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


Servants on Site Begins Seventh year of Service


by Robert Parham

Rebuilding Hope Inc (RHI) has once again prepared for Servants on Site (SOS) to continue into its 7th year beginning this Sat., June 17th and running through Sat., June 24th.  Individual volunteers and groups from as far as Alabama will once again come together and call Crossroads Christian School in Henderson home.  For the entire history of this event, Crossroads has graciously opened its doors and allowed us to stay there and use their wonderful facilities, and we appreciate it very much.

SOS serves as a tool for churches to mobilize, equip, and disciple students and adults in an evangelistic effort to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This week will see over 200 youths, chaperons, and crew leaders combine with additional volunteers, runners, warehouse workers, feeding teams, and together, mobilize almost 300 volunteers to donate their time and resources in this unified mission.   We will attempt a total of 21 projects this year in Vance, Granville, Warren, and Mecklenburg counties.  Divided into 15 crews, we will attempt to replace nine roves and construct 12 handicapped ramps.

SOS is an annual 7-day summer mission project for youth (completed grade 6 through college) and adults to work on construction projects for homeowners in our community with immediate needs and limited resources.  Crews leave each weekday morning around 7:00 a.m. for their jobsites, work and minister to the residents and surrounding neighborhood, and at 4:00 p.m., return to the lodging facility in the afternoon for clean up and free time before dinner.  Lunches on site are provided by our sixteen “Sponsor Churches,” whose caring congregations have generously donated food, funds, adult volunteers, and worship ministers to make this annual mission a success.  These churches are of multiple denominations and are spread out through Henderson, Norlina, Oxford, and Creedmoor.

The theme for 2017 is “SCANDALOUS GRACE”, with reference to Romans 5:1-2 and many others.  Grace is God giving us something good that we do not deserve.  Jesus had a scandalous reputation among the Elite in his day for serving the not-so-desirable.  As a Christian today, are we being perceived as somewhat scandalous just for our beliefs?  “Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” Romans 5:2.  We will for this week turn our attention to glorifying God by showing his Grace through Faith, and inviting all to share in salvation through Jesus Christ.  Our continuing effort to keep the local media apprised of the efforts by so many people is simply to exhort even more churches and volunteers to join us, so that together we can continue to reach out in our communities.

Rebuilding Hope would again like to express its appreciation to everyone who has been involved with these uplifting summer mission projects over the last six years.  It is our first year working out of our new facility on Raleigh Road, and we would like to also acknowledge all the generous donations we received throughout these local communities that made it possible.  Thank You!  Together we have made an impact in our community by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only in words, but in actions.

We would also like to express our appreciation to Central Baptist Church for providing their facilities for breakfast and dinner each night of the week.  Also, beginning Sunday the 18th through Friday the 23rd at 7:10 p.m., all of our teams and volunteers will gather for worship in their sanctuary located on 2574 Ruin Creek Rd. in Henderson.   We would like to invite anyone who would like to, come out and meet our mission participants, join our worship service and experience firsthand what God is doing through SERVANTS ON SITE.  Our hope for this week is that through all those involved, God’s Grace will be visible in these communities, hope replaces despair, and lives will be changed.  Thanks be to God!

Vance County Schools switching to Summer Schedule

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2017

Beginning July 1, Vance County Schools will operate on a summer schedule. Schools and school system offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. All schools and school system offices will be closed each Friday. This summer schedule will be followed through August 11.

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Comes to McGregor Hall

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 27, 2017)—On May 5th, The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, a 17-piece Big Band from Savannah starring Jeremy Davis Clay Johnson, will perform live on the stage of McGregor Hall Performing Arts & Learning Center in Henderson, N.C.

“All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is Davis & Johnson Present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra,” said Tommy Deadwyler, Executive Director of McGregor Hall Performing Arts and Learning Center. “We are honored that they are making a stop here in North Carolina.”

Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage. Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra, Davis and Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra performs at McGregor Hall Performing Arts and Learning Center on Friday, May 5th at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at, by calling (252) 598-0662 or by visiting the Box Office at 201 Breckenridge Street in Henderson, N.C.

Retired judge, wife endow scholarship at VGCC

Henry Banks, who recently retired as chief judge of the North Carolina Ninth Judicial District Court bench, and his wife, Mamie B. Banks, recently established a new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College.

Residents of Henderson, Judge Banks held court in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties as a district judge for almost 21 years, while Mrs. Banks is a longtime educator, currently teaching in the Exceptional Children’s department at Northern Vance High School. She actually started her own higher education at VGCC, taking general education courses at the college before transferring to North Carolina Central University to complete a bachelor’s degree in education and, later, a master’s degree in special education.

Judge Banks also received both his undergraduate and law degrees from NCCU. He practiced law for many years in Henderson and served on the Henderson City Council for 13 years.

In awarding the new J. Henry and Mamie Banks Academic Achievement Scholarship, preference will be given first to students in the VGCC Paralegal Technology degree program, and secondly to students preparing to become teachers, either in the Early Childhood Education program or in the College Transfer program.

Judge Banks said that in addition to his wife’s experience in the teaching profession, he has always had a passion for education, as well. “We’re endowing this scholarship to provide financial support to help people pursue their dreams,” he said. “Because of my career, I know there is a particular need for qualified paralegals in our area.” Mrs. Banks added that she and her husband hope their contributions will encourage others to donate to the community college and help area residents gain education and training.

“We are so grateful to Judge and Mrs. Banks for their support of VGCC students,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of VGCC. “Their examples of public service, both in the law and in education, will inspire students who receive the scholarship in their name for years to come. Not only the scholarship recipients, but also their families, their employers and their communities will benefit from the Banks family’s generosity.”

Through the Endowment Fund, VGCC has awarded more than 8,800 scholarships to students since 1982. Scholarships have been endowed by numerous individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. Tax-deductible donations to the VGCC Endowment Fund have often been used to honor or remember a person, group, business or industry with a lasting gift to education. For more information about the Endowment Fund, call (252) 738-3409.


Henderson’s Housing Advisory Committee to meet Thursday

The Henderson City Council’s Housing Advisory Committee will meet in Council Chambers, 134 Rose Avenue, on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to continue review/discussion regarding housing issues.

It is possible a quorum of City Council members may attend; however, no action by Council will be taken during this meeting.

Vance Charter School Celebrates New Location

On Thursday, November 3rd, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Vance Charter School to celebrate the official opening of their brand-new building, located at 2090 Ross Mill Road in Henderson.  Students & parents, faculty and Board members, local dignitary and other supporters were in attendance.

This new facility is now home to over 645 students in grades K-9.  Once a dream shared by many, several years in the planning, then construction and now a facility that feels like home and will be around for decades to come.

First day of class for students in the new location will be on Monday, November 7.  For more information about Vance Charter School, please contact them at 252-431-0440 or check them out on the web at

Upcoming City of Henderson Meetings

The Henderson City Council’s Land Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss property issues.

The Henderson City Council’s Housing Advisory Committee will meet in Council Chambers, 134 Rose Avenue, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to continue review/discussion regarding housing issues.  It is possible a quorum of City Council members may attend; however, no action by Council will be taken during this meeting.

City of Henderson’s Holiday Sanitation Schedule

Public Notice

Sanitation Reminders

The City of Henderson Public Services Department Sanitation Division will follow the schedule below for holidays during the month of November & December



Friday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2016

Garbage collection by Waste Industries will run its normal schedule

Brush by the City will run its normal schedule

No recycling this week


Sanitation-Brush and Recycling by the City

November-24th Thanksgiving Day-collection will be Wednesday November 23rd

November-25th Friday route will run its normal schedule

No recycling this week

December-26th Monday’s normal route will be collected Tuesday December 27th


Garbage Collection-Waste Industries

November-24th Thanksgiving Day-collection will be Friday November 25th

November-25th Friday’s normal route will be collected on Saturday November 26th

Since Christmas is on a Sunday, garbage collection will run its normal schedule


Loose leaf collection started the week of October 24th, 2016 on a limited basis and is increasing as needed as the accumulation of leaves become heavier.  Loose leaves should be placed in rows or piles at the roadside.  Leaves shall not be placed in the gutter or street area or in an open ditch.  Loose leaves must be leaves only and not contain any broken glass, rocks, large sticks or other debris that could cause severe damage to the leaf collection equipment.

Please visit and search Municode for a copy of the Sanitation Code.

Any questions should be directed to Jeanetta Lyons or Andy Perkinson at 252-431-6115.


Henderson PD Press Release: Shooting in Henderson

On September 16, 2016 at approximately 2:48 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to the area of Chavasse Ave and Champion St in reference to a person who had been shot. Upon arrival, officers found Freddaire Leemon Hargrove, 27, of 426 Chavasse Ave, Henderson, suffering from a gunshot wound. Vance County EMS arrived and transported Mr. Hargrove to an area hospital for further medical treatment.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow