VCRFM 2019 Season Ends This Weekend!


-Information courtesy Vance County Regional Farmers Market

Saturday, December 7  will be the last day of Vance County Regional Farmers Market’s 2019 season.

Stop by and stock up on a variety of fresh, locally grown produce and products that are still available. Apples, beef, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, eggs, fresh herbs, mixed greens, mustard greens, onions, pork, potatoes, red and green tomatoes, turnips, turnip greens, and sweet potatoes are just a few of the tasty foods you will find at the market.

Fill your pantry with baked goods, canned vegetables, chow-chow, sauces, jams, preserves, honey and molasses.

The VCRFM is the perfect place to find a unique, handcrafted gift for most anyone on your list – including yourself!

Peruse the vast array of unique handmade crafts including holiday decorations, knitwear, glassware, pottery, candles, cards, napkins, placemats and table runners, ornaments, accent pillows and neck supporters, soaps, wreaths, woodcrafts, jewelry, original artwork and much more.

Meet and mingle with your friends and neighbors in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere while you shop. Be sure to ask the vendors about their produce and products, and leave knowing you have purchased the freshest foods and most unique crafts our area has to offer.

The VCRFM thanks all who have supported the farmers, ranchers, crafters and bakers throughout the 2019 season and hopes to see you at the market on Saturday!

For information regarding your Vance County Regional Farmers Market, you may contact Tracy Madigan, Market Manager at 252-438-8188 or [email protected] or Paul McKenzie, Vance & Warren County Agricultural Extension Agent at 252-438-8188 or [email protected]

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VCSO: Undercover Operation Ends in Two Drug Arrests

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On December 3, 2019, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Daric Eugene Hawkins (age 29) and Kaziy Sakidra Harris (age 22) at Raleigh Road and Chavasse Avenue in Henderson, North Carolina.

Hawkins and Harris were arrested as a result of an undercover operation.

Hawkins was charged with Possession with the Intent to Manufacture Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle, Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana, Possession of less than a half-ounce of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Harris was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance on Jail Premises, Maintaining a Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Hawkins received a $29,0000.00 bond and Harris received a $28,000.00 bond. Hawkins and Harris’ court dates were set for December 30, 2019, in Vance County District Court.

This investigation is continuing. 

Henderson City Council to Swear In Newly Elected Officials at Mon. Meeting

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

The Henderson City Council will hold a reorganizational meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. in the R.G. (Chick) Young, Jr. Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, NC.

Agenda items include:

Public Hearing – Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-50, Regulating the Use of Golf Carts and Low-Speed Vehicles on City Streets.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution, 19-53, Receiving the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY Ending 30 June 2019.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-40-B, Authorizing the Sale of a Parcel of City-Owned Land Located at 725 Roberson Street, Recorded in Vance County Tax Deed Book 1164, Page 212, Further Identified as PIN #0068 01014 of the Vance County Registry.

a) Pursuant to G.S.§143-318.11 (a)(3) regarding an Attorney-Client Matter.
b) Pursuant to G.S.§143-318.11 (a)(6) regarding a Personnel Matter.

a) Presentations to and Remarks by Outgoing Council Member George M. Daye.
b) Swearing in of Newly Elected Council Members:
– Marion B. Williams
– D. Mike Rainey
– Melissa Elliott
– Jason Spriggs
– Eddie Ellington

a) Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore.
b) Appointment of City Manager Frank Frazier, City Attorney D. Rix Edwards and City Clerk Esther J. McCrackin.
c) Consideration of Approval of 1) Resolution 19-54, Authorizing the Final Adjusting Change Order for the Young Avenue AC Waterline Replacement Project; and 2) Ordinance 19-53, FY 19 BA #10, Amending the Budget for the Young Avenue AC Waterline Replacement Project Final Adjusting Change Order.
d) Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of October 2019.

a) Consideration of Ordinance 19-52, Imposing a 60-Day Moratorium on Approval of the Establishment or Operation of New Electronic Gaming Operations to Allow Review by the City.
b) Consideration of Ordinance 19-49, Amending Zoning Ordinance Section 611B Domiciliary Homes, Family Care Homes, Home for the Aged and Disabled, Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled Adults and Nursing Homes.
c) Consideration of Resolution 19-55, Authorizing the City to Enter into an Agreement with the UNC School of Government, Development Finance Initiative Unit, for Technical Services Related to City Redevelopment in the Amount of $127,550.

Vance Co. Board of Commissioners to Meet Mon., Dec. 9

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, December 9, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Carolyn Roy, Plank Chapel United Methodist Church.

Agenda items include:

1. Reorganization of Board

  • Election of Chair
  • Election of Vice-Chair

2. Adopt Schedule of Holidays

3. Renewal of Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule

(First Monday of each month at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

4. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – speakers are limited to five minutes)

5. Appointment – 6:15 p.m. – Lisa Harrison, Health Department

  • Annual Report
  • Community Health Assessment Priority Update

6. Public Hearing – 6:30 p.m. – Angie Blount, Planning & Development

  • Rezoning Request – Case #RZ20191114-1, Big Ruin Creek Lane: Parcels 0404 03013 and 0404 03014

7. Water District Board

  • Committee Report
  • Monthly Operations Report

8. Committee Reports and Recommendations

a. Properties Committee

  • Carpet Replacement (Courthouse & Admin Building)
  • Courthouse HVAC Unit Replacements
  • EDC Office Relocation
  • Lease Agreement
  • District Attorney Office Renovation
  • Eaton Johnson Gym
  • Former Henderson Laundry

9. County Attorney’s Report

a. REO Properties – Bid Acceptance

  • 107 Briarcliff Street – Parcel 0214C 02025
  • Ranes Drive – Parcel 0055 01035

10. County Manager’s Report

  • Surplus Property – Police Canine
  • Resolution – Removal of Register of Deeds Records for Preservation
  • Joint Venture Agreement with the City of Henderson

11. Consent Agenda Items

  • Budget Transfer
  • Tax Refunds and Releases
  • Ambulance Charge-Offs
  • Monthly Reports

12. Miscellaneous

  • Appointments

Click here to view current and prior Board agendas.

Vance Co. Schools to Host District-Wide Family Night Dec. 10

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

On Tuesday, December 10, Vance County Schools will be hosting its next District-Wide Family Night at E.M. Rollins Elementary School. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

There will be snacks for those who attend and child care for children under 12.

Topics will include “Engagement and Advocacy in Your Child’s Education” & “Today’s Math and Reading are Fundamental.”

“Engagement and Advocacy in Your Child’s Education” will inform parents about ways to advocate and engage with their child’s school at each grade level.

“Today’s Math and Reading are Fundamental” will educate families about current reading and math techniques to better equip parents to understand and assist students with homework.

VCS hopes to have the community attend these informative sessions.

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Town Talk 12/05/19: ‘Smart’ Technology is Watching & Listening!


Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program featured a general discussion of “smart” technology (phones, televisions, baby monitors, etc.) and what is being heard, seen and recorded.

WIZS’ John Charles reminded listeners that anything that responds to a voice command has a microphone that is “listening” to conversations in your home and business.

Likewise, anything with a camera – such as most new smart televisions – has the potential to capture video images.

Smart technology also has the capability to track the user’s location at all times.

Just how much of what is being recorded and how the information is stored and used is unknown. What is clear, for better or worse, is that it is increasingly difficult to maintain a true sense of privacy in a more technological-savvy world.

To hear today’s segment in its entirety, go to and click on Town Talk.

VCSO: Beware of Gift Card Scam Using Sheriff Brame’s Name

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-Information courtesy Sheriff Curtis Brame

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office has received credible reports that someone hanging around Walmart in Louisburg is attempting to sell gift cards to shoppers by stating that they are associated with Sheriff Curtis Brame and the VCSO.

In a phone call to WIZS, Sheriff Brame stated that this is a scam and neither he or the VCSO are associated with the sell of any gift cards.

During the holiday season, scams are rampant and the public is urged to use caution when purchasing gift cards from anyone other than a reputable merchant.

VGCC Receives $194K Grant From Duke Energy & Piedmont Natural Gas

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-Press Release, Duke Energy

Vance-Granville Community College today announced a $194,160 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The funds will help connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities.

The investment will be used to expand apprenticeships in the fields of Mechatronics, Industrial Maintenance and Welding, as part of VGCC’s “Business & Industry Connect” program. The college will be able to purchase new equipment, provide tuition supports for students and implement additional training, including the nationally-known “Tooling U-SME” program.

From Left to Right: Kenneth Wilson, Tanya Evans (district manager, Duke Energy), VGCC President Rachel Desmarais, Ken Lewis, Eddie Ferguson. (VGCC photo)

“This grant represents a huge boost to our local industry partners and to students who are looking to energize their careers,” said VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais. “We appreciate the continuing support of Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas because apprenticeships are part of VGCC’s multi-pronged approach to addressing workforce shortages so that our economy can grow.”

“We are proud to partner with Vance-Granville Community College to connect students with apprenticeship and workforce training opportunities,” said Tanya Evans, district manager, Duke Energy. “These students will help meet the growing and evolving needs of the region’s manufacturing industry.”

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $35 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Individual community colleges could apply for funds through the North Carolina Community Foundation and the Foundation for the Carolinas.

Applications were reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

‘Festival of Trees’ Wraps Up With Silent Auction on Sat.

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-Information courtesy the Vance County Regional Farmers Market

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is hosting The Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Vance County now through Friday.

Don’t miss the chance to wander through a winter wonderland of fully and creatively decorated Christmas trees by local businesses and individuals, enjoy performances of seasonal music by local artists and even meet Santa!

The event runs through December 3-6 at the VCRFM from 2 – 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult (children under 12 get in free). All proceeds go to support the Boys & Girls Club of Vance County.

Really want a Christmas tree this year, but don’t have time to decorate one? No worries. Many of the trees on display at The Festival of Trees are for sale through a silent auction bid process. Bidding ends Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m.

The VCRFM is located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson.

Photo courtesy VCRFM.

Photo courtesy VCRFM.