Vance Charter Now Accepting Applications for 2019/2020 School Year

-Information courtesy the Vance Charter School Facebook page 

The Vance Charter School enrollment lottery application for the 2019/2020 school year will open on Monday, January 14 at 12:01 a.m. and close on February 15 at 11:59 p.m.

We will hold parent information sessions on January 29 at 6 p.m. and February 7 at 6 p.m. Both events will be held in the upper cafeteria.

The official enrollment lottery will take place on March 9 at 9 a.m. in the lower cafeteria at Vance Charter School. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in becoming a student at Vance Charter School.

You may also contact Mrs. Christy Bunn, lottery committee chairperson if needed.

To apply one, go to, click on Enroll, then click on Admissions FAQs to access the application. You must have an active email address to complete the application.

VCS is located at 2090 Ross Mill Rd. in Henderson.

Henderson Men’s Shelter Releases Jan. Volunteer/Donation Needs

-Information courtesy Community Partners of Hope

For some, the Henderson Men’s Shelter is just a safe, warm place for a few nights until they can move on, but for others, our shelter has provided life-changing assistance which has allowed men to return to a productive life in the community!

We have some new members on our Board of Directors and we are really concentrating on a major fundraising effort so that we can move from a temporary, short term, overnight only program to a stronger ministry open to more men (and someday families).

We are just about halfway through the season, but with 12 weeks to go, we still have some holes in our schedule that need to be filled.  These are mostly for welcome shift supervisors and for meals.  Welcome is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and you are with a trained manager, so you won’t be put on the spot to make tough decisions – just visit with and encourage our guests.

Please take a look at the Shelter Calendar (click here) to see if you as an individual or your church or organization can fill in the blanks for supervision and/or meals.


Welcome Shift:

January 18 – 19 (Friday and Saturday)

January 24  –  26 (Thursday – Saturday)

January 27 – 28 (Sunday and Monday)

January 30 – 31 (Wednesday and Thursday)

Lots more days in February and March – please check the calendar.

Overnight Shift:

We could use a few more men who are willing to take an overnight shift here and there as needed. Please call the shelter manager at (252) 820-0701 to volunteer.


Large bottles of hand sanitizer

Large refill bottles of hand soap

Cans of foot powder or Athletes Foot spray

Tall kitchen trash bags (13 Gallon Size)

Laundry detergent

7-ounce adjustable air fresheners

Pine-sol type cleaner – gallon containers

Toilet bowl cleaner – gel type

Soap – small sample size (or hotel supplies)

Instant Grits

Crackers & nabs

Cup of Noodles (with cup)

Coffee & creamer

Peanut butter & jelly

Four-pound bags of sugar

CLOTHING – NEW ONLY!* (take used clothing to thrift store please – see below)

*Please leave all underwear and socks in original packages

Men’s Undergarments (all sizes)

Waterproof men’s gloves

Men’s sweatshirts (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

Men’s thermal sets (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

White tube socks

NOT NEEDED: Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, instant oatmeal, deodorant, dress socks and coffee mugs.


We depend on lots of donated clothing (NEW only) and supplies to keep the shelter running and our men warm and dry.    Sometimes we get donations that we cannot use and then several of us must go through them and “regift” them to other agencies. Please be sure to let your churches know what we do and DO NOT need this year. Also, it is much easier for us if items are donated in their original packaging instead of repackaged in sets.

All contributions are tax deductible.

You may send a check to:

Community Partners of Hope, Inc., P.O. Box 1791, Henderson, NC 27536

Donations can be taken to:

First Baptist Church (9-5 Monday thru Thursday or 9-12 Friday)

First Presbyterian Church (10-1 Monday thru Thursday)

WIZS Radio Station

or call Betty Boyd (252) 432-3967 to arrange delivery

News 01/14/19

Winter Storm System Expected to Affect Portions of Central NC

-Information and weather charts courtesy Brian K. Short, Director of Emergency Operations, Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations and the National Weather Service

In case of a power outage, remember to tune in to WIZS Radio at 100.1 FM / 1450 AM with a regular radio.


You may report weather delays and cancellations by email to [email protected] or by text at 432-0774. Delays and cancellations will be posted on the WIZS Facebook page – click here – and announced on the air for this event.


Forecast: Forecasted freezing rain amounts have increased while forecasted snow accumulations have been lowered.

Confidence: High confidence that the event will occur; moderate confidence regarding snow/ice amounts and impacts.

Timing: Wintry weather and its impacts are possible Saturday evening through Monday. The heaviest precipitation is expected to fall Saturday night through about mid-morning Sunday.

Amounts: Light snow accumulation is possible across the northern Piedmont and VA border counties with amounts ranging from a dusting to near an inch. Freezing rain (ice) accumulations are also possible mainly north and west of U.S. Route 1 with amounts ranging from a thin glaze to as much as two tenths (highest north of I-85 and the Triad area).

Impacts: Travel may be impacted by light snow and/or ice accumulations, particularly north and west of Interstate 85. It is possible that we may see some power outages with this event, but we do not believe they will be widespread.


Downtown Henderson Fire Station Featured on WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler

Many in Vance County were pleasantly surprised to learn that the historic Fire Station #2, built in downtown Henderson in 1908, was recently featured on the Tar Heel Traveler series of WRAL News by reporter Scott Mason.

The clip highlighted the approximately 100-feet tall and over 100 years old clock tower as well as the fire station and adjoining municipal building that once served as the police station complete with the original jail cell.

According to Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell, the fire department was honored to be featured and to give a tour to viewers, including a bird’s-eye view of the city from the top of the tower.

While the fire station and municipal building have undergone multiple renovations recently, including redesigned bathrooms and the addition of new offices, much of the property remains original to the year it was built.

To view the Tar Heel Traveler episode featuring the station, please click here.

Vance Co. Animal Shelter Recipient of Three New Grants

-Press Release, Vance County Animal Shelter

Vance County Animal Services is pleased to announce that they are a recipient of two $2,500 Spay/Neuter Grants from Community Partnership for Pets; received from The Reynolds Foundation and The Doris Day Foundation.

These grants were applied for and will be used for:

  • Spay/Neuter for pets of citizens in the community that do not qualify for the state-funded spay/neuter program.

Vance County Animal Services is also pleased to announce that they are a recipient of a $5,709 Medical Grant from Community Partnership for Pets; received from DJ&T Foundation.

This grant was applied for and will be used for:

  • Medical services deemed necessary by the veterinarian for citizens’ animal(s) at the time of spay/neuter.

These funds will help citizens in our community get their personal pets spayed/neutered to reduce the number of unwanted animals being born in the community. This will also reduce the number of animal intakes at the Vance County Animal Shelter.

Tickets on Sale Now for H-V Chamber’s 81st Annual Membership Banquet

-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce’s Sept./Oct. “Focus” Newsletter

The 81st Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the VGCC Civic Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Allison Capps, Assistant District Attorney for North Carolina’s 9th Prosecutorial District.

Allison Siler Capps grew up in Belmont, NC. She attended Peace College and received a B.A. in Psychology. Following Peace, she attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where she received her law degree.

She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the 2nd Prosecutorial District, working for just over a year. She returned to the 9th District, (Granville, Vance, Franklin and Warren counties) where she had interned while in law school and currently serves.

As a part of the DA’s office, she has tried over 20 jury trials, ranging from DWIs to First Degree Murder cases and everything in between. She has received numerous awards from Crime Stoppers, NC Gang Investigators Assoc. and others.

Mrs. Capps is an active member of Delrayno Baptist Church, President of the Board of Directors for the Granville Education Foundation, participates in the Girls on the Run Program and in the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. She resides in Oxford with her husband, Jason, and their son, Luke.

Presenting Sponsor for this special annual event is Duke Energy. Gold sponsor is Maria Parham Health and Silver Sponsors are BB&T, MARS Petcare, Wake Electric Membership Corporation and Walmart DC# 6091; Bronze Sponsors are Benchmark Community Bank and Express Employment Professionals; Contributor Sponsor is CenturyLink and Advocate sponsor is Union Bank.

Seating for dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for $35 each or a table of 10 for $320. Please reserve tables and purchase tickets no later than January 23. Contact the Chamber at 252-438-8414 to purchase tickets, for more information or for sponsorship opportunities.

Reminder: WOVEN Series for Women Begins Jan. 15

-Information and flyer courtesy Sandra Wilkerson, Director of Admin and Events, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

Attention Women of Vance….. It is with excitement that the Henderson-Vance Chamber and the Small Business Center of VGCC introduce a series of quarterly lunch meetings for women. WOVEN (Women of Vance Empowered Networking) must be a priority for you and your staff.

Each session will be held at a different location with a different speaker and topic. Other Chambers in North Carolina have been very successful in these exciting lunch and learn sessions and now it’s Vance County’s turn.

The first WOVEN session will be held at VGCC Civic Center on Tuesday, January 15, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. The speaker will be Susan Crews.

Reservations can be made now by calling the Chamber at (252) 438-8414 or email [email protected]

Advance registration is required.

Make YOU the priority in 2019!!!

Raleigh Police Officer Shot Attempting To Catch Suspect

The following information was obtained by WIZS News from the Raleigh Police Department Public Affairs Manager.  It is a timeline of events with the arrest of a second suspect at the top and then going back to the time shortly after the officer was shot.  WIZS News received the information at 5 p.m. on January 10, 2019.

Cedric Jamal Kearney (DOB 11/10/94) has been charged with Attempted Murder, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Antonio Dequan Fletcher (DOB 06/28/97) has been charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

The information below was distributed at 2:29 a.m.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown issues this statement:

“The officer who was shot in this incident is out of surgery. The Raleigh Police Department is grateful for all of the support from the various law enforcement agencies, the surgeons and medical staff, and the community. We ask that everyone continue to pray for the officer and his family.”

The information below was distributed at 12:48 a.m.

The second suspect has been taken into custody without incident.

The information below was distributed at 11:06 p.m. on January 9.

Earlier this evening, a Raleigh Police officer was shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect on Western Boulevard near Schaub Drive. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and is currently in surgery. We are praying for the best outcome.

As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the officer, the family, and the Raleigh Police Department. We appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes.

We have one suspect in custody. We are searching for the second suspect with the help of numerous law enforcement agencies. We ask anyone who knows anything about this crime or who knows the whereabouts of the suspect to contact us immediately.

Girl Scout’s Annual Cookie Sale to Begin This Weekend

On Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program, Teresa Wimbrow, membership director for Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren County Girl Scouts, discussed the upcoming Girl Scout cookie sale and benefits to the girls involved in the program.

This year’s sale will begin on Saturday, January 12 at 9 a.m. and will continue for several weeks. Wimbrow said the local area should be prepared for “girls ringing your doorbell or at your doorstep selling cookies.” As in years past, troops and adult volunteers will also set up cookie booths at local participating businesses and restaurants.

Cookies are $4 a box and proceeds go towards trips and activities for the girls. Flavors available locally this year include Thin Mints, Caramel Delites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, S’mores, Shortbread and the new, gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip.

For those on a diet or with specific allergies, there is even an option to purchase cookies to send to soldiers who are deployed. Operation Cookie Drop, as the program is called, celebrated sending its one-millionth box of cookies to soldiers last year according to Wimbrow.

Wimbrow, a former educator and basketball, volleyball and softball coach, has been with the Girl Scout organization for 10 years now and says she enjoys helping “build girls of courage, confidence and character.”

“We believe very strongly in the five skills that the girls learn – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” Wimbrow stated. She believes all five of these skills, plus more, are used by the girls during the annual cookie program.

While Wimbrow covers the entire four-county area, she reported that there are five current Girl Scout troops in Vance County with girls ranging in grade level from kindergarten to 12th. “The smallest troop has five girls and the largest troop, at Vance Charter School, has 55 girls,” said Wimbrow.

Younger girls focus on self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem building while the older girls have more opportunities to travel and focus on leadership skills. Troops meet for approximately an hour and a half every other work where they work on improving these skills and earning badges. Wimbrow emphasized that there is a constant need for both female and male adult volunteers to assist with meetings and events.

Wimbrow said in her interview with WIZS that research has shown the positive effects of a childhood spent involved in Girl Scouts. “Research and statistics prove that being a part of Girl Scouts, the leadership organization that it is, serves them [girls] well later in life.”

One need only look at the high percentage of female Congress members and astronauts who were once girl scouts to see an example of the program’s success, said Wimbrow.

“There are a lot of long-standing Girl Scout traditions that are still in place, but as an organization, we have changed with the times,” Wimbrow explained.

The four-county area is part of the larger Girl Scout NC Coastal Pines, a council consisting of 41 counties. For information on the Girl Scout cookie program or testimonials from girls and volunteers alike, please visit

If you know someone interested in joining Girl Scouts, have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Teresa Wimbrow at (252) 438-8103 or email [email protected].

To hear the interview in its entirety, please click here