Smithfield Herald

News Briefs: July 21

Free energy audits

The Weatherization division of Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers free energy audits to eligible residents in Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties. The house must have a working HVAC system to be eligible.

Energy audits can help identify leaks and sealing issues in the home, which can then be fixed to decrease utility bills.

For more information, call 919-934-2145.

Bridges close for replacement

The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed two Johnston County bridges for replacement.

The 60-year-old bridge on Juniper Church Road over Hannah Creek east of Benson is structurally deficient, which means it is safe but deteriorating. A detour sends drivers onto Tettersville, Hockaday, Dodd-McLamb and Juniper roads to get back to Juniper Church Road.

The bridge over East Mingo Swamp on Benson-Hardee Road near Benson is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, meaning it was built to design standards no longer used. As a detour, drivers can use Mingo Road, N.C. 27 and Denning Road.

The DOT expects work on both projects to take no more than 120 days.

The projects are part of a $10.4 million contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. to replace a dozen Johnston County bridges by late 2015.

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Braswell reappointed to veterans’ board

Johnston County Commissioner Tony Braswell has been reappointed chairman of the N.C. Veterans Affairs Commission.

Braswell is a former Pine Level mayor and commissioner. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and received the Army Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam.

Braswell is a member of the Johnston County Disabled American Veterans, the Pine Level Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Pine Level American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Meeting canceled

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, has been canceled.


A story in Wednesday’s Herald should have stated that the Me Fine Foundation was founded in 2004, not 2009. Also, the foundation’s phone number is 919-202-0086.