News Briefs

September 20, 2013 

Giving Tree program

The Salvation Army will accept applications for its Angel Tree program from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1-3 at 309 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield.

The Angel Tree program matches donors with families unable to provide gifts and clothing to their children during the holidays. Children ages 12 and younger are eligible; seniors 60 and older are eligible for food only.

The items required to apply are Social Security card for head of household, birth certificate for all children under age 13, photo identification, proof of county of residence and address, proof of all income and expenses, clothing and shoe sizes of children and a wish list item for children.

Senator named to commission

N.C. Senate President Phil Berger has named Sen. Brent Jackson co-chairman of the state’s Environmental Review Commission. The ERC will review legislation passed in the General Assembly’s the 2013 session.

“I am excited about the balance the General Assembly struck between responsible environmental regulations and protecting North Carolina small businesses,” said Jackson, whose district includes part of Johnston County. “The ERC will allow us to continue that good work. I want to thank Sen. Berger for entrusting me with this responsibility.”

Visitors Bureau joins Everwondr

The Johnston County Visitors Bureau has joined the Everwondr Network, a statewide database of local events, hotels, attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Johnston County events are included in a searchable calendar at www.johnstoncountyevents.com. The site also includes an arts gallery for local artists to promote their work.

The Everwondr Network allows its partners, including the Johnston Visitors Bureau, to easily load events into the statewide database. One aim is to reduce each partner’s administrative costs.

Users, meanwhile, are able to search the network to find events happening in towns and counties across the state. Events are shared over social networks automatically.

State to replace bridge on Turnipseed Road

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace a bridge on Turnipseed Road southwest of Wendell. The current bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means it is still safe but needs increased monitoring and maintenance.

The replacement project can start between Nov. 1 and March 15, 2014 with the new bridge scheduled to be open for traffic within 164 days of the start date. A signed detour route will lead motorists to Buffalo Road and Lake Wendell Road in Johnston County and Bissette Road, Smithfield Road and Major Slade Road in Wake County.

Economic update

The 2013 Economic Update Luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. N.C. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will speak. Tickets cost $26 per person, and registration is required. To register, visit www.smithfieldselma.com.

Meeting notice

The Clayton Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the council chambers at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The board will take up a number of matters related to LionsGate.

Correction

A Sept. 1 article, “A first for Neuse Charter,” incorrectly stated that Neuse Charter School opened in 2005. The school opened in 2007.

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