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U.S. Chamber endorses Rouzer

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed David Rouzer’s campaign for Congress.

Moore Hallmark is executive director of the chamber’s Southeastern Region Office.

“At no other time in our country’s history is it more important for our elected officials in Washington to understand that business isn’t the problem but a big part of the solution,” Hallmark said. “We need leaders with the courage to govern, and that’s why we’re proud to stand with David Rouzer today. David’s the kind of leader willing to fight for business and will get America back to work by strengthening the free-enterprise system.”

Rouzer welcomed the endorsement. “My entire career has been focused on alleviating the burdens our small-business owners and small family farms face, and it will continue to be a top priority of mine in Washington,” he said.

Chamber to host candidate debate

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will host a debate for candidates for the U.S. House from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.

Democrat Jonathan Barfield, Libertarian Wesley Casteen and Republican David Rouzer will square off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

To submit questions for the debate, email

Street closing in Wilson’s Mills

For its Pumpkin Festival road race on Oct. 11, the Town of Wilson’s Mills will close Wilson’s Mills Road from Fire Department Road to Mitchner Drive from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The police department will post detour signs, and emergency personnel will be available to help anyone needing access to the road. For more information, call Town Hall at 919-938-3885.

Notary services in deeds office

The Johnston County Register of Deeds office has added notary services at no charge. The office, located in the courthouse in downtown Smithfield, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.