Smithfield Herald

News Briefs: May 19

Former town clerk in new job

Former Smithfield town clerk Debbie Godwin has a new job.

Since Jan. 3, Godwin has been an office assistant in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Her annual salary is $32,000.

Sludge spills at water plant

A spill at Johnston County’s water-treatment plant near Wilson’s Mills dumped about 1,500 gallons of sludge into an unnamed tributary of the Neuse River, the county reported.

The spill resulted from a clogged drain line. The sludge contained silt removed from river water and low concentrations of treatment chemicals, the county said. Water-plant staff removed visible deposits of the sludge from the stream.

Selma hires planning director

Jack Newman of Wake Forest has joined the Town of Selma as director of planning and economic development.

Newman comes to Selma with more than 20 years of experience with the N.C. Department of Commerce, where he was assistant director for planning in the Division of Community Assistance. He also worked as downtown manager for the city of Salisbury.

Heritage Center receives gift

The Johnston County Heritage Center will receive $75,000 over 10 years from a charitable trust established by Nan Ogburn Cullman of Smithfield. The gift will help cover the $200,000 annual operating budget.

The Heritage Center is the official archive for Johnston County history and genealogy. For more information, visit

Holiday trash

Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the Town of Smithfield has moved its May 27 garbage collection to Wednesday, May 29.

Also, the Johnston County Landfill and Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday, May 27.