Sossamon To Participate In Area Juneteenth Activities

information courtesy of the office of Rep. Frank Sossamon

There are a couple of Juneteenth celebrations taking place in the area over the next week to mark the day – June 19, 1965 – when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War had ended, which also brought enslaved people their freedom.

One event will take place at the venue Back to Eden on Wednesday, June 19 and will feature activities that commemorate the historic day. The event begins at 12 noon and will include the laying of a wreath and a mock funeral. The event will feature speaker, live entertainment, food trucks, tours and fireworks.

The second Juneteenth celebration is the Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks Department’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 22. The event will take place at the Vance County Courthouse Square in Henderson from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This festival has become a cornerstone of the community’s celebration, bringing together people from all walks of life to honor African American heritage through music, food trucks, vendors, bingo, craft making and live performances.

“Juneteenth is a time to reflect on our past, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and commit ourselves to the ongoing work of achieving true equality for all,” said Rep. Frank Sossamon. “I am honored to be a part of these celebrations and look forward to engaging with our community as we commemorate this pivotal moment in history.”

Sossamon plans to attend both celebrations and hopes they will help to highlight the significance of Juneteenth and the ongoing journey toward equality and justice. Both events are open to the public, and all community members are encouraged to attend.

STEM Early High School Gets Solar+ Schools Grant

-information courtesy of Vance County Schools Chief Communication Officer Aarika Sandlin

STEM Early High School in Vance County is one of nine schools across the state to receive a grant from NC GreenPower to install a rooftop solar array as part of a solar education package.

With backing from the State Employees Credit Union, the Solar+ Schools Award will pay for all of the project’s construction costs, expected to be between $55,000 and $75,000.

The educational package includes a 20-kilowatt solar array, STEM curriculum, teacher training and more.

Schools should raise $3,500 to cover any future operations and maintenance expenses. The included weather station and data monitoring equipment will incorporate live  information from the arrays into classrooms, and teachers will be able to compare weather  scenarios and involve students in reading and interpreting the energy data.

Northern Granville Middle School in Granville County also is a recipient of the Solar+ School Award.

In 2024, the Solar+ Schools program accepted applications from public K-12 schools in Tier 1 and 2 counties in North Carolina. For the awarded schools, the installed 20-kW photovoltaic systems will serve as educational tools and will provide an energy impact depending on each school’s arrangement with its local electric utility. Since Solar+ Schools’ introduction in 2015, program recipients have saved about $100,000 cumulatively in electricity expenses, and the STEM and solar curriculum training has benefited more than 280 teachers and 62,000 students  throughout the state.

The member-funded State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has been a long-time advocate of NC GreenPower and continues to generously back the Solar+ Schools program. In  2022, the SECU Foundation contributed a grant of up to $600,000 extending through 2024 to  provide additional funding and assist with installation costs for awarded schools.

“NC GreenPower’s Solar+ Schools initiative is a unique and innovative project that continues to  produce energy savings and educational benefits for our schools and our state,” said SECU  Foundation Executive Director Jama Campbell. “We couldn’t be more pleased to help outfit nine schools with a working solar array system for students and our communities to learn more  about solar power’s impact as an alternative energy source for today and years to come.”

TownTalk: Around Old Granville: Architects

Lovers of historical architecture could come up with the analogy that if Old Granville County – what is now the four-county area that includes Vance, Warren, Franklin and Granville counties – were an art museum, then all the lovely homes that dot the towns, cities and countryside certainly are works of art to be admired and enjoyed.

Continuing that analogy, it was architects and craftsmen like Jacob Holt and Thomas Bragg and James Burgess who are just a few of the state’s premier artists whose creations still stand -and are still admired – today.

“They were able to express their aesthetic and the community’s idea of the aesthetic,” said Mark Pace, local historian and North Carolina Room Specialist at the Richard Thornton Library in Oxford.

Pace and WIZS’s Bill Harris talked about a number of homes, some standing and some long gone, that can be attributed to Holt, Bragg and Burgess in Thursday’s TownTalk segment of Around Old Granville.

Holt moved to Warren County in the 1840s, having worked with William Howard, an acolyte of Thomas Jefferson, in Prince Edward County, Va. He estimates that as many as 80 Holt houses still stand, a tribute to the craftsmanship Holt and his team of artisans poured into each build.

“If you’ve got a Holt house, it’s not a ramshackle mess,” Pace said.

He set up shop in Warren County and soon laid claim to having the second-largest non-agricultural work force around, Pace said.

Among his workers were enslaved persons as well as freedmen. “He had the talent and he had the crew,” he said.

And although it wasn’t his first build, the William Eaton House is what put Holt on the map.

With motifs of Greek Revival, complete with columns, cornices, elaborate mantelpieces and sidelights, the Eaton house remains “one of the showplaces of Warrenton,” Pace said.

Montmorenci is another well-known home in Warren County, and was built by James Burgess in 1822.

Much of the interior of Montmorenci was dismantled and sent to be part of the DuPont estate called Winterthur in Delaware, Pace said, including incredibly engineered spiral staircases and intricate mantelpieces.

Thomas Bragg was also a contractor and architect who worked in the area in the 1820’s through the 1840’s, Pace said. He did significant work in Wake County and designed the William Polk House there.

The home Bragg built for his family still stands in Warrenton. Some of Bragg’s children went on to achieve fame in their own right: Thomas, Jr. became a governor of North Carolina and Braxton was a general in the Civil War – it’s for him that Fort Bragg, now Fort Liberty, was named.




North Carolina Teacher Retention – NCAE

Teacher pay and a moratorium on private school vouchers are two of the tangible issues that the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators has on her radar. But Tamika Walker-Kelly also is calling on legislators to join her as she and other public school advocates seek to restore a culture of respect for the thousands of teachers who work in public schools.

Yes, salaries have gone up – it’s about $41,000 for starting teachers, Walker-Kelly acknowledged on Thursday’s The Local Skinny! But North Carolina has lost ground to other states and now is ranked at 38th in the nation for teacher pay.

“We know our legislators in Raleigh could do more,” she said, adding that higher pay is a critical component when it comes to recruitment and retention, but teachers deserve to have respect restored to their profession – “they want to be valued and be heard, and their contributions… are respected and valued,” she said.

The 2024-25 school year marks the fifth year that Walker-Kelly has led the NCAE, which she said is the largest education advocacy group in the state.

She is a proud product of North Carolina public schools and has taught music all of her 18 years in Cumberland County.

“I was inspired by my high school chorus teacher,” she said. “I wanted to be a music teacher just like her.”

Public school teachers interact with more than 1.5 million students across the state’s public school districts – that number accounts for about 85 percent of all children in the state.

The legislature’s private school voucher program stands to siphon off upwards of $500 million dollars, a move the NCAE opposes.

“As an organization, the NCAE continues to be in opposition to vouchers,” she said, adding that taxpayers’ money should go to public schools.

Supporting universal breakfast and lunch programs, mental health programs for students and additional tutoring are other areas of interest for the NCAE, and Walker-Kelly said “education should be everybody’s issue. It should be a bipartisan effort, she said, adding that the NCAE would continue to be a voice for public schools in the General Assembly, across the state and in local communities.

She ranks visiting schools across the state as one of her favorite things to do in her role as NCAE president.
“We should never let people forget that great work goes on in public schools every single day.”


One Man Charged In Weekend Shooting At Pool Party

– Press release from the Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame

On June 9, 2024, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a gunshot victim at 1305 Pool Rock Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a crowd at a pool party, but were unable to immediately locate a gunshot victim. A few moments later a male with a gunshot wound to the leg arrived at Maria Parham Hospital. The male was identified as 21-year-old Qualil Champion of Henderson.

Vance County Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the incident.  As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was taken out on James Scott Jr. (B/M, age 31) of Henderson for the charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Inflicting Serious Injury.

On June 12, 2024, Scott surrendered himself to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and was served with the warrant. Scott was presented before a district court judge and received a $300,000 secured bond for the charge.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at 252.738.2200, or Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers at 252.492.1925 or through the P3 app.

Items to Buy and Sell





Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • FREE Golden Retriever Puppies to Forever Homes due to moving abroad! 1 Male,1 Female. Excellent temperament. Preferably email me first at: before Text (980) 353-7582
  • ‘Michael Kors’ hand or shoulder bag, glossy black leather, inside storage pockets, well kept, clean…. $50; Women’s two piece, formal wear, blouse and skirt, iridescent blue taffeta, high heels to match, worn 2 times; blouse size 14, shoes size 7 1/2, $150; Vintage china dishes, platter with plates, good condition. For sale: $125 negotiable, 9 foot tall artificial Christmas tree, Prelit with lights and multiple settings. One string of lights will not work. Has a carrying zipper case with rollers on bottom to pull it.  In excellent condition. One previous owner.  Can meet in the buyer downtown Henderson    Text message 252-432-1185

Monday, June 10, 2024

  • Looking full size bed; for displaced family; reasonable price. Call 252-267-8432
  • Wanted: Utility building.  Call 252-492-4622 after 3pm.
  • Willing to pick up any kind of metal and haul it off. Call 252-915-8229
  • Willing to pet sit and baby sit and sit with the elderly. Call 252-767-2369
  • Boomer Estate Sale Friday, June 14 4-7 & Sat 8-1. Collectibles, furniture & more. Cash & Venmo only. 2020 Fernwood Dr. , Henderson.  Call 252-442-0080

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

  • Will cut grass call 252-767-3622
  • 250 gallon plastic water barrel. $50.  Call 252-213-4775

Thursday, May 30, 2024

  • Looking to sit or take care of patient. Will do light house work for reasonable pay.  Call 252-267-8432
  • Looking for someone who can put a set of front door speakers in.  919-330-8296
  • 6 kittens free to a good home. 1 solid black, 1 solid gray, 1 calico, 1 orange, 2 more mixed colors.
    Call 252 438 5970 after 3.00 pm or leave a message. They have to go.  Call 252-438-5970
  • Wants to do volunteer work.  Call 252-432-4912
  • Needs storm door removed and replaced with new storm door. Old Storm door is for sale; Broyhill fireplace, dark wood with good heater, $250.  Call 252-432-0086

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

  • Washer and dryer. White. Both are in normal operating condition. Nothing wrong at all with either. Asking $80 apiece or $150 for the set. Call 252-425-5283
  • For Sale 7ft Gas Patio Heater- new still in box Asking $100 call 252-572-1640 for more information.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

  • Will cut grass, weed eating, yard care and hauls things off.  Call 252-915-8229

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

  • Looking for some one to rake up Pine straw and move it.  Call 919-339-8196

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

  • 8000 watt Briggs & Stratton generator, $600; hedge trimmer, chain saw and other lawn and garden equipment.  Call 252-572-2642

Monday, May 20, 2024

  • Round Table and two chairs; two whatnots.  Call 252-820-0360
  • Looking for a small pickup truck that’s running and in decent condition for around 1500. Please call and leave message.  Call 252-204-8884

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

  • Wanted: 1993 North Carolina license plate.  Call 252-432-0001
  • Old photo of Marilyn Monroe for sale; Wanted: 265 70 R16 or 265 75R16 tires.  Call 252-767-6792

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

  • Grey 2010 Ford Ranger, just hit 100,000 miles! All service paper records , has Sirius radio ( cancelled), also new Michelin tires! Clean, new floor mats, asking twelve thousand! Call 919-603-0188 if interested!
  • Wanted: pickup truck between $2500-3000.  Call 252-598-2112

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

  • Four collectible dolls in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Clark Gable and John Wayne, $50 each.  Call 252-213-8883

Thursday, May 2, 2024

  • WANTED: Honda or Toyota SUV under $3,000. High mileage OK.  Call 252-505-8836
  • Baby Goats.  Call 984-514-5532



Vance-Warren FSA: Summer Crop Acreage Reports Due July 15

-information courtesy of the Vance-Warren County Farm Service Agency

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with the Vance-Warren County Farm Service Agency before the applicable deadline – Monday, July 15.

“In order to comply with USDA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said Hattie D. Jordan, FSA’s County executive director in Vance-Warren County. “Once planting is complete, please call our office to make an appointment to report your acreage.”

An acreage report documents a crop grown on a farm or ranch, as well as its intended use and location. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits.

To file a crop acreage report, producers need to provide:

  • Crop and crop type or variety
  • Intended crop use
  • Number of crop acres
  • Map with approximate crop boundaries
  • Planting date(s)
  • Planting pattern, when applicable
  • Producer shares
  • Irrigation practice(s)
  • Acreage prevented from planting, when applicable
  • Other required information

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or crop harvesting begins.

Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant but were unable to because of a natural disaster, including drought. Prevented planted acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

FSA recently updated policy that applies to prevented planted acreage due to drought. To certify prevented planted acreage due to drought, all the following must apply:

  • The area that is prevented from being planted has insufficient soil moisture for seed germination on the final planting date for non-irrigated acreage.
  • Prolonged precipitation deficiencies that meet the D3 or D4 drought intensity level as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
  • Verifiable information must be collected from sources whose business or purpose is recording weather conditions as determined by FSA.

Agricultural producers with perennial forage crops have the option to report their acreage once, without having to report that acreage in subsequent years if there are no applicable changes on the farm. Interested producers can select the continuous certification option after FSA certifies their acreage report. Examples of perennial forage include mixed forage, birdsfoot trefoil, chicory/radicchio, kochia (prostrata), lespedeza, perennial peanuts, and perennial grass varieties.

Once the continuous certification option is selected, the certified acreage will roll forward annually with no additional action required by the producer in subsequent years unless the acreage report changes.

Producers can access their FSA farm records, maps and common land units through the customer portal. The portal allows producers to export field boundaries as shapefiles and import and view other shapefiles, such as precision agriculture boundaries within farm records mapping.  Producers can view, print, and label their maps for acreage reporting purposes. Level 2 eAuthentication or access that is linked to a USDA Business Partner customer record is required to use the portal.

Producers can visit to learn more about creating an account. Producers who have authority to act on behalf of another customer as a grantee via an FSA-211 Power of Attorney form, Business Partner Signature Authority or as a member of a business can now access information for the business in the portal.

For questions, please contact the Vance-Warren County FSA office at 252-438-3134 ext2.

The FSA office is located at 853 S. Beckford Dr., Suite B, Henderson.