VCS Administrator Receives Leadership Award From Superintendents’ Association, School Leadership Alliance

A Vance County Schools official has received a prestigious award from the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD).

Dr. Letisha Judd-Manning, director of elementary education and professional development for Vance County Schools, is the winner of the Dr. Samuel Houston Leadership Award for the Aspiring Superintendent Program Cohort V, according to a statement from the NCSSA. The annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.

Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson called Judd-Manning “a strong and focused leader with a track record of success as a teacher, school principal and district leader. We are very proud of Dr. Judd-Manning and grateful for her leadership and dedication to Vance County Schools,” Jackson said.

Dr. Judd-Manning “exemplifies the traits that have guided Dr. Samuel Houston’s career in educational leadership, said Jack Hoke, NCSSA executive director. “She has a commitment to continuous improvement, high standards of ethical conduct, strategic planning, improving student performance and meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce,” Hoke said.

“It is an honor to receive the Dr. Samuel Houston Leadership Award and to have participated in the Aspiring Superintendent Program,” Dr. Judd-Manning stated. “One of the greatest rewards was taking this powerful journey with this cohort of amazing N.C. educational leaders. The wisdom and expertise shared by our esteemed program leaders was extremely valuable and will have lasting influence,” she added.

Judd-Manning has been with VCS since 2017 and previously served in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, according to Aarika Sandlin, VCS public information officer.

career in education began 25 years ago as a teacher assistant. She went on to become a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Dr. Judd-Manning was graduated from N.C. Central University, earned a master’s degree in school administration at UNC-CH and holds a doctorate in education from High Point University.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel Houston who is President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Dr. Houston served as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District for ten years where he opened the first year-round school in North Carolina. Dr. Houston has been a champion for strategic planning, student performance and accountability, meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce, skills for the STEM world and building education partnerships.

May 21 Plate Fundraiser Home Cooked Food

Big Ruin Creek Missionary Baptist Church is having a fundraiser, and the resulting food options are going to be many.

There will be a plate sale on May 21 at 11 a.m.  It will take place at 421 Pearl Street, Henderson.

The menu will include baked chicken, fish and meatloaf for $8 each.  Chitterlings and barbecue will be $10 each.  If you would like a combination plate, no problem.  Combination plates will be $12 each.

Sides will consist of collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and cornbread.

As the notice asking WIZS to announce this said, “Come and get some good home cooked food.”

If you would like to contact anyone in advance, let it be Margaret Gregory at 767-1593.

Shots, Search, Arrests of Trevino and Velazquez

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On the evening of May 11, 2021 officers from the Henderson Police Department responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Gholson Ave. It was determined that the shots were coming from 248 Gholson Ave and two subjects were encountered during the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the residence after the on scene discovery of controlled substances. Seized during the search warrant were 340 grams of cocaine, 205.5 grams of marijuana, 13 amphetamine pills, 985 Xanax bars, 2 THC edibles, Promethazine Codeine syrup, three semi auto firearms, one 20 gauge shotgun, drug manufacturing equipment, firearm accessories, firearm ammunition, high capacity magazines, and $2,093 in US Currency.

29 year old, Gerardo Trevino of 248 Gholson Ave. was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Cocaine by Possession and Manufacture, Possession with Intent to Sell Manufacture and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Manufacture a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintain a Dwelling to Keep Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Sell Manufacture and Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Sell Manufacture and Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Trevino received $158,000 secured bond.

29 year old, Jonathan Velazquez of Oxford, NC was arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Misdemeanor Possession Schedule IV Controlled Substance. He received a 31,000 secured bond.

If anyone has information about the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics or other ongoing criminal activity, please contact us through Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers at (252- 492-1925 or P3 app), call us at 252-438-4141, or contact us through Facebook or Instagram.

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SportsTalk 05-13-21 George Hoyle, Kerr Vance Academy

For the fourth time consecutively the Kerr-Vance Academy baseball team finds itself in the running for another state championship. This weekend Kerr-Vance will take on Grace Christian in Sanford. Kerr-Vance has posted an 11-7 record so far this year while Grace Christian is undefeated at 20-0.

As with most school atletics programs, Kerr-Vance faced challenges to get games in. The school’s Athletic Director, George Hoyle, said one of those challenges was scheduling. He had hoped to get at least ten games in during the baseball season but has managed eighteen so far this year. “I’m thrilled with how this season has gone,” Hoyle said. “We were fortunate with weather and Covid,” Hoyle continued. Kerr-Vance Academy was fortunate with no instances of Covid reported for the team the entire season. This year was the first under head coack Mike Rigsbee. Hoyle said there was a lot of excitement and some uncertainty with a new head coach leading the program.  Hoyle said it was “great to see Rigsbee’s personality and energy come into the program. It was cool to see.”

In regards to Kerr Vance Academy’s successful season Hoyle said, “I can confirm winning is fun.” Even though he enjoys winning Hoyle thinks that seeing the growth of his seniors is far more important than winning baseball games. The school has been quite successful with its athletic programs with KVA winning eight state championships over the last four years.

All of the success has not gone unnoticed as Hoyle has announced he will be leaving KVA to take the athletic director’s position at Thales Academy in Wake Forest. Hoyle has recently become engaged and wasn’t really looking to move but Thales Academy made a good recruitment pitch. “I’m looking forward to the new opportunity and a great challenge,” Hoyle said about moving on to Thales Academy. For the moment, Hoyle and Coach Rigsbee have KVA Baseball on their minds as they head to Sanford to try and bring home one more state championship.

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City of Henderson FY21-22 Proposed Budget Public Hearing

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The Henderson City Council FY21-22 Proposed Budget Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 134 Rose Avenue.  The public is invited to attend, submit written comments, make oral comments and/or ask questions about the budget, in whole or part, during the Budget Public Hearing period.  However, due to Covid restrictions, Council Chambers can only accommodate a limited number of individuals.  Please contact the City Clerk (252-430-5705) to submit written comments.

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May Is Mental Health Month; Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Links Community To Services

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If you, a family member or friend is struggling with mental health issues – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – a phone call to Cardinal Innovations Healthcare may be the first step to finding help.

May is Mental Health Month, and Thursday’s Town Talk guests discussed a variety of ways that the community can become involved in, learn about, and access services to support families that struggle with mental health challenges.

Monae Davis, member engagement specialist for the Northern Region of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, spoke with John C. Rose Thursday about resources her organization provides.

She was joined by Diana Talley and Gladys Foster-Young, both members of the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC), a group that advises Cardinal Innovations Healthcare regarding community and member needs.

CFAC members are volunteers who share their unique perspectives to help inform decisions and initiatives that improve the health and wellness of its members, Davis said. The Northern Region group supports Vance, Franklin, Granville, Warren and Halifax counties.

“So many people who are in need of services who may not know how to ask for services,” Talley said Thursday. “We talk to the community, we are present at community activities and functions…and are able to come back to Cardinal and say ‘these are the needs and concerns of the community,’” she added.

Foster-Young said the CFAC role is to monitor development of services, identify service gaps, especially for underserved populations, and submit recommendations to the state for ways to improve service delivery.

Both Talley and Foster Young became involved with CFAC because they have family members with mental health challenges. “We have good days and bad days,” Foster-Young said, “but when we look back at where we are now and where we have come from, it’s a miracle,” she said, of her particular family members’ situation.

Anyone over the age of 18 who either receives Cardinal services or has a family member that does is eligible to be a member of the CFAC. The time commitment is about four hours each month; meetings are virtual because of COVID-19 restrictions, but stipends and reimbursement for mileage are available when in-person meetings can resume.

The Northern Region CFAC meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for June 8, Davis said.

The pandemic has been stressful for everyone, and Talley said it is important to be honest and recognize when it’s time to reach out for help. People may be suffering from depression as a result of unemployment because of the pandemic, she said.  “Everybody needs help from time to time,” she said. Call 252.430.1330 for information.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare does not provide direct services to clients, Davis said; rather, it helps connect members – who receive Medicaid benefits – to the services in the community to address their needs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse disorders and intellectual developmental disabilities.

“There is help available,” Talley said. “Reach out, you don’t have to live with these diagnoses alone,” Talley said. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.”

Visit to learn more about the CFAC and how to join the group.

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The Local Skinny! Get Vaccinated May 20 Outside Courthouse

On Thursday, May 20th here in Vance County, the courthouse will serve as a site to get a covid vaccine.

The Hon. Henry L. Gupton, clerk of court in Vance County, said Granville Vance Public Health would be on site at the courthouse starting at 9 a.m. to provide the vaccine. He said Lisa Harrison, local health director, would be present to answer any questions.

Gupton said, “There is a large docket that day. Maybe folks will come on and take the shot. I’m ready to get the office back open, rather than just being partially open as we are.”

Harrison told WIZS News, “Your health department is committed to getting vaccine out in the community to make it easier for everyone to access. The more people we can vaccinate, the safer we will all be from the severe effects of COVID-19. It is absolutely clear that COVID-19 presents more of a health risk to people than the vaccine. Let us know what questions you have. We are here to serve the public and protect the health of everyone.”

In order to participate, just show up. Enter from the Chestnut Street side of the courthouse along Church Street behind First Presbyterian Church. That’s the side with the most parking. Where to go from there will be evident as Granville Vance Public Health will have a banner in place.

Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks

HVRPD Has Openings for Summer Camp Counselors – Apply Now!

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department has job openings for a seasonal, part-time camp counselor and junior counselor and applications are being accepted now. The counselors are needed between mid-June through mid-August. The summer programs will be at Aycock Recreation Center, with walking field trips to Fox Pond Park.

Applications are at

The position of Camp Counselor is open to young people 18 years and older, preferably with a high school diploma or GED, and who have a valid driver’s license. The hourly pay range is $7.50 to $9. Knowledge of CPR and basic first aid is a plus, and an ideal candidate would need to have a flexible schedule within a 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday workday.

The camp counselor reports to the facilities supervisor and will have a leadership role among other staff, volunteers and campers. The counselor is responsible for campers ages 5-13 years.

Following is a list of other skills and abilities needed for the job:

  • Knowledge of word processing is preferred
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement age-appropriate program activities
  • Excellent public relations and communication skills are required
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public
  • Ability to teach and lead an activity
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to follow the operating procedures
  • Ability to prepare clear and precise written reports
  • Recognizes and responds to opportunities for problem-solving in the group
  • Excellent character, integrity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and adaptability
  • Additionally, physical capabilities should allow to actively participate in the general supervision of activities of walking, running, hiking, etc.

Junior camp counselors ($7.25-$7.50/hour) work closely with the facilities supervisor and the camp counselor and should be able to actively participate in camp trainings, meetings and program activities. Candidates for this job must be at least 14 years old and able to have a flexible schedule within the 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 Monday-Friday workday.

Following is a list of skills and abilities for a junior camp counselor:

  • Excellent public relations and communication skills are required
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public
  • Ability to assist, teach, and lead recreational activities, i.e., board games, arts and crafts, etc.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to follow operating procedures
  • Excellent character, integrity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and adaptability