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Vance County Special Olympics NC Plunge in Place

Special Olympics North Carolina Plunge in Place is a fundraiser that allows participants to donate to Vance County Special Olympics.  During Plunge Week (Sunday, February 21-Friday, February 26, 2021), you can plunge into a pool, ice bath or the ocean, run through sprinklers, play with super soakers or dump a frigid bottle of water over your head.  Share your Plunge on social media with #findyourfreeze or send to plunge@sonc.net.  Tune in to the Live Plunge Celebration on Saturday, February 27, 2021.   Participants can register at https://give.classy.org/SOVance.  For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091 (callen@ci.henderson.nc.us).

(Info courtesy of Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department)

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation Launches Community Response Fund

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation has announced the launch of a Community Response Grant Fund, available to nonprofit, local government, and educational organizations, serving the counties of Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren.

The grants will fund relief and response programs related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  “With the continuing stress on our communities from the Pandemic, our local safety net organizations are struggling to make ends meet and respond to their clients’ needs.  We are pleased to announce the Foundation Board’s commitment to provide grants for community relief,” said Val Short, Executive Director.

Applications for grants up to $20,000 each will be accepted, beginning February 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed quarterly and grants will be awarded in March, June, September, and December.  Through this Community Response program, recipients can receive up to four grants throughout the year.

The Community Response Grant application is now available at the Foundation’s online grant portal. A link to the grant portal is available at the website:   http://www.tnhfoundation.org   Applications will be accepted continuously now through September 1, 2021.

Virtual meetings with Foundation staff will be required prior to submitting an application.  To schedule a meeting, please call 252-430-8532.

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is a regional healthcare grantmaking organization based in Henderson, established in November 2011, after the merge of Maria Parham Medical Center with the for-profit Duke LifePoint.  Funded by an endowment created from the assets of the former nonprofit hospital, Triangle North Healthcare Foundation has invested over $2 million in over 80 programs in the region since beginning grantmaking in 2013.

(Press Release provided by Triangle North Healthcare Foundation)

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Granville Vance COVID-19 Update as of January 25, 2021

Granville Vance District Health Director Lisa Harrison provides information routinely by email and other means, and Monday she wrote, “Since our last update on Jan. 19th, there have been 171 new cases of COVID-19 in Granville and 172 in Vance.

“Unfortunately, there have been 2 additional deaths reported this week. A 58-year-old male from Granville County passed away on Jan. 19th, and a 64-year-old male from Vance County passed away on Jan. 16th.

“The GVPH data dashboard is currently under construction. As we shift our priority to COVID-19 vaccines, we are reevaluating what data we are able to share and how we share it. We appreciate your patience during this time. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard. Relevant graphs from these dashboards are available on our website at https://gvph.org/covid-19_dashboard/.”

According to Harrison, vaccine providers needed to administer all of the initial doses of vaccine received since December 22nd by January 25th.

Hospitals and health departments receive vaccine shipments weekly.  Amounts received vary greatly, however, from provider to provider and county to county.

Harrison reported in her Monday email that she sees the frustration as vaccine supply is not matching the demand.  She said it does not come close.  She wrote, “With the imposed deadline to finish out first doses, we are all running critically low on vaccine. However, I’m confident things will catch up. We all have sufficient second dose supply to match our first doses – we want to assure everyone that second doses of vaccines will be provided to those who received their first dose. Due to the limited supply, first doses are still limited to those in Group 1 and Group 2 – health care workers and those 65 years and older.”

At least 9,000 people have been vaccinated in Vance and Granville Counties, of about 100,000 in the district.  Harrison wrote, “We have vaccinated more than 3,000 people at GVPH and Maria Parham Hospital and Granville Health Systems have each vaccinated as much.”

Also, Harrison wrote, “I have received so many notes from happy vaccinated individuals who stopped and took the time to say they had a wonderful experience in the highly efficient Granville Health System weekend clinic last weekend. I receive calls and notes regularly about our clinics in each of our health department locations and our collaboration with the Senior Center in Granville County at the Granville Expo Center. And this past weekend, after a Friday clinic in Granville’s health department location and a Saturday vaccine clinic in our Vance health department location, we partnered with Maria Parham Health, Vance County Schools, as well as local law enforcement, Vance County Emergency Management, and Vance County EMS to host a joint vaccine clinic at the Vance County High School. We are working together to ensure that we safely and efficiently administer vaccines to everyone who wants one across our rural and historically marginalized populations.”

Versatrim, NC Works, Kerr Tar COG Team Up for Virtual Hiring Event Tuesday

A local manufacturing company is teaming up with NCWorks for a virtual hiring event scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Desiree Brooks, business services manager for the local workforce development board of Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, said Henderson manufacturer Versatrim is hiring for about 30 positions. Anyone interested in learning more about the available job opportunities should register for the event via a link on the Kerr-Tar Works Facebook page, Brooks said Monday during Town Talk. Find the link to the event at facebook.com/NCWorksKT. Participants can register up until 11 a.m., when the event begins.

Although this is a virtual event via Zoom, people without access to a computer may register to listen via telephone, Brooks said.

“It’s just like a job fair, but you’re sitting in the comfort of your home or wherever you are,” Brooks said. Some of the job openings include machine operators, packagers and customer services representatives, among others, she said. Versatrim, makers of laminate flooring and moldings, among other products, is located at 101 Eastern Minerals Road in Henderson.

Brooks and Jamie Cunningham shared details of the virtual event with Town Talk host John C. Rose.  Previously known as the Employment Security Commission, Cunningham described NCWorks as “a one-stop shop for North Carolina’s work force system.” Job-hunters can search for jobs, create résumés and find education and training, but it’s also a resource for employers to search for candidates and post job openings as well. Check it out online at www.NCWorks.gov.

Cunningham is operations manager for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, a federally funded program that helps people who need to go back to school to upgrade their skills, or help them with find employment. “We have a lot of training opportunities that help people upgrade their skills,” she noted.

A Versatrim representative will inform the participants about what the company does, the jobs that are available, and the pay associated with those jobs. Participants also will have the chance to ask questions.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people to learn and hopefully be able to start their career with Versatrim,” Brooks said. Cunningham said a business service representative with NCWorks will also be taking part in the event and can answer questions about what NCWorks does. She said the possibility to partner with businesses allows NCWorks to help fund any additional training needed for an employee “to become that great employee.”

Each NCWorks career center is under the direction of a local workforce board, Cunningham said, and Kerr-Tar (Council of Governments) serves Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties.  The NCWorks Career Center offers job search support and assistance, including a computer resource center with copier, printer and faxing capabilities; career counseling and coaching; virtual job search workshops and scholarships for short-term training.

Contact the NCWorks career at 919-693-2686 for more information or to get help registering for the event.

If you would like to listen to the interview on TownTalk, click here

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Argument, Shots Fired, In Darkness 300 Yards Away, Unrelated, A Horse Died

Over the weekend a disagreement led to shots being fired, and a stray bullet killed a horse in its nearby pasture.

Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow explained to WIZS News Monday that officers were dispatched for a shots fired call on Southern Avenue around 5 a.m, Saturday, Jan 23. He said there was a disturbance at 116 Southern Avenue and apparently an argument resulted in someone leaving the scene in a vehicle. That’s when an unknown suspect is believed to have fired at the departing vehicle as it headed up the street.

A stray bullet hit the horse in the temple and killed it nearly instantly. The ground around where the horse was discovered later, after daylight, was barely disturbed.

The horse was upwards of 300-plus yards, if not further, away. No intended malice towards the animal has been discovered.

Chief Barrow said the police are working backwards on this and trying to find out who pulled the trigger. It was dark at 5 a.m., and not only was the horse not discovered until later in the morning, but it was not immediately known where the shots were fired.

Since then, police have spoken to the renters at 116 Southern Avenue, and they have been helpful. Shell casings were recovered from the road in front of that address. Barrow said the incident is related to a feud that has been going on for a while.

Barrow said police are working diligently as the investigation continues to try to figure out who pulled the trigger.

Many in the community are heartbroken.

If anyone has more information about this incident, please contact Henderson Police through Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers at (252-492-1925 or P3 app), call 252-438-4141, or make contact through Facebook or Instagram.

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IRS Reminds It’s Time To Get Organized

— press release courtesy of the IRS

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that organizing tax records is an important first step for getting ready to prepare and file their 2020 tax return.

Taxpayers should keep all necessary records, such as W-2s, 1099s, receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support an item of income, or a deduction or credit, appearing on their tax return.

Taxpayers should develop a system that keeps all their important information together, which could include a software program for electronic records or a file cabinet for paper documents in labeled folders. Having records readily at hand makes preparing a tax return easier.

To avoid refund delays, taxpayers should be sure to gather all year-end income documents so they can file a complete and accurate 2020 tax return.

Most taxpayers will receive income documents near the end of January including:

  • Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
  • Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income
  • Form 1099-INT, Interest Income
  • Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation
  • Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments; like unemployment compensation or state tax refund
  • Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statements

View IRS account online

Taxpayers can view their online account allowing them to access the latest information available about their federal tax account and most recently filed tax return through a secure and convenient tool on IRS.gov. This can help taxpayers if they need information from last year’s return.

Additionally, in the coming weeks, individuals with an account on IRS.gov/account will be able to view the amounts of the Economic Impact Payments they received as well as the latest information available about their federal tax account. Eligible individuals who did not receive the full amounts of both Economic Impact Payments may claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on their 2020 federal tax return. In order to claim the full amount of the Recovery Rebate Credit, taxpayers will need to know the amount of the Economic Impact Payments received.

Visit Secure Access: How to Register for Certain Online Self-Help Tools for more information about how to create an account or how to reset the username or password.

Remember unemployment compensation is taxable

Millions of Americans received unemployment compensation in 2020, many of them for the first time. This compensation is taxable and must be included as gross income on their tax return.

Taxpayers can expect to receive a Form 1099-G showing their unemployment income. Taxpayers can elect to have federal taxes withheld from their unemployment benefits or make estimated tax payments, but many do not take these options. In that case, taxes on those benefits will be paid when the 2020 tax return is filed. Therefore, taxpayers who did not have tax withheld from their payments may see a smaller refund than expected or even have a tax bill.

Individuals who receive a Form 1099-G for unemployment compensation they did not receive should contact their state tax agency and request a corrected Form 1099-G. States should not issue Forms 1099-Gs to taxpayers they know to be victims of identity theft involving unemployment compensation.

Taxpayers who are victims of identity theft involving unemployment compensation should not file an identity theft affidavit with the IRS.

Individuals can find more details on taxable unemployment compensation in Tax Topic 418, Unemployment Compensation, or in Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, on IRS.gov.

Taxpayers can use 2019 income for Earned Income Tax Credit

For taxpayers with income less than $56,844 in 2020, they may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC Assistant, available in English and Spanish, can help determine who is eligible. The EITC is as much as $6,660 for a family with children or up to $538 for taxpayers who do not have a qualifying child.

And this tax season, there’s a new rule that can help people impacted by a job loss or change in income in 2020. Under the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, taxpayers may elect to use their 2019 earned income to figure the credit if their 2019 earned income is more than their 2020 earned income. The same is true for the Additional Child Tax Credit. For details, see the instructions for Form 1040  PDFor Publication 596, Earned Income Credit.

Electronic Filing makes filing easy

The best way to file a complete and accurate return is to file electronically and there are several options for doing this – some at no cost. Visit IRS.gov/filing for more details about IRS Free FileFree File Fillable FormsFree tax preparation sites or by finding a trusted tax professional. Free File is a great option for people who are only filing a tax return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit, either because they didn’t receive an Economic Impact Payment or did not receive the full amount.

Use IRS.gov

IRS tax help is available 24 hours a day on IRS.gov, the official IRS website, where people can find answers to tax questions and resolve tax issues online from the safety of their home. The Let Us Help You page helps answer most tax questions, and the IRS Services Guide PDF links to other important IRS services.