BoE Announces Henderson Candidates; Filing Extended for 3rd Ward

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-Information courtesy Melody Vaughan, Deputy Director, Vance County Board of Elections

The initial filing period for the October 8, 2019, City of Henderson election ended Friday, July 19, 2019, at 12 p.m. Offices on the ballot include Mayor, 1st and 2nd Ward seats and 3rd and 4th Ward At-Large seats.

According to the State Board of Election, candidate filing for the City of Henderson’s 3rd Ward At-Large seat has been extended. Filing will begin Monday, July 22, 2019, and end Friday, July 26, 2019. The hours will be Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

With questions, please contact the Vance County Board of Elections office at (252) 492-3730.

Names on the ballot as of 7/19/19:

Office Position: Mayor – City of Henderson

Name: Edward (Eddie) Harry Ellington

Residential Address: 2223 N Woodland Road Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 430-4018

Date of Filing: 07/05/2019

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Office Position: Mayor – City of Henderson

Name: Sharon Kay Owens

Residential Address: 815 E Montgomery Street Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 820-0574

Date of Filing: 07/18/2019

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Office Position: Alderman 1st Ward – City of Henderson

Name: Marion Brodie Williams

Residential Address: 338 Hamilton Street Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 767-3977

Date of Filing: 07/05/2019

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Office Position:  Alderman 2nd Ward – City of Henderson

Name: David Michael (Mike) Rainey

Residential Address: 2747 Fairway Drive Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 492-6787

Date of Filing: 07/16/2019

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Office Position: Alderman At-Large 4th Ward – City of Henderson

Name: Jason Albert Spriggs

Residential Address: 222 Turner Avenue Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (919) 514-5136

Date of Filing: 07/05/2019

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Office Position: Alderman At-Large 4th Ward – City of Henderson

Name: George McArthur Daye

Residential Address: 919 N Pinkston Street Henderson, NC 27536

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 432-6659

Date of Filing: 07/19/2019

 

Town of Kittrell, Middleburg Nov. Election Candidates Announced

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-Information courtesy Melody Vaughan, Deputy Director, Vance County Board of Elections

Filing for the Town of Kittrell and Town of Middleburg elections ended on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 12 p.m. The election date for Kittrell and Middleburg is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Offices on the ballot for Kittrell are Mayor and three town commissioners. Offices on the ballot for Middleburg are Mayor and three town council members.

According to the State Board of Election, candidate filing for the Town of Kittrell Commissioner seat has been extended. Filing will begin Monday, July 22, 2019, and end Friday, July 26, 2019. The hours will be Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

With questions, please contact the Vance County Board of Elections office at (252) 492-3730.

Names on the ballot as of 7/19/19:

Office Position: Mayor – Town of Kittrell

Name: Jerry Clarence Joyner

Residential Address: 32 E Main Street Kittrell, NC 27544

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 438-2721

Date of Filing: 07/12/2019

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Office Position: Town Commissioner – Town of Kittrell

Name: Mary Jo Floyd

Residential Address: 253 Church Street Kittrell, NC 27544

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 430-0354

Date of Filing: 07/09/2019

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Office Position: Town Commissioner – Town of Kittrell

Name: Susan Michelle Pulley

Residential Address: 1585 N Chavis Road Kittrell, NC 27544

Mailing Address: Same as residential address

Telephone Number: (252) 432-4332

Date of Filing: 07/19/2019

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Office Position: Mayor – Town of Middleburg

Name: Gary Andrew Plummer

Residential Address: 404 Chestnut Street Middleburg, NC 27556

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 341 Middleburg, NC 27556

Telephone Number: (252) 492-0828

Date of Filing: 07/17/2019

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Office Position: Town Councilman – Town of Middleburg

Name: Ruth Macon Nance

Residential Address: 65 Pine Street Middleburg, NC 27556

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 194 Middleburg, NC 27556

Telephone Number: (252) 820-5467

Date of Filing: 07/15/2019

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Office Position: Town Councilman – Town of Middleburg

Name: Mamie Lee Turner

Residential Address: 390 N Lee Avenue Middleburg, NC 27556

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 178 Middleburg, NC 27556

Telephone Number: (252) 767-0059

Date of Filing: 07/16/2019

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Office Position: Town Councilman – Town of Middleburg

Name: Annie (Ann) R. Fudge

Residential Address: 54 N Hawkins Avenue Middleburg, NC 27556

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 344 Middleburg, NC 27556

Telephone Number: (252) 430-7716

Date of Filing: 07/17/2019

State Cabinet Secretary Visits VGCC

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College welcomed a member of Governor Roy Cooper’s cabinet, Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders, to the college’s Main Campus on July 18.

During her visit, Secretary Sanders discussed the recently-released “Status of Women in North Carolina Health & Wellness” report, commissioned by the Council for Women & Youth Involvement. The Council is a division of the Department of Administration.

Vance-Granville Community College welcomed a member of Governor Roy Cooper’s cabinet, Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders, to the college’s Main Campus on July 18. (Photo courtesy VGCC)

The report is the second in a series of four publications that provide data and policy recommendations to improve the status of North Carolina women in several key areas. The first report in the series, “The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment & Earnings,” was released in 2018. The third report will focus on factors related to women’s economic security and economic opportunity, and the fourth on women’s political participation.

The series aims to serve as a resource that may be used to make data-driven decisions about how to shape public policies, prioritize investments, and set programmatic goals to improve the lives of women and families.

Governor Cooper appointed Sanders as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration on January 12, 2017. A native of Belhaven, N.C., Sanders brings to the Cooper administration experience in both management and leadership. She is a seasoned pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive who has held the role as vice president of manufacturing and general manager of Biogen’s largest and most advanced manufacturing facility in Research Triangle Park.

Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from N.C. State University and a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. As a native North Carolinian, wife and mother of twin daughters, she is passionate about improving the status of women in the state. Some of her work includes creating a Women’s Innovation Network at Biogen.

As Sanders puts it, “Improving the status of women in North Carolina is not just a woman’s issue. This is a family, poverty and economic issue.”

VCSO: Silver Alert Issued for Robert Lewis Rogers

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The Vance County Sheriff’s Office is seeking urgent assistance in locating Robert Lewis Rogers, age 53. He is missing from the Jacksontown Road area of Middleburg.

A silver alert has been issued due to cognitive impairment.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 911 or the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at 252-738-2200.

 

Vance Co. Properties, Water Committee to Meet July 22

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

The following Vance County committees are scheduled to meet Monday, July 22, 2019, in the Administrative Conference Room of the Vance County Administration Building located at 122 Young Street in Henderson.

Properties Committee (Brummitt, Taylor, Wilder)

Monday, July 22 at 3 p.m.

–       Warrenton Road Convenience Site

–       Possible offer on REO Property

Water Committee (Wilder, Brummitt, Taylor)

Monday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. (or immediately after the properties committee meeting)

–       Phase 1B Financials

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Vance County Schools Announces Leadership Changes

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

The following administrative changes have been announced for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Letitia Fields – Principal, New Hope Elementary School

Mrs. Fields was born and raised in Henderson, North Carolina. Mrs. Fields has served as a Special Education teacher and a Social Studies and Writing teacher. Her most recent assignment was Assistant Principal at Zeb Vance Elementary School.

Mrs. Field attended New Hope and grew up in the Townsville community.

Mrs. Fields will begin as Principal at New Hope on July 17, 2019.

Ms. Michelle Fiscus – Public Information Officer

Ms. Fiscus brings a distinguished background in marketing and television network reporting to us.

Most recently she has served as the Public Information Officer in the Franklin County Public Schools and at Louisburg College.

We are excited about having her join us. Ms.Fiscus will begin working in the district on August 1, 2019.

 

Mrs. Gail Powers – Director of Career and Technical Education and Secondary Education

Mrs. Powers currently serves as the Executive Director of CTE in Halifax County and has previously served as an elementary, middle and high school principal in Nash-Rocky Mount and Randolph Counties.

We were extremely fortunate to find a professional with her unique set of skills and background experiences to join us. We anticipate her starting work with us on or about August 1, 2019.

High School Students Explore Medical Science at VGCC South Campus

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College has once again partnered with the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to offer a “Mini-Medical School” camp for high school students. The week-long camp was recently held at VGCC’s South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor.

Students used computer simulations and hands-on lab activities to learn about topics that included anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, cardiology, epidemiology, medical genetics and genomics. The course was taught primarily by Becky Brady, a registered nurse and chemical engineer.

Faculty members from VGCC programs that prepare students for health-related careers gave students information about academic pathways and employment prospects.

VGCC has partnered with Wake AHEC since 2014 on Mini-Med School camps. Based in Raleigh, Wake AHEC serves nine counties: Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. AHECs are located throughout North Carolina and are affiliated with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

NC AHEC’s mission is to meet the state’s health workforce needs and to provide education programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of the people of North Carolina, with a focus on underserved populations.

On front row, from left: Tanisha Shetty of Green Hope High School; Darlene Villarroel-Lopez of Wake Forest High School; Abigail Gorman of Green Hope High School; Alexis Duncan of Regan High School; Jenna Curry of Granville Early College High School; Alhanna Cancel-Roman of Wake Forest High School; Kaylee Huff of Granville Early College High School; Shreya Gandi of Enloe High School; and Pooja Shah of Wake Early College of Health & Science; On back row, from left: lead instructor Becky Brady; Anushka Mandalapu of Wake Early College Health & Science; Nijaha Alston of Granville Academy; William Sharp of Leesville Road High School; Ashleigh Kiger of Mt. Tabor High School; Seth Jones of Granville Central High School; Brandon Bowling of South Granville High School; Brooke Bowling of South Granville High School; Lacey Blackley of South Granville High School; and Andre Hargrove of Granville Central High School. (VGCC photo)

Town Talk: SHPHC Announces ‘For Unto Y’all’ Christmas Production – 07/18/19

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The holidays may still be months away, but for Pastor Rhonda Pulley and South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, now is the time to prepare for the 12th annual Christmas Dinner Theatre.

This year’s production is titled “For Unto Y’all,” and is a retelling of the traditional Christmas story set to a Western theme.

“We’re going to use our imaginations to wonder what if Jesus was born not quite so long ago and not quite so far away in the Old West,” explained Pulley. “We’re not changing the biblical story, just changing the setting in a fun and imaginative way.”

With past Christmas productions being sold-out events, Pulley said the church included six performance dates for this year’s show. Performance dates and times include November 30, 6 p.m.; December 1, 6 p.m.; December 5, 6:30 p.m.; December 6, 6:30 p.m.; December 7, 6 p.m.; December 8, 6 p.m.

In addition to the performance, guests will enjoy a dinner consisting of prime rib, baked potato, garden salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage – all prepared by church members. Cost per person for dinner and show is $30.

“The prime rib alone is worth the cost; it’s the best,” Pulley said.

To reserve your tickets to what is expected to be another sold-out season, please call the church office at (252) 438-3322.

The church is located at 905 Americal Road in Henderson.

To hear Pulley’s Town Talk interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Dangerous Heat Continues Through Weekend for Central NC

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-Press Release, National Weather Service 

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will produce dangerously high heat index values on Friday. The situation will get worse Saturday and Sunday when excessive heat is expected, with limited cooling at night.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. EDT on Friday.

An Excessive Heat Watch has also been issued. This Excessive Heat Watch is in effect from Saturday through Sunday evening.

Graphic courtesy the National Weather Service.

Heat Index Values

The heat index will be up to 105 degrees Friday. Then, heat index values potentially may soar to between 110 and 112 degrees for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Heat indices will likely remain between 80 and 90 all night through the period, greatly increasing the potential for heat-related illnesses.

Timing

The most dangerous time will be between noon and 7 p.m. Friday, then all of the weekend. It will not cool below 80 degrees over many areas until 4 or 5 in the morning.

Impacts

Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken. In addition, consecutive days of dangerous heat will continue into the weekend, when the heatwave will reach a peak.

Consecutive days of dangerous heat indices have a cumulative effect on the body, significantly increasing the potential for heat-related illnesses.

Precautionary Actions

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you must work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heatstroke is an emergency – call 911.

For additional information and tips, visit the National Weather Service website (click here).