, many of his writings have been inspired by the style of Western Carolina’s marching band, his alma mater.

“Seeing how competitive and how passionate they work towards what they do is interesting,” Roland said. “And I wanted to do it so, I tried it.”

“They write really based off the music. Justin takes what the rest of the band is playing and adapts it for the drumline,” Roland said. “He adds some parts to make it where we have a unique sound as a drumline.”

While the Smithfield-Selma High drumline has been around for a while, both Roland and Holmes said it began to rise to the next level upon the arrival of current band director Brian Jones. However, Roland says it was Holmes who brought the drumline to where it is today. “It’s because of Justin, really how he integrates what we say,” Roland said. “We might add a dance to the middle of a show at the last minute. He will let us change something just because someone wanted to add a dance they saw someone do. Dances, flips and things like that can be put in at a moment's notice. It’s all just really based around us as individuals. He likes it the way that we like it.” Those flips and dances Roland mentioned are what helps set the drumline apart. Every performance


But Roland and Holmes both agree the secret sauce that makes the whole thing work is the family-like culture the group’s passion has fostered. “A lot of drumlines are made up of friends, but I like to think that we get along on a different type of level,” said Roland. “We pretty much call each other family. The way we interact with each other is different. We don’t always agree on everything, but that goes for every group of people. Especially when you try to do as many crazy things as we do.” Sit down with any member of the Spartan Thunder and you will find each student echoing the same sentiments; they are proud to be a member of the

family they have created. “It’s more than just a drumline. It’s a family really,” said junior Tyreek Altman. “There’s always people you can go to, brothers you can talk to, and people to get advice from. It’s more like a brotherhood.” The drumline, a melting pot of sorts, pulled together students with varying backgrounds in percussion. Many students came to Holmes with little knowledge about their instrument. “This group of people accepted me whenever I didn’t know anything about the drumline. It made me feel special. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done before,” said Katie Hellis, a sophomore in the drumline. Now the Spartan Thunder is seen by many as the best of the best, professional and sought after. The students have been asked to perform at countless events in and outside of Johnston County. “I know we do a lot of things, like for Showcase of Stars and the Special Olympics, but I feel like everything that happens is in the moment,” said Roland. “I really don’t think about all of the things we have done, but when I start to think about it, I realize I’m a part of something bigger than I could be by myself.” Holmes said he hopes their success is just beginning, and that he can help continue to create something great with his students. “I hope that we can continue to grow, get bigger, and get more kids, get more of these kids that would otherwise be super shy,” said Holmes. “I want all of these kids to come in and realize they can be a part of something magnificent.”

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“We often find that some of our students don’t know the difference between a job and career. In today’s economy there’s a push for skilled labor, and there are a lot of high wage jobs with benefits,” said Lewter. “We are really passionate about connecting our students to opportunities.” Lewter said that she felt that the culture was shifting around attending a four-year university, and more students are considering entering the workforce sooner after their high school graduation. “The pendulum is swinging to having low student loan debt or even no student loan debt. You can look at any article and see that skilled labor is in super high demand,” said Lewter. “We know that a four-year degree is not for everyone. We want to help our students make a connection in the field that’s right for them.”

Barry Bridges (left), N.C. Department of Transportation Supervisor of the Talent Management Team, talks with Cleveland High students Angela Peña (center) and Angel Hernandez about opportunities with the NCDOT at Make a Plan Day.

Cleveland High School offered an opportunity for Johnston County Public Schools students, recent graduates and community members to make a career plan for themselves at the school’s first Make a Plan Day. Make a Plan Day operated like a career fair and served as a networking event for guests to meet with representatives from local businesses, organizations and community colleges. “Students can walk in undecided, meet with a local community college, the military, or a business and walk out with a plan,” said Kim Lewter, the Cleveland High counselor who coordinated the event. Lewter said Make a Plan Day was marketed to any senior in JCPS who had not yet committed to going to a four-year university or who didn’t have a specific plan after their upcoming graduation. “I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t get anything out of Make a Plan Day, but as soon

as I came in everyone wanted to help me,” said Nicholas Maxwell, Clayton High senior. “I walked out of here with a lot more information than I went in with.” The event, held April 17, was also open to any person in Johnston County who was looking for options in furthering their career. “Fresh out of high school you have ideas of what you want to be, then you get out there and sometimes you don’t know what you want to be,” said Leshae Tucker, a 2017 graduate of South Johnston High who attended the event. “Things like this definitely help you and put you in the mindset of figuring out what you want to do and the benefits that will come along with it in the long run.” Lewter said she hoped Make a Plan Day helped students become more aware of all of the options available to them, so they could better make a decision for themselves.

Guests were able to network with representatives from the Accentuate Staffing, Aquatech Pool Management Group, Carolina Comfort Air, Caterpillar, Inc., JCC Advanced Technology, Johnston Community College, Johnston County Public Schools, Myatt Landscaping, Nascar Technical Institute, NCWorks, NC Department of Transportation, State Employees Credit Union, the US Army, the US Coast Guard, the Marine Corps, and Wake Tech Community College. “Our local economy is growing and changing, so when you can host an event like this and talk with potential employees it’s very beneficial,” said Karen Rowe, NCWorks Career Center Employment Consultant. “You could see it on the students’ faces that they were excited about being here.” Cleveland High also offered on-the-spot application help from the school’s counselors to anyone who attended Make a Plan Day. “If someone visited with a community college and wanted to apply, our counselors were available to help them do that,” said Lewter. “It’s really a one-stop shop for finding opportunities, applying, and possibly walking out with a job or a great option of furthering your education.”


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A great way to transform your thinking from judgment to curiosity is to compare it to visiting a different country. When you enter the country, you often wonder why they do certain things or eat certain things. Usually the traveler does not pass judgment but has curiosity as to why a certain group of people does certain things. Approach your own actions with that same curiosity. Ask, “I wonder what caused me to make that choice or eat that food?” Curiosity brings open ended questions to answer. Judgment is closed and condemning.

Recently I was driving down the road beating myself up (I’m certain that you have never done that!) because I wasn’t reaching my goal to be seven pounds lighter. I found myself enjoying a few too many treats that kept my weight up enough to aggravate me. And out of nowhere, I was Gibbs slapped! (NCIS fans know a Gibbs slap is being popped on the back of the head when you do something less than brilliant!)

Decide what you really want and begin to make very small changes that lead to winning the right game. The human brain does not love change. It is always trying to keep us safe, so something new can be threatening. But small changes bring big results over time. So, find that one small change that you are willing to make and head toward winning the game you want to win.

were not the best fuel for me. Have you ever realized that maybe you weren’t being completely honest with yourself about the game you were playing? That Gibbs slap that day helped me to decide to switch fields and get in the game I really wanted to win.

I remembered a saying I’d heard from another coach, Stacy Morganstern. “You are always winning the game you are playing.” Whoa! So, I began to question what game I was playing.

How can you change your mindset, moving from beating yourself up to winning the game you really want to play? Stop beating yourself up! Being unkind to ourselves never helps us reach our goals. Life is hard, and we can get unkind behavior from many other people in our lives. We need to talk kindly to ourselves.

I was winning the game of eating the wrong foods to correctly fuel my body. I told myself that I was playing the game of eating healthy foods that were giving my body energy. Nope. I was winning the game I was actually playing — feeding my body those foods that

Move from self-judgment to curiosity. Instead of “I should not have done that or eaten that,” how about, “hmm, I’m curious what prompted me to do that or eat that.” Am I stressed? Angry? Too tired? What motivated me?

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JCC engineering students Keith Parker of Clayton and Hampton Moore of Selma are members of the Goodnight Scholars Program Transfer Class of 2022 at N.C. State University.

SMITHFIELD — Two Johnston Community College engineering students are Goodnight Transfer Scholars at N.C. State University.

will be studying mechanical engineering at N.C. State.”

Both Moore and Parker plan to study mechanical engineering at N.C. State.

“I am still blown away by being chosen for this opportunity,” Moore said. “The Goodnight Scholars Program is the perfect springboard for its members to hit the ground running in his or her career. JCC engineering pathway began this entire process through the specific aid I received from the Goodnight prep team and its excellent academic program.”

“I am truly humbled by being selected for the Goodnight program, and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group of scholars while at N.C. State,” Parker said. Thanks to the strong support from the faculty at JCC, I

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Hampton Moore, 19, of Selma, and Keith Parker, 20, of Clayton, have been selected to join the Goodnight Scholars Program’s Transfer Class of 2022 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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BENSON — The Benson Board of Commissioners has chosen an interim Town manager. Frederick D. Nelson, Jr. took over as town manager on May 23. He will temporarily take the place of current town manager Matt Zapp, who announced in March that he will be leaving Benson for a town manager position in Emerald Isle.

“With my experience in the processes and procedures of our beloved town of Benson gained through my service on the town Board and my leadership skills, I believe that I can step in to move forward the projects and priorities of Benson,” said Nelson in a written statement to the Board.

A native of New York, Nelson moved to Benson in 1989 and married Hazel Peacock. He served as a town of Benson commissioner from 1997 till 2017 — a large portion of those years, from 2007, he acted as Benson’s Mayor Pro-Tem. As a commissioner for two decades, Nelson has been a part of Benson’s growth and economic development — making decisions that have paved the way for more business in town, the construction of the new Hampton Inn, the betterment of Benson’s infrastructure, and other projects.

He was selected for the role during a meeting on April 30. Mayor Jerry Medlin summed up the Board’s thought process in choosing Nelson as the interim town manager. “Fred has been a part of Benson’s growth for a long time,” he said. “We think he is the perfect person to keep our town moving in the right direction while we search for a permanent town manager.” “In addition to Fred’s excellent rapport with town of Benson staff — something he has built during his 20 years on the Board, we are confident that he will continue Benson’s forward momentum as one of the best small towns in North Carolina.”


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Teacher Assistant Jennifer Jordan from West View Elementary School was named this year’s Teacher Assistant of the Year at their organization’s annual banquet. Teacher assistants work under a teacher's supervision to give students additional attention and instruction. Chenetra Mangum is the principal of West View Elementary School. Jordan’s coworkers said she serves the school and its students each day with a heart of gladness. The first runner up for the award

was Cynthia Davis from Pine Level Elementary School. The announcements were made at the annual Johnston County Teacher Assistant banquet hosted on April 11 by the Johnston County Teacher Assistants Association; Lisa Soard serves as the association’s president. The banquet also included recognition of the Teacher Assistant of the Year nominees, schools with 100 percent membership in the TA organization, and those who are retiring this year.

During the 39th Annual Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon recently at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, Johnston Health thanked, recognized and applauded the service of its volunteers. “You are all critical to the operation and success of our organization,” said Chuck Elliott, president and CEO. “We could not do our jobs without you.” Eric Janis, MD, chairman of the Johnston Health board of directors, unveiled a $1 million check representing the value of the volunteers’ hours. “We respect, admire and appreciate what you do,” he said. “You make a difference because you care, because you’re present, and because you know the right things to do and say.” While all of the volunteers

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received certificates, four were honored with special awards. Iris Hocutt, a chaplain volunteer, received the Overa S. Stevens Award for faithful service. Phyllis Toole and B.J. Christensen, hospital volunteers in Smithfield and Clayton, respectively, received the Sue Archambeault Award for “exemplary volunteerism.” Carolyn Jones, a hospice volunteer, received the Hospice Angel Award for “lifting spirits and quietly touching lives.” April Culver, vice president of marketing/communications and strategy, thanked outgoing Hospital Volunteers President Gale Cass for her leadership, energy and initiative. In the nine years since joining the first group of volunteers at Johnston Health Clayton, she’s also donated her time to hospice, the Johnston Health Foundation, and as a patient and family advisor. Also, retiring volunteers were honored with contributions in their name to the foundation. They are Charles and Pat Wall, Mary Williford, Linda Barefoot and Margie Gower.

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Johnston made was to move the colonial capital from Brunswick Town, which was near the Moores’ power base, to New Town, which he renamed Wilmington in 1740 after his patron. “The Family,” as the Moores were called, and others were displeased by this impudent Scot’s attempt to get the government out from under their thumb, and they would cause Johnston trouble as he pursued his agenda of bringing order to North Carolina. Their obstruction partially explains the Assembly’s unenthusiastic response to the Governor’s proposal for funding schools, and it certainly was behind the withholding of most of Johnston’s salary. It was found after his death that he was owed £13,462. The somber Scot landed at Brunswick Town at the mouth of the Cape Fear River on October 27, 1734. Despite his education at the University of St. Andrews, well-connected family and close personal relationship with the English nobleman Spencer Compton, Lord Wilmington, he was penniless and alone. True, the colonial elite had universally welcomed him following his arrival, but it could not last. King George II had appointed him Governor of North Carolina, which meant that he would have to police these same overmighty citizens. Gabriel Johnston, the namesake of Johnston County, had his work cut out for him. It did not help Johnston to know that the colony he had been sent to govern was


backward, mismanaged and tearing itself apart. Education was virtually nonexistent, which shocked the new governor, a former professor of Hebrew at St. Andrews. He must also have been appalled at the bitter rivalry between the South Carolinaoriented planters of southern North Carolina and the proVirginian tobacco farmers to the north. Johnston later wrote in his will that he never made any personal enemies in North Carolina. It is difficult to see how he could believe this statement because, as an outsider with no base of support in the colony, any action he took was bound to upset local powerholders, most notably the Moore family. One of the most controversial decisions

Fortunately for Johnston, he married the rich widow Penelope Golland, and he enjoyed many successes over the course of his 18-year governorship, the longest in North Carolina history. One basic reform Johnston made was to have all laws printed for the first time, allowing him to construct an administration that could efficiently see to the colony’s needs. He put that administration to good use building forts, including Fort Johnston at the entrance to the Cape Fear, on the coast as a precaution against the Spaniards, Britain’s enemies. Johnston also oversaw extensive efforts to encourage immigration to North Carolina, most notably by persuading the Assembly to exempt new arrivals from

taxes until they could become established. His critics accused him of favoring his fellow Scots, who formed the majority of the new settlers. There was probably substance to the claim because Johnston knew that he needed a constituency that would support him against The Family and its cohorts. Nevertheless, the steady stream of Scottish immigrants, untainted by the old north-south split, benefited North Carolina as a whole by settling the upper Cape Fear Valley and raising food crops and livestock that coastal residents needed. Johnston died on July 17, 1752 at his plantation Eden House, near Edenton. Despite his endless quarrels with the powerful Moores, it was his death that ended his governorship. More importantly, he had changed North Carolina forever and for the better. Gone were the days of political fracture, dysfunction and disorder. For the first time in its history, the colony was an efficient, mature, cohesive entity. Thanks to Johnston’s immigration policy, the population tripled during his 18 years in power, allowing the founding of new counties in the underdeveloped interior. It is no wonder that one of them, formed in 1746, was named Johnston County, after the Governor himself. Benjamin Sanderford, a resident of Clayton, studied social science at UNC Greensboro. He can be reached at benwsanderford@ gmail.com.


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BENSON — Sarah Poling of McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School was named the 2019 Johnston County Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year at the annual PTA/PTO Council Meeting Banquet, held at Smithfield-Selma High School. Poling has been known as a student cheerleader and a child advocate for several years at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary. She has worked with the PTA for three years and helps organize

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SMITHFIELD — The National Technical Honor Society at Johnston Community College inducted 33 new members for the 2018-2019 academic year recently. The honor society recognizes outstanding achievement of vocational and technical students who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a 3.5 GPA. JCC has been a chartered member of the NTHS since 1999. A ceremony was held April 11 on the JCC main campus. Ronald Johnson, JCC business instructor and

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The illustrations on the cover and throughout the summer guide are courtesy of the students at the Cary and Clayton Schools of Creative Arts. We'd like to thank Tom Hutchison and his talented students for helping us out with some scenes of summer. For more information about Clayton School of Creative Arts, or the Cary School of Creative Arts, visit csoca.com.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Clayton River Walk on the Neuse Address: 2686 Covered Bridge Road, Clayton Cost: free Overview: It’s a beautiful four-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/Parks-andRecreation/greenways-and-trails.aspx Sam’s Branch Greenway Address: 1358 N. O’Neill Street, Clayton Cost: free Overview: It’s a beautiful 1.25 mile, 10-footwide paved pedestrian and biking trail. The greenway leads to the winding Neuse River and connects with the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse, a four-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/Parks-andRecreation/greenways-and-trails.aspx Clemmons Educational State Forest Address: 2411 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton Cost: free Overview: The first of North Carolina’s Educational State Forests, Clemmons opened in 1976 in Johnston County. Featuring selfguided trails and exhibits, as well as Rangerconducted classes, the forest offers a wealth of experiences for the senses and the mind. Contact: www.ncesf.org/clemmons.html


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/Parks-andRecreation/mountain-bike-trail.aspx Buffalo Creek Greenway Address: 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield Cost: free 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-to-Sea 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.smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_ neuse_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 (or the War of Northern Aggression, depending on who you ask). It was the largest battle fought in North Carolina; and the only attempt to defeat General 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/ bentonville-battlefield

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/ about/index.aspx Carolina Mudcats Address: 1501 N.C. Highway 39, Zebulon Cost: Tickets start at $10 (kids 3 and under are free) Overview: It’s a short drive over to Five County Stadium for a ball game featuring the Milwaukee Brewers’ Class A affiliate. Whether it’s behind the plate, down one of the foul lines or high above the action in Cattails Restaurant, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Contact: www.milb.com/carolina-mudcats 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

When we debuted the summer guide two years ago, it was a rousing success. Every time we do one it gets a little bigger. And it's all because we want a good answer to the question that vexes parents during the summer months: What are we going to do today?

We hope you enjoy all that Johnston County has to offer this summer, and hopefully, we can help point you in the right direction! and a new concession stand with indoor seating. On the summer schedule, there’s everything from drag racing to dirt bikes to a demolition derby to enjoy. Contact: www.galotmotorsportspark.com/ home.htm 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 .4-mile, 70-foot wide oval asphalt track with 17-degree turns and seven-degree straight-aways with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. Contact: www.snmpark.com Lazy O Farms Address: 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield Cost: varies by event Overview: A place for seasonal field trips and events located just outside of Smithfield. It hosts weddings (The Pond at Lazy O Farm), has farm animals, hayrides and much more. Contact: www.facebook.com/Lazy-OFarm-124542400961276/ Creekside Equestrian Center Address: 3905 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield Cost: varies by event Overview: Learn how to ride a horse, enjoy a summer camp (six sessions in June, July and August) or plan your next summer party at this 50-acre facility between Smithfield and Clayton. Contact: www.creeksideec.com Black Creek Hill Farms Address: 6019 N.C. Highway 50 North, Benson Cost: varies by event 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 Overview: Tucker Lake will be open in 2019 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. Contact: www.tuckerslake.com

Smith’s Nursery Address: 443 Sanders Road, Benson Cost: Free, pay for the strawberries 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 Johnston County Heritage GeoTrail Dates: All summer Ages: any Cost: free Overview: There are more than 100 special geocaches scattered around Johnston County. Can you find them all? Contact: www.johnstoncountync.org/thingsto-do/nature-and-recreation/geocaching/ GRAB A LITTLE CULTURE The Clayton Center Address: 111 East Second Street, 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 North Raiford Street, Selma Cost: varies by event 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

Tobacco Farm Life Museum Address: 709 North Church Street, Kenly Cost: General admission is $8 (reduced rates for children and seniors) Overview: Come visit and step back in time to a turn-of-the-century 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 Ava Gardner Museum Address: 325 East Market Street, 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 Carolina. Contact: www.hinnantvineyards.com

Benson Museum of Local History Address: 102 West Main Street, 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 Johnston County Heritage Center Address: 241 East Market Street, Smithfield Cost: free 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

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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 West Main Street, 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 which 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 50 South, Benson Cost: $12 for a tour and tasting Overview: During a one-hour 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-square-foot gallery on the campus of Johnston Community College features local paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography for the public to enjoy Contact: www.johnstoncc.edu/frank-creechart-gallery

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.ccjohnstoncounty.com Cardinal Country Club Address: 363 Parrish 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. Contact: www.playcardinalcc.com Neuse Golf Club Address: 918 Birkdale Drive, Clayton Cost: varies by day and time 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. Contact: www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/NeuseGolf-Club 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 Hammdesigned 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.rgac.com/rw-golf.html 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-station-nc-amtrak/1005/

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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 eight-lane, competitionsized swimming pool with adjacent kiddie splash pool, double gymnasium, elevated walking track, racquetball courts, fitness room and banquet room. Day passes are available for visitors. Contact: www.smithfield-nc.com/page/ srac_home Smithfield Cinemas Address: 175 South Equity Drive Cost: Kids summer movie program is $2.50 Overview: In addition to its regular showings, there is a summer movie program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact: www.smithfieldcinemas.net/summerkids-shows/ Howell Theatre Address: 141 South Third Street, Smithfield Cost: Dollar Days starting at $1 Overview: The Howell Theatre is a vintage circa 1935 movie theatre that has been in constant operation for almost 80 years. Check out their Dollar Days of Summer program with $1 movies each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact: http://howellmovies.com/specials/ 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. Don’t forget to check out the arcade, too. Contact: www.rainbowlanesclayton.com 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. Contact: www.bungalowbounce.com Conundrum Escapes Address: 41-A Technology Drive, Garner Cost: Varies, but starts at $25 per person 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. Contact: www.conundrumescapes.com Ready Set Escape Address: 1304 D West Market Street, Smithfield 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-set-escape.com

6th SE6SE Escapes Address: 11425 U.S. Hwy 70 West, Clayton Cost: Varies, but starts at $27.75 per person Overview: Players must use their powers of observation and problem solving skills to escape one of three different escape rooms within 60 minutes. Contact: www.6thse6se.com Nick’s Flippin’ Kids Address: 9257 U.S. 70 Business East, Clayton Cost: Varies Overview: Take a gymnastics class, plan a party or join a summer day camp. Contact: www.nicksflippinkids.com Playtime Drop In Address: 34 Oleander Dr., Suite 101, Clayton, Cost: Varies upon time and duration of child care Overview: They’re a locally owned and operated business offering drop-in child care, date nights, birthday parties and a mother’s morning out program. Contact: www.playtimedropin.com MARK THE CALENDAR For everything happening this month, check out the community calendar. Here are a few things of note going on later this summer: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. Princeton Community Day Holts Pond Road, Princeton Play free video games and enjoy the charm of all a festival has to offer. For more, visit www. myprincetonnc.com/communityday. Saturday, June 1, 8:30 p.m. Movie in the Park Gertrude Johnson Park, Smithfield Come out for a night under the stars watching “Incredibles 2.” Bring your chair or blanket, kick back and relax for an incredible evening. Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m. Sundown In Downtown Benson Singing Grove, Benson Summer is here and with it comes a favorite event for lots of residents and guests to Benson. The Band of Oz will perform at this free event. June 14-15 301 Endless Yard Sale Many sellers will be located along the stretch in well-established visitor sites like Riverside Mill in Weldon, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, TWM Antiques in Selma...as well as families, churches and schools on the route with vendor spaces all along U.S. 301. Saturday, June 15, 7:30 a.m. 3 Little Pigs Triathlon SRAC Don’t miss the 10th Annual Chick-Fil-A 3 Little Pigs Triathlon. The race is comprised of a 250yard swim (SRAC Pool), a 15-mile bike (from SRAC into rural Johnston County, on a scenic but flat course) and a 5K run (on Buffalo Creek Greenway). All proceeds raised from the event go toward the Friends of the Park and the Smithfield Rotary Club of Central Johnston County, both of which help with events and programs through Parks & Recreation and SRAC. Register at www. fsseries.com/event/3-little-pigs-triathlon/register/

Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. Band of Oz Downtown Clayton Live music will start at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Town Square. If you want to get there early and stake out prime real estate for your blanket or lawn chair, the fun starts at 6 p.m. with food trucks, a bounce house, face painting, downtown vendors and more. June 21-23 99th annual State Annual Singing Convention Benson Singing Grove The 99th State Annual Singing Convention features national, professional and amateur gospel singers from North Carolina as well as other states. Visit www.gospelsingingconvention.org for weekend schedule, contests rules, special concerts and important details. Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m. Big Night Out 2019 The Farm at 95, Selma Join the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield for a Gatsby Gala For Giving at the Farm at 95. Step back into a time of decadence and prosperity at a Gatsby themed gala. Guests will enjoy a full dinner, open bar (beer/wine), a silent auction and live entertainment from the band Spare Change. 1920s semi-formal attire is encouraged but not required. Proceeds will benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission, a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping men and women in Johnston County who face food insecurity. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www. jwlsmithfield.com. Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m. On The Border The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Rudy Theatre, Selma If you love The Eagles’ music catalog, you will have an amazing evening seeing this band. Tickets available at www.rudytheatre.com. Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. Jim Quick & Coastline at The Farm The Farm at 42, Selma Check out an indoor concert at The Farm at 42 featuring Jim Quick & Coastline. There will be a food truck and cash bar on site. Check out www.facebook.com/ events/343928826471659/ for more information.

Caroline Alley

Arden DeBuhr

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. Johnston Now Honors W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, Benson Welcome to the 2nd annual Johnston Now Honors, presented by Johnston Health, where we strive to honor a few everyday heroes in Johnston County. We will honor inspiring people from these categories: Outstanding Firefighter, Best Healthcare Professional, Legend Award, Excellence in Arts, Dynamic Entrepreneur, Distinguished Police Officer, Rising Star (under the age of 18), Exemplary Volunteer, Inspiring Coach, Spirit of the County, Nonprofit of the Year and Veteran Service Award. Tickets are $10. To learn more, visit www.johnstonnow.com/honors/ Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. Last Friday in Clayton Last Friday in Clayton’s main purpose is to showcase all the amazing things downtown Clayton has to offer. On the Last Friday of the month, from 6-10 p.m., local business open their doors for free events, exclusive savings and lots of fun. For all Last Friday inquiries, please contact Andria Merritt, Ambassador at Large for Last Friday in Clayton, by phone at 919-747148 or by email andria@lastfridayinclayton. com. Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. 2019 Hotdog Showdown The Farm at 95, Selma Do you have dreams of being the next hotdog eating champion? Well here is your chance to sign up for the 2019 Hotdog Showdown, sponsored by Carolina Packers and Kamado Joe. There is a qualifying event at Springhill Outfitters on Saturday, June 1. The top 10 contestants from the qualifier who eat the most hotdogs will then compete at the main event on Saturday, June 29. The grand prize is Carolina Packers hotdogs for a year, a Kamado Joe grill and trophy. Family Fun Day, Archer Lodge Date: June 29 Time: All day Overview: Don’t miss fun, games and fireworks at Archer Lodge’s annual Family Fun Day. A road race starts the day at 7 a.m., and there’s also a parade, family fun and a fireworks show.

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Sunday, June 30, 2:30 p.m. The Isaacs Rudy Theatre, Selma The Isaacs are a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago and are based out of Hendersonville, Tenn. Tickets available at www.rudytheatre.com.

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Smithfield Independence Day celebration Date: June 30 Time: 6:30 p.m. Overview: Before the fireworks begin, come enjoy crafts, relays, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, face painting and more in Downtown Smithfield! Activities begin around 6:30, with fireworks at 9 p.m. All-American Festival, Selma Date: July 4 Time: 6-10 p.m. Overview: Celebrate our nation’s birthday in Selma for a family-fun event featuring live entertainment, a variety of vendors, special events and one of the best fireworks displays in Johnston County. Benson July 4th Celebration Date: July 4 Time: 5-9 p.m. Overview: Join the Town of Benson for a 4th of July Celebration in the Benson Singing Grove. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks at 9 p.m. near Carlie C’s IGA. Cleveland Area July 4th Celebration Date: July 4 Time: All day Overview: The Oakland Church pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Community softball games will start at 1 p.m. There will be vendors and live entertainment from 4-9 p.m., and the fireworks show is set for 9:15. For more information, call the Cleveland Fire Department at 919-989-1909. Clayton July 4th Celebration Date: July 4 Time: 4 p.m. Overview: Check out the Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton. Activities start at 4 p.m. and include free family field games, free ice cream and much more. Also look out for food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. Kenly Fourth of July Celebration Date: July 4 Time: 7 p.m. Overview: Come out to Kenly 95 Petro and check out Kenly’s annual celebration, featuring family-friendly entertainment before the fireworks light up the sky over I-95.

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Pine Level Independence Day celebration Date: July 4 Time: 10 a.m. Overview: The town’s celebration is set for Sam Godwin Park on U.S. 70-A. Activities will include games, food, inflatables and fireworks after dark. For more information, go to pinelevel.org. Cottontown 7s Rugby Festival Location: East Clayton Community Park Date: July 13 Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Overview: The Clayton Rugby Football Club invites you to a day filled with entertainment, food trucks and, of course, rugby. Visit www.claytonrfc.com for more details. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. River Rat Regatta Smithfield Boat Ramp Design and build a “river worthy” vessel using cardboard, duct tape and glue that will successfully carry two passengers from a starting line at the boat ramp down the river to a finish line located at the U.S. 70 Business bridge. July 13-14 Wiffle Ball tournament Smithfield Community Park The 31st Annual North Carolina Wiffle Ball State Tournament will be held July 13th and 14th at Smithfield Community Park. For more information, contact Jeff Davis at 919-9152280 or visit www.ncwiffleball.weebly.com. Friday, July 26, 5 p.m. Pool Luau SRAC Come out for a Pool Luau. Beginning at 5 p.m, the SRAC will have reduced day passes. Enjoy the pool, the Wibit, punch and sink your teeth into a “no hands” watermelon eating contest. For more information, please contact Tiffany Pearson or Laura Crumpler at SRAC. Urban Beach Party Location: Downtown Selma Date: August 3 Time: 4-7 p.m. Overview: Have “a splashing good time” in Uptown Selma with inflatables, fun, games and more.

CAMPS Violin Camp Dates: June 10-13 Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon Overview: In this camp for students with previous violin experience, continue your violin journey as you play in a violin ensemble and further develop your skills through theory games and music centers. A light snack will be provided daily and a mini recital will be held on the last day to showcase what they’ve learned. Cost is $160. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@embarqmail.com. Beginner Voice Camp Dates: June 10-13 Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Overview: Kids ages 7-11 can learn to sing in this camp. Cost is $160, plus the price of a book and CD. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@ embarqmail.com. Beginning Piano Camp Dates: June 10-13 Time: 2-4 p.m. Overview: Kids in grades 1-5 will have fun as they learn the names of treble clef and bass clef notes, basic rhythms, play simple melodies and play games to introduce and review concepts. A light snack is provided daily, and a mini recital will be held on the last day to showcase what they’ve learned. Cost is $160, plus the purchase of book. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@embarqmail.com. Ukulele and Percussion Camp Dates: June 24-27 Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Overview: Cost is $160, plus the price of a workbook. Students will also need a ukulele. Snacks and drums will be provided. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@embarqmail.com.

Summer Intensive Voice Camp Dates: June 24-27 Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Overview: Grow your talent with this camp for kids ages 12-16. Cost is $160, plus the price of a book and CD. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@ embarqmail.com. Stage Fright is a Thing Voice Camp Dates: July 8-11 Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Overview: Kids ages 8-15 can learn to deal with stage fright in this camp. Cost is $160, plus the price of a book and CD. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@embarqmail.com. Fun and Famous Piano Camp Dates: July 15-18 Time: 2-4:30 p.m. Overview: This camp is for students who already play piano. Learn to play duets (a lot of fun) and continue in your Famous & Fun books! A light snack is provided daily, and a mini recital will be held on the last day to showcase what they’ve learned. The cost is $160, plus the purchase of book. For more information, call 919-359-6105 or email neighborhoodmusic@embarqmail.com. Alicia’s School of Performing Arts camps Dates: June and July Ages: Varies by program, but ranging from 3 and up Cost: varies by camp Overview: Musical Theatre, Dance, Clogging and Ballet camps are on offer this summer in Benson. Contact: 919-894-2271 Camp Courage Dates: June 8 Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages: 6-16 Cost: none Overview: Presented by Johnston Health, this is a bereavement camp at Lazy O Farm for children who have experienced the death of someone they love, such as a parent, grandparent or friend. The camp provides a supportive and safe environment for them to share their feelings with one another through activities, games and music. Contact: www.johnstonhealth.org/campcourage Camp Flintlock Dates: Boys: June 23 to June 29; Girls: July 7-9 Ages: 9-15 Cost: varies by camp length Overview: This is an overnight camp where attendees will be immersed in Revolutionary War-era life. Contact: Visit www.campflintlock.com or call 919-938-1776 Camp Mary Atkinson Dates: Programs available all summer Ages: First through eighth grade, varies by week Time: varies Cost: varies Overview: A place where girls can craft, swim, explore new things and make new friends. Contact: www.facebook.com/ GirlScoutsCampMaryAtkinson/timeline

Rush Hour Karting Academy Looking for a fun way for your kids to get out of the house and enjoy some thrilling fun while tracked out? Rush Hour Karting Academy gives kids the chance to tear up the track every day and learn sportsmanship and valuable driving skills. Between racing, great food, and all kinds of sports and activities, theres never time to be bored at our track. Kids ages 8-14 are welcome to sign up., and the camp runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camps are scheduled weekly all summer, and the introductory fee is $250 per week. Visit www.rushhourkarting.com/ camp to learn more. Summer Reading Program, James Bryan Creech Library Dates: Every Wednesday, starting June 12 Time: 10:30 a.m. Overview: This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” The activities planned each week will promote learning and fun. Cost: free Contact: Call Tonie Collins at 919-963-6013 or email librarian@fouroakslibrary.org. JOHNSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Johnston Community College is offering summer camps for kids in elementary, middle and high school. Please visit www.johnstoncc. edu/summercamp for all opportunities and to register. Camps range in cost depending on the length and content. Contact 919-209-2591 for questions about all camps. Bad to the Bones: CSI Camp Dates: June 10-13 Ages: Rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $153 Overview: Spend a week of your summer diving into the world of forensic science. Learn how to search for and lift fingerprints, process a crime scene, test for blood and much more. Location: Public Safety Services Complex The Mission Moon Challenge Dates: Beginner - June 24-27 or July 15-18 Ages: Rising second through 5th graders Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $163 Overview: What do you need to know about the Moon to live there? Design and construct a model using LEGO elements and motorized parts! Students will create a model using LEGO WeDO 2.0 technologies and a poster about the team experience. Learn teamwork skills and core values. Location: STEAM Building Cooking Camp: Chef in Training Dates: June 3-6, June 10-13, July 15-18 and July 22-25 Ages: Rising fifth through sixth graders, varies by session Time: 8 a.m. to noon Cost: $103 Overview: Learn basic cooking techniques from an experienced chef. Ask questions, experiment with tastes and have fun. Location: Workforce Development Center, Clayton

VEX ROBOTICS Camp Dates: June 24-27 or July 8-11 Ages: Rising sixth through ninth graders Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: STEAM Building Cost: $163 Overview: Walk through the design and build a mobile robot to play a sport-like game. During this process learn key STEM principles, and robotics concepts. VEX ROBOTICS Camp is appropriate for those interested in developing their problem solving and mechanical skills. Robotics Engineering Camp Dates: July 22-25 Ages: Rising 10th to 12th graders Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: STEAM Building Cost: $163 Overview: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science all in one camp. Come take part and rebuild a FRC Robot. Learn to program the robot to drive autonomously! Biotechnology Camp Dates: July 23-24 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Workforce Development Center, Clayton Ages: Rising 7th to 9th graders Cost: $83 Overview: Explore biotechnology with a focus on careers. Learn about microbial organisms, working in biotechnology companies such as Grifols and Novo Nordisk, bioengineering, drug therapies and so much more. Mad Scientist: Science Camp Ages: Rising 6th to 8th graders Dates: June 24-27 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $163 Location: Johnston Community College, Health Sciences Building Overview: Campers will be fully engaged with interactive experiments teaching both practical and amazing science lessons. Campers will explore the world of chemical reactions, harness the power of the sun to create tasty treats, unleash the awesomeness of the scientific method and much, much more!

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STEM & Harry Potter (LEGO) Date: July 29 to Aug. 2 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages: 6-10 Fee: $310

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SMITHFIELD RECREATION AND AQUATICS CENTER SUMMER CAMPS SRAC Summer Camps Dates: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 and Aug. 5-9 Ages: 5-12 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $100 for Smithfield residents, $140 for all others Overview: Participate in a variety of activities including swimming, outside fun (hiking, playground, games), inside recreational activities, art and other craft activities. Contact: SRAConline.com Pottery Camp Dates: July 15-19 or Aug. 12-16 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Ages: 8-15 Overview: Come play in the clay. Students will learn the techniques for building with clay as well as basic wheel throwing. Projects will be made that can go home. A 25-pound bag of clay must be purchased separately at the front desk for $20. Fee: $85 for Smithfield residents, $110 for everyone else Art Camp Date: June 22-29 or July 22-26 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Ages: 8-15 Overview: Let your creativity flow. In art camp, learn about different art techniques and work on projects for each one. Fee: $85 for Smithfield residents, $110 for everyone else

Saturday Clay Dates: June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Overview: These two-hour workshops will introduce you to the experience of working with clay. Each workshop is themed. Sign up for one or all. Instructor: Laura Myers Ages: 9+ Fee: $10 per person for Smithfield residents and $15 for everyone else SMITHFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION CAMPS Artzy Kidz Play Dates: July 22-25 Time: 9-11 a.m. Ages: 5-12 Overview: Smithfield Parks and Recreation and the SRAC are partnering to bring a craft camp to Smith-Collins Park on MLK Drive in Smithfield. The camp will average two crafts per day. Fee: $2 a day or $8 a week for Smithfield residents, $4 a day and $16 a week for everyone else Basketball Camp Dates: June 10-13 Time: 9 to noon Ages: 7-14 Fee: $40 for early registration, $50 the day of camp Location: SRAC Gym Contact: Hosted by James Robinson. For more information, visit www.smithfield-nc.com/ page/parks_athletic_summer_camps. Tennis Camp Dates: June 24-26 or July 8-10 Time: 6-7 p.m. (ages 5-7) and 7-8:30 p.m. (ages 8-15) Fee: $30 for ages 5-7, $45 for ages 8-15 Location: Smithfield Community Park Contact: Hosted by Jimmy Jernigan. For more information, visit smithfield-nc.com/page/ parks_athletic_summer_camps.

Kidz @ Play Dates: June 24-27 Time: 9-11 a.m. Ages: 5-12 Overview: Smithfield Parks and Recreation is hosting a camp at Smith-Collins Park on MLK Drive in Smithfield. Each day the camp will focus on a different sport, and concludes with an ice cream social on Thursday. Fee: $2 a day or $8 a week for Smithfield residents, $4 a day and $16 a week for everyone else Spartan Fundamentals Soccer Camp Dates: July 22-25 Time: 8:30-11 a.m. Ages: Boys and girls 5-10 Fee: $40 Location: Smithfield Community Park Contact: Hosted by Kate McGrath and Pablo Jimenez. For more information, visit smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_athletic_ summer_camps. Spartan Middle/High School Soccer Camp Dates: July 22-25 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ages: Boys and girls 11-18 Fee: $40 Location: Smithfield Community Park Contact: Hosted by Kate McGrath and Pablo Jimenez. For more information, visit smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_athletic_ summer_camps. Spartan Football Camp Dates: June 25-27 Time: 6-8 p.m. Ages: 6-14 Fee: $35 Location: Smithfield Community Park Contact: Hosted by Mike Parrish. For more information, visit www.smithfield-nc.com/ page/parks_athletic_summer_camps. Joco Wrestling Camp Dates: July 8-11 Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon Ages: 11-18 Fee: $50 in advance or $60 on the first day of camp Location: SRAC Gym Contact: Hosted by Chase Crocker. For more information, visit www.smithfield-nc.com/ page/parks_athletic_summer_camps.

LEGO Camps Dream it – Build it – Wreck it – Repeat! We all know kids are naturally gifted creators, but they will get added inspiration from LEGO instructors at these LEGO camps. Kids will dive into LEGOS, build elaborate objects, structures and/or vehicles, as well as dabbling into fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Adventures in STEM (LEGO) Dates: June 24-28 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Ages: 5-6yrs Fee: $155 STEM Explorations (LEGO) Dates: June 24-28 Time: 1-4 p.m. Ages: 7-12 Fee: $155


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Baseball Camp Dates: July 15-18 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Ages: 7-14 Fee: $50 Location: Smithfield Community Park Contact: Hosted by Mike Sliger. For more information, visit www.smithfield-nc.com/ page/parks_athletic_summer_camps. JOHNSTON COUNTY YMCA CAMPS Camp Explorer Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: East Clayton Elementary School Ages: 6-12 Fee: $151 a week Overview: Camp Explorer is a full-day summer camp that will keep your child active and engaged all day long. Your camper will enjoy activities such as swimming, skill development, awards, weekly themes, crafts and outdoor games. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Explorer Middle School Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: East Clayton Elementary School Ages: 12-14 Fee: $151 a week Overview: Camp Explorer is a full-day summer camp that will keep your child active and engaged all day long. Your camper will enjoy activities such as swimming, skill development, awards, weekly themes, crafts and outdoor games. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Explorer Camper in Leadership Training Dates: Weekly, starting June 10 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: East Clayton Elementary School Ages: 14-16 Fee: $121 a week Overview: Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program is designed to give teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills, serve as role models for younger campers and give them time to hang out with their peers in an active, fun and safe environment. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Pathfinder Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Cleveland Middle School Ages: 6-12 Fee: $151 a week Overview: They’ll stay active playing games. They’ll stay engaged with creative arts. They’ll learn important values like caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. If you’re looking for a camp experience that will fill your child’s summer with laughter, friendship, and fun, Camp Pathfinder is the place for you. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Pathfinder Middle School Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Corinth Holders Elementary School Ages: 12-14 Fee: $151 a week Overview: Camp Pathfinder: Middle School

is specifically designed with teens in mind. Great role models, a variety of activities, and age-appropriate independence make this a fun summer option for middle schoolers. Campers swim, play sports, enjoy creative arts, participate in assemblies and more. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Pathfinder Camper in Leadership Training Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Corinth Holders Elementary School Grades: 9-10 Fee: $121 a week Overview: CILT camp is a leadership development program for teens. Your teen can gain leadership experience and serve as a role model for younger campers while he or she assists counselors and staff with summer camp activities. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org Camp Pathfinder: Sports Camp Dates: Weekly, starting June 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Corinth Holders Elementary School Ages: 7-11 Fee: $151 a week Overview: Sports Camp is the perfect place for your emerging sports star to spend the summer. Whether you’ve got the next great hoops player or a budding star on the soccer pitch, we have weeks planned with your camper in mind. Sports covered are: basketball, soccer, flag football, baseball, golf and lacrosse. Contact: www.ymcatriangle.org SELMA PARKS AND RECREATION CAMPS Girls Softball Camp Dates: June 17-19 Location: Selma Middle School Ages: 8-14 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Cost: $40 Overview: This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals; hitting, fielding, throwing and catching. Camp T-shirt included. Each child will need to bring a glove. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

soccer in the U.S. and Canada. To register, visit bit.ly/2E19969. Johnston County 4-H 2019 Summer Fun 4-H Summer Fun is a collection of fun educational workshops and hand-on activities planned especially for Johnston County youth. This program is designed to give youth positive learning opportunities and focus on developing life skills. 4-H activities are open to youth ages 5-18. Some events include: Fishing, forestry, sewing, college tours, farm to table, gardening, photography, and various other activities. 4-H enrollment is now completed online. Visit nc.4honline. com to complete your 4-H enrollment before signing up for summer fun. Registration for Johnston County 4-H Summer Fun events can be sent by mail or dropped off at their office. Visit johnston.ces.ncsu.edu for a schedule and description of classes. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS Sunday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. Four Oaks United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School All K-12th graders are invited to come out for Vacation Bible School at Four Oaks United Methodist. This years theme is “Beyond Mars,” as they explore the wonder of outer space and the enormity of God’s love! Each evening will begin with a free meal in the fellowship hall followed by an opening assembly, music, games, crafts, a science lab and bible stories. For more information, email tyler.foumc@ gmail.com or call 919-963-2095. Sunday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. Powhatan OFWB Church Vacation Bible School Powhatan OFWB Church will host Vacation Bible School entitled Roar — “Life is Wild/ God is Good.” Dinner for attendees will be served at 5:30 p.m. with VBS starting at 6:15 p.m. each evening. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be classes for all ages infant through adults. Contact Pam at 919-553-2228 or prmoo@aol.com for more information.

Baseball Camp Dates: June 10-12 Location: Selma Middle School Ages: 6-13 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Cost: $40 Overview: This camp concentrates on developing skills in throwing, fielding and hitting. Mike Sliger is the instructor. Camp T-shirt included. Each child must bring a glove. For more information, call 919-975-1411. British Soccer Camp Dates: July 23-27 Time: Varies by age Location: Selma Middle School Ages/Cost: First Kicks (2-3 years), $85; Mini Soccer (4-5 years), $100 and Half Day (6-14 years), $129 Overview: Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth

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SMITHFIELD — Jill Lewis of Princeton, RN, an infection prevention practitioner, has been named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Lewis has led many initiatives to improve the safety and quality of care for patients, including a campaign that challenges staff to hold one another accountable for proper hand-washing, which is the number one way to prevent infection. “She provides feedback and shares clinical data so that we can all learn where and how to improve, and to prevent future infections,” Elliott said. “She is a true leader and patient advocate. It is her goal to have highly reliable processes in place and to lead the organization to zero patient harm.” In the 15 years she’s been with Johnston Health, Lewis has worked in several areas of the hospital from labor and delivery to home care to outpatient surgery. In her role with the quality department, she misses


direct patient care but likes that she can have an even broader impact on patients through reviews, initiatives and policy changes. “I get to work with so many people,” she says. “Health care truly is a team effort. It’s not just the clinical hands-on staff, it’s every department from environmental services (housekeeping) to marketing to information technology. They all play an important role.” Lewis and her husband, Matt, live in Princeton, and have two sons, ages 15 and 16. In her spare time, she enjoys doing anything outside and spending time with family. Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. They deliver quality care, foster teamwork, and offer excellent service. In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Lewis will receive eight hours of paid time off.


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Some firms are large corporations with dozens of agents but lack the compassionate touch that is so needed in today’s market. Ford Corroo Realty, under the direction of President and Broker in Charge Veneta Ford and Vice President and Broker Angelina Corroo, unequivocally brings a variety of experiences and knowledge that has succeeded them in every transaction. “My dad built our home growing up and it always mesmerized me in the process,” Ford said. “I have always had a love for real estate, even as a young girl.” In addition to her 20-plus years of experience as a broker, Veneta and her husband, Bryan, founded BVA Builders, Inc which started building new homes in Johnston, Wake and Harnett counties 2018. This experience not only helps serve her clients, but helps her develop more relationships while offering more options.

“I have sold thousands of homes in my career,” Ford said. “Many agents cannot say that or give proof for it. Many Brokers In Charge are in salary positions and were never on commission for extended years. I teach brokers how to be independent in the business while maintaining their own schedule. I go to great lengths to impart to all agents the importance of being the best they can be in this business while ensuring the security of each client.” Her partner is at the top of the list of colleagues that have benefited from Ford’s tutelage. Ford offered Corroo a partnership in February of 2018. To their success, Ford Corroo Realty was born.

“Back in Wisconsin, I invested in four properties,” she said. “In fact I bought my childhood home from my parents, fixed it up, flipped it and that allowed me to buy a few more. “I flipped one more and then bought two rental properties – but things were different in 2008 than they are now. When I was relocated to North Carolina for work, my entrepreneurial spirit didn’t die, but I ventured into other types of businesses instead.” She and her husband, Paul, moved to Clayton in 2008. She worked for a pharmaceutical company, owned a salon/spa in Fuquay-Varina and then became a nutrition coach and CrossFit trainer.

“When she asked me, I was shocked but I thought, ‘I really can’t turn that down!’” Corroo said. “Even though I hadn’t been in the real estate business very long – I understood it didn’t matter to Veneta. She trusts me. She respects me, and she knows that I’m really loyal to her. And I think that’s what she was looking for in a partner all along.”

Just a few years ago, she was about as far away from real estate as a person could be. These days, she’s an emerging force in the industry.

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“It happened really fast, but when you look at everything I’ve done, it’s always been that way,” she said. “If I decide to put my mind to something, then I do it.”

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of listings has never been more critical than it is now – if a house sits for more than a month people start to wonder what’s wrong with it. Real estate in Johnston County right now can be really crazy.” Still, there are deals to be had. Deals that Angelina and Veneta relish finding for their clients. “It’s a great time to invest in Johnston County,” Corroo said. “We would love to help you in every way in the real estate market. Buying and selling with Ford Corroo Realty will educate all clients for future successes.”

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JCPS NAMES 2019 SCHOOL BOOKKEEPER OF THE YEAR Submitted by Johnston County Public Schools

Johnston County Public Schools named Kristine Solomon from West Clayton Elementary the School Bookkeeper of the Year. Photographed, from left, are: JCPS Finance Officer Art Stanley, JCPS Director of Finance Tabitha Lee, Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten, JCPS Bookkeeper of the Year Kristine Solomon, JCPS Internal Auditor Tracy Stubblefield and JCPS Chief of Communication and Engagement Crystal Roberts.

CLAYTON — Kristine Solomon from West Clayton Elementary School was named this year’s School Bookkeeper of the Year at a special ceremony recently. This is the first year Johnston County Public Schools has named a School Bookkeeper of the Year and the district plans to continue the event for years to come. The Internal Audit Department and Finance Department staff members nominated candidates for the recognition. The Internal Audit Department hosted the special presentation with district leaders to recognize Solomon for her positive attitude, proficiency, willingness to help others, strong work ethic and dedication to the vision of our district.


Each school bookkeeper was presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service in these vital positions at the ceremony. “This was a difficult decision since there are many deserving candidates in our district,” said JCPS Internal Auditor Tracy Stubblefield. “We are very excited to show our sincere appreciation to this hard-working group of staff members.” School Bookkeepers are responsible for performing general ledger accounting and payroll duties at each school, among many other responsibilities.

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TOWN OF CLAYTON HOSTS ANNUAL RACE Submitted by Town of Clayton

CLAYTON — The Town of Clayton turned 150 this year and recently hosted one of the longest running road races in the Triangle. Despite earlier threats of rain, the 36th Annual Clayton Road Race attracted nearly 300 people to run through the sunny streets of Downtown Clayton. Runners of all ages — from a 7-year-old girl to an 81-year-old man — finished the 5K.

The top female finisher set a new race record as Clayton resident Amanda Searer crossed the finish line in 18:58. That's 1:22 better than the previous record of 20:20. The top three finishers in each category received hand-crafted mugs made in the Clayton Community Center pottery studio and the kid racers got ribbons and commemorative 150th Anniversary T-shirts. For complete results, visit www.runnc.com.

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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. NAMI support groups The Johnston County Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers weekly support groups for those suffering from mental illness (Connection) as well as their loved ones and friends (Family Support). Regular meetings are now held in Benson, Clayton, Selma and Smithfield. For more information, please either call NAMI Johnston County at 919-4643572; email at namijcnc@gmail.com or visit www.namijcnc.net. Rudy Theatre Summer Jubliee The Summer Jubilee is underway at the Rudy. For dates and times, visit rudytheatre.com. Every Monday, 7:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, 7:30-8 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.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, 8:30 a.m. Coffee Club Edward Jones, Hwy 70 Bus. West, Clayton Join a coffee club, hosted by Edward Jones Financial Advisor Brad Palmer, and discuss current events, the economy, and investing in a relaxed and informal setting. Its a great way to get to know one another. Coffee and breakfast pastries provided. Call Christine at 919-879-8974 or email brad.palmer@ edwardjones.com by the Friday prior to RSVP. Every Monday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 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 Monday and Thursday Senior Adult Activity Center First Baptist Church Ministry Center, Smithfield Serving men and women 60 years and over, ARC provides a structured program with stimulating activities, socialization, a snack and lunch. For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 919-934-9771 or email arc@ fbcsmithfield.org. 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. 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. First and third Thursdays, 6:45 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. Second Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Johnston County Chapter of National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees Golden Corral, Smithfield Join the Johnston County Chapter of National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees for their monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at Golden Corral. Stay up to date on the latest

educational programs and federal and state legislation affecting current federal employees and retirees. To learn more, email bhwoodard25@aol.com. 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, 6:30 p.m. Johnston County Writers Group Selma Public Library Facilitated by retired educator Gary Ridout, check out the Johnston County Writers Group and meet visiting local authors, hear craft talks, enjoy networking and more. Free to the public. For more information, email brookshire1014@verison.net. Third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. 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. 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 Tuesday Johnston County African-American Caucus meeting Smithfield The Johnston County African-American Caucus meets every third Tuesday of the month at 17 Noble St. in Smithfield at Dr. Gettys Cohen Jr.’s office. For additional information, email dwcsw610@yahoo. com. 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. Every Thursday, 6:45 a.m. Clayton Rotary Morning Club Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Every Thursday morning, 70 serviceminded 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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First Friday of the month, 7:30-9 a.m. Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Member Breakfast Triple Barrel Tavern, Garner Join the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce for its free member breakfast each month. Contact the chamber at 919-773-8448 for more information. Third Friday Clayton Area Parkinson’s Group All people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers are invited to learn, socialize and exchange ideas in friendly and casual meetings. Meeting locations and times vary. To learn more, call Mark or Jane Wilson at 919-359-0633 or 919-631-2628. Or email retiredones@ earthlink.net. Last Friday of the month Free carriage rides, Clayton Enjoy free carriage rides in downtown Clayton. Every last Friday, there will be free horse-drawn carriage rides. Come out and explore the downtown Clayton area and go for a nice ride with Southern Charm Carriages. For more details, call 919-946-0924.

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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 919585-7497. First Sunday, 9 a.m. Special Needs Ministry Four Oaks United Methodist Church Four Oaks United Methodist Church has developed a Special Needs Ministry for the community. Everyone, including families with special needs individuals, is welcome to attend a 30-minute service that uses children’s music and an open format that allows the children to make noise and move around as needed. Parents can relax in casual attire, and no offering will be collected. For more information, contact Pastor Linda Leuser at 919938-0000 or email to lindaleuser@ gmail.com.

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For many families the summer is a time where they are looking forward to getting away together from the busyness of their normal routine. Summer is the perfect time to get away for a short vacation, do something fun or go see family. However, for some blended families or single parents, it might be a different story. While most co-parents probably have a separation agreement determining when/where the kids will spend their summers, there may be times that the calendar may not work out to do the things you want to do with your children. Co-parenting is at its best when each work together as a team in what is best for the entire family unit (children and parental figures). If you want to be able to adjust the children’s calendar, just ask. Determine as much information as you can and how it might impact the other parent. Then see what you might offer as a fair alternative which might include ‘bargaining chips’ so that the other parent is willing to make an equitable switch. This may include switching weeks, picking up a day or 2 earlier or later, or even a different time slot for the same day. This will inevitably impact their schedule so this may be where it comes down to negotiation. Remember, all communication is to be between the parents. Never put your children in the middle to deliver any message, this is not their role. For more help with Co-Parenting call us today to schedule with one of our caring marriage & family therapists.

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