Entries by Laura Gabel

Forgotten Victims Event Remembers Lives Lost To Drugs

Fifty-eight white crosses dotted the lawn outside the Vance County Courthouse on Sunday afternoon July 25, 2021. Each represented a life lost to drugs. Or, as Patricia Drewes has said, drug-induced homicide.” Drewes lost her daughter, Heaven, to a drug overdose. Since her daughter’s death, Drewes has worked to raise awareness and help find resources […]

The Local Skinny! A Graduation Journey

Journey Coleman is a young woman on a mission. The easy part’s done – she is the first official graduate of Vance County High School’s Class of 2022. Vance County Schools held a graduation ceremony – just for her – on Thursday, July 29 at 3 p.m. The hard part is yet to come, but […]

TownTalk: The Power Of Poetry Helps Those With PTSD

It’s an unwritten rule – nobody interrupts a group therapy session, Steven Bates said. And yet, there came a knock at the door to announce the Veterans Administration scheduler’s entrance: “’I’m here to talk to you about Steve,’” Bates recalled. What came next changed things for the military veteran and how he determined to help […]

Blood Drive Aug. 24 At Oxford Public Works Building

The City of Oxford is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at the Public Works Building, 127 Penn Ave. The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Oxford, download the Blood Donor app or phone 1.800.RED.CROSS.

TownTalk: Latest Granville Vance Public Health Guidance

Granville-Vance Public Health Director Lisa Harrison was Wednesday’s Town Talk guest and discussed COVID-19 updates with John C. Rose, from the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about mask-wearing in schools as well as vaccinating children over the age of 12. The CDC issued updated guidance Tuesday that recommends all […]

‘National Night Out’ In Creedmoor Has Food, Fun For Families

Join the Creedmoor Police Department for National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at South Granville High School. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes children’s activities and free hotdogs, popcorn, sno-cones and beverages, according to information from Granville Chamber of Commerce. “National Night Out is a unique opportunity […]

TownTalk: North Carolina BBQ Is More Than Just Great Food

Barbecue is serious business. Around these parts, barbecue is a noun, not a verb. We eat barbecue, and it’s not necessary to say the word “pork” before you say the word “barbecue.” Because, well, isn’t ALL barbecue pork barbecue? These opinions and others may be topics to discuss with members of the North Carolina Barbecue […]

Center For Innovation Cutting-Edge Hub For VCS

Vance County Schools officially opened its Center for Innovation at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning, and community representatives were on hand to see how the former Henderson High School building has been transformed into a high-tech hub for student learning. “It is just a special day in Vance County,” said Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce President […]