Grant Cycle Begins for Granville County Tourism Development

-Press Release, County of Granville

The Granville County Tourism Development Authority (GCTDA) is now accepting applications for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2019-2020 grant application period runs from Jan. 1, 2019 through April 1, 2020.

The primary purpose of the Granville Tourism Development Authority (GTDA) Mini-Grant Program is to stimulate and assist Granville County organizations and agencies in the enhancement, promotion and marketing of tourism and culturally-related events that create a known economic impact from visitor spending. This program is designed to establish activities and events which can eventually grow and thrive without direct funding from this grant program. Funding from the GTDA Mini-Grant should be considered as a supplemental resource only.

Primary consideration will be given to projects/programs with demonstrated/defined potential for positive economic impact to projects that promote travel and the GTDA’s mission of promoting the area as a destination and increase occupancy rates in Granville County through day and weekend visits.  Events planned for off-peak times may receive higher priority and first consideration by the GTDA.

Applicants eligible for grant funding must be a Granville County-based community group, non-profit organization, county municipalities or recognized community within the county lines. For-profit groups cannot apply for grant funds unless the event’s proceeds will go to a community supported event (i.e. fundraiser).

Total funding of any event, project, or program will not be greater than 25 percent of the total project budget and will not exceed $5,000. Included with the request may be a one-time artist/entertainment allowance up to $1,000. If this allowance is granted, the GTDA expects the artist/entertainment source to publicize the event and to include the Tourism Development Authority in all advertisements.

Applications are available through through the Granville County Tourism Development office in Oxford. All applications should be submitted by email to [email protected], or in person/by mail to the Granville County Tourism Development office (124 Hillsboro Street, P.O. Box 820, Oxford NC, 27565) by April 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. The Tourism office is located inside the Granville Chamber of Commerce office in Downtown Oxford.

Grant information sessions will be held throughout the cycle. Visit or contact the Granville County Tourism Office at 919-693-5125 for more details about these sessions.

To learn more about this grant, contact Granville County Tourism Director Angela Allen by phone at 919-693-6125 or by email at [email protected]

Granville County Library System Kicks Off New Year

-Press Release, Granville County Library System

The Granville County Library System has plans to start off the new year with many new programs, services and events as several popular offerings continue.

Starting Jan. 10, a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program will be offered at the Richard H. Thornton Library on Thursday afternoons. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in this weekly session, which will be held at 4 p.m. To learn more, contact Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121, ext. 212.

Every other Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m, “Game Night” is held at the Thornton branch. These fun-filled evenings, which include board games, cards and other friendly competitions, were introduced on Dec. 27, with the next “game night” scheduled for Jan. 10.

Computer workshops also continue at the Thornton Library in Oxford and at the South Branch. An introduction to computers is included, as well as email set-up and information on social media platforms. Sessions are conducted at the South Branch in Creedmoor every Wednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Thornton branch. Contact Adult Services Librarian Ashley Wilson at 919-693-1121, ext. 203 for details.

On Sunday, Jan. 13, a book signing by author Bill Massey will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library. Massey’s new book, “I Learned More Than Them” will be discussed as the author describes his experiences as a middle school teacher in the Granville County Public School system. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to teachers to fund field trips for their students.

On Jan. 15 at 11 a.m., library patrons can enjoy a “potluck lunch” at the Thornton Library in Oxford. Bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share as “Lunch with the Librarians” is served, along with an opportunity to find out more about what is available at the local public library.

“Pop Up” libraries are offered every Wednesday at the Granville County Senior Center. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Granville County Library brings movies, books and audio books to the Center, which is located at 107 Lanier Street in Oxford.

Storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers continue at several library branches. The Stovall library has story time on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and children can enjoy stories at the Berea site on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The Children’s Library at the Thornton branch in Oxford hosts story time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. January themes include “Hats for Everyone” on Jan. 9; “Nursery Rhymes” on Jan. 16; “Snowmen” on Jan. 23 and “ABC, 1-2-3” on Jan. 30.

At the South Branch in Creedmoor, a “Teen Book Club” meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Teens can come talk about what they are currently reading, swap recommendations with friends and enjoy snacks. An “arts and crafts” time is also offered for teens every third Monday of the month at the South Branch. Call 919-528-1752 for details.

Meetings of the LEGO Club will continue in the new year for any interested participants. The club meets at the South Branch in Creedmoor on the second and fourth Monday of each month and at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meeting are held at 3:30 p.m. at both locations.

There are four branches of the Granville County Library System, with sites in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea. To find out more about what the library closest to you has to offer, visit the new website recently launched by the library system at

Back by Popular Demand: Masters of Soul to Return to McGregor Hall

-Information courtesy the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – This Friday, January 11, 2019, @ 8 p.m.

If you missed McGregor Hall’s great presentation of Masters of Soul last year, now’s your chance to see what everyone is talking about! Take the ultimate stroll down memory lane with Masters of Soul as they bring a celebration of the legendary songs that defined Motown and Soul music.

This 90-minute show highlights the best of the Motown era with stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances with various groups backed by a live band.

Based in Virginia Beach, VA, the 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who have been touring together for decades.

Masters of Soul has performed to numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country.

See for yourself their performance of hits by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Barry White, Sam and Dave, James Brown and many more.

Tickets may be purchased by:

DROP IN: 201 Breckenridge Street, Henderson, N.C. Monday – Friday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m

CALL: (252) 598-0662 (M-F 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

CLICK HERE:  (Use the eTix official site, online fees apply)

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Oxford Preparatory School Readies for 2019/2020 Enrollment & Expansion

-Information courtesy Andrew Swanner, Executive Director, Oxford Preparatory School

Applications for new 5th – 12th grade student enrollments for the 2019 – 2020 school year have been available at since Open Enrollment began on October 29. 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 at 6041 Landis Rd. in Oxford.

To be considered for a potential lottery, all applications must be submitted online by Friday, February 1, 2019. If more applications are received than available seats in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, a blind public lottery will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019. All students choosing to attend OPS will need to confirm enrollment by completing and sending in an enrollment packet by Friday, March 15, 2019. After February 1, applications received at the end of the waiting list as determined by the lottery.

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 Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. Afterward, 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 Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please call the Oxford Preparatory School office at (919) 690- 0360, or email Office Manager, Karen Brown at [email protected] to make an appointment.

For additional comment, please contact Andrew Swanner, Oxford Preparatory School Executive Director at [email protected] or by calling (919) 690-0360.

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Granville Co. Board of Commissioners to Meet Mon., Jan 7

-Information courtesy Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Board, Granville County

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, January 7, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford.

Agenda items include:

Consent Agenda

1. Contingency Summary as of 1/7/19

2. Minutes

Recognitions and Presentations

3. Families Living Violence Free Update

4. Boys and Girls Club Update

5. Airport Update

Public Comments

6. Public Comments

Tax Matters

7. Late Application for Present-Use Value

Solid Waste Matters

8. Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Recycling Consolidation


9. COTT System Software Renewal

10. E-911 Back-up Center UPS Expansion


11. Opioid Advisory Committee

12. Butner Board of Adjustment – ETJ

13. Butner Planning Board – ETJ Member

14. Orange Street Community Center

15. Senior Services Advisory Committee

County Manager’s Report

16. Mighty River Contract Extension

17. EMS System Medical Director Services

County Attorney’s Report

18. Standing Response to Waiver/Remission of Court Costs and Fines

19. Resolution Declaring the Opioid Crisis a Public Nuisance

Presentations by County Board Members

20. Presentations by County Board Members

Any Other Matters

21. Any Other Matters

Granville Co. Board of Education to Meet in Closed & Opened Sessions Jan. 7

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools


The Granville County Board of Education will meet in a Closed Session to consult with the Board attorney and preserve the attorney/client privilege in accordance with N.C. General Statute 143.318.11 (a)(1) and (a)(3) on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at West Oxford Elementary School.

The Granville County Board of Education will also meet for a regular board meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. at West Oxford Elementary School, 412 Ivey Day Rd, Oxford, NC. Please note the change of location for this regular board meeting.

To find a copy of the agenda for the meeting, click here. The agenda for January 7 includes a Closed Session to discuss confidential personnel matters and preserve the attorney/client privilege in accordance with N.C. General Statute 143.318.11 (a)(6), 143.318.11 (a)(5) and 115C-321.

Dywanda Pettaway

Clerk to Board of Education

Contaminant Levels Above Standard Detected in Local Drinking Water


Important information about your drinking water:

Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water has levels of Total Trihalomethanes ABOVE DRINKING WATER STANDARDS.

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do and what we did (are doing) to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Monitoring results for water samples collected during the time period ending September 30, 2018, show that the contaminant concentration from one or more sampling locations in our water system exceeds the standard, or maximum, contaminant level (MCL) for Total Trihalomethanes. The standard for Total Trihalomethanes is 0.080 mg/L. Over the referenced compliance period, the sample location with the highest average level of Total Trihalomethanes had a concentration of 0.105 mg/L.

What Should I Do?

  • There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.
  • If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.

What Does This Mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. However, some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

What Is Being Done?

Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water is evaluating our distribution system in order to lower our test results. We anticipate resolving the problem within three months.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses).

For more information, please contact:

Clarissa Lipscomb, Director – Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water, (252) 438-2141

280 Regional Water Lane – Henderson, NC 27536


Granville Co. Chamber Submits Slate of Officers & Directors for 2019

— Information courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ [email protected]

Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Nominating Committee – Report to the People

Kyle Puryear, Past President and Chairman of the Nominating Committee, along with the committee members, submits the following slate of officers and directors for the 2019 Granville County Chamber year:


President: Tanya Evans – Duke Energy
President-elect: Cecilia Wheeler – Vance-Granville Community College
Vice-President: Larry Wilson – Lewis Electric of Oxford
Treasurer: Jason Finch – Union Bank

Past-President: Hal Muetzel – Express Employment Professional

Board of Directors

Terms expire 2020
Sandra Pruitt – Granville Insurance Agency

Jason Jones – Granville County Farm Bureau

Terms expire 2021

Reba Bullock – Vance-Granville Community College

Andrew Swanner – Oxford Preparatory School

Terms expire 2022

Kyle Puryear – BB & T

Scott Thomas – Granville Health System

Newly-filled positions are President, President-elect, Past President, one (1) Board of Director, filling an unexpired term (expires 2021); two (2) Board of Directors’ terms (expire 2022).

As stated in the Chamber’s By-Laws, the following will apply:

C.  Nominations by petition. Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signature of at least ten (10) qualified members of the Chamber.  Such petition shall be filed within ten (10) days after the notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition shall be final.

D.  Determination. If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed, and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the Board of Directors. Installation of the Executive Committee and the Board shall take place at the Annual Banquet with responsibilities beginning in February of the new year at the Board of Directors Meeting.

Granville Co. Urges Residents to Complete Tax Listing Forms Early to Avoid Penalty

-Information courtesy the County of Granville website 

Residents of Granville County should be on the lookout for the 2019 tax listing forms. The listing period is during the month of January.

The following items should be listed if owned as of January 1, 2019:

  • All new construction and improvements made to real property during 2018;
  • Unregistered vehicle (registered or licensed vehicles should NOT be listed);
  • Business personal property, including IRP, multi-year or permanently-tagged vehicles/trailers;
  • Non-household personal property such as boats and motors, jet skis, planes, etc..

Failing to list before Jan. 31, 2019 will result in a 10 percent late listing penalty of the tax levied. All listings, including those submitted by mail, should be received in the Granville County Tax Department or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service within the listing period.

Application deadlines for exemptions include:

  • Elderly, disabled or circuit breaker – Jan. 1 through June 1, 2019;
  • Present use value deferments and all other exemptions, Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2019;

Applications may be obtained from the Tax Department.

The Granville County Tax Department staff will be available for assistance during the listing period, Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford.

For more information, contact the Granville County Tax Department at 919-693-4181.

Granville Co. Animal Shelter Reminds Public of Adoption Policy, Hours of Operation

Information courtesy the Granville County Government Facebook Page

With a new year quickly approaching, the Granville County Animal Shelter is taking the opportunity to remind the public of its adoption policy and shelter hours.

If you have lost a pet, please contact the Granville County Animal Shelter immediately. The shelter has LIMITED SPACE and will only hold an animal for 72 hours before it is available for adoption. Allowing your pet to sit in a shelter may be stressful for your pet, and it may jeopardize the chance for another animal to be adopted out because of space limitations.

If you have found an animal or lost an animal, please contact Granville County Animal Management or fill out a form:

Animal Shelter Hours Of Operation:

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 – 4:30 p.m
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

5650 Cornwall Road
Oxford, NC 27565

Phone: (919) 693-6749

Email: [email protected]