Pair Charged With Child Abuse
Small child critically injured
Two Coats residents are currently behind bars on allegations of child abuse. Christopher Scott Byrd, 23, and Brittany McLean, 23, both of Live Oak Road, were arrested Tuesday evening. Reports indicate the female suspect was allegedly responsible for causing serious injuries to a small male child within the home.
The toddler was assessed by medics at Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington April 29 before being transferred to WakeMed for further treatment.
Representatives from the Department of Social Services were notified by hospital officials who considered the severe injuries to be intentional. The young victim was hospitalized for some time before recently being released from WakeMed.
A warrant for both the suspect and her reported boyfriend were obtained and served Tuesday evening.
McLean is now facing felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. She was placed in the Harnett County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond and appeared in court Wednesday.
Byrd is now facing one felonious count of negligent child abuse and three misdemeanor child abuse charges. He was placed in the Harnett County Jail and also made his first appearance in Harnett County District Court Wednesday.
Officials from the Department of Social Services worked in conjunction with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the investigation. Story courtesy The Daily Record
Woman Charged With Prescription Fraud
Allegedly had prescriptions filled in nine different names.
A Sampson County woman was charged this week with attempting to fill prescriptions under several different names at a Lillington pharmacy.
Laura Byrd, 47, of Easy Street, Dunn, faces a total of 10 felony charges of obtaining property by false pretenses in Harnett County.
Lillington Police Chief Frank Powers said Ms. Byrd presented numerous prescriptions to be filled at the Super Saver pharmacy on Main Street.
She was successful in obtaining different amounts of amoxicillin, oxycodone, alprazolam and hydrocodone.
Ms. Byrd allegedly filled prescriptions in her own name as well as the names of Kimberly Stone, Karen Sills, Jessica Woods, Jack Smalls, Jackie Woods, Jamie Denton, Kim Lee and Linda Shaw. In the cases of the male names, Chief Powers said the suspect told the pharmacist she was a caretaker or a relative.
Police became involved in the case when Super Saver pharmacist Sujay Inaganti noticed the signatures of Dr. Staci Pessetti were different on several prescriptions.
Dr. Pessetti works out of Tri-County Health Council Inc. which is located in Sampson County.
When Mr. Inaganti contacted Dr. Pessetti, the doctor said she had not seen the customers and had not written the prescriptions. The pharmacist then contacted the police department who then started an investigation into the case.
Investigators determined the fraud attempts were executed between April 18 and May 3.
Ms. Byrd was served with her arrest papers while confined in the Sampson County Jail on unrelated charges. Her charges in Sampson County include misdemeanor larceny, breaking and entering, driving with a revoked license and failure to comply with a pretrial release.
She also faces misdemeanor larceny charges in Johnston County. In total, her bond is $78,150. Story courtesy The Daily Record
Arrest Made In Dunn Shooting
Roderick Nathaniel Davis, 31, of Highway 301 in Dunn has been arrested by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a shooting earlier this month.
Davis is charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, both felonies. He was taken to the Harnett County Jail and held under a $150,000 secured bond.
Davis has been charged in connection with a shooting that took place in Dunn on May 8 just before 5:00pm, where a group of men were reportedly shooting at each other in the area of North Wilson Avenue and East Cole Street. One man, Courtney Myles of North King Avenue, Dunn, was shot in the groin area and taken to Betsy Johnson Hospital.
Davis was picked up by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office on Dunn Police warrants. Dunn Police have reportedly taken out warrants against a number of suspects in connection to the shooting, though the names of the other wanted suspects have not been released.
Dunn Police Lt. David Register, who is investigating the incident, said the shooting is still under investigation and more arrests are expected, though he would not expound on what role Mr. Davis is believed to have played in the shooting.
Cigarettes Stolen In Store Burglary
Thieves made away with nearly $10,000 worth of cigarettes during an break-in early Friday morning at the Murphy Express at 4993 Highway 42 West near I-40.
An employee arriving for work around 5:00am discovered the break-in and contacted the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said someone gained entry by breaking out a glass window between 1:30am and 5:08am.
Teen Charged With Shoplifting
A Clayton teen was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shoplifting items at Wal-Mart on Highway 42 near I-40.
Loss prevention officers reportedly detained La’Bresha Shamia Kirtz, 16, of Durant Road after she placed items in a bag and attempted to leave the business.
Two others with Kirtz managed to get away but additional arrests have not been ruled out.
Kirtz was charged with shoplifting by concealment of goods and resisting a public officer.
She was transported to the Johnston County Jail then released on a $1,000 bond.
Events Across NC Tap Memorial Day Spirit
North Carolina destinations are ready to welcome visitors for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer travel season. Special events feed the urge to travel, lodging packages make the trip more enticing, and lower pump prices sweeten the deal.
“The three-day weekend makes Memorial Day irresistible,” said Wit Tuttell, marketing director in the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism. “With the extra day, you can see more, do more, relax more and reflect more on the meaning of the holiday. It all adds up to a real bonus of quality time.”
Gasoline prices in North Carolina have dropped more than 35 cents a gallon since late February and are nearly 15 cents less than they were this time last year. “Having a few extra dollars in your pocket always feels good,” Tuttell said.
Memorial Day is observed the last Monday in May in remembrance of those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. North Carolina offers a harmony of solemn commemorations and festive events, often in the same destination. At VisitNC.com, travelers can find information on events, attractions, lodging and dining plus ideas and inspiration.
Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord stokes the crowd with Saturday’s History 300 and Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, which is preceded by a patriotic salute. On Monday, nearby Kannapolis reopens Veterans Park, whose new features include a granite Ring of Honor with the names of more than 1,700 people from Rowan and Cabarrus counties who have died in service since the Revolutionary War.
In Wilmington, the Orange Street Arts Fest sets a lively pace downtown on Saturday and Sunday, and across the Cape Fear River on Monday, the Battleship North Carolina goes to the heart of the holiday with an observance that includes music by the 440th NC Army National Guard Band and a 21- gun salute.
At Fort Bragg, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum presents a three-day Living History Weekend that spans 1917 to 1999. Bennett Place in Durham also takes the long view with a living history program called “The American Soldier Through the Ages.” It runs Saturday and Sunday.
On the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the “Time to Remember” observance honors the Western North Carolina residents who sacrificed their homes, land and way of life for the creation of Fontana Dam, which helped power production of nuclear material to end World War II. At Fontana Village Resort, visitors glimpse this unique history on lake tours and hikes and at the Historic Gunter Cabin, an 1875 cabin that the dam’s builders preserved.
And across the state, annual festivals reflect the state’s character. Travelers can experience traditional music at the Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, natural history at the Aurora Fossil Festival in Aurora, agricultural heritage and innovation at NC Hops & Roots Fest in Pittsboro, small-town spirit at the White Squirrel Festival in Brevard and the Garden Jubilee Festival in Hendersonville, and a hometown hero at Pettyfest in Randleman.
“These events invite you to soak up the state’s culture and heritage,” Tuttell said. “And there’s even more to discover. Just look at the Project 543 feature on VisitNC.com and you’ll find inspiration for traveling all summer long.”
Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists To Slow Down During Memorial Day Weekend
Troopers will be Increasing Patrols on the Highways this Weekend
The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina. This means more people will be on our highways, increasing the chance of traffic crashes.
Troopers will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday weekend. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state.
“Memorial Day is the beginning of a busy travel season across the state,” said Colonel Bill Grey, State Highway Patrol Commander. “We are asking all motorists to buckle up and be extremely careful when traveling to their various destinations.” “I have instructed our Troopers to aggressively crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving recklessly and driving while impaired.”
“The Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting North Carolina motorists and visitors, and that commitment is strengthened by collaborating with law enforcement statewide,” said Secretary Kieran Shanahan. “We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and the summer travel season, but they also need to remember that safety comes first.”
The Highway Patrol will also join other law enforcement agencies at “Click-It or Ticket” seatbelt checkpoints across the state throughout the week, and Troopers will be participating in the nationwide “Operation C.A.R.E.” (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). “Operation C.A.R.E.” is a coordinated education and enforcement effort involving all Highway Patrol and state police agencies across the nation. These high visibility patrols during national holiday periods are designed to prevent crashes and ensure voluntary compliance with the motor vehicle laws.
The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces, is expected to be a busy one on North Carolina highways. The holiday weekend officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at midnight, Monday, May 27. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 5 fatal collisions and over 360 injury related collisions during the Memorial Day weekend.
Citizens may report crashes, impaired drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing * HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller to the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.
DOT Aims To Help Travelers Save Time Over Memorial Holiday
As the summer travel season begins this weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save both time and money by suspending most road construction work on major routes across the state. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations quickly and safely, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. NCDOT reminds motorists to slow down, avoid distractions and be alert to their surroundings during this busy travel season.
Most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, with three exceptions:
U.S. 1 just north of Southern Pines (Moore County) is reduced to one lane in each direction for construction of a new bridge;
U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction over the Pasquotank River for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge; and
U.S. 17 Business in Jacksonville (Onslow County) is reduced to two-lane, two-way traffic on the Buddy Phillips Bridge over the New River for construction of a new bridge.
In addition, motorists can expect delays due to race events at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will generate significant delays in northeast Mecklenburg County and southwest Cabarrus County. The heaviest traffic is expected on I-85, U.S. 29, N.C. 49 and Bruton Smith Boulevard.
While you’re behind the wheel this Memorial holiday, remember your job is to be a safe driver, so buckle up, focus on the road, and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.
BBB Alert: Beware of Memorial Day Scams Aimed At Military Personnel
Memorial Day has become a key opportunity for scam artists to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. As Memorial Day approaches, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina urges consumers to be aware of scam artists that feed off these special citizens.
BBB warns consumers to beware of the following scams:
High-priced military loans. Advertisements for loans that promise a guarantee, instant approval or no credit check will often come with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates. Remember that legitimate lenders will never guarantee a loan before you apply and loans that require an upfront fee are likely a scam.
Veterans’ benefits buyout plans. This buyout plan will offer a cash payment in exchange for a disabled veteran’s future benefits or pension payments. The cash amount is only about 30-40% of what the veteran is entitled to. These buyout plans can be structured in several different ways, so research thoroughly before signing anything over.
Fake rental properties. Stolen photos of legitimate rental properties are used in advertisements that promise military discounts and other incentives. Service members will have to pay a fee via wire transfer for security payments or a key to the property, but in the end, they will receive nothing.
Phony jury duty summons. A caller claims to work for the local court system and states that the service member did not show up for jury duty and now has a warrant out for their arrest. When the victim says he or she never got a summons, the caller will ask for a credit card number or Social Security number to clear up the matter.
Misleading car sales. Web sites posting classified ads will offer false discounts for military personnel or claim to be from soldiers who need to sell their vehicle quickly since they have been deployed. Upfront fees will be required via wire transfer or the vehicle will have problems after purchase.
Expensive life insurance policies. Members of the military are often the targets of high pressured sales pitches that offer unnecessary, expensive life insurance policies. Solicitors may make false statements regarding the benefits that these policies offer.
BBB recommends the following advice to avoid scams:
Do your research. Get as much information as you can about a business before you pay. Check out a business’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org.
Do not wire transfer money to anyone you do not know.Money sent via wire transfer is practically impossible to track. Pay by credit card whenever possible since you can dispute charges easily.
Protect your computer. Do not click on links within unsolicited e-mails. Do not enter personal information on unfamiliar Web sites. Make sure that you have updated anti-virus software installed and use a firewall at all times.
Put an Active Duty alert on your credit reports when deployed. Doing so will minimize the risk of identity theft because creditors and businesses cannot issue or grant credit until verifying identity.
Suspect Indicted For Attempted Murder Of 6 Year-Old
This week, a Johnston County Grand Jury indicted a Princeton man for the attempted murder of a 6 year-old child. The young boy was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting April 3 on West First Street in Princeton.
Terrenace Brian Lockley, 22, of Minnie Drive is accused by Princeton Police of driving by the residence and opening fire on a group of people standing outside. The young boy was grazed in the head by the bullet. The child underwent treatment at the hospital before being released.
Lockley was indicted Monday for attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
The shooting is believed to have stemmed from an altercation between the suspect and an occupant at the home and the young boy was not the intended target. On Thursday, Lockley was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Cleveland High Student Indicted For Death Of Classmate
A Cleveland High School student has been named in a four count criminal indictment following the death of a classmate in a fatal truck crash February 16 on Josephine Road.
Troopers said Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck when it ran off the roadway around 3:00am and overturned several times off the roadway.
A passenger in the truck, 18 year-old William Lee Tippett of Garner was ejected from the truck as it flipped over. He died at the scene from his injuries.
On Monday, a Grand Jury in Smithfield indicted Gilmore for felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, driving after consuming alcohol while under 21, and reckless driving to endanger.
According to one indictment, “(Gilmore) drove a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed in a turn while having previous consumed alcohol or a controlled substance with passengers in his vehicle.” A second indictment said, “The impaired driving offense was the proximate cause of death.”
Twelve people were later charged by the Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement Division in connection with a party Gilmore had allegedly attended and consumed alcohol prior to the fatal mishap.
At the time of the charges against the dozen individuals, Secretary Kieran Shanahan, Department of Public Safety said, “This senseless death is an unfortunate reminder of the extremely serious problems associated with underage drinking, driving while impaired and providing alcoholic beverages to minors.”
Two High School Students Facing Felony Drug Charges
Two high school students were arrested on felony drug charges during a traffic stop Wednesday night on Highway 70 just east of Smithfield. A Johnston County SAFE Team deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding 73mph in a 55mph zone, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information Officer with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Amaon said after the officer approached the vehicle he detected a strong odor of marijuana. During a search of the car, 50 grams of marijuana, a “large” amount of drug paraphernalia, $266 in cash and a bottle of prescription pills were reportedly found.
The driver, identified as Austin Reed Daniel, 17, (top right) of East Sanders Street, Four Oaks and the passenger, Seth Ryan Merson, 18, (lower right) of West Jones Street, Selma were arrested.
Daniel was charged with felony possession intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. As of Thursday afternoon, Daniel was still in the Johnston County Jail under a $10,000 bond.
Merson, who was the owner of the vehicle, Amaon said, was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Merson was later released on bail.
Merson is a student at Smithfield Selma High School, according to Johnston County Schools Public Information Officer Tracey Peedin Jones. Daniel is a student at South Johnston High, Jones said.
SJHS Students Accused Of Fighting
Two students at South Johnston High were arrested on campus Wednesday following an affray. Ieshia Samone Mumpfield, 16, of King Circle, Benson, and Kierra Quinesha Hooks, 17, of Diedem Drive, Four Oaks are accused by a school resource officer of engaging in a physical altercation in a common area at the school.
Officials said they reviewed a video surveillance camera of the incident but reportedly could not determine which student started the incident, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information Officer with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Both Mumpfield and Hooks posted a $500 bond and were released from custody.
Driver Charged With DWI After Hitting Utility Pole
A motorist was arrested for driving while impaired Wednesday night after Smithfield Police said he swerved off Caswell Street into a utility pole. Mark Damon Middleton, 52, was about one block from his home when the 8:20pm crash occurred.
According to Lt. Keith Powell, Middleton told officers he swerved his Chevy SUV to avoid striking a child standing in the roadway. However, Lt. Powell said officers could find no evidence there had been a child in the street.
Police said Middleton registered 0.16 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08 in NC.
In addition to the DWI charge, Middleton was also cited for failure to maintain lane control. He was released on a $2,000 bond pending an August 20 court date.
Damage to his Chevy Trailblazer was estimated at $7,000.
Sanders Completes Basic Training
Air Force Airman Gemaude R. Sanders graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Sanders is the son of Shawanda Rayner of Bayberry Lane, and Terrence Sanders of South Sixth Street, both of Smithfield. He is a 2012 graduate of North Johnston High School.
Selma Tables Film Permit Application
The Town of Selma has tabled a proposed film permit application.
The film permit application process was considered after a March location shoot in the downtown area.
Town officials were told Paramount Pictures was shooting scenes for a film called "A Dog Named Suki."
Afterwards, it was learned the film is actually "Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa," the latest in the Johnny Knoxville "Jackass" movie series.
While Town Manager Richard Douglas said no major issues occurred during the shoot, and that the Town staff accommodated the film company's needs, a film permit would have allowed the Town to better plan for the event.
If approved, film companies must submit the permit application to the Town no later than five days prior to the proposed shoot.
Under the proposed ordinance, any film includes special effects or pyrotechnics must have approval of the Selma Fire Department.
A detailed sketch of the filming location is required to be attached.
The Town of Selma, its employees, volunteers, agents and elected officials would be named as "additional insured" for $1 million Comprehensive General Liability insurance.
If approved, movie production companies would have to submit a $200 nonrefundable application fee.
Douglas said the proposed film permit application is based applications from other North Carolina cities such as Wilmington, which serve as movie locations.
Pictured (L to R) Sharon Johnson - Powhatan Elementary Principal, Bonnie Hunter - Super Star Teacher, Kutina Gooden - LK Mag Insurance of Clayton, Martha Stovall - Clayton Chamber Ambassador, and Tony Brown - Clayton Chamber Education Committee.
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bonnie Hunter, a third grade teacher at Powhatan Elementary, as the May Super Star Teacher of the month.
Hunter is the lead trainer for the school’s new M Class Reading Program and has spent countless hours training her coworkers on this exciting new plan to enhance reading abilities of students.
SUPER STAR teachers demonstrate excellence and leadership in their classroom, creativity and motivation of their students and show a high level of commitment to our community.
Contact the Johnston County Farm Service Agency, 2736 NC Highway 210, Suite C, Smithfield, NC 27577 in person or dial 919-934-7156 Extension 2 for information concerning Farm Service Programs.
USDA Advisory Committee On Minority Farmers Seeks Nominations
Nomination packages available to Johnston County Farmers
Smithfield - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a Notice of Solicitation for Nominations for its Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers for 2-year membership terms in the Federal Register dated April 30, 2013.
"Members of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers play a critical role in helping USDA ensure modern and equitable service for all of our customers -- a keystone of the Obama Administration's commitment to civil rights," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I highly encourage the nomination of folks who are interested in serving their community by helping USDA continue our record accomplishments on behalf of all Americans."
This Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters broadly affecting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and considers strategies, policies, and programs that enhance Department goals for assisting minority farming and ranching operations. The Committee considers goals and objectives necessary to implement its recommendations, as well as methodologies that maximize participation of minority farmers in USDA programs.
The USDA is soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals from the ranching and farming industry, related State governments, Tribal agricultural agencies, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade associations and related nonprofit enterprises. An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership; alternatively, an individual may nominate herself or himself. Nomination forms are available on the Internet at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf.
Nomination packages must include the nomination form along with a cover letter and resume or biographical description documenting the nominee's background and experience.
The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31, 2013. Nomination packages mailed should be addressed to: Mrs. Kenya Nicholas, Designated Federal Official, USDA-OAO, 1400 Independence Avenue, Room 520-A, Washington, DC 20250-0170. Nomination packages may also be faxed to the attention of Mrs. Kenya Nicholas using fax number (202) 720-7704. Any inquires may be sent via email to: ACMF@osec.usda.gov .
Judge Sentences Sex Offender To 25-35 Years In Prison
A Johnston County man has been sentenced to serve up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to multiple counts of committing a sex offense against a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.
Christopher Dale Brewington, 37, of Benson-Hardee Road, Benson was arrested in December 2012 by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for an alleged September 2012 incident, reported to investigators on October 29, 2012. The victims were ages 6 and 8.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Brewington to a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of 35 years. After his release from the NC Department of Corrections, Judge Lock ordered Brewington to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and to be subject to GPS monitoring when he is released from prison.
Judge Lock also issued a permanent order prohibiting Brewington from ever contacting the victims in the future.
“The District Attorney’s Office is pleased with the lengthy sentence and the fact that this child predator will no longer have the opportunity to abuse other potential victims in our community,” Assistant District Attorney Paul T. Jackson told WTSB News. “We will continue to work hard and seek justice for children in Johnston County who are abused. Detective Michael Carson with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office should be commended for his work in this case.”
DOT Considering Designating US 70 Selma Bypass A Twin-Trailer Route
The NC Department of Transportation is considering whether to designate the US 70 Bypass between US 70 on the east and west ends of Selma for use by truck tractors with twin trailers. A twin trailer is a truck that holds two trailers, one behind the other.
The department is soliciting interest in holding a public hearing in Johnston County and asking citizens if they would like to provide public comment.
Such designation is allowed by N.C. general statute (§20-115.1 (g)) under the following conditions:
NCDOT has determined the first two requirements have been met.
Anyone desiring that a public hearing be held may make a request by email to NCDOT Traffic Safety Project Engineer Lisa N. Avery at email@example.com, or by sending a letter to Avery at 1561 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1561 by June 14. If additional information is needed, contact Avery at (919) 773-2893.
Additional information regarding this proposed designation can be found here.
Selma Continues Participation In NC Main Street Program
The Town of Selma will continue its participation the North Carolina Small Town Main Street program.
The program is sponsored by the state Department of Commerce.
Participation in the program will continue to make Selma eligible for technical assistance, special projects, conference rate discounts and grant opportunities.
The only cost is travel-related reimbursement for Department of Commerce staff.
In a letter to Mayor Cheryl Oliver, Small Town Main Street Coordinator Bob Murphrey said in 2011-2012 Small Town Main Street communities reported over $20.5 million in new investment and $57.8 million during the program's nine-year history.
The new program begins July 1.
Diamond Creek Wins Bluegrass Band Competition
Two Four Oaks residents are members of winning band
(L to R) Emily Kirsch, Mitch Walker, Spencer Mobley, Stephen Fraleigh, Kandis Johnson, and Got To Be NC Festival Manager Jim Knight. Photo by Sarah Ray
Diamond Creek, a bluegrass band that includes two Four Oaks residents, won the “Got To Be NC” Bluegrass Band Competition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 18. The contest, part of the events of the “Got To Be NC” festival, is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
The competition was open to bluegrass bands throughout North Carolina and as the first place band, Diamond Creek received a prize package valued over $2,000. This includes a performance at the PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival in Franklinton, NC and performances in the Heritage Circle for the last two days of the North Carolina State Fair in October.
Emily Kirsch (mandolin and vocals) and Kandis Johnson (bass) both reside in the Four Oaks area. Emily recently released her first CD, Just Another Memory. The project is receiving airplay on bluegrass radio across the country. Kandis has been playing bass ten years and is an original member of Diamond Creek.
Additional members include Mitch Walker (banjo and vocals), Spencer Mobley (guitar and vocals) and fiddler Stephen Fraleigh, all of Raleigh.
McGee’s Crossroads Students Selected For All-State Band
McGee’s Middle School eight grader Kristen Hatcher has worked hard all year playing her clarinet, achieving the honor of competing in All-County band.
Kristen went on to represent McGee’s Middle in the All-District Band, and then further went on to be chosen for All-State Band. She is the only student in Johnston County Accepted to perform in All-State Band.
In the state competition Kristen placed tenth.
2013 Junior Spelling Bee Winner Named
The Johnston County Junior Spelling Bee was held on March 19 in the Selma Elementary School Auditorium. Johnston County had 23 students participate this year.
Adrian Lewis was the named the winner of the Johnston County Junior Spelling Bee. Adrian, a fifth grader from Corinth-Holders Elementary, correctly spelled the word “dyslexia”. His Spelling Bee Coach is Jennifer Bullock.
Alert Neighbor Helps Police Catch Accused Break-In Suspects
Thanks to an alert neighbor, Selma Police were able to quickly arrest three suspects Monday afternoon who had allegedly just broken into a building behind a home on River Road then fled with $300 in property.
The neighbor realized no one was at home and became suspicious when he saw an SUV back up to the building and three people began to load up items.
Selma Police stopped the suspects SUV on Buffalo Road a few minutes later and recovered the property.
Deangelo Darrell Covington, 20, Timothy Shaquille Covington, 18, and Erving Deshaun Francis, 18, all from River Road, Selma were charged with one count each of felony breaking and entering. Deangelo Covington was also charged with failing to appear in court in April on a larceny charge from Smithfield Police.
Car Break-In Suspect Found Sleeping Nearby Selma Police didn’t have to go far to find a suspect who had reportedly broken into a vehicle outside the Quality Inn on Industrial Park Drive on May 14.
Around 5:30am, Arnold Wimberly, 51, of Florida called officers after discovering his vehicle was broken into and two luggage bags and a knife were missing.
While police were on the scene, a woman in a nearby room told officers a luggage bag not belonging to her was in the bed of her pickup. When police walked over to the pickup, they reportedly found 47 year-old Kevin Andre Bryant of Old Beulah Road, Kenly asleep in the bed of the truck.
Police allegedly found the stolen knife in his pocket, along with suspected cocaine and prescription pills.
Bryant was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $17,000 bond.
Gallant Completes Basic Training
Student Arrested For Assault On Campus
A South Johnston High student was arrested on campus Tuesday for allegedly pushing and slapping a 14 year-old student.
Nicholas Edward Browning, 16, of George Street, Four Oaks was arrested by a school resource officer and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. He was released from custody on a $500 unsecured bond.
The alleged incident happened in a locker room.
The victim in the case was not injured, authorities said.
Suspect Arrested On Scene Of Attempted Break-In
A Smithfield teen was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to break into a home on Sauls Lane near Selma. Pedro Ivanez Alvarez, 17, of South Brightleaf Boulevard, was arrested while still on the scene, by Johnston County deputies.
Captain A.C. Strickland said during the arrest, Alvarez reportedly tried to resist the officer while being handcuffed.
Alvarez was charged with attempted breaking and entering and resisting arrest. The teen was placed in jail under a $1,500 bond.
Cop Killer Still On Death Row
Judge denies appeal request
A Lenior County Superior Court judge has denied the appeal of cop killer Angel Guevara to commute the death row inmate’s sentence to life.
Guevara, formerly of Angier, was convicted of gunning down Johnston County Deputy Clendon Paul West, 27, and severely wounding Lt. Ronald Medlin on Sept. 11, 1995. The recent court ruling was met with relief by Deputy West’s family members, particularly his sister, Angie West. She was inside the courtroom during the Superior Court ruling.
“My family and I are very pleased with the latest ruling from the Superior Court denying the defendant’s motion for appropriate relief,” Ms. West said.
However, Ms. West fears the appeals are not exhausted.
According to legal analysts, appeals regarding death row inmates like Mr. Guevara and those serving life sentences are quite common.
The convicted murderer — who turned 49 in Central Prison in January — was sentenced to death in June 1996.
His 12-member, Nash County jury deliberated only 90 minutes before convicting him.
The convicted killer received the death penalty for the first-degree murder of Deputy West and received an additional 92- to 120-month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury for Lt. Medlin’s life-threatening injuries.
During the trial 17 years ago, the convicted felon admitted shooting the officer inside the West Johnson Mobile Home Park just off Jackson-King Road in western Johnston County. He testified he shot Deputy West at close range twice, fearing the safety of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
Using the alias José Rosado, the case involving Angel Guevara began Sept. 2, 1995, when a Raleigh security guard spotted three small children locked inside a vehicle with temperatures outside reaching 85 degrees. The officer investigating the incident encountered Mr. Guevara/Rosado who walked up, became belligerent, pulled a knife and repeatedly lunged toward the unarmed officer. The suspect then jumped into the vehicle and sped away.
A license plate check indicated the motorist was José Rosado of Angier, who was wanted on a felony charge of false pretenses and an
Lt. Medlin and Deputy West drove to his mobile home where they found the suspect in the back yard. During questioning, the suspect — denying he was José Rosado — presented a passport belonging instead to an Angel Guevara.
There the officers learned the suspect was also wanted for felony reckless endangerment and a sex charge.
When Deputy West returned to question the suspect further, the suspect retreated inside his mobile home.
The deputy pushed the front door open, entering the residence. Lt. Medlin, watching the incident, testified Deputy West held his hands up and pleaded, “No, no, don’t” as the suspect fired a fatal bullet into his chest and one to the left groin.
After calling for assistance, the lieutenant received a life-threatening bullet to the right side of his chest. Lt. Medlin survived. His partner did not. When authorities arrived, they found the deputy lying facedown inside the mobile home, his gun still inside its holster.
The shooter was apprehended several days later, spotted using a payphone at Penn Station in New York City.
During his appeal, the suspect’s attorneys documented that “two-thirds of black jurors were excluded at his trial and that many area residents surveyed at the time of his trial said their opinion of him was based on his Hispanic ethnicity.”
Thus, his lawyers filed one of two grievances, citing the Racial Justice Act.
Their initial case, claiming his trial attorney was ineffective, was dismissed.
Still, family members of Deputy West expect the convicted killer’s attorneys to push for more appeals.
“Everyone thinks it’s over, but that is not the case. We fear there is a long road of appeals ahead,” Ms. West said.
She wishes the family, including the deputy’s two surviving sons — Clendon, now married and living in Johnston County, and Derek, an 82nd
Airborne soldier based at Fort Bragg — could find closure.
“I hate that Lt. Medlin recently died from cancer,” she said. “That poor man never got the peace and closure he deserved.”
She said relatives will sojourn on. “Our journey in seeking justice for Paul is far from over. This journey began Sept. 11, 1995,” his sister said, “and it will continue until all appeals are exhausted and the order of the court is carried out.” Story courtesy The Daily Record
Firefighters Rescue Dog From House Fire
(Top right) Firefighters put out flames at a home on South 2nd Street in Smithfield as Johnston County EMS workers (lower right) give oxygen to a pet rescued from the flames. Photos courtesy JoCoFire.com
A late night house fire in Smithfield is under investigation, but the real story is the rescue of a pet from the burning home.
The Smithfield and Selma Fire Departments responded to the 8:20pm blaze at 607 South Second Street in Smithfield after neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the residence. Fire crews arrived quickly, saw flames burning through a window and made entry, putting out the fire and rescuing a dog that couldn’t escape, according to Smithfield Fire Chief Patrick Harris.
Johnston County EMS crews recognized the dog was struggling to breathe and began giving the animal oxygen. A short time later, the dog was breathing fine and enjoying the attention of emergency workers and neighbors.
The property owner, Hortense Mitchell, was not at home at the time of the fire, but is being assisted by the Johnston County Red Cross.
Chief Harris said damage was estimated at $20,000.
Final Suspect Captured In 2012 Burglary Spree
The fifth and final suspect wanted for a rash of break-ins last year has been apprehended.
Brandon Dewayne Stanley, 22, formerly of Clayton, was arrested Monday afternoon on Buffalo Road near Hospital Road by Smithfield Police. Stanley, who most recently had been living on Spring Branch Road near Dunn, is in the Johnston County Jail under a $1 million bond.
Stanley and four others previously arrested, Daniel Miranda, Chase Jihad Johnson, Steven Matthew Johnson, and Kevin Prescott Stanley, are accused by Johnston County deputies of committing a combined total of 19 break-ins in the Cleveland and McGee’s Crossroads area from April to July 2012.
Stanley was charged Monday with 9 counts of breaking and entering, two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary, 9 counts of larceny, 15 counts of felony conspiracy, 1 count of attempted larceny, 1 count of larceny, and served with an order for arrest for a probation violation charge.
Fingerprints Link Four Oaks Man To Indiana Attempted Murder
A man wanted on attempted murder charges in Indiana has been arrested. Prospero Hernandez, 51, who also goes by the name of Tomas Gonzales, was arrested by Smithfield Police Saturday morning at 2:16am for driving under the influence on Highway 301 South.
While being booked into the Johnston County Jail, Hernandez, who had given police his fictitious name, was fingerprinted. His fingerprints matched a wanted persons warrant from Barthlomew County, Indiana.
Hernandez had most recently been living on Highway 301 in Four Oaks and using his alias.
He was served with the attempted murder warrant by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and is being held in the Johnston County Jail without bail, awaiting extradition to Indiana.
According to the Barthlomew County Sheriff’s Office, Hernandez allegedly stabbed an individual in the Hill View Trailer Park in 2007.
It remains unclear how long Hernandez had been living in the Four Oaks area.
Bus Passenger Arrested On Narcotics Charges
A passenger on board a Greyhound Bus was arrested Monday night. The driver of the bus stopped on I-40 near Highway 42 in Johnston County and called 911 after a passenger reportedly began yelling at others on the bus, cursing at the driver and also attempting to strike the driver while the bus was traveling down the interstate.
Deputies removed Lynn Marie Palockso, 54, of Versailles, PA from the bus. During a search of her belongings, 20 hydrocodone pills were found, according to Captain A.C. Strickland. Strickland said the woman also appeared to be intoxicated to officers who were on the scene.
Palocsko was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, felony trafficking, and being intoxicated and disruptive. She was booked in the Johnston County Jail under a $150,750 bond.
Town Honors Selma Police Team
The Selma Police Department's ACE Team was honored by the Selma Town Council on May 14.
Mayor Cheryl Oliver told team members the Town appreciated their efforts.
"I know your job can be a frustrating one," Mayor Oliver said. "But you are making a difference. I hear from my peers that some of our lawbreakers are leaving Selma and going to their towns. That's music to my ears."
During a March operation, the ACE Team conducted a targeted enforcement campaign that resulted in 354 traffic stops, 201 warning tickets and 153 citation charges.
The team set up nine checkpoints throughout Selma, which earned 465 Governor Highway Safety Points.
The checkpoints resulted in 52 vehicle searches, 41 felony and drug arrests, and drug seizures of marijuana, cocaine and dosage unit pills.
An undercover drug buy also led to three arrests.
Mayor Oliver said these targeted enforcement efforts would occur more frequently.
"You have this Council's full support in doing so," Mayor Oliver said. "Keeping our community safe contributes to our quality of life in Selma. Keep up the great work!" WTSB Photo
Driver Arrested For DWI
A man with a prior DWI conviction was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly driving drunk on Covered Bridge Road near Archer Lodge.
Justin McCane Guyton, 25, of Coharie Drive, Wendell was stopped by a deputy after the suspect reportedly drove through a red light at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Buffalo Road at 3:11am.
Guyton refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, according to Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain A.C. Strickland.
Guyton was charged with driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license, and failure to stop for a red light. He was released on a $3,500 bond.
According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Guyton was convicted in October 2009 for an April 13, 2008 arrest for DWI. He received probation for the offense.
Routine Sunday Turns Into Lucky $100,000 Day For Middlesex Man
Sunday turned out to be Roderick Singletary’s lucky day as he won a $100,000 prize playing the $4,000,000 Gold Bullion game.
Singletary, a carpenter from Middlesex, said he usually meets a friend on Sundays at the Trans Mini Mart on East Finch Avenue and together they try their luck with the lottery. He said when he began scratching the instant ticket he quickly saw he had won $40,000 and got so excited that he left the store. He said when he got to his friend’s house he finished scratching the ticket and discovered he had won a total of $100,000.
“It just happened to be my lucky day,” said Singletary as he collected his prize money Monday at the N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Singletary said he planned to use the money, $68,006 after taxes were withheld, to pay bills and for savings. He became the third person to win $100,000 prize in the game.
When the $20 game started in February, it began with three $4 million prizes, seven $1 million prizes, and eight $100,000 prizes. As of Monday afternoon, two $4 million prizes, five $1 million prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed. Players who win the game’s top prize have the option of receiving a 20-year annuity or a lump sum option that can be claimed in either cash or gold bullion.
Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Nash County education programs received more than $26.4 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid. To date, the lottery has raised more than $2.8 billion for these initiatives statewide.
JCC Holds Graduation Ceremonies
Johnston Community College held commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the main campus. JCC awarded 558 associate degrees and diplomas to students who completed their study in the summer 2012, fall 2012, or spring 2013.
Dr. Marilyn Pearson, Johnston County public health director, delivered the commencement address to Monday’s health sciences graduates. Linda H. Weiner, vice president of engagement and strategic innovation for North Carolina Community Colleges and a Princeton native, gave the general commencement speech at Tuesday’s ceremony.
Austin Scott, a radiography graduate from Rosewood, was recognized as JCC’s Academic Excellence Award recipient. Dylan Odett of Smithfield, who earned an associate degree in criminal justice technology, received the President’s Award for his scholastic achievement. Linda Eldridge of Four Oaks, who earned an associate degree in office administration, received the Citizenship Award for her leadership and service.
David Oliver, networking technology instructor, was greeted with a standing ovation as he made a surprise appearance at graduation returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Oliver was presented the Earl C. and Doris F. Helms Excellence in Teaching Award for his outstanding instruction.
The following are JCC’s graduates and their program of study listed by town of residence.
Jason Matthew Aberegg, Emergency Medical Science; Abbie Elizabeth Dunn; Associate in Arts; Laura Gale Honeycutt, Accounting; Shannon Camile Morrison Lackey, Associate in Arts; Samantha A. Murray, Business Administration; Perla Elizabeth Rangel, Community Spanish Interpreter; Jessica Rae Smith, Paralegal Technology; Marilee Stinemetz Tingen, Associate Degree Nursing.
Eva N. Gichuhi, Associate Degree Nursing; Michelle Martinez, Paralegal Technology; Brandy Eastwood Frederick, Medical Sonography; and Jonathan DeFoto, Cardiovascular Sonography.
Dietra Evette Sessoms, Criminal Justice Technology.
Rodney Louis Barbour, Jr., Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Katherine Gray Burnette, Medical Office Administration; Carimae Nichole Cardenas, Associate Degree Nursing; Christy Nicole Carter, School Age Education; Kristan Johnson Denning, Medical Assisting; Kristan Johnson Denning, Diploma Medical Assisting; Anna Joy Dudley, Radiography; Elizabeth N. Fish, Early Childhood Education; Ashley N. Glover, Medical Sonography; Amber Elizabeth Godwin, Associate in Arts; Nyeshia Lashé Graham, Emergency Medical Science; Autumn Christine Karsko, Associate in Arts; Theresa Lynn Lasky, Associate in Arts; Alexandra Marie Long, Associate in Science; Danielle Alyse McKay, Medical Office Administration; Sharon C. McLamb, Diploma Medical Assisting; Sherica Shantel McNeill, Medical Sonography; Matthew Britt Moore, Associate in Arts; Brittany Lauren Myers, Associate Degree Nursing; Cody Ryahn Rosage, Associate in Arts; Tanya K. Stancil-Smith, Criminal Justice Technology; Brittani Rae Tart, Diploma Cosmetology; Samantha Vaughn, Associate in Arts; Jonathan Edward Whitley, Diploma Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Sandra Gensel Wolfe, Paralegal Technology; Robert Edward Womack, Criminal Justice Technology; Charles Alan Bowen Bolton, Criminal Justice Technology.
Derric Dashun Braziel, Associate in Arts; Lorie Byrd, School Age Education; Ann Marie V. Patterson-Powell, Associate Degree Nursing; Jan Tripp Wells, Associate Degree Nursing.
Rodolph Olivo, Associate in Arts; Diana Christine Adams, Criminal Justice Technology; Caleb Adorno, Associate in Arts; Jenna Marie Alexander, Medical Sonography; Melissa Ann Balch, Associate in Arts; Melissa Ann Balch, Associate in General Education; Michael Shane Barefoot, Diploma Welding Technology; Kala Marie Barnes, Associate in Arts; Mary Bartell, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Kristina Lynn Beavers, Associate in Science; Shonally Elizabeth Bennett, Associate in Arts; Stephanie Michelle Benson, Associate Degree Nursing; Iman E. Billingsley, Associate in Arts; Ashley April Bolton, Criminal Justice Technology; Christopher L. Brethauer, Associate in Arts; Heather Nicole Capps, Associate in Arts; Alissa May Carlson, Associate in Arts; Patrick Edward Carroll, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Amanda J. Casachahua, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Melody S. Chiang, Business Administration; James Alan Crickenberger, Diploma Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Cheryl L. Currie, Associate Degree Nursing; Kendall Lynn Dixon, Associate in Arts; Jessica Lynn Donaldson, Associate in Arts; Priscilla Hope Drolet, Associate in Arts; Miguel Duran, Jr., Criminal Justice Technology; Mashade Denise Elliott-Lockamy, Paralegal Technology; Darren Robert Erickson, Business Administration; Carla Victoria Esworthy, Associate in Arts; Sherrie M. Everhart, Bioprocess Technology; Mary Teresa Flowe, Associate in Arts; Meredith Leigh France, Associate in General Education; Dexter Antonio Gaddis, Associate in Science; Patty Marie Grice-Gantt, Early Childhood Education; Mark Anthony Harvey, Jr., Business Administration; Sophirene Hinton, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Dawn Caddell Hodge, Medical Office Administration; Betty Danielle Hollingsworth, Medical Office Administration; Jessica Renee Rose Hoover, Associate in Arts; Michael R. House, Computer Intergrated Machining Technology; Angel Dawn Hunt, Associate in Arts; Sahraya Marie Hunter, Associate in Arts; Pamela Dawn Johnson, Associate in Arts; Mattie Rebecca Jordan, Medical Assisting; Mattie Rebecca Jordan, Diploma Medical Assisting; Ashton Paige Julian, Criminal Justice Technology; Rachel Allene Kennedy, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Christine Susan Ketner, Office Administration; Michaelangelo Valentino Lucas, Associate in Arts; Michaelangelo Valentino Lucas, Associate in Science-Biology and Biology Education; Michelle M. Luciano, Medical Office Administration; Matthew Lawrence McCarthy, Associate in Arts; Jermaine Terel McNeil, Associate in Arts; Elizabeth Mena, Associate in Arts; Michael Onetha Montague, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Edwin Montoya, Networking Technology; Chad Gregory Morgan, Industrial Systems Technology; Lori Sexton Mosley, Diploma Paralegal Technology; Michael Charles Murphy, Bioprocess Technology; Dustin Gray Narron, Associate in Arts; Lucretia Sharon O’Dell, Radiography; Courtney Renee Overby, Criminal Justice Technology; Courtney Renee Overby, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Rodrigo F. Pantoja-Pérez, Bioprocess Technology; Charetha Lanee' Parker, Diploma Medical Assisting; Lais Pena, Associate in Arts; Jeannie Gray Perry, Medical Assisting; Jeannie Gray Perry, Diploma Medical Assisting; Tahnne Jeannetha Porras, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Katherine Louise Robbs, Associate in Arts; Alma R. Rodriguez, Medical Office Administration; Amanda Elizabeth Royster, Early Childhood Education; Anna Kaitlin Russo, Associate in Arts; Brian Donnell Session, Diploma Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Samantha Lee Settimi, Associate in Arts; Katherine Michelle Smith, Associate in Arts; Leah DeAnn Stott, Criminal Justice Technology; William Douglas Todd, Associate in General Education; Iran Alejandra Torres-Ammerman, Community Spanish Interpreter; Aimee Lee Vanderpoel, Associate in Arts; Nellie Villegas, Associate in Arts; Courtney Weaver, Radiography; Carly Jean Wilkins, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Cassandra Williams-Herbert, Associate in Arts; Garlynn Wilson, Associate in General Education; Rebecca Reneé Wing, Associate in Arts; Chrissy Barbour, Criminal Justice Technology; Mariah Quinn Bater, Associate in Science; Victoria Corrine Burdo, Associate in Arts; Heidi Lynn Camposano, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Yvette Chappell, Early Childhood Education; Andrew Jordan Clark, Computer Programming; Jeramy Albert Creech, Criminal Justice Technology; Sarah Ward Dunn, Associate in Arts; Lisa Michele Fox, Office Administration; Rachel Lauren Freeman, Associate in Arts; Michael Craig Hall, Associate in Arts; Devin Christian Hiatt, Associate in Arts; Cheri Pazur Hicks, Paralegal Technology; Emily Joyce Holzer, Associate in Arts; Stephanie Marie Horan, Criminal Justice Technology; Stephanie Marie Horan, Criminal Justice Latent Evidence; Laurel McCall Littler, Associate in Arts; David Trent Livingstone, Associate in Arts; Daniel R. Lopez, Networking Technology; Donna M. Luczka, Medical Office Administration; Kristina DeLane McGee, Associate in Arts; Gregory Michael Morris, Associate in Arts; Neil Anthony Nichols II, Advertising and Graphic Design; Mary Elizabeth Noble, Diploma Therapeutic Massage; Juliette W. Oliveros, Associate Degree Nursing; Nicholas Evan Pacejka, Associate in Arts; Meghan Nicole Phelan, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Celia Marie Pickwick, Associate in Arts; Leticia Resendiz, Early Childhood Education; Sovannara Ros, Medical Office Administration; William Short, Associate in Arts; Tabitha Anne Shuman, Business Administration; Jeremiah Cornel Smith, Networking Technology; Ashley Nicole Stickl, Associate in Science; Kristin N. Wells, Early Childhood Education; Kevin White, Bioprocess Technology; Jennifer Rose Billings, Medical Office Administration; Sarah Renee Pickwick, Pharmacy Technology; and Sabrina Hartfield-Dudley, Associate in Arts.
Evelyn M. Alonzo, Radiography; Matthew Christian Hulen, Associate in Science; and Amanda Faye Justice, Radiography.
Freddrick Walter Carroll, Associate in Arts; and Teresa A. Griffin, Associate in Arts.
Amanda Wheaton, Associate in Arts.
Brittany Leah Barefoot, Associate in Arts; Brittany Leah Barefoot, Diploma Pharmacy Technology; Sarah Chambers, Accounting; Sarah Chambers, Business Administration; Cyndil Jessie Dale, Diploma Cosmetology; Jordan Ashlen Ellis, Early Childhood Education; Megan Elizabeth Gerrell, Associate in Arts; Megan Elizabeth Gerrell, Associate in Science; Andrew B. Goodson, Computer Integrated Machining Technology; Jonathan Mark Jackson, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Jenna Brooke-Ann Johnson, Radiography; Misty Dawn Jones, Radiography; Joyce Renee Beasley Kempka, Medical Office Administration; Kandace Belle Lee, Radiography; David Thomas Lewis, Accounting; Mary Ann Lucas Dunn, Business Administration; Nikita Shree McDuffie Dunn, Paralegal Technology; Everett Blase Melcher, Associate in Arts; Parker Rae Norris, Associate in Arts; Sara Brooke Norris, Radiography; Jennifer Paige Owen, Associate Degree Nursing; Taylor Leigh Pope, Cardiovascular Sonography; Johnny Ramos, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Ahira Zoar Sanchez, Associate in Arts; Austin Tart, Associate in Arts; April Michelle Tew, Radiography; Christopher Colton West, Associate in Arts; and Martha Blair Mason, Criminal Justice Technology.
Bridgett B. Charles, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Brandon Porter, Computer Integrated Machining.
Amber Hicks Blackman, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Anthony Dennis Grabowski IV, Radiography; Brandon Tyler Lee, Associate in Science; Mary Louise McKoy, Associate in Arts; Jonathan Travis Raynor, Associate in Science-Pre-Engineering; Michael Lee Andrew Wilson, Criminal Justice Technology; Michael Lee Andrew Wilson, Criminal Justice Latent Evidence.
Toshiko Mushard Sweeney, Associate Degree Nursing; Tomas Francis Avila, Radiography; Robert John Carter, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Amanda S. Conder, Medical Sonography.
David Scott Adams, Associate in Arts; Melissa A. Allen, Early Childhood Education; Mariela Mejia Armendariz, Accounting; Mariela Mejia Armendariz, Business Administration; Jennie Lynn Bachelder, Criminal Justice Technology; Jennie Lynn Bachelder, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Alice L. Baker, Criminal Justice Technology; Kateland Carol Blackmon, Associate in Arts; Leigh Ann Blevins, Medical Office Administration; Melissa Sue Bowers, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Gaile L. Brittain, Office Administration; Lisa Marie Caldera, Medical Office Administration; Mary Lynn Coates, Business Administration; Lindsey Michelle Connell, Associate in Arts; Jonathan Ray Corbett, Computer Integrated Machining Technology; John Hadley Cubbage, Accounting; Linda Walker Eldridge, Office Administration; Sherry B. Hall, Accounting; Sarah Marie Hatch, Radiography; Tommy Lee Huerta, Associate in Arts; Amanda Lynn Jackson, Associate in Arts; Dorrie Chance Johnson, Medical Assisting; Dorrie Chance Johnson, Diploma Medical Assisting; Jamie Lynn Massengill, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Mara Elia Mejia, Criminal Justice Technology; Gloria Angelica Valdez Melo, Associate in Arts; Robert Alexander Noel, Associate in Arts; Jennifer Norris, Medical Assisting; Jennifer Norris, Diploma Medical Assisting; Nicholas Sims O’Maley, Associate in Arts; Maria de Jesus Lopez Quevedo, Diploma Cosmetology; Luis H. Ramirez, Networking Technology; Marty Glenn Reardon, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Tara Lorene Singleton, Diploma Paralegal Technology; Teresa J. Smith, Accounting; Erica N. Stanley, Associate in Arts; Vanessa Faye Stanley, Accounting; Amanda Stephenson, Emergency Medical Science; Amanda Elizabeth Strickland, Associate in Arts; Amanda Lynn Thornton, Criminal Justice Technology; Amanda Lynn Thornton, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Joshua Steven Thornton, Business Administration; Sarah Kaitlin Walker, Associate in Arts; Tonya Williams, Bioprocess Technology; and Rachael Nicole Wooten, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence.
Tamra Leigh Aguilar, Associate in Arts; Malina Marie-Star Peach, Cardiovascular Sonography; and Kimberly Anne Pyne, Associate Degree Nursing.
Chasity Nichole Blystone, Associate in Arts; Sarah Goodwin Carey, Associate Degree Nursing; Brandon Keith Chance, Associate in Arts; Kenneth Ray Coleman, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Nathan Thomas Cooley, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Wallis Eason, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; CarrieAnn Margaret Frost, Diploma Paralegal Technology; Becky Abernathy Harris, Criminal Justice Technology; Michele Sophie Heil, Accounting; Michele Sophie Heil, Business Administration; Anna Elizabeth Lee, Early Childhood Education; Nathan Douglas Powell Millétt, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Sharvon Renee Parker, Pharmacy Technology; Sharvon Renee Parker, Diploma Pharmacy Technology; Jenny Nicole Pollard, Medical Sonography; Gabriel Elizabeth Rand, Criminal Justice Technology; Mark William Schilling, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Taylor C. Shuler, Associate in Arts; Stephanie D. Simmons, Horticulture Technology; Jordan Smalls, Associate in Arts; Joshua Michael Smalls, Associate in Arts; Jessica Alexandra Stevens, Associate in Arts; Kenneth Sylvest, Networking Technology; and Tammie Williams, Medical Office Administration.
Alexandra Nicole Matthews Godwin, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Teri Elizabeth Page, Business Administration; and Amber Dawn Williams, Cardiovascular Sonography.
Alycia E. Briley, Community Spanish Interpreter; Cody Dudley, Networking Technology; Melissa Barnette Foster, Associate in Arts; Kristen Ann Graziano, Associate in General Education; Chelsey Lynn Halligan, Criminal Justice Technology; Edina M. Hood, Radiography; Genie Danielle Moody, Associate in Arts; Lindsey Nicole Parnell, Associate in Arts; Lauren Ashleigh Pettit, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Austin Nathaniel Scott, Radiography; Taylor Nichole Scott, Radiography; Melissa Henry Shaw, Associate in Arts; Stephanie M. Arnold, Diploma Medical Assisting; Siara Desiré Tarantino, Associate Degree Nursing; and Ashley Renee Thigpen, Paralegal Technology.
Rufus Odell Ellis, Networking Technology.
Desmond James Adams, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Tara L. Badger, Associate in General Education; James Ray Baker, Jr., Bioprocess Technology; Dwight L. Barnes, Machining Technology; George Tatarakis Boydstun, Diploma Welding Technology; Bryan Christopher Brafford, Associate in Arts; Amanda Lane Cockrell, Associate in Arts; Michael J. Dielen Schneider, Networking Technology; Michaele Duthie, Office Administration; Corey Franklin Evans, Diploma Welding Technology; Donnie Lee Hines, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Joshua Dale Hodge, Bioprocess Technology; Daryl S. Jones, Associate in Science; James Matthew Lee, Diploma Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Angela April Lopez, Community Spanish Interpreter; Jorge Mendoza-Valadez, Associate in Arts; Maria Mendoza-Valadez, Diploma Therapeutic Massage; Joshua Eleazar Sierra, Associate in Science; James David Staton, Bioprocess Technology.
Christi West Stallings, Community Spanish Interpreter.
Christina Michelle Fischer, Associate in Science; Terri Heuser Harb, Associate Degree Nursing; Margaret Wambui Njiraini, Associate in Arts; Latova Taylor, Accounting; Latova Taylor, Business Administration; Rebekah Elizabeth Warrick, Associate in Arts.
Dustin Tyler Phelps, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business.
Daniel Deans, Networking Technology and Cody Stewart Fitzgerald, Associate in Science.
Robert Brann Lipscomb, Jr., Associate in Arts.
Jeffrey William Littleton, Associate in Arts.
Dennis Ralph Pepper, Jr., Associate in Arts; Tristany Natalya Roper, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Valeria Williams Strickland, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; and Joseph Edwin Phillip Hurd, Paralegal Technology.
D-Jon-Nique M. Devone, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence.
Brittany N. Hicks, Medical Sonography.
Kristina Louise Fann, Associate in Science; Randice Leanne Raynor, Diploma Cosmetology; Shedava Latrece Ruffin, Diploma Cosmetology; and Maria D. Smith, Associate in General Education.
Breanna Bostic, Radiography; Danielle K. Downs, Medical Sonography; Lisa Jean Flowers, Business Administration; Ryne Eugene Harringer, Associate in Arts; Justin Paul Newman, Associate in Science; and Lakisha Eruka Williams, Associate in Arts.
Tricia Lynn Cannon, Business Administration; Meaghan Kathleen Elizabeth Weiner, Associate in Arts; Alton Blake White, Bioprocess Technology.
Shannon Necole Reaves, Medical Sonography.
Shaun Wyatt Braswell, Associate in Arts; Joseph Martin Carter, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Laura Jackson Carter, Early Childhood Education; Rebecca Delaine Cook, Associate Degree Nursing; Richard Preston Dowdy, Therapeutic Massage; Spencer Blake Edwards, Radiography; Jonathan Young Green, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Kimberly Sue Green, Business Administration; Kimberly C. Huffman, Accounting; Kimberly C. Huffman, Business Administration; Christopher B. Mooring, Associate in Arts; Brittany Michelle Parrish, Office Administration; Gabe Logan Pate, Associate in Arts; Steven Tyron Poston, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Antonio Pierre Simmons, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology; Courtney LeAnn Toole, Medical Office Administration; Jennifer Marie Wadsworth, Associate in Science.
Kati Marie Brown, Associate in Arts; Robin Marie Jordan, Associate Degree Nursing; Richard Spencer Litka, Associate in Science; Erin Ashley Marshall, Associate in Arts; Lauren Elizabeth Massey, Associate in Arts; Olivia Ashley Nowell, Associate in Science; Daisy Toledo, Associate in Arts; Willa Lineé Walker, School Age Education; Chelsea Brown, Associate in Arts; Jessica M. Peditto, Paralegal Technology; Scott William Rhoney, Diploma Paralegal Technology; Loren “Red” Brown, Medical Assisting; Loren “Red” Brown, Diploma Medical Assisting; Austin Edwood Bunch, Emergency Medical Science; Richard Keith Dawkins, Diploma Paralegal Technology; Valerie Anissa Hall, Medical Assisting; Valerie Anissa Hall, Diploma Medical Assisting; Maureen Sue Mahoney, Medical Sonography; Collin James Peebles, Associate Degree Nursing; Sherry Reneé Woolard, Industrial Systems Technology; Chuu Elizabeth-Allyn Mong, Medical Sonography; Erin Elizabeth Stanley, Associate Degree Nursing; Ja’lisa Lisa Pendergraft Secka, Associate Degree Nursing; Makisha S. Chavious, Associate Degree Nursing; Kathryn Maria King, Associate in Arts; and Kathryn Maria King, Associate in Science.
Selving Sabillon, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business.
Michael C. McLamb, Business Administration.
Jennifer Lynn Baker, Associate in Arts; John Tyler Bedford, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Cathylina Marie Brooks, Early Childhood Education; Stephanie Michelle, Associate in Arts; Christopher James Cline, Associate in Science; Steven Craig Coker, Associate in Arts; Julia Bridgette Conklin, Associate in Arts; Kermit D. Corprew, Jr., Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Taylor Nicole Dabney, Associate in Arts; Kelsey Tara Dale, Associate in Arts; Kevin Wayne Draper, Bioprocess Technology; Irene Alicia Ureña Escamilla, Associate in Arts; Tabitha Dilenea Forbes, Associate in Arts; Heidi J. Gallegos-Maradiaga, Associate in Science; Deborah Ann Creech Gerrell, Business Administration; Ansley E. Gimenez, Radiography; Sharon Smith Goddard, Business Administration; Laura Amelia Gonzalez, Medical Office Administration; Marcelino Gonzalez, Jr., Paralegal Technology; Teresa B. Hales, Business Administration; Tara Nicole Howard, Radiography; Phillip A. Jackson; Industrial Systems Technology; Lauren Ashley Johnson, Pharmacy Technology; Lauren Ashley Johnson, Diploma Pharmacy Technology; Devin Ashlee Kimmey, Cardiovascular Sonography; Cynthia Price Lane, Accounting; Cynthia Price Lane, Business Administration; Gerald William Lanier, Jr., Associate in Arts; Marlen Alejandra Lopez Samano, Medical Office Administration; Donald Dwain Madison, Associate in Arts; Jorene J. Mathias, Accounting; Shermin F. McShine, Associate in Arts; Daniel Larkin Peedin, Networking Technology; Brandy Nichole Phipps, Accounting; Brandy Nichole Phipps, Business Administration; Jarrell Lee Pridgen, Associate in Fine Arts-Music; Sara Yvonne Ramirez, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Benjamin Walker Sanderford, Associate in Arts; Valiree Sanderford, Associate in Arts; Lauren Smith, Early Childhood Education; Amanda Renee Snyder, Associate in Arts; Clara Mae Stephens, Office Administration; Robert Nelson Strickland, Jr., Associate in Arts; Julia Raper Tate, Medical Assisting; Julia Raper Tate, Diploma Medical Assisting; Jacqueline Renee Taylor, Associate in General Education; Nicholas Scott Tedder, Associate in Arts; Jason Derek Toole, Associate in Arts; Leah Ashley Ward, Associate in Science; Theresa Dianne Whitton, Associate Degree Nursing; Chanelle Williams, Paralegal Technology; Jennifer Lynn Williams, Business Administration; and Jermey Keith Williams, Welding Technology.
Wendy S. Adams, Bioprocess Technology; Christa Lynn Ammons, Paralegal Technology; Alison Warren Arnn, Medical Sonography; Mariano Ayala, Associate in Arts; Aimee Weaver Beasley, Medical Office Administration; Anthony S. Benjamin, Associate in Arts; Nichole Best, Criminal Justice Technology; Courtney King Brock, Diploma Cosmetology; Caroline A. Byrd, Associate in Science; Miossotti Julissa Caceres, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Brittan Hope Casey, Associate in Arts; Brittany Hope Casey, Associate in General Education; Alicia Champney, Medical Office Administration; Leslie Edali Chiclana, Associate in Arts; Meredith Hope Creech, Associate in Arts; Regina Marie Custis, Accounting; Regina Marie Custis, Business Administration; Sabra Davis, Associate in Arts; Sabra Davis, Associate in Science; Jocelyn Marie DeRasmo, Associate in Fine Arts-Fine Arts; Alex Neil Donner, Accounting; Alex Neil Donner, Business Administration; Ashley Nicole Edwards, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Dustin Jay Frickman, Criminal Justice Technology; Richard Earl Frost, Jr. Associate in Arts; Avery Grey Gardner, Associate in Arts; Mark Edward Green, Associate in Arts; Lindsay Elizabeth Groves, Radiography; Fredericka Alesia Hines, Medical Office Administration; Evelyn Lorain Huger, Early Childhood Education; David Michael Ketterman, Associate in Science; Larry-Wallace Eugene Lane, Associate in Science; Margaret Lebron Mateo, Criminal Justice Technology; Margaret Lebron Mateo, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Seth Maynard, Associate in Arts; Lisa Ann McCray, Accounting; Lisa Ann McCray, Business Administration; Kyle McKeel, Associate in Arts; Courtney Anne McLamb, Early Childhood Education; Clelia Nathalya Saines Menjivar, Early Childhood Education; Chrystal Jane Mohn, Associate in Science; Dylan J. Odett, Criminal Justice Technology; Dylan J. Odett, Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence; Daniel Stephen Ogburn, Industrial Systems Technology; Amber N. Parker, Associate in Arts; Logan C. Parker, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Tyler Keith Pollard, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Anna Brooke Powell, Associate in Arts; Holly Mae Page Priest, Advertising and Graphic Design; David J. Rantanen, Criminal Justice Technology; Phillip Bryan Revell, Associate in Arts-Pre-Business; Benjamin Rieger, Criminal Justice Technology; Michelle Lynn Robinson, Pharmacy Technology; Indraj Singh Rooprai, Associate in Science; Tamika Anita Sanders, Medical Office Administration; Michael Jeffery Schall, Business Administration; Nicholas Eric Smith, Associate in Arts; Harley Brooke Stanley, Associate in Arts; Jonathan D. Thomason, Associate in Arts; Kimberly Jasmine Valle Mejia, Associate in Science-Biology; Catherine Austin Whitley, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Paula A. Williams, Early Childhood Education; Jamie Lee Winchell, Criminal Justice Technology; Jamie Lee Winchell, Criminal Justice Technology- Latent Evidence; Deana M. Wood, Medical Office Administration; and Marianne Rapp, Business Administration.
Amelia Kristy Cox, Radiography.
Laurie C. Reinhardt, Medical Sonography.
Bonnie C. Anderson, Medical Office Administration; Christi Pettry Baker, Medical Assisting; Christi Pettry Baker, Diploma Medical Assisting; Roxanne Elise Baker, Associate in Science; Dara Elaine Bigby, Paralegal Technology; Randy Flanders, Associate in Science; Blake Alexander Floyd, Associate in Arts; Anna M. Hale, Early Childhood Education; Tiffany Danyelle Lutz, Associate in Arts; Angela Odom Mullins, Radiography; Joshua A. Powell, Associate in Arts; and Daniel Strautnieks, Networking Technology.
Rickie L. Allen, Jr., Diploma Welding Technology; Amber Elizabeth Mitchell, Diploma Therapeutic Massage; Jessie Morgan Talbert, Cardiovascular Sonography; Hollie A. Vanderlei, Nuclear Medicine Technology; Julie Yost, Early Childhood Education.
Nikki Danielle Talton, Associate in General Education.
Steven Herron, Networking Technology; and Sommer Rae Tomlinson, Diploma Cosmetology.
Shaun Ryan Gray, Associate in Arts.
Brandy Alford Rogers, Associate in Arts.
NC Teachers Salaries Rank 46th In Nation
North Carolina teachers’ salaries continue to lag behind the rest of the country.
Those were the findings of a study presented Tuesday to the Johnston County Board of Education.
Chief Business Officer Robin Little (pictured) made the presentation, which was produced by the Division of School Business of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Little said teachers’ salary schedules are determined annually by the General Assembly.
The study shows teachers’ base salaries have been frozen since 2007.
That pay freeze has a tremendous impact on teachers, Little said.
Little said it takes 35 years for teachers to get at the top of the earning scale.
According the state’s study, it takes 15 years for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree to make $40,000.
In 2008-2009, a five-year teacher had a base pay of $35,380. This year, a five-year teacher has a base pay of $31,220, a decrease of $4,160.
Little said that’s close to a $6,400 drop in purchasing power.
Compared to 12 other southern states, North Carolina ranks third from the bottom.
Georgia ranks first among southern states with an average compensation of $52,938, a 16 percent increase since 2002-2003.
Only two southern states rank lower than North Carolina: West Virginia and Mississippi.
According to National Educators Association Rankings and Estimates, if North Carolina had increased average salary at the national average of 24%, teachers’ average salary would be $52,923, which is $7,000 more than our state’s current average salary.
School Superintendent Ed Croom said he identifies with teachers’ plight.
He said his son is a first-year teacher and living at home because he can’t afford to move. WTSB Photo
Selma Signs Off On Endless Yard Sale Ordinance
The Town of Selma has joined the Town of Benson in restricting temporary food vendors during the June 14-15 301 Endless Yard Sale.
Mayor Cheryl Oliver said the purpose of the ordinance is to encourage participants to support local restaurants and non-profit groups.
Before the ordinance was approved, it drew heated comments from council members.
Council Member Eric Sellers (pictured) said the thought of limiting food vendors sounded "un-American."
Sellers said when he goes to events like Railroad Days, he goes to check out the vendors and sample their food.
Council Member Debra Howard, formerly Debra Johnson, said people won't have time during the day to sit down in a restaurant for a meal.
Howard said vendors generate heavy traffic and make events more festive.
Oliver said the state Health Department had expressed concern stating they didn't have the staff to properly inspect food vendors for such a massive event, which runs along U.S. 301 from Kenly to Benson.
Although council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, Sellers and Howard said their votes were cast to support Mayor Oliver, not because they favored the restriction. WTSB Photo
Man Charged With Attempted Bank Robbery
Thanks to a quick response from Zebulon Police a bank robbery suspect was arrested Friday afternoon. Police arrived at First Citizens Bank on Wakelon Drive in Zebulon in less than one minute after a report a man entered the bank at 5:09pm and stated there was a “bank robbery.”
The suspect, Richard Gardner Ennis, 50, of Sallinger Street, Knightdale was arrested while still inside the bank. No weapon was located and no shots were fired. There were also no injuries.
Police said Ennis did not obtain any money. His vehicle was found in the parking lot and towed from the scene, according to Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth.
Ennis was booked into the Wake County Jail on attempted common law robbery charges.
3 Hurt When Semi, SUV Collide
Three people were injured, one seriously, after a tractor trailer and SUV collided Saturday morning on US701 South near Marler Road.
The Highway Patrol says the collision happened at 8:09am after a southbound semi, driven by Alvin Angelo Singletary, 49, of Bladenboro attempted to pass a southbound Ford SUV driven by James Edward Newkirk, 65, of Smithfield.
As the semi was passing the SUV, the SUV’s driver attempted to make a left turn.
Newkirk was trapped in the wreckage for nearly a half hour. He was extricated then airlifted from the scene to WakeMed. Two passengers in his vehicle, Latrice S. Johnson, 23, of Smithfield and Tahirra Monique Hargrove, 19, of Newton Grove were transported to the hospital for injuries.
Singletary, the driver of the semi, was not injured.
The wreck closed a section of US701 for nearly two hours.
No charges were filed. The accident was investigated by Trooper J.C. Goins. Photo courtesy JoCoFire.com
440th Army Band Offers Free Concert For Independence Day Celebration
The 440th Army Band will offer a free concert at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, located on the main campus of Johnston Community College on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7pm in honor of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Performing Arts.
The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900’s. The Band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The Band served with distinction landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium.
The Band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973. The Band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. As the 440th Army Band, the Band has performed two concert tours in the Virgin Islands, and toured Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since September 11, 2001 the Band has performed over 500 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families.
The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, business men and women, and professional people. The Band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and has earned the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.
The 440th currently has 34 members and is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Brent M. Harvey who in civilian life is a Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University. Contributed photo