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Zumba Gold: Exercise With A Dance Twist Aug. 26 From 6-8 PM

Join Gang Free, Inc. for ZUMBA GOLD with Eguiselda on from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 in downtown Henderson.

Zumba Gold is a program that promotes wellness and movement for folks in their golden years – 55 and older – but the exercise event is free and open to anyone who wants to participate, according to information from Gang Free Inc.’s Melissa Elliott. Join in the fun in the parking lot in front of the Henderson Police Department and across the street from Perry Memorial Library, 201 Breckenridge St.

In addition to Gang Free Inc. sponsors include the YMCA, the City of Henderson, Healthier Together and BCBS Healthy Blue.

Local SECU Branches Collecting School Supplies Through August

Teachers and students are gearing up for the start of a new school year, and that surely means school supply lists. Sometimes, those lists are long.

So if you’ve got children still in school and will be doing your back-to-school shopping soon, consider adding a couple of extras to your cart for donation to a drive sponsored by area State Employees’ Credit Unions.

Collection boxes are located at SECU branches in Henderson, Louisburg, Warrenton, Oxford and Butner, just waiting to receive your donation, according to Anna Lemert, a vice president at the Henderson SECU.

All items collected will be given to the school district where the branch is located, Lemert said.

Don’t have a child in school? No problem! Your donations will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.

TownTalk: Upcoming Events At G.R.A.C.E. Ministries

G.R.A.C.E. Ministries is a beehive of activity this week, and there’s still time for children ages 4-16 to show up for one more day of a summertime fine arts and enrichment camp at the 961 Burr St. location.

Jamie Elliott said he appreciates the help from Deborah Scott with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office for her help with the camp, which began Wednesday and continues through Friday. Elliott told John C. Rose that children are welcome to join in the activities – just come to the church by 10:45 a.m. or so and get checked in, he said.

“It’s been a blessing to see kids come in from the community,” Elliott said on Thursday’s Town Talk.

Then on Saturday, the whole family is invited to come back to G.R.A.C.E. Ministries for Family Day – there will be food, games and more, Elliott said. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will include a backpack giveaway while supplies last. Local churches donated school supplies for the backpack giveaway, he said.

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Children can enjoy playing basketball and soccer during the day, and there will be a slip-n-slide as well. “It’s not just for kids,” Elliott said, “it’s for all ages.” Even adults need to take some time every now and then to loosen up, he added.

In addition to the weekend activities at G.R.A.C.E. Ministries, Elliott said organizers are planning an Addiction and Support Rally to help show the community – especially those who may be in the grips of substance abuse – that “there’s a better way than drugs.”

The inaugural event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burr Street location, and will include local agencies and representatives who can help provide resources and information about recovery and about the danger of drugs in the community.

There will be guest speakers who will share their testimonies and their path to recovery, Elliott said, to educate people about drug abuse and to help addicts “see that it’s not the way to go.”

When a person gives their testimonial and shares their story about overcoming addiction, Elliott said, it gives others “the strength to overcome it, too. If that person can do this, maybe I can, too,” he said. But more important than sharing their personal stories, Elliott said the rally is designed to show how Jesus Christ has changed their lives. “Our mission is to reach addicts, those in recovery and their families,” he said.

If your organization would like to participate or set up a booth, contact Elliott 252.204 3617 or Danny Satterwhite at 252.425.3620.

To learn more about the after-school program on Mondays and Tuesdays, contact Bobby West at 252.432.7124.

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TownTalk: Duck Derby

This year’s Duck Derby to benefit Franklin/Granville/Vance Smart Start is shaping up to be another successful event and Gary Daeke, one of the fundraiser organizers, said he’s pleased to note that there will be a full-on street festival for families to enjoy.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Henderson on Saturday, Sept. 17. There will be a couple of food trucks, lots of children’s activities and then the race will be at 2 p.m., Daeke told John C. Rose Thursday on Town Talk.

“The ducks have been selling really well,” Daeke noted. They usually sell about 2,500 of the rubber ducks, that will drift down a short-lived “river” created along Garnett Street – compliments of the Henderson Fire Department’s fire hoses. Daeke said Greystone Concrete Products graciously provides the equipment that mixes up the ducks and then dumps them across the starting line to begin the race.

There will be a bounce house and a slide, and Daeke said the kids always enjoy donning fire helmets and having a little fun with the fire hose.

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The prize for having the winning duck is $1,000. Chick Fil-A for a year is the prize for second place, and the third-place winner will receive a Sheetz gas card. The duck that comes in last gets a prize, too – $100. Tickets are available now from any FGV staffer or board member, but they also will be available until about 1:30 p.m. on the day of the derby.

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Although FGV had the Duck Derby last year, COVID-19 restrictions meant they couldn’t have the full-blown festival. This year, though, brings a return to previous years festivities. Daeke said there should be an area filled with non-profit organizations and agencies available to provide information about resources in the community.

When children and families visit these tables and booths, they’ll get signatures on a scavenger hunt card that will be redeemed for perhaps an ice cream or a sno-cone, he said.

Visit to purchase a duck and to learn more about services of FGV Smart Start. Or call the office at 252.433.9110 to find out more.

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Nella Roo’s in Downtown Henderson, NC

For the past couple of years, Heather Ruth Hodge has been putting things together to bring her to this place – both literally and figuratively.

Hodge’s family calls her “Roo,” and that’s half the name of her new boutique that has opened on Garnett Street. The first half of the boutique’s name is an homage to her grandmother, Nell, whose own business was situated in downtown Henderson near where Nella Roo’s is today.

Hodge was surrounded by family, friends and plenty of local well-wishers at the ribbon-cutting Thursday morning. The site of the former Carolina Bed Center at 319 S. Garnett St. now sports a different look, and it’s a welcome look for local officials who celebrate downtown revitalization efforts that bring in new businesses like Hodge’s.

In her remarks during the ceremony, Hodge recalled a couple of years ago when she “felt the spirit of the Lord” calling her back to her hometown. “I’m so excited to see where it can go and what it can become,” she said of Henderson and the whole downtown area.

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Her grandmother, Nell Wiggins, owned Nell’s Boutique just a couple of doors down from Nella Roo’s in the late 1970’s and early ‘80s. Hodge said she is so happy when customers come in and tell her how much they loved shopping at Nell’s. “She was a huge inspiration for me,” Hodge said.

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington said he remembered going to Nell’s with his mom when he was a child and getting into a little bit of trouble for his behavior. But, he said, Nell told his mom it was ok, he was just having a little fun.

Leo Kelly, Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, said he remembers Wiggins as an artist. He said he planned to bring one of her pieces – a painting on slate – for Hodge to hang at her new store.

“I think this gives new life to downtown,” Kelly said, adding that Nella Roo’s will serve to draw other businesses to Garnett Street storefronts.

“You’re our catalyst, our leader,” said Tracy Madigan with the Downtown Development Commission. New businesses serve to increase pride in the downtown area, and Madigan said people who own buildings downtown are wanting to fix them up to further improve the area.

Chamber Board Chair Ronald Bennett said things are looking up for Henderson. “Henderson’s coming back,” Bennett said. “Thank YOU for choosing to come back.”

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Current Tradio Classifieds




Thursday, Aug 18, 2022

  • 2004 Ford F150 Lariat 4 wheel drive. Body and interior in good condition. Motor will need to be replaced. Contact seller through text message and he can send pictures. $3000 asking price or better offer. 252-213-5541

Monday and Tuesday, Aug 15-16, 2022

  • Looking for wireless dog collar unit. Call 252-767-8077.
  • Looking for small and narrow table.  Call 252-767-2369.
  • Massey Ferguson, old tractor with bush hog. Asking $850.00. Needs work. Call 252-688-0000.
  • Refrigerator for sale, runs great, white in color and clean, Frigidaire. Asking $150.00  Push mower with 6 HP, big wheels on back, as is complete. Asking $50.00. Call 252-688-0000.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

  • Battery operated Barbie jeep for small kids works great has radio that works plays real tunes also I have the manual. $70.00.  Call 252-767-7532
  • Blue and white 1999 Oakwood mobile home,  3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Needs a little work. As is $15,000.00 or best offer. Call 252-820-4411.
  • Looking for someone to pick up junk from backyard including a box spring, mattress and recliner for a disabled person. Call 919-339-8196
  • Gray rocker/recliner asking $40.  Call 252-767-2369

Tuesday, August 9,2022

  • Wanted: outdoor utility shed, call 919-339-8196
  • Propane heater asking $50 will hang on wall or you order legs. Never used.  Call 252-767-2369
  • Large expensive dresser, $200.00; Kirby vacuum cleaner, old type model. Have 2. Asking 50.00 each; two carpet shampoo cleaners. Asking 50.00. Each… Tractor bush hog 3-point hook-up.. asking 200.00.  Call 252-668-0000

Monday, August 8, 2022

  • Holland grill with cover like new, $500.  Call 252-213-2848
  • 1962 Massey Ferguson tractor with bush hog, needs minor repair, $750.00 or will trade for a Car dolly: Troy Built garden tiller, rear wheel cut, needs work, $150.00: Craftsman garden tiller, front cut 25cc., almost new, $85.00; Two weed eaters, $30.00 for both; Older Homelight generator, carb leaks gas, $150.00; Poulan Chain saw, 16′ cut, as is 50.00; gas grill, $50.00;  Murray Riding mower, runs and cuts good, $375.00; Coin collection, all kinds, $200.00; $350 Chevy motor with transmission, 68,000 miles, $900.00;  1979 Chevy truck automatic transmission $300.00 as is. Big plastic tank in cage, $100.00 each good condition; garden and landscaping tools, $30.00. Call 984-239-3752
  • Looking for a medium size plastic pet carrier.  Call 252-767-2369

Thursday, August 4, 2022

  • Looking to buy 140 international tractor will consider any condition. Call 336-503-2629

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

  • Disabled person is in need of an electric clothes dryer. Call 252-776-8669

Monday, August 1, 2022

  • Ladies’ Tennis Shoes, Size 5 1/2-7 1/2; Backpack, $5; footmassager, $3; Land’s End rainjacket. Call 252-432-0086

Monday, July 25, 2022

  • Toro push mower, 6.5hp engine, runs great. $40. Call 252-314-7065

Thursday, July 21, 2022

  • Free firewood, tree cut down so come and cut up what you want, many loads many sizes to choose from. Call 252-762-7337 leave message if no answer.
  • 1996 Suzuki motorcycle 800 cc Intruder copper color, very good condition asking $2,000. Obo;  Other motorcycles available.  Call Kevin at 919-496-3096.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

  • Silver 2005 Chyrysler 300, motor knocking; asking $1,000.00. Call 252-820-4411
  • Wanted: Refrigerator. Call 252-432-1957

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

  • 2001 Chrysler 300M. Excellent condition but needs a computer. $1800. Call 252-425-3151

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • 1987 Cadillac 82,000 miles good condition. $6,000.00. Call 252-204-7495

VCS Announces Principals, Teachers Of The Year During Awards Ceremony

Vance County Schools honored its 2022 Educators of Excellence at an awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Edward Ortega, principal of STEM Early High School was named Principal of the Year; Launtia Dallas of Clarke Elementary was named Beginning Teacher of the Year; Anita Griffith of Zeb Vance Elementary was named Teacher of the Year and Donald Johnson of Aycock Elementary was named Assistant Principal of the Year.

The awards were presented at the district’s annual Excellence in Education banquet at the Henderson County Club. The banquet honored teachers, staff and administrators from across the district, representing their respective schools.

Griffith, music teacher at Zeb Vance Elementary, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She has taught at the elementary, secondary and university level.

“This is an amazing acknowledgement”, Griffith said. “I am humbled to be named VCS District Teacher of the Year. Our children are so important and I will try to always do my best for them.”

Donald Johnson III (VCS Assistant Principal of the Year), Edward Ortega (VCS Principal of the Year), Anita Griffith (VCS Teacher of the Year), and Launtia Dallas (VCS Beginning Teacher of the Year)

She is a phenomenal educator and in everything she does”, said Andrew Markcoch, the Director of Fine Arts and Innovation. First and foremost, she has built relationships with the students, and has built a culture in her room at Zeb Vance that is palatable.” Anybody that walks into her room will see that instantly. [She is] a wonderful representation of the kinds of things that we do in this district in the arts.”

Dallas, who teaches second grade at Clarke Elementary, said she is “excited, elated, honored and extremely grateful to Vance County Schools for this prestigious award.

I show up every day to educate my scholars as if they had my last name,” Dallas said in a press statement issued by VCS Director of Communications Aarika Sandlin. “My desire is to serve them to

the best of my ability so that they can serve our community. I am humbled by this recognition and I’m ready to allow this fresh fire to perpetuate as I believe that our scholars deserve teachers who believe that they can learn and will not be satisfied until they do.”

Johnson took top honors as assistant principal of the year. Currently at Aycock Elementary, he began his educational journey in Granville County as a teacher and assistant principal before joining Vance County Schools in 2021.

“I am truly humbled, honored, and blessed to serve the community that I am from. As a product of Vance County, I am fortunate to be able to serve alongside an amazing group of educators, children, and families that make up our community. As I reflect on the privilege of being named the Vance County Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year, the word that immediately comes to mind is ‘thankful.’ I am thankful to serve on a dynamic team that is committed to serving children each day to ensure that all children are given the best opportunities to learn and grow. I am thankful to continue to serve the community that made me who I am today. I am so proud of each educator in our district that invests in our students and community – they are the true heroes.”

Edward Ortega, principal of STEM Early High, said he was honored and humbled to be named VCS principal of the year. “This is a recognition of the dedication and hard work poured in over the years to make sure our students receive the quality education they deserve. I did not reach this point on my own. Since I came from Colombia in 2004, I have been blessed with mentorship and friendship of amazing educators and leaders. I am truly thankful to each one of them for the guidance, support and affection expressed along the way. I am also fortunate to work for a school district and community committed to fostering academic excellence in the county’s children and youth. I will continue to be fully committed to my passion for teaching and learning in all its forms in a school district that has become an incredibly special place for me and my family. Again, thank you Vance County Schools for this recognition. It feels amazing to be the 2022 VCS Principal of the Year.”

Ortega began his career with Vance County Schools as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. He graduated from the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia as a Modern Languages Teacher.

“It’s an honor to celebrate all of the educators in our district, especially those recognized by their peers as Teacher of the Year and Beginning Teacher of the Year”, said Superintendent Dr. Cindy Bennett. “It is also exciting to be part of recognizing members of our school leadership. Vance County Schools is very fortunate to have a group of dedicated and passionate teachers and leaders who recognize that the most important part of our job is serving our children.”

Griffith and Ortega will represent Vance County in the regional competition.

TownTalk: African American Cultural Museum Looking to Move Within Henderson

When families outgrow their homes, oftentimes they look for something in the same area with more bedrooms or bathrooms to make everyone more comfortable. That’s kind of what Edith Thompson is hoping to do with the African American Cultural Museum – their Oxford Road location actually used to be a home, but the museum quickly has outgrown its space.

The museum needs more space – inside and out, Thompson told John C. Rose on Wednesday’s Town.

“We’re excited about the future of the museum,” she said, noting that several groups have visited and held programs there recently. But parking is an issue, she said. And so is the underground oil tank, a relic of an obsolete heating system.

So for now, the museum is on pause for groups to come and visit. And Thompson and others are hopeful to find a spot in downtown Henderson to meet their needs.

“We need more space…we need to expand to incorporate an exhibit on the Henderson community,” Thompson said. A virtual tour will be posted on the museum’s website,, in the next 30 days or so, she said. A virtual tour will have to suffice, she said, until the museum’s docents once again can entertain face-to-face tours.

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“We put a lot of money into renovating this space,” Thompson said, so she and other museum supporters are disappointed to have to be looking for another space so soon.

“We do what we must,” she said optimistically. “It’s a good sign that Henderson loves us and is really embracing us.” She said educating young people is a prime mission of the museum, but museum organizers also had a vision that the museum would attract more visitors to the Henderson area.

She said the plan is to be back open in time to celebrate Black History Month 2023. “Excuse us while we take a brief hiatus,” Thompson said. “We will be back.”

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