Pipeline subject of meeting
A meeting for landowners and others concerned about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Topics include eminent domain, easements, pipeline dangers and legal issues. Also, the meeting will include a panel that will answer questions.
Rouzer coming to Johnston
U.S. Rep. David Rouzer will be in Johnston County this week.
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The congressman will listen to constituent concerns at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. He will also talk about his work in Washington.
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Bank to hold food drive
KS Bank branches will conduct a food drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Bring a nonperishable food item or monetary donations. Branches will serve a hot dog lunch to donors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are the bank’s Johnston County branches:
Kenly – 200 N. Church St., with donations going to Kenly Area Ministries.
Selma – 111 W. Anderson St., with donations going to the food closet at Edgerton United Methodist Church.
Clayton – 11591 U.S. 70 Business West, with donations going to the Samaritan’s Shelf at West Clayton Church of God.
Smithfield – 1031 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., with donations going to the Smithfield Rescue Mission.
Four Oaks – 106 W. Wellons St., with donations going to Four Oaks United Methodist Church and Backpack Buddies.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant to turn a park into an imaginative space for families to play and be active outdoors.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the N.C. Recreation and Park Association are supporting healthier communities by installing PlayPrints across the state.
PlayPrints are ground markings, or colorful shapes and games painted on existing pavement. The bright colors and interactive designs are meant to encourage visitors to take part in more physical activity.
“Receiving a PlayPrints grant at Brack Wilson Park is a helpful step as we continue to grow healthy and active opportunities in our community,” said Joni Hubble-Zeneberg, supervisor of recreation programs in Selma. Park visitors will have new creative ways to engage with our public space and have fun participating in physical activity outdoors.”
Brack Wilson Park has a baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter and playground. Adding PlayPrints will offer another feature for visitors of all ages.
“We want to promote healthy habits at an early age and make it fun for North Carolinians to get outside and get active with their families,” said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. “PlayPrints are a simple way to take existing outdoor spaces in our communities and transform them into a center for healthy activity and imaginative play.”
Michelle Wells is executive of the N.C. Recreation and Park Association. “Providing fun and creative avenues to engage our communities by adding PlayPrints to our parks and greenways is an exciting way to encourage citizens of all ages to have a little fun while increasing physical activity,” she said.
School board makes hires
At its September meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education hired the following central office administrators: Michael R. Taylor as executive director of transportation and growth planning and Sherrie E. Morgan as director of transportation. They will assume their duties Nov. 1.
Commission names new director
The N.C. Sweet Potato Commission has a new executive director. Kelly McIver succeeds Kelly Sue Johnson-Langdon, who retired.
Johnson-Langdon joined the commission as executive director in 1995. “It is somewhat difficult to leave this wonderful position I have enjoyed for many years,” she said. “But I am confident that Kelly will carry the ‘sweet potato torch’ to greater successes for the N.C. sweet potato growers.”
McIver has worked with the Sweet Potato Commission in her international-marketing role with N.C. Department of Agriculture. That role include market-development trips to Europe, Canada and Israel.
“I am excited to be working full time with the growers and shippers of sweet potatoes whom I have come to know through my work,” McIver said, adding that she hoped to “build upon the foundation of success that Sue has established.”
North Carolina is the nation’s largest grower of sweet potatoes, accounting for nearly half of U.S. production. The commission’s aim is to increase sweet potato consumption through education and promotional activities.
The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center, 521 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.