Smithfield Herald

News Briefs, Sept. 11

Lane closures possible

Motorists are reminded to be aware of possible overnight lane closures along Interstates 40 and 440 as the preliminary phase of the upcoming rehab project continues.

The outside lanes on both interstates might be closed to allow crews to safely drill for core samples along the shoulders. In some areas, the shoulders will become travel lanes during the I-40 and I-440 reconstruction.

Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the work crews, watch for construction signs, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

The rehab project will involve tearing up and replacing 11 miles of I-40 and I-440 from west of Jones Franklin Road in Cary to north of U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh. That section of highway is 30 years old, and workers need to dig down at least 2 feet to remove and replace the pavement, shoulders and ramps.

Man jailed on sex charges

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 16 arrested a man on child sex charges.

Dwayne Lamont Holder, 21, of 9757 N.C. 39, faces two felony counts of first-degree rape of a child, two felony counts of first-degree sex offense against a child and two counts of incest with a child. He was jailed under a $750,000 bond.

Jobless rate falls

Johnston County’s jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent in July from 8 percent in June, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

In July, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 6,415. The statewide jobless rate in July was 9.1 percent.

Here are the July jobless rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 10.6 percent; Nash, 12.5 percent; Sampson, 8 percent; Wake, 7.2 percent; Wayne, 9 percent; and Wilson, 13.1 percent.

Deeds office to be closed Sept. 13

The Johnston County Register of Deeds Office will be closed Friday, Sept. 13, so that the office can install new software. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Rouzer names campaign team

David Rouzer, Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District, has picked his campaign team.

Brock McCleary, the campaign’s general consultant, is a political strategist and consultant for Long Nyquist & Associates. He has held senior roles on the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Bob Rosser will serve as a senior adviser. He is the president of Impact Strategies and has worked on campaigns for senators Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth.

Nicole McCleskey of Public Opinion Strategies will serve as the campaign’s pollster. She has conducted more than 100 focus groups for Republican campaigns.

Brad Todd and Guy Harrison of On Message will create traditional and digital media content for the campaign. Todd has consulted on the campaigns of governors Bobby Jindal and Jack Dalrymple. Harrison served as executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Returning to the campaign team are Sarah Hill Waters as finance director and Jessica Wood as communications director. Waters has served as finance director for multiple congressional campaigns. Wood is the owner of the communication consulting firm Majority Connections.

Johnston Counseling Service accredited

Johnston Counseling Services has won another three-year accreditation for its intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol and other drug addictions and mental health treatments for adults. This is the second consecutive three-year accreditation that Johnston Counseling Services has received.

Meeting notices

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Johnston County Public Health Department on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.