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Library Delivers "Lonely Teddy Bears" to Hospital
For children who, through accident or sickness, find themselves in the scary confines of the hospital's Emergency Room

Downtown Development Coordinator Elected to Statewide Post
Bruce Naegelen has been elected to the Board of Directors of the NC Downtown Development Association to serve a two-year term as the Region 6 Director for the Eastern Piedmont region

Downtown Added More New Jobs Last Year
Another new business and 10 more new jobs, according to statistics released by the Clayton Downtown Development Association

Town Hall Offices Moving to Cloud Computing
In an effort to reduce computer costs while improving efficiency

Pipeline Will Increase Town's Wastewater Capacity
By up to a million gallons a day

Secrets of Horne Square on TCTV Cable Channel 11
How much do you know about Horne Square, downtown's award-winning new park, and the great mansion that once stood on the site?

Founder of Youth Theatre Wins "Hobart Award"
Nikki Dyke, one of the community's most important arts figures

Community Garden Flourishing at Community Center
Basketfulls of fresh grown tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, corn, yellow squash, zucchini and peas

New Budget Holds Line on Taxes, Electric Rates
Solid waste pickup and water/sewer rates will get a minor adjustment to cover increased direct costs to the town, but the impact to the typical home should be just a few cents a month

Horne Square Makes Downtown Better
According to the “Picture Downtown" project recently completed by the Downtown Development Association

East Clayton Community Park Taking Shape
Extensive land work over the last few months, and a picnic pavilion and restroom complex nearing completion

Advisory Board Makes Public Art Recommendations
Downtown could be getting a "Public Art Walk" this year and Clayton High School could be getting its own "Artist-in-Residence"

Clayton has "Wealth of Opportunities" for Public Art
According to a report to the Public Art Advisory Board and the Town Council from Artist-in-Residence Jody Servon

Advisory Board Uses Documentary to Promote Art
About the making of “Clayton Patchwork,” the colorful mural that local artist Dorothy Demboski painted in the summer of 2008 on the third floor wall of The Clayton Center

Special Olympics Torch Comes Through Clayton
On its way to the Walnut Creek Pavilion in Raleigh for the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics NC Summer Games

Finance Department Honored for 11th Straight Year
The profession's highest award

Jean McHone Named Center's "Volunteer of the Year"
Clayton Center’s 2012 "Scene Stealers Volunteer of the Year"

Lineman Jon Huber Earns Industry Recognition
A "Journeyman's Certificate" by Electricities, the town's power supplier

Violent Crime Continues Downward Trend
And the total number of citations of all types were down last year, as well, despite an increase in the town's population

More Development in the Works for Clayton
A Senior Living Center and two mixed-use residential developments that include an apartment complex

Conference Center Gets Audio-Visual Upgrade
A SMART Board® 885ix interactive whiteboard system

Crowds Watch Nearly 150 Community Leaders Go Bald
The fundraising goal of $40,000 was already surpassed by nearly half before the first head was shaven in the St. Baldricks event

Large Crowd Offically Opens New Off-leash Dog Park
East Clayton Community Dog Park

New Banners Add to Downtown "Brand"
They feature the ‘Think Clayton’ logo in the center ringed by the words, “shop,” “dine,” and “discover”

"Artist-in-Residence" Jody Servon Begins Work
Meeting with town officials and arts groups to get a feel for what it will take to help the town earn a reputation as an arts community

Grand Opening Sunday, March 25 for New Off-Leash Dog Park
East Clayton Community Dog Park on Glen Laurel Road

New "Traffic Calming" Study Names Streets
Sections of four town streets qualify for traffic control help under the town's new "Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program"

Fire Station 1 Goes to 24/7 Readiness
Better response time at night and on weekends

Community Leaders Will Go Bald Saturday, March 17 
To raise money for cancer research

Arbor Day Ceremonies Friday at Maplewood Cemetery
With the help of Boy Scout Troop 124, town officials intend to plant eight new trees at the entrance

Plans to Extend Front Street Moving Ahead
Town officials have begun a search for an engineering firm to provide professional engineering services for the project

Determination Helped Secure Large CAT Expansion
"We're not just competing with neighboring towns and states for new industry and new jobs anymore. We're now at the point where we're competing globally." - Mayor Jody McLeod

Agreement Allows Use of More Railroad Land
It has special significance for areas along Main and Front Streets, including spots used by the yearly Harvest Festival

Operations Center Named "Main Street Champions"
By the Downtown Development Association

Wrought Iron Gates Add to Downtown Beauty
Downtown just got a little more attractive, and perhaps a little safer feeling, too

Main Street Conference Brings Hundreds to Town
For a series of workshops, education sessions and meetings on downtown revitalization

Police Officer Barnes Earns "Advanced" Certification
Sergeant Jason Barnes, a 10-year police veteran

Officer Kevin Cook Promoted to Sergeant
In the Traffic Unit of the Clayton Police Department's Special Operations Division

Parks & Rec Dept. Named "Outstanding Organization of Year"
By the North Carolina Special Olympics

Accounting Tech Anne Abene is "Employee of Year"
"She is dedicated, hardworking and loyal." - Deputy Town Manager Nancy Medlin

New Off-Leash Dog Park Open in East Clayton
The most anticipated park in the town's history

Martha Vandergriff is Conference Center Coordinator
She will help market the Clayton Center's Conference Center

Town Government for Next Four Years Takes Shape
Newly-elected Councilman Jason Thompson attended his first official Town Council meeting, and it was the last meeting for two-term Councilman Alex Harding

McLeod, Lawter Jr. and Thompson Win Election
Incumbent Councilman Alex Harding lost reelection by 17 votes

Hundreds Tour New Law Enforcement Center
Reactions were overwhelmingly positive

New Sidewalks Planned East of Downtown
To improve pedestrian safety and provide better access to the downtown area

Parks Director Wins Field's Highest Honor
Larry Bailey gets "Fellow Award" from NC Recreation and Park Association

Town Election Coming Up Tuesday, Nov. 8
Mayor's seat and two Town Council seats to be decided

Poster Contest Winner Hanging in Town Hall
Clayton Visual Arts recently presented Local Artist Janie Prete's prize-winning poster "Flipside"

Law Enforcement Center "Open House" Sunday, Oct. 16
The public is invited to tour the modern, new facility from 2 to 4 pm

Clayton is "Readers Choice" for Triangle East Magazine
Clayton made out very well in this year's "Readers Choice Awards"

"Whistling Pines" Movie Premier Here Oct. 14
Clayton will play the fictional town of Whistling Pines in a new southern comedy

Upcoming Street Work Expected to Take Months
Since many streets will also require new sidewalks and replacement of aging water and sewer lines

Leadership Transitioning at Clayton Public Power
Long-time employee Dale Medlin is taking over for retiring Electric System Director Ronnie Wood

Phase 2 of Street Improvements Ready to Begin
Repair and resurface portions of 21 town streets

"Workday" at Legend Park Bike Trail Saturday
The Parks & Recreation Department is expecting a crowd of volunteers

Clayton Police Watching School Zone Speeds
"Our goal is for drivers to slow down in school zones to make our streets safer." - Police Chief Glen Allen

Former Fire Chief Castleberry Passes Away
Flags at Town Hall were flying at half staff this week

Town Clerk Sherry Scoggins Leads Professional Group
NC Association of Municipal Clerks

Town Joins County's New Emergency Warning System
codeRED will alert residents to emergency situations, including severe storms

We Want a Progressive and Beautiful Town
A message from Mayor Jody McLeod

Downtown Continues to Gain New Jobs
Six new businesses and 8.5 new jobs over the last year

Scouts Learn How Local Government Works
From the Clayton Town Council

Council Approves "Scenic Highway 70 Overlay"
After making a few minor adjustments requested by landowners in the area

Operations Center Employees get Public "Thank You"
From the Clayton Downtown Development Association

Stalled Summerlyn Subdivision Gets New Life
Town officials have struck a deal with a Raleigh development firm to get it going again

What to do When You See a Fox
Fox sightings are increasingly common across North Carolina

New Town Budget Cuts Taxes, Spending Flat 
The town has learned to do more with less

Janie Prete Wins "Think Clayton, Think Art" Poster Competition
For a watercolor named "Flipside"

Officer Earns "Advanced Law Enforcement" Certification
Sergeant Kevin Pruden, a 15-year police veteran

Spending Flat, Taxes Down in Proposed New Budget
"The Town has become very skilled at savings." - Town Manager Steve Biggs

Special Olympics Torch Comes Through Clayton
Carried to the Wake County line by members of the Clayton Police Department

Town to get "First Class" Off-leash Dog Park
Incorporating many of the best features of dog parks in other areas, including separate areas for large and small dogs, a picnic area for dog owners, a 15-space parking lot and space for special events

Cheryl Champion is Clayton Center "Volunteer of the Year"
She, and husband Richard, have volunteered with the Scene Stealers for several years

Finance Department Wins Nation's Highest Award
For the 10th year in a row

Large Crowd Helps Dedicate New "Horne Square"
"I know people wondered if this would ever be anything but an old, dusty parking lot," said Mayor Jody McLeod

Volunteers Honored by Clayton Town Council
Mayor Jody McLeod said the town's volunteers "make local government work and make Clayton a much better place"

Crime Rate Steady Despite Population Increase
Violent crime declining sharply

Don't let :) Become :(
The Clayton Police Department will be cracking down on texting-while-driving  --they call it "driving while intexicating"-- over the next few weeks

Clayton Public Power Honored for Safety
By power supplier ElectriCities for working through 2010 accident-free

Law Enforcement Center will have Police Memorial
A large monument honoring the three local police officers who have died in the line of duty over the years

Woman's Club Headlines Arbor Day Ceremony
Planting trees at Community Park

Contact Customer Services Before Filling Your Pool
It could save you some money on your water bill

Town Council Had an Unusual Visitor Recently
A six-year-old Belgium Malinois named "Justice"

New Ashcroft Subdivison Gets Green Light
150 new homes on a 75-acre tract off North O'Neil Street

Fire Department Achieves Major Milestone
The part-time/full-time hybrid, which went into effect here a few weeks ago, might just end up being a model that other small town fire departments take a look at

Clayton Made Significant Progress in 2010
A Message from Mayor Jody McLeod

Plans for New East Clayton Park Scaled Back
In hopes of bringing the cost down

New Planning Director David DeYoung Begins Work
"He has a lot of experience behind him, so we're confident he can hit the ground running." --Town Manager Steve Biggs

Downtown Plaza Described as "Beautiful, Inviting"
High praise from some downtown merchants 

Brave Young Girls Win Police "Civilian Citation Award"
For their part in stopping a burglary at their home and helping catch the suspects

Police Officer Kenneth Lunger Jr. Promoted
To Lieutenant in the "C" Squad of the Patrol Division

Planning Director James "Skip" Browder Retiring
He helped guide Clayton's growth from sleepy southern village to one of the USA's top ten places to live

Polliceman Will McIntosh Honored by the State
Awarded an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission

Town Awarded Federal Grant for New Sidewalks
The work will be added to the massive street renovation project that has been underway for the last few months

Phase One of Street Improvements Nearly Done
Work is nearing completion on the first phase of a massive resurfacing program bringing better streets and more sidewalks all over town

Local Police Officers Win "Life Saving Award"
Officers Greg Earp and Drew Medlin

Students Experience Dangers of Texting-While-Driving
A driving test in the school parking lot using traffic cones did not go well for texting students

Councilman Michael Grannis Named "Main Street Champion"
Owner of the Clayton Steakhouse, and with wife Betsy the Morning Glory Inn, has made "a significant contribution" to the success of downtown

Town Makes Land Purchase for Future Park
81 acres along the Neuse River

Town Council Adopts "Code of Ethics"
Guidelines for handling such situations as conflict of interest, political conduct and the appearance of impropriety

Clayton Ranks High in Census Participation
Clayton residents came forward to be counted in the recent 2010 National Census at a much higher rate than the national average, and even beat the participation rates of Johnston County and the state as a whole

Infrastructure Work for Commercial Bakery Coming Along
Work is expected to begin before the end of the year on a project to widen Pony Farm Road in East Clayton and construct an industrial access road to the state-of-the-art complex being built by Northeast Foods

New Police Officer Certified in S.W.A.T. Operations
A 14-year law enforcement veteran

Large Crowd Helps Re-open All Star Park
"It's a blessing," said community resident Janet Richardson

Community Leaders Plan to Cut Their Hair Oct. 23
It's the second annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising event

Water System Improvements in the Works
A joint multi-million dollar project with Johnston County to improve the water system around Clayton, especially in the East Clayton industrial area

New 104-home Subdivision on the Way
Creeekside Commons off of Averasboro Drive

Downtown Adds New Businesses and New Jobs
A gain of eight new businesses and 19 new jobs over the last year

State Champion Baseball Comets Honored by Town
For "working together as a team" to win the 2010 Tar Heel League State Tournament

Ron Freeman is "Police Officer of the Year"
A member of the Police Department's Community Action Team

"Traffic Calming" Applications Coming In
Glen Laurel Homeowners Association this week became the first

"National Night Out" Brings Out Hundreds
For an evening of dialogue with the agencies that protect them

Law Enforcement Center Price is Right
Will cost less to build than originally thought--a lot less

Civil War Marker Downtown Gets Sidewalk
Some nifty brick-work by Donnie Baker of the Streets Department

Parks & Recreation Department Modernizes Procedures
New "membership" program will speed things up and keep better track of recreation facility usage patterns

New Movie Being Shot in Johnston County
By Clayton-based Webster Falls Films, maker of the recent film Blaire's Bridge

Large Crowd Packs Library for Mural Unveiling
Town of Clayton’s latest public art piece--a colorful mural depicting the life and times of Clayton

Plans for New Law Enforcement Center "Impressive"
19,000-sq.ft. brick complex with lots of glass and high quality metal trim made of zinc

Clayton Historic District Wins Federal Approval
Town officials have not yet been officially notified of the listing on the National Register of Historic Places, but the announcement was made on the National Park Service website

$268.7 Million Talecris Expansion Nearing Construction
Town officials got a good look recently at what the expansion is going to look like

Town Awards Grants for Downtown Improvements
$6,938 to two local businesspeople to help pay for renovations to two downtown building

Town Salutes Volunteers
"They are very much appreciated." - Mayor Jody McLeod

Downtown Will Become Movie Set Sunday Morning
A portion of downtown will be closed off to traffic while a production company films an episode of the web series The Carrier

Large Crowd Helps Open New Community Center
More than 200 residents, including dozens of youngsters, looked in on classrooms, bounced basketballs, produced their own art and had fun in the play area

Electric Meters Will Be Upgraded During April
Old electric meters all over town will be replaced with new ones that help the utility system operate more efficiently

New Sign Welcomes Visitors Downtown
"Gateway" at the corner of E. Main Street and US 70

Town Leaders Praised at "State of Clayton" Seminar
Nearly 200 of the area's leaders in business, industry and government came together to explore the moves and decisions that have turned Clayton from a sleepy southern village into one of the strongest and most desirable small towns in America

Commercial Bakery Brings 84 New Jobs to Town
Average salary of nearly $42,000 a year is much more than the Johnston County average

Clayton Will Host 2012 "Main Street" Conference
Will bring officials of the 61 Main Street towns and cities, as well as the 28 Small Town Main Street communities across North Carolina to town for a series of workshops and meetings

Town Government Will Miss Bob Ahlert's Impact
The man who gets a lot of the credit for the town's strong financial position is taking it easy these days

Completion Near on Water Control Project
Work is nearly complete on a stormwater drainage project at the edge of downtown that replaced a failing stormwater control pipe

Fire Department Wins Grant for "Pre-fire" Planning
Will pay for digital cameras and a computer to chart buildings across town so that firemen will have immediate access to information and photos should any of them catch fire

Fireman Mitch Boyette is "Model Employee"
Winning the "Clayton Fireman-of-the-Year" award is certainly an honor, but it often means more to some people than to others

We're Looking Forward to A Good 2010
A Message from Mayor Jody McLeod

Town Hires Local Artist for Public Art at Library
A mural at the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in what will be the town's second major public art project

Huge Expansion at Talecris Biotherapeutics Creates New Jobs
Gov. Bev Perdue and several top state officials joined company executives and officials of Clayton and Johnston County to announce a $268.7 million manufacturing expansion that will bring 259 new high-paying jobs to the area

Computer Expert Tommy Roy is Town "Employee of the Year"
The IT Technician helps keep the town's computer systems up and working

Thousands Fill Downtown for Tree Lighting
Nearly 4,000 poured into downtown for the annual Christmas Village and lighting of the town Christmas Tree

2009 Was A Very Good Year for Clayton
Mayor Jody McLeod looks back at 2009 and the progress made as one of the state's brightest up-and-coming municipalities

Two More Police Earn Advanced Certification
Sgt. Kenneth Lunger Jr. and Detective Pat Millar

Fire Department Assists Young Burn Victims
They joined other firemen from around the state for a 38-firetruck parade that transported nearly 150 young burn victims to a NC Jaycee Burn Center-sponsored weekend camping experience in Wake Forest

Police Earn Accreditation Recommendation
A team of assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has told town officials they will recommend "full accrediation" for the Clayton Police Department

Clayton Bypass Named "N.C. Scenic Byway"
State officials say the 10.7-mile stretch of highway, which opened two years ago, helps "to embody the diverse beauty and culture of the Tar Heel State and provide travelers with a safe and interesting alternate route"

Caterpillar Gets Green Light
Scaled-down plans for a new Product Development Center that would bring jobs to town got the approval of the Board of Adjustment this week

Health Fair Opens New Medical Center
The long-awaited Johnston Medical Center-Clayton

Poster Contest Winning Painting Donated to Town of Clayton
"Morning Bridge" by local Artist Dan Lee will soon be hanging in the Clayton Center

Turkington Industries Moving to East Clayton
The multi-national company, which manufactures equipment for the baking industry, must move out of their present facilities in Goldsboro when their lease expires this fall

Businesswoman Joyce Blackley Named Downtown "Champion"
The longtime advocate for downtown has been named this year's "NC Main Street Champion" for Clayton

Clayton Donates $100,000 to New Hospice Center
The $3.8 million Center will fill a longtime need in Johnston County