Oxford Meeting of the Planning Committee Jan 24, 2018

The Planning Committee for the Oxford Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be in the First Floor Training Room, City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street.

The purpose of the meeting is to review Chapter 20 of the City of Oxford Code of Ordinances.

All those interested are invited to attend.

Cynthia Bowen
City Clerk
City of Oxford

Granville Chamber Banquet January 29th

— News Release


MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018; 6:30 PM


Featured speaker:  Adrian H. Wood, PhD.: “TALES of an EDUCATED DEBUTANTE”

In celebration of 76 years, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors announces Adrian H. Wood, PhD., author of “Tales of an Educated Debutante” will be the featured speaker.  “She is a rural Eastern North Carolina mother of four – one with extra-special needs – past preschool teacher, nanny, children’s ski instructor, early interventionist, college professor, early childhood researcher, wife and full-time mama.  In writing after a twenty year hiatus, she offers personal glimpses where satire meets truth, faith meets irony, despair meets joy and this educated debutante escapes the laundry and finds true meaning in graceful transparency.”

The evening will once again include the presentation of the Chamber’s most prestigious award, the John Penn Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing outstanding community service.

A buffet dinner will be provided. Tickets are $40 each.  Corporate tables of 8, with reserved seating, are available for $300.00.  Corporate tables of 10, reserved seating, are available for $380.00.  Reservations  are required prior to the event.  Checks or credit card payments are accepted by contacting one of the Chamber’s offices –  919.693.6125/Wanda, [email protected] or 919.528.4994/Toni Anne, [email protected].


Granville Co. Public Schools Info Jan 20, 2018

— courtesy Granville County Public Schools

Granville County Public Schools were cancelled for all students and staff on Friday, January 19.

Please remember that Saturday is still scheduled to be a school day with an early release bell schedule. If we do have school on Saturday, all high schools students on traditional calendar will take final exams for 2nd period. Be on the lookout for communications from your school’s principal with more information.

We will also be communicating soon how these instructional days will be made up on future dates.

Please be safe, stay warm, and stay tuned for more updates.

Thank you!

Dr. Stan Winborne
Executive Director of Operations, Human Resources,
Communications, and Safety
Public Information Officer
Granville County Public Schools

Granville Co. Public Schools Board of Ed Work Session Jan 22

There will be a Board of Education Work Session on Monday, January 22 at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Home for Children Cobb Center building located at 600 College St, Oxford, NC.

Dr. Stan Winborne
Executive Director of Operations, Human Resources,
Communications, and Safety
Public Information Officer
Granville County Public Schools

Maria Parham Health Implementing New Visitor Restrictions during Flu Season

— Press Release from Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health Implementing New Visitor Restrictions during Flu Season

Henderson, NC (January 12, 2018) – Our primary goal at Maria Parham Health is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients. To protect them, at times we must manage their exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, like the flu.

We carefully monitor flu activity levels in our hospitals and the community. When certain thresholds are met, we must take action to halt the spread and limit the number of visitors allowed in our patient areas. Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza, Maria Parham Health has implemented visitor restrictions.

If you are visiting our hospital during flu season, please be prepared for the possibility of limited visitation and safety hygiene requests to be made.

Visitors are limited to immediate family members or designated adult caregivers, who have no fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit unless for a medical appointment or an ED visit.

All persons with flu symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, extreme tiredness, muscle aches and or diarrhea), please do not visit patients.

Visitors are asked to wash hands frequently. Foam hand cleanser is available throughout the building.

If you are here for services and have flu symptoms, please ask for a mask upon arrival.

You may see some of our staff wearing masks as a safety precaution for our patients.

To help prevent the spread of flu germs outside of the hospital, please wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel and encourage others to do so as well.


Hazardous Travel Continues Into Jan 19, 2018

The latest briefing from the National Weather service in Raleigh is always available when you click here.

It is slick and dangerous in many many locations.

Even where you can’t see snow or packed ice, black ice is expected on roads and walkways through Friday morning.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon Friday.  Hazardous travel conditions exists across all of Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin Counties and all of central North Carolina.

Many primary roads, especially that received direct sunlight and which were treated and cleared by road crews are fairly good.  Shaded areas are not.  Most secondary roads and neighborhoods are not.  Travel is strongly discouraged.

Director of Emergency Operations for Henderson and Vance County, Brian Short, said, “Please see the attached (link above) from the NWS regarding our lingering winter weather and what we can expect over the next several days. Travel conditions will continue to be hazardous with black ice likely in place over night and in the early morning hours through tomorrow.”

VGCC – All Campuses Closed Jan 19, 2018

All campuses of Vance-Granville Community College will be closed on Friday, January 19, 2018, due to inclement weather.

Thank you.

Andrew Beal
Public Information Officer
Vance-Granville Community College

Winter Storm Warning Ended at 1 A.M.

The latest briefing from the National Weather service in Raleigh is always available when you click here.

— UPDATE 8:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN 17, 2018  (Final Update for this Thread)

Winter Storm Warning extended to 1 a.m.  Travel not recommended.  Areas to south and west of Henderson experiencing numerous power outages due to heavy wet snow on limbs and lines.  Preliminary snowfall amounts so far about 6 inches in and near Henderson.  Additional accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.  Bitter cold will be extremely dangerous for animals and people.


From Director for Emergency Operations in Henderson and Vance County, Brian Short:

“Attached (in the link above) is the latest from the NWS regarding our current winter weather event. As you can see, they have once again increased our forecast snowfall totals to 6 to 8 inches. Other than that nothing has really changed.

“At this time we are continuing to monitor the storm with an overstaffed 911 center and are prepared to implement additional emergency protective measures if it should become necessary.”


A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9 p.m.

Changes overnight include a slower arrival time of snow and higher accumulations.

The Director for Emergency Operations in Henderson and Vance County, Brian Short, emailed to local media and emergency preparedness teams, and he said, “Please see the attached (link above) from the NWS regarding today’s weather. Our forecast has changed again. We are now forecast to receive between 5 and 6 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible. Currently light rain is falling but this is expected to change over to all snow this morning. It is also now expected to snow all day and finally taper off tonight.”

The NWS briefing says, “Once the snow develops, the onset of more intense snowfall rates will be rapid. Occasional but brief bursts of heavier snow may occur, resulting in road conditions quickly deteriorating. That is, road conditions could go from being fine one minute, to treacherous the next minute, when and where these heavy snow bursts occur.”



The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of central North Carolina late tonight through Wednesday, including the counties of Vance, Granville, Warren, Franklin and additional counties to the east and south.

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Wednesday until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The urgent winter weather message from the NWS says:

  • WHAT…Moderate to heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, possibly as early as the morning commute. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts up to 5 inches possible.
  • WHERE…The eastern Piedmont, the Sandhills and most of the coastal plain of central North Carolina.
  • WHEN…From 4 AM to 9 PM EST Wednesday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, especially between 8 AM and 1 PM.

Additional information will be published here and on WIZS 1450 AM as it is received.


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 7 p.m. Wednesday for snow.

Slippery roads are expected with forecasters indicating 1 to 3 inches of accumulations across all the WIZS listening area of Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin Counties.

After the precipitation ends, any snow or slush will freeze on roads, bridges and overpasses Wednesday night as the temperature for this area is forecast to be 15 overnight Wednesday into Thursday.  Wind chill values are expected to be around 6 or 7 degrees.  People and animals will be in danger.

Henderson and Vance County Director of Emergency Operations, Brian Short, wrote in an email to local media and emergency preparedness teams, and he said, “As you can see (in the update link above), our snowfall totals have increased slightly with 3 inches of snow being possible. We are not expecting this evening to be a major impact, but we do expect it to cause some travel issues during the day on Wednesday.”

Additional information will be published here and on WIZS 1450 AM as it is received.


The Director for Emergency Operations in Henderson and Vance County, Brian Short, emailed to local media and emergency preparedness teams, and he said:

“Attached (above) is the most recent single page brief issued by the NWS regarding the potential for snow in our area tomorrow night through Wednesday.

“We have been watching this system very closely for the past few days and at this point there is a fair degree of certainty that we will receive some accumulating snow, however the models depict the amounts at anywhere from a dusting to a few inches with 3 inches being the most that I have seen. In short, this is not expected to be a debilitating event in any way.

“With that said, travel conditions may be hazardous on Wednesday, but other than that we do not anticipate any real problems.

“We will continue to monitor it closely and will forward along additional information as it is received.”

FGV Smart Start to Enroll Kids in Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership For Children will soon begin enrolling kids in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.  F-G-V Development Coordinator Garry Daeke told WIZS News that the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) is distributing $10.5 million statewide over two years.

Daeke said, “The NC Legislature during its last biennial budget allocated $3.5 million in fiscal year 17-18, and $7 million for fiscal year 18-19, for Dolly Parton Imagination Library program expansion throughout NC…Each local partnership then applies for funds to serve the number of children they believe they can enroll.

“We are in process of setting up our contract with the Dolly Parton Foundation, and will be announcing where and how to enroll very shortly. Initially, we will set up an announced enrollment day in each county, probably at local libraries, where parents can enroll children.”

You should look for enrollment forms at convenient locations like the hospital, health department and in pediatricians’ offices.

Daeke said, “Once we are up and running, there will also be on-line enrollment link for us on Dolly Parton’s web page, as well as our local webpage, www.fgvsmartstart.org.”

He said, “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

Daeke quoted Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy.  He said, “It should be there each time we touch bases with children.”  The policy recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy.

Oxford Preparatory School Readies for 2018/2019 Enrollment and 6th Grade Expansion

— press release courtesy of Oxford Prep

Applications for new 6th – 12th grade student enrollments for the 2018 – 2019 school year have been available at oxfordprep.org and available in the school office when Open Enrollment began in November. Oxford Preparatory School (OPS) is an independent and tuition-free public charter school that is designed to mold students into future leaders through completion of a rigorous curriculum while focusing on community service and developing an appreciation of the arts. OPS offers a college preparatory curriculum, a variety of competitive middle school and varsity athletic teams, and is located in a permanent facility at 6041 Landis Rd. in Oxford.

To be considered for a potential lottery, all applications must be turned in to the office or postmarked by Friday, February 2, 2018. If more applications are received than available seats in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade a blind public lottery will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018. All students choosing to attend OPS will need to confirm enrollment by completing and sending in an enrollment packet by Friday, March 16, 2018. After February 2, applications will continue to be accepted, and processed in the order they are received.

Oxford Preparatory School invites families of prospective students to learn more about the unique offerings of the school. The final of three information sessions will be held on Thursday 1/18 at 6:00. Afterwards, tours will be conducted that will allow the opportunity to meet faculty. In addition, prospective students are invited to spend time visiting the school on the final of three Shadow Days so they can experience our unique school program firsthand. Visiting students accompany OPS student guides through their classes during a four-hour visit. It’s a chance to meet the staff and the students and to get a snapshot view of our engaging college preparatory classes. The final shadow day will take place on Monday 1/22 from 8:30 – 12:30. Please call the Oxford Preparatory School office at (919)690-0360, or email our Office Manager, Kate Reetz at [email protected] to make an appointment.