Town Talk: June is PTSD Awareness Month 06/19/19

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Mark Ferri, veteran and Vance County Animal Shelter volunteer, was on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss June’s designation as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month.

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s website, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

Ferri discussed the stigma of mental health disorders and the importance of seeking treatment and support.

Citing studies that show interacting with animals is soothing to those with PTSD, Ferri encouraged listeners to participate in dog walks at the Vance County Animal Shelter. Dogs may be walked in one of the shelter’s fenced-in pastures.

Hours of operation for the Vance County Animal Shelter, located at 1243 Brodie Rd in Henderson, are Monday: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sunday: Closed.

To hear Ferri’s interview in its entirety, click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

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Jackson Recipient of Superintendent of the Year Award

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson has been selected as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance (CCRESA) Superintendent of the Year Award.

He was presented the award on June 17 by Dr. Neil Pederson, executive director of CCRESA, during the Vance County School System’s administrative meeting.

Jackson received the award for his outstanding leadership in the school system. For the 2018-2019 school year, he led the successful consolidation of two middle schools and two high schools. In addition, he has led local schools to an improved graduation rate of over 82 percent and improved student performances at all grade levels. He also has been instrumental in leading efforts to continually improve community involvement in our public schools.

Jackson has just completed his fourth school year as the leader of Vance County Schools. He joined the school system in August of 2015.

Dr. Anthony Jackson, right, accepts the CCRESA Superintendent of the Year Award from Dr. Neil Pederson, executive director of CCRESA. (VCS photo)

Fox Pond Park to Light Up the Night With Fireworks, Jazz Performances

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

Fireworks in the Park: The Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department presents Fireworks in the Park! This FREE event will be held at Fox Pond Park on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Fox Pond Park will close at 5 p.m. Shuttling from Aycock Recreation Center will begin at 5:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed at Fox Pond Park.

Jazz in the Park festivities (see below) will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.

Jazz in the Park: Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department presents the Just Friends Jazz Quintet for “Jazz in the Park” with performances by Kuumba, Queen Diva Rose, Chris Hunter and Serena Wiley on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Fox Pond Park Amphitheater from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

No parking will be allowed at Fox Pond Park. Shuttling from Aycock Recreation Center will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Fox Pond is located at 467 Vicksboro Rd in Henderson. Aycock Recreation Center, the site for all event parking, is located at 307 Carey Chapel Rd in Henderson. For more information, please contact Tara Goolsby at (252) 438-3948 or email [email protected]

 

Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund Accepting Grant Applications

-Press Release, NC Community Foundation

The Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund for support of the Town of Henderson will be accepting grant applications for its 2019 grants cycle, according to Preston Powers.

The endowment will make grant funds available for government entities and nonprofit organizations that benefit the Town of Henderson and have a physical location in Henderson. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Applications are available online at nccommunityfoundation.org and will be accepted until July 15, 2019. All organizations will be notified by mid-August.

For further information, contact NCCF Operations Support Specialist Sheila Cratch at [email protected] or 919-256-6906 or visit the NCCF website at nccommunityfoundation.org.

About the Vance County Community Foundation

An affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, the Vance County Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes and partners for donors. The VCCF was founded in 1997 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership—all for the benefit of Vance County.

The VCCF, through the NCCF, makes it easy to become a philanthropist, whatever your means or charitable goals. You can open an endowment for your favorite cause at any time – or contribute to an existing fund in any amount. Tax-deductible contributions, made payable to the Vance County Community Foundation, can be mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612. Contributions can also be made online at nccommunityfoundation.org.

Town Talk: ‘Servants on Site’ Event to Prepare Youth for Mission Work 06/18/19

Robbie Parham, a volunteer with Rebuilding Hope, Inc., was on Tuesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the local ministry’s seventh annual Servants on Site week. This year’s event will be held June 22 – 29, 2019.

The event serves as a summer mission camp for middle and high school youth from various churches and organizations.

During the week, participants will help repair roofs and flooring, and build handicap ramps and handrails for local residents. Youth will have an opportunity to meet the homeowners and will participate in a worship service each evening.

“This gives young people an opportunity to see mission work, to be the hands and feet that Christ has called us to be,” said Parham.

To hear Parham’s interview in its entirety, click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist to Offer Health Fair, AGE Screening

-Information courtesy Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 742 N. Chestnut St., Henderson, will hold a Health Fair event for the community on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Pre-Registration will be held from 11:45 a.m. until 12 p.m. Health Fair will begin at 12 p.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Quick and painless AGE (advanced glycation end-products) scannings will be provided. AGE levels offer insight into the potential for serious health concerns, including diabetes and heart disease.

The topic of financial health – including debt incurred through mortgages, car loans and student loans- will also be discussed from 1:30 until 2 p.m.

The cost to attend is $20 per person, with $5 going to support local schools and $10 going towards Davis Chapel’s building fund.

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Wiggins, Former KVA Headmaster, and Wilkerson Named FCS Principals

-Press Release, Franklin County Schools

Franklin County Schools is proud to announce that two new principals have been hired for District elementary schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Frank Wiggins Jr. is the new principal of Youngsville Elementary School; and, Jamie Wilkerson is the new principal of Franklinton Elementary School.

Franklin County Schools is proud to announce that two new principals have been hired for District elementary schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Frank Wiggins Jr. is the new principal of Youngsville Elementary School; and, Jamie Wilkerson is the new principal of Franklinton Elementary School. (Photos courtesy Franklin Co. Schools)

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Wiggins and Ms. Wilkerson to their new leadership positions within our District,” said Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, Superintendent of Franklin County Schools. “Both new principals bring a wealth of unique experiences and many achievements to their new schools. We anticipate they will also convey new energy, ideas and focus to create environments that are conducive to excellence in learning and teaching.”

Wiggins is a veteran principal who has worked in both public and private schools for the past 27 years. He earned a Master’s of School Administration from East Carolina University in 1992. Most recently, Wiggins was the Head of School at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson. He previously served as an elementary and middle school principal with Granville County Schools at Wilton Elementary and G.C. Hawley Middle School in addition to other positions in education. Wiggins is a native of Kinston and currently resides in Henderson. He is married to Sandra Allen Wiggins, who teaches at Franklinton High School.

Wilkerson is a veteran teacher who holds a Master’s of School Administration from Campbell University. She has most recently been serving as assistant principal in FCS’ Terrell Lane Middle School. She previously taught mathematics for Johnston County Schools, Harnett County Schools and Cumberland County Schools. She also served as an elementary math specialist and instructional coach in Durham. In addition, she taught as an adjunct for Campbell University and is working toward her terminal degree through Liberty University.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to build a positive school culture along with the staff, students, parents and community of Franklinton Elementary School,” Wilkerson said. “I will work with all stakeholders to ensure student learning continues in a high-quality, instructional learning environment.”

Henderson Rec Players to Present ‘Guys and Dolls’ at McGregor Hall

-Information courtesy McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

The McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center, 201 Breckenridge St. in Henderson, will feature “Guys and Dolls” as presented by the Henderson Rec Players on the following dates:

Friday, July 5, 2019, @ 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 6, 2019, @ 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 7, 2019, @ 2 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 2019, @ 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, 2019, @ 2 p.m.

Part of the Rosemyr Corporation Henderson Rec Players 2019 Season –

“Guys and Dolls” tells the story of a couple of big New York City gamblers and the women who love them. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, this energetic show features the hit songs “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “Luck, Be a Lady,” and “Bushel and a Peck.”

Tickets may be purchased by:

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.)

CLICK HERE: www.McGregorHall.org  (Use the eTix official site, online fees apply)

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