Parrish named to Advisory Council
Gov. Pat McCrory has named Charlie Parrish to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Parrish is the president of Parrish Manor, a construction and development company in Benson. He is a past director of the Johnston County Homebuilders Association.
Student serves as House page
William Baggett, a student at Smithfield-Selma High School, served as a page recently in the N.C. House of Representatives. He is the son of Jimmy and Jill Baggett of Smithfield.
Pages attend daily House sessions and committee meetings, and they assist staff members with office duties.
Joseph Caldwell Jr. enlists in Navy
Joseph L. Caldwell Jr. has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program. He is the son of Evelyn M. Lassiter of Smithfield.
The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.
Caldwell is a 2010 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.
Ben Hodge marks 27 years in military
Ben Hodge, the son of Ray Hodge of Smithfield, marked 27 years of military service on June 6. Now a colonel, he is senior command chaplain of the N.C. National Guard.
Hodge recently returned from a year-long combat deployment supporting Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Before that, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.
Hodge is a graduate of Kinston High, Wake University and Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He and his wife, Kate Winstead Hodge, live in Winston-Salem with their children John and Eleanor.
In civilian life, Hodge is employed with Davidson Audio Visual Inc.
Student serves as House page
Garrett Lee, a student at Cleveland High School, served as a page recently in the N.C. House of Representatives. He is the son of Donald and Laura Lee of Smithfield. His sponsor was state Rep. James H. Langdon Jr.
Pages help deliver bills and amendments for representatives during daily House sessions and committee meetings. Also, they offer assistance in individual representatives’ offices and run errands around the Legislature.
Air Force trains Radames Leon
Air Force Airman 1st Class Radames Leon has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. He is the son of Heidi Jo Ayala Rolon of Puerto Rico.
The eight-week program 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.
Leon is a 2005 graduate of West Johnston High School.
Toastmasters elect offices
The Clayton Area Toastmasters have elected officers for 2013-14. They are Don Craig, president; Jati Jaijee, vice president of education; David Warner, vice president of membership; Cindy Draughon, vice president of public relations; Renee Myatt, secretary and treasurer; and Charles Gaiser, sergeant-at-arms.
The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.
Senior attends Girls State
Jenna Burrell, a rising senior at Clayton High, attended the 74th session of Tar Heels Girls State, which was held June 9-15 at Catawba College in Salisbury. She is the daughter of Daniel and Lynn Burrell of Clayton.
The week-long program looks at the structure and operation of North Carolina state government.
Student accepted into NASA program
Megan Harlow of Clayton, a junior at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, will participate in a one-week internship at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Harlow was selected to be part of the Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program.
During the program, participants will work as a team to design a radiation shield and rover to traverse the surface of Mars.
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