Fox Found on US 1-158 Tests Positive for Rabies

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-Information courtesy Vance County Animal Services

Vance County Animal Services responded to a call on September 13, 2019, in reference to a possible rabid fox in the 5000 block of US 1-158. The fox was sent off for testing and has tested positive for rabies.

At this time, Animal Services is asking the public to please make sure that all cats and dogs are up-to-date on their rabies vaccines. Even if your pet is up-to-date and you live in the area, a booster is recommended.

Vance County Animal Services offers the rabies vaccine for $5. Hours are Mon: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Town Talk 09/17/19: Jason Spriggs Discusses City Council Run

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Reminder: FGV Ducky Derby to ‘Flood’ Garnett St. This Saturday

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Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start will hold its annual Ducky Derby Festival and rubber duck race, a fundraiser for the local Smart Start program, this Saturday, September 21, 2019, in downtown Henderson. The festival begins at 12 p.m. on Breckenridge Street between Perry Memorial Library and the Henderson Police Department.

This year’s activities include a bounce house and slide, face painting, corn hole, ring toss, balloon animals and performances by the Baby Shark and Paw Patrol characters.

Vendors will be on hand serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage dogs, fish sandwiches, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream and snow cones.

Entertainment will include a DJ, singing performances from several daycare programs, music from Henderson Collegiate, Mary Potter Elementary School band and choir and the drumline from Granville Central High School.

The YMCA will lead line dancing and Zumba in the street and children will have the opportunity to man a real firehose with the assistance of the Henderson Fire Department.

Each child that attends the event will receive a free book, courtesy of Smart Start. Parents will also have the opportunity to enroll any child age birth to 5 in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends a book each month to children at their home.

Safe Kids will also be present and will set up childcare safety seat inspections.

At 2 p.m., the entertainment switches to Garnett Street, where the rubber duck race will take place. Up to 2,000 rubber ducks will be poured into the Garnett Street “river” by a Greystone Concrete cement mixer.

The first duck to cross the finish line at Orange Street wins $1,000, second place $500 and third place finish is $250. Even the last duck to cross the finish line wins $100. There will be an additional drawing with one lucky winner receiving free “Chick-fil-A for a year,” a set of 52 meal tickets. Winners of the prizes do not have to be present to win.

In Henderson, tickets are on sale at EZ Car Care, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and State Employees Credit Union. All Smart Start staff and board members also have tickets, please call (252) 433-9110.

Tickets will also be on sale the day of the race. Ducks are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of 6 tickets is $25 and a “Flock” of 25 tickets is available for $100.

Emergency Plan, Golf Cart Ordinance Topics for Public Safety Meeting

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

The Henderson City Council’s Public Safety Committee will meet on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Emergency Operations Plan Update, Proposed Golf Cart Ordinance and IT Services Update.

The public is welcome to observe.

St. Andrews Christian Church to Hold Homecoming Celebration

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-Information courtesy St. Andrews Christian Church

St. Andrews Christian Church, 203 Mulberry St., Henderson, will have a Homecoming and 134th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 11:15 a.m.

Please come join us and fellowship. A meal will be served following service.

News 09/17/19

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Corbitt Preservation Assoc. Finds ‘Golden Treasure’ in Rare Automobile

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-Information and photos courtesy Kenneth Stegall, Corbitt Preservation Association 

Excerpt from the Corbitt Preservation Association August Newsletter:

About two weeks ago, Charles Powell received a call from a lady saying she had a Corbitt Automobile. Charles asked everyone at the end of the Corbitt Preservation meeting if anyone would want to go with him to check it out and, of course, Steve Rosemond and Curtis Paul said “yes” right away.

So Saturday morning, August 10, Charles Powell, Steve Rosemond, Curtis Paul, Jerry Capps and Bruce Essick met at the lady’s house in Greensboro, NC.

When they opened the old barn door, there sat a Corbitt Automobile Body all nice and dry with its interior intact. The car even has the original VIN plate on the dashboard. This 4-door touring car was most likely built in 1911-1912. This is an amazing find, and we had to have it no matter what.

The lady agreed to sell it to the Corbitt Preservation Association for $1,500. We took the $1,500 out of our general fund in order to take possession of this golden treasure of ours.

We are now going to ask for donations to help replenish our $1,500 back to our general fund account. This was something we just could not live without.

The car body will be on display at our Corbitt Truck Show & Reunion in downtown Henderson on Saturday, October 19, 2019, for everyone to see and enjoy. We don’t know as of this moment how it will be displayed after the show, all we know is we are PROUD owners of a Corbitt Automobile body!

This also proves the importance of our website; without it, the lady would have never known who to contact about a Corbitt Automobile.

There is only one thing left to find, and that is a Corbitt Buggy. We believe we will find one, one day!

The Corbitt Preservation Association is strong and we have lots of dedicated people who love our brand. We will keep digging and digging until we find the next treasure. You never know what will happen next!

VGCC Introduces Online Career Coach Program for Students

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College recently introduced a new web-based service that will help students explore careers and make plans for their future.

Through the interactive “Career Coach” program, students can:

  • take a career assessment and get suggestions for possible career goals, based on their interests;
  • access the latest information about jobs and salaries in the region for various career fields; and
  • learn about particular VGCC education and training programs that lead to the careers they want.

By linking jobs to education, current or future students can see the potential “return on investment” of community college programs. They can even see a list of employers in the region who have posted jobs for a particular type of career within the last year.

“Not only current students, but also people who are thinking about becoming students, can use the site to learn more about various career options and the VGCC programs that prepare them for those careers,” said VGCC Director of Career Services Linda Fletcher. “Users can create accounts which allow them to save the results of their assessments and their favorite careers or programs of study. We think this will help members of our community make well-informed career decisions and get training for skills that are in demand by employers.”

Other special features of Career Coach include a tool that allows veterans of the armed services to find civilian careers that are related to their military occupations and a tool that helps users create a professional resume.

Career Coach is linked from the home page and can be accessed directly at

Ballet Arts to Hold 220 Seafood Fundraiser

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-Information courtesy Angie Devine, Ballet Arts

The Ballet Arts All Stars in Henderson will hold a Fish Fry Fundraiser to support dancers’ competitions on Monday, September 23, 2019, from 4 until 7 p.m. at 220 Seafood Restaurant.

Plates will include trout, slaw, french fries and hush puppies for $7 per plate. Eat-in or take out (beverage provided with eat-in meals only).

All plates must be picked up by 7 p.m.

Please come out and support the Ballet Arts’ dancers!

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Town Talk 09/16/19

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