JCC competing for $1 million prize
Johnston Community College is one of 150 two-year institutions eligible 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. Aspen Institute used publicly available data to narrow the pool from more than 1,000 two-year colleges across the United States.
JCC is the only North Carolina community college eligible to apply for the 2017 award.
“Johnston Community College is extremely honored to be named to this list of outstanding two-year colleges,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “This recognition is a true testament to the institutional commitment by our faculty and staff each and every day to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for the successful development of our students.”
Applications from the 150 eligible institutions are due in March, and 10 finalists will be announced in the fall . The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to finalist campuses, and a jury will select a winner and finalists with distinction in early 2017.
For the first time, institutions that apply for the prize are also eligible for the Siemens Technical Scholars Program, which will award scholarships to students in energy, health care, information technology and advanced manufacturing.
Santa Fe College won the Apsen Prize in 2015. Santa Barbara City College and Walla Walla Community College shared the award in 2013, and Valencia College won the inaugural prize in 2011.
Water plant making temporary change
Staring Feb. 29th, Johnston County’s water-treatment plant will temporarily stop feeding ammonia with chlorine for disinfection and start feeding chlorine only for customers on the Johnston West water-distribution system. That system serves customers west of Interstate 95 and south of U.S. 70.
Johnston West customers who use kidney dialysis machines should be aware that the water will contain more chlorine for about five weeks before returning to a chlorine and ammonia mixture on or about April 4. Also, the chlorine-only water can be toxic to tropical fish.
Most customers will not notice a difference in their water, but some might detect a chlorine odor and might observe a slight color change. The county will flush the Johnston West distribution system during this period to speed the removal of chloramines from the system. The flushing process might result in some minor and temporary discoloration of water that does not affect quality.
Clayton man faces federal charges
A federal grand jury has indicted a Clayton man on charges of using fraudulent tax returns to receive and cash U.S. Treasury checks.
Felipe Hurtado, also known as Juan de Dios, faces one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public money, 25 counts of theft of public money and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Hurtado provided check cashers with U.S. Treasury checks in the names of payees purportedly living in New York. These checks ranged in value from $5,000 to $10,000. The indictment further alleges that Hurtado cashed U.S. Treasury checks in the names of individuals whose identities had been stolen.
Medical practice joins network, adds surgeon
An orthopedist on the medical staff at Johnston Health has joined the UNC Physicians Network and added a surgeon to his Clayton-based practice.
Dr. Richard Alioto of University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will continue his practice at Spring Branch Medical Pavilion. The practice includes Dr. Aaron Leininger, a sports-medicine specialist who came aboard last year, and Dr. Gregory Tayrose, an orthopedic surgeon who joined the practice in January.
Tayrose graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at New York University Hospitals for Joint Diseases and a fellowship in sports medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.
Tayrose has a special interest in sports medicine and has helped to provide sideline care from the high school level to the professional athlete.
“The ability to provide care and improve patients’ quality of life is extremely gratifying,” he says.
Leininger also earned his medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in family medicine at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro and a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Elon University. Board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, he has several years of experience in concussion management.
Man jailed in shooting of girlfriend’s son
One man was in the hospital and another behind bars after a quarrel in a Clayton home led to a shooting Feb. 13.
It happened just after midnight at 905 E. Joyner St., where both the suspect and victim lived together.
When officers arrived, 33-year-old Brandon Pleasants told police that his mother’s boyfriend, 58-year-old Timothy Carroll Driver, had shot him in the face. It was only in the back of the ambulance on the way to WakeMed that Johnston County EMS crews discovered Pleasants had also been shot in the stomach. Pleasants had surgery and was expected to recover.
Clayton police officers, with the help of Johnston County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Driver just a short time after the shooting about a block away from the home. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and altering or removing a gun’s serial number. He was jailed under an $80,000 bond.
Pleasant’s two young children live with him in that home, and both were home at the time of the shooting. They were not harmed.
Fire leaves two homeless
A woman, her daughter-in-law and their Chihuahua were burned out of their home Feb. 12
Just before 5 p.m. a passerby noticed the flames and smoke coming from the home in the 400 block of West Front Street and called 911.
An elderly woman and her dog were home at the time. Clayton firefighters, Clayton police and Johnston Emergency Services arrived to help the daughter-in-law carry the woman and dog from the burning house. The daughter-in-law had just arrived from home from work to find the house smoking.
Everyone was OK, but the smoke and flames made the home unsafe. The fire might have started in the kitchen.