Planning underway for ‘Red, White and Boom’ celebration – Published in the June 14-20 edition of the JC Sentinel

I want to start by saying thank you to all of the readers of this column. I’ve had several people in the last few weeks mention that they enjoy reading my spotlights and how much they’ve learned about local businesses because of it – which is exactly the intended purpose! So thank you for coming back each week, supporting the Sentinel, and reading about our Chamber members!

The Red, White and Boom Celebration is just around the corner and we are still looking for community organizations, maybe those needing community service hours, or just anyone that would like to bring out a fun game for the kids at the football field. Water games are always great on those hot summer evenings! We are also looking for vendors to set up at the football field, these spaces are free of charge; parade entries from communities in Johnston County, businesses, churches, school organizations, fire departments, anyone that would like some great exposure to the public; and five or six responsible high school students that would like to help us start up our Junior Chamber program by helping out at the concession stand, again great community service opportunity. Sponsorships are available and donations are welcome. Please give me a call or an email with questions. (ADDITION – Please note: In the event of inclement weather at 10:00 AM on the 30th the parade will be at 1:00PM on the 30th, if it’s raining then it will be moved to the 4th at 10:00 AM. There can be no rescheduling of fireworks and water slides.)

The Johnston County Industrial Authority has released the applications for their annual Business Frontage/Signage Grants and they can be found here at the office or on the Chamber website (go to the Home page-Calendar-June 29). This is a great opportunity to upgrade your signage or give your building a nice face lift!  Applications are due back here by Friday, June 29, so don’t wait!

This week’s Spotlight is on Brown’s Durant Funeral and Cremation Service. This business opened in 1994 and has 6 full- and 7 part-time employees. They offer traditional funeral services, memorial services and cremations. They also offer a variety of aftercare programs for families. Brown’s is a locally and family owned business that is professional and courteous, and is a supporter of the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and other local non-profits and schools.

Brown’s Funeral will host a Remembrance Service on October 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This is a free service open to any family that has lost a baby or infant regardless of where or who took care of the service. Their hours of operation can vary depending on day-to-day needs, but are generally available Monday – Friday from 8:00-5:00. They also have a director on call 24/7 if immediate assistance is needed. You can watch their Facebook page for information on programs, go to, or call 580-920-0393. Next week’s Member Spotlight will be on the Tishomingo High School Alumni Association.

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