Detective Wormley Fundraiser



In a recent interview with WIZS News, Police Chief Marcus Barrow described the dedication of fellow officers in Detective Deric Wormley’s time of need.  Detective Wormley faced an extremely life threatening situation, and as Chief Barrow described it, no one left Wormley’s side.  Wormley collapsed inside the Henderson Police Department in late October from a heart attack.  CPR was immediately administered.  He was transported to the hospital.  His fellow officers and officers of several other agencies gathered at the hospital, as Barrow described it, and remained there so as to not leave his side.  Now officers and the public alike can help with Wormley’s medical expenses by simply enjoying a plate of food.  See below.  Come; offer support.  (Flyer provided by the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce.  The Daily Dispatch Newspaper has also published an article about Det. Wormley.)


Farm-City Week part 3 of 3

Vance County has declared the third week in November each year as Farm-City Week. During that time, local residents are encouraged to reflect upon the connections and interdependence between the people and businesses in our towns, and the farms that surround them. This great nation was built on agriculture, but the towns and cities provide the markets and support businesses that make farming possible.


By Diana Lewis, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Vance County has joined the ranks of many cities across the United States to begin reviewing local land use permit codes to include urban agriculture and allow locally grown, year round production of fresh foods within city limits. On November 3, 2015, the Henderson Zoning Board unanimously granted a Special Use Permit to two of our city homeowners that will be transitioning into Organic production of vegetables.

Local governments throughout the U.S. and NC in cities such as Seattle, Baltimore, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Boston, Asheville, Boulder, Austin, Salisbury, Portland, and Greensboro have already implemented special-use permits to allow installation of non-permanent structures such as greenhouses or high tunnels. This opens up a great opportunity to revitalize vacant inner city lots vandalized for years or just allowed to grow up or be trash dumps. It also provides opportunities for communities to partner with local agencies or community groups and implement educational projects for residents to be a part of.

Neighborhood kids, young adults and retirees can now be a part of growing vegetables from seed to harvest and bringing dying communities back to life. High tunnels provide a great opportunity to grow Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer produce, herbs, berries and greens in a protected environment and avoid extreme environmental conditions that can cause expensive crop failures. Produce such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, melons, summer squash, eggplants, ginger, garlic, collards etc. grown in high tunnels, can be in turn sold to local restaurants, day care centers, and schools providing healthy and delicious locally grown veggies right here in Henderson, NC!!

Home and Garden Show 11/18/15

Legal Aid of North Carolina – providing free legal services in civil matters to low-income people

(The following is a press release.)

Low-income Medicare recipients in North Carolina can call Legal Aid of North Carolina’s new Benefits Enrollment Center at 1-877-579-7562 (toll-free) for free help enrolling in federal benefits programs that provide financial help with health care, prescription drugs, home energy bills and food costs.

“Many Medicare recipients in North Carolina are eligible for additional federal benefits and don’t even know it,” said Angeleigh Dorsey, director of Legal Aid’s Senior Law Project, which operates the Benefits Enrollment Center.

“If you’re on Medicare and need a little extra money for life’s necessities, call us today. We can help you figure out what programs you’re eligible for and guide you through the application process,” she said. “The best part is, we’re a nonprofit so all our help is completely free!”

To be considered low-income, a person must live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty line, defined as earning about $18,000 a year or less for one person, $24,000 a year or less for two people, and $30,000 a year or less for four people.

The Benefits Enrollment Center staff determines eligibility by looking at a person’s income, assets, rent or mortgage payments, utility payments, cost of health insurance premiums and other expenses.

“If you’re worried about eligibility,” Dorsey said, “don’t be. Just give us a call and we’ll work with you to figure it out.”

Legal Aid’s Benefits Enrollment Center can enroll eligible North Carolinians in five federal programs:

  • Medicare Savings Program. Waives the $104.90 monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items.
  • Medicare Part D Extra Help program. Provides full or partial subsidies and copay assistance for recipients of Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Provides nutrition assistance to low-income individual and families.
  • Medicaid. Some low-income Medicare recipients may also qualify for Medicaid, which can decrease their out-of-pocket expenses for health care.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Provides financial assistance with home energy costs.

Legal Aid’s Benefits Enrollment Center launched in June with a grant from the National Council on Aging. The goal of the BEC is to enroll 1,100 seniors in benefits programs by May 2016. The BEC can help people across the state but is targeting outreach to nine counties in the west and southeast: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Duplin, Gaston, Richmond, Robeson.

“We weighed a number of factors when selecting these counties,” Dorsey said. “Number of low-income seniors who aren’t enrolled in these benefits programs, percentage of people of color, proximity to Legal Aid field offices, etc. We also have good relationships with stakeholders in these counties.”

In addition to running the toll-free helpline, Legal Aid staff working on the Benefits Enrollment Center hold enrollment and information events at senior centers, and providers of home meal delivery to reach those who are homebound.

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Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Our Senior Law Project provides free civil legal help to North Carolinians age 60 or older. To learn more, visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

News 11/18/15

VGCC Vanguards 2-2 to start basketball season

The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team won their first two games of the 2015-16 season before dropping the next two to nationally-ranked opponents.

VGCC kicked off the regular season with a 67-57 victory over conference rival Wake Tech Community College on Nov. 6 on the Vanguards’ home court, Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson. Sophomore Raekwon Hall led VGCC in scoring, with 25 points, while also contributing 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Freshman Chris Pernell of Raleigh put up 12 points. Another freshman, Donal Gooch of Raleigh, was the top rebounder, with 10. His fellow freshman, Antonio Adams of Oxford, was not far behind with 9.

Two days later, VGCC won on the road, dominating the JV squad at the University of Mount Olive, 101-57. Seven Vanguards scored in double figures, led by sophomore Alcyone Moore of Charlotte with 17 and freshman Aaron Robinson of Graham with 15. Moore was also the team’s top rebounder (13). Ty’Quon Reid, a freshman from Durham, led the team in assists (11) while also contributing 13 points and 5 rebounds.

The Vanguards’ first loss came at home when they hosted the Bobcats from Bryant & Stratton College of Virginia on Nov. 10. The Color Guard from J.F. Webb High School in Oxford started off the game with a salute to veterans during the playing of the National Anthem. VGCC kept it close during much of the first half, but after the break, BSC pulled away to win 97-55. The Bobcats, who, like VGCC and Wake Tech compete in Region X of NJCAA Division II, were ranked 14th in the nation at the time. Moore again was the leader in scoring, with 14 points, while Reid added 11 points. Adams put up 5 rebounds to lead in that category.

On Nov. 14, VGCC lost at home to the Storm from Davidson County Community College by a score of 107-90. Davidson County CC was ranked seventh in the nation for Division III. Reid led his teammates in scoring with 34 points. Hall added 23 points of his own. Gooch had the most rebounds (12).

Upcoming VGCC home games are set for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., versus Patrick Henry Community College, and Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., versus Virginia University of Lynchburg. Both are at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson, and admission is free.

Vance County Schools 11/16/15

Farm-City Week part 2 of 3

Vance County has declared the third week in November each year as Farm-City Week. During that time, local residents are encouraged to reflect upon the connections and interdependence between the people and businesses in our towns, and the farms that surround them. This great nation was built on agriculture, but the towns and cities provide the markets and support businesses that make farming possible.


By Byron Currin, Vance County Soil and Water Conservation District

What’s the difference between dirt and soil?  The simple answer, dirt is dead and soil is alive! Soil is comprised of air, water, decayed plant residue, organic matter (living and dead organisms), and mineral matter (sand, silt, clay).  Healthy functioning soil needs to be able to sustain and nourish plants, soil microbes, and beneficial insects.  Healthy soils are porous, allowing air and water to move freely through them, and are often home to earthworms.

A balance between the chemical and physical components of a soil community is important.  Chemically; monitoring the pH, not over applying nutrients, and paying close attention to the nutrients you apply is important. Physically; compaction and drainage problems can also be issues.  A lack of pore space is often a result of compaction, which slows the proper movement of air and water.  Mechanical influences, such as wheel traffic, usually have a greater influence on compaction than natural causes would, and sometimes the use of deep tillage on an annual basis can be more detrimental than beneficial.

Proper drainage prevents soil from becoming anaerobic or waterlogged, prevents microorganisms from going to sleep, and helps eliminate disease and nutrient deficiencies from showing up in crops.  We can improve soil health by disturbing the soil as little as possible, growing different species of plants through rotations and a diverse mixture of cover crops, planting cover crops around our harvest to keep living roots growing in the soil for as much of the year as possible, and keeping the soil surface covered with residue year round.

Well managed, multi-species cover crops improve soil biology, increase soil life, increase organic matter, improve soil structure and fertility, increase water infiltration and water holding capacity, increase production, decrease cost, and increase profits.  Growing more plants in a rotation increases biodiversity, and diversity above ground improves diversity below ground.  Are we just growing crops or are we focusing on growing a soil biological community around the plant?

VGCC Phi Beta Lambda chapter installs new leaders

Vance-Granville Community College’s Chi Beta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the business student organization, recently elected officers for the 2015-2016 year. New officers were installed and members were inducted at a ceremony on Nov. 5 on VGCC’s Main Campus.

The officers include president Angelica Bridges of Oxford, vice president Ambrianna Winston of Oxford, secretary Ashley Allen of Henderson, treasurer Tiffany Barnes of Henderson, and historian Shekinah Yancey of Oxford. Bridges and Yancey are students in the Business Administration program, while Winston, Allen and Barnes are majoring in Office Administration.

VGCC alumna Shelonda Finch of Oxford, a former Chi Beta Chi chapter president, was the special guest at the ceremony and performed the formal installation of officers and induction of members. Finch continues to be a “professional division” member of the chapter, as are other alumni as well as college faculty and staff members.

The chapter advisor is Business Administration instructor Derrick Cameron. In his closing remarks at the ceremony, Cameron addressed the newly installed officers, saying: “Going forward, think of yourselves as leaders, or ‘Vanguards.’ You have a great PBL tradition to emulate. Since being reactivated in 2008, this chapter has succeeded in receiving several state and national accolades, representing students and VGCC well.”

Phi Beta Lambda is the national organization for college students who are preparing for a variety of careers in business. The Greek letters stand for the English words “Future Business Leaders,” and PBL is affiliated with the Future Business Leaders of America, an organization for high school students. FBLA/PBL seeks to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. PBL members have opportunities to attend conferences and participate in a number of competitions. For more information, call Derrick Cameron at (252) 738-3447.

News 11/17/15