Smithfield: Community

People Notes: Nov. 30

Legionnaire attends national college

Jerry Mangum, past commander of American Legion Post 518 in Clayton, attended the American Legion National College, which was held Oct. 25-31.

The N.C. American Legion chose Mangum to attend the college, which prepares Legionnaires for leadership roles in posts, districts and departments. The curriculum challenges student leaders to think critically and creatively about issues confronting the Legion.

Banker named to foundation board

Jeff Pope has been appointed to the board of directors of the Johnston Health Foundation. His one-year term will begin in January.

Pope is executive vice president and chief banking officer for Four Oaks Bank.

Smithfield employee completes course

Gary Johnson has been named a 2014 Local Government Federal Credit Union fellow. He is assistant director of the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department.

As a credit union fellow, Johnson completed the “Leading for Results” course at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The credit union “is proud to be a partner in this initiative, which provides local government employees with tools and skills that will enable them to be change agents in the communities where they live and work,” said Maurice Smith, credit union president. “What began as a shared vision between the Local Government Federal Credit Union and the University of North Carolina School of Government became a partnership to demonstrate a commitment to strengthening local communities”.

Air Force trains Trent Pierce

Air Force Airman Trent J. Pierce has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jonathan and Sheryl Pierce of Selma.

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.

Church ordains female deacon

First Missionary Baptist Church in Clayton has ordained its first female deacon, Gracie Wells.

At First Missionary, Wells is chairwoman of the scholarship ministry and a member of the Daughters of Zion. Outside of church, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Johnston County NAACP.

Army trains Aaron Schmidt

Army Pvt. Aaron M. Schmidt has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Jeanne and Michael Schmidt of Clayton.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet use, 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.

Schmidt is a 2013 graduate of Cleveland High School.

Benson man at helm of trade association

Ricky Young, owner of Young’s Auto Center & Salvage near Benson, recently gave his inaugural speech as president of the Automotive Recyclers Association. He has previously served as secretary, second vice president and first vice president.

“I am honored to take the reigns as president of ARA and to continue to play a role in preserving and promoting the work of professional automotive recyclers,” Young said in his acceptance speech.

Young’s parents, Teeny and Reba Young, began Young’s Auto Center & Salvage in 1963 as a service station. In 1972, Ricky Young took over day-to-day operations of the family business and pushed it to a new level, including the addition of a mobile crushing division in 1977.

Drain earns CFRE certification

Alison Drain, executive director of the Johnston Health Foundation, has earned her professional certification from CFRE International. In doing so, she has met a series of standards set by the organization, which includes tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations.

Drain also passed a rigorous written exam testing the knowledge, skills and abilities that are required of a fundraising executive.

Drain, who is also director of development for Johnston Health, has master’s degrees in public administration and social work from West Virginia University. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

She and her husband, Drew, live in the Cleveland Community. They have a daughter, Isabelle.

Extension agent receives award

Jayne McBurney, a family and consumer educator with the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service, has received the Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

McBurney has provided programs in Johnston County since 2007; her “Love Your Money” curriculum garnered the national recognition.

For more information about “Love Your Money,” call McBurney at 919-989-5380.

Air Force trains Frederick Bouton

Air Force Airman 1st Class Frederick K. Bouton has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2010 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.

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.

Bouton is the son of Vicki K. Bouton of Wendell.

Driver honored

The N.C. Trucking Association recently honored its Drivers of the Month and Driver of the Year. Among the honorees was Mike Yelverton of Four Oaks, Driver of the Month for February.

Yelverton drives of Waccamaw Transport Co. He has been driving for 12 years and has 600,000 accident-free miles.

Army trains Selma woman’s son

Army Pvt. Jeron T. Hodges has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Beatrice Hodges of Selma.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet use, 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.

Hodges is a 2013 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.

Girl Scout earns Gold Award

Mary Kaitlyn Collins of Four Oaks has earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor.

For her Gold Award project, Collins sought to educate her community about Fisher House, which provides lodging and services to the families of patients receiving medical care at military and veterans medical centers. North Carolina has two Fisher Houses, one at Camp Lejeune and one at Fort Bragg.

Collins created a video to share with the community. She also provided the video to Fisher House to show at its discretion to help raise awareness about its services. Collins created and distributed fliers in English and Spanish detailing the services and needs of the organization. Her outreach efforts resulted in the donation of homemade quilts to Fisher House from a group of local quilters.

Collins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Collins, is a senior who is homeschooled. She in Girl Scout Troop No. 394, led by Helen Allen and Anne Smith.

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