Gang Free

COVID Testing Event at Gang Free, Inc. in Henderson – Oct. 5

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Information courtesy Melissa Elliott, founder of Gang Free, Inc.

Granville Vance Public Health is partnering with Henderson’s Gang Gree, Inc. and NCCL ACCORD to host a community testing event on Monday, October 5, 2020, from 9 – 11 a.m. Testing will be held at the Gang Free location at 940 County Home Road in Henderson.

This event is designed for those who may not have a primary care provider and/or those who lack access to insurance and transportation. This event will also be combined with Gang Free’s prepacked food box distribution.

Testing is free to all who attend, but testing supplies are limited. Pre-registration is required through sign-up sheets at Gang Free, by calling Gang Free Founder Melissa Elliott at (252) 425-5220 or by calling the Triage Nurse at (252) 492-7915.

Please note that if you have tested positive since July 5 or are awaiting test results as of October 5, you do not qualify for a test.

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Public Safety Committee to Discuss Amendment to Ambulance Ordinance

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-Information courtesy the County of Vance

Vance County’s Public Safety Committee (Wilder, Brummitt, Taylor) is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Administrative Conference Room of the Vance County Administration Building located at 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC.

The purpose is to discuss an amendment to the ambulance franchise ordinance.

American Legion Riders

American Legion Riders Promote Scholarships for Children of Deceased, Disabled Veterans

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-Information courtesy Andy Roberson, American Legion Post 60

The American Legion Riders will participate in the Legacy Scholarship Run 2020 and will stop at American Legion Post 60 in Henderson on Friday, October 2, 2020. Riders will travel down Andrews Avenue and arrive at Post 60 on S. Garnett St. at 12 p.m.

Riders are raising money for the American Legion Legacy Fund, a scholarship for children of US military members who died while on active duty, on or after 9/11 and children of post-9/11 veterans who have been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The public is welcome to visit with the riders at Post 60. Participants are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Donations are appreciated.

Trick or Treat

Home Delivery Trick-or-Treating, ‘Trail of Terror’ to Offer Halloween Fun

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-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department announces two of its upcoming Halloween events:

Trick or Treat Social Distancing – The first 50 participants to meet the following requirements will receive a FREE Trick or Treat bag of goodies at their home: 12 years old or under, live in Vance County and sign up by 12 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. Trick or Treat Social Distancing starts at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

There is no cost to participate, but participants must complete a program evaluation after the event.

To register, please contact Crystal Allen by phone at (252) 431-6091, by email at (callen@ci.henderson.nc.us) or through Facebook Messenger on the Henderson Vance Special Programs page.

Trail of Terror – a Trail of Terror Drive-Thru will be held at Kings Daughters Park I (600 West Montgomery Street, Henderson) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Trick-or-treat bags will be given away.

The cost of the event is $5 per vehicle.

For more information, please contact Crystal Allen by phone at (252) 431-6091 or by email at (callen@ci.henderson.nc.us).

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Local Noon News 09/25/20

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City of Henderson to Move Forward With Coronavirus Grant Application

Vance County Planning Committee to Consider White Goods Disposal at Hwy 39 Convenience Site

Vance County Schools Recognizes Teachers, Principals at Annual Excellence in Education Event

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VCS Stefanie Ayscue

VCS Recognizes Teachers, Principals at Annual Excellence in Education Event

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-Press Release and photos, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools held the annual Excellence in Education event on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. At the event, the District’s Beginning Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and Principal of the Year were announced.

The event was a drive-in recognition at the VCS Administrative Service Center on Graham Avenue, where staff were presented their award in an outdoor ceremony, with social distancing in place and masks required. Dr. Anthony Jackson, VCS Superintendent, along with Assistant Superintendents Dr. Trixie Brooks and Dr. Cindy Bennett, recognized each honoree.

District award winners included:

2020-2021 Assistant Principal of the Year Shannon Bullock

Bullock is the assistant principal of Vance County Middle School and in her 9th year in education, spending every year with Vance County Schools.

A native of Henderson, Bullock shares, “It is with great humility that I serve the families of our community. I will forever embrace the opportunity to uplift all stakeholders of our school community so that all of our students will be adequately prepared for their next endeavors in life. My heart is filled with gratitude to be able to give back to my community.”

Bullock received her Associate’s from Vance-Granville Community College, continuing on with her undergraduate from East Carolina University and graduate degree from High Point University. She is currently working on her doctorate at Liberty University.

2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year Sheneika Campbell

Campell teaches 7th-grade English Language Arts at Vance County Middle School. She has been with Vance County Schools for three years but has been in education for 12 years. Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Campbell earned her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of the West Indies.

She shared, “I am a passionate educator who has been called to this profession to effect positive changes and advance the welfare of all in my reach. I am honored and humbled to be recognized as BT for the district. This award has ignited an even stronger commitment to inspire, motivate, and serve the scholars of VCS.”

2020-2021 Principal of the Year Stephanie Ayscue

Ayscue is currently the principal of Advance Academy with 20 years in education. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree from Lourdes University, graduate degree from Western Carolina University and Ed.S from Liberty University. She is currently working on her doctorate degree from Liberty University.

Stephanie expressed, “Love and relationships are essential. The Dalai Lama states, ‘When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget their hearts.’ That is what we do at Advance Academy and what I have always tried to do at every school I have been blessed to be part of.”

2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Sara Lilley

Lilley is a 3rd-grade teacher at Clarke Elementary School. Sara shared, “I’m blessed to work with such a wonderful group of educators. It is quite an honor to receive such a distinction when I consider the talent, skill, and experience that daily surrounds me.”

Sara is in her 11th year teaching, all with Vance County Schools at Clarke Elementary. Lilley, originally from Elizabeth City, NC, received her undergraduate degree from Campbell University and her graduate degree from NC State University.

The Principal of the Year Stephanie Ayscue and Teacher of the Year Sara Lilley will now move forward in competing for the regional titles. The North Carolina State Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year will be announced in the spring of 2021 and selected from the regional winners across the state.

Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson presents the 2020-2021 Assistant Principal of the Year award to Shannon Bullock.

Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson presents the 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year award to Sheneika Campbell.

Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson presents the 2020-2021 Principal of the Year award to Stephanie Ayscue.

2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Sara Lilley, a 3rd-grade teacher at Clarke Elementary School, poses with her awards in front of the district office.

NC DOT

Federal Grant Will Fund Missing Link on Southeast Rail Corridor

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-Press Release, N.C. Department of Transportation

The N.C Department of Transportation has received a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase the S-Line rail corridor between Raleigh and Ridgeway in Warren County.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded this grant to the department’s Rail Division as part of the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program. This investment into the Southeast Corridor will provide better connections between rural and urban communities while also spurring new economic development opportunities.

In addition, the corridor will help offer improved freight services and will trim up to 1.5 hours off passenger rail services between Raleigh, Virginia and D.C.

“A modernized freight and passenger rail network will connect the Southeast while spurring new economic development opportunities,” said Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette.

In 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation named the Southeast Corridor as one of the first five federally designated higher-speed rail corridors in the country. The corridor is a network of passenger and freight rail that runs from Washington, D.C. to Jacksonville, Fla., encompassing D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Green Rural Redevelopment (GRRO)

GRRO Hires 25 Community Health Workers to Fight COVID-19 in Rural NC

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-Press Release, Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc. 

On Friday, September 25, 2020, 25 community health workers will complete their training and be deployed into communities in Granville, Vance, Franklin, Warren, Nash, Pitt, Halifax and Wake Counties.

Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc. (GRRO) a non-profit organization, has been focused on providing access to healthy food and meals to people in the Kerr-Tar region. Henry Crews, the Executive Director of GRRO notes, “We saw the devastation that the pandemic has brought to our community, and we used our organizational flexibility to expand our programming and grow our team, to reach the ever-increasing numbers of rural residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.”

In a partnership with Curamericas Global, Duke Family Medicine & Community Health and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, GRRO will join a statewide network of agencies that provide frontline support services, resources and help for residents impacted by the Coronavirus. These efforts are made possible by funding from The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Federal funding made available to the State for pandemic relief services.

Working with local county Health Departments, the trained CHW teams will work with families and individuals who have been directly and indirectly impacted by COVID-19.

On Friday, area Medical Directors and others from the health department will meet with the new support teams to coordinate referrals and service delivery to area residents.

Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc. (GRRO) is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to positively impacting our community by providing avenues of economic development using food agriculture and food supply chain economics in the face of persistent poverty; access to fresh, healthy foods for vulnerable members of the community; and support for health providers to reduce certain chronic diseases through patient access to better, fresh foods.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Lucette Mercer at (303) 912-2520 or email lucettem@grronc.org.

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Local Noon News Audio 9/24/20

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Vance County EMS Selected as a 2020 Mission Lifeline Award Recipient

Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc. (GRRO) has hired 25 Health Workers to Fight COVID-19 in Rural NC

Duke Energy Offering Extended Payment Plan Options

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Vance Co EMS Lifeline Award

Vance County EMS Selected as a 2020 Mission Lifeline Award Recipient

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-Information and photos courtesy the County of Vance

Vance County EMS was recently selected as a 2020 Mission Lifeline Award recipient by the American Heart Association.

On Wednesday, County Manager Jordan McMillen and Chairman of the Board Gordon Wilder presented Paramedic Christopher Rigg with a certificate of appreciation for his role in coordinating the application process. The County also presented Director Javier Plummer and the entire department with a certificate in recognition of their accomplishments leading to this award.

McMillen said the County appreciates all public safety workers and first responders and congratulates Vance EMS on this accomplishment.