Grants Available for Agricultural Products

-Press Release, Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

Supporting the agricultural industry, impacting rural communities and stimulating economic development are key objectives for the 2019 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) grant cycle. Funds will be awarded in the fall of 2019 for selected innovative projects.

Applications and information are now online at for qualifying organizations. “This year the NCTTFC is specifically interested in job creation in current or former tobacco-dependent regions and funding projects that have the potential to generate additional income for farmers and those in the industry,” said William H. “Bill” Teague, NCTTFC Chairman. “Online applications will be accepted for innovative projects within North Carolina. Applicants can plan to start the projects in November of 2019.”

The NCTTFC was established in 2000 by the N.C. General Assembly to help members of the tobacco community including farmers, tobacco workers and related businesses. Its original funding was established through tobacco industry annual payments as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement. Funding is now appropriated to the NCTTFC which then reviews, selects and disperses the funds to grant projects.

Past NCTTFC projects include farmers market improvements, cost-share grant programs for farmers, training for qualified farm family members in community colleges and support of more than 30 high school agricultural education programs.

More information can be found at the NCTTFC’s website, or by calling 919-733-2160.  The deadline for applications submission is March 8, 2019.

Henderson Lions Club’s Jan. Meeting to be Dedicated to Wade Moss

-Information courtesy Randy Oxendine, President, Henderson Lions Club

The Henderson Lions Club will hold their next meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Henderson Country Club. The speaker for the evening will be Lion Randy. The meeting will be dedicated to Lion Wade Moss who passed away on December 31, 2018.

To learn more or to join the Lions and be a part of an active community service organization, please contact any Lions Club member or President Randy Oxendine at (252) 438-8034.

Cooperative Extension Announces Upcoming Workshop Series for Woodland Owners

— Written By Paul McKenzie, Area Agent, Vance County Cooperative Extension Center


Whether you own a few acres of trees or a few hundred acres, this FREE workshop series will provide you with valuable information to maximize profit and pleasure from your woods. Register online. Sign up for all three, or pick and choose the ones you like.

January 24, 2019 – Trespass, Surveys, and Boundary Marking – Learn about the laws regarding trespass, how to use a survey, and marking property lines. Presenters will include representatives from the local sheriff departments, as well as enforcement officers from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granville Expo Center, 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, NC.

February 28, 2019 – Taxes and Estate Planning – Extension Specialists from NC State University will provide timely information on tax issues that relate to woodland owners, as well as tips for estate planning. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Vance County Regional Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson, NC.

March 29, 2019 – Woodland Tour – Hop on board for a tour of a well-managed woodland. Both forestry professionals and expert landowners will be on-hand as we showcase the practices and methods that give results. Topics for discussion will include prescribed fire for wildlife management, woodland management practices, using herbicides, and more. 1 to 4 p.m., convening at Union Chapel Church, 6479 Raleigh Rd, Kittrell, NC.

Print out this flyer for all the details. To register, call 252-438-8188, 919-603-1350, or register online. Co-sponsored by the NC Forest Service.


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Update and Arrest in Homicide Case

Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow informed local media there is an update and an arrest has been made in a local homicide case that is three days old.

Barrow wrote in his news release, “Today (01-09-2019) officers of the Henderson Police Department arrested Sherman Mitchell, age 34, for the shooting death of Jonathan Durham that occurred in the morning hours of Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

“Sherman Mitchell, was taken into custody at his home of 160 Madison Grove Lane, Vance County, and is now being held at the Vance County Detention Facility for the Charge of Murder. He is without bond and has a first court appearance date set for February 5th.

“We are appreciative of the assistance we received from our community, the Vance County Sheriff, and the State Bureau of Investigations. If anyone has additional information about this incident, please contact the case agent, Detective B. Mitchell.”

An earlier press release from Barrow, back on January 6, indicated that Durham, age 47, sustained the gunshot wound during an encounter in front of his own residence at 611 Highland Avenue.

District Attorney Mike Waters Discusses 9th Judicial District, Felony Cases

District Attorney Mike Waters was on Tuesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss, among other topics, the recent district restructuring and the process his office uses to determine which of a county’s felony cases to prosecute.

Waters and his office serve the five-county area of Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren and Person. These five counties now compromise the 9th Judicial and the 11th Prosecutorial districts in North Carolina.

The recent addition of Person County came about through restructuring talks with the legislature that began several years ago and heated up this past summer.

According to Waters, one model that was considered by the legislature would have split Vance and Warren counties from the district and added them to an eastern district that included a coverage area as far away as Bertie County near the coast.

A second model included adding Person County, originally incorporated into the 9th District in 1976, back to the district and keeping the previous four counties.

“Myself, Tommy Hester and others spent a lot of time at the legislature this past summer working on keeping the district together and in the fashion that it came to be,” said Waters. “We thought it in the best interest of not only our district but also the Triangle that we have a DA a lot closer by than one that is a couple of hours away.”

Ultimately, the legislature enacted the second model into law, a set up that Waters believes will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

“These five counties are essentially the Kerr-Tar Region. Economically we have a lot of connections, everything from hospitals to governmental services, but ultimately what we have is a crime nexus between these communities.”

Felony crimes in Vance County alone add up to almost 1,200 cases a year.

Waters offered the encouraging news that, while still high, that number is down from 4-5 years ago. “I credit the long, hard work that law enforcement has done in reducing that number,” said Waters.

Due to multiple factors including the number of potential cases, allotted court time, available evidence and the lengthiness of the criminal justice process in general, Waters estimates he is able to try 3-5% of cases.

Waters explained that a criminal case pans out one of three ways: enough evidence to charge but not enough evidence to convict; enough evidence to charge, but a plea agreement is made; a plea agreement is not made and the case moves forward.

According to Waters, it takes approximately 225 days to get lower-end felonies tried, while serious convictions such as homicides can take 16-24 months.

Even with these delays, Waters said improvements have been made in turnaround time over the years. “For example, it used to take two years for DNA evidence to come back; now it takes around four months – a tremendous improvement.”

Splitting his time between a five-county area, Waters schedules 10 sessions of Superior Trial Court in Vance County each year. Each session lasts approximately one week.

“With only having 10 weeks, we have to prioritize how to use it. We prioritize violent crimes and prior records,” Waters said.

In addressing potential concerns about the low number of cases tried, Waters stated prioritizing is a necessity. “I think everyone agrees that there are limits to the amount of government that we want to pay for. We don’t want our taxes to be so high and we don’t want to feel like our money is being wasted.”

 To listen to the interview in its entirety, please click here.

Henderson-Vance EDC Makes New Website Public

After much preparation, the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission has made their new website public. It can be viewed at or by clicking here.

The EDC has been working with marketing firm Marketing Alliance, Inc. for several months to create a “more true representation of what Vance County and Henderson have to offer,” Director Dennis Jarvis, II explained in a recent interview with WIZS News.

Website features include videos, business opportunities, property listings, statistics and growth factors for the local area.

The website heavily focuses on the word “advance” to play on “Vance” County. “The [new] website shows why making an investment in Vance County advances your opportunities,” said Jarvis.

Vance Co. Commissioners to Hold Work Session on Fire Restructuring – Jan. 23

-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Executive Assistant/Clerk to Board, County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the commissioners’ conference room.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss fire restructuring.

The work session is open to the public; however, public comments will not be taken.

Lunch will be provided to the Board members at 12:30 p.m.

McGregor Hall to Feature Ernie Haase + Signature Sound; Opening Act Frank Sossamon

-Information courtesy McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

Ernie Haase + Signature Sound

Part of the JOY! Series


SATURDAY, January 19, 2019, @ 7 p.m. ~ Doors Open: 6 p.m.

From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. EHSS continues to gain fans all around the globe with its unique performances and unmistakable four-part harmonies. EHSS is one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel History mentioned with the same “trailblazing” reverence as groups like The Statesmen Quartet and The Cathedral Quartet.

EHSS has sung and sold to millions worldwide, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Southern Gospel quartet. From concerts in Latvia and India to South Africa and New Zealand, events all around North America, TV appearances on ESPN with NASCAR, multiple NBA appearances singing our National Anthem, and even a specialty tour of historic American theaters in support of the EHSS Broadway project featuring Les Misérables legend J. Mark McVey, Signature Sound is a world-renowned quartet that spans a wide variety of genres and cultures.

As group founder, Haase is a creative, hard-working tenor whose early roots with the unforgettable and legendary Southern Gospel quartet, The Cathedrals, helped begin his dream to form a powerhouse group of his own. Along with many appearances through the years on the widely regarded Gaither Homecoming Tour, his goal was soon accomplished and then some…as EHSS quickly gained an international platform in gospel music.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is both GRAMMY(R)-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning, a radio favorite in the United States and internationally, and a leader in CD sales and long-form music video sales–with several RIAA(R)-certified Gold(R) and Platinum(R) DVDs.

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DROP IN: 201 Breckenridge Street, Henderson, N.C. Monday – Friday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m

CALL: (252) 598-0662 (M-F 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

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