Franklin County Sheriff’s Office looking for Armed and Dangerous Suspect

Kevin Lea James, 44, of 375 Fishing Rock Road, Castalia NC, is wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for the following charges:

Felony Assault on a Handicapped Person

Misdemeanor Assault – Inflict serious Injury

Communicating Threats

Assault by Pointing a Gun

These incidents allegedly occurred on July 25th, 2017 at 375 Fishing Rock Road, Castalia NC.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office advises you to use extreme caution as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 919-496-2186. 

Kevin Lea James

DOB: 08-21-1972

Age: 44

Height: 5’8

Weight: 190

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown


Little Free Libraries Pop Up Around Henderson

by Garry Daeke

FGV Smart Start has started the Little Free Library program as a way to promotion reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the community. 

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where people share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Vance County United Way, through its United We Read, United We Succeed program, granted funds to Smart Start to start this effort. Smart Start will set up four of these libraries in the community.  Smart Start has ample supplies of  children’s books for the libraries, and  local citizens, along with the Friends of the Perry Library, will be assisting with book drives and collections to assist with additional books.

The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges, and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

VGCC Pharmacy Technology students train foster parents

Students in the Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College recently helped provide important training to Granville County foster parents.

Under the supervision of Pharmacy Technology Program Head Dr. Erica Fleming, students conducted medication management training, which is a state requirement for family foster home licensing, at the Granville County Department of Social Services (DSS). In such training, foster parents learn about understanding prescription labels, administering drugs, record-keeping, medication disposal, medication storage, psychotropic medications and medication errors. 

“VGCC offered an excellent training opportunity,” said LaVerne Smith, licensing and adoptions social worker for Granville County DSS. “The presentation was very informative and the handouts and visuals were excellent. It addressed all areas that our families need to know. This resource will be a great addition to our training repertoire. We are hoping to work in partnership with the Vance-Granville Community College Pharmacy Program to continue Medication Management training on a yearly basis.”

Fleming said that the partnership with Granville County DSS not only helped local foster parents, and in turn, foster children, but also formed part of the VGCC students’ study of community pharmacy practice.

For more information on the VGCC Pharmacy Technology program, call Dr. Fleming at (252) 738-3482.

From left, VGCC Pharmacy Technology student Tamika Everett of Creedmoor, Kristen Honaker of Henderson, Lesli Miranda of Henderson, Licensing and Adoptions Social Worker LaVerne Smith of Granville County DSS, program head Dr. Erica Fleming, Emily Adcock of Oxford and Ashley Hobgood of Henderson.

Current Tradio Items

Thursday July 27

  • Two electric lawn mowers, both need work, asking 25.00 each. Call 252-431-0986
  • 1988 Bayliner 14 ft bass boat, asking 1800.00 OBO, call 252-431-5903
  • Looking for school supplies and clothing donations for children. Call 252-558-4383 or email [email protected]
  • Wood stove, asking 100.00; call 252-432-6784
  • Two small to medium dog carrying kennels, asking 20.00 each. Call 252-820-9536
  • Freezer, asking 100.00; call 252-425-9452


Wednesday July 26

  • Looking for a small camper, call 252-425-9804
  • Mechanical hospital bed, 200.00; Regular hospital bed, 100.00; Wheel chair and toilet chair for sale; call 252-432-5209
  • 1/2 gallon Kerr jars for sale, call 252-438-7184
  • Toddler bedding set, new in package with piggy bank and night light, 30.00; Plastic “step two” toy box, 15.00; Boy’s clothing size 5 and 6 for sale; Cannon printer, 25.00; Dog house, 20.00; Bike 25.00; call 252-425-7186


Tuesday July 25

  • Fresh string beans in a five gallon bucket, just picked today, asking 10.00; Java antique dresser, 50.00; Call 919-727-3673
  • Looking for a back door for a single wide mobile home, 78/58 wide by 32 long. Call 252-767-2422
  • 23000 BTU A/C, asking 300.00; call 252-430-8188
  • Looking to buy crowder peas, purple hull peas, call 252-425-5644
  • Looking for a wood heater; Washing machine for sale, call 919-690-1452


Monday July 24

  • Wood dinette set w/four chairs, 50.00; Two entertainment centers, 25.00 each; 32″ TV, asking 50.00; call 252-572-4283
  • Washing machine, 250.00; call 252-430-7834
  • Looking for a used window A/C unit, call 252-767-9313
  • Looking for a Jeep CJ7 or TJ, prefer 8 cyl but will take a 6 cyl; Craftsman table saw, asking 50.00; call 919-725-3560
  • Vacuum cleaner, 15.00; Size 9.5 steel toe work shoes, 10.00; Five new and two used Red Cap mechanic pants size 29 x 32, asking 12.00 for all, call 252-492-1162
  • Looking for someone to do minor electrical work, call 252-438-4762
  • Concert piano, asking best offer, call 252-257-2148
  • Swimming pool for sale, call 252-767-3052 for details

Troxler to host Food Safety Forum

RALEIGH – Helping small farms prepare for new federal food safety rules will be among topics covered at the 13th annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum on Aug. 15 at the State Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, food businesses, regulators, health professionals and other interested people. Admission is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration is requested.

To register, go to by Aug. 11. Individuals with questions should contact Derek Wagner at [email protected] or 919-707-3011.

As the federal Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented across the country, farms of all sizes will be subject to on-farm inspections and other food safety rules. Roland McReynolds, executive director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will talk about the importance of training collaborations for small farms to comply with the rules. And Chuck Ross, extension director with the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Science, will give an update on FSMA implementation.

In addition, Dr. Steven Taylor, professor at the University of Nebraska, will talk about incorporating allergen controls within food-processing facilities. Taylor is founder and co-director of the university’s Food Allergy Research & Resource Program. His research has focused on developing methods to detect residues of allergenic foods, and he has worked with numerous companies on a wide range of allergen-related topics.

Other speakers include Dr. Clint Stevenson, assistant professor of food science education at N.C. State University. “Dr. Stevenson and his team have developed virtual reality training sessions that allow students and professionals to interact with virtual representations of real-world food manufacturing facilities and look for food safety problems,” Troxler said. “Stevenson will demonstrate how he brings the factory into the classroom.”

The forum is organized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and sponsored by Harris Teeter.

VGCC Franklin Campus salutes Child Care Center graduates

Six new graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus were honored in a ceremony on July 12 as they prepared to enter kindergarten. The students were Cody Collier of Henderson; Arianna Abbott, Colton Leonard, Joshua Stallings and Aiden Zalewski, all of Louisburg; and Chase Snelling of Youngsville.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Bobbie Jo May, the dean of the Franklin County Campus. She thanked and applauded the staff of the five-star center, and said that the VGCC mission of educating, inspiring and supporting a diverse community of learners to achieve success starts at the pre-school level. “Your children have developed a love of learning here,” May told the assembled family members. “Our staff’s patient instruction and love for these children have helped to turn them into strong, confident kindergarten students.”

Child Care Center manager Michelle Patterson Jones and child care center teacher Teresa Gallatin presented the children with diplomas. Jones also handed out unique “personality certificates” to the students.

Abbott was honored with certificates for “Creativity” and for being a “Math Monster.” Leonard received the “Reading” and “Lawyer” awards. Zalewski was presented with certificates labeled “Enthusiastic Learner” and “Wild Kratts” (after the educational television series about animals and the environment). Stallings was named a “Peace Maker” and a “Creative Thinker” and received a certificate for “Giant Improvement.” Collier received the “Active Athlete” and “Most Dramatic” awards. Snelling was recognized for being “Quiet as a Mouse” and the “Academic Whisperer.”

Lila Johnson of Louisburg, a younger student at the center, served as marshal for the graduation, carrying the American flag as the students processed and recessed.

With the departure of the graduates, spaces for several children are currently available. Parents from among the general public can enroll their children there, as can parents who are VGCC students or employees. For more information, call Michelle Patterson Jones at (919) 496-1567.


News 07/27/17

Henderson Optimist Club Hosts Annual Respect for Law Enforcement Banquet

On July 25th the Henderson Optimist Club held their annual Respect for Law Enforcement Banquet at the Henderson Country Club.

Representatives were on hand from the Henderson Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Henderson Fire Department, Vance County Fire Department and EMS, Vance County Animal Services and the Kerr Lake Park Rangers to receive awards for department representative of the year.

Britt Sams, vice president of the Henderson Optimist Club, was on hand to assist with the award presentations.

Award Recipients by department are listed below:

Vance County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Donald R. Roberson Jr.

Henderson Police Department

Sergeant David Elliot

North Carolina Highway Patrol

Trooper J.A. Thomas

Henderson Fire Department


Battalion Chief Doug Owen

Vance County Fire/EMS

Fireman Latrel Fields

Vance County Animal Services

Officer William Spain

Kerr Lake Park Rangers

Ranger William D. Stanley


Notes: Trooper J.A. Thomas has nominated by Sergeant Jeff Rowan for leading the State of North Carolina in DWI arrests for three consecutive years. Trooper Thomas patrols the Vance, Granville and Warren County areas.

Fireman Latrel Fields received his award for completing 18 months worth of training in seven.

Ranger William D. Stanley thanked the Henderson Optimist Club and other area agencies for working together. The Kerr Lake Rangers ask for the assistance of other area agencies with various issues at Kerr Lake on a routine basis.

Vance County Schools announces Early College Laptop Distribution Date

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2017

Laptop computers for Early College High School students will be given out on Monday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the school located on the top floor of Building 2 on the campus of Vance-Granville Community College near Henderson.

Students and parents should plan to pick up their laptop computer on this day. For those students who want to opt out of using a school system issued computer, the school’s opt-out form should be completed and returned to school officials.

News 07/26/17