Branch running for clerk of court
Johnston County school board member Keith Branch has announced that he plans to run for clerk of court.
“The clerk of court is the face of the Johnston County court system,” Branch said. “I feel the citizens of Johnston County desire and deserve an individual who is personable, who they can trust to manage the office of the clerk in a fiscally prudent manner while serving the many duties of the office objectively in accordance with the laws in place.
“My experience as a board of education member, business owner and assistant state auditor will serve our citizens well in this role.”
A lifelong resident of Johnston County, Branch was first elected to the school board in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from N.C. State University and has been the Allstate Insurance agent-owner in Clayton since 1998.
Before that, Branch worked in the N.C. Office of the State Auditor for 10 years. There he performed financial audits and fraud and abuse audits of all facets of state government, including various clerk of court offices throughout the state.
Branch was president of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and 2008. He resides in Wilson’s Mills with Stephanie, his wife of 20 years. He has a son, Andy, an ordinance-disposal technician in the U.S. Navy, and a daughter, Dana, a student at Johnston Community College.
Wood wins District 4 seat
Roger A. “Chubs” Wood is the new town councilman for Smithfield’s District 4. The Johnston County Board of Elections finished a recount on Nov. 18, and nothing changed. Wood won 135 votes, while Carvus Andrew “Andy” Byrd won 133 votes.
McIntyre named to parliamentary group
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has been named a congressional delegate of the British American Parliamentary Group. The bipartisan commission meets annually with members of the British Parliament to discuss common concerns of the United States and Great Britain.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve on this historic and strategic commission,” McIntyre said. “I look forward to working on behalf of Congress to grow the special relationship and determine potential strategies for mutual prosperity, including economic growth and continued military cooperation.”
The BAPG first convened in 1941. McIntyre represents Johnston County in the U.S. House, where he is co-chairman of the Congressional United Kingdom Caucus and a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
Because of Thanksgiving, the Town of Smithfield has moved its Nov. 28 garbage pickup to Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The Johnston County Nursing Home and Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee has consolidated its Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 meeting. The board will now meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield.
The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center, 521 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-989-5500.
The Clayton Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the council chambers at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.