People Notes: Nov. 13

November 11, 2013 

Clayton couple’s son joins ROTC

Benjamin J. Hemingway has enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Mississippi State University. He is the son of Joe and Sherry Hemingway of Wynfield Drive, Clayton.

Hemingway will receive training in leadership, management skills and military sciences. Upon graduation and completion of the program, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Hemingway is a 2005 graduate of Trees of Mamre Academy in Clayton.

Leadership award

Andrea Bailey of Clayton received a Managerial Leadership Award at the 2013 Women of Color STEM Conference in Dallas. She is a senior software engineer at IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. The Women of Color STEM conference is a multicultural event that identifies and caters to women in scientific and technical careers.

Farm owner honored

James Lee Bass of the Bentonville community is the owner of a North Carolina Century Farm. He recently received a certificate from the N.C. Department of Agriculture.

Bass’ children, Karen Pope, Roger Bass and Janet Harmon, surprised him with the certificate when Mill Creek Christian Church celebrated. Bass has been a member of the church for more than 60 years.

Author attends panels

Johnston County author Michelle Anderson Picarella attended the Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville, Tenn., as a literary panelist. She served on two panels – one on crossing the line in modern literature and the other on female leading roles in literature.

Picarella is a published author and chief executive of Twisted Core Press. She is the creator of 7DS Books, which invites authors to write short stories. For more information, visit

Eagle Scout

Benjamin Brenton Smith has earned the Eagle Award, Boy Scouting’s highest honor.

For his Eagle project, Smith replaced the 24 driving-tour signs at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in southeastern Johnston County. Smith chose this project because of his interest in history and his desire to contribute to a state historic site.

Smith has been involved with Boy Scouts since fifth grade, when he joined Webelos. He has earned 32 merit badges to date.

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