News Briefs

October 25, 2013 

Kim Narron


Man on bike struck by car

A 19-year-old was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a car struck his bicycle on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton.

Dylan Paul Chapman was crossing U.S. 70 Business near Moore Street when he was struck by a car, knocked into the westbound lanes of the highway and run over by another car.

Clayton Rescue carried him to WakeMed in Raleigh. He remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

New to the area, Chapman moved to Clayton from Morganton for a job at the shopping center across the street from where he was hit.

Investigators determined that both drivers had the green light in their lanes of travel and the bicyclist crossed the highway against the light. The drivers will not face charges.

Chapman was heading to his home when he was hit.

Johnston Health names ambassador

Kim Narron of Kenly is the Johnston Health Ambassador for September.

A registered nurse and case manager, Narron helps medical patients during their transition from the hospital to their homes or other places of care. In all, she has worked at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield for 20 years.

The Ambassador program recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Among other things, the honorees receive eight hours of paid time off and a personalized parking sign.

In presenting the award, Chuck Elliott, president and chief executive of Johnston Health, described Narron as knowledgeable, caring and hardworking. “She always has the best interest of the patient at heart,” he said. “She sets high standards.”

Beverly Legath, director of case management, said Narron has excellent critical thinking skills and adheres to policies and procedures. “Her wealth of experience and her working knowledge of the hospital make her a wonderful asset,” she said.

Narron, who grew up in Kenly, earned her nursing degree from Wilson Community College. Her first job was in the obstetrics department at what was then Wilson Memorial Hospital. She came to work at the hospital in Smithfield a year later, in 1991, as a staff nurse.

Since then, her nursing career has included stints in the ICU, the wound clinic, the emergency department and the operating room. In 2006, it was her job to open the surgery center at The Summit, which was the hospital’s first foray into Clayton. She has been an RN case manager for two years.

“I’ve done a little of it all,” Narron said.

Narron said she she loves her work because it offers the opportunity to help patients beyond the hospital setting. “We work on getting resources to help people help themselves,” she said. “I like that you get to see the whole picture of the person.”

Narron and her husband, Travis, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Chamber board backs bonds

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has gone on record in support of the bond issues on the Nov. 5 ballot in Johnston County. The chamber board urges residents to “Vote Yes Twice” – for $57 million for the county’s public schools and $7 million for Johnston Community College.

Economic update

The Johnston County Association of Chambers will hold the 2013 Economic Update Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will speak. The cost is $26 per person. For more information, visit

Friends raise $20,000 for SAC

The Smithfield Friends of the Parks held its annual fundraiser Oct. 11, raising $20,000 to support the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.

The third annual event included dinner, an auction and a reverse raffle. The following won $1,000 each: Earl Worley, Shawn Herman, Michael Taylor, Monty McLamb and Norman Johnson.

Ellmers, Rouzer coming to Benson

A reception for Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Congressional candidate David Rouzer is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Preston Woodall House, 201 E. Hill St., Benson. The Band of Oz will play. For tickets, which are $100, call Sarah Hill Waters at 919-757-1799 or email

Holiday trash

Because of Veterans Day, the town of Smithfield will move its Nov. 11 garbage collection to Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Cancer care comes to Garner

Rex Hematology and Oncology Associates of Garner is open and accepting patients at 300 Health Park Drive, Suite 220, Garner. The practice, led by Dr. Brendan D. McNulty, offers private and semiprivate chemotherapy-infusion bays, lab services and more. For more information, call 919-250-5955.

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