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Home and Garden Show 11/24/15


Vance County Manager Search

There is not a lot of new news in the search for a new Vance County Manager. The Interim County Manager, Robert Murphy,  indicated he was not a candidate for the permanent position in an email to WIZS News. He […]

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Vance Co. Schools Transportation

The Vance County Schools’ Transportation Department earned a rating of 28.76 on its annual state inspection for school bus safety. The state inspection was held on November 3 and thoroughly examines 10 percent of the school system’s bus fleet, with […]


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Vance-Granville Community Band to present free holiday concert on Dec. 3

The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its eighth annual Christmas Concert, entitled “Making Spirits Bright,” on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Admission is free and the public is […]

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Winter Weather Preparation

Winter Weather Safety Winter Weather Safety – Spanish Carbon Monoxide Safety Pet Safety Winter Driving Tips   Vance County Emergency Operations Urges Residents to Take Steps to Prepare for Winter Weather HENDERSON – As part of Winter Weather Awareness Week, […]


News 11/23/15


Soldier’s Remains Coming Home – WRAL News

More than 60 years after Korean War, Henderson soldier’s remains are coming home Read more at http://www.wral.com/more-than-60-years-after-korean-war-henderson-soldier-s-remains-are-coming-home/15126720/   You can hear the audio portion of WRAL News on WIZS 1450 AM each weekday from 5:30 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.


News 11/20/15


Vance County Economic Development Show 11/18/15


News 11/19/15


VGCC and Dill Air Controls Products join forces with Apprenticeship program

Vance-Granville Community College and Oxford-based Dill Air Controls Products, LLC, recently signed on to join the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP), in an effort to provide new opportunities for local students and to prepare a skilled workforce. NCTAP offers […]


Leo Kelly Fills Wright’s Seat

Leo Kelly, Jr. will fill the unexpired term of late Vance County Commissioner Eddie Wright.  County Attorney Jonathan Care told WIZS News that Kelly was unanimously voted in by the commissioners.  Clerk to the Board Kelly Grissom said, “He will […]

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Detective Wormley Fundraiser

    In a recent interview with WIZS News, Police Chief Marcus Barrow described the dedication of fellow officers in Detective Deric Wormley’s time of need.  Detective Wormley faced an extremely life threatening situation, and as Chief Barrow described it, […]


Farm-City Week part 3 of 3

Vance County has declared the third week in November each year as Farm-City Week. During that time, local residents are encouraged to reflect upon the connections and interdependence between the people and businesses in our towns, and the farms that […]


Home and Garden Show 11/18/15


Legal Aid of North Carolina – providing free legal services in civil matters to low-income people

(The following is a press release.) Low-income Medicare recipients in North Carolina can call Legal Aid of North Carolina’s new Benefits Enrollment Center at 1-877-579-7562 (toll-free) for free help enrolling in federal benefits programs that provide financial help with health […]


News 11/18/15


Vance County Schools 11/16/15


Farm-City Week part 2 of 3

Vance County has declared the third week in November each year as Farm-City Week. During that time, local residents are encouraged to reflect upon the connections and interdependence between the people and businesses in our towns, and the farms that […]


VGCC Phi Beta Lambda chapter installs new leaders

Vance-Granville Community College’s Chi Beta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the business student organization, recently elected officers for the 2015-2016 year. New officers were installed and members were inducted at a ceremony on Nov. 5 on VGCC’s Main Campus. […]


News 11/17/15


VGCC registers 350 potential lifesavers

A recent Vance-Granville Community College service project added some 350 people to the registry of potential bone marrow donors. In partnership with the Project Life Movement and the “Save the Fox” campaign, the college held events on each of its […]


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Farm-City Week, part 1 of 3

Vance County has declared the third week in November each year as Farm-City Week. During that time, local residents are encouraged to reflect upon the connections and interdependence between the people and businesses in our towns, and the farms that […]


Granville Chamber Breakfast

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Thanksgiving Breakfast is being held Wednesday, November 25, at 7:30 am in the Family Life Center of Oxford Baptist Church, Main Street, Oxford. District 2 House of Representatives member Larry Yarborough will be […]


News 11/12/15

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Dr. Mills VGCC Scholarship

  Maria Parham Guild Gift Gallery endows VGCC scholarship in memory of local doctor Volunteers from the Guild Gift Gallery at Maria Parham Medical Center recently presented a gift of $25,000 to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund that will […]


Help Find Truck From Deadly Incident

The Henderson Police Department is still in need of the public’s help to solve a fatal hit and run which occurred about three weeks ago.  Gordon Hargrove was in a wheelchair and was hit by a tractor trailer on East […]


Home and Garden Show 11/10/15


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Cordell New Fire Chief

Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier has chosen Steve F. Cordell to become the next Fire Chief for the City of Henderson. A press release from the City went on to say, “There were a number of well qualified applicants applying […]


Police Arrest Suspect On Drug-Related Charges

On Monday, November 9, Henderson Police Officers arrested Derrick Darnell Hanks Jr., 24, of 197 Big Ruin Creek Lane.  He was charged with the following offenses:  Carrying a concealed weapon, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, […]


Shooting Suspect Arrested

(The following from a press release issued by the Henderson Police Department) On Wednesday, November 04, 2015, around noon, Henderson Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Water and Pinkston Streets in Henderson in response to someone shot.  While […]


News 11/10/15


New VGCC Job Driven Initiative staff connect area residents with training

Two professional staff members are now in place at Vance-Granville Community College to help area residents obtain education and training through a special grant. The college, in partnership with the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, received a $147,000 “NCWorks Job Driven […]


H-V Chamber Membership Drive Update

The Ambassador team secured eight businesses and the Board team secured two businesses.  Looks like the Board team is going to be wearing the aprons! The following new businesses joined the team since we put the membership drive into action […]

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Granville County Chamber of Commerce, Recognizes Granville County, NC Small Businesses by Celebrating Small Business Saturday®

Today the Granville County Chamber of Commerce announced its participation in the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28th to support independent businesses in Granville County, NC.  Founded by in American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a […]


YMCA Gobble Gallop Registration

The Henderson Family YMCA announces the 6th Annual Gobble Gallop.  Click here for a registration form. Register at The Henderson Police Department from 8:00 until 8:45 A.M. the day of the race, Saturday, November 21 or online at www.hendersonymca.org.  Canned food items […]


November Crime Stoppers

Crimes of The Month — November 2015 Hit & Run Death by Motor Vehicle Case: On October 21, 2015 at approximately 9:12 P.M., officers of the Henderson Police (Department) responded to the intersection of E. Andrews Ave. and US-1 in reference […]


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Police Need Tips To Find Shooter

Press Release – Wednesday, November 04, 2015 On Wednesday, November 04, 2015, around noon, Henderson Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Water and Pinkston Streets in Henderson in response to someone shot.  While en-route, officers were notified the […]


US Public Health Service to present program at Granville Chamber’s Sunrise Forum

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Sunrise Forum will be held Friday, November 13th at Butner Town Hall, Central Avenue in Butner.  The Town of Butner will be hosting the meeting and providing a light breakfast upon arrival.  The […]


News 11/4/2015



The following a press release from the office of Vance County Sheriff Peter White: ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 AT APPROXIMATELY 8:15 PM, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A CALL AT 493 DANIEL BOONE TRAIL IN REFERENCE TO A SHOOTING. UPON ARRIVAL, IT […]

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Election Results

In the City of Henderson Non-Partisan Runoff Election of Tuesday, November 3, 2015, incumbent City Councilwoman Brenda Peace was defeated by challenger Melissa Elliott for the 3rd Ward At Large Seat, and Marion Brodie Williams defeated Clarence J. Dale for […]


H-V Chamber Membership Drive

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual membership drive this week.  To make the event more fun, the Chamber Ambassadors are taking on the Chamber Board members to see which group can bring in the most new members. […]

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Live Coverage of Election Results

Election coverage starts at 7:00 P.M. on WIZS 1450 AM.  You can also use the “Listen Now” tab at the top left of wizs.com.  You will start to see results listed on this page after the polls close at 7:30 […]


News 11/03/2015

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Runoff Election Coverage



VGCC opens Spring Registration, offers Orientation Sessions online and in-person

Registration for classes and orientation sessions for new students have begun for the Spring 2016 semester at Vance-Granville Community College, which starts Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Attending an orientation session is required for all new students who wish to enroll […]

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Tourism in Vance

October 16, 17 and 18, The Vance County Department of Tourism hosted the 14th Annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine and The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame & Reunion.  Tourism Director Nancy Wilson said the economic impact here […]


News 11/02/2015



NCDMV Issues Hundreds of Driver Licenses, ID Cards at State Fair Raleigh, N.C. – With the help of two new compact mobile units and two kiosks, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) issued more than 450 driver licenses and identification […]

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Field Trip!!

Approximately 80 students, school staff members and parents from Aycock Elementary School ate dinner at the Kanki Japanese restaurant at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, on September 24, as part of their trip to attend a men’s soccer game between […]

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Fri. and Sat. Halloween Fun

Trick or Treating in Henderson Friday & Saturday: Friday, October 30th from 4:30-6:00 pm, the local Downtown businesses will host Trick-or-Treat on Garnett Street. Businesses displaying the orange signs are participating sponsors. Children from the age of two to twelve […]


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City Council To Meet Once Per Month

The Henderson City Council voted at its regular Monday night meeting this week to change to a once-per-month meeting schedule. There is a six month time frame in mind to try the reduced number of meetings, but it can be […]


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New Henderson Fire Chief Soon?

In a brief phone interview with Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier Tuesday morning, Frazier said the process of selecting a fire chief for the Henderson Fire Department continues.  He said he has a couple of interviews set up for next week […]


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Wright’s Commission Seat To Be Filled

The 60-day deadline to fill Eddie L. Wright’s District 5 Vance County Commission Seat is November 9.  Archie B. Taylor, Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, sent a request to the chairman of the local Democratic party asking […]


News 10/23/2015


Wheelchair Pedestrian Hit and Killed

On October 21, 2015 around 9:12 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to the area of E. Andrews Ave and US 1 South, Henderson in reference to a person that had been struck by a semi-truck. Upon arrival, […]


VGCC to hold Bone Marrow Registration events

Vance-Granville Community College, in partnership with the Project Life Movement and the “Save the Fox” campaign, is planning a four-county bone marrow registration drive in October. Members of the community are invited to join VGCC students, faculty and staff at […]


News 10/22/2015

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Cooper Assistant Principal of Year

David Cooper, of Aycock Elementary School, has been named the 2015-2016 Assistant Principal of the Year for Vance County Schools. Cooper was surprised Tuesday morning by members of the Vance County Board of Education and school system administrators while he […]


Interview with Jo Dee Messina 10/20/2015

Jo Dee Messina will be performing in Durham at the Carolina Theater on Thursday October 22 at 8:00 PM. Be sure to check out the audio below of the interview on 10/20/15 with Jo Dee about her new album “ME” […]


VGCC Drama students present Shakespeare spoof

via Andrew Beal Theatre lovers will soon be able to enjoy all 37 of William Shakespeare’s plays in one evening — sort of — at Vance-Granville Community College. Drama students will present “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” on […]


Vance County School on the Air 10/19/2015

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Shoes for Rescues

You may notice a new billboard if you travel south on U.S. 1 Bypass in Henderson.  Local business WW Properties has once again donated a billboard for a civic cause. Tracy Dreibelbis of Animal Advocates Coalition tells WIZS News the billboard came […]


News 10/20/2015


VGCC to hold Business Technologies Fair

Vance-Granville Community College will hold its second annual “Business Technologies Fair” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. Attendees will learn about VGCC’s programs that […]


VGCC names two educators to leadership roles

via Andrew Beal Along with the start of the fall semester at Vance-Granville Community College came new leaders for two academic programs. William Clements of Raleigh became the new Program Head/Instructor for Criminal Justice Technology, while Faith Harris of Norlina, […]


World Class

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Henderson will host the 14th Annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine and The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame & Reunion.  These world class events are presented by The Vance County Department of Tourism, and […]


Team Spirit is High as the Henderson-Vance Chamber Gets Geared Up for Membership Drive

The Henderson-Vance Chamber is gearing up for a membership drive.  The drive, “Catch The Fever…Join The Chamber Team” will be held November 2 – November 6. The drive has a football theme and promises to be a week of competition […]

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Bennett H. Perry, Jr. Museum

The Bennett H. Perry, Jr. Museum will open Friday, October 16th in downtown Henderson. The City of Henderson and the Corbitt Preservation Association will occupy the downstairs of the former Perry home, located at the corner of Chestnut and Church […]


Vance County Schools 10/12/2015

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Canvass Complete

The Vance County Board of Elections’ canvass of the October 6th Henderson Municipal Election is complete.  Two runoffs are anticipated. Candidates Marion Brodie Williams and Clarence J. Dale finished tied with 234 votes apiece for the Ward 1 Ward Seat. […]


Aycock School News Broadcast

Near and dear to our hearts here at WIZS is a good news broadcast, just another reason its so much fun to tell you about this! Students and staff members at Aycock Elementary School receive important information about their school […]

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Vance Principal of the Year

Heddie Somerville, the principal at Pinkston Street Elementary School for the past four years, has been selected as the 2015-2016 Vance County Schools’ Principal of the Year. She was chosen for the honor after interviews were conducted by a special […]


Small Business Summit and Expo to be held October 20 at Warren County Armory

via Andrew Beal The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has announced the complete lineup of presenters for the fourth annual Small Business Summit and Expo, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at […]


Ellington Wins; Other Races Not Over

Eddie Ellington is the mayor-elect for the City of Henderson.  While the canvass still takes place on Tuesday, Ellington can now be safely declared the winner of the Mayoral election. Audio from the 5 P.M. Local News – WIZS Lead […]

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers

If you are: A family or professional caregiver of a dementia patient A member of the clergy, a student, or a volunteer desiring dementia education A professional in need of 5 Continuing Education Units A person with a desire to […]

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First Of Its Kind – DWI Court

Oxford, NC – The District Attorney’s office held a week-long session of District Court from September 28, 2015 through October 2, 2015. This week-long session was the first of its kind in Granville County and was scheduled for the disposition of Driving […]

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Live election-night coverage begins on WIZS at 7:00 P.M.  Listen live on 1450 AM or on wizs.com. The polls close at 7:30 P.M., but our broadcast will begin from The Vance County Board of Elections at 7 o’clock.  We will […]


City Fire Chief

The process of selecting a fire chief for the Henderson Fire Department is underway, with applications in hand and interviews being set up, according to City Manager Frank Frazier. August 31 is the date that former Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson […]

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A SOUTHERN TRADITION & A MAJOR HEATH PROBLEM As a group, southern states tend to lead the pack when it comes to being significantly overweight or, in technical terms, obese. Arkansas is by far the leader in adult obesity with […]

Vance-Granville Basketball Ready for 2015-2016 Season

by Kevin Bullock The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguard Basketball Team kicked off the season on October 1st with media day at Western Vance High School. Coach Michael Woody introduced the 2015-2016 version of the Vanguards to the media, and allowed […]

VGCC defeats Central Carolina in women’s volleyball match

via Andrew Beal The Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball team notched another Region X conference victory on Sept. 29, with a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-18 and 25-18) at home over the Cougars from Central Carolina Community College. That brought the […]


Our very own “GrassStreet” band from Henderson will be performing this week at the International Bluegrass Music Association event, taking place for the third straight year in Raleigh.  This is a big deal. Wayne Kinton, musician and band leader, says, […]


County Fire & EMS

Vance County Welcomes Chris Wright as Fire Chief Vance County is pleased to announce Chief Chris Wright has joined the County to lead the County’s Fire Department. In his position, Mr. Wright will be responsible for leading the Department of 35 full […]


District 5 Wright Seat

In the wake of longtime District 5 Vance County Commissioner Eddie L. Wright passing away earlier this month on the eighth, the Vance County Board of Commissioners now faces a November ninth deadline. Vance County Attorney Jonathan Care provided WIZS […]

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VGCC Ambassadors Announced

Vance-Granville Community College has selected 13 outstanding students to serve as ambassadors during the 2015-2016 school year. Ambassadors represent the college at special campus and community functions, among other duties. This year’s ambassadors include Dianna DeWeese of Creedmoor (Accounting and […]


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Gunshot Death in City

Press Release: September 28, 2015 On September 26, 2015 around 3:44 A.M., officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to the area behind the Quick Mart, 517 E. Andrews Ave, Henderson in reference to a subject that was shot. Upon arrival, officers […]


Drug Deaths Out of Control

Heroin and Prescription Drugs Deaths Out of Control in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, (CDC), drug related overdoses and deaths are out of control and have reached epidemic level. In 2013 there were over 43,000 […]


Breckenridge Commons

Breckenridge Commons is the name.  And, the 1,000 seat performance venue, which is connected to the H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library through McGregor Hall, now has an executive director. Tommy Deadwyler’s first day was Tuesday here in Henderson.  He comes […]



Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program Questions about Medicare? SHIIP can help! Choose from the list of questions below or call: 855-408-1212 (toll free) How do I contact SHIIP and find out what’s going on with the Program? I’m new to Medicare, what […]

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Operation Medicine Drop

Dispose of Your Unused, Expired Prescriptions Take-back event offers public safe, secure way to dispose of their medications. WHO:                          Safe Kids Vance County Coalition, Henderson Police Department WHAT:           Prescription drug take-back event where the public can dispose of expired, unused […]

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Vance Superior Court

Henderson, NC – Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court was held the week of September 8, 2015. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood presided for the term. District Attorney Michael D. Waters along with Assistant District Attorneys Bill Williamson, Melissa […]


Stronger Economies Together

Stronger Economies Together (SET) Coming To Our Area Soon A federal program started in 2010 that is in place in over 50 regions in 28 states is about to have its Kick Off organizational meeting on October 5th at 8:30 […]

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Candidates Forum 2015 Audio

  Unedited Audio From City Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum 2015 Who:  Henderson Municipal Election Candidates for Mayor and City Council organized by The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Dispatch and WIZS Radio When: Sunday, Sept 19, 2015 from […]


New Dixie Mart Robbery Arrest Made

Press Release- September 18, 2015 On Monday, August 31, 2015, Henderson Police Department officers responded to the New Dixie Mart, 1201 the Dabney Drive in response to a report of an armed robbery.  The clerk advised a black male suspect […]


Federal Indictment Served

Press Release- September 17, 2015 On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, members of the Henderson Police Department served a federal indictment on Jermaine Lamont Bullock, 40, 130 Booth Avenue, Henderson.  Bullock was taken into custody at the Vance County Jail at […]


Death Investigation – 4TH Arrested

Press Release — 4TH ARREST LISTED BELOW Death Investigation On Saturday, September 5, 2015, members of the Henderson Police Department responded to the 100 block of Pinkston Street, Henderson in response to a deceased individual. Officers arrived on scene and […]


20th Annual Crime Stoppers Banquet

Thursday night at the Vance Granville Community College Civic Center, the Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers organization held its 20th annual awards and recognition banquet. Crime Stoppers Chairman Lorraine Watkins emceed the event, which included remarks from Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow, […]


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Special Broadcast

Not only is Thursday, September 17 the day of the annual Crime Stoppers Meeting and Banquet, but the Crime Stoppers Crimes of the Month for September 2015) are out as well. The banquet is Thursday night a 6:30. Tickets can […]


Hard Shoes to Fill

By George Rush and WIZS News Staff Former County Manager Jerry Ayscue announced his retirement in August 2014 after 30 years as Vance County’s first and only manager starting in 1984. He gave the Board of Commissioners six months notice […]


EJMS and Zeb Vance Principals

The Vance County Board of Education Monday night approved Dr. Brad Jones as the new principal at Eaton-Johnson Middle School and Mr. Kristian Herring as the new principal at Zeb Vance Elementary School. Jones and Herring will begin their new […]

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Head Start Under Fire

by George Rush and WIZS News Staff RECENT UPDATE The Head Start Board has held two special meetings,  the most recent being on September 10.  The two meetings have been described as “Mass Chaos,” with those in attendance challenging the […]

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Commissioner Wright’s Funeral Arrangements

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Commissioner Eddie Wright. The funeral is scheduled for Monday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church in Henderson.  The family visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. that same morning. Mr. […]



Vance County residents now have more answers in an embezzlement case that dates back to July of 2014. Christa Harris Reavis pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to one count of embezzlement by a government employee in excess of $100,000, a […]


Cocaine Trafficking Arrests

Press Release- September 3, 2015 On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation arrested three individuals on cocaine trafficking charges.  Those arrested and charged are as […]

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Be Careful with Wi-Fi

It should come as no shock to you that internet, computer and Wi-Fi scams are on the increase.  Your favorite coffee house or the lobby of a hotel/motel or the local public library, where ever you find yourself using the […]

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Grades Up in Vance; Graduation Too

Data released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for the 2014-2015 school year is encouraging for the Vance County School System. Eight Vance County Schools increased performance by one letter grade as determined by the state required School […]


Preview: Optimist Bowl

by Kevin Bullock It has been a tale of two seasons for Vance County High School football teams. Northern Vance comes into Friday’s game red hot against Southern, and yet the Raiders will look to turn their season around against […]

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Drivers Ed in Vance

While not a direct quote attributable to anyone in particular, it seems that too much is still up in the air on the issue of Drivers Education, especially as it pertains to concrete decisions from State Legislators, and it appears, […]


Wilson: Vance Teacher of the Year

Robin Wilson, a third-grade teacher at New Hope Elementary School, is the 2015-2016 Vance County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Wilson has a total of 41 years of teaching experience, with 30 years of teaching in Virginia. She is […]


2015 Ducky Derby Results

Smart Start had a good Ducky Derby turnout with about 1,000 people attending the event this past Saturday, August 29. The event started at 10:00 A.M. and concluded after the big Duck Race at 2:00 PM. Smart Start was a […]


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Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson Honored

August 31, Henderson — Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson retired Monday after 40 years of service. He became chief in 1999. A reception and dinner was held in his honor Monday afternoon from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM at Central Fire […]


New statewide agreement helps VGCC students transfer to private schools

Vance-Granville Community College students will enjoy clearer pathways to completing a four-year degree, thanks to a new Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) between the N.C. Community College System and the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities. Approximately 2,000 community college students […]

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Locals Serving at State Level

Dr. Michael Putney, principal at Dabney Elementary School, and Dr. Larry Webb, principal at Northern Vance High School serve on the State Superintendent’s Principals’ Advisory Committee. Dr. Putney, seated at far right, and Dr. Webb, standing at far right, are […]


Father Dead, Son Arrested

FROM THE OFFICE OF VANCE COUNTY SHERIFF PETER WHITE: On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at approximately 2:17 A.M., deputies responded to a call in reference to an assault at 47 Fulcher Farm Lane. Upon arrival, they found a single-wide mobile […]


Golden LEAF Scholarships Awarded

A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College recently received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through […]


Rain Barrels and Tall Fescue

Rain Barrel Seminar at Warren County Thu, August 27, noon Learn all you need to know about how to build, install and utilize a rain barrel! Rain barrels are a great way to supplement the water supply for your garden […]

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Fallen Soldier’s Family creates VGCC Scholarship in his memory

A new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College will bear the name of a Vance County native who lost his life in combat during the Iraq War. The Lunsford B. Brown II Memorial Academic Achievement Scholarship was recently established by members […]


WIZS – Business Spotlight

I was visiting one of our latest marketing partners the other day when I noticed a small building in the corner of the lot. I nosily drove over and discovered that a brand new embroidery place had opened. Their hours […]

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Vance Farmers Market Parking Lot To Be Paved

Since the June, 2014 grand opening of The Vance County Regional Farmers Market, market goers have enjoyed a very good gravel lot.  Now, the word it out that pavement is coming, and soon. In an email from Vance County Cooperative […]

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Warren County Man Sentenced for 2013 Murder

WARRENTON – A Warren County man took an Alford plea for second degree murder on Wednesday. William Henry Hunter Jr., 27, of Manson, was sentenced to 144 to 185 months for his role in the 2013 death of Royvitt Lawedy […]

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VGCC names new Dean of Warren Campus

Lyndon Hall was recently named Dean of Vance-Granville Community College’s Warren County Campus. In his new leadership role, Hall is responsible for supervising all operations at the satellite campus in Warrenton, including both the curriculum and continuing education courses offered […]


Vance County Friday Night Football is ON THE AIR

The return of local, high school football is now!  Now for more than 50 consecutive years, WIZS will once again broadcast our local games live this season. The first of 12-straight weeks of regular season action begins this week, August […]


Bonner Bridge Replacement A Reality

Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced the final roadblocks were cleared Friday allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to proceed with construction of a new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. […]


NC State Budget $21.735 Billion

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he has reached an agreement with Senate and House leaders on the spending amount for a revised state budget. At a morning breakfast meeting with the Governor at the Executive Mansion, House […]

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School Bus Safety – Important

State Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Stay Alert Due to Increase of School Buses on North Carolina Roadways RALEIGH – In North Carolina, over 14,000 school buses travel our highways daily transporting children to and from school.  Most motorists that […]

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2015 City of Henderson Elections

The city of Henderson will be holding its 2015 municipal election on Oct. 6, the offices of 1st Ward – Ward Seat, 2nd Ward – Ward Seat, 3rd Ward At-Large Seat, and 4th Ward At-Large Seat as well as the […]

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Whatever happened to Reading?  It used to be Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.  It appears that story telling is taking over for Reading as the cornerstone of a new way for young children, especially African-American children, to learn and along the […]

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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Warren County Man

WARRENTON – A fourth Warren County man wanted on charges in connection with a fatal shooting, was arrested Sunday. Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop around three Sunday morning, near Baltimore Road, in Warrenton. Darren […]


NCDOT Employee Saves Driver’s Life

A NCDOT employee is being credited by Vance County Emergency Services with helping save the life of a driver who crashed into a pond off Warrenton Road. The incident occurred on Monday, August 10th. Jay Mozingo, who works in the […]

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Lawn Care Seminar at the VCR Farmers Market

Lawn Care Seminar to be held at the Vance County Regional Farmer’s Market on August 19th at 12 noon.  Join in and learn all you need to know to have a beautiful lawn.  Items covered will include everything from fertilization […]


Relay for Life of Vance County 2015

On May 29, 2015 WIZS performed a live broadcast from Southern Vance High School in Henderson in order to provide Vance County and beyond with live coverage of the 36th annual “Relay for Life of Vance County” event. 433 participants […]

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ALE Makes Numerous Arrests in Response to Complaint at Walnut Creek Amphitheater

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement’s District Office in Raleigh received numerous complaints from the public about illegal drug activity and alcohol violations occurring at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, an outlet in Raleigh that is licensed by the N.C. […]


“SportsMayhem” Programming Note

by Kevin Bullock Starting on Monday, August 17th at 1:30 p.m., WIZS Radio will begin carrying “NASCAR Today Midday,” which is a production of the Motor Racing Network – The Voice of NASCAR. “NASCAR Today Midday” is a daily update […]

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Press Release from DA Mike Waters

Louisburg, NC – On Monday, August 10, 2015, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against Garry A. Yarborough for the First Degree Murder of Tracy Williams.  Garry A. Yarborough was also indicted for the following charges: Burning […]

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H-V Crime Stoppers Breakfast

Wednesday morning at 7:30, local law enforcement, community leaders and the Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers board enjoyed a celebratory breakfast at the local Golden Corral.  The Crime Stoppers Annual Law Enforcement breakfast is put on each year as means of simply […]


Gov. McCrory Signs New Bills

Raleigh, N.C.— Governor Pat McCrory has signed the following bills into law.   H.B. 566 – A bill to amend the Eyewitness Identification Reform Act. The bill clarifies that law enforcement officers may be eyewitnesses. The bill defines and sets minimum […]

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Vance County Board of Commissioners Committee / Special Meeting Schedule

Please be informed that the Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room.  The purpose is to enter into closed session to discuss a personnel matter. The following […]


VGCC Names New Director of Student Activities & Athletics

Jeffrey Allen has been named the director of student activities and athletics at Vance-Granville Community College. Allen will oversee clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities that engage students on campus, as well as the college’s intercollegiate athletics program, which includes men’s […]


Vance County Schools On The Air

Vance County Schools Public Information Officer Terri Hedrick can be heard live on WIZS each Monday afternoon between 4:35pm and 4:55pm. August 10, 2015 — New Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson was officially sworn in one week ago. […]

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Shriner’s Fish Fry 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th 2015 the Henderson Shrine Club held its annual fish fry at Vance Square Shopping Center on Old Super 10 Raleigh Rd. in Henderson, NC. Members of the Henderson Shrine Club served hand-breaded white fish, fresh cut […]


H-V Crime Stoppers August Crimes of the Month

Shooting Case: On August 3, 2015 around 12:21 AM, officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to Highland Green Apartments, 111 S. Pinkston Street Henderson, NC in reference to shots being fired. While in route, officers were advised that there […]


Commissioners Will Meet Sept 8th, not 7th

RESOLUTION by the Vance County Board of Commissioners Changing the Date of the September 2015 Commissioners’ Meeting WHEREAS, the Vance County Board of Commissioners normally holds its regular meetings on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.; and […]


New DHHS Secretary

Governor McCrory Appoints Brajer Secretary of DHHS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           919-814-2100 Wednesday, […]


City of Henderson Committees

Volunteers Needed –The City of Henderson has Committee openings that need to be filled. You can help. These openings are for City Committees that usually meet once a month to (1) Hear citizens’ concerns and complaints (2) Review pending changes […]


Dog Flu in North Carolina

WIZS is an affiliate of the North Carolina News Network, and NCNN programming can be heard hourly, Monday-Friday from 5:55am until 4:55pm.  NCN News is also available on WIZS Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. A highly contagious canine flu virus […]

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June Employment Figures Released

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest […]


Vance Board of Commissioners Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Vance County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, August 3 at 6:00pm.  The Commissioners meet the first Monday of each month in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC. On the […]

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Starting Your Own Small Business

Dos and Dont’s to be Considered Have a Game Plan. What is the product or service? Location, home or in a known shopping area?  Having access to the business is very important. Who are going to be the workers? The […]

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New Animal Shelter Moving Forward

A “New” animal shelter for Vance County is moving forward, although at a snail’s pace.  Vance County Commissioners recently agreed to move forward on a new 8,000 square-foot building that is to cost between $1.1 and $1.6 million.  The shelter […]


Changes to NC Immunizations for the 2015-16 School year

If you are a parent of a child within the Vance County public school system or a private institution it’s important to know the health requirements which have been mandated by the state for enrollment and entry into the NC […]


Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society

The Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society is having a new volunteer orientation session on Sunday, August 2nd from 1:00pm until 3:00pm.  (Event info)  The event will take place at 165 US-158 Bypass in Henderson, a building owned by Charles Boyd Chevrolet. […]


Hurricane Awareness

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues until November 30th. Are you prepared? The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st of each year and ends on November 30th.  The Vance County Office of Emergency Operations wants to make sure that […]


New Teacher Welcome Bags

Your help is needed to welcome new teachers to Vance County!  The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce is putting together new teacher welcome bags.  Snacks, gum, candy, water bottles, notepads, pens, pencils, coupons etc. are just a few of the things needed to […]


WIZS Shop Local Contest

Five & Under, Sam’s Furniture & Mattress Center, The Screen Master, Moody Brothers Jewelers, Postal Plus Business Center, City Tire, Dockside Seafood, Larry’s Service Company, Hometown Hardware, and WIZS Radio have teamed up to reward listeners in Vance County and the surrounding area […]


Vance County Friday Night Football is on the air…

Local Vance County high school football will return soon.  The first game for both Northern Vance and Southern Vance is Friday, August 21.  For more than 50 straight years, WIZS 1450 AM has broadcast high school football live.  The games […]


Henderson-Vance Night Out Against Crime

The Henderson-Vance Night Out Against Crime is coming up on Tuesday, August 4th on Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson between the Henderson Police Department and the Perry Memorial Library. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and will wrap up at about 8:00 p.m. […]


Henderson Optimist Club Respect for Law Banquet

On the night of Tuesday, July 28th the Henderson Optimist Club celebrated the accomplishments of local law enforcement and other public servants. Tommy Farmer, John Pecora, Britt Sams, and other Henderson Optimist Club members presented awards and spoke to members […]


New School Year Starting

According to the Vance County Schools website, the new public school year for 2015-2016 will officially start with the beginning of classes for students on Thursday, August 6, at the Vance County Early College High School located on the campus […]


New Vance Schools Superintendent Starts Aug 1

The Vance County Board of Education Tuesday night, July 21, 2015, voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Anthony “Tony” Jackson as the new superintendent of Vance County Schools. He will begin his duties as superintendent on August 1. Dr. Jackson’s career […]


Vance County Schools – Donations from Staples

The management and employees of the Staples Fulfillment Center on Poplar Creek Road in Vance County have donated approximately $12,000 worth of school supplies to Vance County Schools. Representatives of the school system and Staples are shown in the accompanying […]

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Vance County PAGE Scholarships

The Vance County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) has announced three graduating seniors from Northern Vance and Southern Vance high schools have been awarded scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. The scholarship recipients are shown in the […]

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Embrace Event Draws Nearly 1,000

Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Embrace Henderson Family Spectacular event at SaddleRock Farm saw nearly 1,000 people in attendance. 850 kids and 125 volunteers, along with numerous area churches, joined forces for the event, which presents The Greatest Story Ever […]


Vance County Teacher Executive Institute

A total of 17 educators in Vance County Schools completed their participation in the Vance County Teacher Executive Institute (TEI) program for 2014-2015 on March 19. They were honored at a dinner and ceremony held at the Henderson Country Club […]


Embrace Henderson Family Spectacular

Where else can you go to see Dan the Animal Man, get popcorn, sno cones, your face painted, ride a horse, jump around and see lots of friendly faces…….absolutely FREE? Join in on the fun this Saturday. THE EMBRACE HENDERSON […]