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NOVEMBER 2018 | Your Community. Your Neighbors. Your Story.

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disguise it with humor. Like telling lots of jokes around a central parenting point, Usually, because the sun isn’t This is effective thanks to the lack like the dangers up yet and my son and I are not morning people, the conversation of towers between our house and of drinking and is limited. And that’s with one of wherever we happen to be going, driving. Ethan’s friends, Molly, occupying which renders the usual practice Randy Capps I like to of cellphone usage impossible. the back seat. call it ninja But on the day after the remnants On a picturesque Friday morning, parenting, and it’s a way to avoid the usual awkward father/son we covered drunk driving, of Hurricane Michael passed chats you read about. through, we had a two-hour delay southern vs. northern weather, group chats, regional tribalism for the journey. We’ve covered lots of topics in (that one was mostly me) and the car, and I cherish that time we politics. With the sun already rising and a spend together. fantastic weather Friday already Still, we had a fun ride to school. well in progress, there was a bit We’re making memories, ninja more chatter than usual. One of my tricks to parenting is to style. Employment Opportunities My wife, Shanna, and I split the morning carpool duties for our trek down Devils Racetrack Road to South Johnston.

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One of them is in a wheelchair, one has lost her hair because of cancer, another walks with the assistance of crutches and one has multiple sclerosis. “‘My Name is Special’ is a book on kids with disabilities,” Watson said. “It’s an inspirational book, and I wrote it based on family members and some people that I know that have various forms of disabilities.” The Special character was inspired by a nephew of hers who stuttered. Watson also drew inspiration from a sister battling breast cancer and a neighbor’s daughter, who’s also a cancer patient. Jean R. Watson

Growing up is tough, and making that journey with a disability is even more challenging. That’s where “My Name is Special” comes in. The book, written by Johnston County native Jean Richardson Watson, focuses on Special, a teenage girl with a speech impediment. Special, while dealing with her own challenges, inspires her friends to overcome their own disabilities.

“Special is more of a motivator in the story line,” she said. “She’s been teased, she’s cried a lot, felt like she was alone and didn’t fit in. … I focused on Special because she really knew how to inspire people, despite of her disability. Doing that got her past her own disability.” This is her sixth published work, following “Poetry From the Heart,” “Poetic Expressions,” “Onyx the Butterfly,” “A Thief in the Night” and “Inspirational Quotes for Life.” “My Name is Special” is her second children’s book, and the reasoning behind it was simple.

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“We have a lot of kids with disabilities, and I just felt like it was time for me to put that book out,” she said. Watson recently retired from Nationwide Insurance, but has been writing since her high school days at Clayton and Smithfield-Selma high schools. Some of her first writing efforts were love poems to her future husband, Winston. “Like anything you do in life, the more you do it, the better you get at it,” she said. “I’m not Maya (Angelou) or anybody like that, and I don’t claim to be. But it is a skill. God gave it to me, so I’m using it to inspire.” It was a poem she wrote after the death of her husband’s brother that sparked her interest in becoming a published author — on the suggestion of one of her English teachers at SmithfieldSelma. She still has more stories to tell. She has about 12 manuscripts done, and she’s working on her third book of poetry. She’s also hoping to write a romance novel. Jean and Winston have been married for 39 years and reside in Clayton. They have a son, a daughter and a grandson.

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It’s been almost 80 years since Daffy Duck convinced Porky Pig to give up the cartoon business and try his luck in Hollywood in “You Ought to Be in Pictures.” But that dream lives on, thanks to TV shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol.” The idea of being a star is one thing. Finding that diamond in the rough, on the other hand, is what drives Daniel Kehoe. Kehoe, a lifelong musician and founder of The Around Town Singers and Orchestra (ATS&O), discovers local talent, places them on stage with custom arrangements and a 20-piece orchestra and gives them an opportunity to shine.


“The interesting thing about us is we’re not a community chorus as such,” he said. “(The idea is) to find people who are really good, but don’t have a place to perform. So, I scoop them up, give them a paid audience, a full orchestra, custom arrangements, things like that. “You know people who are really good when they sing at a wedding or something, and you think, ‘they should be on TV.’ But they work at Aetna or IBM or something. I pick up those people. In the spectrum, there are people going to Broadway, Hollywood or Nashville. They’re up there, and they’re already doing that. There are people at the bottom who you’d never want to put on stage.

“They’re just not meant for it, and they don’t want to do it. Then there are these people in the middle, up high, and those are the people I scoop up. People who are really, really good, but don’t have a place to perform.” The ATS&O has been around in New England since 2008, and Kehoe brought the organization to Clayton earlier this year. The group staged the “Hymn Sing Spectacular” in July at The Church @ Clayton Crossings, and their next show, “A Clayton Christmas,” is set for Dec. 1 at The Clayton Center. “Come and hear the great, golden era-type musical performances, comedy, things like that,” he said of the upcoming Christmas show. “What

will be in it? Depends on who I get. … This is premium entertainment using local people that you wouldn’t expect. People will look up there and say, ‘that’s Sue from the bank. I didn’t even know she could sing.’” Kehoe is a former marketing executive for Compaq and the owner of Bigfoot Laboratories, but music has always held a special place in his heart. He had an ear for music at a young age, but what he didn’t have was a place to showcase his skills. “My passion has always been music,” he said. “I was always looking for that place to perform.” It’s still a hole he’s trying to fill.

“I try to give (performers) as great a stage experience as I can,” he said. “And they’re fulfilled, and my show is fulfilled. … My job is to match the person to what they can really do. And say, ‘boy, you sound just like Gene Autry, could you do ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?’ We’ll do that arrangement. I assemble the show based on what I have found.” According to Kehoe, “A Clayton Christmas” will be “chock full of Christmas music that you and I grew up with that you don’t really hear anymore.” That makes the show a bit of a throwback to a bygone era, too. For more information about the ATS&O, or for ticket information for A Clayton Christmas, visit

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The End of World War I in Johnston County By Ben Sanderford

November 11, 1918, was a big day for eightyear-old Margaret McLemore of Cleveland Township. Her father, a country doctor and the only person around who had a telephone, had just received word that the German government had surrendered to the Allied forces of Britain, France and the United States. Margaret spent the day spreading the news around the neighborhood: The Great War was over. The men of Johnston County, including her uncle, would soon be home. Back on May 18, 1917, a little more than a month after the United States entered the war, Congress had passed the Selective Service Act, establishing a draft registry for all men aged between 21 and 31. As a result, thousands of young men, black and white, rich and poor, arrived at Johnston County Courthouse, some eager to “beat back the Hun,” others preferring to be left alone. Regardless of what they thought, the army began to send Johnstonian men to training camps in the fall, leaving their families to make do without them. Women now had to provide for their children unaided for the first time since the Civil War. It helped that they received $100 a month from their husbands’ army pay, but it was not enough to make ends meet.

Eva Hood Hooks of Smithfield wrote to her husband, Dr. Thel Hooks, in the summer of 1918 that she could only afford to cook a single meal each day for herself and their children. The result was that thousands of women began to fill traditionally male jobs. These included schoolteacher Edith Powell of Sanders Chapel, whose two oldest brothers left the family farm for the war. She, her sister and her kid brother, according to “The Smithfield Herald,” “are reorganizing the farm for profit and more profit.” Before 1917, it had been rare for a woman like Edith Powell to show such boldness, but not anymore. The Herald commented further “that our women are beginning to see and do their duty whatever it may be and regardless of former customs.” This trend would only grow over the course of the century. Meanwhile, in Europe, Johnston County boys rubbed shoulders with other North Carolinians during the last campaigns of the war. Troops from the Tar Heel State participated in every battle from the repulse of the last German attack at the Marne River to the MeuseArgonne Offensive. The men of Johnston showed great valor throughout this time. Ensign Edwin Smith Pou of the Naval Air Service was awarded the


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This is a photo from Turlington School in Smithfield from around 1912. It shows two future World War I aviators. On the front row, far left, is John W. Avera. Fourth from the left in front, sitting beside Professor Ira Turlington, is Edwin Smith Pou. Pou was killed in the war at age 20, receiving both the Navy Cross and the Croix de Guerre from the French.

Navy Cross for sinking at least one German Regiment the Croix de Guerre. The Germans submarine. Sadly, the award was posthumous; probably agreed that they deserved the Pou was killed in action on October 28, 1918. honor, since it was they who gave the Hellfighters their nickname. It was a turning No less brave than Pou were the men of the point for these black Johnstonians; the myth all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, known as of their inferiority was shattered. the “Harlem Hellfighters,� which included Johnston County natives such as Calvin Turner November 11, 1918, did not mark the end of Selma and James W. Sanders of Smithfield. of the war to end all wars, but it was a Neither man received official recognition from watershed moment for the people of Johnston the U.S. government for his service, nor did County. Women began to taste independence, Hubert Banks of Clayton, who was severely blacks began to feel empowered and everyone wounded during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, now knew that there was a wider world despite the fact that their regiment spent whose dangers could not be ignored. more days in frontline trenches and lost more As little Margaret McLemore ran along the men than any other American unit. country roads of Cleveland, a new age was The French government was much more dawning. appreciative. It awarded the entire 369th november 2018 | 13

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SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education recognized outstanding staff members and students who demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in student organizations or in the community recently.

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized several students who are in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) and competed in national competitions during the summer. Those who were recognized on the front row, from left, are Smithfield-Selma High students Jasmine Merritt and Adrianna Robles, Clayton High student Payton Caravoo, Corinth Holders High students Matthew Williamson, Ashley Shabo, Emma Faulkner, Jessica Dunn, Roberto Olvera, William Vanderhoff and Nick Eberwein, Princeton Middle/High student Nate Sarling and Clayton High student Jayla Lowery. On the back row, from left, are Clayton High students Paris Pugh, Juliana Hiat, Isabella Sullivan, Hannah Gowin, Tahj Sanders, Elizabeth Hutchins and Kayla Monk-Watkins, South Johnston High students Kelsey Godwin, Austin Denning, Ben Martin, Matthew Anderson, Lance Adams, Katie Evans and Mackenzie Swartz and Corinth Holders High student Anthony Moretti.

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized students who demonstrated respect during the month of September at a recent board meeting. Those who were recognized on the front row, left to right, are Clayton Middle student Madison ValdezMontenegro, Four Oaks Elementary student Anthony Alvarez and Glendale-Kenly Elementary student Emely Castro-Padilla. On the back row, from left, are Four Oaks Elementary student Leah McLamb and Innovation Academy student Eyonna Horton.


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SELMA — More than 300 members of the Selma community came together to celebrate the first Community Night at Selma Middle School recently.

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SMITHFIELD —The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Johnston Health. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Johnston Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. “We recognize that fighting cancer is stressful enough,” says Chuck Elliott, CEO and president of Johnston Health. “To help our patients, we’ve assembled a comprehensive program that pairs expert care and world-class treatment with the support and resources they will need in order to have the best possible outcome and experience.” The CoC accreditation program provides the framework for Johnston Health to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care every patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Selma Middle faculty, students and their families were invited to the event to celebrate the school and its students, as well as local businesses and organizations in the community.

Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver and North Carolina State University mascot Ms. Wuf attended #WeAreSelma Community Night at Selma Middle on Oct. 3.

Dozens of local vendors and community members from the greater Smithfield-Selma area attended the event. Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver attended the Community Night, along with local businesses and organizations

like the Boys & Girls Club and the Selma Lions Club. “The turnout was great. Our hope is to continue not only to grow this event, but to increase the two-way involvement between our families and our community members,” said Selma Middle Assistant Principal Shannon Pawlak. Families and guests had the opportunity to visit with each of the vendors and receive gifts and information about their services. Parents were also welcomed into their child’s classroom to meet teachers and view the amazing work on display within their rooms. Family members were invited to participate in an activity called “Shout Out,” where parents wrote inspiring messages on cards and had their picture taken to accompany their messages. The photos and messages will be hung around Selma Middle to remind students they are supported in their efforts.

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ADULT SPELLING BEE RAISES $13,000 FOR CLASSROOM GRANTS Submitted by Johnston County Public Schools

Pictured are, left to right, Executive Director of the Johnston County Education Foundation Brandy Crocker; West Johnston High Principal Jennifer Swartz; West Johnston High teacher Shannon Ferguson; Adult Spelling Bee announcer Drew Goettman; West Johnston High teacher Robert Cawthorn; West Johnston High teacher Heather Earp; West Johnston High teacher Brad Deen and Adult Spelling Bee mascot Blake Roberson.

SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Schools educators, businesses and community members came together to raise $13,000 at the Johnston County Education Foundation (JCEF) 2018 Adult Spelling Bee recently at Smithfield-Selma High.

“This is a fun night for everybody involved where we raise money for our classrooms,” said Brandy Crocker, Executive Director of the Johnston County Education Foundation. “The worse your spelling is, the more money we make.”

The Adult Spelling Bee is one of the largest fundraisers JCEF puts on each year. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward grants for teachers in Johnston County Public Schools.

Whenever a team misspelled a word they had the opportunity to donate money to stay in the game. If the team decided not to pay they were eliminated.

Schools from around the district, as well as local businesses, competed to raise money for the education foundation.

West Johnston High defeated CorinthHolders Elementary in the final round to win the 2018 Adult Spelling Bee.


The winning word for West Johnston High was “phytosuccivorous,” which means feeding on the sap of plants — usually used for insects. Adding to the evening’s fun, teams dressed in costumes and competed in best costume and team spirit events. The team from Grifols, dressed as the cast of “The Wizard of Oz,” won the best costume award. The team from Benson Elementary won the team spirit award.

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BENSON — In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Town of Benson has had to rearrange a few dates for its fall events season. With Mule Days being moved to the fourth weekend in October — the time normally reserved for the Healthy Harvest festival — the town decided to combine two events into one large celebration for area veterans. On Saturday, November 3, the town will celebrate Veteran’s Day with the Healthy Harvest Festival and new Run for the Brave 5K, as well as the annual celebration in the Singing Grove and Veteran’s Day Parade. There’s going to be something for everyone going on at each

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JOHNSTON COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER GETS $1.3 MILLION REDESIGN By Randy Capps Photos courtesy of Johnston Community College

CLAYTON — Leslie Isenhour, Director of Biotechnology at Johnston Community College, stopped in the middle of a tour of the newly redesigned Biomanufacturing Simulated Work Environment at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center recently to ask a question. While pointing at a shelf of chemicals, she paused in front of a small white bottle. “And sucrose is?” she asked a tour goer. “Sugar” came back as the reply. “Good,” she said, continuing the tour. 22 | JOHNSTON NOW

Learning, it seems, never stops pay for the operation and at JCC. upkeep of the center. … Two of the major players are Grifols That concept was on full and Novo Nordisk, and anytime display as the college, they have a need in training for Johnston County Economic either their (current) workforce Development, elected officials or new hires, they come to us.” and representatives from Grifols and Novo Nordisk The center, which opened in celebrated a $1.3 million 2005, needed to evolve a bit renovation to the center last to keep up with the current month. methods and technology used by its partners. “We are being responsive to “The need that they saw was our industries’ needs,” Joy a little more intense training Callahan, Dean of Workforce than what we had been doing,” Development and Advanced Callahan said. “A year ago, we Technologies at JCC, said. started talking about what that “We’re very fortunate to have the biotech industries here that would look like. And that’s how this renovation came into play.” we do because they actually

Grifols employs about 1,600 people while Novo Nordisk has more than 1,100 people on its payroll. With new projects underway at both facilities, a state-of-the-art training facility nearby is good for both companies. “The Workforce Development Center will open job opportunities and new career paths to residents in Johnston County and beyond,” Sergi Roura, Grifols president of North America Facilities, said in a press release. “The Grifols Clayton site is investing in new facilities to double its current capacity, so we will need to increase significantly our workforce over the next few years. The Center will be critical in providing talented, skilled and highly-trained individuals to fill these roles.

facility in our backyard to meet that exact need.” The revamped training facility allows workers or students to simulate the biotech manufacturing process, with everything from creation to storage to shipping. “I’m always thinking about the future,” Isenhour said. “Looking back, I can say that this is everything I could have imagined plus. It’s everything I’ve ever

wanted for our students and (more). It’s everything, I think, the industry expected and more. Moving forward, we always have to keep in mind how we can stay above the curve. “We’re at the curve now, but in five years or 10 years, we always have to stay above it if we’re going to train people to work in the current environment. For me, personally, it’s a dream come true.”

“It will also enable us to provide better training opportunities to our current employees, allowing Grifols to train in a similar production environment without affecting our operations.” His counterpart at Novo Nordisk, Chad Henry, corporate vice president and general manager in Clayton, agrees. “With Novo Nordisk’s capabilities in Clayton expanding to different processes, a facility uplift like the Workforce Development Center training lab will enable us to recruit and onboard new talent much faster,” he said in a release. “Collaboration with industry, JCC and the county helps create relevant, regional solutions to potential talent and training gaps. We are so fortunate to have this november 2018 | 23


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BENSON — Meadow School students and teachers volunteered on their day off to finalize packing buckets for a supply drive to help those affected by Hurricane Florence recently at Union Elementary School in Clinton. The drive was organized by the Meadow School Beta Club and was under the direction of teacher Gayle Hobbs. Susan Brown, a teacher at Meadow, worked alongside Hobbs and the students to recruit volunteers to donate supplies.

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SMITHFIELD — Phoebe Allen, the secretary for the education department at Johnston Health, has been named Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Allen sets a bright tone for the office and is always kind and caring when assisting others. “She makes employees feel as though she has all the time in the world for them even though she’s being pulled in 10 directions,” he said. In addition to assisting employees with their required training, she schedules members of the community for classes in areas such as childbirth education and students who want to job shadow in areas of the hospital.

Before joining the education department three years ago, Allen was the secretary in the Smithfield emergency department for 15 years. “It’s sometimes hectic, but I like every aspect of what I do,” she said. “I like making sure everything goes as it should. And I love the people I work with. They make it easy to be part of the team.” Allen and her husband, L.B., live in Four Oaks. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. 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, Allen will receive eight hours of paid time off. november 2018 | 31


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The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 88 bought and donated 500 book bags to help children in Johnston County Public Schools recently. Each new book bag was filled with school supplies like pencils, paper, glue sticks, erasers, folders and notebooks, which were also purchased by the organization.

“This event shows we are partners and not separate entities in our community,” Dr. Allen said. “We work closely with our community members to make sure we are meeting the needs of our youth. The work we are doing with kids in the classroom directly affects the work officers do in the community.”

“It’s part of our mission as the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police to make sure we get out and give back to the community,” Ronald Daniels said. “It’s exciting and rewarding to be a part of this because we know there are kids out there who don’t have these items and to be able to provide them is a great thing.” Members of the Order worked alongside JCPS Student Services staff to fill the bags in September at the JCPS West Campus Gymnasium in Smithfield. “We are really thankful for all the support today, especially in the wake of Hurricane Florence. These supplies are needed now more than ever,” Dr. Amanda Allen, Director of Social and Emotional Learning for Johnston County Public Schools, said. The Fraternal Order of Police began donating book bags to the district in 2005. This year marks the 14th year that they have continued to show their support.


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Add your organization’s events to the community calendar at or email us at For the full community calendar with hundreds of area events, visit Christmas Jubilee Live@The Rudy Rudy Theatre, Selma Catch the annual Christmas show all month long at the Rudy Theatre. There are 14 shows scheduled for November, and for the complete schedule, visit 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 919-464-3572; email at or visit 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 Every Monday, 6-8 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. First Thursday, noon and third Monday, 6 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Clayton Cleveland Draft House, U.S. 70 Business The newly formed Kiwanis Club of Clayton serves the community with emphasis on school youth Kiwanis programs. They advise two local high school KEY clubs (Kiwanis Educating Youth) and meet twice each month. For more information, email president Jack


Tucker at or call 805377-9573. 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. 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 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 Street in Smithfield at Dr. Gettys Cohen Jr.’s office. For additional information, email

Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. Bible Study with Cats Kosmic Kittens Cat Lounge Come out for a casual, cat-filled, study of God’s word in fellowship and take a dive into scripture. Weekly topics will be based on the group’s discussion. Coffee provided. Call 919-337-5345 for more details. 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 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 Third Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free Carriage Rides Downtown Smithfield The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation hosts free carriage rides, starting on the corner of Third and Market, around the beautiful, historic downtown area each month. Have dinner and drinks at locally owned restaurants, catch a movie at the Howell Theatre and enjoy some small town charm!

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 Fourth Friday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Open Mic Night Kosmic Kittens Cat Lounge, Selma Check out amateur open mic night at the lounge. They don’t serve food, but they have drinks and snacks available for purchase and free coffee. You can eat before at Danoni’s or Hula Girl next door, or order take out/delivery and eat in. Come practice your skills, test out new or old material, or just wing it and have a great time at the new open mic night in 2018. For more information, call 919-337-5345. 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 919-9460924. Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 2018 Clayton Harvest Festival The 2018 Clayton Harvest Festival promises fun for all ages. The Midway (carnival rides and games) will be open all five days of the festival and the festival also includes the Squealin’ on the Square BBQ competition (Friday and Saturday) and People’s Choice, the return of the Clayton Idol singing competition, Clayton’s largest vendor fair, a classic car show,

concerts, a family movie night, a kids’ hot dog creation contest and a Latin American Festival. They are also excited to introduce the Clayton Harvest Festival Military Crossroads this year. Get the complete schedule at Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30 a.m. School’s Out Day Camp Howell Woods, Four Oaks This one-day camp is designed to accommodate Johnston County students ages 8-12. Spend the day at Howell Woods exploring North Carolina’s native wildlife species. Participants will learn about reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey and mammals. Each participant should pack a bag lunch. To ask about space, call the Learning Center 919-938-0115 or email Friday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. Benson’s First Friday Visit Downtown Benson for its monthly First Friday event. Participating shops will remain open until 9 p.m. Some shops will offer light refreshments (i.e: wine, beer, etc.) DIY projects, crafts or an exclusive First Friday sale. There will also be a food truck set up in Benton Square. Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. Run for the Brave Healthy Harvest Festival T-N-T. Fitness, Benson The Town of Benson invites you to come out for its first-ever 5K to support the veterans. Starting at T-N-T. Fitness, runners will race along Lincoln Street, through the Colonade and Lake Shore communities, back toward Main Street before finishing at Benton Square. The race runs in conjunction with the Healthy Harvest Festival, which will feature food, games,

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Community and Senior services and the Family Caregiver program of Johnston County present Candlelight Reflections, a ceremony remembering those living with Alzheimers, their caregivers and the ones we’ve lost. N.C. Representative Donna White will be the mistress of ceremonies. For more information, call 919-934-6066. Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. Ryder’s Race 5K Cleveland Fire Department Join the Cleveland community as they race to the finish line for Ryder Wells. After multiple surgeries, Ryder’s race continues day after day. Come out to run in his honor to help him and his family in their time of need. To learn more, visit events/2126340064283424. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market Gather with friends and enjoy live local entertainment and browse local artists with hand-crafted items. The gazebo is located at the 100 Block of E. Anderson Street in Uptown Selma in the back parking lot of Town Hall. For complete information, please call 919-975-1411.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. BBQ Cook-Off Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Kenly The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its Fourth Annual BBQ Cook-Off on Saturday, November 10. Admission to the event is free. The gallery will be open with a reduced $5 admission. Programming includes: Blacksmithing demonstrations, an antique tractor display by International Harvester Collectors Chapter 37, performances by Jennifer’s Dance Academy, pony rides with Pasture Pals Equine Rescue, a rocking chair marathon, a bounce house, raffle drawing and more. BBQ Plates are available for $8, and proceeds from the plate sales benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. For advance tickets please call 919-284-3431. Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:45 a.m. Selma Antique Wine Train Union Depot, Selma After arriving at Selma’s Historic Union Depot, participants will be transported to Uptown Selma for lunch and antique shopping along Raiford, Railroad and Anderson streets. Board the party bus for Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level for a tour of the facility and tasting before returning to the depot. Please reserve your

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Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. Turkey Trot 5K & Family Run Clayton General Store Clayton General Store will host a Turkey Trot 5K & Family Run on Nov. 17. 5K registration is $30 and the fun run cost is $5. If you register for the 5K you can run the Family Fun Run event free. 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and the Family Fun Run will begin after the 5K race has finished. For more information, contact the Clayton General Store at 919-585-2288.


Submitted by Dr. Melissa Palmer

Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. Gobble Waddle 5K/10K Second Street, Smithfield The Thanksgiving holiday is a time of giving and it’s important to remember those in our community who need your help. This year’s Gobble Waddle is not only partnering with a local food bank agency, but also with the Johnston Health Foundation. All the proceeds from the event go to support the Johnston Health Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. Canned goods brought to the event will be donated to our partner food bank agency. Register online at gobblewaddle. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. Volunteer Day Howell Woods, Four Oaks Howell Woods’ staff welcomes help removing low-hanging vegetation and boardwalk repair along the Diversity Hiking Trail System. Please meet at the Learning Center. If you have gloves and loppers, please bring them. For more information, call the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m. Casino Night and Reverse Raffle The Hall & Gardens at Landmark, Garner Join the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates its 20-year anniversary. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. For more information, call 919-773-8448. Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. 2018 Clayton Christmas Village and Tree Lighting Downtown Clayton Don’t miss the kick off to the holiday season in Downtown Clayton.

Pictured from left to right are: Jake Linker, Ethan Palmer, Ben Hasley and Grant Mooring.

CLAYTON — Grant Mooring, Ben Hasley, Jake Linker and Ethan Palmer have all achieved the highest rank in scouting and celebrated their Eagle Scout Court of Honor on August 5 at Horne United Methodist Church in Clayton.

Hasley is a junior at Clayton High and is a resident of Glen Laurel. He has participated in scouting since the age of six. For his Eagle project, Ben organized and built a dog agility course for a local animal refuge, Fuzzy Faces.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership, be actively involved in community service and complete an Eagle project.

Linker is a freshman at UNC Wilmington. He has a total of eight years in scouting. For his Eagle project, he and his troop built seven picnic tables for the N.C. National Guard museum located in Raleigh.

Mooring is a senior at Clayton High School. He has been involved in scouting since the second grade. For his Eagle project, Grant organized a soccer ball donation for the Kick for Nick organization to be distributed to underprivileged children all over the world.

Palmer is a freshman at Appalachian State University and has been involved in scouting since the first grade. His Eagle project consisted of designing and building safety/message boards for Johnston United Soccer Association, located at Powhatan Fields in Clayton.

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