News 08/19/16

Robbery at Kerr Lake Bait and Tackle – Arrests Made

Two individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with the August 9th robbery of Kerr Lake Bait and Tackle on Nutbush Road.

Leonardo Martinez, 30, of Cary is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiring to rob with a dangerous weapon. He is currently housed in the Wake County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

The second individual, Dalton Christmas, 23, of Raleigh was also charged in the robbery. He is facing a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiring to rob with a dangerous weapon. His bond is set at $400,000. He is also being held in the Wake County Jail.

They both are scheduled to appear in Vance County Court on August 29th.

(The previous was a press release from the Office of the Sheriff of Vance County)

H/V Chamber to Hold Final Meet Me in the Street of 2016 Next Thursday

Steve Owens and Summertime is making a return engagement to the last of our three Meet Me in the Streets. The sounds of summer will certainly be in the downtown area on Thursday, August 25th as we wrap up our summer concert series. It’s truly a destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind and network while enjoying great live music in a casual atmosphere. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run through 8:30 that evening.

Steve Owens and Summertime will be playing a unique blend of Carolina Beach, Southern Soul, and Rock-N-Roll. The band is made up of some of the finest vocalist and musicians in the southeast. Steve Owens and Summertime sets the mark at each performance with their High Energy and passion to entertain.

Mark your calendars. Come on out and join the Chamber and this awesome band as they play all the songs that you love to hear. Its free entertainment for your enjoyment along Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson.

This free outdoor concert is made available by Presenting sponsors, Charles Boyd Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, PRIM Development and Residential Rentals, and Toyota of Henderson; Gold sponsors, Duke Energy, Maria Parham Medical Center, and Waste Industries; Silver sponsors, BB&T, CenturyLink, Mars Petcare, Wake Electric Membership Corporation, Walmart DC 6091, and Wake Electric Membership Corporation; Bronze sponsors, AA Self Storage, Document Systems Inc., Express Employment and Satterwhite Marina; Contributor sponsors are Franklin Brothers Nursery, KARTS, Kerr Lake Cornhole and Vinyl Graphics, Sam’s Club, Servpro, Sheetz, and Woodforest National Bank . Food sponsors are Chic-fil-A and Farmer Johns Ice Cream. Media sponsors are WIZS 1450 AM, The Daily Dispatch, and WLUS 98.3 FM.

KARTS will also be on hand to provide free transportation after the concert for individuals who needed assistance home.

For more information, please contact the Henderson-Vance Chamber at 252-438-8414.

Town Talk 08/18/16

Visitor Spending In Vance Up 4.7 Percent

The director of The Vance County Department of Tourism attributes increased visitor spending to a combination of marketing, a supportive board and successful events.

When specifically asked to what she attributed the 4.7 percent increase, Tourism Director Nancy Wilson said, “A very strong marketing campaign, a good board that stands behind the tourism department and our success in the events that we host and organize.  It’s a combination of all of those I think.”

One of the signature events of The Vance County Department of Tourism is the annual Show, Shine, Shag and Dine.  The 15th annual Show, Shine, Shag and Dine is coming up October 14th, 15th and 16th in downtown Henderson.  If the past few years are any indication, some 30,000 people will attend the event to see vintage and drag cars with a total economic impact of between 2.5 and 3.0 million dollars, this data according to previous WIZS news articles quoting Wilson.

Governor Pat McCrory’s office today issued a press release (click here for full version) indicating visiting spending was up in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.  Of those, Vance County is in the top 10 of largest percentage increases at 4.7 percent behind Polk with 11.8 percent and Cherokee with 7.8 percent.

In terms of ranking counties by actual domestic travelers’ expenditures, some counties that you might expect topped the list with Mecklenburg first, Wake second, Guilford third, Dare fourth and Buncombe fifth.

Wilson said about Vance, “We knew it was up.  We can tell from collections each month.  The motels have had an extremely good year.  We are just tickled to death.  I mean we’ve got the least number of rooms we’ve ever had, and we’ve got the largest collections, so that tells you something.  They are staying full.”

Wilson reiterated the impact on retail sales tax in Vance County too, of which retail sales tax figures are up for Vance County.  She said visitors are coming here and boosting the retail sales tax figures.

She said, “We’ll keep on doing what we’re doing because it must be working, and we’ll just work a little harder.”

H/V Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Michael’s Florist

Hendersonians take note:  you now have a new local florist option!

On Friday, August 12, Michael’s Florist held a ribbon cutting celebration with the help of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the business community.  Michael’s Florist manager Michael Puckett, officially cut the ribbon and welcomed chamber members, Henderson officials, and area businesses.

The community was invited to come out and show their support, and learn about this new local business. Michael’s Florist is a full service florist, offering fresh and silk arrangements, wedding & church arrangements, potted plants, gift baskets, balloons and more. Delivery service is available.

The event began at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 12 at their location at 945-G West Andrews Avenue. Their operating hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wed and Sat from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Michael’s Florist is a proud member of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. Stop in and meet Michael and the staff of this new small business!

To learn more about Michael’s Florist, visit them at their location or please call them at 252-430-7272.

News 08/18/16

Town Talk 08/17/16