Fatal Shooting in Henderson

Henderson Police Press Release

Monday, February 08, 2016


On Monday, February 08, 2016 at 11:24 A.M., members of the Henderson Police Department responded to Gate City Foods, 601 W. Andrews Avenue, Henderson in response to someone being shot.  Arriving officers found Tre’shon Cheek, 18, 315 Davis Street, Henderson suffering from a gunshot wound.  Cheek died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation of this matter is being handled by the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Henderson Vance Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.  Crime Stoppers will pay rewards of up to 2,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of individuals engaged in criminal activity.


Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

VGCC welcomes “Thomas Jefferson” for lecture series

Vance-Granville Community College’s Arts and Sciences division is offering a spring lecture series with a distinguished guest speaker, former President Thomas Jefferson — or, to be exact, Bill Barker, the critically acclaimed resident “Mr. Jefferson” at Colonial Williamsburg, Va.

The public is invited to attend the Jefferson presentations, as are VGCC students, faculty and staff. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., the series kicks off with “Mr. Jefferson and the Pursuit of Science.” That will be followed by “Mr. Jefferson and the U.S. Constitution,” on Thursday, March 17, at 11 a.m.; and finally “Mr. Jefferson and Slavery,” on Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m.

All of the hour-long lectures will be held in the small auditorium in Building 2 on VGCC’s Main Campus in Henderson.

The lectures will illuminate topics from many different disciplines within the arts and sciences at VGCC, from the math and natural science subjects that so fascinated Jefferson to history and other social sciences. Meanwhile, the lively format also highlights language and dramatic arts.

Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He has been a regular interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg since 1993. Born and raised in Philadelphia, his interest in Thomas Jefferson reaches back to his youth. He enjoys researching the American world Jefferson knew with an interest in the role the man played and continues to play in our American identity.

Barker received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, from Villanova University. Attracted to the stage at an early age, he became a professional actor, director and producer. He was cast as Jefferson in many different venues including the musical, 1776. Barker is the same height, weight and general appearance as Mr. Jefferson.

He has performed as Jefferson at the White House, the Palace of Versailles and throughout the United States, Great Britain, France and even on the Las Vegas Strip. He appeared as the Founding Father in programs that aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, The History Channel, and C-SPAN.

For more information on the lecture series, call David Wyche at (252) 738-3364 or Deanna Stegall at (252) 738-3311.

Read-a-Thon at Perry Memorial Library

One of the most important missions of the Perry Library Youth Department is to promote early literacy within the library through programming and information distribution and to partner with community organizations with similar goals.  To that end, the library is holding a Read-a-Thon in cooperation with FGV Smart Start.  The theme of the Read-a-Thon will be:  “Read for the Youngest Readers”.  All proceeds from the Read-a-Thon will go the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which provides age appropriate books, one per month, to children ages 0-5 years.

We are looking for community organizations and local businesses that would be willing pledge donations based upon the number of hours read during our Read-a-Thon.  The Read-a-Thon will take place at Perry Memorial Library on Monday, February 15th from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Any and all members of the community ages 1 to 100 are encouraged to read for this cause.  The total number of hours read by all who come to the library will be the basis for any pledges we receive.  The names of all businesses or organizations pledging their support for the Read-a-Thon will be publicized so that the community will know who to thank.

If you would like more information about the Read-a-Thon, or would like to give a pledge of support, please contact Angie Bates at abates@perrylibrary.org or 252-438-3316 (ext 225).  If you would like more information about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, please contact Gary Daeke, Development Coordinator of Smart Start, at gdaeke@vance.net or 252-433-9110 (ext 227).

(All of the information above was written and supplied to member businesses of the H-V Chamber of Commerce by email.)

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Town Talk 02/08/16

Local Chick-fil-A owner starts new VGCC Scholarship

Josh Towne, the franchised restaurant owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A in Henderson, has established a new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship. When fully endowed, the “Chick-fil-A of Henderson Academic Achievement Scholarship” will be awarded to VGCC students meeting certain academic requirements.

A New Bern native, Towne has lived in Henderson since moving in 2005 to become the operator of the local Chick-fil-A restaurant. He has worked with the company for the past 20 years. He is also an alumnus of the North Carolina Community College System. After graduating from Cape Fear Community College with an associate degree, Towne completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with concentrations in marketing and management.

“I’m a big proponent of community colleges,” said Towne, who recently became a member of the VGCC Endowment Fund board of directors. He added that on the corporate level, Chick-fil-A also supports education through scholarships for its employees. He recommends employees for the scholarship and presents them each year. “I’ve been here a little more than ten years, and we’ve been awarding scholarships throughout that time,” Towne said. “Many of our employees receiving the scholarships are VGCC students. Some have already gone on to become nurses and to pursue other careers.” In 2015 alone, two VGCC students who work at the restaurant received $1,000 scholarships from the company. The franchise employs approximately 65 people, including both full-time and part-time staff.

Towne also supports education locally as a member of the Vance Charter School board of directors.

“We are fortunate and grateful to have the support and partnership of Josh Towne and Chick-fil-A of Henderson,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of VGCC. “As a community college graduate who has become a successful business leader, Josh inspires us all by demonstrating a commitment to helping the students of today and tomorrow.”

Through the Endowment Fund, VGCC has awarded more than 8,000 scholarships to students since 1982. Scholarships have been endowed by numerous individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. Tax-deductible donations to the VGCC Endowment Fund have often been used to honor or remember a person, group, business or industry with a lasting gift to education. For more information about the Endowment Fund, call (252) 738-3409.

News 02/08/16

Kevin Bullock 2015 Chamber Ambassador of Year

Thursday night at the 78th annual Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce banquet, the organization recognized its 2015 Ambassador of the Year.  WIZS is pleased to announce that our very own Kevin Bullock was the recipient.

“Chamber Ambassadors give back to the community by volunteering their time, skills and talents,” Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce President John Barnes said.  He described Bullock as a “special representative who is an energetic advocate for the Chamber.”

Bullock thanked his fellow ambassadors.  He said he couldn’t top the energy of Julia Langston, of the YMCA, and Clareese Moss, of Shortcakes Embroidery.   He thanked fellow Chamber member businesses for allowing him to come into their businesses for grand openings and anniversaries and the like.

“I just really appreciate this.  This is awesome,” Bullock said.  “And I can’t thank our WIZS marketing clients enough for giving us the flexibility at WIZS to go out and do a lot of cool stuff like this Chamber of Commerce Banquet (broadcast) and all the events we do in the community.  And Mrs. (Susan) Rose, the matriarch of our company, is sitting at our table tonight.  I can’t thank her for giving me the flexibility to go out and do all these different things in the community.  Thank you for this.  I really appreciate it,”Bullock said.

H-V Crime Stoppers Feb Crimes of Month

Break & Entering & Larceny Case:

On September 19, 2015 at approximately 10:57 A.M., Henderson Police Officers responded to 1034 South Williams Street, in reference to a Breaking and Entering and Larceny. Upon arrival, officers talked to Mr. Joseph Yourk, who stated that someone had broken into a storage facility and removed 20 tractor low pro tires and a transmission jack. The Henderson Police Department encourages any person with information related to these cases to contact Henderson –Vance Crime Stoppers at 492-1925 and also you can leave anonymous tips on the web site www.hvcrimestoppers.com. Citizens with information can also contact the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 431-6063.


Stolen Vehicle Case:

On February 02, 2016 at approximately 6:20 P.M., officers responded to the area of Lamb Street, in reference to a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers talked to Alonzo Jamine Ellis of 360 Spring Street, who stated that someone had stolen his 1993 Saturn vehicle, blue in color, license DFL-2242. The Henderson Police Department encourages anyone with information related to this crime to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925. You can put anonymous tips on the web site www.hvcrimestoppers.com. Callers may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


Larceny Case:

On December 30, 2015 at approximately 6:56 A.M., Vance County Sheriff’s Deputies were on patrol and found that someone had cut the fence at Quality Equipment, 70 John Deer Road. While on the property, the Deputy found a John Deere 60 inch zero turn mower missing. The Vance County Sheriff’s Office encourages any person with information related to this case to contact Henderson – Vance Crime Stoppers at 492-1925 and also you can put anonymous tips on the web site www.hvcrimestoppers.com. Citizens with information can also contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 738-2200.


Note: Crime Stoppers will pay rewards up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for this and other criminal offenses. All information received is kept confidential. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 492-1925. Callers do not have to give their name.

(Press Release from H-V Crime Stoppers)

Town Talk 02/05/16