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The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments is asking for help from all those who live or work in the region – Vance, Granville, Warren, Franklin, Person – as it gathers information to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy team has created an online survey that is open now through Aug. 19 which seeks input about the region’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. Data from the survey will be used to inform policymakers across the regions about what is going well, what needs improvement and ways to guide focus areas over the next five years. Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Kerr-Tar region is encouraged to take part in the online survey. Visit to access a link to the survey, such as this one for Vance County –


North Henderson Baptist Church will have a back to school giveaway on Sunday,  August 21.  The event will take place at 5 p.m. at North Henderson Baptist Church. Free hotdogs and back to school supplies will be provided while supplies last.


The upcoming P.U.L.L. event – an acronym for Peace, Unity, Love, Live – takes place Aug. 25-28 and is designed to bring the community together with such activities as a two-day basketball tournament, bookbag and school supply giveaway, street festival and free haircuts for youngsters headed back to school.  On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hair In Motion at 211 Orange St. will be offering free cuts. Then, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Ice Cold Cuts and Exquisite Cuts 2.0 will be offering their services. The activities kick off with a two-day basketball tournament. Michael Bullock is helping organizing the Battle of the Brands tournament. The tournament will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday Aug. 26 in the HVRPD gymnasium (former Eaton Johnson gymnasium). Tickets are $5 for adults 18 and older; tickets for youth 17 and younger are $2. The street festival and community cookout on Saturday will be held in conjunction with the annual Night Out Against Crime. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Park. There will be vendors, a DJ playing music, a dance performance and other activities including cornhole for participants to enjoy. Free hotdogs, drinks and chips will be available as well.


Franklin, Granville, Warren Smart Start will host the 13th annual Ducky Derby on Saturday, Sept. 17th in downtown Henderson from 11am until 2pm.  Come out and enjoy food, fun and the Ducky Derby! 1st place prize is $1,000, 2nd place is Chick-fil-A for a year, 3rd place is a $250 Sheetz gas card and the last duck prize is $100 dollars.  Buy your ducks today! — or register at For more information call 252-433-9110 ext. 227 or email  


Kerr Lake Fords presents the 13th Annual All Ford Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 17th at 284 US 158 Bypass in Henderson. Over 30 Trophies will be awarded. Registration will be held from 8am until 11am and trophies awarded at 2pm. Food will be on site plus music by Scott Brantley, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Crossroads Ford of Henderson, Boyd Gravel Service and Harris Welding and Fabrication. Proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Scotty Strickland at 919-691-7098 or email


The 10th Annual Masonic Home Coming Festival will take place on the campus of the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St. in Oxford on Oct. 8th from 9:30am until 3pm. Grand Marshall for the event will be WTVD’s meteorologist Don Schwenneker. The event will feature music from Too Much Sylvia, food trucks, games and activities, a bbq contest, campus tours alumni and homecoming activities and the Shrine and community parade at 11am. For more information call 1-888-505-4357 or visit the Masonic Home for Children’s website at


The Help Center serving Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties was created to help end hunger by feeding the poor. The Help Center needs volunteers to help with food distribution. Call 919-391-7300.