Driver’s license office to close for a day
The Clayton driver’s license office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 1, for equipment installation. Nearby are driver’s license offices at 3783 U.S. South, Smithfield, and 2851 Wendell Blvd. in Wendell.
Barbour won’t run again
County Commissioner DeVan Barbour announced this week that he will not seek reelection in 2016.
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By the time his current term ends next December, Barbour will have spent 30 years in elected office – eight years on the Benson Board of Commissioners, 10 years on the Johnston County school board and 12 as a county commissioner.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the wonderful citizens of Johnston County for so long,” Barbour said in a news release.
“The goal of local government is to work for the people to help make their lives easier, safer and better,” Barbour added. “Every board that I have had the privilege of serving on has followed that principle.”
Cleveland resident to run for school board
Teresa Grant of the Cleveland community has announced that she will seek a seat on the Johnston County Board of Education.
Grant, an 18-year resident of the Cleveland community, is a Chemistry Section supervisor and safety officer with the N.C. Department of Agriculture. She has two granddaughters at West View Elementary School.
“I have witnessed firsthand the difference our schools and teachers can make in a child’s life,” Grant said. “My oldest grandchild struggled with reading before moving to Johnston County, but I watched her advance three reading levels within her first few weeks of attending West View.
“I know that Johnston County teachers genuinely care about their students and do an excellent job of meeting their needs and communicating with the parents. We need to ensure we retain the good talent we have in this county and ensure they are equipped to do the best job possible”
Grant is a charter member of Community Baptist Church in Cleveland.
“Our current (school) board has spent years building a collaborative spirit with our county commissioners and legislators, which has been key in meeting the needs of our students, teachers and schools,” Grant said. “I want to continue the excellent job this board has done.”
Attorney will seek N.C. Senate seat
Benton Sawrey, an attorney in Johnston County, has announced that he will seek the N.C. Senate seat held by Buck Newton, who has said he won’t run again.
“Sen. Newton has been an exemplary senator of Wilson, Nash and Johnston counties, and I want to follow in his footsteps in fighting for our conservative values,” said Sawrey, a Republican.
“The General Assembly has cut red tape and provided substantial tax relief to families and small businesses, and I believe we can do more to reduced the size and scope of government,” he added.
Sawyer is an attorney with Narron, O’Hale and Whittington in Smithfield. He serves on the boards of Johnston Community College and the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. He and his wife, Beth, a pharmacist at WakeMed in Raleigh, make their home in Clayton.
Reward offered in Smithfield arson
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a fire in Smithfield.
On Oct. 28, 2014, a fire occurred at the R City Bar and Grill at 388-A Venture Drive. Video surveillance showed two males entering the business and pouring a liquid substance inside. Additionally, the video showed that a ma and woman visited the business a few hours before the fire.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-888-283-3473. All calls will be kept confidential.