Two arrested on marijuana charges
Clayton police arrested a man and woman after finding 60 marijuana plants in their home at 75 Herndon Court.
Nathan Jared Sims, 42, and Victoria Kay Ely, 31, face charges of growing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of growing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Bond for each was set at $31,000.
Early voting underway
Early voting has opened in Johnston County.
Johnston has just one early voting site this year because these are off-year elections, with only town races and two bond issues on the ballot. Voters can still register when they vote early; this year’s election-law changes in North Carolina do not affect early voting and same-day registration in 2013.
Early voting is at the Johnston County Board of Elections office, 205 S. Second St., Smithfield. Here are the remaining times and dates: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov. 1 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2.
To check your voter-registration status, visit ncsbe.gov and click on “My Election Information.”
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Precincts without a town election will still be open because of the school and community college referendums.
For more information, call the Johnston County Board of Elections at 919-989-5095 or visit johnstonnc.com/joconcelections/.
Prison has new superintendent
Drew Stanley has been named superintendent of Johnston Correctional Institution near Wilson’s Mills. The state prison houses about 600 adult male inmates and employs a staff of 240 people.
Stanley will oversee the conversion of Johnston Correctional from a medium-custody to a minimum-custody prison effective Jan. 1. Also, the prison is incorporating the substance-abuse treatment programs that were housed at the recently closed Wayne Correctional Center in Goldsboro. Additionally, the Johnston prison will house probationers serving periods of confinement for probation violations.
Stanley is a 26-year corrections veteran who most recently served as assistant superintendent for programs at Nash Correctional Institution in Nashville. He began his career in 1987 as a correctional officer at Polk Youth Center.
A native of Nash County, Stanley is a graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in political science. He is a certified public manager and is enrolled in the Correctional Leadership Development Program
McIntyre to help iron out farm bill
Rep. Mike McIntyre, who represents Johnston County in the U.S. House, has been named to the conference committee that will determine the final Farm Bill.
“Agriculture is a mainstay of the North Carolina economy, and I am honored to be appointed to this important conference committee,” McIntyre said. “Helping to grow North Carolina’s economy, enhance our rural communities and open markets for our farmers and North Carolina products will be my priority.”
Both the House and Senate have passed farm bills. The conference committee will resolve the differences between the two bills and present one bill for both chambers to vote on.
Business center has new director
The small-business center at Johnston Community College has a new director. She is Pat Killette, who was director of the small-business center at Wilson Community College for eight years.
Killette is a resident of Johnston County and has owned a business here. Also, she has been an instructor for the small-business center at JCC.
Her email address is email@example.com. Her phone number is 919-209-2015.
Rosa Andrews, former director of the small-business center, has been promoted to director of economic development for JCC. She will manage JCC's corporate-training unit and its professional-development programs for faculty and staff. Also, she will supervise the directors in Human Resource Development, Customized Training and the Small Business Center. Her new phone is 919-209-2594. Her email address remains firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center in Smithfield.
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Johnston County Public Health Department on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.