Entries by Laura Gabel

TownTalk: Around Old Granville’s Local Theater History

Way before McGregor Hall, the Cinema or even Raleigh Rd. Outdoor Theatre in Henderson, patrons of the arts could enjoy a live performance, a silent movie or even a vaudeville show in any number of theaters and performance halls that dotted the community. Most folks in Henderson remember the Embassy, located just a block off […]

TownTalk: The Salvation Army Is More Than Just Kettles And Bells

Whether you’re gearing up for the traditional Black Friday sales crush or someone who chooses to wait until December to think about shopping for holiday gifts, one thing’s for certain: When you hear that bell ringing and see that familiar red kettle, you know the Christmas season is near. For more than a century, the […]

The Local Skinny! Rebuilding Hope Initiates Project ‘Roll On’

Rebuilding Hope volunteers spend a lot of time each year helping people make essential repairs to their homes, mostly fixing roofs and constructing handicap ramps. But the nonprofit’s founder Randolph Wilson said the group needs to turn its attention to some repairs at their own home – namely, the driveway and parking lot. Project “ROLL […]

Melissa Elliott Makes History As First Female, First Black Mayor

Henderson voters have elected Melissa Elliott as their next mayor, making her the first female and the first Black to lead the city. Elliott, a member of the Henderson City Council, defeated political newcomer Greg Etheridge in Tuesday’s runoff election by 344 votes. WIZS News called the race just before 8:30 p.m., an hour after […]

TownTalk: Sergent Looks To Community For Support After Oxford Fire

In the hours after a fire destroyed two businesses in downtown Oxford, Mayor Jackie Sergent said city officials were already busy putting together a plan to rally around the displaced business owners. City firefighters and numerous volunteer departments responded to the blaze Monday morning on the 100 block of Williamsboro Street in downtown Oxford. The […]

Firefighters Battle Morning Blaze That Destroyed Two Downtown Oxford Businesses

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. Firefighters battled a blaze in downtown Oxford Monday morning which destroyed a historic building that housed two businesses. The call came in at 8:28 a.m., and Oxford Fire Department, with help from several area volunteer fire departments, had the fire under control by 10:40 a.m., according to information from city officials late […]

TownTalk: Pacific Organics Conducts Facilities Tour

Quality control is a critical step in just about everything that gets made today. From food to fashion to cars and so much more, manufacturers and producers have to make sure that what comes off assembly lines or factory floors is as good as it can be. Pacific Organics, located right here in Vance County, […]