Smithfield Herald

August 29, 2014

News Briefs: Sept. 3

Johnston County will soon conduct a verification of all physical addresses in the county.

Johnston to verify physical addresses

Johnston County will soon conduct a verification of all physical addresses in the county.

The project will be in three phases, with the first phase starting Monday, Sept. 15. The field crew will be using a 2007 white Toyota Highlander marked Atlas Geographic Data and with magnetic signs that state “911 Address Verification.” All employees will have a Johnston County badge.

For more information, call the county’s GIS Department at 919-989-5153.

Johnston schools launch EdChat

The Johnston County school system has launched EdChat, a place online where parents, students, teachers, staff and community members can ask questions and comment on school issues. Access it at

“EdChat reflects our belief that every voice should be heard,” stated Ed Croom, superintendent of Johnston County schools. “Now anyone in our community can easily let us know exactly what is on his or her mind. We are here to serve our district, so we are thrilled to offer a way to easily engage in a productive dialogue.”

EdChat users may leave their contact information or choose to remain anonymous. Submissions that include an email address will receive a response within 48 hours.

“Our community is our greatest resource,” Croom said. “EdChat encourages conversations that strengthen relationships, resolve problems and promote collaborative success.”

Doyle salutes sheriff’s deputy

Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle has named her latest Law Enforcement Officer of the Month. He is Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Clifton.

A 14-year veteran, Clifton is a member of the Sheriff’s Aggressive Field Enforcement Team, which focuses on parts of the county experiencing high crime rates.

“The time and attention he devotes to his work have earned him respect from all members of the District Attorney’s Office,” Doyle said. “In addition to that, Deputy Clifton is just a genuine guy.”

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