Smithfield Herald

News Briefs: Feb. 15

Kindergarten registration

In Johnston County, kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will open Monday, Feb. 16. To enroll, a child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.

Parents and guardians must register children at the school they will attend. Bring the following to registration: the child’s birth certificate or other proof of age; parent or guardian photo ID with the same name parent or guardian name that appears on child’s proof of age; physical examination form; immunization record; and proof of residence.

Water notice

Starting Feb. 25, the Johnston County water plant will temporarily stop using ammonia for disinfection for all customers on the Johnston West water-distribution system.

The Johnston West system supplies water for many county residents and businesses, including those in Wilson’s Mills and Clayton and some customers served by private utilities. Your distribution system is designated on your monthly billing statement.

Johnston West customers who use kidney dialysis should be aware that the water will contain more chlorine for about five weeks before returning to a chlorine and ammonia mix on or about April 1. Also, the chlorine-only water can be toxic to tropical fish.

The county will flush the Johnston West distribution system during this period to speed the removal of chloramines from the system. The flushing process mighta result in some minor and temporary discoloration of water that does not affect water quality.

For more information, call contact Johnston County Public Utilities at 919-989-5075.

Address project in second phase

Johnston County is conducting a countywide verification of all physical addresses.

The first phase of the three-phase project is complete, and the second phase began the last week of January. The field crew’s vehicle is a 2007 white Toyota Highlander marked Atlas Geographic Data. It also has magnetic signs that state “911 Address Verification.” All employees have a Johnston County badge.

For more information, call the county’s GIS Department at 919-989-5153.

Jobless rate falls slightly

Johnston County’s jobless rate fell to 4.6 percent in December from 4.7 percent in November, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.

In December, when the county’s labor force stood at 82,941, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 3,840. Statewide, the December jobless rate was 5.2 percent.

Here are the rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 6.1 percent; Nash, 6.6 percent; Sampson, 5.3 percent; Wake, 4.1 percent; Wayne, 5.7 percent; and Wilson, 7.3 percent.

Social Security to expand hours

Starting March 16, the Social Security Administration office in Johnston County will be open an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office, at 633 Venture Drive in Smithfield, will continue to close to the public at noon Wednesdays so employees have time to complete work and reduce backlogs.

Rouzer announces office hours

The staff of Congressman David Rouzer will hold office hours in Johnston County on the second Wednesday of every month. Here is the schedule: 9-11 a.m. at the Clayton town hall, 111 E. Second St.; and 1-3 p.m., Benson town hall, 303 E. Church St., Benson.

Meeting notices

The Johnston County Planning Board will hear another solar farm request when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the courthouse in Smithfield. The latest requite is for a solar array on 11 acres at 13923 N.C. 50 in Pleasant Grove Township. Also on Tuesday, the board will hear a request for a planned unit development on 112 acres at Cornwallis and Allen Roads in Cleveland Township.

The board of directors of Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the conference room at 1102 Massey St., Smithfield.

The Moccasin Creek Service District Board has canceled its February meeting.