2018 Halloween Decorating Contest

Halloween Decorating Contest

  1. Participation is open to all Four Oaks Businesses.
  2. Entry is free, no cost or fees apply.
  3. Participation forms must be received no later than Friday, October 26, 2018.
  4. Contest is for exterior decorations only, including in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from the outside only.
  5. Businesses that wish to participate that do not have a store front may do so by submitting a photo of their decorations to the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce by Friday, October 26, 2018.
  6. Judging criteria will include, (a)unique design and creative use of decorations; (b) story-line or theme; (c)overall presentation.
  7. Judging will be done on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 9am-12pm, depending on the number of entries that time may decrease or increase as needed.
  8. Participants do not need to be present but must ensure that all decorations are in place for judging.
  9. Winner will receive a trophy and half off chamber membership up to $150.
  10. Winner will be notified by the Four Oaks Chamber Director.
  11. Be creative, have fun and let’s make Four Oaks Boo-tiful!

Hurricane Safety Checklists

Hurricane Safety Checklists
Great Information from the American Red Cross shared by KS Bank.
Hurricane season runs until November 30, 2018.
Hurricane Safety Checklists
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods
First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • (1) sterile dressing, various sizes
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage
  • (2) triangular bandages
  • (1) roll cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • (6) antiseptic wipes
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors (small, personal)
  • Tweezers
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
Non-Prescription Drugs
Tools and Supplies
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • Emergency preparedness manual
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding
  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
Special Items
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
For Baby
  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
For Adults
  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Board games and other games that don’t require batteries or electricity, books for adult readers and for children.
For Pets
In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan:
  • Do not leave your pets behind.
  • Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar and carry a photograph of your pet. It’s important to include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
  • Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
  • Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
  • Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together.
  • Pack a week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).
Possessions and Documents
  • Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Source/Reference: American Red Cross
Business Checklist
Hurricane preparedness does not end at home. An often over-looked segment of hurricane safety is the workplace. Whether or not you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in preparing for unpredictable storms and other disasters.
By taking the initiative to start planning early, you can create a plan that will have you fully prepared in the event of a disaster. While securing plans for your home and loved ones, take some time to focus on the future of your business or work place. Forty percent of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage do not reopen. In order to prevent your business from being another statistic, it is critical to prepare now.
To help, a Business Survival Plan has been compiled to serve as a comprehensive guide to safeguard your business. This Survival Plan provides steps to improve employee safety and protect property as well as important company information. It serves as an important tool to enforce your business’ emergency plan in the event of any disaster. Keep this plan handy by printing it out and ensure you have covered all the relevant steps before the Hurricane Season begins.
Using these three key steps as guidelines will ensure you are prepared for any damages following any disaster. Furthermore, you should decide on a back-up location where your business could run smoothly if damages occur on the original site and discuss this with all employees. If your business is damaged remember to assess, document, and report them to your insurance company as soon as possible.

 Step 1: Protect property

  • Invest in and install shutters or plywood in order to protect windows and doors from wind borne-debris.
  • Have the roof of your building evaluated to ensure it can withstand a storm.
  • Remove any branches or trees adjacent to your building that could potentially fall and damage it.
  • Sandbag any area that is subject to flooding.
  • Anchor and brace any large furniture (bookcases, shelves, filing cabinets) to wall studs.
  • Relocate any valuable or fragile possessions.
  • Secure all utilities including water heaters, gas tanks, and heaters and if necessary, raise them to higher locations to avoid water damages.
  • Secure electronics such as computers and other office equipment with straps or Velcro.
  • Turn off all the utilities prior to a hurricane making landfall if possible.
  • Designate important contacts to save that are crucial to business operations, such as employees, banks, lawyers, accountants, suppliers, etc.
  • Back-up documents that are not easily produced such as insurance documents, legal contracts, tax returns, and accounting statements to avoid water damage.
  • Seal these documents in waterproof containers onsite.
  • Save all your designated contacts and documents in an alternate, accessible off-site location.

Step 2: Protect important documents and information Step 3: Keep A Preparedness Checklist

The below items should be gathered in one location at your place of business should a storm hit while you are on premises. This will help protect the safety of your employees should disaster strike during regular working hours and without ample notice.
  • Battery operated radio or television
  • Non-perishable three day food supply for you and your employees
  • Three day supply of water for you and your employees (One gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Coolers and containers for water and washing
  • Blankets, pillows, cots, and chairs
  • First Aid Kit and first aid manual
  • Flashlights, batteries, light-sticks
  • Tool kit (basic tools, gloves, etc.)
  • Camera and film for documenting damages
  • Whistle/signal flare to signal for help
  • Tarps, plastic bags, duct tape
  • Cleaning supplies, including mops, towels and garbage cans
  • Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
  • Electric generator
  • Gas for vehicles, generators and other equipment
  • Cash, ATM cards, credit cards proper identification
  • Emergency contact information such as the nearest hospital and police, along with:
    • Life safety issues: 9-1-1
    • Small Business Administration (SBA): 1-800-359-2227
    • FEMA Tele-registration hot-line: 1-800-462-9029
    • Insurance company and agent’s contact information
For more information about your business’ survival guide, download FEMA’s Business Toolkitor FEMA’s “Every Business Should Have a Plan” booklet for tips and further examples of steps you can take to prepare your business.

Hwy 55 Recognized as September Business of the Month

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Hwy 55 as September’s Business of the Month. Hwy 55 was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of their contributions to the Four Oaks community.  Hwy 55 opened in Four Oaks in the summer of 2017 and have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.  The restaurant prides itself on the many ways it recognizes the local community through their Discount Days.  Each Monday local heroes are given 15% off their meal.  This discount applies to Teachers, Public Safety Officers, and Emergency Personnel.  Every Tuesday is Kid’s Night where children 12 and under receive 50% off their meal and a free custard from 5-9pm.  On Sunday’s people can enjoy 10% off their meal all day by bringing in their church bulletin.  The restaurant also offers fundraising opportunities to local charitable organizations.

“We enjoy an ongoing relationship with the Four Oaks American Legion Post to support their pancake breakfast fundraising efforts.  This is an opportunity we are able to extend to other local organizations looking for a unique fundraising opportunity here in the Four Oaks community”, shares Kenneth Williams, Operator.

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks community by Hwy 55.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one member business each month.  Nominations can be made at the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce website, www.fouroakschamber.com.

Welcome new member, Haven of Rest Counseling PLLC

Please welcome new member, Haven of Rest Counseling , PLLC.

Haven of Rest Counseling,PLLC offers individual, couples, group and family counseling for a variety of concerns to include but not limited to: marriage concerns, parenting, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders and pre- marital counseling.  They also offer group educational and support.  Please contact Anecia Brooks Lee at 919.631.2483 or email at [email protected] for more information.

We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community, local businesses and organizations!






Business Community Comes Together to Support Local Food Bank

Four Oaks Senior Living and First Baptist Church of Four Oaks hosted a food drive to fight summer hunger July 23 through August 23. Together the Four Oaks organizations hoped to bring awareness of, and much needed donations to, the Food Pantry at First Baptist Church of Four Oaks.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce was happy to act as a donation drop off location.  Several local businesses took part in the community project including House-Autry Mills, United Community Bank, Lee’s Signs, Tired Iron Classics and Honeycutt and Grady, CPA.  Four Oaks Senior Living was able to collect over 500 pounds of food to contribute to the First Baptist Church of Four Oaks food bank.

Stanfield’s General Store – Business of the Month

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Stanfield’s General Store as August Business of the Month. Stanfield’s General Store was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of recent business growth.  Stanfield’s General Store has recently opened an adjoining addition which features antiques and collectables.  They have also begun opening up the store the Third Thursday of each month for an evening of live music, wine tastings, and food sampling.  Stanfield’s General Store will feature its next Third Thursday event on August 16th from 6-8pm featuring The Classics, playing classic country and popular hits.  This event will also offer food sampling from many of the store’s local favorites.

Shop Local Event – August 20-26

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with our members to offer a Four Oaks wide shop local promotion this summer.  Shop at participating stores and restaurants from August 20th – 26th and be entered to win a grand prize drawing as Four Oaks businesses say “thank you” to all of our loyal customers.  Follow the event on Facebook to see the list of participating businesses, stay up to date on all the promotions, and get a sneak peak of the grand prize!

Business of the Month – Johnston Now

Business of the Month – Johnston Now

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Johnston Now as July’s Business of the Month.  Johnston Now was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of their sold out inaugural Johnston Now Honors event.  Johnston Now Honors is a countywide awards celebration honoring local heroes, and the winners received a trophy and a feature profile in the July edition of Johnston Now magazine.

“Johnston Now was created to shine a spotlight on positive things happening in our county,” Shanna Capps, Johnston Now general manager, said. “This event was us taking that mission one step farther and truly recognizing the efforts of heroes in our own back yard. We are humbled to have brought together such an inspiring group of people to recognize their efforts.”

Johnston Now Honors recognized citizens all over Johnston County including Morgan Lassiter, a Four Oaks resident, who was awarded the Rising Star award.  Lassiter recently graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at South Johnston High School. She plans to attend Campbell University, where she plans to major in Biology Pre-Physical Therapy with an eye on becoming a Physical Therapist.  She also volunteers her time in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Four Oaks Elementary, works with the Miracle League and Special Olympics and is a member of the National Honor Society, Trojan Ambassadors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spanish Honor Society.

Also recognized was Donna Bailey-Taylor for the Spirit of the County award.  Bailey-Taylor is the longtime president and CEO of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau. Last year, that organization awarded more than $225,000 in capital grants for projects around the county — all funded by tourism dollars.  The Johnston County Visitors Bureau are also active members and sponsors of the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce.   Baily-Taylor has also served on boards for Howell Woods, Ava Gardner Museum, Bentonville Battlefield, Clayton Piano Festival, Tobacco Farm Life Museum and the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.

“The Four Oaks Chamber is honored to recognize the work of Johnston Now,” states Amber England, Chamber Executive Director.  “The work they are doing through their magazine and Johnston Now Honors highlights the best of our town and our county.  Having this ongoing, positive spotlight is a major asset for our entire business community.”

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks business community by Johnston Now.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one member business each month.  Nominations can be made at the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce website, www.fouroakschamber.com.

Pictured from left to right – Jess Barbour, Johnston Now Marketing Consultant, Ron Sloan, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Ali Kabrich, Johnston Now Design Intern, Randy Capps, Johnston Now Publisher, Glenn Lee, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Shanna Capps, Johnston Now General Manager, Mike Pritchett, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, June Raynor, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Secretary.


Small Business Education Planned – Marketing Your 50 Mile Radius

Small Business Education Planned – Marketing Your 50 Mile Radius

Donna Bailey-Taylor, President/CEO of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau will be presenting valuable business education on utilizing the Visitors Bureau and marketing to your 50 mile radius on August 9th, 6-7pm.  The presentation will be held in the Four Oaks Town Hall Board Room.  There is no pre-registration required and light refreshments will be provided.

Donna joined the Johnston County Visitors Bureau in August, 1996 and is responsible for marketing the county to leisure travelers, sports tournaments, meeting planners and publicity efforts to local, state and national media to raise awareness of Johnston County as a destination.

JCVB is a quasi-government agency which was formed in 1987 by the state legislature which approved the county-wide 3% room tax. As the President/CEO she works directly for the Johnston County Tourism Authority and manages a staff of five employees.

Donna has been in the hospitality industry since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981, first in the hotel industry in sales and marketing, and second working at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau before coming to Johnston County.

Donna’s parents were both born and raised in the county, and she resides in Benson.  She has served on numerous boards and committees both locally and statewide, and she has worked around the county to develop and improve tourism assets.

We are looking forward to the knowledge and support that Donna will be able to share with our local small businesses during this business education session.  This event is open to the public.