COVID-19 Scam Alert

Notice to Public: Beware of Scams Involving COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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-Information courtesy the NCDHHS 

The public is asked to be aware that scams involving COVID-19 contact tracing are being used to gain financial and sensitive information.

According to the NCDHHS, legitimate contact tracers from the COVID-19 Community Team will contact those who have tested positive or those who have been near someone with COVID-19 by text from the number 45394 or email from NC-ARIAS-NoReply@dhhs.nc.gov. Avoid responding to unknown calls or emails.

If the Community Team reaches out with a phone call, either NC OUTREACH or the local health department’s number will appear on their phone.

If a member of the Team calls and doesn’t get an answer, they will leave a voicemail. To protect your privacy, the voicemail will not say that the call is about COVID-19.

The NCDHHS website explains that callers will know it is a member of the Community Team calling because they will do the following when leaving a voicemail:

  • Identify themselves with their first name and the local health department they are calling from.
  • Say “We are contacting you about an urgent public health matter. We would like to speak with you to provide further information and share guidance.”
  • Request that you call your local health department at your earliest convenience and will tell you the local health department’s phone number.
  • Tell you the local health department’s website in case you would like to go to the website to verify the phone number.

Additionally, if you are ever in doubt about how to contact your local health department, please use this website for local health department contact information (click here).

Four-County Health Departments:

Vance: 115 Charles Rollins Rd, Henderson, NC 27536; (252) 492-7915

Granville: 101 Hunt Dr, Oxford, NC 27565; (919) 693-2141

Franklin: 107 Industrial Dr, Louisburg, NC 27549; (919) 496-2533

Warren: 544 West Ridgeway St, Warrenton, NC 27589; (252) 257-1185

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Vance Co. Schools’ Free Summer Meal Program Continues Through July

THIS STORY IS PRESENTED IN PART BY DRAKE DENTISTRY

-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools’ free summer meal program continues through Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Each week, meals will be available for drive-thru pick up at Aycock Elementary School, EO Young Elementary School, Vance County Middle School and Vance County High School from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Meal units that are distributed Monday – Wednesday will include two meals – lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. Thursday distribution will include two breakfasts and two lunches.

Weekly menus, including hot meal items, are available on the VCS website and VCS social media pages.

Time to Unwind Concert

McGregor Hall to Livestream ‘Time to Unwind’ Concert July 16

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-Information courtesy McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center will present “Time to Unwind,” a musical concert featuring Greg Milton & Friends via Facebook on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

During this evening of music, the journey will consist of some spirituals, hymns, jazz standards, R&B classics, Gospel and much more. This concert will feature the amazing talent of Blakely Bates, Dr. Aliza McLean, Karen Leigh Allen, Stella Jones, and Alice Sallins, along with many more.

Tune in on the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center Facebook page on July 16 for this concert that is open to the public!

If you are able to give, a donation link will be provided to continue supporting the arts in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks

Madden, Exercise, Crafts & More Part of H-V Rec & Parks Summer Programming

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Program Superintendent

The Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department announces its summer programming opportunities for youth and adults alike. Sessions include:

HVRPD Madden 20 Tournament: Test your Madden skills in the first Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Madden 20 Tournament. Play one-on-one in an online double-elimination tournament to be crowned Madden King. Winner will receive a copy of NFL Madden 21 when it is released. Participants can register July 6 – July 19 online at https://hvrpd.recdesk.com/  The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for youth.

For more information, please contact Darius Pitt at (252) 438-3408 (dpitt@ci.henderson.nc.us).

HVRPD 2K20 3V3 Tournament: Think your squad is the best in NBA 2K20? Team up with our H-V Rec’s 3v3 squad and play against 15 other teams in an online tournament to be crowned the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks NBA 2K20 3v3 Champions! Everyone on the winning team will receive a copy of NBA2K21 when it is released. Participants can register July 6 – July 19 online at https://hvrpd.recdesk.com/ The cost is $15 per team for adults and $6 per team for youth.

For more information, please contact Darius Pitt at (252) 438-3408 (dpitt@ci.henderson.nc.us).

Social Media Trivia Contest: The Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks Department will begin a Social Media Trivia Contest starting on Monday, July 6 and ending on Wednesday, August 5.  Two trivia questions will be posted Monday –Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter). The first person with the correct answer will receive three points, the second person with the correct answer will receive two points and the third person with the correct answer will receive one point. Questions must be answered the same day they are posted to receive points. The participant with the most points at the end of the contest will win a prize.

For more information, please contact Tara Goolsby at (252) 438-3948 (tgoolsby@ci.henderson.nc.us).

Moving Mondays: Please join the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks staff to dance your way to happiness with popular line dances. This virtual dance class will be held live on the Henderson Vance Facebook page on Mondays at 10 a.m. July 6 through August 24.

For more information, please contact Lauren Newlin at (252) 438-3160 (lnewlin@ci.henderson.nc.us) or Tyler Terry (252) 438-2670 (tterry@ci.henderson.nc.us).

Virtual Fall Prevention Exercises and Tips Program: The Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks Department will host a virtual fall prevention exercises and tips program. This program is designed to help prevent falls by improving your balance, increasing your strength and providing safety tips. This program will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays July 7 –  August 27, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. You can join on Facebook Live at Henderson Vance Special Programs

For more information, please contact Tyler Terry at (252) 438-2670 (tterry@ci.henderson.nc.us) or Crystal Allen at 252-431-6091 (callen@ci.henderson.nc.us).

Virtual Arthritis Exercise Class: The Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks Department will hold a virtual Arthritis Exercise Class. This is a FREE low-impact, joint safe program developed for people with arthritis. This class has been proven to decrease pain and stiffness while increasing flexibility and range of motion. This class is also suitable for every fitness level. You can join on Facebook Live at Henderson Vance Special Programs on Wednesdays and Fridays July 8 – August 28, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at (252) 431-6091 (callen@ci.henderson.nc.us ) or Tara Goolsby at (252) 438-3948 (tgoolsby@ci.henderson.nc.us).

DIY (Do it Yourself) Crafty Kids: The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department presents DIY (Do it Yourself) Crafty Kids. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase craft bags that will include crafts, coloring pages and stickers. Drive through pick up will be held on Friday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Aycock Recreation Center (307 Carey Chapel Rd in Henderson). The cost is $5 per craft bundle and can be purchased online at https://hvrpd.recdesk.com/ or in-person on the day of the event. You must bring exact cash.

For more information, please contact Lauren Newlin at (252) 438-3160 (lnewlin@ci.henderson.nc.us).

Paint with DP: Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks will be having another FREE “Paint with DP” Facebook live session. Tune in to participate or just watch. You can purchase affordable painting materials at Walmart, Ollie’s or Dollar General. Once we have completed the painting, participants can send pictures of their masterpieces. The best painting will receive a $25 gift card. The Live session will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 2 p.m. on the Henderson-Vance Athletics page.

For more information, contact Darius Pitt at (252) 438-3408 (dpitt@ci.henderson.nc.us).

GVPH Director Lisa Macon Harrison Elected NACCHO Board Vice President

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-Press Release, NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected Lisa Macon Harrison, Local Health Director of Granville Vance Public Health, to its 2020-2021 Board of Directors as vice president. NACCHO is the voice of the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments.

Ms. Harrison assumed the Vice President role on July 1, 2020. She will then serve as president-elect in 2021-2022 and president in 2022-2023.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected Lisa Macon Harrison, Local Health Director of Granville Vance Public Health, to its 2020-2021 Board of Directors as vice president. (Photo courtesy NACCHO)

 “It is an honor to be selected for this opportunity to work together with colleagues across the nation to elevate the practice of public health during such a critical time,” said Ms. Harrison. “Across rural and urban areas of our country, the local public health workforce remains dedicated, hard-working, and effective whether we are focused on communicable disease during pandemic response, on health equity and systems change, or on so many other population health focus areas that have not slowed down as our work has intensified. I look forward to advocating for public health and the incredible people working for the health and well-being of every community.”

“Lisa has been a strong volunteer leader within NACCHO’s Board and Executive Committee and has contributed significant amounts of time, energy, and expertise to the organization. I congratulate Lisa on her election to Vice President of NACCHO and look forward to her continued leadership in this new role,” said NACCHO’s CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA.

About Ms. Harrison

Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH, has been the director of the Granville Vance District Health Department in North Carolina since 2012. Her previous roles in North Carolina public health thread through research, practice, advocacy, and policy development.

Lisa has been a member of the public health field for over 23 years and has served as director of the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education at the North Carolina Division of Public Health; led the Public Health Incubator Collaboratives Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, and directed the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (SEPHLI) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she continues to stay connected as adjunct faculty in the Public Health Leadership Program. In 2015, Lisa served as the North Carolina Public Health Association president where she continues to stay involved in connecting public health research and practice.

As a local health director in a rural district, Lisa enjoys advocating for rural public health and provides mentorship for students interested in public health and rural health. Although a true Tar Heel by birth (in Chapel Hill, NC) and by training (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health), Lisa is also happy to serve as a consulting associate at Duke University School of Nursing where she hosts national clinical scholars making rotations across NC health system opportunities at Granville Vance Public Health.

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Vance Co. Board of Commissioners to Hold July’s Scheduled Meeting This Evening

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, July 6, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson.

Agenda items:

ABC Composite Board to Reappoint Member and Chair to ABC Board

Brian Short, Emergency Operations – COVID-19 Response Update

Alan Helias, Alan Fitzpatrick, Kent Winrich – Open Broadband Update

Angie Blount, County Planner Rezoning Request – Case RZ20200409-1 ~ 12996 NC Hwy 39 North; Parcel 0325C03002

Water District Board

a. Committee Report

b. Monthly Operations Report

Committee Reports and Recommendations

a. Public Safety Committee

– Used Ladder Truck

– Animal Services Ordinance Amendments

– Redistricting

– Fire Reorganization

b. Properties Committee

– Shared Parking Agreement at Eaton Johnson – Henderson Institute

– Green Rural Redevelopment (GRRO) Proposal – Eaton Johnson Kitchen/Cafeteria

Finance Director’s Report

a. Surplus Property

b. COVID-19 – Coronavirus Relief Fund

c. DSS Relocation Project Ordinance

d. Final Resolution – JP Morgan Chase Financing

County Attorney’s Report

a. REO Properties – New Offers

– Oak Ridge Church Road Lot (Parcel 0482 04006)

– Lot 4 Tanner Street (Parcel 0111 04009)

County Manager’s Report

a. Economic Development Director Search

b. CRF Funding Agreements

Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Amendment

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Monthly Reports

d. Minutes

Miscellaneous

a. Appointments

Click here to view current and prior Board agendas.

Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks

H-V Rec. & Parks’ Indoor Facilities Remain Closed; Most Outdoor Parks/Trails Open

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Program Superintendent

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks. During this time, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department will remain closed to the public.

We understand the disappointment. Recreation is our business and our responsibility, therefore we are keeping our facilities, parks and playground equipment “closed” but will continue to encourage you to utilize the walking trails and tracks we have to offer. We are asking our Henderson-Vance community to continue to practice social distancing recommendations in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

The current status of Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks facilities includes:

Closed: 

➢ Aycock Recreation Center 

  • Aycock Aquatic Center

➢ Old Aycock Gym – Indoor Facility

➢ Fox Pond Park

➢ All Satellite Sites 

  • First Presbyterian Church 
  • Vance County Senior Center

➢ All Playground Equipment and Structures 

Remaining Open: 

➢ All Outdoor Parks, Trails and Tracks excluding Fox Pond Park 

Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks will monitor the situation and make an assessment on when it is safe to reopen some or all of the affected facilities.

Updates about facilities, classes/programs and events will be available on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter) and website at http://ci.henderson.nc.us/departments/recreation_and_parks/.

Sheriff Curtis Brame

Sheriff Curtis Brame Offers Tips for a Safe July 4th Weekend

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Department

With the July 4th weekend approaching, Vance County Sheriff Curtis R. Brame asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.

Vance County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 13,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging. 
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution. 
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection. 
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.” 
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. 
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. 
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays. 
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks. 

Sheriff Brame also wants citizens to use caution when swimming at a beach or at a pool. Brame said, “Sadly, most deaths from drowning occur within a few feet of safety.”

The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. The Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability. To find out where lessons are offered, or to enroll in a CPR/AED or first aid course, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

At a swimming pool, take the following precautions:

  • If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
  • Be sure covers are installed on all drains of a swimming pool or in a wading pool. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water-resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.

To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in pools in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear crystal clear, be continuously circulated and be maintained at a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.

While driving, take the following precautions:

  • Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.
  • When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.
  • You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.
  • Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.
  • Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.
  • Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving: be courteous and tolerant of other drivers.  Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Brame said in closing, “Let’s make this summer a safe one in Vance County.”

Public Service Announcements

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LATEST

  • The Big Ruin Creek Baptist Church fundraiser is being held July 6, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 220 Seafood Restaurant in Henderson. TAKE OUT ONLY. Tickets are $8.00 in advance or WHEN YOU PICKUP THE FOOD AT 220 SEAFOOD. Plates include trout, french fries, and slaw. Contact Dorothy Wimbush at 252-425-7366 for advance tickets. Again, tickets will also be sold at the event.
  • The Board of Elections office -filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor starts Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:00 noon and end on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:00 noon. Filing fee is $5.00. The Board of Elections office will not close for lunch during the filing period. Anyone interested in filing, please call the Vance County Board of Elections office at 252-492-3730. If you would like to make an appointment before coming to file, you may do so. You will be required to wear a mask and have your temperature taking before entering into the Board of Elections office. We are allowing one person at a time in the Director’s office and the Deputy Director’s office. We have a waiting area in the hall for anyone that is to come in. We are asking that anyone who comes in to please practice social distancing.
  • Granville Tourism Development Authority is inviting brides planning a 2020-2021 wedding to take a scenic caravan tour of Granville County to learn more about wedding locations and resources available to help plan their special day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed from its original date in April and is now scheduled for July 26, 2020. The day includes a stop at three wedding/reception venues (The Oaks at Oxford, Carlee Farm and Shadowing Oaks), as well as early access to a brand new venue, The Orpheum at Oxford, located in downtown Oxford. Florists, photographers, caterers, disc jockeys, rental companies, etc. will welcome brides and their guests throughout the tour as a variety of wedding service options are displayed.  Prior to the tour, registered participants will receive the tour schedule by email/text so that they can travel to each venue in the comfort of their own vehicles. The schedule is tentative and subject to change based on statewide restrictions and guidelines for events and social gatherings.  A number of venues have indoor and outdoor accommodations that will allow tour participants to move around freely. To ensure safety, each venue guide and vendor will wear face coverings and will practice social distancing. Each bride and guest should also wear a cloth face mask during the tour. It is also suggested that participants bring along hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes for vehicle use. Sanitized restrooms will be available at each stop, and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry and departure at each venue.  This annual event is presented by the Granville Tourism Development Authority (TDA). Interested brides should register online at https://granvillebows2020.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Brides on Wheels Tour, please visit www.brides-on-wheels.com or contact TDA Director Angela Allen by phone at (919) 693-6125 or by email at angela.allen@granvillecounty.org.
  • Families Living Violence Free (FLVF) invites the public to join its six-week Domestic Violence 101 Lunch & Learn series online via Zoom. Sessions will be held from 12 until 1 PM each Wednesday beginning July 8 and concluding August 12, 2020. Sessions Include: July 8, 2020 – Understanding Domestic Violence, July 15, 2020 – Why Victims Stay in Abusive Relationships, July 22, 2020 – Domestic Violence and the Effects on Children, July 29, 2020 – When Loving You is Hurting Me, August 5, 2020 – Healthy Relationships, August 12, 2020 – Personal Boundaries. Please visit FLVF’s website at www.flvf.org or call (919) 693-5700 to register. The link to each week’s Zoom session will be available on the FLVF website.
  • The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) Board, along with input from the Hot Sauce Committee and the City of Oxford, has decided to cancel the 14th Annual Hot Sauce Contest & Festival for the coming date of September 12, 2020 due to growing concerns of COVID–19 and guidelines surrounding physical distancing and enhanced precautions issued by the State of North Carolina. There will be no rescheduling this year. Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.
  • Perry Memorial Library in Henderson announces a new curbside service available from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday. Start by placing holds on materials through your library account or by calling the library at (252) 438-3316. If calling, have your library card number handy. Please make sure the library has the correct information to contact you when your holds arrive (email, phone or text). For curbside delivery, you can receive up to five books or audio CDs and two DVDs. When you receive notification that your holds are ready, come to the library and park in one of the designated spots in the parking lot on the Winder side of the building. Spots are near the entrance, next to the handicapped parking. Call or text the number on the sign and let library staff know you have arrived and your spot number. There is a table set up, and staff will bring your holds out and place them on the table under your spot number, give you a big wave, and you can grab your holds from the table. If you have books to return, please place them in the outside book drop. If you are unable to leave your house due to physical limitations or COVID precautions, please call (252) 438-3316, ext. 223, to arrange for no-contact delivery through the library’s adult outreach coordinator. Perry Memorial Library looks forward to getting books, audiobooks and DVDs back in your hands!
  • Vance County Schools will continue distributing free meals Monday – Thursday from 11 AM until 1 PM through June 9, 2020. Meal distribution will not be available on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Meals are available at Aycock Elementary, Clarke Elementary, EM Rollins Elementary, EO Young Elementary, New Hope Elementary, Zeb Vance Elementary, Vance County Middle and Vance County High. Meals are available at these locations in a drive-thru format. Meal units that are passed out Monday – Wednesday will include two meals – lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. Thursday distribution will include two breakfasts and two lunches.
  • Shopping Angels is an entirely volunteer-based program where volunteers grocery shop for individuals who are especially at-risk for COVID-19 and/or those with other health issues, seniors, parents of young children and those who are self-isolating due to possible COVID-19 exposure. Volunteers or “shopping angels” are matched with recipients and will contact them for a grocery list. Wearing a mask and gloves, volunteers will then go grocery shopping, bring the groceries to the recipient’s door, return to their car and call the recipient to let them know their groceries have arrived. The volunteers keep in touch with recipients throughout the process and, upon delivery, recipients exchange cash for their items or work out another payment arrangement that is more convenient. Clients are never expected to pay more than the exact cost of the groceries as reflected on the receipt, are never expected to pay before groceries are delivered and are not expected to pay gas money, tips or delivery fees. Shopping Angels allows you to request services for yourself or a specific person such as a family member by visiting www.shoppingangelsglobal.org and clicking on the “Request Services” tab. To volunteer, to request service or to become a sponsor, visit www.shoppingangelsglobal.org and complete the appropriate form. For those without computer access, those who need assistance with the forms or with general questions, please contact Scarlette Walker directly at (252) 226-0131. If Walker is unavailable, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned.
  • North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers. North Carolina is the 10th state to implement this flexibility, which will remain permanently in place beyond the COVID-19 emergency. Currently, Amazon and Walmart are the only authorized retailers approved for online FNS purchases nationally. All EBT retailers in North Carolina have received information from USDA about how to become approved for online FNS purchases and other retailers are encouraged to seek approval for online purchasing. More information for retailers is available on the USDA website. More information about North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services can be found at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/food-nutrition-services-food-stamps. North Carolina individuals and families can apply for FNS at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do
  • First Baptist Church – With the outbreak at Pelican Health, the need is greater than ever for our local healthcare workers. We have committed to work for three more weeks or 1,500 more gowns, whichever comes first. We need your help and our community’s help to reach this goal and meet this need. Beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020, we will resume our regular shifts of 10 AM and 2 PM weekly with evening shifts on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM. All shifts are currently at McGregor Hall (201 Breckenridge – entrance at the corner of Wyche and Winder Streets in downtown Henderson). If you are able to help, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0449afad2fa7fb6-protective2. Volunteers are required to sign up online before participating. All volunteers 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers will be screened upon arrival and must have a temperature below 100, no symptoms, and no known exposure to COVID-19 (including no known exposure by anyone in their household). Please bring a mask and scissors with you. We are asking that all volunteers isolate as much as possible for the sake of each person who comes to give their time. All volunteers are required to wear masks, wash hands frequently throughout their shift and maintain social distance. With the beginning of this second phase, our financial need has also increased. If you would like to make a donation toward this project, go to this website: https://engage.suran.com/fbchenderson/s/give/new-gift and choose “COVID-19 Protective Medical Gown Project.”
  • Boys and Girls Clubs – Evans and Jones were excited to announce that the Boys and Girls Clubs have resumed the distribution of hot, free meals to club members and\or any child between the ages of 5-18. Families are encouraged to drive through and pick up meals without getting out of their vehicles. Meals are provided Monday – Friday from 4:30 until 6 PM at the following locations: Granville Club – 105 West St. in Oxford, NC; Vance Club – 212 N. Clark St. in Henderson, NC; Roanoke Rapids Club – 116 W 3rd St. in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Volunteers are needed to assist with the distribution of prepackaged dinners. If you are able to assist, please send the following information to Jones at djones@bgcncnc.com: Your name and contact information, days/times that you can volunteer, desired club location where you can serve (Henderson, Oxford or Halifax) To ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers should bring a mask (scarf, bandana, or wrap) that will cover the nose and mouth. Gloves will be provided on-site. If you are sick, not feeling well or have been exposed to someone that is sick or not feeling well, please refrain from volunteering.
  • Granville Vance Public Health Message Basic Info #1: There are lots of reports and information going around about coronavirus, but what we need from you is simple. Stay home as much as you can, and wash your hands a lot. Try not to touch your face and keep your home clean. Wear a mask in crowded places. Thank you for saving lives and protecting everyone in our community. Basic Info #2: What we’re doing is working. We are slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Vance County. You are keeping yourself and your community healthy by: Staying home when you can and eliminating optional trips to the store; Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds; Cleaning your doorknobs, faucets, cell phones, and other items you touch a lot; Wearing a mask when you can’t stay 6 ft away from people; Staying home if you feel sick. Basic Info #3; Connection is Strength. We’re being reminded just how connected we all are – and how much we depend on one another. And it’s not just the spread of the virus. For everyone who works from home, there are many more who make that possible by working at the hospital, the production facility, the grocery store, the delivery service, and others. This moment shows us how much we all need each other to keep going. Protect yourself and our community by washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Basic Info #4: Inspirational Tone. The sounds of empty streets are the sounds of people sticking together and keeping each other safe. Some of us can’t stay home, but everyone can work to make sure they are protected. Are you six feet away from anyone else right now? Then you are saving lives. Basic Info #5: Checklist. Have you cleaned the doorknobs in your house today? Washed your hands before and after leaving the house? Texted or called a friend? Then you’re a health hero! Follow Granville Vance Public Health on Facebook or visit gvph.org for more information about COVID-19 in our community.

August /September–

  • The Cokesbury Fire Department and Board of Directors have decided to postpone the fireworks on July 4th until Saturday, September 5, 2020. Look for additional information on the rescheduled fireworks as it gets closer to September.
  • Vance-Granville Community College is getting ready for its 36th Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the Henderson Country Club. The tournament was delayed from its traditional spring date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Gupton Services, Inc., of Henderson will serve as the event’s presenting sponsor for the first time. All proceeds from the tournament support the mission of the college and fund student scholarships. Businesses and individuals can still take advantage of sponsorship opportunities at various levels. Businesses may also donate products or premium items featuring the company’s logo to be placed in golfers’ gift bags or to be given as door prizes. This year’s morning and afternoon rounds will begin with shotgun starts at 8 AM and at 1 PM. The afternoon round is sold out, but there are openings in the morning round. The format is four-person “Captain’s Choice Super Ball.” Golfers can form their own teams of four, or sign up and be put on a team. Teams will be handicapped based on handicaps supplied by each player. Trophies will be awarded for first net, second net and first gross. Other awards will be given for “closest to the pin” and “longest drive.” A hole-in-one on Hole 9 will be rewarded with a car, courtesy of Charles Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC. A player who hits a hole-in-one (with a $10 donation) on Hole 16 will win $5,000, while another $5,000 will be awarded to the VGCC Endowment Fund. The cost for one golfer to enter the tournament is $150. That fee includes greens fees, cart, meals, gift bag and practice balls. A light breakfast, lunch and dinner (immediately following the afternoon round) will be served in the HCC clubhouse. A silent auction and door prize drawings will be held in conjunction with dinner. For more information, contact Kay Currin at currink@vgcc.edu or (252) 738-3409.

ONGOING –

  • FAMILIES LIVING VIOLENCE FREE:  24/7 Crisis line English 919-693-5700 and 24/7 Crisis line Hispanic 919-690-0888. There is always someone there to listen, to help! Everything is confidential. Please…you could be saving a life….it could be your own. As concern over COVID-19 continues to grow, Families Living Violence Free has implemented an emergency plan to continue to provide services to our clients. First and foremost, we are concerned for everyone’s health and well-being. Effective Immediately: Crisis Hotline: Will be fully operating 24/7 for advocacy, connection to resources, supportive counseling and safety planning. Services will be provided by our advocates. For Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Families Living Violence Free will remain open during normal business hours to respond to client needs. After hours the crisis line will remain open. Clients are strongly encouraged to conduct business via phone or email when appropriate. If you are in immediate physical danger, please call 911. If further services are needed, you can contact advocates on the hotline at: 919-693-5700(English) 919-690-0888(Hispanic). Families Living Violence Free has advocates trained in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to call FLVF at the above numbers at any time. Please be safe!
  • Area Christians Together In Service: The Food Pantry at ACTS of Henderson can always use your assistance. Dry cereal, jars of peanut butter, boxes or packets of instant potatoes, “Helper” mixes (like Hamburger or Chicken Helper), canned fruit, ramen noodles, boxed mac & cheese and canned fruit are needed, at last check. Plastic zipper bags are needed as well–all sizes. Please consider picking up some of these items and dropping them by. ACTS is located at 201 South William Street in Henderson, and items may be brought between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you need to bring them at another time, please call (252) 492-8231, and arrangements will be made.
  • Granville Vance Public Health offers Medication Assisted Treatment within the Primary Care Clinic. Patients seen for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will be treated with kindness and respect, no different from any other patient. This is a judgment-free zone. Most insurance is accepted for visits and medication. Lab testing will be billed through LabCorp for special low rates. For more information or to make an appointment call the Granville Co. Health Department at 919-693-2141 or the Vance Co. Health Department at 252-492-7915. One day off heroin or opioids is a successful start to a better quality of life.
  • North Carolina Guardian ad Litem: Advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in court. If you would like to find out more about being the voice for a child, visit www.volunteerforgal.org or call the Guardian ad Litem Office at 252-430-5121 or 919-497-4244.
  • Salvation Army Family Store located at 218 Raleigh Rd. in Henderson, beside Dollar Tree. Consider donating.  Large items can be be picked up by calling 252-558-1050 and small items can be brought to the store. All items are sold at the store at a low price to fund the programs in Vance County that make a difference in people’s lives. Store hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.
  • Vance County Animal Shelter: Donations of cleaning supplies like Clorox and food for puppies, kittens, dogs and cats always needed and welcomed.
  • Vance County Board of Elections — Public access to the Board of Elections office is controlled by the County Board of Elections. All members of the public are encouraged to call the office (492-3730) ahead of visiting should they have any questions or need anything like voter registration forms, reports, etc. The staff will report to work their normal business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is a drop-off mailbox outside of the Director’s office for mail. Email fgill@vancecounty.org for more information.
  • Vance County Superior Court, from Henry L. Gupton the Vance County Clerk of Superior Court — Due to the COVID-19 virus our operations have changed. Our office is still open Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, our doors are locked. Please know that if your matter is not an emergency and can be delayed, we would appreciate you waiting until the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. If it can be handled by phone or mail, please do so. We will continue to accept filings. All other court cases will be continued. You will be questioned at our two windows about your business. We have also set up a public computer terminal just outside our office so that everyone will have access to look up the information they need. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 252-430-5100. Please continue to monitor the North Carolina Judicial on Facebook (click here) for any updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. It is our pleasure to serve you. Thank you for your understanding.