• News for Community

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    Johnston County Public Schools students, staff, parents, and community members connected with local authors at the first ever JOCO Reads event on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Selma Elementary.   Featured authors included Smithfield resident Cornell Cox, Youngsville resident Kim Beall, Princeton resident Hope Toler Dougherty, Benson resident Shelby Stephenson, Cary resident Julia Day, Pine Level ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    Johnston County Public Schools has implemented new food programs at several schools, strengthening its dedication to providing nutritious meals and snacks to support the learning environment.JCPS School Nutrition Services introduced Share Tables at West Smithfield Elementary and Grab-and-Go “After the Bell” kiosks at Four Oaks Elementary. Both initiatives seek to serve students who may still be ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education, Press Release
    Friday, December 07, 2018
    Johnston Community College is pleased to announce its first cohort of dual-enrolled students selected in NC State University’s Community College Collaboration (C3) program. C3 is intended for community college students from low-to-moderate income backgrounds with demonstrated potential for academic success who aspire to transfer to NC State after completing their associate degree. C3 provides ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Education, Press Release
    Friday, November 30, 2018
    SMITHFIELD, North Carolina-- Johnston County Public Schools students and teachers are putting $16,000 in grant money that was awarded this month to use in innovative practices in their classrooms and schools.   The JCPS department of Academic Innovation funded the grants from within their budget. The department awarded $500 grants to 32 students and teachers who submitted proposals detailing why ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release, Education, Human Interest
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    The Bentonville Fire Department donated one of their fire trucks for Johnston County Public Schools students to use as a mobile learning lab on Monday, Nov. 19.   The donation directly benefits students who are enrolled in the district’s Fire Science Program by giving them hands-on experience working with an actual fire truck.   After seeing how successful the JCPS Fire Science ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Education, Press Release
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    Princeton High School students on the FFA Forestry team are preparing to compete in the Regional Forestry Competition in April 2019.   The team earned a spot to compete in the competition after placing second in the Johnston Federation Forestry Competition in October at Clemmons State Park. Team members include Princeton High students Hannah Mayo, Clay Beasley, Brayden Rains, and Caleb ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    Students received numerous awards in Grifols Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.  Twenty-nine engineering students at Johnston Community College put their bridge designing skills to the test recently during the Grifols Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.  This is the second time JCC has participated in the event. Students were led by engineering instructor Albert Brewer.  Ed Sierra of Four Oaks and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Human Interest
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Dr. Twyla Casey Wells, executive director of the Johnston Community College Foundation, is the 2018 Athena International Leadership Award recipient presented by the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber Women’s Business Network (CWBN).  The Athena Leadership Award is given to an individual who is honored for professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, August 27, 2018
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a “State of the Region” luncheon on Wednesday September 5, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  This year’s event will be hosted by Sysco of Raleigh at 1032 Baugh Rd, Selma, NC 27576.  Pre-registration and photo ID will be required to enter the facility. The towns of Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson’s Mills will report on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Business, Community, Education
    Friday, August 24, 2018
    Johnston County Public Schools has teamed with radio station WKJO – Country Superstars 102.3 FM to air a Johnston County high school football game each Friday night throughout the high school football regular season.  WKJO- 102.3 can be heard throughout Johnston County as well as parts of adjoining counties.   Dubbed the Johnston County Public Schools Football Game of the Week, the broadcasts ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
    Saturday, June 09, 2018
    Making a difference in the lives of thousands of Johnston County students  SMITHFIELD, NC June 8, 2018 Leadership Johnston graduated eighteen professional leaders on June 6 at a dinner banquet sponsored by KS Bank, Inc.  Held at the Country Club of Johnston County, the event featured a special presentation from Brian Doyle, a former pilot of the US Airforce, now author and expert in generational ...read more
    Categories: Business, Chamber, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Highway Upgrades, Workforce Skills, Industry-Ready Sites and Buildings Are Top Priorities for One of North Carolina’s Fastest-Growing CountiesJohnston County, N.C. – November 30, 2017. Jobs and population are growing at rates faster than the state or nation, and that puts a premium on transportation improvements, occupational skills and buildable industrial properties. Those were among the key ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Political, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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, 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, Economic
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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, 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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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