ONLINE MAY 30, 2019
How HOT can it get?!!!
The National Weather Service reporting
station at the Johnston County Airport northwest of
Smithfield recorded a high of 97 on Tuesday and again on
Wednesday, following a high of 91 on Monday and 95 on
The historical average high for us in May is 79, rising
to 86 in June.
The forecast for today (Thursday) is a high "near 98"
but Friday's forecast calls for a high of 91 followed by
highs in the 80s into next week.
A little rainfall would be welcome, too.
Four Oaks lands home-furnishings
distribution & call center with 161 jobs
The County of Johnston and the Town of
Four Oaks nailed down a major new employer on Tuesday
that pledges to invest $16 million in a distribution and
customer-contact center employing at least 124 persons,
and perhaps 161, paying salaries averaging just under
$40,000, close to the current countywide average,
Broad River Retail in partnership with the Keith
Corporation will build the facility at the intersection
of NC 96 and Brewer Road beside I-95 on the east side of
Four Oaks. Broad River is a franchisee for Ashley
HomeStore, one of the nation's leading merchandisers of
At a joint meeting Tuesday, the County Commissioners
approved an agreement that will refund a portion of
property taxes assessed on Broad River's facility over
the next seven years and the Four Oaks Town Council
approved an agreement to extend sewer service to the new
center at no cost to the company.
MORE in a news release from Johnston's Office of
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE TO VIETNAM
veterans of the Vietnam War were given special
recognition during Monday's Memorial Day observance
inside the Courthouse. Johnston's Council of
Veterans Organizations hosted the event, which
featured an address by retired Command Sergeant
Major Benny Dobbs Jr., who reminded those in
attendance that "every day is Memorial Day for those
who lost a loved one" in defense of the U.S.A. He
noted that 1.2-million Americans have died in
wartime military service during the nation's
history. That number includes about 250 Johnstonians
from the First World War till now.
A busy weekend heading into summer:
FRIDAY, MAY 31
Graduation at Smithfield-Selma High School ---
7 p.m. More information>
Ava Gardner Festival Opening Night Party --- 7 p.m. Details in advertisement below.
Neuse Little Theatre's "Savannah Sipping
Society" --- 8 p.m. More
Fifth Street Community Garden ribbon-cutting
--- 10 a.m. More information
AVA GARDNER FESTIVAL --- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More
Neuse Little Theatre's "Savannah Sipping Society" --- 8
The Smithfield Recreation &
Aquatics Center --- a.k.a. SRAC --- celebrated its 10th
birthday this week, including a free hot-dog lunch
served on Wednesday. SRAC "regular" Lauren Strogen
(right) fills a plate for herself and her family as SRAC
staffers T.J. Altman (from left), Aquatics Director
Laura Crumpler, Naelee Stone, and SRAC Director Dale Ham
make sure she's well served.
more about the SRAC on today's FEATURE PAGE>
Proposed Smithfield budget: the numbers
behind a call for higher property taxes
Smithfield's Town Manager Mike Scott
has released the full contents of his proposed budget
for Fiscal 2019-20 that begins July 1. Following
directions from the Town Council, he has assembled the
numbers without changing Smithfield's property-tax rate
of 57 cents per $100 assessed valuation of real estate.
If that holds, it will mean an increase in taxes for
most Smithfield residents and business who have received
higher real-estate assessments resulting from county
revaluation taking effect this year after eight years
without across-the-board changes.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENDAS
Board of Commissioners
10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Monday, June
Johnston County Courthouse, 207 E. Market Street,
• At the morning session, the
board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed
county budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 at 10 a.m.
Following the hearing, commissioners will hear from
leaders of Johnston's public schools regarding their
funding request, which is considerably higher than
what's in the proposed budget.
• At the evening session the board will consider
rezoning requests in Banner, Elevation, and Pleasant
View the full agendas for both
Smithfield Town Council
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June
Town Hall, 350 E. Market Street, Smithfield
Among items on the agenda:
• Public hearing on proposed town budget for
• Public hearing on an application for a $750,000 Small
Cities Community Development Block Grant to be used for
housing rehabilitation in low-income areas.
hearing on changes in the town's rules to allow "food
trucks" to operate in Office and Institutional (O/I) and
B-1 and B-2 business districts. Currently, they are only
permitted in B-3 business districts. The change will
legalize food trucks operating in town parks and at
events such as the Ham & Yam Festival --- a practice
that has been allowed up to now without legal authority.
the full agenda with supporting documents>
P. (JACK) O'HALE
102 S. Third Street
Community Garden is coming alive again
of Smithfield's Fifth Street Community Garden, neglected
in recent years, is "back in business," thanks to
organizer Brandie Davis (pictured with her daughter
Evelyn) and a cadre of volunteers.
The Community Garden is a "100% volunteer" operation
giving Smithfield residents a chance to grow, and learn
to grow, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Many of the cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, squash, and
more have already been planted, and soon folks will be
able to partake of the bounty.
A ribbon-cutting officially re-opening the garden will
take place at 10 a.m. this Saturday (June 1). The garden
is located on the east side of South Fifth Street,
beside Spring Branch, between Church and Woodall
My Kid's Club campaigning for donations
Worley (left) and Harold Keen of KS Bank present
the ceremonial check. (Photo from My Kid's Club)
KS Bank of Smithfield has donated
$1,000 to the annual campaign to benefit My Kid's Club,
successor to the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston and
Wayne counties that shut down local operations last
My Kid's Club is housed at Selma Elementary School until
the former Boys and Girls Club building ruined by
Hurricane Matthew can be re-opened.
Meanwhile, the club plans
to host two-week summer camps at South Smithfield
Elementary School and the Benson Resource Center,
beginning in June.
"The mission is My Kid's Club is to encourage and
empower youth to grow in character and understanding
through studies and opportunities for academic success,
civic engagement, and habits that underscore health
living to achieve their potential as responsible and
caring citizens," reads the statement of purchase on the
club's website at www.mykidsclub.org.
For more information or to contribute to the 2019
campaign, call 919-351-1559.