• News for Human Interest

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Hundreds of students from Johnston County Public Schools competed in the Special Olympics of North Carolina Spring Games on April 11-12 at Smithfield-Selma High. The Smithfield-Selma High athletic fields were transformed into an Olympic Village to host the games for the athletes. Elementary aged students competed on Thursday, while middle and high school aged students competed on Friday. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, April 04, 2019
    Johnston Community College on Thursday celebrated the opening of a new cabin at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center.  The cabin cost is $171,916.01 and is funded from three sources -- $50,000 from Johnston County Visitors Bureau Grant; $50,000 from JCC Foundation’s Howell Woods Endowment; and $71,916.01 from JCC’s capital budget provided by Johnston County.  In 2016, Hurricane Matthew ...read more
    Categories: Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, April 04, 2019
    The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is pleased to announce that The Original Drifters will headline the 35th annual Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage and Agri Supply, with a free concert scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  With roots in doo wop, soul, and R&B, The Original Drifters are among the most purchased, most played, and most popular groups in the history ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    Hundreds of volunteers gathered together to package more than 18,000 meals to fight childhood hunger in the Smithfield-Selma community for the Generosity Feeds event on Dec. 15.  More than 400 volunteers from Johnston County Public Schools, LifeSpring Church of Smithfield, and the community, gathered at Smithfield Middle to package the meals in a four hour span. The Smithfield-Selma area ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    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
    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
    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 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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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, 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

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