Entries by Laura Gabel

The Local Skinny! Vance County Jail

The Vance County commissioners continue to move forward to address issues with the county detention center, and at their meeting Monday chose a Raleigh architectural firm to complete a needs assessment and make recommendations and suggestions about whether to repair or replace. Moseley Architects worked with Granville County to build its newly completed jail complex, […]

TownTalk: History Of Middleburg

Middleburg may not fit the modern definition of a “planned community,” but following its incorporation in October 1875, it did enjoy some of the same amenities that today’s planned communities have: schools, stores, restaurants and homes. Mark Pace, local historian and North Carolina Room specialist at Oxford’s Thornton Library, said the Hawkins and Yancey families […]

TownTalk: Preparing For Medicare Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Medicare begins next week – a time for people to evaluate their plans and coverage and to make changes if needed. Insurance can be complicated, but Lisa Barker said the state’s SHIIP counselors can help Medicare beneficiaries make sense of the different plans that are available. SHIIP – Seniors Health Insurance Information […]

TownTalk: Local Author Michael Elliott To Hold Book Signing

Oxford native Mike Elliott has fond childhood memories of the Richard Thornton Library – it’s a place he frequented after school and he said it’s where he got to discover all kinds of wonderful music. Oh, yeah, books, too. But also albums. Stacks and stacks of record albums, he said. Elliott returns to Thornton Library […]

Red Cross Helps Hurricane Victims, Asks For Donations Of Time, Blood, Money

As relief agencies continue their cleanup efforts in Florida and other areas affected by Hurricane Ian, the American Red Cross reminds folks in local communities that there are ways they can support those volunteers from right here at home. The Red Cross Eastern North Carolina region deployed a disaster responder to help with relief efforts. […]

TownTalk: Lakeland Cultural Arts Center Livens up Littleton

Littleton, situated on the Warren-Halifax county line, has long been known to those travel there to enjoy second homes or to vacation on nearby Lake Gaston. But Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, looking especially spiffy after a recent renovation, is looking to attract more people to visit, shop and enjoy this little corner of the world. […]

TownTalk: DMV Commissioner Goodwin Discusses REAL ID

The REAL ID looks like any other state-issued driver license, but that gold star emblem in the upper corner is what makes it different from a regular driver license. Beginning in May of next year, having a license in your wallet with a REAL ID enhancement could save you time at the airport or if […]