McIntyre comments on budget vote
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre released the following statement about his vote to keep the government operating while also delaying the health care law for one year:
“Keeping our government open to perform necessary functions and provide essential services is paramount. Delaying the health care law is necessary for individuals, small businesses and our economy. My vote ... was a positive move both to provide certainty for the operation of our nation’s government and to delay the uncertainty of the implementation of the new health care law. It is long-past time for both parties to set aside their differences and reach solutions that our citizens want and need.”
Two arrested in Clayton stabbing
Clayton police have arrested two men in a Sept. 7 stabbing behind Primo’s Pizza at 226 E. Main St.
Damonte Lorenzo Taylor, 20, of 601 Charles St., Clayton, and Deanthony Trevel Barbour, 21, of 246 E. Front St., Clayton, have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Taylor also faces a larceny charge. Bond for each was set at more than $100,000.
Jobless rate falls
Johnston County’s jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent in August from 7.7 percent in July, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
In August, when the county’s labor force stood at 81,268, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 5,801. Statewide, the August jobless rate was 8.3 percent.
Here are the August jobless rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 9.5 percent; Nash, 11.4 percent; Sampson, 7.6 percent; Wake, 6.6 percent; Wayne, 8.4 percent; and Wilson, 11.7 percent.
“Stand Up for Students,” a public-education forum, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Johnston County Courthouse, 212 E. Market St., Smithfield.
June Atkinson, state superintendent of schools, will speak and former state superintendent Bob Etheridge will moderate a panel consisting of Dr. Ed Croom, superintendent of Johnston County schools; Dr. David Johnson, president of Johnston Community College; Dwight Morris, executive director of the Johnston County Partnership for Children; and Rich Nixon, president of the Johnston County Association of Educators.
Karey Harwood of Public Schools First N.C. will offer advocacy tips to those who support strong public schools.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/standupforstudentsjoco.
FSA emergency loans available
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared a natural disaster in North Carolina because of crop losses caused by excessive rain and flooding this year.
The declaration makes Johnston County farmers eligible for federal disaster assistance, including Farm Service Agency emergency loans for production losses. For more information, or to file an application, call 910-296-2143 or visit the Duplin County Agriculture Center, 165 Agriculture Drive, Suite A, Kenansville.
The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance what would allow food trucks in town. Also, the council will hold a public hearing on a proposed subdivision near Sam’s Branch Greenway.
The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the courthouse in Smithfield. Commissioners will hear a strategic plan from Community and Senior Services, including JCATS.