• News for Press Release

    Friday, November 08, 2019
     Dr. Terri Holston Lee is the new vice president of institutional  effectiveness and  strategic initiatives at Johnston Community College.  In her new role, Lee will lead institutional effectiveness, strategic enrollment management, and information technology services at JCC.   A Smithfield native, Lee said she is most excited about using data-informed decisions to improve student success and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Education
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    The Johnston County Judicial community will host the Supreme Court of North Carolina as part of the Court’s bicentennial celebration.  The Court will hold a Criminal session and a Civil Session in the Historic Courtroom in the Johnston County Courthouse on November 22.  The first case will begin at 9:30 a.m. and following a 30-minute break, the second case will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The Supreme ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Chamber, Community
    Friday, November 01, 2019
    Event is open to the general public from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14.  The inaugural JOCO WORKS Career Expo will be held Nov. 14-15 at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, N.C.  Presented by Novo Nordisk, JOCO WORKS is an industry-led collaborative supported by education, business, civic, and government partners created to meet the Johnston County, North Carolina (JOCO) workforce needs of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Smithfield, N.C. -  On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, the Junior Women's League of Smithfield (JWL) will host its fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event, presented by Deacon Jones Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Big rigs, emergency vehicles, construction equipment and many other big machines that make kids of all ages say "whoa!" will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Third Street in ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Center serves as a one-stop shop for students.The new Student Success Center at Johnston Community College is officially open and serving students.  The center is a comprehensive one-stop shop, enhancing the front-door and onboarding experience for new and current students.  Located in the Tart Building in the heart of JCC’s main campus, the center integrates and houses a variety of student ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Press Release
    Friday, September 13, 2019
    "Exposure on a national basis is key for great economic development. The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce wants to thank the Johnston County Economic Development Office for a great job in giving the communities of Johnston County and the Triangle East Region this much needed exposure. We are honored to have been a part of this great event". Mike Mancuso, President & CEO Aerial Helicopter Tours ...read more
    Categories: Business, Economic, Chamber, 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
    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
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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, 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, Economic, Chamber
    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
    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
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    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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