BLET Cadets Provide Backup For Highway Litter Sweep

Students in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Vance-Granville Community College had the opportunity recently to apply what they are learning about service by answering a call for help from fellow students.

VGCC’s Criminal Justice Technology curriculum program participates in the Adopt-a-Highway program and tend to a stretch of Poplar Creek Road near the college’s main campus. But this year, program head Andrea Hyson, asked Brandon Bishop, BLET director/instructor, for a little backup.

“I was quick to volunteer the BLET Academy class in order to help out,” Bishop said. It was a perfect opportunity to give the 17 cadets a tangible teaching and mentoring activity to help the community. The cadets are on the path to becoming well-trained and well-rounded law enforcement officers, Bishop said. But there’s more to being a law enforcement officer than just enforcing the law.

“We also share the responsibility of being leaders and caretakers within the communities we serve,” he said. “We, as a profession, need to be grounded in service to our communities and their specific needs, whether those needs are large or small. When these cadets graduate and become sworn officers in our communities, our intention is for them to have obtained a sense of responsibility. We want them to have a sense of ownership for creating change, growth and positivity.”

Hyson said she is very grateful for the help from instructor Tony Clark, Bishop and all the BLET cadets.

Contact Bishop at 252.492.2061, ext. 3263 or to learn more.

State Highway Patrol

Booze It and Lose It Campaign In Full Force Over Labor Day Weekend

As motorists hit the road this busy Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers from Murphy to Manteo will be stepping up enforcement through patrols and checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

The statewide “Booze It & Lose It” Labor Day campaign, sponsored by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, runs through Sept. 12 and involves all law enforcement agencies, including local police, sheriff’s offices and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Last year, participating agencies cited nearly 1,400 DWI offenders in North Carolina. Motorists caught driving while impaired face the possibility of jail time, lost driving privileges and hefty fines.

NCDOT encourages people to celebrate responsibly and safely. Never drink and drive. If you drink, find another ride using a rideshare app, such as Uber or Lyft, or call a taxi, ride with a friend, or take the bus.








Missing Person – James Albert Williams Sr.

Mr. Williams has been safely located as of this afternoon (08-17-21).


Vaccines by GVPH at YMCA now until 6 p.m.


Vance-Granville Community College addresses needs of employers and students

Vance-Granville Community College, John M. Belk Endowment, and myFutureNC are working together to better address the needs of local employers and adult students.

Dr. Rachel Desmarais, President of Vance-Granville Community College called on adults across the region to visit as a first step to gain the skills they need to secure the jobs they want.

“After a year of challenges like no other, we know many adults are examining their work situations and even considering career changes,” said Desmarais. “So we are making an extra push this summer to connect adults to a variety of fast, flexible, and affordable programs at VGCC which lead to current open jobs in our communities.”

“From biomanufacturing to warehousing, mechatronics to supply chain and logistics, emergency medical training to truck driving certificates, and many more, our courses are a direct pipeline to many of our region’s top employers,” Desmarais said. “That’s why we hope everyone will visit today to quickly connect with us and explore all of the opportunities we offer that can lead to better skills, a better job, a bigger paycheck, and an even brighter future.”

Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties with four attractive campuses, one in each county. Established in 1969, VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, in which students work toward certificates, diplomas and degrees. Area residents and businesses can also take advantage of a variety of Continuing Education opportunities, as well as the High School Equivalency and Adult High School dploma programs.

For more information about Vance-Granville Community College’s Better Skills. Better Jobs. Initiative, please visit:

American Flag

Happy 4th of July – FREEDOM!

Happy 4th of July!

Please enjoy our Freedom 4th of July audio message as well as the written message below.

This Fourth of July weekend is sure to be filled with cookouts, fireworks and lots of red, white and blue. But if you notice that your Stars and Stripes are more than a little worn, faded or torn, do you know how to properly retire your U.S. flag once it’s been replaced with a new one?

The National Flag Foundation quotes the U.S. Flag Code about when and how to properly dispose of a flag:
“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

There are other ways to properly and respectfully dispose of a U.S. flag that does not involve a fire, however. Given the different materials used in the manufacture of flags today, burning may not be the best option.

One option in Granville County is a flag disposal box, which has been available to county residents for a few years. It’s located just outside the county tax office, 141 Williamsboro St., Oxford.

The local Boy Scouts are responsible for retrieving the donated flags and conducting ceremonies to retire them in a respectful manner.

Other organizations, in addition to the Boy Scouts, that could help with proper flag disposal are the Girl Scouts, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Flag Day (June 14) is one of the most common days to hold flag disposal ceremonies, according to the National Flag Foundation, based in Pittsburgh, Pa.

American Flag

Local Memorial Day Events Remember, Honor Those Who Served Country

Memorial Day means cookouts and an unofficial kickoff to summer, but numerous agencies in the Vance and Granville area are hosting events to honor and remember Americans who have died in service to their country.

Slightly cooler weather ushers in the long holiday weekend, which should make outdoor observances a bit more comfortable. WIZS News has compiled a list of events that will take place on Monday, May 31:

  • Maria Parham Health – gather around the flagpole at 10 a.m. to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the military. The ceremony will include prayers, music, guest speakers, laying of a memorial wreath and the reading of names in memoriam.
  • Henderson American legion Post 60 – 10 a.m. Adjutant Jeremy Hetrick, U.S. Army (Ret) invites the public to the ceremony, during which the names of Vance County veterans killed in combat will be read.
  • City of Oxford Veteran’s Memorial – 10 a.m. to noon. 300 Williamsboro St., in front of City Hall. Gathering at 10 a.m. and ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to American Legion #90 building, 914 Williamsboro St.
  • N. Hix Recreation Complex – Walk of Remembrance on walking track. Signs with names of military veterans as well as fire, EMS and law enforcement members will be posted to honor their service. Sponsored by Kindred Hospice.
  • Gazebo Park, Butner – 10 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony
Vance County Courthouse

Vaccine and Questions Answered Thursday Outside Courthouse

On Thursday, May 20th here in Vance County, the courthouse will serve as a site to get a covid vaccine.

The Hon. Henry L. Gupton, clerk of court in Vance County, said Granville Vance Public Health would be on site at the courthouse starting at 9 a.m. to provide the vaccine. He said Lisa Harrison, local health director, would be present to answer any questions.

Gupton said, “There is a large docket that day. Maybe folks will come on and take the shot. I’m ready to get the office back open, rather than just being partially open as we are.”

Harrison told WIZS News, “Your health department is committed to getting vaccine out in the community to make it easier for everyone to access. The more people we can vaccinate, the safer we will all be from the severe effects of COVID-19. It is absolutely clear that COVID-19 presents more of a health risk to people than the vaccine. Let us know what questions you have. We are here to serve the public and protect the health of everyone.”

In order to participate, just show up. Enter from the Chestnut Street side of the courthouse along Church Street behind First Presbyterian Church. That’s the side with the most parking. Where to go from there will be evident as Granville Vance Public Health will have a banner in place.

Shrine Fish Fry May 19, 2021

Let’s go to the fish fry!

The local Shrine Club fundraiser supports local and national causes to help children.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 marks the 57th fish fry, said Donald C. Seifert, who spoke recently on WIZS TownTalk.

The event is take-out only, he said, and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 210 Industry Drive, between Mako and Servpro and around the corner from Lowes in Henderson.

There’s a lot of work that goes into the annual event, and he said club members look forward to serving a lot of customers on May 19.  “We do have some good experience on moving folks through and getting them hot plates (of food),” he said.

Seifert said, “It’s very gratifying. The people of Henderson and the surrounding area have been so supportive – it’s just been a good project for us and I think people have enjoyed it also.”

When asked how many fish fry events he’d attended over the years, with only a slight pause, Seifert stated “It’s been most of them – I was here and I was a Shriner, so I was at the fish fry.”