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.


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.

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!

VGCC Summer Bridge program accepting applicants

Vance-Granville Community College is now accepting applications from incoming first-year students for the “Summer Bridge” program.

Summer Bridge is a three-week program designed to enhance a student’s transition from high school to college and prepare them to be successful during their freshman year at VGCC. The program is scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 10-July 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

The program is completely free of charge, including lunch each day, and is conducted at VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. All incoming first-year students who will be attending the college in the fall 2017 semester (which starts in August) and who are North Carolina residents are eligible to participate.

During the program, students will be enrolled in the Success & Study Skills (ACA 115) course, participate in an academic enrichment class and learn about campus support resources in a fun and engaging environment.

The ACA 115 course provides an orientation to campus resources and the academic skills necessary to achieve educational objectives. Emphasis is placed on an exploration of facilities and services, study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-setting and critical thinking.

“Summer Bridge is an excellent opportunity for students to get a head start by gaining the tools and the preparation that will help them succeed during that critical first year of college,” said Jeffrey Allen, VGCC’s dean of enrollment and outreach.

Participants must first apply to VGCC and take the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test prior to enrolling in the Summer Bridge program.

Students are encouraged to register for the program online at

For more information, contact Allen at [email protected] or 252-738-3405.


Vance County Community Resource Fair Coming This Thursday

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We are counting on agencies/vendors throughout Vance County and surrounding areas to join forces to provide an opportunity to expose youth and citizens to possible career paths in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences/ Human Services, Youth Development, and Community and Rural Development to make our citizens more competitive in a global society. This year we will also be collaborating with Vance County’s Week of the Young Child Events that will take place April 24 – 30, 2017 throughout the community.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Western Vance High School, located at 2785 Poplar Creek Rd, Henderson, NC 27537, several community agencies and Vance County Schools will host the 4th Annual Community Resource Fair.  The Fair will be open to the public during the school day starting at 9am – 3pm.

Advance registration for vendors is requested by April 20, 2017. Click here to register, Vendor Registration.

H-V Chamber to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Downtown Business


Please be advised that a Ribbon Cutting will be held for Fierce Feet by Tweet at their 133 South Garnett Street location in Henderson on Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the official opening of this new business and membership with the Chamber.

Please join the Chamber Board and staff in this celebration to help support and formally welcome this new business into the Chamber and Henderson.  The celebration is open for all to attend.

Their hours of operation will be 9: 00 a.m. til 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1:00 p.m. til 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, please contact them at 252-425-2287.

E.M. Rollins becomes first year-round school in Vance County

The Vance County Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, April 17, approved the year-round calendar for the 2017-2018 school year for E.M. Rollins Elementary School, which has been designated as a restart school by the state.

E.M. Rollins will begin the new school year as a STEAM school, with an emphasis on student instruction in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

E.M. Rollins Elementary will be the first year-round school in the Vance County Public School System.

With the approved calendar, school staff members will begin work for the new school year on Monday, July 17. The first day of classes for students at E.M. Rollins will be Tuesday, August 1.

The calendar will follow the basic format of students attending school for 45-day periods (nine weeks) and then having 15 days (three weeks) as a break after each nine weeks through the year.

The school will still observe all designated state holidays, as do our other local schools. The school’s Thanksgiving break will include Wednesday, November 22, as a non-student day and Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 as holidays.

Christmas break will be Monday, December 18-Friday, January 5. Their spring break will be observed during one of the school’s three-week breaks, Monday, March 19-Friday, April 6.

The last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year at E.M. Rollins Elementary will be Friday, June 22.

Southern Vance High School Inducts 53 into National Beta Club

A total of 53 students who attend Southern Vance High School have been inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Beta Club.

The students were recognized during an assembly held in the school’s gymnasium on April 6.

They join 74 current members in the chapter’s Beta Club.

Andrea Coleman of Duke Energy Progress, was the featured speaker during the induction ceremony. She praised the students for their high academic achievements that led them to be inducted into the prestigious educational association.


The new inductees are shown in the accompanying photo. They include, seated from left on the front row, Diamond Alston, Corey Baldwin, Justus Baldwin, Kailee Ball, Reyna Orzco, Madonna Baselios, Magan Bass, Karmin Caceres, Sherrod Carter and Miracle Chin. On the second row, from left, are Areli Clemente, Victoria Cruz, Zamari Ellis, Litzi Gonzalez, She’Nyia Hargrove, Deana Hawkins, Shayquan Henderson, Emily Isidro, Jillion Johnson and Joshua Joyner. Seated from left on the third row are Maleny Lopez, Perla Lopez, Crystal Marrow, Diamonds Marrow, Jacob May, Mya McKnight, Desmond Mills, Ashley Mosley, April Pendergrass and Shaniya Pernell. Students on the fourth row, from left, include Imani Perry, Wendy Portillo, Hailey Reavis, Litzy Renteria, OnJahlaya Robinson, Camri Ross, Bryanna Simril, William Strickland, Robert Susewell and Kaitlyn Tant. Seated from left on the back row are Dayon Thornton, Tar’Naja Thorpe, Gabriela Ventura, Dyamond Williams, Zachary Williamson and Xavier Wilson.

Additional students who were inducted as new Beta Club members, but were not available for the photo include Hakeem Agbele, Sarah Burns, Itzy Chavarin, Cynthia Hernandez, Natalee Stephens, Conner Thompson and Jodi Waite.

Vance County Schools Announces End-of-Course Test Dates

Beginning in mid-May state testing will begin in Vance County Schools.

N.C. End-of-Course and N.C. Final Exams will be administered to students at the Vance County Early College High School May 16-19 and May 22-25. At the Early College, May 16 and May 17 testing will include Math II, Math III and district testing. May 18 will include testing for seniors and will involve exams that have constructive responses. On May 19, students will take their first-period exams for the N.C. End-of-Course, N.C. Final Exams, Career and Technical Education assessments and any teacher made exams. The same exams will be administered on May 22 for second-period classes; May 23 for third-period classes; and May 24 for fourth-period classes. Make-up exams will be given to students who need them May 22-25. Each school day, testing will begin by 8:30 a.m. The last day of classes for students at Early College High this year is May 24.

Testing in elementary and middle schools begins on May 26.

On May 26, the N.C. Final Exams (NCFE) will be given to students in grades 4, 6 and 7 in science or social studies and students in grade 8 will take the NCFE in social studies.

N.C. End-of-Grade (EOG) exams will be given May 30-June 1 in elementary and middle schools. The testing calendar includes: Math EOGs on May 30; Reading EOGs on May 31; and Science EOGs for fifth and eighth graders on June 1. Students in grades 3-5 in the elementary schools and in grades 6-8 in the middle schools will participate in the math and reading state testing.

On June 2, NCFE will be administered to students in grades 6 and 7 in science or social studies. On June 5 and June 6, middle school students will take Career and Technical Education assessments. June 7 will involve testing for selected eighth graders for the N.C. Math I test and Career and Technical Education assessments for all eligible middle school students. Eighth graders in English I classes will take this N.C. End-of-Course test on June 8 and eligible middle school students will take additional Career and Technical Education assessments on June 8. Make-up exams for middle school students will be administered June 2 and June 5-9. Remediation instruction also will be given to affected students beginning June 2 and continuing each school day through June 8.

The third-grade N.C. Read to Achieve exam will be administered to students on June 8. At the elementary level, students will have make-up exams June 2 and June 5-9. Remediation instruction also will be given to affected elementary students June 2 and June 5-8.

In all local elementary schools, testing will begin each school day by 9 a.m. The elementary and middle schools will operate on a normal schedule during each of the testing days.

At Northern Vance and Southern Vance high schools, Extend 1 testing begins the testing period on May 26. The Extend 1 test is given to selected students. May 31 and June 1, Math II, Math III and district made tests will be given to students taking those courses in grades 9-12 at the high schools. High school seniors will take exams that have constructive responses on June 2. Students in grades 9-12 in the high schools will be given N.C. End-of-Course exams, N.C. Final Exams, Career and Technical Education assessments and teacher made exams for their courses on the following schedule: first-period exams on June 5; second-period exams on June 6; third-period exams on June 7; and fourth-period exams on June 8. Make-up exams will be administered in the high schools June 6-9. On each of the testing days in the high schools, exams will be administered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be served to students at all schools on all of the testing days.

The last day of classes for this school year for elementary, middle and high school students (except at Early College) is June 9.