‘Cops on Top’ Fundraiser TOMORROW at Henderson Chick-fil-A

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The annual “Cops on Top” Fundraiser, postponed from its original September date due to expected inclement weather, will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Chick-fil-A of Henderson.

Officers and deputies from the Henderson Police Department and Vance County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting donations at the restaurant’s drive-through and side entrances. Money raised will cover the expenses Vance County athletes incur while participating in the Special Olympics.

A bouncy house and face painting will be provided by BoHo the Clown with Character Antics. Guest appearances by kid-friendly characters are also scheduled.

Vance Co. Properties Committee to Hear on Eaton Johnson Building Progress

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

Please be informed that Vance County’s Properties Committee (Brummitt, Taylor, Wilder) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Vance County Administration Building located at 122 Young Street in Henderson.

The committee will receive an update from the architects on the former Eaton Johnson Middle School’s building progress.

Reminder: Tour de Vance Registration Runs Through Fri.; Bike Ride Set for Sat.

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Registration is now underway for the Seventh Annual Tour de Vance bike ride, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019. The ride has been growing steadily since its inception, drawing families and first-timers in addition to the most seasoned of cyclists for four separate cycling events.

This year’s ride will help VGCC’s Endowment Fund to support scholarships for students enrolled in Health Sciences programs at the college. Programs include Associate Degree Nursing, Radiography, Practical Nursing, Histotechnology, Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technology.

Proceeds from this year’s ride will also go to the Vance County United Way. The organization’s goal is to support the work of local public service agencies such as the Addition Recovery Center for Men, Community Partners of Hope, Smart Start, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, LifeLine Outreach and the Harold Sherman Adult Day Center.

Several different options are available for cyclists. The 9-mile “fun ride” is ideal for youth, families and beginners. A 20-mile course suits riders ready for a bit more distance. Experienced cyclists can choose a 31-mile “Forest and Farmland” circle route through the country or a 62-mile “metric century” that adds to that 31-mile circle route an out-and-back spur to the Kerr Lake area.

The rides will start and finish at VGCC’s Main Campus, located off Interstate 85 and Poplar Creek Road at 200 Community College Road in Henderson.

All riders can register through the Vance-Granville Community College website at vgcc.edu/tourdevance. Online registration will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. On-site registration will be an option at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

The 9-mile ride will cost $10 for each rider. The 20-mile ride will cost $20 for those who register by Sept. 9, increasing to $25 thereafter. The 31-mile and 62-mile (or “metric century”) rides will cost $30 for those who register by Sept. 9, increasing to $40 thereafter.

“Vance-Granville is honored to once again be associated with an event that has become such a success and a symbol of our college’s 50-year history of community involvement,” said Eddie Ferguson, director of the VGCC Endowment Fund. “Joining forces with the United Way means that we can make an even bigger impact, raising funds for good causes while promoting the importance of exercise and good health.”

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 19. The 62-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m., the 31-mile ride at 9:30, the 20-mile ride at 10 a.m., and the 9-mile ride at 10:30 a.m. Law enforcement will accompany riders on the 9-mile route.

Lunch will be provided.

Participating sponsors include Granville-Vance Public Health, Carolina GI Associates PC, Joel Goodwin MD, Barnett Properties, Henderson Fruit & Produce, Prim Rentals, T&T Laundries, Inc., AAA Gas, College Station, Ted’s Catering, and Bearpond Market.

For more information, contact Eddie Ferguson at (252) 738-3264 or [email protected]

Youth Basketball Clinic to Focus on Gun/Gang Violence Awareness

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

“Soul-Out” Ministry, Henderson Optimist Club, Boyd Honda of Henderson, Alamance Academy, LLC and the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department present the 2019-2020 Basketball Season Kickoff Clinic.

The clinic will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Aycock Recreation Center – 307 Carey Chapel Rd in Henderson. The clinic is designed for youth ages 6-14.

This year’s theme is “Gun and Gang Violence Awareness.”

For more information, please contact Bailey Alston at (252) 915-8917.

More Than $3.4M in Grants Awarded by NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

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-Press Release, USDA&CS

The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) awarded more than $3.4 million through 22 grants fo agricultural and economic initiatives across the state. The grants place a high priority on projects that address ways to train people for new careers, stimulate the agricultural economy and help farmers with innovative ideas.

“Our Commission is dedicated to funding projects that will benefit farmers and their communities across the state,” said Bill Teague, Chairman of the NCTTFC. “In 2019 we were able to fund a diverse array of projects that will benefit a wide section of North Carolina agriculture.”

The $3.4 million supports projects that assist farmers with facility enhancements, research and educational opportunities. These projects assist with innovative on-farm projects, increase leadership skills and offer operational strategies that will help farmers increase farm income.

One project is with the N. C. Agricultural Foundation to study insect and mite management in hemp. Another project partners with the N.C. Agromedicine Institute to educate producers about managing their response to farm stress.

In addition to the grants awarded, the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission renewed its partnerships with the AgPrime and AgVentures to provide small grants directly to on-farm projects that support increasing farm profitability.

The N.C. General Assembly created the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission in 2000 to lessen the financial impact to farmers and tobacco-related businesses caused by the sharp decline of tobacco in the agricultural economy.

The commission’s original funding was established through tobacco industry annual payments as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement. Its current funding comes from a set appropriation of funds. Since 2002, the NCTTF has awarded more than 360 grants to public and nonprofit agencies that meet the goals of strengthening the rural and tobacco-dependent economies of North Carolina.

For more information and a list of grant recipients, visit the NC TTFC website at www.tobaccotrustfund.org.

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H-V Chamber, IOPL to Sponsor Televised Hometown Healthcare Debate

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-Press Release, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce will host a “Hometown Debate” at Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Henderson is one of four cities selected as host communities for this televised state-wide event. The debate in Henderson will focus on issues in the delivery of medical services. The debate is free to the public.

Spectrum News Channel will be filming and Loretta Boniti will moderate the debate.

Scheduled panelists are State Representative Maryann Black (D-Durham), State Representative Donna McDowell White (R- Johnston), Henderson resident Greg Griggs of the NC Academy of Family Physicians and Jordan Roberts from the John Locke Foundation.

Spectrum News will feature the debate in its entirety on www.spectrumlocalnews.com . An abbreviated version will also air on In Focus, on Sunday, October 20 at both 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

IOPL is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership.

This event is especially important to area business leaders, human resource directors, medical professionals and individuals concerned about the future of medical care.

Closing Chestnut Alley, Rezoning Beckford Dr. on City Council’s Oct. Agenda

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

The Henderson City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, October 14, 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 19-40, Authorizing Closing Chestnut Alley Permanently.

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-37, Amending the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

Public Hearing: Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-43, Amending the Zoning Map to Rezone 500 N. Beckford Drive, Vance County Tax Parcel 0096 03024 from R-6 (High-Density Residential District) to O-I (Office Institutional District).

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-43, Providing for the Disposition of a Jointly Owned Property by the City and County Identified as 340 Davis Street, recorded in Vance County Tax Deed Book 1290, Page 0354, Further Identified as PIN #0027 07015.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-46, Approving Snow & Ice Agreement 2019-20 Project WBS: 36050.091 & 36053.091 with North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-44, Directing the Code Compliance Director to Demolish the Structure at 726 College Street for Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Code and Directing that a Notice be Placed on the Structure that it is Not to be Occupied.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-45, Directing the Code Compliance Director to Demolish the Structure at 302 Harriett Street for Failure to Comply with Minimum Housing Code and Directing that a Notice be Placed on the Structure that it is Not to be Occupied.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-47, Adopting the Revised Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations Plan.

Consideration of Approval of Ordinance 19-38, FY 20 BA #8, Utilizing Reserve Funds for Information Technology (IT) Improvements.

Consideration of Approval of Resolution 19-49, Authorizing the Acceptance of an award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Office for the FY19 Bulletproof Vest Program Grant for the Police Department.

Consideration of Approval of 1) Resolution 19-48, Accepting the 2019 BJA Grant in the amount of $17,752.00; and 2) Ordinance 19-42, FY 20 BA #6, Establishing the 2019 BJA Grant Project Budget.

Consideration of Approval of Tax Releases and Refunds from Vance County for the Month of August 2019.

Work Session: Consideration of Ordinance 19-41, Amending Minimum Housing Code Sec. 21-9A(b) and Nonresidential Standards Code Sec. 21D-7(a) Related to Safety and Posting of Street Address

Click here to view previous and current Henderson City Council meeting agendas and minutes. 

Vance County Schools to Hold District Parent Night

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools will be planning monthly Parent Sessions to help families learn about how they can help their children in school, find helpful resources in our county and help parents with everyday family responsibilities.

On October 17, we will be having our first Parent and Family Night at LB Yancey Elementary School from 5:30 – 7 p.m. There will be a light snack for those who attend.

There will be two topics discussed. “We are in School, Now What?” will be geared towards Pre-K and Kindergarten parents, with a focus on student experiences, academic growth and expectations.

The second topic is “Developing Good Homework and Study Habits,” geared towards parents with students of all ages, allowing them to learn tips on good study habits and organizational skills to share with their children.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Raven Burns, Family and Parent Liaison for Vance County Schools at 252-492-2127.

VGCC to Hold Open House, Vanguard Flex Information Session

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College will hold Open House at all four campus locations on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

At Open House, prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to take campus tours, learn more about the enrollment process and explore academic programs in VGCC’s Continuing Education and curriculum divisions.

In addition, the Franklin Campus in Louisburg will hold a Vanguard Flex Information Session on Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m. in Room F1208.

Vanguard Flex provides adult learners with hybrid courses offered in the evenings and some Saturdays with flexible scheduling. Scheduling options include 8-week sessions with 2-3 on-campus meetings, one Saturday per month class meetings, weekly Live Webinars and more!

More information regarding Open House can be found at www.vgcc.edu/open-house.