Rebuild Communities NC Offers Workshops In June For Senior Adults

Computers and technology are wonderful things – if you know how to use them. Nowadays, people are directed and re-routed to websites and online tools for everything from doctors’ visits to meetings with co-workers and even families.

Rebuild Communities NC is partnering with AARP’s Senior Planet to provide people 50 years and older a series of workshops to help them navigate an increasingly digital world.

In the month of June, seniors can learn about a variety of topics, from managing your privacy online to telemedicine and My Chart.

The classes will be held at the Vance County Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, according to information from Edythe Thompson with Rebuild Communities NC.

Here’s a list of the scheduled dates and topics:


  • June 1 – Affordable Home Internet
  • June 6 – Managing Your Privacy
  • June 8 – Intro to Social Media
  • June 13 and 15 – Hosting a Zoom Meeting
  • June 20 – Google Workspace
  • June 22 – Telemedicine
  • June 27 – My Chart
  • June 29 – Money Matters


Whether you’re hoping to stay connected with family and friends, interested in learning new technology, exploring entyrepreneurship, or looking for a job, Digital Skills Ready @ 50+ classes and workshops offer trainings on a wide range of technologies, from video conferencing to online job search tools to office productivity software.

The Vance County Senior Center is located at 500 N. Beckford Dr., Henderson. Call 252.915.1663 to register or email


Perry Memorial Library To Host VGCC Enrollment Day June 22


– information courtesy of VGCC Public Information Officer Courtney Cissel

Vance-Granville Community College is taking the show on the road – the enrollment show, that is.

Enrollment Day is set for Thursday, June 22 in Henderson and rather than having prospective students come to the college’s Main Campus, staff from Main Campus will be set up at Perry Memorial Library to assist individuals with registering for Fall 2023 classes, according to Courtney Cissel, VGCC’s public information officer.

VGCC representatives will be at the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to provide information on the enrollment process, as well as the academic programs and student support services available – including financial aid. Advisors will be ready to help with registration for the fall semester, which begins Monday Aug. 14.

Both 8-week and the traditional 16-week classes will be available.

An orientation for new students will be held at 10 a.m. on June 22 as part of Enrollment Day. Orientations can be completed online on June 22 or students can arrange for an in-person orientation at a later date.

For more information about Enrollment Day, or to sign up for orientation, visit

Grilling Safety Tips To Remember As Cookout Season Kicks Off

– information courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association

OK, the long holiday weekend is upon us and chances are, your mind has wandered a time or two about weekend activities – how to make the best use of that extra day off from work?

If cookouts and backyard grilling have popped into your head, the National Fire Protection Association has a few reminders to make sure your weekend activities around the grill are safe ones.

“Because outdoor grilling involves the use of a fuel source to generate an open flame, it inherently presents potential fire risks that needs to be taken seriously,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

Between 2017 and 2021, fire departments across the country responded to almost 11,500 fire calls each year that involved grills, barbecues or hibachis.

Of that number, more than 5,700 were structure fires and another 5,600 were simply outside or unclassified fires.

The NFPA has broken down the statistics further to note that May accounts for 12 percent of the grill fires that were reported, and the percentages inch up as the summer progresses. July was the leading month for grilling fires, with 16 percent.

They cause $172 million in direct property damage, killed an average of 2 people each year and injured 176 more.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that, for the same fire-year period, an annual average of 22,155 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.

Close to half were for burns, both from fire and from contact with hot objects. Children under 5 account for almost half of the close to 3,000 contact-fire burns for that 5-year period.

Adults should supervise closely all children who are close to a grill when it’s in use to avoid them touching, falling or bumping into the hot surface and coals.

“These numbers reinforce that grilling fires can and do happen. However, there’s no need to avoid grilling during Memorial Day or in the months ahead,” said Carli. “Instead, by following simple safety precautions, people can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a grilling fire.”

See a comprehensive list from NFPA at tips, recommendations, and resources for grilling safely, including these key messages:

  • For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use in the months ahead. (Watch NFPA’s video on how to check for leaks.)
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have or are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended when in use.


Items to Buy and Sell




Friday, May 26, 2023

  • Looking for an inexpensive car.  Call 252-204-6329
  • Designer round solid. mahogany table and six chairs, $4oo.oo. Call 252-432-1210
  • A Michael Kors black shiny leather bag, women’s, inside pockets, clean, good condition, attractive and large bag: $50.  Can send photos. Please leave number for return call: 252-432-1185 anytime.
  • Looking for a used single or double wide mobile home around $3,000-$5000. Call after 3pm, 252-820-2120
  • Looking for a Plumber to put a Pressure tank in reasonable price. Call 919-339-8196

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

  • Weed eater, 2 years old, $40. Call 252-314-7065

Monday, May 22, 2023

  • King size bedroom set; speakers for car; Dinette with six leather chairs; Oriental rugs.  Call 252-767-4997

Monday, May 15, 2023

  • Looking for a good running truck for sale and looking for someone to cut down some trees. Looking for someone who knows how to work on well pumps. Looking for an Electrician at reasonable price. Call 919-339-8196
  • GE washing machine, with warranty. $100 negotiable.  Call 252-213-1697

Thursday, May 11, 2023

  • Wanted: small used utility trailer.  Call 252-432-5341

Thursday, May 4, 2023

  • 8″ Metal Brake for shaping aluminum siding-$1200
    Brake is mounted and bolted into the trailer. Trailer has pressure treated deck with 2″ ball for pulling trailer. The trailer may be used as a work bench as well as for metal brake. Call 252-432-8632
  • Looking for a boat trailer. Call 252-820-5551
  • 3 wooden dining room chairs with fabric upholstered seats, for sale, $50; For sale: a cover for an RV camper, 23 feet long, $ 125. Call or send a text message any time! 252-432-1185

Monday, May 1, 2023

  • Looking for a truck for sale at a reasonable price. Call 919-339-8196
  • Looking for a Farmall cub tractor for a reasonable price. Call 252-425-0664

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

  • Solid Black manicure table with drawers on each side, comes with a light and built in dust collector.  Asking $130. Best time to call or send a text is between 7:30am and 7pm. Leave a message. Call 252-204-8406

Monday, April 24, 2023

  • Looking for any free or, at a fair price, used furniture for my home. In need of a computer desk and chair, kitchen table and chairs, and a microwave. Call 252-425-9918
  • Wanted: Jack Russell puppy.  Call 252-438-7742

Thursday, April 20, 2023

  • Looking for a handyman for yardwork.  Call 252-204-2751

Monday, April 17, 2023

  • Iron Man big truck tire for sale. It has 90% tread. Asking $100.00. The size 10 R 22.5. Call 252-668-0000
  • Couch and sofa set, navy blue in color, used but in great condition. $200 for set. 252-425-5283


The Local Skinny! American Legion To Host Memorial Day Service

It’s a sobering sight to see those white crosses that dot the grassy area outside American Legion Post 60 in Henderson. Whether you just drive by over the Memorial Day weekend holiday or attend the annual service at Post 60 on Monday at 10 a.m.

Post Commander Ted Grissom wants people to remember why those crosses – numbering more than 150 – matter.

Each cross represents someone from Vance County who has died while serving in the Armed Forces, from World War I to the present, Grissom told WIZS’s Bill Harris on Thursday’s segment of The Local Skinny!

The ceremony will be brief, he said, but the main reason to gather will be “to honor our heroes remember their achievements and service, and to thank them” for their ultimate sacrifice to their country.

“Many didn’t volunteer,” he said, but were called to be part of something bigger than themselves – they were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways” to protect and defend this country, our freedom and way of life.

“Our gathering in Henderson is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation on Memorial day and every day,” Grissom said.



VGCC Graduates 45 From Nursing Program

-information courtesy of VGCC Public Information Officer Courtney Cissel

Vance-Granville Community College presented pins to 45 graduates who earned their associate degree in nursing recently.

The May 10 event was held in the Civic Center on the Main Campus, with friends and family of the graduates in attendance.

The pinning ceremony was opened by ADN Program Head Dr. Anna R. Seaman, followed by welcoming reflections from Dr. Kim Sepich, vice president of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success, CAO. Cortney Ragan, 2021 ADN graduate and former class president, offered remarks from the perspective of a recent graduate of the program.

Nursing instructor Jamie Davis presented cords to students who participated in the VGCC Student Nurses Association. Davis also recognized students graduating with honors (a GPA of 3.5 or higher): Ashley Allen, Mariama Boye, Eunice Mwicigi, and Henry Nkenchor. Sierra Lewter was recognized as the graduate with the highest program-specific GPA.

Nursing instructor Kassie Felts shared the story of the VGCC nursing pin to the graduates and guests.  Following the story, Davis announced each graduate, including their future plans related to job acceptance as a Registered Nurse and career/educational goals. As each name was announced, Seaman presented each recipient with his or her pin. After Brande McIlroy read the story of the nursing lamp origins, the graduates joined her to recite the Nursing Pledge (written by Beverly Hansen  O’Malley, RN) by candlelight. Finally, Seaman presented the class as official graduates of VGCC’s ADN Class of 2023.

Most often associated with the nursing profession, pinning ceremonies serve to welcome Health Sciences students into their new professional community. The tradition of getting a token like a pin when starting a medical career can be traced back to the Middle Ages; the modern ceremony is modeled after one honoring Florence Nightingale in the 1860s.


Red Cross and Local Y Team Up To Offer Babysitting Training Session

Older siblings often have to look after their younger brothers or sisters when Mom or Dad has an errand to run. Kids looking forward to summer vacation may also be looking for ways to earn a little spending money while they’re out of school.

Whether you’re watching the neighbors’ kids or members of your own family, it’s important to know what to do if an emergency arises and you’re the caregiver.

The American Red Cross and Henderson Family Y are teaming up to offer a babysitting training session on Monday, May 29 at the Y, 380 Ruin Creek Rd.

Topics include infant and child care, safety standards, emergency care, age appropriate activities, behavioral recognition and babysitting business basics.

This training session costs $50 and is designed for youth between the ages of 11 and 15. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration ends May 28. Participants should bring a bag lunch.

Register at or call 252.438.2144 to learn more.


South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church

TownTalk: Celebrating 100 Years Of South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church

South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church is preparing to celebrate its centennial anniversary and Pastor Mark Richardson extends an open invitation to the community to the June 4 service for a special look back at the first 100 years of the church.

Richardson was a guest on TownTalk Wednesday and said the celebration kicks off that first Sunday in June and will continue all month long.

Back in 1923, Henderson was the site of a five-month long tent revival, a very successful way to “plant” churches for the Pentecostal Holiness Church back then, Richardson said.

The revival took place mostly on what is now Southerland Street in Henderson, although it did travel to other spots in the town. And at the end of that five months, the seeds for a new church were planted.

Richardson was himself a member of the church beginning in 1996. He had various roles and was on the Pastor Frank Sossamon’s staff from 2003-2007. He spent 14 years at a church in Siler City before returning to Henderson. He’s been back as pastor for almost two years.

The present church building was constructed in 1980, and Richardson said the sanctuary has been undergoing a pretty big facelift in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebration.

There’s been lots of painting going on, new carpet installed and the newly covered pews should be installed soon. There’s a new sound system and a new LED projection screen that Richardson referred to as a wall.

“We’ve updated our sanctuary to bring it more of an up-to-date and modern look,” he said.

“We saw the new screen come to life for the first time” recently, he said, which is nothing short of amazing.

And church leaders may just roll out that new projection screen at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 4 when they show pictures of the first 100 years of the church – from then until now.

There will be coffee and donuts to enjoy as the slide show rolls on and viewers can remember and celebrate the people of the church during its first century.

“We’re celebrating our past and preparing for the future,” Richardson said. “We’re not finished writing the story of what South Henderson Pentecostal is trying to accomplish.”

Visit to learn more about the church and its programs and services.