VGCC presents free business seminar on Pinterest

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar, “Pinterest Made Easy,” on Thursday, May 11, from 2-4 p.m., in Building 7 on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Leading the seminar will be Chisa Pennix-Brown, CEO of Lady Bizness, based in Greensboro. Pennix-Brown has 15 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight. She recently gave a pair of well-received presentations on using mobile apps and Facebook at VGCC’s Small Business Summit in Warrenton. 

With 175 million monthly active users, Pinterest is an increasingly popular social media site for sharing images and videos. “If you have a business where visuals are important, then you want to be on Pinterest,” said Pennix-Brown. She will discuss ways that businesses can use Pinterest to drive traffic to their websites and their other social media outlets. Attendees will learn how to start a business Pinterest page, create their own images for Pinterest sharing, build followers on Pinterest, and use applications to integrate Pinterest with their other marketing.

Registration can be completed online at Because this will be a hands-on seminar in a computer lab, seating is limited to the first 18 participants who register by May 5.

For more information, contact Tanya Weary at [email protected] or (252) 738-3240.


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Embrace Henderson Family Spectacular 2017

The 2017 Embrace Henderson Family Spectacular was attended by 745 guests, 21 decisions for Christ and 130 volunteers worked the event this past Saturday.  Another big day for the local Embrace event, which was the 7th annual gathering.

Click the picture to learn more about the event. The Embrace Henderson Family Spectacular is an annual event in Henderson and Vance County.

NVHS Student Clara Bobbitt attends Rotary Youth Leadership Conference

Clara Bobbitt, a junior at Northern Vance High School, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference for the Rotary Clubs of District 7710 from April 21 through April 23 at Camp Oak Hill in Granville County.

Bobbitt represented the Rotary Club of Henderson at the leadership conference.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference is designed for high school juniors who have demonstrated leadership potential in scholastic, athletic and civic activities. Those students who attend the conference are expected to be future leaders for their communities.

The aim of the conference was to: demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth; provide an effective training experience for selected youth leaders and potential leaders; encourage leadership of youth by youth; and recognize publicly young people who are rendering service for their communities.

The conference was led by adult moderators for discussions, professional facilitators and alumni counselors who come from many different disciplines. Discussions and experiential sessions focused on what leadership is, qualities of leadership, teambuilding activities, trust activities and time and stress management. There also was a high and low ropes challenge course and the opportunity to complete a personal profile.

Bobbitt was selected to attend the conference based on her top academic achievements in her junior class at Northern Vance High School, as well as her leadership skills already exhibited in her school, community and church.

She is the daughter of Ruxton and Karen Bobbitt of Henderson.

VGCC students inducted into honor society

Vance-Granville Community College recognized 75 students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, on April 18 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward their degrees.

As advisors for VGCC’s PTK chapter, instructors Olu Ariyo, Isaac Talley and Maureen Walters conducted the ceremony. Walters, the head advisor, told the new inductees and their families and friends in attendance that since VGCC’s chapter of PTK, “Alpha Sigma Chi,” was chartered in 1991, more than 1,900 students have been selected for induction. She said that while scholarship is the first aim of PTK, the society also encourages fellowship, leadership development and service to others, and she noted that the letters Phi Theta Kappa stand for the Greek words for “Wisdom,” “Aspiration” and “Purity.”

Serving as guest speaker for the ceremony was Danny Wright of Henderson, a retired Vance County commissioner and the current chair of the VGCC Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the trustees, we salute you for your accomplishments and achievements,” Wright said. “The most important element of a democratic society is the education of its citizens. The greatest anti-poverty program this country has ever administered is a good education. The foundation for any nation to become a peaceful, ordered society is the education of its people. Each of you has demonstrated how much you value and how much you believe in education, so you are well on your way.” Education, he noted, does not, in and of itself, make students better people. “Life is a constant exercise in self-improvement,” Wright said, and the most important thing in life is the cultivation of relationships. “Technical competency alone is not enough to achieve career success,” he added, but rather, students must develop their interpersonal skills as well.

This year’s inductees into the Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are:

From Franklin County

Rebekah Glasheen, Christopher Plumley, Charles Sawyer and Mya Wilson, all of Franklinton;

Madison Waddle of Kittrell;

Loganne Driver, Michael Gokee, Katelyn Jensen, Mark Meinhart, Katlyn Riley and Charmaine Sutton, all of Louisburg;

Hope Crute, Skylar Davenport, Jordan Dowdy, Lindsay Henry and Sydney Venezia, all of Youngsville.


From Granville County


Jordan  Ligon and Katie Weary, both of Bullock;

Debra Duncan of Butner;

Caitlyn Good, Carlos Matinote, June Matinote, Sara Reid, Martin Spencer and Hunter Thompson, all of Creedmoor;

Cedric Rodebaugh of Franklinton;

Cecilia   Barrenechea, Nicole Bowman, April Brogden, Larecia Bullock, Kristel Dehart, Timothy Farley, Keodric Grant, Aaron McNeill, Sharon Ray, Francis Scotland, Sydney Towers, Alana Towles, Johnathan Williamson and Ymani Yancey, all of Oxford;

Alex Jackson of Stem;

Kellyann Cook of Stovall.


From Vance County


Lauren  Beauchamp, Angela Burrell, Anthony Henderson, Victoria Inscoe, Jacquella Jones, Lindsey Perry, Katelynn Ray, Janet Rodriguez-Morales, Fatima Saleh, Melissa Simmons, April Thompson,

Bailee Tippett, Makala West and Shanetta Wright, all of Henderson;

Beverly Ellis, Renee Jackson, Leslie Leake and Allison Long, all of Kittrell.


From Warren County


Shima’a Hauter of Norlina;

Ellen Denning, Nubia Lockett, Amanda Miller, Raina Mills, Rowan Morris, Daniel O’Malley, Hannah Ortiz and Joshua Taylor, all of Warrenton.


From Wake County

David Jeanblanc and Charles Keith, both of Raleigh;

Kathryn Catlett of Zebulon.

From other counties

Joshua Jacobs of Durham;

Brian Stevenson of Gastonia;

Brianna Lynch of Hollister.

Vance Charter Principal Suspended Until Charges Resolved

The principal of Vance Charter School, Sean Connolly, has been suspended until the charges against him are resolved.

Monday night, appearing before the school’s board of directors, Connolly read from a prepared statement, which Vance Charter School has made available to WIZS News. In the statement, Connolly said, “…I believe that I will be exonerated…I expect this matter to be resolved as quickly as possible with my full cooperation and full disclosure of both the events which occurred and the physical evidence which has already been provided to the District Attorney’s Office.”

Connolly continued, “I would hope and request that this matter will be allowed to work its way toward a favorable resolution without the board taking any action regarding my employment with Vance Charter School, as I would never do anything intentionally to bring dishonor or disrepute to our school.”

Following Connolly’s remarks, the board made its decision.  The chairman of the board of directors at Vance Charter School, Billy Davidson, told WIZS News, “The board met concerning charges against Mr. Connolly and voted to suspend him until resolution of the charges.”

WIZS News originally published a press release on this matter on Friday, April 21, 2017 courtesy of the Henderson Police Department.  Later on Friday, April 21, WIZS News published an update at 3:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m.  That information is provided below.


Update 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017

Statement on the matter from Vance Charter School: “Mr. Connolly informed the Chairman of the Vance Charter School Board of Directors of the criminal charges against him Thursday afternoon, and we will continue to closely follow this matter. Any further comment is prohibited as this is a personnel matter and would not be appropriate until the courts have rendered a decision.”  The same statement can be seen on the school’s Facebook page.


Update 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017

There is an update to the following press release issued this morning by Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow. WIZS News contacted Chief Barrow directly, and he confirmed that the accused is the principal of Vance Charter School.

WIZS has contacted Vance Charter School as well as the attorney for the accused seeking comment, and additional relevant information will be provided if and when it becomes available.


Press Release – April 21, 2017

Courtesy: Henderson Police Department

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, an officer with the Henderson Police Department responded to Food Lion, 377 Raleigh Road. Amanda Bullock reported to officers that her financial card had been used to make an unauthorized purchase from the store. After an investigation was conducted, officers obtained a warrant for Sean Connolly. Connolly was charged with one misdemeanor count of financial card fraud and one count of felonious unlawful obtaining credit card.

Connolly, 45, of 2167 Bobbitt Road, Henderson surrendered himself to the Vance County Sheriff’s Department, not the charging agency, on April 21, 2017. Connolly was released from custody after signing a 10,000.00 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Vance County District Court on May 18, 2017.

Further information about the arrest and bonding of Sean Connolly should be made to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Northern Vance High School Honors Junior Marshals

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2017

Northern Vance High School hosted a reception during the afternoon of Monday, April 24, to honor the 16 students selected as junior marshals for the graduation ceremony and other events for members of the Class of 2017.

Principal Andrew Markoch led the recognitions during the reception held in the school’s media center. Parents and other family members of the juniors selected as marshals also were in attendance.

Those students who will serve as marshals this year include: Clara Bobbitt (lead marshal), Akyvia Alston, Kwaji Bullock, Jordan Burnette, Raquel Closs, Briana Coleman, Diamond Durham, Jamon Glover, Madison Hetrick, Makayla Jefferys, Laneka Littlejohn, Erin McAllister, Manaya Perry, Shyanne Robertson, Christopher Stainback and Cody Stainback.

The marshals will be responsible for leading ceremonial procedures not only for the graduation ceremony, but also for Class Night and other year-end events for graduating seniors.

Each of the selected students, who represent the top 10 percent of the academic achievers in the junior class, was presented with a marshal’s sash, gift and certificate.

Northern Vance juniors serving as marshals this year are shown in the accompanying photo and include, front row from left: Jamon Glover, Erin McAllister, Madison Hetrick, Akyvia Alston, Laneka Littlejohn, Briana Coleman, Diamond Durham and Kwaji Bullock. On the back row, from left, are: Manaya Perry, Clara Bobbitt, Raquel Closs, Christopher Stainback, Cody Stainback, Shyanne Robertson, Makayla Jefferys and Jordan Burnette.

Boys & Girls Clubs Name Club Members of the Month

Meet Chris Blue 

Chris is the North Central North Carolina Region’s Youth of the Year for 2016 and 2017!
Chris grew up in Henderson and became a member of the Vance County Unit at a young age and is getting ready to graduate from high school and heading off to college. He will leave high school with two Associate degrees as well as his diploma. Currently he’s mulling offers between Fayetteville State University, UNC Greensboro, and UNC Charlotte. We are so proud of Chris and the amazing young man he has become.

Meet Nyree

Nyree is 8 years old and has been a member of the Franklin County Boys & Girls Club for one year. She is a 3rd grader and enjoys drawing and building with Legos. Nyree’s favorite subject in school is math and her favorite book is Geronimo Stilton. Nyree’s favorite video game is Super Mario Bros. and her favorite game to play at The Boys & Girls Club is dodgeball. Her favorite thing about the Boys & Girls Club is the awesome people and the awesome staff. She hopes to grow up and work as a staff at the club one day!

Meet Terrance

Terrance  is a club member at the Mariam Boyd Extension of the Warren Unit! He is an exceptional young man, always willing to help other club members and staff.  Very respectful and a model club member! He was chosen to be featured by club staff as member of the month! Terrance is a great joy to be around and admired by his peers.

Meet Lucas

Lucas is the member of the month at the Halifax Unit! Lucas is a first grader and the oldest of three boys. His favorite color is blue and favorite subject at school is math. Lucas loves karate and computer games, but his favorite thing to do is spend time with his family. When asked what is his favorite food, he said “anything my momma is making.” Lucas is the son of Clarissa and Christopher. You can see why Lucas is our member of the month!

Meet Landon

Landon is the Granville County Boys & Girls Club member of the month! He has been a member since August 2016 & has loved every second! He is in 3rd grade & very active in the club. His favorite activity at the club is Triple Play Dodgeball. He also enjoys hanging out with his buddies and eating snack. We are proud of Landon for representing us this month. He was chosen because he is often seen around the club completing random acts of kindness. He is always helping others & showing good character!

Author of “Blood Done Sign My Name” To Speak at VGCC Adult Basic Skills Commencement


Vance-Granville Community College will hold commencement exercises dedicated exclusively to new graduates of Adult Basic Skills programs on Thursday, May 4. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Those being honored at the ceremony will include students who have completed either the Adult High School Diploma program or the High School Equivalency program in the past year.

Dr. Timothy B. Tyson, an author and professor who spent part of his childhood in Oxford, will serve as the guest speaker. Tyson is currently Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School. He also holds a faculty position in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His most recent book is The Blood of Emmett Till, published early this year.

Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. His Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power was the winner of the James Rawley Prize for the best book on race and the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in U.S. history from the Organization of American Historians. His Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy, published with David S. Cecelski with a foreword by Dr. John Hope Franklin, won the 1999 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights. He serves on the executive board of the North Carolina NAACP and the board of advisors for the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

Speaking on behalf of the graduating students during the ceremony will be Spencer Bojan Boyd of Oxford. Boyd completed the Adult High School Diploma program online and is already enrolled in the College Transfer program at VGCC. Boyd is a native of Serbia and was adopted at the age of six by a family in Johnston County, who later moved to Granville County. He was born without a right leg and with a distorted left leg, which was later amputated. Boyd’s future plan is to continue his education at the four-year level and become a certified prosthetist in order to help other amputees.


News 04/25/17