Smithfield pair’s grandson earns Eagle Award
Frank Adams Hobart III, the grandson of John and Frances Hobart of Smithfield, has received the Eagle Award, Boy Scouting’s highest honor.
Hobart is the son of Drs. Frank Hobart and Betsy von Biberstein of Wilmington. He is also the grandson of Richard and Carolyn Biberstein of Burgaw.
For his Eagle project, Hobart oversaw the construction and installation of 12 Blue Bird houses at the Karen Beasley Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City.
He is a junior at New Hanover High School and also enrolled in N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham. He is interested in math and engineering.
His Eagle ceremony is scheduled for March 5 at his home in Wilmington.
Clayton man receives service award
Averitt Express, a Raleigh-area trucking company, recently honored employee Billy Ray of Clayton for 20 years of service.
Ray is now among the nearly 900 active Averitt employees who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team.”
Breanna Barbosa, 18, of Clayton was a state finalist for a 2016 Spirit of Community Award from insurance company The Prudential. The awards program honor young people for volunteerism.
Barbosa, a senior at Johnston County Early College Academy, has volunteered the past two summers at the Duke Children’s Health Center, where she plays games and does projects with the children, many who are terminally ill.
U.S. Army trains Clayton woman’s son
U.S. Army Pfc. Alexander A. Woody has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is the son of Lisa A. Williams of Clayton.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system and basic first aid.
Woody is a 2006 graduate of Millbrook High School in Raleigh.
Young rancher wins award
Riley Wood of Willow Spring has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s Bronze Award.
A new state trooper
Mark A. Samosky of Johnston County has graduated from the N.C. State Highway Patrol’s 138th Basic Patrol School. He has been assigned to his home county.