Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market

Weekly Farmers Market Bounty: Berries, Greens, Potatoes And More!

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market Manager Pat Ayscue invites you to come out to the market Saturday – it’s all abuzz – with local honey and so much more! Strawberries are freshly picked, and you can almost taste the sweetness with your eyes. New potatoes are just-dug from local gardens, just waiting for customers to grab them up and take them home for dinner. Sweet potatoes are perfect for a sweet potato pie.

And don’t forget the greens: turnip salad, pointy-head cabbage and broccoli are just some of the early-season delights from area producers waiting to be scooped up and enjoyed.

Each new week, the farmers’ tables show that the season is moving forward. Jellies, pickles, and double WOW! at those fresh baked goods. Farm-fresh eggs gathered from some might well-loved and cared for hens. Handmade wood crafts and quilts. Soaps are designed for gifts and soaps for cleaning. Plants for home and garden. Fresh-cut flowers available for all occasions. Stop by and visit for that neighborhood and community feeling. Thanks for supporting your local farmer’s market.

The farmers market is located at 210 Southpark Drive and is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market is set to open on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning in June.

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Maria Parham Health Hosting Memorial Day Event – Gather ‘Round The Flag Poles On May 23 At 10 AM

-information courtesy of Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health invites the community to a special Memorial Day event Thursday, May 23 to pay tribute to the courageous individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Let us come together as a community to honor and remember those who have selflessly served our nation,” said Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health. “We extend a warm invitation to everyone to join us in this meaningful tribute to our fallen heroes. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”

The commemoration will take place at the flagpoles of Maria Parham Health on Ruin Creek Road, beginning at 10 a.m., according to information from MPH Marketing & Communication Coordinator Donna Young.

This commemorative event will feature:

  • Prayers for those who gave their lives in service
  • Guest speakers sharing reflections
  • Music to uplift and inspire
  • The hanging of a Memorial Wreath
  • Reading of Names in Memoriam to honor individuals’ sacrifice

All members of the public are invited to join us as we come together to honor and remember our fallen heroes. Whether you have a personal connection to the military or simply wish to pay your respects, your presence is deeply appreciated.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to hospital auditorium to ensure the solemnity of the occasion remains undisturbed.

This special program comes on the heels of an earlier event on May 2, the National Day of Prayer. At 12 noon, team members from three area hospitals – Maria Parham Henderson, Maria Parham Franklin in Louisburg and Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro – gathered at their respective locations to offer prayers for the nation, their hospitals and patients, as well as for families.

Beard, who serves as Market CEO at Maria Parham Health and Person Memorial Hospital, expressed appreciation for those who gathered together at the three locations. “In  moments like these, we are reminded of the profound impact of collective prayer in fostering  hope, resilience and compassion within our community,” Beard said.

The National Day of Prayer observance provided an opportunity for hospital staff to come together in a spirit of solidarity, reflecting on the challenges faced by our nation and our healthcare system  while also offering gratitude for the tireless efforts of frontline workers and the resilience of  patients and families.

“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who participated in this meaningful observance,” added Beard. “Together, through the power of prayer and compassion, we can continue to support and uplift one another, fostering a culture of healing and unity within our hospitals and beyond.”

Vance Commissioners to Receive Proposed Budget May 28

The chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, Dan Brummitt, has called a special meeting for Tuesday, May 28 so commissioners can receive the proposed budget.

A period of transition in leadership positions within the county, including the finance director position, has apparently caused things to move more slowly than in previous years.  Just seven months ago the county manager, Renee Perry, started here locally, and just three months ago there were four department head vacancies.  It is also apparent Perry has been hard at work and making headway.

While no Vance County Government employee has said so on or off the record, the county is relatively and comparatively behind, not just versus past years’ budget proposals but next to Henderson and the surrounding counties this year.

Now, with the proposed budget originally slated to be made public on Thursday, May 16, the commissioners and residents will now not have anything official for another 12 days, unless it’s posted at vancecounty.org.  Those 12 days represent 25 percent of the remaining time before the budget must be adopted – this with revaluation questions remaining, revaluation appeals to go before the Board of Equalization and Review, which means a quorum of the County Commissioners, particular line-items like McGregor Hall funding making headlines and with two public hearings on the budget required before adoption.

The special meeting for commissioners to receive the budget and schedule budget hearings and other items as needed will start at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, Vance County Administration Building, 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC.

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Tax Revaluation Info Session Monday, May 20

Vance County will hold a tax revaluation information session Monday, May 20.

The session starts at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Vance County Administration Building (the old courthouse building).

On a flyer the County has indicated that it has answers to questions about the revaluation.

TownTalk: The Future of McGregor Hall

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In six short years, Henderson’s McGregor Hall has earned a reputation across the area – and region – as a quality venue for hosting concerts, performances and competitions.

Executive Director Mark Hopper booked perhaps the venue’s most important act last month, however, when the Henderson City Council held its April meeting inside the facility for a one-man show: Hopper took center stage seeking financial support for the 1,000-seat theatre.

Hopper asked the Council for $75,000; County Manager C. Renee Perry told WIZS News that the county received a request for $60,000.

The recommended 2024-25 budget presented Monday to the City Council does not have a line item to support McGregor Hall; Perry told WIZS News that there is nothing in the county budget at present either.

The county commissioners are expected to receive the 2024-25 recommended budget on Tuesday, May 28.

Municipal and county budgets are supposed to be adopted by July 1, which is the start of the new fiscal year, and time is of the essence for McGregor Hall.

“What we need is help with our debt service,” Hopper told the City Council in April. “We will not survive 2025 without support.”

In his April presentation to City Council, Hopper said the venue, although doing very well at the box office, is drowning in mortgage debt. One quarter of the total revenue goes to service the mortgage.

Hopper is the lone full-time employee, and he works alongside five part-time employees and several hundred volunteers.

McGregor Hall is under the governance of the nonprofit Embassy Cultural Center Foundation and is propped up with solid local partnerships, dedicated individuals and business sponsors.

WIZS previously reported on the recent economic impact study that showed McGregor Hall has contributed $9.2 million to the local economy over the past four years – $5.1 in lodging bookings alone. The county benefits from motel/hotel tax revenues; the city and county benefit from taxes generated from the more than 30,000 guests to its rental events, namely in the form of 15 weekends of spring dance competitions.

Hopper said that every single dollar of investment to McGregor Hall brings a return of $31 to the community.

About 40 percent of revenues come from ticket sales, which Hopper said is in keeping with the industry standard. Grant funding, rental fees and concessions each kick in 10 percent and 20 percent from local business sponsors.

It would mean a lot for local government leaders to put a price tag on what it means to have a top-notch venue in Henderson and Vance County that draws patrons from the Triangle to southside Virginia – both to watch performances as well as to be on stage for shows.

Hopper said McGregor Hall is helping to change the perception of Henderson and Vance County, one performance at the time.

TownTalk: City of Henderson Budget Prelim

Henderson City Council member Garry Daeke has had a couple of days to review and reflect on the 2024-25 budget that was presented Monday by City Manager Terrell Blackmon.

It’s a delicate balance, Daeke said, to create a budget that provides for citizens’ wants and needs – without putting those same citizens in a bind by raising taxes, fees and more.

“I do enjoy the challenge of taking a budget and looking at all the different pieces,” Daeke said on Wednesday’s TownTalk. The cost of those services versus the tax rate is always a balancing act, and it’s one that Council members will begin discussing at a work session on Monday, May 20.

Blackmon’s presentation included details of a $25 million General Fund budget, and a total budget figure of somewhere around $45 million. The 158-page document can be found on the city’s webpage at henderson.nc.gov, under the Departments heading, click on Finance to go directly to the dropdown box where the document is located.  (Or click here as of 5-15-24.)

“The city’s growing,” Daeke said. “We have so many things we’d like to do.” But how to fund those things is what the budget discussion will be about.

Added to the mix is the recent revaluation of properties in the county, which will generate additional revenue for the city in the form of property tax.

A 45-cent per $100 of value would generate the same amount of tax revenue as this year, Daeke said. “We need some increase, I think. I do not think it needs to be 10 cents.”

A 55-cent per $100 value would generate between $4 and 4.5 million, he calculated, and a 65-cent per $100 value would bring in $7 million. He said, however, that he would not vote for a 55-cent tax rate unless he was thoroughly convinced otherwise during the course of the upcoming budget discussions. If the city were to keep the current tax rate of 75 cents per $100, it would generate roughly $10 million.

Generally speaking, overall property values in the city increased about 63 percent since the last revaluation in 2016. That means many property owners will have to pay higher tax bills, maybe a couple of hundred extra dollars, in the city, Daeke noted.

And that, coupled with higher monthly bills like water and sewer, could pose problems for folks who may be struggling to make ends meet as it is. “We have to be cognizant of what people can afford.”

Landlords most likely would have to increase rents to help absorb those rising costs, Daeke said. “It could be a phenomenal amount in a year’s time for people who are struggling to pay their bills.”

Another funding stream comes from sales tax collection, which continues to be strong in the city. “We’ve done well in terms of people staying home and spending money,” he said.

The budget also calls for moving $4 million from the fund balance to offset non-recurring federal ARPA funds. Daeke said there’s “extra” money available because of having unfilled positions within the city.

Once those positions are filled, however, that “extra” money will not be available.

Some of the other items on the expenditure side of the ledger in the future include a new fire station, completion of the park on William Street and housing redevelopment.

“We’ve taken down 300 homes – we need to start putting stuff back,” Daeke said. “That can’t be done without some funding.”

A major contributor to the sales tax coffers is McGregor Hall. Economic impact studies show that the entertainment venue draws people from across the region to see concerts, performances and participate in dance competitions, just to name a few.

Daeke said he would like to see more support for McGregor Hall from local government.

“I believe it’s time to help them stay in business,” he said, noting that there is nothing in the recommended budget at present.

One idea that’s floating around is to purchase the property on which the former Falkner Building Supply once stood. It’s part of the original McGregor family bequest, Daeke said, so McGregor Hall owns it.

“We’d love to purchase that and put a parking area and other businesses there” to create a cash flow for McGregor Hall and to contribute to the economic vitality to the downtown area.

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H-V Chamber Student Leadership Vance Graduation 2024

The 15 members of the 2023-24 Student Leadership Vance program finished up earlier this month with a graduation ceremony. And although that May 1 graduation marked the completion of the program, Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce President Sandra Wilkerson said she believes it’s just the beginning for these high school students who have a deeper appreciation for their community and the things that Henderson and Vance County offer.

Wilkerson said she told the group at graduation that if they only took away one thing, she hoped that it would be that they speak positively about their community. “Positivity is the name of the game,” she said on Wednesday’s TownTalk.

Modeled after the Leadership Vance program, this program gave students a chance to visit area businesses, agencies and organizations that operate in the city and county, as well as observe government and civic engagement activities.

Vanessa Jones led the program, and Wilkerson called her the program’s “fearless leader” and a perfect fit. Retired from Vance-Granville Community College, “she’s been around students all her life” and undaunted by the prospect of working with teenagers.

Feedback from the participants – students from four different schools across the county – ranged from “I never knew that existed” to “never knew we had that here,” Wilkerson said.

“I challenged each of them to spread that knowledge” about their community, she added.

A 2022 pilot program worked with 8th graders, but Wilkerson said that age group proved to be a little young, so this year’s program was limited to 10th and 11th graders. “By the end of session one, the kids were already exchanging cell phone numbers, so that was a ‘win,’” she said.

One of the goals of the leadership program is to bring students from different schools together. Wilkerson said she’s already fielded calls from Kerr-Vance Academy to be included in next year’s program.

Jayden Watkins said, “I had the chance to go behind the scenes of Henderson, learn history about our city that I hadn’t learned before but most of all understand how each person in our city is important…Every position matters because every person’s job is important to make our community work in unity!”

For participant Kate Seifert, the program contributed to her growth in leadership skills, community awareness and empathy toward others.

“The Student Leadership Institute gave me the opportunity to connect with other students while learning about the inner workings and hidden aspects of Henderson and Vance County,” Seifert said. It was incredibly inspiring and eye-opening to see firsthand all of the people who work behind the scenes to help our town to grow and thrive.”

She said she especially enjoyed the health and community day, when the group toured the Boys and Girls Club, the SAM Child Advocacy Center, Maria Parham Health, Henderson YMCA, and Abria’s Chase Foundation. “Throughout this day, I gained a deeper understanding of services in Henderson that help us stay connected, healthy, and supported as a community.”

Watkins said the program has helped him “discover the greatness that lies within Henderson. Most teenagers like me when I was younger, don’t think Henderson is a place we want to live in after college,” he said.

But, he added, Henderson “needs my generation to bring the greatness to the forefront by evolving as leaders.”

Here is a list of students by school who completed the program:

Henderson Collegiate

Jenifer Aguilar

Kameron Bullock

Mya Fisher

Jayden Watkins

Faith Wimbush

Vance County High School

Alajiah Alston

Choice Puryear

Harold Timberlake

Vance Charter School

Noah Bean

Joshua Jones

Kate Seifert

Bridger Stewardson

Crossroads Christian

Anderson Boyd

Rebecca Fowler

Ava Wade

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

  • Needs storm door removed and new one installed; small wooden love seat with removable cushions, $60 or best offer.  Call 252-432-0086
  • Wanted: 1993 North Carolina license plate.  Call 252-432-0001
  • Old photo of Marilyn Monroe for sale; Wanted: 265 70 R16 or 265 75R16 tires.  Call 252-767-6792

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

  • Grey 2010 Ford Ranger, just hit 100,000 miles! All service paper records , has Sirius radio ( cancelled), also new Michelin tires! Clean, new floor mats, asking twelve thousand! Call 919-603-0188 if interested!
  • Wanted: pickup truck between $2500-3000.  Call 252-598-2112

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

  • Four collectible dolls in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Clark Gable and John Wayne, $50 each.  Call 252-213-8883
  • 250 gallon plastic water barrel. $50.  Call 252-213-4775

Monday, May 6, 2024

  • 2006 GMC truck Duramax diesel. Parting out. Truck runs but needs a computer and truck is still complete. 4 wheel drive. FOR PARTS. GOOD MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION.. OR YOU CAN BUY THE COMPLETE TRUCK; Club cadet 1000 series riding mower, 42 inch cut, good condition,  asking 900.00.  Call 984-239-3752.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

  • Used round oak table for sale $50. Has four claw feet. Has hidden leaf for expansion. Heavy, Must pick up in Henderson.  Call 252-432-1185
  • WANTED: Honda or Toyota SUV under $3,000. High mileage OK.  Call 252-505-8836
  • Baby Goats.  Call 984-514-5532

Monday, April 29, 2024

  • Bedroom suit: double bed, dresser, night stand, chest of drawers, $50; Kitchen table with 4 chairs rectangle shape, $50.  All the furniture is solid wood and not particle board.  Call 919-690-9356
  • Flat exam table, brown in color, $185; small refrigerator, $100.  Call 252-767-7532
  • New hospital bed with lifter, $300.  Call 252-204-9113

Thursday, April 25, 2024

  • Three wood bookshelves, 7 X 9, $75 each.  Call 252-213-3141
  • Electric fire place, dark wood, $300 or best offer; white storm door; plush gray chair, $75 or best offer.  Call 252-432-0086

Monday, April 22, 2024

  • 8000 watt Briggs & Stratton generator, $600; hedge trimmer, chain saw and other lawn & garden equipment.  Call 252-572-2642

Thursday, April 18, 2024

  • Will cut grass and weed eat, haul things and do odd jobs.  Call 252-915-8229 or 252-767-2369 or 252-432-7752.
  • Two saddles including a Circle Y Western saddle, 1946 Scott radio.  Call 252-432-2867
  • Leg exerciser, $10.  Call 252-432-0086

Monday, April 15, 2024

  • Looking for houses to clean. Call 252-767-2369 or 252-915-8229
  • Looking for an enclosed trailer, 12′ to 14′ long, 6 1/2′ t0 7′ wide. Call 252-213-1697

Friday, April 12, 2024

  • Coleman table top gas grill for camping, brand new, never used, taken out of the box and put back; It comes with 2 gas containers.; asking for $45. Call Jean in Oxford 919-603-4473.
  • 2007 Chevy Express Van, 215,000 miles.  $8500.  Will trade for a Ford Ranger or Chevrolet S 10.  Call 252-430-9760
  • Old desk/secretary.  Free.  Leave a message at 252-492-2355