H-V Recreation & Parks to Hold Upcoming Egg Hunt at Two Locations

Information and flyer courtesy the Henderson Vance Recreation and Parks’ Facebook page

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department’s Egg Hunt will be held at two locations this year: Aycock Recreation Center and Davis Street Park on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. until all eggs are gone!

For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at (252) 431-6091 or [email protected]

News 03/22/19

Bert Beard, Maria Parham CEO, Talks Growth & Expansion

Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss his role at the hospital and to provide updates on recent expansions at both the Henderson and Louisburg locations.

Maria Parham CEO

“My job, most simply put, is to take care of the people who take care of our patients,” said Beard. In other words, Beard listens to and addresses the needs and concerns of Maria Parham employees, a dedicated group he refers to as the frontline of the organization.

To better understand these needs, Beard calls for a “morning huddle” involving the hospital leadership team each weekday morning at 9 a.m. “We kick off the meeting with three positive things going on in the hospital or with team members, then we talk about things happening in the hospital – safety issues, things we need to anticipate throughout the day and things that we need to disseminate to our caregivers.”

With a five-county coverage area from the Virginia border to south of Louisburg, Beard said operating a hospital, in many ways, is akin to running a town with its own unique advantages and challenges.

“A hospital is like a small city in terms of people coming and going every day,” Beard explained. “It’s a high-stress environment. People are coming here with health issues; they’re scared and their family members are scared. It is our job to not only take care of the patient with the diagnosis but also take care of families and help put them at ease.”

MPH Growth and Expansion

One of the main areas of focus for Beard, and many of the Maria Parham staff, over the past year has been getting the Maria Parham Franklin facility in Louisburg up and running.

Since its grand opening in October 2018, the Franklin facility has seen more emergency room patients than originally projected and expanded outpatient services with the addition of a multispecialty clinic and medical office building located next to the hospital.

Beard also reported that ground was recently broken on the construction of a 20-bed psychiatric unit to open in early 2020.

At the main Maria Parham facility in Henderson, hospital leaders are currently submitting a proposal to build a new catheterization laboratory to further expand the cardiovascular services offered through the hospital’s partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

A regional human resource center has also been added across the street that will serve all of LifePoint and add jobs to the community, according to Beard.

Maria Parham’s cancer treatment program is yet another bragging point for the hospital. “Our cancer program here has been a feather in our cap for nearly 20 years,” said Beard. “We have Duke providers, and we use Duke protocols and Duke research. Anything you can get done in Durham or Raleigh, you can get done here – radiation oncology and medical oncology.”

When looking at how much Maria Parham has to offer, including the convenience of quality care close to home, Beard said the community is fortunate to have access to “excellent services, especially general surgery and cardiology – the core to a community hospital.”

From his unique perspective as CEO, Beard is able to see the way all of the parts and pieces come together to make up the bigger picture. “I love what I do. There isn’t a single job in this hospital that isn’t critically important.”

To hear the Town Talk interview with Bert Beard in its entirety, click here.

Henderson-Vance Chamber Looking for Small Business of the Year Nominees

-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for the 2019 Small Business of the Year. This is your opportunity to recognize an outstanding business in the small business community.

You are encouraged to nominate chamber member businesses that are deserving of this recognition.

A copy of the nomination form is posted below. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Chamber by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

 2019 Small Business of the Year Criteria:

  • Employs a maximum of 50 people;
  • Member of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and must be located in Vance County;
  • Must be a viable, on-going business for three or more years, experiencing growth or stability over its business life;
  • Provides critical service or product, fills a void in the business community, or has a unique approach to the delivery of goods and services;
  • May have overcome diverse or extraordinary circumstances to remain in business;
  • Business is supportive of community growth and sustainability;
  • Is not a governmental agency or municipality

If you have questions, please contact Vanessa Jones or Sandra Wilkerson at (252) 438-8414.



Vance Co. Schools Approves Calendars for 2019-2020 School Year

-Information courtesy the Vance County School’s Facebook page

The Vance County Board of Education approved the calendars for the 2019-2020 school year during the board’s March 11, 2019, meeting.

School calendars include the year-round schedule for E.M. Rollins Elementary School; the early start calendar for both Vance County High School and the Vance County Early College High School and the traditional calendar for all other Vance County public schools.

For the upcoming school year, Vance County High School will follow the same early-start calendar as the Early College High School with classes beginning on August 5, 2019. This early-start allows first semester exams to be scheduled prior to the Christmas break. The last day of classes for the early-start calendar will be Thursday, May 21, 2020.

View all of the approved calendars on the Vance County School’s website by clicking here.

Deadline to Register for Junior Firefighter Program Extended

-Information and flyer courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

The City of Henderson Fire Department, the Vance County Fire Department and the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department will be offering a FREE Junior Firefighter program for ages 11-15. This program is designed to enhance career awareness, personal development and the understanding of fire safety.

The program will run Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the first 30 participants. Participants must register at Aycock Recreation Center (307 Carey Chapel Rd. in Henderson) by Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Please contact Tara Goolsby at (252) 438-3948, [email protected] or Victor Hunt at (252) 438-3408, [email protected] for more information.

News 03/21/19

Dicky Flye Talks New Mast Drug Building on Dabney Drive

Richard “Dicky” Flye, president and CEO of Mast Family Drug Company, was on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the new Mast Drug Store building currently under construction on Dabney Drive in Henderson.

The new building, to be located on the Mast Drug-owned property beside Quick Print, will offer “better coverage, a bigger store and more products for our customers,” according to Flye.

Originally hoping to open the doors of the new location to customers in August of this year, weather delays have pushed the expected opening date back to September. According to Flye, the additional services and space offered by the new building will be well worth the wait.

“We are not going away; we are excited about being on Dabney Drive,” Flye said. “It’s going to be a bigger drug store with more services and will provide more jobs for the town.”

Construction is underway on the new Mast Drug building to be located beside Quick Print on Dabney Dr. in Henderson. (WIZS Photo)

Those that have lived in the local area for a while may remember a time when the Quick Print Building on Dabney Drive was a Henderson Drug location.

“Yes, that building was originally considered Henderson Drug #2 and the [current Mast Drug] location at 501 South Chestnut St. was Henderson Drug #1,” Flye explained.

When Mast and partner Charles Barnett parted ways years ago, Barnett continued to run a drug store at the Dabney Drive location for a number of years before eventually moving his business farther down the street.

Today, Flye, wife Beth and sister-in-law Susan, run the day-to-day operations of Mast Drug Company along with their children. Flye said it is his father-in-law’s simple philosophy that keeps the family pharmacy running.

“Whatever I say about Bill is an understatement. He was not only a great businessman, but he is also a great man. He’s done a lot for this town, a lot of it behind the scenes. He has a simple philosophy – take care of your customers – and he means that. He did just that; he did it quietly and he did it consistently.”

With over 50 years and three generations of family members in the pharmaceutical business, Flye said, “We are still in it for one reason – to give quality service to local residents that the big box stores don’t do as readily or as easily. There is still a market for that; we don’t see it going away.”

In fact, Mast Drug Company, which owns real estate both in town and throughout central NC, is looking to expand its operations into eastern NC.

“We see the big box stores leaving small towns, especially in eastern NC, so we are looking to expand into some of the opportunities that are out there,” said Flye.

Even with expansion plans on the horizon, Flye assures that he and family are devoted to their hometown business, “We’ve been here a long time and our family is committed to Henderson.”

To hear the Town Talk interview with Dicky Flye in its entirety, click here.

Durham Arrested on Drug, Stolen Vehicle Charges

-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On March 19, 2019, in response to reported criminal activity, members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Unit and Special Enforcement Response Team executed a search warrant at 505 Ivey Street.

Heroin, cash and a pistol were removed from the house. A stolen motor vehicle was recovered the previous night.

One person was arrested as a result of the search warrant:

Tasha Durham, age 37, 505 Ivey Street


Possession of a stolen motor vehicle

Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin

Maintaining a dwelling for the sell of a controlled substance

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Durham’s bond was set at $77,000.


On March 19, 2019, in response to reported criminal activity, members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Unit and Special Enforcement Response Team executed a search warrant at 505 Ivey Street. Heroin, cash and a pistol were removed from the house. A stolen motor vehicle was recovered the previous night. (Photo courtesy VCSO)

Vance Co. Schools: Raven Burns Named New Family & Parent Liaison

-Information and photo courtesy Vance County Schools’ Facebook page

Raven Burns is Vance County Schools’ new family and parent liaison advisor working with parents, educators and the community. She can be contacted in the Family Resource Center in our Administrative Services Center in Henderson.

Her main focus is to support parents of students in our 15 public schools. She can provide valuable resources to parents through the school system’s Family Resource Center and also serves as a line of communication for parents with school administrators, teachers, additional education professionals and more.

Mrs. Burns can offer resources from the Family Resource Center ranging from academic support for students, information about school programs and services, written and online materials about educational opportunities and even career information for parents.

Mrs. Burns can be contacted by telephone at (252) 492-2127 or by email at [email protected]

Raven Burns has been named Vance County Schools’ new family and parent liaison advisor. She provides valuable resources to parents through the school system’s Family Resource Center and also serves as a line of communication for parents with school administrators, teachers and education professionals. (Photo courtesy VCS)