Pastor elected to national post
The Rev. Steve Lawson, pastor at Lee’s Chapel Advent Christian Church near Four Oaks, has been elected president of the Advent Christian General Conference of America.
Lawson graduated from Berkshire Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in theology and from Reformed Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Christian education. He has been pastor of churches in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
For the last nine years, he has been a member-at-large of the Executive Council of the Advent Christian General Conference Executive Council. He has been pastor of Lee’s Chapel since January 2010.
He and his wife, Karen, reside on Green Pasture Road near Four Oaks. They have two children and two grandchildren. Lawson enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Officers earn top certification
Two Smithfield police officers have earned their Advanced Law Enforcement Certification. They are Donna Currin and Thomas Lee.
To receive advanced certification, an officer must have a bachelor’s degree and at least six years of law enforcement experience. Also, an officer must complete 480 hours of continuing education and training.
Casey Quiel, a June graduate of Cleveland High School, has received a scholarship from the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary society of women educators.
Quiel is the daughter of Greg and Darlene Quiel. She will use the scholarship to attend Appalachian State University.
Extension director receives award
Bryant Spivey, director of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Spivey, who has worked for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for 20 years, was an agent in Pender, Duplin and Onslow counties before becoming director in Johnston County.
He received the award for outstanding programming, especially in tobacco production and farmland preservation.
Angus breeder to attend convention
Emily Tennant Barnes of Four Oaks has been elected a delegate to the 131st annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates. The convention will be held Nov. 6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City.
Barnes is one of 317 Angus breeders elected by association members in their state to attend the annual. The delegates will take part in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.
Army trains Malik Atkinson
Army Pvt. Malik Atkinson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the ward of Katrina Williams of Clayton.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice, basic first aid, foot marches and field exercises.
Atkinson is a 2013 graduate of Sanderson High School in Raleigh.
Clayton student serves as page
Caroline Haller, a rising senior at Clayton High School and the current Miss CHS, served as a page recently in the N.C. Senate. Her sponsor was Sen. Ronald Rabin, one of Johnston County’s three senators.
During her week as a page, Haller met several legislators, sat in on committee meetings and served on the Senate floor during sessions. Also, she met Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and toured his offices in the historic and newly renovated Hawkins-Hartness House.
Haller is an advocate for teen involvement and awareness in public policy and the political process. She is the daughter of Michael and Michelle Haller of Clayton.
Air Force trains Cholee Lamb
Air Force Airman Chloee Lamb has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. She is the sister of Jessy Martinez of Clayton.
The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Lamb is a 2013 graduate of Rosewood High School.