Vance County Announces Dennis Jarvis, II as Economic Development Director

— courtesy Vance County Manager Jordan D. McMillen

Vance County is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Jarvis, II, as the Director of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission. He will begin in this position on November 6th.

Jarvis has a total of 18 years experience in economic development, with the last 2½ years serving as the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Altavista, Virginia. Prior to that he has had Economic Development positions in higher education, non-profit organizations, consulting, and county entities in Virginia and West Virginia. Mr. Jarvis holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Bluefield State College and a master’s degree in political science from Marshall University. He is certified in Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) and is eligible to obtain his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification through the International Economic Development Council.

During his career he has been directly instrumental in the creation of over 800 new jobs with $62 million in new investment and $335,000 in grant funds. In addition, he has led marketing efforts, business retention initiatives, and has experience in obtaining public and private grants for community development.

Mr. Jarvis has a history of strong relationships with board members, staff, the business community, state and federal agencies, and the general public. He brings a passion for community and an energy for economic development and improving the quality of life for others. He will be a welcome addition to the county’s management team and the Vance County community.

(Press Release)

Butterfield Statement on Demonstration in Durham

DURHAM, NC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the demonstration in Durham:

“There is no place for hate, bigotry, and racism in our society.  The demonstrators today are making it known loudly and clearly that the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups are not welcome in our communities.

“The actions in Durham do not take place in a vacuum.  People of good will no longer tolerate anyone who desires to honor and celebrate a dark period of American history.  240 years of slavery in America is considered an original sin and we have long been moving toward a color blind and inclusive society.

“Through his words and actions, it is clear that President Trump either condones or is indifferent to racist behavior and policies that will turn back the clock on the progress we have made toward equality.  President Trump must forcefully and unequivocally condemn the actions of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups and reject their political support.

“Like Governor Cooper, I call for the immediate removal of all confederate statues and monuments that are displayed on government property, including the US Capitol.  These monuments depict a period of history that must be taught to future generations but not celebrated.”

Filing Complete for Local Elections

Filing for the City of Henderson:


Ward 1 At-Large Sara Coffey – Incumbent

Ward 2 At- Large William Burnette

Ward 3 – Garry Daeke – Incumbent

Ward 4- Fearldine Simmons – Incumbent and Blakely Bates


Filing for the Town of Kittrell:


Jerry Joyner – Mayor – Incumbent

Susan Pulley – Commissioner – Incumbent

Joshua Boyd – Commissioner – Incumbent

Todd Murray – Commissioner


Filing for Town of Middleburg:


Gary Plummer – Mayor

Ruth Nance – Council member – Incumbent

Mamie Turner – Council member

Annie Fudge – Council member – Incumbent

Filing Window Open for Henderson 2017 Municipal Election

Good afternoon,

I would like for you to announce the following several times next week and the following week:

Filing for the 2017 City of Henderson Municipal Election started on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon and will end on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon.  The Board of Elections office will not be closing for lunch during filing.

The offices that are up are:  1st Ward At-Large Seat, 2nd Ward-At-Large Seat, 3rd Ward Seat, and 4th Ward Seat.

Filing fee is $5.00.  You must live in the ward that you are filing for in order to run.

Should you have any questions, please call the Board of Elections office at 252-492-3730.

Thank you and have a great afternoon!!

Faye M. Gill, Director

Vance County Board of Elections


Butterfield to GOP: Time to Put Country Over Party

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials:

“The reports that President Trump may have shared classified intelligence with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador is alarming and deeply disturbing.  This sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian representatives is the latest in a pattern of reckless ineptitude from the White House that puts our national security and our ability to work with our allies at risk.

“Enough is enough.  This is just another incident in a long line of troubling revelations that call into question the President’s relationship with Russia.  Congressional Republicans must put country over party and join the American people in demanding answers and accountability from President Trump and his administration.  Anything less is a grave mistake that could have ramifications far beyond Mr. Trump’s presidency.”


Butterfield Statement on SCOTUS Voter ID Decision

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous finding that the North Carolina General Assembly acted with discriminatory purpose in enactment of a 2013 Voter ID law:

“Today’s announcement is a victory against those who try to implement discriminatory voter ID laws written to suppress the vote of certain North Carolinians.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case left in place the Fourth Circuit’s well-reasoned finding that the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly acted with a discriminatory purpose in enacting its 2013 voter ID law that also included other discriminatory voting changes like limitations on early voting predominately used by African Americans.

“Today, the Supreme Court rightly refused to hear the appeal of a law that I have long said discriminates against African American voters.  I hope this is finally the end to one of the most undemocratic and disgraceful voter ID laws in the country.”


Butterfield Statement on the Republican Healthcare Bill Failure

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after Republicans pulled their healthcare bill from the House Floor:


“From the very beginning, the American people said ‘NO’ to Trumpcare.  They said NO to paying more for less care, NO to kicking 24 million people off of their coverage, NO to stripping funding from Medicaid.  The people rejected Republican attempts to take away access to preventive, mental health, and maternity care.  The people of the First District fought Republican attempts to take healthcare from over 80,000 of our friends and neighbors.  In rallies, town hall meetings, letters, and phone calls, voters reminded Republicans that they did not want to turn back the clock on healthcare.

“The lesson from today is that when people unite for the common good, they will never be defeated.  I hope President Trump and Speaker Ryan take note.”


Vance County Democrats to hold convention next Saturday

The Vance County Democratic Party Convention will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 AM in The Vance County Commissioner’s Room on the Second Floor, Young Street in Downtown Henderson, NC.

NC Representative Terry Garrison will be the Speaker.

This building is the former Vance County Court House.

There is parking on Young Street and a parking lot to the left of the building that is accessible from Court Street.