Press Release: ‘Beatlemania’ Comes To McGregor Hall

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 17, 2017)— The fanfare of The Beatles—often called “Beatlemania”—is coming to downtown Henderson, N.C., on Thursday, April 20th when Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience performs live at McGregor Hall Performing Arts and Learning Center at 8 p.m.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience has been dubbed “the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of The Beatles,” by music industry insiders. The band includes brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, who have united their musical talents, charms and passion for performing to create a show that does away the worn out tribute format. No bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show as well as through the Yesterday and Today app available on iTunes.

Once the requests are collected, minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.

What the McGuigan boys have overwhelmingly found, since debuting the show in 2007, is that not only do people have a story to tell, but they are absolutely ready and willing to tell that story when being able to tie it to their favorite Beatles song. On some level, it goes beyond sheer entertainment, and perhaps becomes a hint of music therapy.

Tickets are on sale at, by calling (252) 598-0662 or by visiting the Box Office at 201 Breckenridge Street in Henderson, N.C. For more information, contact McGregor Hall’s Executive Director Tommy Deadwyler at (252) 598-0662 or email him at [email protected]. For interviews with the McGuigans or more information, contact Kate Whitecotton, production manager at [email protected] or (402) 682-2868.


Good News: VGCC awarded grant for revamped Male Mentoring initiative

Vance-Granville Community College recently received a $17,234 grant from the North Carolina Community College System to fund the Male Mentoring Success Initiative at the college for the 2016-2017 academic year.

All first-year male students at the college will now be involved in the expanded program, according to Anthony Pope, a VGCC academic & career coach who coordinates the initiative.

Representatives of VGCC and other colleges that received the grants attended a system-wide kick-off event on Aug. 30 at Wake Technical Community College. Then, in early September, VGCC held a series of study skills workshops at all four college campuses, entitled “How to Maximize Your Study Time,” as the Male Mentoring Success Initiative’s first events of the new academic year. The VGCC Academic Skills Center collaborated with the MMSI on those workshops. Pope added that collaboration with departments throughout the college is key to the success of the initiative.

Various VGCC faculty and staff members serve as “coaches” in the program. New for this year, Pope is recruiting student “mentees” who have already completed one year at VGCC to serve as “peer mentors” to students at one of the college’s four partnering Early College high schools.

For several years, under different names, the MMSI has worked to help male students stay in school and on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year university. Pope said that events planned for this year include tours of North Carolina universities, guest speakers and educational workshops. He also hopes to take a group of students to an NBA game and send a delegation from VGCC to the National Mentoring Summit, Feb. 1-3, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the mentoring initiative, contact Anthony Pope at [email protected] or (252) 738-3395.


Amnesty for Child Support Awareness Month

WIZS News has received the following information from a Vance County Child Support Enforcement Supervisor.  In addition to the text below in bold, the supervisor said in an email, “Vance County Child Support is celebrating Child Support Awareness Month by offering Amnesty for the month of August.  We really believe that this will help some parents get back on track of making consistent child support payments.”  Please review the details below.



August 1st – August 31st

9:00am – 4:00pm

Do you have a Vance Co. Child Support Order for Arrest?

Avoid Arrest and Get A Fresh Start!!

Visit the Vance Co. Child Support Office

350 Ruin Creek Road

Henderson, NC  27536

(252) 431-1200

Pay $400 (per case) in the form of a money order made payable to:

Vance County Clerk of Court

Employment leads will be offered!

Your child is counting on you!

Support is Key to a child’s future!!

**You will NOT be Arrested!**

STEM now accepting applications

Vance County Schools is now accepting applications for STEM Early High School for grades 7 and 8 for the 2016-2017 school year.

STEM is an innovative early high school that focuses on science, mathematics, engineering and technology. All students are provided with a laptop computer and work collaboratively in an environment that encourages high levels of problem solving through the use of engineering principles and creativity.

Limited space is available for students.

Applications will be accepted through July 27 at the school on the campus of Northern Vance High School or at the Vance County Schools Administrative Services Center at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.

Applications are available on line at

Decisions regarding acceptance will be made prior to August 5, 2016.

Henderson PD Press Release – Heroin Bust


On Friday, July 1, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit and Criminal Investigation Division arrested Roslyn Wynn.  Wynn was arrested after a Federal Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment charging Wynn with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.

Wynn was transported to Raleigh for an appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge.  Wynn was released and placed under electronic house arrest pending trial in this matter.  This matter is being investigated by the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Staples of Henderson holds 15 year ribbon cutting

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 15-year anniversary of Staples with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at their 160 Dabney Road location.  “We greatly appreciate everything the chamber of commerce does for the Henderson community, and we’re pleased to help the members with the products and services they need to make more happen with their businesses,” said Stanley Wolfenbarger, general manager, Staples.

Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee.  The Henderson Staples retail location offers a broad assortment and products and business services and easy ways to shop, all back with a lowest price guarantee.

Services include:

  • Print & Marketing Services – Prints services ranging from presentations and business cards to signs and banners with expert advice from certified print pros
  • Packaging & Shipping  Services – Easy shipping with UPS and up to 5% back on Staples Rewards
  • Technology Services – Complete technology solutions for home and office from certified techs
  • Buy online. Pick up in store – The store will have your online order ready within two hours to pick up
  • Ship to Store – Free shipping to store when you order online from
  • Technology Recycling – Staples offers free electronics recycling for office technology at Staples stores nationwide regardless of where the devices were purchased
  • Staples Rewards – Rewards members received up to 5% back on everything and free shipping on orders over $14.99

For more information, please contact them at 252-738-2488.

Henderson Man Arrested on Federal Gun Charges

Press Release- Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit arrested a Henderson man on federal gun charges. William L. Ormond III, 28, 828 State Street, Henderson has been indicated by a federal grand jury on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.HPD william ormond 041316

Ormond, who was awaiting trial on state charges was taken into custody at the Vance County Jail and transported to Raleigh for a hearing in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ormond remains in the custody of the United States Marshall Service.

This arrest is the latest in an ongoing investigation into drug and gun crimes in the Henderson and Vance County area. The investigation was handled by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Henderson Man Arrested on Federal Gun Charge

On Monday, March 28, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit arrested a Henderson man on federal gun charges. Ismil Rasheed Jeffers, 22, 113 Breland Drive, Henderson was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.

Jeffers has been charged after a federal grand jury handed down a one count indictment in this matter. The charges stem from an incident on October 19, 2015 in Henderson. Jeffers was placed into the custody of the United States Marshall Service pending a hearing in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

VGCC holds Summer Term New Student Orientation sessions

 Registration for classes and orientation sessions for new students have begun for the Summer 2016 term at Vance-Granville Community College, which starts Monday, May 23. Students who wish to enroll at VGCC starting in the Fall 2016 semester may also attend one of the orientation sessions for summer.

Attending an orientation session is required for all new students who wish to enroll in any of the college’s curriculum programs, and for students who are returning to VGCC after being away for three or more years. Students must also meet with an advisor or academic/career coach before registering for classes.

To attend an orientation session, a student must sign up in advance by visiting

VGCC now offers orientation in both an online and a traditional face-to-face format. In either format, orientation sessions help students learn where to find resources on campus or online, including how to register for classes through WebAdvisor.

Face-to-face orientation sessions are scheduled at VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County on Tuesday, March 29, at 9 a.m.; Tuesday, April 19, at 9 a.m.; Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, May 10, at 9 a.m.; and Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m.

At the Franklin County Campus near Louisburg, orientation sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, April 12, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, April 19, at 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 3, at 9 a.m.

Orientation sessions are scheduled at VGCC’s South Campus, located between Creedmoor and Butner, on Wednesday, April 6, at 9 a.m.; Thursday, April 14, at 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 4, at 9 a.m.

Students who want to attend a face-to-face orientation session at the Warren County Campus in Warrenton should call (252) 257-1900 for more information.

Registration for summer classes is set to end on Thursday, May 19. College officials encourage students to apply for admission, attend orientation/advising, and register for classes as early as possible. Course schedules are now available online at

All summer curriculum courses are eight weeks in length and will end on July 25. The VGCC course selection for this summer’s term is more robust than in years past, including a variety of online and on-campus sections.

Summer term offers opportunities for eligible high school seniors to get a head start on college by taking courses through the Career & College Promise (CCP) program. University students may also use the summer to earn transferable credits while they are at home.

The tuition payment deadline is Thursday, May 19, by 5 p.m., if paying in person, or by midnight, if paying online through WebAdvisor.

For more information, contact VGCC at [email protected] or (252) 738-3330, or visit any campus.

VGCC to offer Biotech Workshop to high school students

Vance-Granville Community College has scheduled its fourth annual Biotech Workshop for local high school students, as one of a series of VGCC Arts & Sciences camps and workshops being held this year.

All tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders who have taken or are currently taking biology and chemistry are invited to attend the workshop, which is set to take place over the course of two Saturdays: April 2 and April 9, each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students must attend on both days.

Sessions will be taught by VGCC faculty in the state-of-the-art biotech lab in Building 8 on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. “This workshop will give students a great opportunity to build their résumés and gain hands-on experience in a real laboratory with advanced equipment,” said VGCC Bioprocess Technology program head Dr. Tara Hamilton, who will oversee the workshop. “You can develop lab skills here that you can use in college and in various STEM careers, whether it’s in scientific research, high-tech manufacturing or medicine.”

Students will be introduced to Biotechnology, which is broadly described as using living organisms to develop and manufacture products for human use. This can range from making yogurt and cheese to producing human proteins in bacteria. This workshop will focus on the manipulation and use of various cellular molecules and the techniques commonly employed in a biotechnology laboratory.  Participants will separate proteins and DNA on gels, learn how to culture bacteria for use in obtaining a useful product, and become accustomed to utilizing common laboratory equipment.

The cost to attend the workshop is $50, which includes lunch each day.

This opportunity is one of a number of initiatives by the VGCC Arts & Sciences division to reach out into the community with unique learning activities. The annual VGCC Science Camp for rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders and the Teenworks Drama Camp, which targets rising eighth graders through high school seniors, will both be held this summer.

Registration for the Biotech workshop can be completed online at For more information, contact Dr. Hamilton at (252) 738-3285 or [email protected].