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Barbour named to college board

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed DeVan Barbour IV to a four-year term on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees.

Barbour, 29, is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Advantage in Raleigh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State University.

Barbour and his wife, Britany, live in Benson, where he is a member of the Benson Lions Club.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing another viewpoint to the board for faculty and staff, students and student life opportunities,” Barbour said.

Barbour replaces April Culver, whose term ended in 2013. He will take his oath of office at the trustees’ Sept. 19 meeting.

Bodies identified after fire

Officials have identified the two bodies found after a home west of McGee’s Crossroads burned down earlier this month.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Strickland said the two were James Leon Johnston Jr., 57, and Sarah Brintle Hutchens, 53, both of 2028 County Line Road, Angier.

The home caught fire early in the morning of Aug. 3. Strickland said the cause is still under investigation.

Sorority gives away school supplies

Members of a local sorority came to Selma Aug. 17 to deliver 50 book bags filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items.

The Johnston County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority brought its Retool Your School program to the Boys and Girls club, where students from elementary through high school were able to choose a book bag.

The sorority will offer its educational programs at the Boys and Girls Club this school year. Starting Oct. 19, programs for boys and girls will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month. The Delta Academy will serve girls ages 11-13. The Delta Gems curriculum is for high school girls. The sorority’s EMBODI program serves boys ages 14-17.

Also, the sorority will offer its Young Entrepreneur’s program to high school students.

For more information about the sorority’s programs, call 919-302-1909 or visit

Holiday waste

In observance of Labor Day, the Johnston County landfill and solid waste convenience centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.

Meeting notice

The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the council chambers in the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.