ONLINE APRIL 4, 2019
County agrees to join state in building
Clayton-to-Smithfield "greenway" trail
Johnston's County Commissioners on Monday
unanimously approved an agreement with the state's
Division of Parks and Recreation to take part in
constructing and maintaining a proposed link of North
Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail between
Clayton and Smithfield.
The state agrees to acquire properties or easements
"from willing sellers" using Connect NC Bond funds and
then lease those tracts to the county for 30 years for a
nominal fee of $1.
The county, in turn, agrees to construct and maintain
the trail, which likely would consist of a paved,
10-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian roadway similar to
its connections to the Neuse River Trail near Clayton
(pictured here) and the Buffalo Creek Greenway at
County Manager Rick Hester said state and federal grants
would likely cover most of the trail's construction
expenses. At this time, the exact location and length of
the proposed link hasn't been determined, but the intent
is to build it on low-lying grounds beside the Neuse
River, he said. "This is very exciting for our quality
of life," he said.
MORE from Monday's monthly meeting of the County
REUNION AT SOUTH SMITHFIELD SCHOOL
These four former
teachers and a former principal
were among the folks who gathered at South
Smithfield Elementary School last Sunday afternoon
for a "Dedication and Reunion" celebrating the
school's 62 years: (left to right) teacher Sandra
Edwards, principal Twyla Batten Mitchell, and
teachers Jane Embler, Debbie Sanders, and Carolyn
Williams. The four teachers had tenures ranging from
26 to 35 years at South Smithfield.
about Sunday's event on today's FEATURE PAGE>
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation
Town of Smithfield's Public Works
crew named "Main Street Champions"
Employees of the town's Public
Works Department were honored as Smithfield's "2018 Main
Street Champions" at the recent North Carolina Main
Street Awards Ceremony held in Salisbury. The department
was selected for the award by the Downtown Smithfield
Development Corporation (DSDC), one of 42 organizations
statewide that conferred similar honors as "Main Street"
In recommending Smithfield's award, DSDC offered the
"You know how some people put in the essential hard
work, do not look for recognition, and can always be
counted on. Smithfield is very fortunate to have a group
of these people in the Town of Smithfield's Public Works
"They keep Downtown Smithfield looking great, whether
they're installing flags and banners or keeping it
clean. They are instrumental in Downtown Smithfield
events, working before and afterward to get downtown
back to normal soon after an event that attracts
"When it snows, they're among the first people downtown,
shoveling sidewalks so that businesses can open. They
can even be found in the middle of a hurricane, checking
"Although their work is often not seen by the public,
their contributions to Downtown Smithfield are of
tremendous importance, and are very much appreciated.
That is why they are North Carolina Main Street
DSDC's executive director, Sarah Edwards, re-presented
the award at Tuesday evening's monthly meeting of the
Smithfield Town Council.
Johnston County Public Schools
OF GOOD CHARACTER
The Johnston County Board of Education
at its March meeting recognized four
students who have demonstrated integrity at their
schools: (from left) Edgar Rivera-Nunez of
West Smithfield Elementary, Kamryn Paige Hollowell
of West Clayton Elementary, Caelyn Barlond of
Wilson's Mills Elementary, and Cole Daughtery
of West View Elementary.
Board of Education's
monthly meeting next
Tuesday, April 9
business session at 4 p.m.
Public comment session at 6
Simpson Building, 2320 U.S. 70 Business
The agenda was not published by the Sun's
"press time" on Thursday;
link will lead you to it once it's
School Scoreboard on today's SPORTS
County names water plant for Tim Broome
County Commissioners Monday evening adopted a resolution
praising the work of former public utilities director
Timothy G. (Tim) Broome and naming the county's
water-treatment plant after him.
Mr. Broome, 75, died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Working as a professional engineer with Ragsdale
Engineers and McKim & Creed, he played a key role in
designing much of Johnston's outlying water and sewer
systems in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s before joining
County Government in 1997 as Director of Infrastructure
County Manager Rick Hester pointed out during Monday's
session that 20 years ago "very few people" in rural
Johnston had access to "public drinking water,"
depending on unreliable groundwater wells instead. Today
the county has about 35,000 customers, Mr. Hester noted;
"Tim Broome was the backbone of that system."
Since retiring from his full-time position in 2013, Mr.
Broome continued to serve the county as a consulting
engineer. "Last week when he was home in bed he was
working on plans for us," Mr. Hester said.
link to Mr. Broome's obituary
appears under DEATHS &
today's page of OPINIONS:
Tim Broome's place in local
Street (US 70 Business) at 7th Street, Downtown Smithfield
7th Street Marketplace & The Chicken Barn
DEATHS & FUNERALS
Each week we'll post links to obituaries about persons
who have died during the past week. We will monitor the
websites of local funeral homes to compile our list, and
we welcome links provided by readers to obituaries of
persons with Smithfield connections who have died
outside our immediate area.
JEAN STONE DENNY ASHLEY, 87 - died
LILLIAN CHRISTINE MOORE CREECH, 95
- died April 2
DIANA POUNDS FUTCH, 75 - died
TIMOTHY G. BROOME, 75 - died March
JANICE BARBOUR POOLE, 74 - died
CECIL THOMAS ETHERIDGE, 75 -
died March 30
CONNIE JANAN STEPHENS
KING, 52 -
died March 28
SHANNON COBLE KIMBALL, 87 - died March 27
MINNIE BERTHA PORTS
PIERCE, 96 -
died March 26
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35th Ham & Yam Festival May 4