People Notes

January 13, 2014 

Leadership award

Andrea Bailey of Clayton received the Managerial Leadership – Industry award at the 2013 Women of Color STEM Conference in Dallas. She is a senior senior software engineer with 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.

Trooper honored for good deed

A state trooper in Johnston County was among those honored when the N.C. Highway Patrol held its annual awards ceremony Nov. 19 in Raleigh. Trooper Corey R. Thompson received the Samaritan Award.

On July 20 of this year, another trooper, J.C. Goins, stopped for a stranded motorist on Interstate 95. The motorist told Goins that his 11-year-old son had become upset and run toward the Interstate 40 bridge that crosses over I-95.

The child sat down on the overpass over I-95. When his father and Goins approached, the son started running away on I-40.

Thompson was off duty and with his family when he came upon the scene on I-40. When he saw Goins and another man chasing a child on the interstate, Thompson stopped his van, got out and was able to secure the child from harm’s way.

Auto recycler elected to post

Ricky Young, owner of Young’s Auto Center & Salvage near Benson, has been elected first vice president of the Automotive Recyclers Association. The election took place at the 70th annual ARA Convention & Exposition, which was held in November in Phoenix.

Young is a past president of the Carolina Auto Recyclers. Since 1992, he has served as chairman of the Legislative Committee of the N.C. Auto and Truck Salvage Dealers Association.

Young is a past president of the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Benson Citizen of the Year award.

A Woman of Worth

Lori Lee of Smithfield has been named a “Woman of Worth” by L’Oréal Paris for her work with the Me Fine Foundation. The nonprofit provides resources, including financial assistance, to families with children being treated at the Duke and UNC children’s hospitals.

Lee is one of 10 women nationwide to receive a Woman of Worth award this year. She received $10,000 for her charity.

Doctor to attend leadership program

Dr. Lyndon K. Jordan III, a Smithfield native, is among 17 doctors and physician assistants chosen for the 12th annual leadership college of the N.C. Medical Society Foundation.

Jordan is a diagnostic radiologist, CEO-elect and practice managing partner at Wake Radiology in Raleigh. He grew up in Smithfield and graduated in 1982 from Smithfield-Selma High, where he was class president, salutatorian and a member of the National Honor Society.

Jordan went on to receive his undergraduate degree in economics and his medical degree from Duke University. He is married to Dr. Laurie O’Daniel Jordan, an anesthesiologist and medical director for Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton. They have two sons, ages 11 and 13.

Officer of the Month

Detective Adam Dunn of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has received the November 2013 Johnston County Officer of the Month award from District Attorney Susan Doyle. He received the honor for his meticulous investigations and thorough reports.

Air Force trains Patrick Barner

Air Force Airman Patrick M. Barnes has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is the son of Sonia Marquez of Selma.

Barnes completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Barnes is a 2012 graduate of North Johnston High School.

Livestock judging contest

Johnston County’s senior and junior teams won first-place honors at the State Fair Livestock Judging Contest.

En route to the title, Johnston’s junior team placed first in beef cattle, first in oral reasons and second in meat goats and swine. Individually, junior team member Makayla Byrd placed first, Sarah Allen was sixth, and Logan Massengill placed ninth.

The senior team placed second in swine and first in every other category to earn first place overall in the contest. Individually, senior team member Kelsey Bentley finished third, Joy Leigh Hinnant was seventh, Macy Massengill placed eighth and Sklyer Tyndall was ninth.

Employee of the Quarter

Denise Atkinson of Micro, a program technician in the Wilson County Farm Service Agency office, has been named District 6 Employee of the Quarter. The award recognizes employees who have provided extraordinary customer service within the agency.

Atkinson has been employed with the Farm Service Agency since March of 2000. She has three children: Antwayn, Krystal and Charletta.

Air Force trains Rodney R. Smith

Air Force Airmen Rodney R. Smith has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Wanda Thorpe of Smithfield and Rodney Smith of Clayton.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Smith graduated from basic training with honors. He is a 2010 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.

Air Force trains Benton Kuszmaul

Air Force Airman Benton H. Kuszmaul has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is son of Craig and Becky Kuszmaul of Smithfield.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Kuszmaul graduated from Smithfield-Selma High in 2003 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in in 2008.

Air Force trains Carey Carroll

Airman 1st Class Carey W. Carroll of the Air National Guard has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jamie Carroll of Clayton and Vicki Parks of Knightdale.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, the Air Force’s core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Carroll is a 2012 graduate of Clayton High School.

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