Perry Memorial Library

The Local Skinny! Programs For Youth At Perry Memorial Library

If Perry Memorial Library looks more like an artist’s studio than a library this afternoon, you have Melody Peters and Alice Sallins to thank. Peters, the library’s youth services director and Sallins with the local arts council, are teaming up for the March Kids Connect program.

Kids Connect is geared toward elementary-age students, Peters said it’s fine to bring older or younger siblings. Peters has a word of warning: Kids should come dressed in “paint friendly” clothing, because there will be painting!

Today’s project involves art, and Sallins will talk to the children about art and how they can express themselves through art.

“Learning happens through play, the arts, and discovery,” Peters said on Tuesday’s bi-weekly library segment of The Local Skinny!

April’s Teen Life Hacks involves a different kind of art – poetry. But it’s poetry with a twist, Peters said. Bull City Slam Team is coming to the library on Tuesday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. to entertain, inform and enlighten youngsters about spoken word.

“They are amazing!” Peters said. “It’s poetry, but it’s performed, it’s personal, it’s original work. It is just powerful.”

So many young people may think that poetry is boring, but Peters said the April 11 program will change their minds. “It can be lively and reflect you in a whole different way of expressing yourself,” she said. This program is geared toward tweens and teens, 6th grade and up.

And then on Thursday, April 13, students off for spring break can gather at the library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to get some first-hand experience with cooking and some STEM activities. Register for this activity online, Peters said. She hopes to have at least 20 participants come to the library to get some tips on cooking and proper nutrition from community partners at the N.C. Cooperative Extension.

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TownTalk: Henderson Rotary Scholarships For High School Seniors In Vance County

The Henderson Rotary Club invites high school seniors in Vance County to apply for one of three $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded in mid-May.

Seniors, take note: spend a few minutes filling out a little background information and then focus on the all-important essay. The application package is due no later than 12 noon on Friday, May 5 and can be dropped off or emailed to D. Rix Edwards, who is overseeing the scholarship process for the local club.

High school seniors interested in taking part should contact their guidance counselors or other school administrators to get details; home schoolers also are welcome to submit applications, Edwards said.

Rotary Clubs across the world adhere to the motto “Service Above Self” and that is the focus of the essay, said Edwards, who joined John C. Rose on Tuesday’s TownTalk.

Specifically, the question reads: How is the motto of the Rotary Club, ‘Service above Self,’ evident in your life, and how will you continue to uphold this motto through college and beyond?”

The essay should include the applicant’s interpretation of the motto, as well as specific examples that demonstrate how he or she already has put service before self and how they plan to continue do so in the future.

There is no minimum or maximum length for the essay, but Edwards said clarity of writing, good spelling and punctuation are critical components.

A panel of Rotary Club members will review the essays and will select the three winners, Edwards said.

“I gather all the applications and redact names, school names – anything that could be used as a personal identifier,” Edwards explained, “to ensure there is no preference or appearance of preference given to anyone” and to have all applicants on a level playing field.

The Henderson Rotary Club celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and it prides itself in being a good community partner. The club sponsors a raffle during the annual Show, Shine, Shag and Dine festival each year, which serves as a major fundraiser for programs, including the scholarships.

Edwards invites anyone interested in learning more about Rotary to contact him at 252.438.4134. The group meets each Tuesday at 6 p.m. for dinner at the Henderson Country Club. The current president is Greg Etheridge of Gupton Services.

The scholarship applications can be emailed to,mailed or delivered to Edwards’s law office, Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC, 115 N. Garnett St., Henderson, NC 27536.



West End Baptist

West End Baptist Collection Point For Baptist Children’s Homes Food Roundup Through Mar. 27

The North Carolina Baptist Children’s Homes Annual Food Roundup is officially underway, and organizers invite churches and individuals to participate again this year by purchasing food and gift cards to support the drive.

West End Baptist Church, 619 Dabney Dr., is again identified as a collection point for Vance, Granville and Warren counties, according to information from Jerry Parrish.

Volunteers will be on hand at the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to accept donations.

A letter containing details of the food drive, as well as a list of needed items, has been sent to local churches, Parrish said. The food list also will be posted on the group’s Facebook site and on the website for the Baptist Children’s Home. Visit and scroll down to Food Roundup.

The list is below as well, or copies also are available for pickup at West End Baptist.

The drive concludes on Monday, Mar. 27, so there’s still plenty of time to drop off donations.

“When children go into the Baptist Children’s Homes, it is obvious they have gone without food, without love and without hope,” Parrish said. “One of the first ways (the) children learn that they are loved is when their cottage parents serve them the regular meals they could not count on before arriving. By filling their plates, you fill their hearts,” he said.

Local Man Charged In Connection With Breaking And Entering Involving Motor Vehicle

A Henderson man faces charges in connection with a breaking and entering, according to information from Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame.

Dylan Grissom, 31, was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation Division and charged with one count of larceny of a motor vehicle and one count of obtaining property by false pretense, Brame said in a press statement issued Mar. 17.

On Feb. 23, members of the sheriff’s office responded to a breaking and entering call to 1125 North Lynn Bank Road.

Grissom appeared before a magistrate and received a $7,000 secured bond. His next court appearance will be April 4, 2023.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at  252.738.2200.


VGCC’s Nursing Program Head Elected To State Nursing Board


-information courtesy of Courtney Cissel, VGCC Public Information Officer

Dr. Anna Seaman, program head and nursing instructor at Vance-Granville Community College has been elected to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Seaman, who was sworn in on Feb. 21, is a career nurse with decades of experience, according to a press statement from VGCC’s Public Information Officer Courtney Cissel. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, one of the highest degrees a nurse can achieve. In her new role with the state board, she brings her unique perspective as an ADN/diploma nurse educator.

“As North Carolina continues to face a dire nursing shortage, it will be my mission to protect the public, support nurses in the state, and focus on nursing education as N.C. programs experience a dire shortage of qualified nursing educational professionals,” Seaman stated. “I am very interested in creative strategies to assist with this nursing shortage.”

Seaman is a graduate of the ADN program at VGCC and in 2004 took the position of lead instructor and course coordinator for the program, actively working with students to improve retention and NCLEX exam scores. After more than a decade in that role, she became VGCC’s program head in fall 2016. Her new position with NCBON gives her the opportunity to serve nursing students and professionals across the state.

“My experience in nursing and nursing education will greatly assist me in serving N.C.’s public as it relates to safe and effective nursing practice, as well as being an advocate for N.C. nurses and nurse educators throughout the state,” she said.

Each spring, qualifying licensed nurses are nominated by their peers to serve on NCBON.  After nominees have been validated and approved, NCBON conducts a statewide election in the summer so that licensed nurses may select the board members that influence their daily nursing practice. Once elected, new board members begin their four-year term of service the following January.

Items to Buy and Sell




Monday, March 20, 2023

  • 6 roosters for sale, $10.00 each or best offer. Call 252-382-6534

Thursday, March 16, 2023

  • Looking for a riding lawn mower in good condition. Call 434-262-8648
  • 4 burn barrels, metal $40; two older tables saws. Call for price; Large propane tank for a $150.00 ; Go kart frame for $100. Call 252-668-0000

Monday, March 13, 2023

  • New 10″ Touch screen lap top computer, $140; carpet steam cleaner, like new, $80; two red blouses, still in the package, size 3x, $24 each.  Call 252-572-4050

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

  • Looking for male Chihuahua puppy. Call 252-767-2269

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

  • 2003 John Deer Tractor, 290 hours of use.  Call 252-213-8883

Monday, February 20, 2023

  • A variety of yarn.  Free.  Call 252-492-3246 or 252-425-5934

Friday, February 17, 2023

  • Looking to do babysitting.  Call 252-915-2894

Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Elsa and Anna “Frozen” toddler bed. Mattress is not included, like new. $30 or best offer. 252-432-0086

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

  • Oak fire wood, $65 per small truckload, delivered.  Call 252-425-0664

Monday, February 13, 2023

  • Looking to rent a house. 2 or 3 bedrooms. Call Delores at 252-767-8840

Thursday, February 9, 2023

  • Four piece queen size bedroom set $200. Call 252-432-3127

Monday, February 6, 2023

  • Crocheted baby items and baby blankets. Call 252-767-2369


TownTalk: Versatrim To Hold Job Fair Saturday

Versatrim, a manufacturer of various moldings for residential installation, is sponsoring a job fair this Saturday, Mar. 25 at their facility on Eastern Minerals Road, located just off U.S. 1, south of Henderson.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to company representatives who spoke Monday with John C. Rose on TownTalk. There will be onsite tours of the warehouse and customer service areas, which help prospective employees get a feel for the manufacturing facility, Brandi Parker, interim human resources manager, said.

Although Versatrim participates in job fairs sponsored by other groups like NC Works, Saturday’s onsite job fair is a first, Parker said.

People will “have the opportunity to come and see what Versatrim does,” agreed Viridiana Badillo, human resources assistant.

All of the 12 positions that Versatrim currently has available are full-time positions – that means a 40-hour workweek, with full benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance.

In addition, Versatrim offers a couple of extras at no cost to the employee – $25,000 life insurance, and teledoc services that include urgent care and mental health services.

Parker said she’s proud of the employee development opportunities that the company has initiated; various community entities have come out to share information about such things as nutrition, fitness, homebuying and the importance of getting a GED.

“This is more than just where you come to work,” Parker said. Versatrim’s “team” concept provides support for employees, she said. They fully expect to double or triple their growth over the next few years, Parker added.

There are two shifts at the facility, and when all the lines are running, they can produce 10,000 pieces of molding each day.

Most of the open positions are for first-shift, which uses more workers than the second shift. The shifts can range from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., depending on the station.

Versatrim prioritizes quality, Badillo said. There are quality control checks throughout the manufacturing process, even “once it’s wrapped and ready to go out the door,” she said. “We take quality very serious here.”

Call 888.292.1146 to learn more or visit to learn more about employment opportunities and the Versatrim products.




Maria Parham Health Hosts Lunch And Learn To Discuss Cancer Prevention, Early Detection

Join a team of health professionals later this month for an educational “lunch and learn” to boost awareness about colorectal cancer.

Maria Parham Health will host the freeevent at the Henderson Campus on Tuesday, Mar. 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

According to The American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers. The cancer society estimates that in 2023, there will be 106,970 new cases of colon cancer, and 46,050 new cases of rectal cancer.

A panel of Maria Parham health care providers will discuss the importance of early detection. The panelists include:

  • Ashley Traversa, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, RN, a Duke Cancer Network nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-oncology;
  • Colleen Truax, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner specializing in gastrointestinal disorders;
  • Crystal Kaplan, MSN, RN, AGACNP is a Duke Cancer Network nurse practitioner specializing in hematology/oncology.

Attendees will learn about colorectal cancer prevention, detection, screening, treatment and more at this informational seminar, and lunch will be provided. Due to space restrictions, registrations will be limited to the first 30 attendees who register.

Register online at or call 252.436.1605.