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News 09/01/2015


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 […]


News 08/31/2015

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City Council Candidates Forum September 20th

Reminder: The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Dispatch newspaper and WIZS Radio are sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Sunday, September 20th at 4:30 p.m.  until 6:30 p.m.  The forum will be held at the Vance County Commissioners’ Meeting Room […]


Preview: Southern Vance vs J.F. Webb

by Kevin Bullock Both the Raiders and the Warriors are coming off disappointing nights to open the season. Southern Vance took a beating against Ned Gonet’s Ravenscroft Ravens with the final score of 55-7. J.F. Webb absorbed the loss against […]

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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 […]


News 08/27/2015


Dr. Bev Tucker Memorial Golf Tournament

The second annual Dr. Bev Tucker Memorial Golf Tournament is limited to 22 teams, so download a tournament brochure (PAGE 1 AND PAGE 2) and REGISTER EARLY! Team – $550.00; Individuals – $140 Registration includes green fees, cart, lunch and […]


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 […]

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Meet In The Street Aug 27

    The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, along with area sponsors, have for more than a decade arranged for free, live concerts in downtown Henderson. The next such event happens Thursday, August 27th, from 5:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.  The […]


News 08/26/2015


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 […]


News 08/25/2015

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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 […]


Northern Vance Dominates 4th Quarter and Beats 4A East Chapel Hill

by Kevin Bullock Cory Lea is undefeated as the head coach of the Northern Vance Vikings Varsity football squad. Granted that Lea has only coached one game, but considering he faced 4A East Chapel Hill the feat is still impressive. […]

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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 […]


News 08/24/2015


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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News 08/20/2015

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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 […]


News 08/19/2015


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 […]

Reading Skills


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 […]