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    Monday, September 18, 2017
    CRE8IVE CONSULTING/MACARONI KID NEWS  A Free Weekly Newsletter and Website for Kids and Families  Smithfield-Selma NC 09/18/1971: Macaroni Kid is excited to announce that it has come to Johnston County!  Macaroni Kid is a free weekly e-newsletter and website that highlights all of the great things for kids and their families to do in our community. We officially launch the site on October 1st, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education, Press Release
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    During the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 7, we were made aware that Selma Middle School qualifies as a potential school for the NC Innovative School District (ISD), per criteria established by the State Department of Instruction (NCDPI). The NC Innovative School District is a statewide intervention model that was launched by NCDPI in 2017 (renaming the Achievement ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    The Town  of Selma's Planning and Economic Development Office, Johnston County 's Economic Development Office and the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce  are  pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the Selma Ethanol Project on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Bailey Feed Mill,  404 E. Preston Street, Selma, North Carolina.   This innovative project is a partnership ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017
      The Smithfield-Selma community gathered to reflect on one of the nation’s most horrific tragedies with a ceremony at Smithfield-Selma High to commemorate the 16 year anniversary of September 11, 2001. Students, teachers, administrators, community members, and first responders, along with JCPS Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow and the Johnston County Board of Education gathered at ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, September 08, 2017
    Programs trains emerging teen leaders.  Students representing each high school in Johnston County recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2017 sponsored by Duke Energy.  Junior Leadership Johnston is a program to assist emerging youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education, and government affairs.  The program, hosted by Johnston ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Johnston County Public Schools will kick off the new school year with Convocation 2017: JoCo 2020, a motivational event for the district’s nearly 5,000 employees.   The convocation program will highlight the start of JoCo 2020 Phase II and serve as a formal commitment to the implementation of the initiative’s tenets of relevance, relationships, and innovation throughout the district ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, August 04, 2017
    Organization for International Investment Joins Governor and Novo Nordisk Leaders for Clayton Event  Johnston County, N.C. – August 4, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper chose Novo Nordisk, which is now roughly doubling its bio-manufacturing operations in Clayton, as the site of a July 26th proclamation on North Carolina’s global investment policy.   “Foreign direct investment supports nearly a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Shannon Snipes, a fifth grade teacher at Selma Middle, is the recipient of the 24th Annual Flame for Learning Award. Snipes was honored at the annual Flame for Learning Banquet held on April 25, at the Clayton Center. Hosted by the county’s Chambers of Commerce, the award comes with the title of “Johnston County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.”  “I was overwhelmed with joy that in my ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 24, 2017
    SMITHFIELD—The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Kelly Wallace, current Director of Operations as its Interim President/CEO, effective immediately. Wallace will serve in this capacity until further notice while the Search Committee for a new President continues its work. “Kelly has served as an excellent Operations Director, and her hard work and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    SMITHFIELD, North Carolina — The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce culminated its 2016 year at its 47th Annual Meeting with a farewell bid to its President of 30 years, Rick Childrey; recognitions of members who earned special honors; and, a passing of the gavel from 2016 Board Chair Dr. Dwight Morris, Executive Director of the Johnston County Partnership for Children, to 2017 ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    SMITHFIELD, North Carolina— There is strength in numbers, and school system principals, staff, and students are on a mission to showcase the strong community ties within the towns of Smithfield and Selma. On Saturday, April 22, planners—to include Johnston County Schools and the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce— will host #SSStrong Day, a special event featuring entertainment ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT The Smithfield Herald Smithfield’s Ava Gardner Museum on Saturday will unveil a new exhibit dedicated to the Hollywood starlet’s life in London. Gardner was born just a few miles east of Smithfield and called Johnston County home as she traveled the world. She’s buried in Smithfield, and the town is also home to the museum that showcases her career. But Gardner also found a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Friday, December 02, 2016
    SMITHFIELD—The Greater Area Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has released the following statement regarding the location of the county’s future law enforcement center:The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce does not support the selection of the Buffalo Road site for a future Law Enforcement Center. The Chamber recognizes the need for an updated and expanded law enforcement ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Friday, November 11, 2016
    Sacrifice. It’s a word not many of today’s youth can truly understand. It might be discussed in history class when reading about the hardships of pilgrims and settlers or it might be casually tossed around at the lunch table when students are talking about what ranks higher on their social calendars, but when it comes to understanding the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, very few might ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    Center is a job placement resource for JCC students and area employers. Johnston Community College is pleased to announce the opening of its Career Services Center. The center provides a variety of services to help students develop job search skills and locate employment. The center is located in the Wilson Building, Room 1034, just across from Student Services. Career Center staff assist ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    Chapel Hill, NC – The Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) recognized the 2016 recipients of the Carolinas Accredited Chamber designation at their Annual Management Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC on October 20, 2016.    Four chambers of commerce were honored as the recipients of this prestigious designation for 2016:   Blowing Rock (NC) Chamber ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, October 21, 2016
    Smithfield, NC, September 21, 2016 – KS Bank, a local Smithfield icon, was just named among the top 1 percent most extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™. KS Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky® Award for their commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to the top 60 out of 6,000 community banks across the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Smithfield NC – On Monday, the Johnston County Commissioners and the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board recognized Sysco Foods of Selma for their commitment to Johnston County and community support by honoring the company with the County’s “Industry Appreciation” award. This award is presented quarterly to Johnston County Industries. “Existing Industries and Businesses are ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Thursday, October 06, 2016
      KS Bank, headquartered in Smithfield, N.C., was just named among the top 1 percent most extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™. KS Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky® Award for their commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to the top 60 out of 6,000 community banks across the country. “We are honored to be ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016
    By: Shannon Mann For the second year, the Neuse Charter School freshman class will host a “Couch to 5K” color run on Sat., Nov. 5th, 2016 starting at 10am. The class and community fundraiser started in 2015 as a way to encourage health and fitness among Neuse Charter students, while increasing stamina and endurance in rising athletes. “We noticed across-the-board cardiovascular issues among our ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT, Reporter Smithfield Herald His friends now call him “New Dave,” but when he started his hike of the Appalachian Trail, he was just David Johnson, a Smithfield businessman with a wife, grown children and a rescue dog named Maizy. But “New Dave” fits because he was ready for something new. “I got involved in my family business at 17, and for 35 years, I had done the same ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, Chamber
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    At its meeting on Tuesday, September 27, the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognized several Smithfield-Selma High School seniors who have been nominated for highly competitive, prestigious college scholarships in North Carolina.   The 4-year Park, Morehead-Cain, Levine and Belk Scholarships are offered respectively to attend, N.C. State University, the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Monday, September 26, 2016
    BY MARTI MAGUIRE,Correspondent Smithfield Herald SELMA - A half-dozen middle schoolers gather around the pool table at the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County. It’s just after 3 p.m., and Mamie Moore stands at one side of the table, asking them about their school day. One boy offers, a little sheepishly, that he had a hard time in math class. A girl says she felt really confident taking a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, General News Article
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    The Smithfield-Selma community gathered to reflect on on one of the nation’s most horrific tragedies with a ceremony at Smithfield-Selma High to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Students, teachers, administrators, community members, and first responders, along with JCS Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow and the Johnston County Board of Education gathered at ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 08, 2016
    Downtown Smithfield now has a walking tour that highlights historical buildings, houses and monuments. The Johnston County Visitors Bureau, with help from the Johnston County Heritage Center, has designed and printed a brochure about the tour. The brochure includes a map of downtown with each stop numbered. In addition, the Heritage Center has provided notes on the historical relevancy of each ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    BY DREW JACKSON Smithfield Herald Johnston County has no doubt seen its share of bumper crops, but nothing might ever compare to the past 12 months. When the Novo Nordisk and Grifols expansions are in full swing in a couple of years, their construction zones, with a combined 5,000 workers, will be the fourth largest town in Johnston County. Of the $3.4 billion in planned investments announced ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic, CSX Project
    Tuesday, September 06, 2016
    What a way to get ready for a company's 38th year in the entertainment industry.   Earp Entertainment Services was the Concert Production Provider for the 90th American Legion World Series on August 11-16, 2016. To kick off the Series, producers had a street festival, a Commander's Reception, and a concert on the field of play just 18 hours before the players took the field.  Earp Entertainment ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, August 29, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT The Smithfield Herald   More people are visiting Johnston County and spending more money here, according to a recent report from Visit North Carolina.   The amount of money spent by visitors to Johnston climbed 3 percent in 2015 over 2014, to $221.72 million up from $214.94 million the year before, according to the report.   Donna Bailey-Taylor, head of the Johnston County ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, August 26, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT, Staff Report Smithfield Herald Most of them are 18 and they’ve already signed a blank check for their country. They’re future soldiers, already enlisted in the Army, and many of them head to basic training in the next few weeks. In Smithfield on Saturday, 40 of them from recruiting centers all over Eastern North Carolina – a company including Smithfield, Goldsboro, Rocky ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    The Frank Creech Art Gallery, in partnership with the Johnston County Arts Council and Johnston Community College will sponsor a new exhibit, “Remembering Frank,” beginning in September 2016.   The exhibit premieres Thursday evening, September 15 at the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the campus of Johnston Community College.  The premiere will be from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. and will include ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Monday, August 15, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT Reporter, Smithfield Herald Railroad company CSX didn’t choose Johnston County for a $272 million cargo hub. That loss weighs on Selma, Smithfield and Johnston County leaders, who spoke Tuesday during the third annual State of Our Communities luncheon, a project of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce. “Any State of the Communities address this year should probably ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Friday, August 12, 2016
    Johnston Community College is pleased to announce a new student internship program with Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Cody Worley of Willow Springs is the first JCC student to participate in the program. Worley, who graduated from JCC in May with an associate’s degree in industrial systems technology, will start his bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University this fall. Joe Hill, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, August 01, 2016
    A delegation of twelve community leaders from Johnston County traveled to Covington, Georgia on July 11-12 to learn about the impact that major economic development projects have on local communities.   “It was a great learning experience,” said Rick Childrey, president of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The Novo Nordisk and Grifols expansions will have a positive effect ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com A family owned Johnston County business is getting some national exposure.  Evans Jewelers, which opened their new location at 320 East Market Street in Downtown Smithfield last September is featured this month in Southern Jewelry News.  Anna Evans said the publication is distributed to the jewelry industry and all jewelry stores in the Southeast and Midwest. Evans Jewelers ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Twenty Johnston County high school students recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2016. Sponsored by Duke Energy, Junior Leadership Johnston helps youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education and government affairs. The program, hosted by Johnston Community College, is open to rising high school juniors. It lasts one week and gives ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016
     Town seeks business input; monthly committee meetings are open to the public; follow activity at www.plansmithfield.net.BY ABBIE BENNETT, Staff Writer The Smithfield Herald Smithfield is overhauling its development rules, and the committee in charge of those changes met last month to go over the first few sections of the 443-page document. One of the most complex parts of the rules is what ...read more
    Categories: Papers/Research, Community, Political
    Friday, July 01, 2016
    Excepts from The North Carolina Star (Raleigh), July 21, 1836. The anniversary of our national independence was celebrated in Smithfield with unusual spirit and eclat. The day was ushered in by thirteen rounds of cannon. At 10 o'clock the citizens assembled at the Academy, where a numerous procession was formed, and paraded through the streets of our beautiful village by Capt. MacPherson, ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Raleigh, N.C. – The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has cited 44 North Carolina communities for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center.  Eleven new communities joined the ranks of accredited North Carolina communities as compared ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Economic
    Friday, June 17, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com The mayor of Lizard Lick, NC, Woody Wood, came to WTSB Radio on June 6th to induct Carl Lamm into the Lizard Lick Hall of Fame as an honorary member. The Hall of Fame recognizes the memory of the late Connie B. Gay who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Mr. Gay, from Lizard Lick, is remembered for discovering music legend Patsy Cline. Richard Petty is also a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    Nine Selma Middle students who showed growth and proficiency on their end of grade tests won new bicycles thanks to support from the community. Several area businesses, churches, and community members generously donated the bicycles to be awarded as prizes to the students. Students in every grade level who met the performance criteria on their end of grade tests had their name placed in a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Education
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    The Johnston County Building Industry Association and the Johnston County Association of REALTORS  joined forces to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County, Selma Unit.  A trivia competition between the REALTORS and the builders was held and $2,945 was raised for the Selma club. The Boys and Girls Club's Mission is ""To inspire and enable all young people in Johnston County, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, June 09, 2016
    From JohnstonCounty.today BB&T in Smithfield has committed to donate $10,000 to Partnership to Build a Miracle. BB&T has been supporting the Miracle League since their first season, and has supported many important projects and organizations in Johnston County.Partnership to Build a Miracle is a collaborative effort between the Partnership for Children of Johnston County and the Miracle League of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com The Harrison Center for Active Aging located in Selma has been certified as a Center of Excellence by the Division of Aging and Adult Services of the State of North Carolina based on an on-site certification visit conducted last Friday. The certification is valid for a five year period. There are 163 senior centers in North Carolina. Harrison is one of 96 that have achieved ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    “Racing For Recruitment” introduces Johnston County to potential employers and shows appreciation to existing industries. BENSON – To showcase all that Johnston County has to offer potential employers, county officials took industry leaders, economic development officials and invited guests for a ride last week – a fast, thrilling ride at the new GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson. The “Racing for ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com The Deacon Jones Automotive Group announced Tuesday they are adding a new franchise to their presence in Wayne County Goldsboro area: Stevenson Honda of Goldsboro.  The new name will be Deacon Jones Honda of Goldsboro. Ken Jones, President said, “We are pleased to announce the addition of Honda to the Deacon Jones family of dealerships. We’ll be able to provide our community ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    North Carolina has received approval for the names of two new interstate route designations in the eastern part of the state, that’s according to a press release from Governor Pat McCrory’s office. The release states that the American Association of State and Transportation Officials approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 Corridor between I-40 in Johnston County and Morehead City, and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Friday, May 20, 2016
    Raleigh is now bigger than Omaha, Durham has more residents than St. Petersburg, Fla., and eight of the 25 fastest-growing municipalities in North Carolina last year were in the Triangle, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau’s annual report on municipal population shows most of the big gainers are in the South and West, matching the shift in the nation’s ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    The folowing letter to the editor is from 2016 Chamber Board Chair Dwight Morris: What a fantastic opportunity Johnston County has to break through a long term barrier in new jobs and growth. Our roots are deep and quality of life important to every Johnstonian.   Some of us remember the amusement park carousel where you spent the entire ride hanging on for dear life as you tried to grab the ...read more
    Categories: Community, CSX Project, Economic
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    A lot of people in and around Four Oaks are angry with Mayor Linwood Parker for trying to convince CSX to build a cargo-container hub on 450 acres south of town. We get that, but some of the charges levied against the mayor are baseless at best, slanderous at worst. At a meeting of opponents held late last month, one speaker claimed, with no evidence, that the mayor stood to gain financially from ...read more
    Categories: CSX Project, Economic
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    Aspect Financial, headquartered in Smithfield, has added a new financial advisor to the Johnston County Team.  Aspect Financial, which offers access to investments and financial planning though LPL Financial, was founded December of 2010 and now has 9 offices across central and eastern North Carolina. Amy Adams, the new financial advisor, is joining the team headed by Chris Key in the Johnston ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Monday, May 09, 2016
    This letter to the editor was written by Eric Brownlee of Smithfield. There has been tension in Johnston County recently. The subject of this tension: the locating of a CSX transportation hub along the railroad tracks on the Interstate 95 corridor. The causes of the tension: politicians with their finger in the air, misinformation from some of the opponents and no real answers for those ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, CSX Project
    Friday, May 06, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETTThe Smithfield Herald The Smithfield Town Council on Tuesday promoted from within, hiring its veteran police chief as town manager. For his swearing-in ceremony, Michael Scott hung up his police uniform, choosing instead a coat and tie. Smithfield had been without a manager since last August, when a divided council fired Paul Sabiston, ushering him out with $50,000 in severance ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, April 29, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com Johnston Health has received an “A” rating for Leapfrog Group’s April 2016 Hospital Safety Score, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. “Johnston Health’s ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group demonstrates our continued commitment to putting our patients’ safety first,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, April 04, 2016
    MOUNT OLIVE - Earl W. Worley, Jr. has been elected chair of the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees.  He replaces Darrell Horne, who has served on the Board since 1986 and as chair since 1999.   “I want to thank my predecessor, Mr. Darrell Horne, for the leadership he has provided the Board during the past 16 years as chair,” Worley said.  “He has done an outstanding job and the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    US 70 from Raleigh to Morehead City has been designated a "future interstate" by the U. S. Department of Transportation. An unveiling ceremony on March 30 featured the following guests: Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen, Wayne County Commission Chairman Joe Daughtery, Super 70 Corridor Commission Chair Ted Godwin, NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board Member ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, CSX Project
    Monday, March 21, 2016
    JoCo RoBos take home Rookie All-Star Award and two safety awards.Johnston Community College’s JoCo RoBos put robot CODI to his first test this past weekend and the results were outstanding. “It was the perfect ending to their performance as we prepare for the Campbell University competition on April 2-3,” said Lance Gooden, director of mathematics, engineering, and social sciences programs at ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    By Eric Palmer FiercePharma Manufacturing Grifols, the Spain-based specialist in blood plasma products, last year opened a $370 million plasma fractionation plant in Clayton, NC, but has now decided that is not enough to meet growing demand. It says it will invest $360 million to build out four projects to ensure it has the capacity it needs over the next 15 years, including two new facilities ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Johnston Community College is pleased to name Grifols its 2015 Business and Industry Partner of the Year. The award was announced Feb. 18 at the College’s annual Breakfast before Business event. Grifols was selected for the honor based on its continued commitment to educational educational programs and opportunities for business and industry,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “They also ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber has presented its Visual Improvement Award to Market Plaza Center in downtown Smithfield. Bill Kennedy and Leo Daughtry own the property and have made parking lot improvements, installed new facades and added more visible signage.  Market Plaza was once the site of Farmer’s Tobacco Warehouse, operated by Bill and Leo’s fathers. The warehouse was destroyed in a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, February 15, 2016
    BY DREW JACKSON, Smithfield Herald jdjackson@newsobserver.com On the walls of the waiting area in Leo Daughtry’s law practice hang a collection of accolades received over more than two decades in North Carolina’s General Assembly. But on the walls just outside his office, Daughtry keeps perspective: political cartoons of him lording over the House as majority leader and an Indy Week cover story ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Thursday, February 11, 2016
    H&R Block of Smithfield, a long-time member of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, has recognized Johnny Brockington of Kenly with a $1,000 daily sweepstakes award offered by the company. H&R Block has put the “fun” back in refund season. Winners of the H&R Block 1,000 Win $1,000 Daily Sweepstakes are celebrated at local H&R Block offices at designated times and have their ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016
    Johnston Community College is one of 150 two-year institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Two-year colleges are considered for the award based on their performance in three key areas: student outcomes, consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Education
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce held its 46th Annual Meeting on January 25 where it recognized a number of outstanding local citizens. The following awards were presented: Citizen of the Year, sponsored by Woody's Computing Service - Rep. Leo Daughtry of Smithfield, who will be completing a 28 year career in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2016 Distinguished ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    The Naming Ceremony for the Johnston Health Clayton Chapel was held on January 21, 2016, in honor of Ayden R. Lee, Jr. and Betty J. Lee.  Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, for whom Ayden Lee served as President and Chief Executive Officer for thirty-five years, secured the naming rights for the Chapel at Johnston Health’s Clayton facility to honor Mr. and Mrs. Lee.  Going forward, Johnston Health ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, January 06, 2016
    At its recent annual banquet , the Johnston County Farm-City Week Committee recognized the Jeffery C. Lee family of the Meadow community and Carolina Packers Inc. Lee farms the same land his ancestors purchased before the Revolutionary War, but that’s not all of his story. His family lost that land during the Great Depression but remained on the land as sharecroppers and then as renters of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, December 10, 2015
    Aspect Financial, headquartered in Smithfield, has added a new financial advisor in its Smithfield office.  Aspect Financial, which offers access to investments and financial advice, was founded December of 2010 and now has 9 offices across central and eastern North Carolina. Joe Preston, the new advisor is opening an independent office housed in the Smithfield Headquarters.  Joe, who has been a ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber
    Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    BY TAYLOR KNOPF Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald The oil terminals here are set to grow. Earlier this month, Eco-Energy Distribution Services, a biofuel supply company, announced its plans to start construction at the oil terminals. The company has also entered a service agreement with Marathon Petroleum Co. LP, which will upgrade its terminal to receive, store and load biofuels, according ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCo Report Wallace Ashley was recently presented his 50 year Veterans Certificate in recognition of his long and dedicated service to Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 in Smithfield. Mr. Ashley was Initiated on March 11, 1965, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on August 19, 1962 and raised to the sublimed degree of Master Mason on November 11, 1965. Ashley was Master of the Lodge ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCo Report Local dignitaries were on hand Friday for the official unveiling of the Ava Gardner Highway Historical Marker in Smithfield. The marker is located on Highway 70 Business at Sunset Memorial Park, where Gardner was buried in 1990. The NC Department of Cultural Resources Office of Archives and History approved the marker in June but it took several months for funding and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, November 20, 2015
    The Johnston County Visitors Bureau was recently honored with 2 awards, presented at the recent annual North Carolina Tourism Leadership Conference, held each year by the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina. The JCVB won a Gold Destination Marketing Achievement Award in Advertising for their Girlfriends Getaway Print Advertising Campaign. In addition, they also won a Gold ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    By Jason deBruyn Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal Although just 45 minutes away from Raleigh, communities in rural parts of the Triangle’s outlying counties face much different economic development challenges than Wake or Durham. Just to the east, Wilson and Edgecombe counties have an unemployment rates of 9.4 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively, the third and fourth highest in the ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCo Report In early October, Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab received the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This award was given in recognition for dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.  It was given through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living in San ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Monday, November 16, 2015
    By unanimous vote, the Johnston County Board of Education has selected Dr. David Ross Renfrow as the district’s new superintendent on Nov. 16. Renfrow, a 22 year veteran of Johnston County Schools, currently serves as the district’s deputy superintendent, a position he has held since Jan. 2013. “I am confident we have found a true leader in Dr. Renfrow, and the Board agrees that he is the best ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Friday, November 06, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCoReport.com Katie Moore, County Administrative Assistant for the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Center, was presented with the Pride of the Wolfpack Award from NC State University at the Johnston County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.  Cooperative Extension is a partnership between the local county government and NC State University. The agents and staff at ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Human Interest
    Friday, November 06, 2015
    BY DREW JACKSON, Staff Writer Smithfield Herald jdjackson@newsobserver.com Sitting Smithfield Councilman Andy Moore will move a couple seats over to his new position as mayor. Moore took the office by a wide margin on Tuesday over political newcomer Jim Snyder. Incumbent Councilman Emery Ashley kept his seat on the council, easily leading the vote among six candidates seeking three openings. ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    The Town of Smithfield has received a $175,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The money will help turn an old building on South Bright Leaf Boulevard into a new home for an expanding industry. Atlantic Resources Inc. company designs, fabricates and installs mechanical systems, thermal imaging and related solutions for industrial and agricultural clients. The company’s plans ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    By Jeff Jeffrey, Staff Writer Triangle Business Journal The effort to complete the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area has cleared a significant procedural hurdle, the N.C. Department of Transportation says. The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on an environmental impact statement for the project. The FHA’s approval will allow NCDOT to begin holding public meetings to ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    By Drew Jackson, Reporter The News and Observer jdjackson@newsobserver.com When picturing the Johnston County of the future, its highways and byways are a good place to start. Earlier this month, The Clayton Center played host to the kickoff for a study that will analyze transportation demands from Garner to Interstate 95 in Smithfield. With the area poised for growth, thanks in part to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCo Report The Edwards Family is celebrating their 66th year in the grocery business.  The celebration will end on October 31st. The business was founded by Joe S. Edwards in Princeton. The business was named in honor of a grandfather, Vine Edwards, and was originally called Vine Edwards and Sons.   The first store was built on Center Street in Downtown Princeton. The first ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, October 02, 2015
    By John Hamlin Staff Reporter, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com Smithfield’s boat ramp onto the Neuse River will likely get an upgrade in the next year. In a presentation last month to the Smithfield Town Council, Christian Waters of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said his agency would like to improve the town’s ramp in order to increase access for freshwater fishermen. The ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN Staff Reporter, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is inching closer to reality, with the developers submitting detailed documents to federal regulators and announcing plans to open an office in Smithfield. On Sept. 18, the energy companies behind the $5 billion project formally submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    The Ava Gardner Museum will soon unveil an exhibit that includes artifacts and information about Gardner’s friend and costar Omar Sharif, who died this year. The exhibit will also feature a tribute to husband Frank Sinatra in honor of his 100th birthday and a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Gardner’s death. The unveiling of the exhibit is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The date ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has presented its Visual Improvement Award to Outback Steakhouse, located at 911 Outlet Center Drive in Smithfield. Outback completed renovated its exterior and put in new landscaping. The popular nighttime restaurant recently began opening at lunch. John Hinson is the general manager.
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    By: Shannon Mann North Carolina’s newest face on Capitol Hill spent an hour visiting Neuse Charter School Wednesday. Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) came to Johnston County’s only charter school this week to learn about the organization of Neuse Charter and meet its leaders, staff and students. This was the congressman’s first visit to a charter school in his district and the school’s first ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    An award-winning Johnston County brewing company has quickly developed a statewide presence by partnering with a North Carolina beer and wine distributor. Larry and Cheryl Lane started Double Barley Brewing near Wilson’s Mills less than two years ago. In that short time, Double Barley has won a gold medal in the N.C. Brewers Cup for its Thrilla In Vanilla Porter. In addition, beer lovers can find ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    All KS Bank locations will sponsor a “tailgate party” on September 25th to benefit local food banks and charities.  Residents of each market area are invited to bring non-perishable food items to KS Bank retail offices between 9 am and 2 pm.  From 11 am until 2 pm, each branch will serve hot dogs to those who bring donation s – food or monetary.   The local charities to receive food donations ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber Statement on Quality EducationAdopted by Chamber Board of Directors 6/23/2015 The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that quality education contributes significantly to our county’s economic health and that it is an issue that concerns everyone in Johnston County -- citizens and business community alike. We are committed to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, September 04, 2015
    Johnston Community College, Johnston County Economic Development, and other community partners celebrated 10 years of success at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center during a luncheon on Tuesday. College, county, and industrial leaders gathered to recognize the collaborative effort which created the 30,000-square foot education and training center in 2005. The purpose of the Workforce ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Education
    Thursday, September 03, 2015
    [Smithfield, NC] Philip Randolph Taylor, formerly of Johnston County, is a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager with Raymond James Financial Services, member FINRA/SIPC. He manages offices in Raleigh, Smithfield, & Wilson, North Carolina. His official retirement date has been set for December 31, 2015. All of Phil’s duties and responsibilities will be assumed by his two longtime business ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015
    By John Hamlin, Reporter The Smithfield Herald Visitors who traveled more than 50 miles to Johnston County in 2014 spent $215 million, according to a recently released report. That’s up 5.1 percent from 2013, when out-of-towners poured $204.5 million into Johnston’s economy, according to the report, titled “2014 Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Selma Middle welcomes 12 new educators Selma Middle School has welcomed 12 new educators to its halls for the 2015-2016 school year. Joining the team are Tabitha Ammons, Alexander Burgess, Samantha Determan, Patricia Ann Leitner, Michael Llaury, Cynthia Markham, Shawna Marie Phillips, Emily Shelton, Brandon Sullivan, Aaron Tipping, Chrystal Trammell, and Kimberly Whipple. Kimberly Whipple will be ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    The Spartan Football Team was recently featured on a national level when it appeared on the cover of the National Football Foundation’s website “Football Matters.”  The team was featured for its selfless dedication to come together off the field and donate their Saturday morning to mixing, weighing, packaging, and sealing 10,000 meals in two hours with the Raleigh-based organization Stop Hunger ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Belk executives say they don’t expect customers and employees to see big changes from the deal announced Monday to sell the Charlotte-based department store chain to a New York private equity firm for $3 billion.No store closings or layoffs are planned at the nation’s largest family-controlled department store, and the buyer, Sycamore Partners, supports the company’s brand and merchandise ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Monday, August 24, 2015
    Johnston Health has received national accreditation for enhancing its care and treatment of cancer patients. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted the health care system a three-year accreditation with commendation for meeting or exceeding 34 quality care standards. The health care system’s cancer program will be evaluated every three years through a survey ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    By John Hamlin, Reporter The Smithfield Herald Johnston County, Smithfield and Selma are on solid ground but will need to remain vigilant about growth, education and economic development.   That was the message of county and local leaders at the 2015 State of Our Communities Luncheon, held at Sysco Food Services in Selma and hosted by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce.   The brightest ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    The Chamber Women’s Business Networking division of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will host a speed networking event at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 US Hwy 70W, Smithfield, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited, and pre-registration is required. Only 50 spots are available. A meet-and-greet will launch the event, and formal networking will begin ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, August 10, 2015
    SELMA, North Carolina—The Selma (N.C.) Police Department will offer a free, seven-week academy for citizens interested in learning about law enforcement and its role in the community. The program is open to teens and adults. The Academy will give participants a chance to get to know local law enforcement, ask questions, make suggestions, and share concerns about community policing in Selma. ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, August 04, 2015
    By Teri Saylor, Correspondent Smithfield Herald Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill came from humble beginnings. The Selma restaurant, which serves burgers, hot dogs, wings and steaks, got its start as an ice cream stand that Rose Pittman and her husband, Ray, set up as a way to make extra money. “We both had full-time jobs, but we needed to earn some extra income,” Pittman said. “So we bought a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Monday, July 27, 2015
    RALEIGH - A project is about to begin that will improve traffic flow along U.S. 70 between Selma and Princeton in Johnston County. Starting Monday, July 27, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of U.S. 70 Business/Peedin Road Ext. at the intersection with U.S. 70. This closure will allow crews with Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Broomfield Co. to convert this intersection ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, July 24, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN, Reporter, Smthfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com Before the sun had set on the first day on an antique car tour of Johnston County, host Tommy Fitzgerald already had his first good story. The Sunday night before the week-long tour began, a few of the crew headed to Fitzgerald’s business, Percy Flowers Store near Clayton, to try some of his “almost famous” hot dogs. Along the ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Johnston Community College welcomed two new trustees and reappointed another at its July board meeting.  Jonathan Breeden of Clayton is an attorney in the Cleveland community and helps clients in the areas of family law, criminal defense, estate matters, and contracts.  Breeden earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State University and his law degree from Campbell ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN Staff Writer, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com SMITHFIELD - One of downtown’s most popular eateries has a new name. On July 1, Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen opened its doors as Gotham’s Deli. The old red-white-and-green logo is gone, replaced by a new brand that features a silhouette of the New York skyline and blue-and-orange color scheme inspired by the New York ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Monday, July 13, 2015
    This week, AdVenture Development, LLC announced its recent accreditation by BBB serving Eastern North Carolina.  As a BBB Accredited Business, AdVenture Development is dedicated to promoting trust in the marketplace.  BBB Accredited Businesses must adhere to BBB’s “Standards for Trust,” a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Monday, July 06, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN, Reporter, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com Sarah Gaskins and Clar McGeough have always enjoyed drawing pictures together, both in and out of the classroom. The two 14-year-olds also share an affection for the greenway that runs through Smithfield. And as the friends would stroll along the Neuse River, they often wondered why only graffiti artists had taken the time to ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, May 04, 2015
    By John Hamlin, jhamlin@newsobserver.com North Carolina’s delegation in Washington has introduced bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for U.S. 70 to become an interstate highway in Johnston County. Known as The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, the bill would make U.S. 70 a “high priority corridor” from its intersection with Interstate 40 in Garner to the state ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, May 01, 2015
    Smithfield-Selma High School’s Cynthia Hutchings is the recipient of the 22nd Annual Flame for Learning Award.   Hutchings, a 9th grade English 1 teacher, was honored at the annual Flame for Learning Banquet held on April 28 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Chick-fil-A of Smithfield was the presenting sponsor of the award and Rev. Lee Colbert, pastor of the First Baptist Church in ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Community
    Monday, April 06, 2015
    April Is Community Banking Month The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and KS Bank joins the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks to recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in April—a month dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking. Throughout the month, ICBA will encourage consumers, entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers to learn more ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2015
    From the Johnston County Economic Development Office Smithfield NC – OPW Retail Fueling of Smithfield has been given a “Rising Star” award and designation from the North Carolina Department of Labor for their continued commitment to employee safety.    “As a small business owner myself, and with a background in the insurance business, I know firsthand the importance of worksite and employee ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, March 27, 2015
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting that the North Carolina General Assembly study the state's economic development tier system. The current system for distributing economic and job creation assistance from the State of North Carolina was established in 1996 and is based on a county’s unemployment rate, median household income, population growth and assessed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has adopted a position statement in support of hospital issues before the North Carolina General Assembly this year. Johnston Health is the largest employer in the Smithfield-Selma area and one of the largest in Johnston County.  Hospitals, who provide care for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, are in the midst of transforming ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, March 05, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact:Rob Goodingrob@accentuatestaffing.com919-844-2900  Accentuate Staffing Opens Johnston County OfficeRaleigh based staffing company opens new location to serve Johnston County area   RALEIGH, N.C. — Accentuate Staffing (www.accentuatestaffing.com), one of the largest locally owned staffing and recruiting companies in the Triangle, today announced the opening of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, March 02, 2015
    The local ham producer's product is highlighted in the March 2015 issue as part of a recipe for Carolina Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of white potatoes and greens. The Southern version features North Carolina sweet potatoes and collards, with ham for St. Patrick's Day, or year round. The story can be found on Page 57 of the magazine. Rufus Brown’s job title is uppercase: Curemaster. His ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Average client satisfaction scores more than three times higher than the industry average.  Cincinnati, OH – February 18, 2015 – BelFlex Staffing Network, a leading staffing agency in the light industrial industry announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their clients. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, February 16, 2015
    Life Memberships are awarded by the Board of Directors to individuals who have been a member of the Chamber for at least 20 years and are now in a retired status. Life members are afforded all privileges of membership and are relieved of further payment of dues. This year the Board would like to award three life memberships  Carolyn Ennis   Our first life membership will be awarded to Dr. ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    Distinguished Citizen Award Presented to Will Crocker by Chandler Pernell at the Annual Meeting on January 26th, 2015.   Our second Distinguished Citizen Award will be given to someone who has served Johnston County and the Smithfield-Selma area for his entire life. The award also is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service.   When my parents first moved back to Smithfield, they became this ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Political
    Monday, February 09, 2015
    The Jimmy Creech Small Business Award Presented to Ray and Rose Pittman by Crystal Roberts at The Annual Meeting on January 26th, 2015 The Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award is given in memory of the 1976 President of the Chamber. Mr. Creech operated Creech’s Pharmacy in downtown Smithfield for some 40 years and was the epitome of a business and community leader. The award is ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, February 06, 2015
    Presented by Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver at The Annual Meeting on January 26, 2015 The Distinguished Citizen Award is given annually to citizens who, over the years, have consistently served the Smithfield-Selma area with outstanding ability and dedication. Recipients of this award have demonstrated their commitment to the vision of the chamber by "making the Smithfield-Selma area a community of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber
    Thursday, February 05, 2015
    Presented by Crystal Roberts at the 45th Annual Meeting on January 26th, 2015 The Chamber Athena Award is presented each year to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in the Smithfield-Selma community. A national award, it is presented in over 300 communities and is sponsored locally by Corestaff Services. The Chamber would like to thank Corestaff for their continued sponsorship of this ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    Presented by Corina Knott at 45th Annual Meeting on January 26, 2015 The Smithfield-Selma Citizen of the Year is given annually to a person or persons who have contributed extraordinary service to this area during the past year. The award is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service. Tonight we honor two people who would do just about anything for a cause that was near and dear to their heart. They ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    SELMA - The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce held its 45th Annual Meeting on January 26, 2015. Highlights of the night included the naming of Chris Key and Dwight Morris as the area's Citizens of the Year, for their work in developing the new Inclusion Park for special needs children being built at Smithfield Community Park.  The Chamber presented a number of awards, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, December 22, 2014
    For the 20th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in WealthManagement.com's (formerly Registered Rep) annual survey of the nation's six largest financial services firms, according to Don Duggin, financial advisor of the local Booker Dairy Road office. Three Edward Jones agents in the area are active in the Smithfield-Selma Chamber, including Jeff Navarro of the Venture Drive ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, December 19, 2014
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has given its community Visual Improvement Award to Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action. The non-profit agency recently built a new building at 1102 Massey Street in Smithfield. From the Head Start educational program to weatherizing homes to replacing refrigerators and counseling clients to employability, Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc., has ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, November 24, 2014
    SMITHFIELD–Johnston Health has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Johnston Health was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    The Education Committee of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce honored seven local elementary school teachers on November 3 at its semi-annual Semester SuperStars Luncheon at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Smithfield.  These teachers were nominated by their principals and recognized as outstanding educators in the Smithfield-Selma area. The teachers were given a plaque and a bag full ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Education
    Thursday, October 30, 2014
    BY LAURA FINALDI The Smithfield Herald The Johnston County airport has christened a new, bigger terminal built to accommodate its growth. On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the airport – now re-branded as Johnston Regional Airport – celebrated the opening of the 8,600-square-foot terminal on Swift Creek Road. About 100 people, including elected officials and business leaders, attended a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    By Laura Finaldi The Smithfield Herald SMITHFIELD — A widening and second extension of Booker Dairy Road has made the short list of rural road projects that Gov. Pat McCory wants done right away. To kick-start his 25-year transportation plan, McCrory wants the General Assembly to borrow $1 billion. In Smithfield, the money would reroute the eastern end of Booker Dairy Road, carrying it behind ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    A new class of Leadership Johnston is underway after a successful class orientation on September 3. Twenty adults from throughout Johnston County have been selected to participate in the community leadership program, sponsored by the Chamber and Johnston Community College. Monthly programs will be held beginning in October and running through May of 2015. Members in this year's class are: Lamar ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas today announced the selection of Dominion to build and operate a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina to meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for natural gas. Called the “Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” it also is expected to serve as a key infrastructure engine to drive ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    By Corina Knott Almost 5 years ago Sherry and I were sitting at lunch at Ruby Tuesday discussing important things like shopping, and changing the world. We talked about how many things in this county were run by men, and that there were a lot of fabulous woman in the county doing great things. We wanted a platform to showcase these women, and for these women to get together to network and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    From The Smithfield Herald Students from every Johnston County high school, including Neuse Charter School, have completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2014. Junior Leadership Johnston helps young people prepare for leadership roles in business, community, education and government affairs. The one-week program, open to rising high school juniors, gives students the opportunity to visit and ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    The Performing Arts at Johnston Community College is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary Concert Series line-up.  Season tickets are currently on sale and individual tickets will go on sale August 5th.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the JCC Box Office at (919) 209-2099 or by visiting www.jccperformingarts.com.  Patrons wishing to purchase 3 or more ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    The Town of Smithfield was awarded a $350,000 NC Parks & Recreation Trust Fund Grant today for the Partnership to Build a Miracle project, which will build a Miracle League Baseball Field and an Inclusion Park for exceptional needs children and the entire community, at Smithfield Community Park. The grant is the fifth PARTF award given to Smithfield in the past 19 years.   There were 64 local ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Jason deBruyn Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal Grifols, a producer of plasma-derived medicines, celebrated the grand opening of it's newest facility, an expansion at its current site on U.S. 70 east of Clayton. When fully operational, the facility will employ more than 200 and almost double its plasma production capacity to 6 million liters annually. Grifols products are used to treat ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, General News Article
    Friday, June 06, 2014
    Effective August 1, 2014 Industrial Park Drive will be renamed Outlet Center Drive. Businesses affected by the name change will receive notices in the mail detailing information on street numbering and address change cards for the post office. The road's name will change in both Smithfield and Selma. Since the Chamber is located on Industrial Park Drive, our new street address will be 1115 Outlet ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, May 30, 2014
    The Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County presented the 21st Flame For Learning Award at a banquet on May 15 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Named recipient of the award was Emily Westbrook, a 12th grade English teacher at West Johnston High School. The banquet had been postponed from April 29 due to tornado warnings in Johnston County that night. With the award comes the title ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce is now showcasing local artwork. The Johnston County Arts Council will rotate displays in the building every couple of months   Currently, two local artists have works on display and for sale:   Medrith Nuttle is a contemporary American Impressionist painter. She works in acrylics on stretched canvas, which may look like oil paintings. She paints both ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, May 19, 2014
    After 18 years of working in the airline industry, Margaret Raynor decided to retire in 2005. She tried several different jobs over the next six years, but she still wasn’t fully satisfied. “One day my husband and I were sitting around talking, and he suggested I go back to school and pursue a career in the medical field,” Raynor of Smithfield recalled. “At first, I didn’t think that was a good ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Community
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Speech Given By Crystal Roberts: Ladies and gentleman, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber is again excited to present the prestigious Athena Award to a well-deserving recipient. This award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment. Tonight’s recipient is a fierce ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Cynthia Hutchings’ Honors English I class at Smithfield-Selma High School won the nationwide Achieve3000 literary competition.  The competition helps enhance students' literary proficiency to levels required by colleges and careers. To win, each student was required to read a minimum of eight nonfiction Achieve3000 articles during a twenty-eight day period and correctly answer questions built ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber gave a Distinguished Citizen Award to Selma Dentist Dr. Dicky Parrish at its annual meeting in January. While being recognized in the past by the Chamber, he continues to give of his time and resources in his local community. The award also is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service. These comments were submitted to the Chamber by his friend Tony Lester. “Our honoree ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Academic Achievers Luncheon on March 31 at Johnston Community College to honor the top juniors from the Smithfield-Selma area high schools.  Students in attendance were recognized for their hard work and dedication that has allowed them to excel in their educational careers. Students from the five high schools that are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, March 28, 2014
    The Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award is given in memory of the 1976 President of the Chamber. Mr. Creech operated Creech’s Pharmacy in downtown Smithfield for some 40 years and was the epitome of a business and community leader. The award is given to people who emulate this fine man. It is sponsored annually by Stancil Oil Company.   When this Small Business Award winner was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, March 21, 2014
    Smithfield-Selma High School senior Taylor Leposa has been awarded two prestigious scholarships to attend East Carolina University.   East Carolina University awarded Leposa with both the EC Scholars and Business Scholars scholarships, which will award full tuition plus several stipends for her undergraduate studies at ECU.   The EC Scholars program is a merit scholarship program that attracts ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    The Johnston Community College Foundation is preparing to host its spring fundraiser, An Evening for Education, on Thursday, April 10. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Clayton home of Denton and Jane Lee. The fundraiser generates monies to assist the Foundation in providing scholarships, emergency book funds and academic support services for students, as well as innovation grants and ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, March 14, 2014
    Johnston Community College in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast before Business event Friday, Feb. 28 on the main campus in Smithfield. Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank, and KS Bank. The College recognized Sona BLW Precision Forge, Inc. as the recipient of its ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast®   Johnston County at the Benson Conference Center in Benson on May 9, 2014.   Sponsored by Johnston Community College and the Town of Benson, the Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including Benson. This year’s speaker ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    The Distinguished Citizen Award is given annually to citizens who, over the years, have consistently served the Smithfield-Selma area with outstanding ability and dedication. Recipients of this award have demonstrated their commitment to the vision of the chamber by "making the Smithfield-Selma area a community of choice." This award is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service.   Our 2013 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Friday, March 07, 2014
    On Monday, March 3, the Johnston County Commissioners and the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board recognized Carolina Packers of Smithfield for their long standing commitment to Johnston County by honoring the company with the County’s first “Industry Appreciation” award.  This award will be presented quarterly to Johnston County Industries.  “As we grow and prospered as a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    Smithfield-Selma High School has officially recognized candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, who will be the 2015 inaugural class.   The following students were honored for their accomplishments in the IB program: Emma Lampe, Daniel Avila, Emma Szczesiul, Ashton Makey, Ina Colon, and Sarah Wieland.   IB students follow a rigorous, two-year college-level ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Monday, March 03, 2014
    The Smithfield-Selma Citizen of the Year is given annually to someone who has contributed extraordinary service to this area. It is sponsored by Triangle Insurance & Benefits. This year’s award is being given to someone who has supported our community for more than 30 years.  A native of Smithfield, he recognized at an early age that giving back to the community in which you live helps make the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, February 27, 2014
      The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce recently presented the Visual Improvement Award to Deacon Jones Auto Park, located at 1109 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.  The company has completed total renovation of it's Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram building with a new facade and showroom.  Accepting the award from the Chamber Member Services Committee is Tina Winborne, an owner of the company.     
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014
     From The Johnston County Visitors Bureau North Carolina film legend and Hollywood icon Ava Gardner graces the cover of the newest edition of Our State Magazine, dubbed the publication’s first ever “Movie Issue”. Almost all of the March 2014 issue of Our State is devoted to features about the North Carolina film industry, including a profile on Gardner and features on hometown theaters around ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    In 2007, Selma Elementary, a Title 1 school in Johnston County, started the county’s first Dual Language program with one class of 25 kindergarten students comprised of both native English and Spanish speakers.    Today, Selma Elementary School has 15 classrooms of students learning English and Spanish in kindergarten through fifth grade.    Recently released test scores from the North ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Community, Press Release
    Friday, February 14, 2014
    "Music: The Tie That Binds" will be the theme for the Heritage Center's 11th Contributing Patrons Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday evening, March 11 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Regional TV personality and on-stage entertainer Tina Seldin Cash will serve as our emcee, guiding us through a look back through Johnston County's musical heritage and performing several songs along the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    The Smithfield-Selma Citizen of the Year is given annually to someone who has contributed extraordinary service to this area. It is sponsored by Triangle Insurance & Benefits. This year’s award is being given to someone who has supported our community for more than 30 years.  A native of Smithfield, he recognized at an early age that giving back to the community in which you live helps make the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, January 30, 2014
    SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce held its 44th Annual Meeting on January 27, 2014. Highlights of the night included the naming of 2002 Board Chair Lee Jackson the area's Citizen of the Year, saluting the Smithfield-Selma High School Band with an award of achievement and having Congressman Mike McIntyre place comments in the Congressional Record honoring retiring Clerk of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Friday, January 24, 2014
    It all started with a home, or more specifically, a home loan to a local family who dreamed of home ownership.   The primary objective in organizing Kenly Building and Loan on April 28, 1924  was to provide home loans to individuals in Kenly, NC and in the broader Johnston County area.  The offices of the organization operated out of the back of the Bank of Kenly facility from 1924 until ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Clayton, NC industrial staffing poised for growth    Clayton, NC, Jan. 22, 2014 – The rapidly growing Staffing Solutions Division of Belcan Corporation, located in Clayton, NC, will be rebranded BelFlex Staffing Network and launched as a sister company to Belcan, effective 1/9/2014. While Ohio-based Belcan Corporation continues to focus on providing engineering solutions to clients around ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, January 02, 2014
    By 2014 Board Chair Keith Dimsdale It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the chair of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber Of Commerce for 2014.  We are blessed to live and work in a community with deep traditions and a welcoming spirit. Our area offers the benefits of close proximity to a major urban area while maintaining the comforts of small town living. I believe we have so much to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Monday, December 09, 2013
    Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) and US Foods today announced an agreement to merge, creating a world-class foodservice company. The total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $8.2 billion and the combination has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company. Bill DeLaney, Sysco president and chief executive officer, will lead the combined company, which will continue to ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    By Sherry Harris, Chair of the CWBN Committee I remain in awe of the inspiring Chamber Women’s Business Network event on Tuesday, November 19.  With an outstanding moderator (Debra Morgan, anchor with WRAL-TV) and panelists, JoCo Golden Girls entertainment, sponsors, food, vendors, and audience, we can truly say it was an enjoyable time. Yes, we cried, laughed, and even sang “Taking Care of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, November 18, 2013
    The Appearance Committee of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce recently noted the landscaping work that has been completed along East Market Street (US 70 Business) in Smithfield. The Chamber, along with several financial partners, raised over $60,000 to install shrubbery beds with crepe myrtles, clean the CSX Railroad Underpass and remove unsightly concrete walls along a stretch of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Community
    Friday, November 15, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma High School Spartan Regiment brought home a national title after competing in the USBands National Championships in New Jersey last weekend. The Spartan Regiment competed on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, and was crowned the IV-A Open National Champion after competing against 11 other ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, November 04, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, The Smithfield Herald — pseligson@newsobserver.com North Carolina’s secretary of commerce visited Johnston County last week, outlining five ways the state can grow its economy and how Johnston is well positioned to be part of that growth. Sharon Decker was keynote speaker for the annual Johnston County Economic Development Luncheon, held Oct. 29 at the Agricultural Center near ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber Board of Directors has gone on record in support of the two local school bond referenda on the ballot on November 5. The Chamber urges you to "Vote Yes Twice" for the $57 million Johnston County Public School Bond and the $7 million Johnston Community College Bond. As the Johnston County school system and community college continue to grow, new schools will have to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Thursday, October 10, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald — pseligson@newsobserver.com WILSON’S MILLS — Johnston County’s newest brewery began as a birthday present. When Cheryl Lane gave her husband Larry a brew kit for his 40th birthday, neither thought the gift would lead to Double Barley Brewing, which opened this month on U.S. 70. By training, the Lanes are mechanical engineers who ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, October 04, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized a long-time Chamber member for a new building and outdoor improvements it made at the corner of Buffalo Road and Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. The State Employees Credit Union opened a new branch on an eight-acre tract of land earlier in the year, and the Chamber presented its Visual Improvement Award to the company on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    At a special meeting prior to its regular monthly meeting on October 1, the Smithfield Town Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce for its contributions to the town's economy, business and quality of life. Also at the meeting, the Chamber showed its new economic development videos to the council. Four Oaks Bank & Trust had just ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Political
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Neuse Charter School, Johnston County’s only charter school, held a Groundbreaking Ceremony Monday afternoon on a three-story, 33,000 square foot state of the art facility. The new school building will consist of 15 classrooms, two science labs, two technology labs, and four “floating study areas.” A number of local business, school and elected leaders spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony held ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Johnston Community College has a new Small Business Director, effective September 18. She is Patricia (Pat) Killette. Ms. Killette has been the SBC Director at Wilson Community College for eight years. She is a resident of Johnston County and has owned a business here. Pat has also been an instructor for the SBC at JCC. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics and will truly be ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Education
    Tuesday, October 01, 2013
    Atlantic Coast Protein Corporation (APC, Inc.) has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor with a prestigious SHARP Award. The company, located on Noble Street in Selma, has had 4,000 working days without an accident, an outstanding safety record. N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the award at a ceremony at the plant on Monday, September 30. Company owner Aage ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, September 19, 2013
    Wilson's Mills Elementary School recently provided a special storybook welcome to its new 2013-2014 kindergarten class. By incorporating parts of the classic Gingerbread Man tale, the school was able to give its new students a very memorable first day. As the newest members of the Wilson's Mills family, they were given a guided tour of the school that had them looking for the “Gingerbread Man” ...read more
    Categories: Education, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, The Smithfield Herald Novo Nordisk will spend $102 million to expand its plant on Powhatan Road, creating 110 jobs, mostly in production. The company, based in Denmark, came to Johnston County in 1996. Its plant here employs 550 people who make products that treat diabetes. Company executives announced the expansion at the September county commissioners meeting. Lars ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has developed this local federal legislative agenda:    Transportation / Interstate 95  While the Chamber is on record supporting the improvement of Interstate 95, we find the proposed tolling plan released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2012 to be unacceptable. The plan is grossly unfair to the thousands of citizens ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political
    Friday, August 09, 2013
    The JobLink Career Center has made several changes! Name:  Capital Area Workforce Center Location:  300 S. 3rd Street, Suite A, Smithfield, NC 27577 Telephone: 919-934-4032 Website:  www.ncworks.gov -- the JobLink website will only be available for a short while longer -- please register at the new site •'NCWorks Online' is the state's response to heightened demand from employers for better ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has presented the Visual Improvement Award to 7th Street Marketplace and The Chicken Barn, both located at the corner of East Market and 7th Streets in Smithfield. The businesses were recognized for improvements made over the last couple of years to the property, including new construction and extensive landscaping. Larry Stancil owns the building and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce traveled to Raleigh on July 15 and met with the Johnston County legislative delegation. The meeting was organized by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and gave members an opportunity to address business issues with the state leaders. Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Galloway stated that the meeting was a success, and he hoped to make ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    By Derek Quizon, The Smithfield Herald — dquizon@newsboserver.com SMITHFIELD — Business After Hours began as a small, informal networking event for members of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce. It’s now one of the chief benefits of chamber membership, business owners say. Every month, chamber members gather at a local business for food and the chance to network. Last month, the location ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Junior Leadership Johnston County is a program to assist emerging youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education and government affairs. The program is open to rising Juniors in each high school in Johnston County. Students are selected through an application process and letters of recommendation. The Smithfield-Selma Chamber works with the Johnston ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, June 05, 2013
    The Chamber Women's Business Network recently held its Spring Scholarship Luncheon and reward three business professionals with continuing education scholarships. A total of $2,700, proceeds from 2012 CWBN programs, was given to Tracey Woodruff of Johnston Health, Cynthia Hutchings of Smithfield-Selma High School and Jessica Balazsi of Johnston Community College. Special guests at the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, June 03, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce held its first annual Academic Achievers Luncheon on May 22 at Johnston Community College to honor the top juniors from the Smithfield-Selma area high schools.  Students in attendance were recognized for their hard work and dedication that has allowed them to excel in their educational careers. Top achievers from the five high schools that ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    The students in Joey Smith’s Johnston County History class at Smithfield-Selma High School are not only learning about our county’s rich heritage, but are also helping to spread that heritage to the rest of the world. The class, which is taught to honors-level juniors and seniors, has been in the county curriculum since it was developed and approved by the Johnston County Board of Education in ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    Belk of Smithfield celebrated the company's 125th Anniversary on May 29 with food, giveaways and a special sale. “Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities, and our vendor partners.  We look ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, May 17, 2013
    Although this person has only been an “official” Ambassador for a couple of years, she has been an active volunteer for many more.  Recently, the Chamber gave its Ambassador of the Year Award  to Rose House of Four Oaks Bank. Rose is lifelong resident of Johnston County and has been with Four Oaks Bank since 1991.  She is currently in the role of Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 09, 2013
    Johnston County Schools is sending 3 of its best and brightest students to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina.  The names of the selected students along with their area of concentration and their high school are as follows:  Cameron Ross McCullers (shown in photo), Smithfield-Selma High School (Natural Science); Diana M. Arguijo-Mendoza, Corinth Holders High School (Math); and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013
    RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation starting next week will hold four public meetings in communities along the Interstate 95 corridor for attendees to learn about the results of the I-95 Economic Assessment, as well as the next steps in the process of improving the highway. Attendees will be able to discuss the study one-on-one with NCDOT officials in an informal setting and will ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    Because of the importance of teachers in developing and educating children, the Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County (Benson, Clayton, Cleveland, Four Oaks, Kenly, Princeton and Smithfield-Selma) adopted the Flame For Learning Award.  In so doing, it has been the goal of the local chambers to support and elevate the teaching profession in the public schools. This award recognizes outstanding ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    RALEIGH — It might be the start of construction season, but a major improvement project is getting ready to wrap up in Smithfield one month early. Beginning around 11 a.m.on Wednesday, April 24, drivers will be able to use the new bridge on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street over the Neuse River. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation held a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. to celebrate the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, April 05, 2013
    Johnston Health, the county-owned hospital and health care system, announced this week that it had selected UNC Health Care as its strategic partner.  The announcement followed a 17 month-long search by the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners. ”Health care is rapidly changing and health care systems like ours must be forward looking to continue to provide care close to our patients’ homes in ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Friday, April 05, 2013
    The Chamber recently presented a Distinguished Citizen Award to a person who has held numerous leadership roles and been active in the Smithfield-Selma area since locating here in 1961. He is Graham Riley Neville. Graham has long been an outstanding leader and able to motivate others to work together for the common goal.  He has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has always been ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    Smithfield-Selma High School, after months of intensive training and screening, has been accepted for the Dipolma Programme as an International Baccalaureate World School. Drew Duetch, Director of IB Americas, stated, “The school navigated the rigorous authorization process smoothly”.  Feedback from the authorization visit has been provided to the school in order for the school to successfully ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013
    By Derek Quizon, The Smithfield Herald, dquizon@newsobserver.com Tax reform, fracking and Interstate 95 tolls were atop the agenda at the annual Johnston County Legislative Summit last week. The number of General Assembly members representing Johnston doubled from three to six this year, thanks to a redistricting process that carved up the county. All six lawmakers – Sens. Brent Jackson and E.S. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Sunday, March 24, 2013
    A private donor has given $100,000 to the Partnership to Build a Miracle of Johnston County.  The Partnership is committed to raising 1.5 million dollars to build a Miracle League Baseball field and special needs park in Johnston County. This complex will allow the over 4,000 special needs children in Johnston County as well as surrounding areas to play, like other children, without having to ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Friday, March 22, 2013
    North Carolina Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon today joined N.C. Board of Transportation member Gus Tulloss and local leaders to dedicate a section of Interstate 95 from Exit 95 in Smithfield to Exit 97 in Selma as the Dick Fleming Freeway in honor of the late local businessman, Dick Fleming. "Due in great part to Dick's pioneering efforts, this entire ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Thursday, March 14, 2013
    The Chamber presented a Visual Improvement Award to Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill. Located in the heart of the Selma Antique District, the restaurant features daily lunch and dinner sandwich specials. In addition, Hula Girl features over 50 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream in cones, banana splits and milk shakes. Ray and Rose Pittman, who own the business, recently made outdoor improvements, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce recently presented a Distinguished Citizen Award to Fran Davis. The award is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service, and we appreciate that support. For the past 25 years, Fran has been a dedicated servant for the Town of Selma. She recently retired from her position as Town Clerk and Human Resources Director, which basically means she kept the “wheels ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, March 06, 2013
    Johnston Community College in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast before Business event Thursday, Feb. 21 on the main campus in Smithfield. Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by Pierce Group Benefits, BB&T, First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank, and KS Bank. The focus of the program was celebrating ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, February 22, 2013
    The Chamber Athena Award is presented each year to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in the Smithfield-Selma community. A national award, it is presented in over 300 communities and is sponsored locally by Corestaff Services. The Chamber would like to thank Corestaff for their continued sponsorship of this prestigious honor. This year’s nominee has all the qualities of a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, February 21, 2013
    SMITHFIELD - Smithfield-Selma High School received word today that the International Baccalaureate Organization has granted the school authorization to begin teaching the International Diploma Programme next year. While the wait has been grueling, the process certainly has been rewarding.  The school has set up a website at http://www.johnston.k12.nc.us/BSSS for information about ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, February 15, 2013
    The Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award is given in memory of the 1976 President of the Chamber. Mr. Creech operated Creech’s Pharmacy in downtown Smithfield for some 40 years and was the epitome of a business and community leader. The award is given to people who emulate this fine man. It is sponsored annually by Stancil Oil Company.   This year The Chamber Awards ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Friday, February 15, 2013
        SALISBURY - On Thursday, January 31, Millard and Patricia Stallings were honored as 2012 Main Street Champions at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury. The Stallings were selected by Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation for this special recognition in appreciation of their exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Along ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    SMITHFIELD - The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has honored Princeton High School Teacher Christy Klein as February's Teacher of the Month. Ms. Klein serves as an Exception Children's teacher at the school. This year, she is serving as the School Improvement Chair and is also serving as the Lead EC teacher. "Ms. Klein is always will to perform any job that is needed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Friday, February 01, 2013
    Smithfield-Selma High School Senior, Valerie Davis, was selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With less than 15% of nominees selected to advance to this level, Valerie is certainly among a very distinguished group. She will go on to participate in regional selection interviews in January. The ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    SMITHFIELD (January 29, 2013) - Rev. Lee Colbert, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Smithfield, was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year on Monday night at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce. Rev. Colbert was recognized for his 34 years of service to the church, and, in particular, for the opening of the new First Baptist Church Mission Center in ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    The Smithfield-Selma Citizen of the Year is given annually to someone who has contributed extraordinary service to this area. It is sponsored by Woody’s Computing Service.   Our highest chamber award this year goes to the Rev. Lee Colbert, pastor of Smithfield’s First Baptist Church. Rev. Colbert has been associated with the church for the past 34 years and its preacher since 1984.   He was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, January 02, 2013
    By 2013 Board Chair Earl W. Worley Jr. I am honored to have been elected by you to serve as Chair of the Greater Smithfield Selma Area Chamber of Commerce for 2013. Having been a member of the Smithfield Selma business community for over 25 years, I am excited about the future for our community and our chamber.   Located in the center of one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    By Derek Quizon, The Smithfield Heralddquizon@newsobserver.com Johnston Health plans to expand aggressively in the near future, chief executive Chuck Elliott told Smithfield-Selma Chamber members at a Good Morning Smithfield-Selma breakfast on October 18.. The county-owned hospital system plans to add 50 inpatient beds at its hospital in Clayton and eight inpatient rehab beds in Smithfield, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, October 08, 2012
    Smithfield-Selma High School Principal, Michael Taylor, announced on Wednesday, October 3rd that SSS Senior Celeste Loia has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Friday, October 05, 2012
    North Carolina ranks No. 26 in the latest State Entrepreneurship Index from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, jumping 12 spots from No. 38 a year earlier. To determine the rankings, University of Nebraska researchers assign each state a score based on five factors: the net growth in business establishments, business formation rate, patents per thousand residents and average proprietor ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    By Derek Quizon Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald SMITHFIELD - More than 100 community leaders and business owners gathered Wednesday morning for the annual Johnston County Economic Development Luncheon. The themes this year: recovery and revitalization. The luncheon is hosted each year by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County. The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, August 17, 2012
    Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action has moved into new headquarters and celebrated Thursday with a grand opening and ribbon cutting. The new 10,000 square foot building at 1102 Massey Street in Smithfield cost $1.5 million and houses 39 employees. The agency oversees the Johnston County Head Start Program and also helps with community development block grants, weatherization, housing and other ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, August 09, 2012
    The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on August 8 for Don Beto's Tacos, located at 720 Ricks Road (behind McDonald's) in Selma. The new restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The owner is Marcos Jaramillo and the manager is Alejandra Moreno Phone number for the new business, which also has a drive thru window, is 919-202-4566. 
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, July 27, 2012
    The Chamber was a host for a community information meeting on July 31 about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Over 200 people from all over Johnston County attended the meeting that explained the accreditation process. Smithfield-Selma High School will start offering IB courses this fall and hopes to have the complete program in place within a year. Any student in the county can ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    By Colin Campbell, ccampbell@newsobserver.com SMITHFIELD - Johnston County residents now have a place to take disabled and elderly family members for a full day of activities and medical care. Divine Destiny Adult Care, the county’s first adult day care, opened this week in a building on Powell Street in West Smithfield. Until now, caregivers have had to take their loved ones to Garner or ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Chamber, Community
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - After an extensive renovation of its store in West Smithfield, Roses company officials celebrated with a grand re-opening on Thursday morning, June 28. The store has been painted throughout. New display shelves, merchandise and signage has been added and new product lines have been acquired. Roses, owned by Variety Wholesalers of Henderson, has had a presence in the Smithfield-Selma ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, June 15, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on June 14 at a new Boost Mobile/Virgin Wireless store in Smithfield. Triangle Wireless opened its eleventh store at 1006 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, right next to Dunkin' Donuts. Stephanie Michel, the owner of Triangle Wireless, said the store offers all types of wireless services, including 3G and 4G mobile phones, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, June 07, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Another new business has joined the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce! Ambassadors and Chamber leaders assist Financial Advisor Phil Smith at the ribbon cutting for a new Edward Jones Investments near Holt Lake, south of Smithfield. The office is located at 3560 US Hwy. 301 South, Suite B, Smithfield. Sandy Sedel is the branch office administrator. The company offers a variety of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, May 29, 2012
    The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization awarded a $1,000 Cargill Community scholarship to Smithfield-Selma High School senior and FFA member Breanna Williams. Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, sponsors the scholarship. Breanna plans to use these funds to pursue a degree in agriculture education at North Carolina State University in the ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Region employment grew by 15,596 in 2011 following two years of decline, while other economic indicators pointed to recovery: 12 of 13 counties gained employment; wages grew 4.8 percent, the largest rise since 2005; and office vacancies declined to 16 percent, from 17 percent the year before. “Our region’s diverse, innovation-based ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012
     PINE LEVEL – Smithfield-Selma Chamber member Starlight Cases™ has announced the development of two new products designed to protect, secure and transport multi gun applications. # # # The new Burkett 3 Gun Kit has a high density foam interior that is designed to store a pistol, AR, shotgun, and accessories inside a hard.  “We are extremely pleased to work with Matt Burkett of Predator ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Thursday, April 19, 2012
    RALEIGH - Smithfield-Selma High School’s Lamar Minter was recognized on Saturday, April 14th at the Triangle Town Center Barnes & Noble store (Raleigh, NC) as one of the winners in the “My Favorite Teacher” contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble. Minter was nominated by SSS Junior and AVID student Solieth Fabian, who first came to know Minter as a student in his homeroom class and also through his ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Monday, April 16, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Donnie E. and Linda V. Lassiter of Selma have named the North Carolina Archives and Local History Room of the new Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College.   Donnie Lassiter is retired from Heartland Payment Systems, a company he co-founded in 1997. He currently holds many service leadership positions including the chairman of the board for North Carolina Foundation ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Wednesday, April 11, 2012
    ALEXANDRIA, VA  ­­– The Johnston County (N.C.) Schools have been selected as a first place winner in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) eighteenth annual Magna Awards program.   The Johnston County Schools were honored in the "over 20,000 enrollment" category. The district created GRADUATE!—an initiative that provides personalized educational experiences to high school dropouts in a ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Monday, April 02, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Former Smithfield-Selma High School Football Coach Elbert E. Moye will be among the 2012 inductees into the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will be held on Saturday, April 28th at Smithfield Selma High School cafeteria at 6:30 pm.  Tickets for the event are $10.00 and can be purchased at all high schools.Members of the class of 2012 include:Rickie Boyette, ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Thursday, March 29, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber has given the prestigious Athena Award to Rosa Andrews, director of the Small Business Center at Johnston Community College. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women in the Smithfield-Selma community. A national award, it is presented in over 300 communities and is sponsored locally by CORESTAFF Services..   “Superwoman” is defined as a woman who ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community
    Monday, March 26, 2012
    TORONTO - Teknion Corporation today announced the formation of Teknion Studio Group, LLC, near Smithfield, North Carolina, to develop and manufacture collaborative furniture products. Charlie Bell, with over 20 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, will head the operation. The company could bring 75 new jobs to the area. Opening a new manufacturing facility in the United ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    3HC Home Health and Hospice, a member of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring Wings, a camp for grieving children!  Wings is a weekend camping experience for children ages 8-16, who have had a significant person in their life to die.  Campers learn that they are not alone in their grief and that their feelings are normal.  They learn how to deal with feelings of grief and how ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has gone on record in opposition to the I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study that was released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in January and included tolls as the way to finance improvements.The Board is concerned that there is a lack of information on the economic impact the plan could have on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, March 08, 2012
    SMITHFIELD -  Lily Faulconer, daughter of Lindy and Johna Faulconer of Smithfield, was crowned Miss Smithfield-Selma High School on February 17. Lily is a sophomore  at Smithfield-Selma High where she is a varsity tennis player, varsity cheerleader and Projects Director of the Class of 2014.  Lily also is a member of the Science Club and serves as chair of the environmental committee. When asked ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, March 08, 2012
    Selma Elementary School won the Johnston County Elementary Battle of the Books competition March 2nd. Their team of fourth and fifth graders read 18 novels from the North Carolina Elementary Battle of the Books list and answered questions from all of these novels. After the day long competition against other Elementary Teams from Johnston County Schools, the Selma Elementary Team earned the most ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Wednesday, March 07, 2012
    From the News & Observer RALEIGH — Johnston County residents who have identified with 919 as their area code for more than a half-century will soon have to get used to dialing a new number. The Triangle Region will received a second area code — 984 — to accommodate a booming population and the proliferation of cell phones beginning March 31, 2012. After the area code is added, all ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Thursday, March 01, 2012
    The Chamber has presented a 2011 Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award to long-time Selma dentist, Dr. Dicky Parrish. The award was sponsored by Stancil Oil Company. Dr. Parrish was born and raised in the northern part of Johnston County. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and was chosen for the Academy of General Dentistry Award from ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, February 23, 2012
    The Chamber recently presented a Distinguished Citizen Award to a person whose success in life can be attributed to his customer service, his perseverance and his generosity.  He is Clarence Thomas Williford Jr.   Tommy Williford was born in Wilson and attended Charles L. Coon High School and later, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the Korean War, he served as s a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, February 16, 2012
    The Chamber presented the 2011 Jimmy Creech Small Business Persons of the Year to a couple who has enriched many lives in Johnston County through their spirit of community service. They are Michael and Kelly Smith, the owners of Zaxby’s in Smithfield and Clayton. Michael, a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina is a 2001 graduate of Wake Technical Community College with a degree in hotel and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Mrs. Tammy Leonard, a third grade teacher at West Smithfield Elementary School, was recently presented the Smithfield Selma Chamber "Teacher of the Month" Award for the month of January. Chamber President, Mr. Rick Childrey, and Director, Mrs. Sarai Daniels made the presentation to Mrs. Leonard. Mr. Chad Jewett, principal of West Smithfield Elementary along with the third grade ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Thursday, February 09, 2012
    The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce presented a Distinguished Citizen Award to Charles "Peg" Woodall of Selma at its 42nd Annual Meeting.  This recipient is sometimes known as “The Lion” but most people say he is soft spoken. Most of the time he is called “Peg” but his real name is Charles. He is Charles “Peg” Woodall, Selma’s 2011 Distinguished Citizen.  Mr. Woodall was born in Four Oaks ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, February 07, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Smithfield-Selma High School Senior Caroline Lore is a finalist in the 32nd Annual College & High School Photography Contest co-sponsored by Photographer’s FORUM magazine and Nikon. Over 18,000 photographs from the U.S., Canada, and around the world were entered into this contest, and Caroline’s photo was selected in the finalist group. Caroline is waiting to hear back whether or ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Thursday, February 02, 2012
    The Smithfield-Selma Citizen of the Year is given annually to someone who has contributed extraordinary service to this area. It is sponsored this year by Woody’s Computing Service.   Three years ago, the Chamber honored Selma’s Joe Carter, who many people called, “Mr. Railroad Days”. This year, the Chamber presents the Citizen of the Year Award to a person who would have to be known as “Mr. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012
    From The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC Caterpillar announced today that it plans to invest $33 million in its manufacturing facilities in Johnston County and create 199 jobs over the next five years. The project will expand the operations that are now home to Caterpillar's Building Construction Products Division. The expansion will make the Clayton facility the world source for several ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce held its 42nd Annual Meeting on January 30. 2012. Highlighting the night was the naming of Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation Director Chris Johnson as the area's Citizen of the Year. During the eveing, the Chamber unveiled a new logo, told the members that over $103,000 had been pledged for its capital campaign and presented a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Thursday, January 12, 2012
    SMITHFIELD (January 10, 2012) - Upon the recommendation of the Economic Development Committee, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce approved today the following resolution honoring the legacy of John Shallcross Sr.. An area industrial leader for over 50 years, Mr. Shallcross, passed away on January 6, 2012 at the age of 92. He had a major impact on industrial development in Johnston County, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, January 03, 2012
    By 2012 Board Chair, Jason W. Wenzel Over the last four decades, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of improving a vast array of quality of life issues for all the citizens in our communities.In addition to its primary focus of advocating for its 500+ business members, the Chamber has repeatedly and consistently partnered with both of its towns to take on such ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    SMITHFIELD– Bistro on Third and 231 Market Classic Printing have won the window display competition in Downtown Smithfield. With 105 of the 291 votes cast, Bistro on Third won the popular vote, while 231 Market Classic Printing won the very difficult juried vote.  Rounding out the top five popular vote getters were Orchard House Booksellers, DNA Bail Bonds, Big Mike’s Bail Bonds and Tucker ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Thursday, December 01, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber has recognized Watson, Cooke & Jones, P.A. with its Visual Improvement Award. The CPA firm has built a new building and added landscaping and parking lot improvements at its location at 1543 Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. The principals of the company are Neil Watson, Annette Cooke and Lisa Jones. For more about them, call 919-934-8452 or visit http://www.wcjcpa.net.
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - For the next few days, the Board of Directors and staff at the Ava Gardner Museum will be sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of “Debbie Reynolds The Auction Part II.”  The auction, scheduled for December 3 in Beverly Hills, California, offers several items of interest to the museum, most notably a dress from Show Boat.  Past visitors may remember seeing the dress on ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    The Sleep Inn & Suites of Smithfield, NC was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2011 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Sleep Inn brand. “The Sleep Inn & Suites, Smithfield hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    SMITHFIELD – The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation, The Herald, WTSB 1090AM, and WMPM 1270AM are hosting the second annual Christmas Window Display competition for Downtown Smithfield businesses this holiday season.  The competition entitled “Return of the Magic” will give downtown businesses an opportunity to express their creativity, while the voting public will have a chance to win ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 22 for Preparing To Soar, a new non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth and families. Tedra Fair and Marlyn Lewis are the co-founders of Preparing To Soar, whose office is located in Suite B3, Smithdale Plaza, 1329 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. One noteworthy program of Preparing To Soar is Teen Court, a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Community
    Wednesday, November 09, 2011
    SMITHFIELD—The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a 501(c)3 public charity to fund and implement the Chamber ‘s Vision Plan, "Creating a New Tomorrow."  The Plan was developed in 2008. “The Smithfield-Selma Chamber Economic Development Foundation is already working closely with M. Durwood Stephenson to advance the Plan’s economic development goals. It has also ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, November 08, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber celebrated today the relocation of Smithfield City Florist to South Bright Leaf Boulevard. Dean Wiggs and Jeff Stephenson purchased the former Daniel Matthews, CPA building and moved their business from downtown Smithfield during the summer. Smithfield City Florist had been housed on South Third Street next to First Presbyterian Church for the past 28 years. However, the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, November 01, 2011
     SMITHFIELD- The Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for Sign-A-Rama on Tuesday, November 1 at its new location at 721-5 N, Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The new franchise is part of the world's largest sign company, which is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. The new retail business is a full service sign center and can produce all types of signs, banners, vehicle lettering, tradeshow ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, October 28, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - A  ribbon cutting and grand opening of Smithfield Crossings Family Healthcare and Urgent Care of Smithfield was held Thursday morning, October 26.About 50 people attended the 10am event of the healthcare facility at 288-I Venture Drive in Smithfield.  Dr. Edwin Hartman is the Medical Director and Victoria L. Harris, PA-C, is the Assistant Medical Director. Smithfield Crossings ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Johnston Community College has been chosen to receive a fruit orchard from The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Dreyer’s (Edy’s) Fruit Bars.   The orchard will be planted on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the College’s Arboretum. A Planting Day celebration will begin on the Great Lawn of the Arboretum with a ceremonial planting from 11 a.m. to noon. In case of rain, the ceremony will be ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    The fifth grade students at Selma Elementary were surprised when a Fort Bragg Soldier, Staff Sergeant Kenneth O’Dell treated them with delicious ice cream during lunch!  SSG O’Dell, a member of the United States Army wanted to give his whole hearted appreciation and gratitude to the students as they have been studying about terrorism, wars, and events on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  These ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Johnston County Industries has partnered with Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield to reopen the Cyber Cafe. The restaurant, located in the center of the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield, will served breakfast and lunch and will be staffed by Johnston County Industries employees.  Johnston County Industries,which is headquartered in Selma, has been in operation since 1975 as ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - The N.C. Department of Transportation hosted a ceremony Monday to name the new Booker Dairy Road Extension in Smithfield in honor of local leader M. Durwood Stephenson. The event also included a ribbon cutting for the new road, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled to open to traffic in October. Gov. Bev Perdue was the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Press Release
    Monday, July 18, 2011
    Today’s youth are faced with many difficult situations. Providing troubled and at risk high school students with adult mentors has proven to be a successful strategy for youth. Smithfield Selma High School and North Johnston High School will benefit this fall from a dropout prevention grant sponsored by East Carolina University with support from the Johnston County Schools Dropout ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Thursday, June 23, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - A new outpatient physical therapist has opened in Smithfield. Advanced Physical Therapy, located at 1317-A N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, specializes in all forms of common physical therapy diagnoses. Dr. Daniel Skulavik is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS). For more information about the new business, call 919-300-5040 or visit ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Partners Commercial Realty hosted a grand opening today at its new office at 1652 Booker Diary Road. Teresa Daughtry, with the assistance of Smithfield Mayor Daniel Evans cuts the ribbon. Contact the company at (919) 585-5571 or www.partnerscrnc.com.    
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Thursday, June 02, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Smithfield-Selma High School’s NJROTC Unit hosted its 10th Annual Military Inspection (AMI) on March 17, 2011 for the Area Six Manager, Commander Griffith Jones. Two months prior to the inspection, the Naval Science Instructor, Master Sergeant Randy Griffin, the Commanding Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Commander Cinthia Monterrosa, and the Executive Officer, Cadet Lieutenant ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber presented the Visual Improvement Award today to Holt Lake BBQ and Seafood, located at 3506 U.S. 301 South, Smithfield. The restaurant was destroy by fire about one year ago and owners rebuilt, reopening last December. In the picture, Terry Barefoot and wife Donna accept the award from Chamber Ambassadors Woody Bailey, Marie Dodson, Keith ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Randy Parker, a science teacher at Clayton High School, was named winner of the Flame for Learning Award last night at the 18th annual Flame for Learning Banquet. The event was held at the Agriculture Center on Hwy 210. With this honor comes the title of Johnston County Schools Teacher of the year. His best practice, “Keeping it Real” will be posted on the district ...read more
    Categories: Education, Chamber
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - The Neuse Charter School held a ground breaking ceremony today for its new campus located at 909 Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. A number of school and community leaders from throughout Johnston County were on hand for the event. As part of the ceremony, the existing gym was named in honor of the school principal, Dr. Patrica Brady Harris. The new facility is being ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Education
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - Officials with Harbor, Inc., an organization that provides help, hope and safety to victims of domestic violence in Johnston County, cut a big purple ribbon today to mark the grand opening of its new venture. Pizazz, a quality resale store, has moved to 119 N. Third Street in Smithfield and doubled its floor space. The store features gently-used women's and children's ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011
    See more pictures below story. SMITHFIELD, NC - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Chamber’s Economic Development committee has unveiled proposed visual improvements to the Smithfield and Selma entryways at I-95, US 301, and US 70. The committee commissioned landscape plans for exit 97 on I-95 and the 70 Business corridor from Highway 301 to exit 95 that would create a more ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - Talecris Biotherapeutics is the 2010 recipient of the Johnston Community College Business and Industry Partner of the Year.  The award was presented Feb. 10 at the Breakfast before Business event, which was hosted by the Johnston Community College Foundation, the Johnston County Association of Chambers of Commerce, and the JCC Economic and Workforce Development department. ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Economic
    Thursday, February 03, 2011
    SMITHFIELD, NC - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Carroll Wooten its 2010 Citizen of the Year.   Mike Wooten was born in Roanoke, Virginia and moved to Johnston County in 1969 when his father was hired as an assistant principal at the newly completed Smithfield-Selma High School. While a student at Smithfield-Selma, Mike excelled in football, wrestling and track ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Saturday, January 01, 2011
    By Keith Brinson Forty years ago, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce made a commitment to continuous improvement of the quality of life for all in our communities.  Under the keen and insightful leadership of Graham Neville, the Chamber launched the very first collaborative effort between the two towns that charted the course of prosperity and growth which still guides us today. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber

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