In my last writing, I informed you all that I will be serving as the co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee beginning when the short session kicks off on in May.
As a result of that change, my office has moved to a new location in Room 2022 of the Legislative Building. Though the change should be updated in all of the relevant directories in the near future, I wanted to make sure that all of my constituents were informed as soon as possible, so that they could continue to take advantage of my “Open Door” policy.
Lately, I have been receiving a substantial amount of communication from the residents of District 10. I want to take this opportunity to let you all know that letters, emails and phone calls to my Senate office are always more than welcome. I believe that constituent input is a vital part of the legislative process and your opinion will help me make important decisions during the short session.
Finally, I wanted to inform you all that the official start date of the 2014 Legislative Session will be May 14th at 12:00pm.
group visits Raleigh
Last week, 11 Adult Leadership participants explored the State Capitol, the Department of Agriculture and the Legislative Building, including a Q&A on the floor of the senate with me.
In the afternoon, the group sat down with North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood. Throughout the busy day, the participants discovered how each of these government sectors assists the state of North Carolina and Sampson County.
Leadership members included Janna Bass, Director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber; Sherrill Allen, First Citizens Bank – State Government Committee Leader; Catherine Ezzell, Ezzell Trucking; Leroy Six, US Cellular; Jonathan Allen, City of Clinton; Larry McPhail, Ford of Clinton; Wesley Johnson, Sampson County Schools; Matt Johnson, Schindler Elevator Corporation; Stephen Harrison, Star Telephone Membership Corporation; James Gillispie, Sampson Community College; and Aaron Wilson, Wilcare Inc.
The mission of the Leadership Clinton-Sampson is to provide a continuous, diverse supply of creative leaders to the county by developing their knowledge of the community and providing them the opportunity for meaningful action.
If you would like more information about the leadership program for the 2014-2015 leadership year, visit our website at www.clintonsampsonchamber.org or call 910-592-6177.
“The Farm” brings Big Names to District 10
Johnston County has a new venue for events, including large concerts. Located off of Interstate 95 near Selma, The Farm can hold roughly 420 people inside and about 10,000 in the field in front of the outdoor stage.
Trent Lassiter, 26, built the banquet hall and concert space on his family’s farmland. The large stage looks out onto acres of farmland. Lassiter said the area can easily hold 10,000 people. Two concerts have already been schedule for this season: Beach Fest on April 5 and Scotty McCreery on May 31. He’s in the process of booking more shows for the summer.
People from Johnston County and across country will be traveling to Selma for entertainment. “That’s what excited me more than anything, knowing we have such a big impact here,” Lassiter said. He hopes those visitors will stay in local hotels, eat out, shop and come back to visit another time.
District 10 Spotlight: Mary Hadden Braswell of Wallace
This week, I want to turn the District 10 Spotlight on a young lady with a heart of gold. Mary Braswell, the 2013 Little Miss North Carolina Poultry Jubilee Queen, is using her title to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After her great uncle was diagnosed ALS, Mary decided to collect donations through her Facebook page, in order to contribute to the effort to find a cure. Please join me in applauding Ms. Braswell for her outstanding dedication to service at such a young age.
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