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ON THE COVER Thousands of attendees turned out for the annual Four Oaks Acorn Festival. Photo by Carly Fogleman Photography.


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Counting blessings, not curses In the midst of planning for Hurricane Florence, Shanna and I were doing a little company team building on the couch, playing Divinity 2. Then, I got hot. This isn’t an unusual occurrence, since uncomfortably warm is my default setting. But after an hour or so, I decided to have a look at the thermostat. It read 77, which might as well be 377 inside my house. The air Randy Capps conditioner — for the third time in less than 10 years — was on the fritz. randy@johnstonnow.com My younger self would have spent a few minutes complaining about how unfair it was. Or perhaps I would have engaged in a spiritual monologue on why God chooses to test me. Older me knows that, to find fair, one must wait for it to come to town in October. And I try really, really hard to count blessings instead of curses. I believe in the pie theory, which plainly stated means that everyone has a pie-shaped collection of gifts. For example, if a man owns his own business and doesn’t have to confront his distaste for authority or commute an hour to work anymore, there may be some other tribulations in store for him. Or me, in this case. Now, repairing the air conditioner isn’t fun, but when compared to all of the blessings in my life, it’s a speed bump. As the book of Romans suggests, “let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles and pray at all times.”

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Johnston Now welcomes new employees By Randy Capps FOUR OAKS — Johnston Now magazine, a Shandy Communications company, is proud to announce the hiring of two new employees. Tuesdaie Williams will serve as a graphic designer, while Irene Brooks will be an advertising representative. “We are humbled by the fact that the county has allowed us to grow to the point where we can hire these two wonderful people,” General Manager Shanna Capps said. “It’s because our readers are so supportive of the positive stories we produce — and so loyal to our advertisers — that our company continues to grow.” Williams, a daughter of a U.S. Marine, owns an associate degree in advertising and graphic design from Pitt Community College. She lives in Winterville and enjoys playing card and board games with her family and friends and shopping. “I am excited to be apart of the Johnston Now staff, the A-team,” she said. “Johnston Now and Johnston County are a whole new world to me, but the area is gorgeous and everyone seems so much more friendly.” Brooks, a native of New York City, has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Hunter College in New York. “I knew that I wanted to work with this magazine even before the job became available,” she said. “The idea of continuing to work with the community that I have grown to love for the past 19 years in this capacity is so exciting to me and like a dream come true. To be able to help Randy and Shanna share good news stories, spread smiles and cheer and help local businesses grow — that, to me, is just heaven sent.” She enjoys salsa dancing, rescuing dogs and hanging out with her grandson, Liam. She lives in Benson with her husband, has three children and lots of pets to play with her grandson.

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A carpool selfie, taken bright and early, as Alexis and Kaitlyn travel to Cleveland High. Photo by Sarah Elliott.

Another carpool selfie, this one taken a bit later, as Rylie starts her day at Polenta Elementary. Photo by Sarah Elliott.

TJ Johnson prepares for third grade at Smithfield-Selma Elementary. Photo by Crystal Johnson.

Easton gets ready for his last “first day� of preschool at Little Divine Christian Preschool in Selma. Photo by Lisa Ives.

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Liam Nakutis, shown with his mom, Rebecca, is going to kindergarten in Clayton. Photo by William Nakutis.

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NEWS FROM YO New Principal brings excitement for learning to Benson Middle

Submitted by Johnston County Public Schools and graduate is what’s most important.” BENSON — Dana Jernigan wants people to know she loves school. So much so, she’s spent Helping kids find their path in life motivated most of her life either in it or working for one. Jernigan to take on a larger role, so she became an assistant principal intern at SJHS and was “My first six years of teaching are the only time since kindergarten that I’ve not been in school,” later hired for the position. said Jernigan. “I’ve been in school a long time, After a few years as an AP at SJHS, Jernigan and I love learning.” moved to the district office where she served The Sampson County native initially wasn’t sure in a variety of roles before becoming Executive Director of Secondary Education. what she wanted to do after college. Jernigan was an English major at North Carolina State “When I stepped into the role, I started working University and decided to take a few education a lot more closely with principals. In doing that, classes after meeting with an adviser. It wasn’t I realized how much I really missed the school until after student teaching at South Johnston building,” said Jernigan. “Being with the kids, High School that she fell in love with the the buzz, the camaraderie, it’s just a different profession. atmosphere, and so I wanted the opportunity to do that.” “It’s a people career, and I enjoy being with my PLC (Professional Learning Community) and Jernigan went through the district’s Aspiring fellow teachers,” she said. “I also enjoy being Leaders Program and was offered her current with kids and meeting the parents. It’s never the position as principal of Benson Middle School. same day twice. There’s always something to One of the things Jernigan is looking forward learn, problems to solve, and opportunities to to at Benson Middle is the opportunity to serve.” serve fifth-grade students. In her professional Jernigan was soon hired as an English teacher development role she had the opportunity to at SJHS where she sought to share her passion work with elementary school students, and for literature with her students. She quickly she found she loved to see their passion and learned there was more to teaching. excitement for school. “It was more about the relationships with kids “That joy that they had, I want to see that in and helping them in high school. There are kids at a middle school level. How does that some kids that are just trying to figure out excitement about school continue on as we get what they’re going to do with the rest of their older,” she asked. lives,” said Jernigan. “I discovered that building Jernigan is looking forward to bringing this relationships, and helping them to be successful

level of excitement to Benson Middle, a newly designated restart school. Restart schools operate under a different set of guidelines than traditional public schools. They are allowed more flexibility, akin to charter schools, while still remaining in the public system. “Innovation is what Johnston County is all about,” she said. “We want to truly start looking at the way we do things and how do we do them differently in the classroom. We want our processes and procedures to ensure that we’re preparing students for the future.” Jernigan said the Benson community has already shown great support for her, the school, and what she’s trying to accomplish in the coming year. “I am so glad to be back in this area. It is a great community, and they do support their students,” she said. “It’s been really great to have found the right niche.”

JCI selects its Member of the Month Submitted by Johnston County Industries The psychosocial rehabilitation group at JCI’s Behavioral Health Services location has chosen Tim Burris as “Member of the Month” for September. “When I first came to JCI eight years ago I was very young and shy,” Burris said. “As I got to know people in the program and with the help of the BHS staff, I definitely came out of my shell. Now, I feel like I am a part of the group and bring a fun and a different vibe to the program. “I try to be there every day to inspire others to participate. We work out, create art projects, dance and discuss how to be successful with our duties and situations.” Tim suggested he and the group paint a wall in the house to make it more welcoming and inspiring. His creativity has grown along with his personality and desire to help others. Tim has also been sought out by several JCI staff to create drawings of beloved pets due to some of his art being displayed at JCI’s headquarters and other locations. “Tim shows great respect to the older members and staff, and I often find the whole group laughing and enjoying themselves with him,” said Helen Moore, community-based support coach. “Several of his peers refer to him as a brother. He shows great leadership and is a joy to have in the program. I can always count on Tim to help fill in for peers that are absent or unable to complete a task. Given these characteristics and qualities this is why Tim was nominated.”


OUR NEIGHBORS New McGee’s Crossroads principal puts people and family first Submitted by Johnston County Public Schools BENSON — McGee’s Crossroads Elementary Principal Stephanie Leonard has been involved with Johnston County Public Schools for most of her life. The Four Oaks native grew up in the system, and she is now impacting it by taking the reins at MCES. Leonard graduated from South Johnston High School before attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she studied biology and chemistry. After stints on Capitol Hill and in a lab, she decided teaching would be a way to combine her love for science with her desire to impact young people. “I didn’t enjoy lab work. I am more of a people person, and lab work wasn’t allowing me the opportunity to fulfill that need,” she said. “I liked being with children, but I loved science. I wanted to combine those two passions, and teaching was the solution.” Leonard went back to school at North Carolina State University to get her teaching degree in secondary science before returning to JCPS and her alma mater to teach high school science for five and a half years. “I taught biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science, pretty much every science but physics,” she said. After seeing the effect she had on her students in the classroom, Leonard wanted to expand her reach and help more teachers and students. “Stepping out of the classroom you impact a greater number of students in a different way. You can put positive things in place and structures that impact more students. It gives you the ability to work with teachers and help them reach their full potential,” said Leonard. So she left the classroom for a year to attend East Carolina University fulltime as a member of the Principal Fellows Program to get her master’s in school administration. Leonard returned to the county as an assistant principal for several years before moving to the central office. But something was missing for Leonard at the central office — the students and teachers. Leonard missed being with students and teachers and decided to once again return to the schools, this time as a principal. “I have much more interaction with people now in a school setting at McGee’s. I’m a people person, so it’s just fun,” she said. “I love getting to know people’s stories and building relationships.” Surrounded by pictures of family and travels, Leonard talked about her love of family and how she thinks it will help her foster strong bonds with parents in the year ahead.

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“I understand when parents bring up things, and they’re upset about situations. I understand that they want to advocate for their child,” she said. Leonard’s three girls are 19, 16, and 4. They have all been raised through JCPS just as she was. “I’ve gone through the whole education system and college applications and we’re getting ready to start all over. So not this year, but next year I will have a kindergartner and senior in high school. It’s super fun doing it that way, but I think that’s something that people don’t expect,” Leonard said. “I’ve got two teenage girls and a toddler. So when I say we’re in it with the other parents and families, we’re living it.” Leonard said her first year as principal will be focused on putting people first. She intends to do this by building relationships within the community. “People and students need to know they’re valued and that we care about them before we get to any other activities,” she said. “Building relationships comes first.” To help build a positive community at McGee’s, Leonard has been getting to know her staff over the summer and plans to visit every classroom within the first few days of school. “I’ve talked to the teachers about being in their classrooms and doing activities with the students and getting to know their names,” she said. “That’s one of my goals is to know all the students’ names and push myself to know them on a personal level.” Leonard is planning community events and is organizing the staff to spend one of their upcoming work days out in the community. “We are going to one or two neighborhoods and giving out popsicles to students. It’s to let families know that we care about them. We’re excited about them being back at school, and it helps them to see us in a different setting,” she said. “We’re real people too, and we don’t always have to be at the school. We can go outside the school and be advocates for the students.”

The Rotary Club of Cleveland School has been giving away a free student dictionary to third graders since 2009. They visited three schools during the first week of September: Cleveland Elementary, Cooper Academy and Dixon Road Elementary. Their club is part of Rotary International, which is the world’s oldest civic organization with the motto “Service Above Self.” For more information, call Wayne Baker at 919-422-2753 or Suzanne Wiley at 919-661-7994.

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Four Oaks Acorn Festival draws big crowd Submitted by Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Photos by Carly Fogleman Photography FOUR OAKS — The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with United Community Bank, hosted the 29th Annual Acorn Festival on Sept. 8, drawing large crowds to the town. “We worked to grow our festival this year so that we could bring larger crowds to the Four Oaks area,” Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber Director, said. “This event is an important time for our local businesses to connect with the surrounding community. Four Oaks businesses have so much to offer the community and this was a great time for local families to learn more about them.” The goal of this year’s festival was to offer more opportunities for local families and local businesses than ever before. An additional vendor space was created in partnership with Johnston Health to offer the very first Acorn Festival Business Expo. This addition doubled the amount of vendor opportunities for local businesses. Other areas of the festival also experienced tremendous growth including offering carnival games and additional inflatables in the Huebner Family McDonald’s Kid Zone and a larger car and tractor showing than in years past in the OPW Retail Fueling Antique Car and Tractor Cruise In. The festival also hosted a successful artisan market in the Barbour’s Grove Park along with live music throughout the day.


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Clayton Piano Festival gears up for seventh season By Randy Capps | Photos by Jamaal Porter/Massive Motives and Johnston County Visitors Bureau CLAYTON — Jonathan Levin’s talent as a concert pianist has taken him to Carnegie Hall, the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow and many other iconic venues around the world. On a recent summer afternoon in Clayton, however, it took him to a seat near the window at Boulevard West, where he sipped a latte and chatted about the seventh season of the Clayton Piano Festival, of which he is the founder and artistic director. “Usually the problem is there are too many ideas to facilitate in one season,” he said, when asked about the challenge of keeping things fresh. “So I have to pick and choose based on what goes together. Right now, our budget manages four to five public events per year pretty well. … I’d rather go with quality over quantity.” The festival strives to introduce Levin’s fellow Johnston County natives to classical music — without the stereotypical stuffiness. “Clayton Piano Festival is all about making music more accessible for people,” he said. “Creating concerts that are fun events with somewhat social aspects to them. Some of our concerts have dinners with them. For two years in a row, we’ve had this Halloween party, almost. A concert. We’d have a dinner, they dress up in costumes — I may be the only person to have ever played Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” dressed as a taco. “People get scared when they heard the words ‘classical music.’ But most of our audience are people who never went to classical music


before (coming to the Clayton Piano Festival). They came and had a nice time. They heard music, and it maybe seemed a little bit more relevant to them than they thought it would. And they just kept coming back.” Despite its name, the festival often expands outside of Clayton. In fact, three of the four events this year will occur elsewhere. “I like switching it up, because I don’t like giving people the same experience every year,” he said. “It’s harder to re-invent the wheel every time, but in the end it’s worth it because people get a new experience each time.” It’s also part of Levin’s vision to expand the Clayton Piano Festival’s reach. “I think Clayton is now at the point where it can support that,” he said. “It can support people coming here and staying maybe a few days to see performances. Now, they have options for things to do during the day. They can explore local attractions. … Maybe jaunt over to Benson and Smithfield. I think there’s real potential now to make this kind of a regional festival that’s anticipated by people who can travel here and spend a week every year. “We like to expand our events outside of Clayton. We’ve had events in Cary, Raleigh, Garner, Benson — basically it’s a regional festival. And I like that because it promotes what Clayton is outside of Clayton.”

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The festival opens on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. with “Americans in Paris,” at the Preston Woodall House in Benson where concertgoers can take in a dinner before the show. Violinist Christin Danchi and soprano Brooklyn Snow will share the stage with Levin as they explore the American connection to French music. “(Christin) is a very gifted violinist who studied here at Chapel Hill,” he said. “She’s an incredibly versatile musician who plays everything from classical to bluegrass and any kind of popular modern style as well. “Brooklyn Snow, she’s a soprano that I met at the New York vocal competition, and she won the audience award there. She’s a very dynamic performer and a sweet person, too. Between the three of us, we’re going to present a lot of variety.” The second stop is on October 21 at 3 p.m. for “Chopin and the Voice of Freedom,” at Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh where Matthew Harrison will present a lecture and concert featuring the work of Frederic Chopin. “I think everyone has heard some of his music,” Levin said. “Whether they listen to classical music or not. My good friend and colleague, Matthew Harrison, will come and give this lecture and concert about Chopin and his influence and play some of his most incredible music. Matthew is not only an incredible musician, he’s an incredible communicator.” On October 25 at 7 p.m., pianist Janice Fehlauer will perform “Carnival: Party Music from Around the World” at The Piazza at Portofino in Clayton. “It’s geared to be a fun program that the whole family can enjoy,” Levin said. “But it’s certainly not child’s play. This is some of the most difficult music for the piano, and she can play it.” Finally, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe will close the Festival with “Two’s a Crowd” on October 26 at 7:30 at the Farm at 42 in Selma. “They’re true rock stars of the piano,” Levin said. “They do all kinds of crazy music videos. They arrange a lot of their own music and compositions. They’re pretty popular on YouTube. That’s going to be really spectacular. I’m happy to have them here this year, because they’re in pretty high demand. It’s hard to get them.” While the Clayton Piano Festival gives county residents the chance to take in some of the world’s best music, it has also given back to its founder as well. “Clayton is kind of my laboratory to try a lot of different things,” Levin said. “I learned a lot of things through directing this festival. I got back into composition and arranging through necessity almost. I learned how to promote things better, to make events more accessible to people.” So, the next time he’s on stage hundreds of miles away from home, he’ll have a few tricks he learned in Johnston County at his disposal. For tickets to the Clayton Piano Festival, visit claytonpianofestival.org.


Mule Days rescheduled for Oct. 25-28 Submitted by Benson Area Chamber of Commerce | Photos by Town of Benson

BENSON — To protect the health and safety of Mule Days attendees, the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce made the difficult decision to postpone the 69th Annual Mule Days Festival. Mule Days is now scheduled to take place Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28. This postponement allowed law enforcement, emergency personnel and all other first responders to remain 100 percent focused on disaster and response recovery from Hurricane Florence. The extent of the damage from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina was nothing short of catastrophic. Many major roads through Central and Eastern North Carolina were flooded, damaged or otherwise impassable. There was no guarantee that conditions would significantly improve in time for vendors and attendees to arrive and leave Benson safely. The kickoff concert will be held on Thursday night in the Benson Singing

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The festival, which draws 20,000-30,000 people over a four-day period, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and

The parade alone draws about 20,000 people. This festival is considered one of the largest festivals in North Carolina and the parade has hundreds of horses, mules, buggies and unusual entries. Visitors come from as far away as Alaska, Germany and California.

For an updated schedule or more information, please visit bensonmuledays.com or call the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.

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‘Fall’ into some great events in Johnston County Last year, we dipped our toe in the water of having a Fall Guide inside the pages of Johnston Now. This time around, we’re diving in head-first.


FESTIVALS 43rd-annual Selma Railroad Days Festival Set for Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, Railroad Days includes a 5K run, parade, crafts, food, children’s area and even a large model train display at the Selma Train Depot, along with a variety of entertainment.

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The festival, which draws 20,000-30,000 people over a four-day period, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.

Just outside of Smithfield, you can find a Fairy Tale Trail, a crop circle maze and a Buzy Barnyard filled with animals. Also, on Saturday, Oct. 27, there will be Trick or Treating in the Maze from 1-5 p.m. (cost is $10 per person). For more, find them on Facebook or call 919-934-1132.

Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival

7th-annual Shindig Music Festival

Slated for Saturday, Oct. 13, the Pumpkin Festival features retail and craft vendors, lots of children’s activities, a costume contest, face painting, inflatable games, a dunking booth, music and much more.

For beer and bluegrass enthusiasts, Saturday, Nov. 3 will have you sipping and singing along all day with Americana and Bluegrass genre bands performing on two stages.

Bentonville Battlefield’s Fall Festival & Living History Program

Find these annual festivals, plus more events and activities, on the Johnston County Visitors Bureau calendar of events as well at johnstoncountync.org/ events.

There will be demonstrations regarding life on a late 19th century farm and what women and children had to do to maintain the homestead with men away at war on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Glendale-Kenly Fall Festival Join our friends in Kenly for an evening of food, family and friends on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5-8 p.m.

Smith’s Farm Annual Fall Festival On Saturday, Oct. 27, you can pick your own pumpkin at the Fall Festival. With a bounce house and farm animals, this is an especially great festival for kids.

Clayton Harvest Festival Hurricane Florence pushed back the 2018 Clayton Harvest Festival until Oct. 31. The annual festival runs through Nov. 4. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Clayton Harvest Festival brought you by Sheetz is fun for all ages. The Midway (carnival rides and games) sponsored by ElectriCities of NC will be open all five days of the festival. It also includes events such as the Squealin’ on the Square BBQ competition 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 kid’s hot dog creation contest and a Latin American Festival.

FALL VENUES Clayton Fear Farm (Daytime) For a bit of non-haunted fun, you can visit this facility on Loop Road near Clayton. Check out hayrides, the pumpkin patch and a 3D adventure in Seymour’s House of Dreams. For more, visit claytonfearfarm. com/daytime.

Clayton Fear Farm When the sun goes down, things get a bit more scary. There’s a haunted hayride, Fear Farm Academy, a haunted cotton maze and much more. To learn more, visit claytonfearfarm.com/home.

Sonlight Farms Head on over to Kenly to check out a corn maze, hayride, playground, bounce house, corn crib, 80-foot slide, pedal carts, games and concessions. Farm Daze is set for Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be farm equipment on display as well as giveaways and crafts for the kids. The Black Out Challenge is from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. This event ($5 admission) gives you the chance to conquer the corn maze at night. For more information, email sonlightfarmsnc@ gmail.com or call 252-205-5280.

THINGS TO DO Friday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m. AWA Fall Open House Johnston County Airport Join Adventist World Aviation for its Fall Open House event. Meet their staff, view mission project videos, enjoy refreshments and win the chance to take a flight on an AWA plane. For more information, or to R.S.V.P., email info@ flyawa.org or call 919-938-2920.

Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo Uptown Selma All aboard to kick off the Railroad Days Festival with the Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo. Bad Decisions will play great rock selections, Double Barley Brewing will be in the beer garden and food trucks will be parked on Webb Street in Uptown Selma. Enjoy a variety of different foods, and sample plates start at just $5.

Friday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Benson’s First Friday Visit Downtown Benson for its monthly First Friday event including a Sip & Shop. 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.

Friday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Selma Firefighters Association BBQ Cook Off Uptown Selma The Selma Firefighters Association will hold a BBQ cook off on October 5-6. The registration fee is $20. Contact firechief@selma-nc.com for more information.

Learn more and check for the schedule at ClaytonHarvestFestival.com.

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Friday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. “The Little Rascals” - Movie Night at Town Square Clayton Town Square Bring your own blankets, drinks and food and enjoy a free movie under the stars at Clayton Town Square. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with face painting, a bouncy house, games and more. Refreshments, food trucks and other vendors are available before and during the movie.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. Boys & Girls Club Selma Railroad Run 5K Run/Walk Join the Boys & Girls Club at the Selma Railroad Days Festival for a 5K Fun Run/ Walk. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/ Race/NC/Selma/SelmaRailroadRun5K.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. Farm Daze at Sonlight Farms Bunn Road, Kenly Come celebrate a love for agriculture. Farm Daze will offer tons of farm equipment to touch and sit on. We will be having free crafts and giveaways for kids, as well as games and activities. Our special guest that day will be Spencer the Sweet Potato from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. Sundown in Downtown Benson Singing Grove Don’t miss a free concert featuring Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.

Friday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. “Boss Baby” - Movie Night at Town Square Clayton Town Square Bring your own blankets, drinks and food and enjoy a free movie under the stars at Clayton Town Square. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with face painting, a bouncy house, games and more. Refreshments, food trucks and other vendors are available before and during the movie.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 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. Vendors and entertainment acts are needed throughout the year. For complete information, please call 919-975-1411.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. Clayton Piano Festival “Americans in Paris” The season begins at the Preston Woodall House in Benson with Americans in Paris. The program takes you on a musical voyage to Paris and beyond, exploring the vast musical influences of this magical city on musical artists from the romantic generation to the present and how their work affected American musical culture. This event was created by CPF Artistic Director Jonathan Levin and features recent recipient of the Audience Favorite Award at the New York International Vocal Competition, soprano Brooklyn Snow, as well as versatile violinist and fiddler, Christin Danchi. The event also features an elegant Paris-themed dinner, brought to you by the skilled Preston Woodall House staff. Tickets: $45 General (full course meal and concert), $35 Seniors (65 and above with full course meal and concert), $25 (children 12 and under with full course meal and concert), Concert only tickets: $15 General, $10 College and High School students, $5 Children 12 and under. For more, visit www. claytonpianofestival.org.

Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. The Breakfast Club at Town Square Clayton The 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 some prime real estate for your blanket or lawn chair, the fun starts at 6 p.m. with food trucks, a bounce house, vendors and more. The Breakfast Club, presented by Agri Supply, is one of the most recognized 80s tribute band in the nation.

Friday, Oct. 19, sunset Benson Movie Night Check out “Coco” under the stars.


Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Fall Festival Bentonville Battlefield Bring the family and celebrate fall at Bentonville Battlefield. Activities include hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest, townball (19th century baseball) and more. Visitors will also learn about 19th century farm life and the chores that women and children were responsible for performing. Demonstrations include open hearth cooking, children’s games, spinning, sewing and more.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. Clayton Piano Festival - “Chopin and the Voice of Freedom” Hopper Piano Company, Raleigh Back by popular demand, pianist, educator and author, Matthew Harrison, presents Chopin and the Voice of Freedom, celebrating the 100th year of Polish independence after WWI. Chopin is perhaps the greatest melodist of the Romantic age and his music is still in the mainstream. This program is a narrative through the works of Chopin where his Polish voice rises to the surface of his music, which was essential to his country’s fight to maintain an identity while being dominated politically by Russia, Prussia and Austria. This is sure to be a magical evening as Matthew takes you through beloved music with his characteristic wit, intelligence and musicianship. Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors (65 and above), $10 College and High School students, $5 Children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.claytonpianofestival.org.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat First Baptist Church, Smithfield Check out the 2018 Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat. Wear your costumes (young and old) and collect candy from the Trunk or Treat, enjoy an indoor/outdoor Fall Festival and partake in a free hot dog dinner for the whole family. There will be lots of carnival games with prizes, a (cup)cake walk, face painting, pumpkin painting and decorating stations, cornhole, food and drink. And it’s all free.



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Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. 14th annual Historical Ghost Walk Riverside Cemetary, Smithfield Six characters from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life during the Johnston County Heritage Center’s 14th annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery. This unique event is sponsored in part by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau and presented in conjunction with the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Church and Second streets beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. This year’s line-up includes 18th century English explorer John Lawson; Miss Susan Hayes, a teacher from Maine who was responsible for building the Freedmen’s Schoolhouse, which is still standing in Smithfield; Mattie Thomas, a formerly enslaved teenager who was one of Miss Hayes’s students; Flonnie Massey Parker, a victim of the 1918 flu epidemic; Major League Baseball player and coach Sam Narron and Charlie Straughan, Selma’s night policeman who was an eyewitness to the Catch-Me-Eye explosion in 1942. Visitors will be given guided tours through the cemetery where they will meet each ghost character. The tour concludes with refreshments at the historic Hastings House, where Confederate generals were headquartered at the end of the Civil War. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children under 6. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 919-934-2836, or visit jcheritagecenter.org.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Clayton Piano Festival “Carnival! Party Music from Around the World” The season continues at Portofino, with Carnival, a fun, family-oriented program developed by pianist Janice Fehlauer, featuring party music from around the world. Whether the holiday is called Shrovetide, Fasching, Mardi Gras or Carnival, Janice takes you on a world tour of fun music from Couperins satirical pageantry to Villa-Loboss mischievous characters; across France, Austria, Germany, Russia and Brazil. This is a musical celebration you won’t want to miss! Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors (65 and above), $10 College and High School Students, Children and students 12 and under are free! For more, visit www.claytonpianofestival.org.


Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Smithfield Egg Haunt Smithfield Community Park Come dressed in your Halloween costume and go on a hunt to collect Halloween eggs. Meet at the Rotary Large shelter in Smithfield Community Park for a hauntingly good time. Bring your jacko-lantern or pillow case to collect your treats. Free for kids ages 3-12.

Friday, Oct. 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Halloween Hayride Clayton Community Park Meet Halloween characters, play games and win prizes as you ride around the trail at Clayton Community Park. Cost is $5 per child over the age of 2 and adults ride for free.

Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Chefella’s Halloween Party Heather Hills Country Club, Garner Check out Chefella’s Halloween Party at Heather Hills Club House in Garner. The cost is $25 per person, and tickets include admission, food and drinks. There is also a costume contest. For more information, call 919-359-2884.

Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Clayton Piano Festival - “Two’s a Crowd” The final concert at The Farm at 42 will feature the dynamic Anderson and Roe Duo. Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as the most dynamic duo of this generation (San Francisco Classical Voice) the very model of complete 21st-century musicians. They fuse classical and pop music into a blend of high artistry and skillful entertainment. They will present an unique and eclectic mix of classical standards and cross-over pop numbers, alternating performances on one or two pianos, proving that two can literally be a crowd! Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors (65 and above), $10 all grade school and college students. For more, visit www.claytonpianofestival.org.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. Run for the Brave The Town of Benson invites you to join us for our 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 towards Main Street and finish at Benton Square. The Run for the Brave provides residents and visitors with an opportunity to honor and celebrate our brave veterans with a 5K run/walk. After the race, you can stay for a fun-filled day of food, games, music, vendors, a car show and much more.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. JWL’s 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck Downtown Smithfield Climb. Explore. Learn. Touch! The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield’s 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck is a unique and interactive fundraiser that allows children to see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve and build Johnston County communities. Trucks on display will include emergency vehicles, tractors, machinery, construction equipment, farm equipment, service and delivery trucks and more. This event will also include food trucks, inflatables, special guests, face painting and so much more! There is fun for children and adults alike! Admission is free! Tickets will be available to purchase for inflatables, face painting, etc. Proceeds from Touch-A-Truck will benefit The Miracle League of Johnston County.

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Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Raise the Booty Benefit Auction Fundraiser Johnston Community Industries

Here are a few chances to catch a high school football game in October (all games start at 7:00 p.m.):

Save the date and come out to Raise the Booty for the Partnership for Children of Johnston County. Dress in your favorite costume for a rip-roaring Halloween party and benefit fundraiser auction.

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12 Inducted Into JCC’s apprenticeship program Submitted by Johnston Community College SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College is pleased to now offer apprenticeship opportunities for students seeking careers in applied engineering. Twelve students have been selected in the first consortium of apprentices and will be paid to work and take classes toward their associates in applied engineering. Caterpillar, CMC Electric and Novo Nordisk are the participating employers who chose the first class of apprentices. Apprentices take a part-time or full-time schedule of classes at JCC and work 32 to 40 hours a week at their company gaining entry-level work experience. At the end of three years, the apprentices will have earned hundreds of hours of on-thejob training, a nationally-recognized credential and a guaranteed position with the company. Tuition and fees are paid for by ApprenticeshipNC and textbooks are paid for by the participating companies. The college celebrated the new program Pictured from left are Caterpillar apprentices David Linder, Kendra Ebach and Mikhael Breault; CMC Electric with an official signing day on Aug. 22 for apprentice Craig Ransom and Novo Nordisk apprentices Olivia Moore and Rachel Atwell. the apprentices. Mikhael Breault is one of five apprentices at Caterpillar. He said he was tremendously grateful for the college and the companies who have invested in his education and job training. “We really should be celebrating JCC and all of these great companies here because they are ensuring the future of America,” he said. “Now we’re getting the best of both worlds because we’re getting our job experience, money for working and our degree all at the same time.” The following students are chosen apprentices: Mikhael Breault, Jonathon Brinkley, Kendra Ebach, Dylan Gould, David Linder, Craig Ransom, Will Dickerson, Derel Frazier, Kavante Johnson, Austin Boswell, Rachel Atwell, and Olivia Moore. Currently, the apprentice program focuses on applied engineering careers, but the college hopes to partner with other local industries and expand the program in more curriculum areas. JCC plans to start recruiting future apprentices this year in Johnston County high schools. For more information about apprenticeship opportunities at JCC, please contact Shante Bell at (919) 219-1352 or John Parrish at (919) 209-2082.

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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 namijcnc@gmail.com or visit www.namijcnc.net.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 meets twice each Third Tuesday month. For more information, email president Jack Johnston County African-American Caucus meeting Tucker at mrtcpa@gmail.com or call 805-377-9573. Smithfield The Johnston County African-American Caucus Every Tuesday, 7 a.m. meets every third Tuesday of the month at 17 Noble Cleveland School Rotary Club St in Smithfield at Dr. Gettys Cohen Jr.’s office. For Cleveland Draft House, Garner additional information, email dwcsw610@yahoo.com. Cleveland School Rotary Club meets weekly and serves the citizens of the 40/42 area of Johnston County and Garner.

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

Every Thursday, 8-10 a.m. Plant a Row for the Hungry - Johnston County JCC Arboretum Volunteers plan and take care of vegetable gardens and an orchard year round, and all of the harvest is donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries. No previous gardening experience is required and training is provided. Adults welcome, and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, please contact Tiffany at plantarow@yahoo.com.

Every Thursday, 12 p.m. Central Johnston County Rotary Club The Central Johnston County Rotary Club meets every Thursday for lunch at the Johnston Medical Mall and serves the Smithfield and Selma areas.

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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 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!

Cleveland High School Amazing Selfie Race Cleveland High School is hosting its first ever Amazing Selfie Race. Gather up to four friends and compete as a team for the first-place prize basket by taking as many selfies from our selfie challenge list as you can. Our list is full of exciting backdrops, locations and even puzzles to solve in order to take the best pic. Race the clock and others to earn the most points to win. For questions, contact Melissa Pearce at melissapearce@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Team up for Teresa fundraiser Double Barley Brewing Teresa is battling neuroblastoma brain cancer and needs some help. For more, visit facebook.com/ events/294895357995382/.

First Friday of the month, 7:30-9 a.m. Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Member Breakfast Cleveland Fire Department, 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.

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. We don’t serve food, but we 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 919-946-0924.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. Adult Spelling Bee Smithfield-Selma High The Johnston County Education Foundation is hosting an Adult Spelling Bee at Smithfield-Selma High School. Four-person teams will compete for prizes and proceeds help to provide benefits for scholarships for students and grants for teachers. For more information, visit Johnston.k12.nc.us/jcef.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. Red Cross Disaster Action Team Bootcamp Training Smithfield Fire Department Learn how you can help your neighbors as part of the Disaster Action Team. Participants will: Learn the Red Cross role and values for engaging with disaster clients, first responders and the public during a response; understand functions of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) and expectations for DAT workers on a response; discover roles a DAT member may perform on a large-scale disaster response; learn casework and recovery planning processes and the system used; learn how direct client assistance is issued and how referrals are made to community partners and complete training through a simulation drill, practicing the skills learned during the classroom sessions and, if desired, be assigned to a Disaster Action Team, and support the Red Cross in Johnston County. To learn more, call Jennifer VanGundy at 919-231-1602 or email Jennifer.Vangundy@redcross.org.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:45 p.m. American Music Jubilee Rudy Theatre, Selma Check out the American Music Jubilee, live at the Rudy. For more, visit rudytheatre.com.

Oct. 11-13 Heritage Quilt Show Johnston County Ag Center Come out for the Heritage Quilt Show featuring quilts that the JoCo Quilters have made for service projects. In addition, members of the Johnston County Extension & Community Association will share quilts from their personal collections. For more information, call Flora Grantham at 919-934-0791.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 10:45 a.m. Sharon Baptist Church Homecoming Join us for Homecoming services as we celebrate many years of our ministry. Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by a covered-dish meal. Call 919-934-8845 for details.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. School Board Candidates Forum W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, Benson Check out a candidates’ forum for the school board candidates to educate the citizens on their proposed plans for the school system if elected to the board. Each candidate will have three minutes to speak and then questions will be accepted from the audience.

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Career Fair 2018 South Johnston High Come out to South Johnston and recruit students for internships and job shadowing and advertise for partand full-time positions. Vendors should register at bit.ly/SJCareerFair. For more, call Amy Cox at 919-894-3146 or email amycox@johnston.k12.nc.us.

Christmas Land Open House DeWayne’s, Selma Save the date for this one-night-only event. Celebrate the season of all things merry and bright during DeWayne’s annual Christmas Open House. See dazzling displays of themed decor, coordinating accents and accessories to complete the most festive holiday displays.

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