Thursday, July 4, is Independence Day, and federal, state and local-government offices in Johnston County will be closed for the holiday.
Also, the county’s public schools, public libraries and ABC stores will be closed.
Town halls in Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson’ Mills will all be closed Thursday.
The Clayton News-Star office will be closed Thursday.
The Clayton Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the Council Chambers at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The board will discuss proposed amendments to Clayton’s sign rules.
The Clayton Board of Adjustment has canceled its July 17 meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. An agenda will be available Friday, Aug. 19.
The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the courthouse in Smithfield. In the morning, the board will likely adopt a resolution putting public school and community college bonds on the November ballot in Johnston. In the evening, commissioners will hear a number of rezoning requests.
The Johnston County Veterans Service Advisory Board has scheduled its next meeting for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the conference room at the Johnston County Land Use Center, 309 E. Market St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-989- 5067.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer Tdap clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. In North Carolina, the Tdap booster – a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – is required for entry into sixth grade. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
Soup kitchen in Selma
Manna from Heaven Soup Kitchen now serves meals every Thursday at 400 W. Watson St., Selma. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Manna from Heaven also offers free clothing and other items to those in need. Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information, or to a make donation, call Debra Salter at 919-817-5187.
‘Christmas in July’
A “Christmas in July” shopping extravaganza is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Proceeds will support the Clayton Youth Theater production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Concessions will be available, and members of Clayton Youth Theater will present mini-performances.
Retirees to meet
The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Golden Corral, 100 Towne Centre Place, Smithfield. Flora Grantham will present an illustrated history of the Underground Railroad through quilts of various techniques and patterns.
John Ormsby will sign copies of his book at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. The book is a history of six-player football teams and girls’ basketball teams in North Carolina and at Clayton High School. For more information, call 919-553-5542.
A trip to Chapel Hill
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Chapel Hill on Tuesday, July 30. The group will tour the N.C. Botanical Garden and Morehead Planetarium. The cost is $48 and includes transportation, lunch and admission fees. The deadline to register is Monday, July 1. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
A bus trip to Kings Dominion is scheduled for Monday, July 22. The cost is $75 per person and includes transportation and park admission. Children ages 2 and younger get in free. Lunch and dinner are not included. The deadline to register in Monday, July 1. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
Mental health class
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a 10-week class for persons with a mental-health diagnosis. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Stellar Peer Recovery Center, 440 E. Main St., Clayton. A start date will be set after the roster is filled. For more information, or to register, call 919-601-3762.
The Family Life Center in Smithfield invites young people ages 6-14 to enroll in its summer camp, called Harambee, which uses the principles of Kwanzaa. The camp, with daily activities and lunch, meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 2. The cost is $25 a week. To register, call Dennis Holmes at 919-464-9471.
Team seeks donations, members
The Smithfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is seeking patrons to support or join its team, Kappas Against Kancer, which will take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race will be held Monday, July 8, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit breast-cancer awareness. To join the team or to make a donation, search for Kappas Against Kancer at www.komennctriangle.org and use the password “Kappas.”
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support group meetings. One group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental-health diagnosis may attend. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
A support group for military mothers will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Festejos, 905 E. Main St. Clayton. This is an informal support group for mothers who have children serving in the military. For more information, call 919-553-0291.
Operation Helping Hand
Operation Helping Hand is seeking churches and civic groups to help needy Smithfield citizens. Groups can help in a variety of ways, including medical and financial aid, minor construction, and household repairs and yard cleanup. For more information, call Brent Reck at 919-934-2116 or email email@example.com.
Host an exchange student
Clayton Rotary clubs and the Cleveland School Rotary Club are looking for families willing to host exchange students. For more information, call Hensley Scott at 919-553-8132 or email Hensley@NCResidentialRentals.com.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive. For more information, call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
Smithfield Parks and Recreation
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following events at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, email Kristin Sasser at firstname.lastname@example.org Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com.
Summer camps – Weeklong camps for children ages 5-12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekly through Aug. 9. Each week will offer swimming, sports and outdoor play. Children must bring two snacks, lunch, a swimsuit and a towel. The cost is $100 per week for Smithfield residents and $125 per week for nonresidents. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an extra $25 per week.
Senior club – The Smithfield Sterling Silvers Senior Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The club is for adults ages 55 and older, and membership dues are $12 a year.
Pottery camp – A pottery camp for children ages 8-15 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-18. The cost is $85 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. The materials fee is $20.
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