Fatal I-85 Collision Involved Moped

Press Release – Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Henderson Police Department is investigating a fatality motor vehicle collision that occurred between the 214 and the 213 southbound mile marks on I-85 that occurred around 5:11 AM this morning. The collision involved a moped that was in the right lane, a passenger car, and a commercial motor vehicle. The passenger vehicle collided with the moped and the driver of the moped was ejected and remained in the roadway. A commercial motor vehicle collided with the driver that was in the roadway. The moped driver was pronounced deceased on-scene. I-85 southbound was closed for a number of hours during the investigation. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. The collision is under investigation. There are no charges at this time.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

H-V EDC Encouraged By Community Growth

Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission Encouraged By Community Growth

by Kelly Bondurant, Freelance Writer for Hire

Dennis Jarvis, II, the newly appointed Director of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission (EDC) has been hard at work in his first two months on the job.

Jarvis, who began his new position on November 6, 2017, is focused on familiarizing himself with his coworkers and the community. “My days since I began have been about staying late, learning names and getting my feet on the ground,” said Jarvis.

According to Tommy Hester, Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, Jarvis is doing a fantastic job in his new role. “Dennis Jarvis, II is a great addition to the Economic Development Commission and will be an asset to our area.”

Jarvis comes to the Economic Development Commission at a time of new growth and opportunity. Mako Medical Laboratories, based out of Raleigh, NC, has begun the process of expanding and setting up shop in Vance County. Occupying the former Harperprints Building on Industry Drive, Mako is in the process of remodeling, purchasing and installing equipment and hiring qualified employees.

In addition to other grants and incentives, Mako received $1 million in grants provided by the Goldenleaf Foundation and the Department of Commerce in December 2017. Earmarked for lab equipment and building upgrades and repairs, Mako has wasted no time in putting the resources to good use.

According to Hester, Mako has $6 million in lab equipment already in place. One of the more impressive pieces of equipment being installed will allow the lab to process approximately 2,000 specimens in one hour. Diagnostic lab testing provided by Mako includes blood, urine, genetic and allergy.

In addition to installing lab equipment, Mako is currently training and hiring employees for the new Vance County location. According to Hester, 11 people have currently been hired by Mako at a salary of approximately $56,000 per job. Mako anticipates bringing approximately 153 jobs into the area and anticipates a sales volume of $250 million this year.

“When you hear numbers like that, it goes without saying that Mako is a great thing for our area and for economic development,” said Hester.

The excitement around Mako has started a chain reaction of interest and pride in the community. “Other companies have seen the collaborative teamwork involved in the process by the County and various organizations and have inquired about opportunities in our area,” said Hester.

While Mako is certainly a boon for the area, Jarvis stresses that the EDC is also emphasizing and focusing on expansion of the county’s current base and courting new potential investments.

“Since October 2017, the EDC has submitted approximately 8-10 proposals to the State of North Carolina. Our focus is on retention of our current base and attracting new business opportunities,” Jarvis said.

With all of the current growth and future potential, both Jarvis and Hester feel a new day is dawning for Vance County.

“Our area has new business opportunities coming into the county, potential new businesses touring currently vacant building structures and existing businesses such as MR Williams growing and expanding. Vance County is heading in the right direction,” said Hester.

The next meeting of the EDC will be held Wednesday, February 7 at 8:30 am in the community room of Maria Parham Medical Center.

The EDC Board and guests will attend a meeting at Mako Medical Laboratories on Wednesday, March 7 for a tour of the facilities and company updates.

(WIZS contracted with the writer of this article Kelly Bondurant, Freelance Writer for Hire for publication here and on the air.)

Public Help to ID Suspects from Sweepstakes Armed Robbery

Press Release – Friday, January 19, 2018

The Henderson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals involved in an armed robbery that occurred on January 15, 2018 at the Sweepstakes Casino on South Beckford Drive, Henderson. Suspect vehicle is described as a black in color four-door vehicle. One of the suspects was described as a white male wearing a half skull mask displaying a handgun. One of the suspects wore a distinctive backpack that we are asking to public’s help in identifying. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Zachary Phillips at 252-431-5170 or via email at [email protected]. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or by using the P3 app on a smartphone or tablet device. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Please review the HPD photos below.



Much Needed Vance County Schools Info 1-22-18

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools were closed on Friday, January 19, for all students and school system employees due to the continued snowy conditions.

Due to school closures caused by the winter storm, Vance County Schools will continue with exams at the high schools on Monday, January 22-Wednesday, January 24. Students and staff will report to school on Monday, January 22, for a normal student day. Thursday, January 25, will be an early release day for all schools on a traditional calendar. Friday January 26, will be designated as a workday for staff to transition into second semester set to begin on Monday, January 29.

The early release and workday for staff does not include Early College High and E.M. Rollins Elementary. These schools will operate on their regular schedules beginning Monday.

The mid-year graduation ceremony for AdVance Academy has been rescheduled to Friday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Henderson Middle School.

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.


News 01/19/18

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

Closings/Delays for Jan 19, 2018

January 19th Closing & Delays


  • Crossroads Christian School in Henderson – closed Friday, 1-19.
  • Granville County Public Schools – closed for students and staff closed Friday, 1-19.
  • Franklin County Schools – closed Friday, 1-19 for students and staff.
  • Vance County Schools – closed Friday, 1-19.
  • Victory Christian School and Daycare – closed Friday, 1-19.


  • Vance Count Court – No Court 1-19 – Clerk’s Office Open at 10:30 a.m.

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City of Henderson Jan 19, 2018

— courtesy City of Henderson

City Hall and other administrative offices and facilities will be opening on a two hour delay on Friday, January 19, 2018 due to the temperature dropping Thursday night to below freezing.

In the event there is a reason to further delay the opening of City facilities Friday due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made on WRAL, ABC11, WCNC and WIZS.

Patricia Pearson
Exectuve Assistant
City Manager’s Office
City of Henderson, NC