Smithfield Herald

News Briefs: Dec. 28

JCC to aid veterans, displaced workers

Johnston Community College is enrolling displaced workers and veterans in short-term training classes as part of the NCWorks Job-Driven Initiative.

In January, JCC will start offering courses in biowork, plumbing and manufacturing for qualifying long-term displaced workers and veterans.

The state’s Division of Workforce Solutions received a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The grant helps states implement or expand job-driven partnerships for dislocated workers.

JCC’s portion of the grant is $141,000.

Congressman salutes Crocker

U.S. Rep. George Holding took to the House floor earlier this month to recognize Johnston County’s recently retired clerk of court.

Will Crocker retired this month after 36 years in office. His department has grown with the county, from 15 employees when he started to 42 today.

“Over 36 years, Will helped thousands of people, judges and attorneys navigate the court system in Johnston County,” Holding said in his remarks. “Will served with professionalism since winning his first election in 1978 and is the longest serving clerk in North Carolina.”

Holding honored Crocker even though Johnston County isn’t in his Congressional district (U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who does, is on his way out). And while Holding is a Republican, Crocker has always run as a Democrat.

“His knowledge of Johnston County history and politics is second to none, and when Will isn’t eating at the Coffee Pot in Smithfield, he’s enjoying his favorite pastime at night, watching CSPAN,” Holding said. “Will is one of a kind and leaves a lasting legacy in the history of Johnston County.”

Rouzer names chief of staff

Congressman-elect David Rouzer of McGee’s Crossroads has named Melissa Murphy his chief of staff. Murphy currently serves as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina. She has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.

“I am excited to have Melissa as part of our team,” Rouzer said. “She will provide exceptional leadership and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the North Carolina delegation that will serve the coastal communities, this district, and the state very well.”

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the people of North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District,” Murphy said. “I look forward to working with David to help him and his team best represent the interests and priorities of families in Eastern North Carolina.”

A native of Greenwood, S.C., Murphy received her bachelor’s degree in government from Wofford College and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina.