Silver Alert Issued for Margaret Ellis


RALEIGH 11:53 PM — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Margaret Alston Ellis.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Margaret Alston Ellis, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information about Margaret Alston Ellis should call Detective Wells at the Henderson Police Department at 252-492-0202.

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Name: Ellis Margaret Alston
(Last) (First) (Middle) (Nickname)

Gender: Female DOB: 12/20/1932 Age: 86 Race: black Height: 5′ 4″ Weight: 225 pounds

Hair Color: gray Hair Length: short Eye Color: brown

Clothing Description:
Last seen wearing church attire.

Reporting Law Enforcement Agency: Henderson Police Department

Contact Information: Detective Wells at 252-492-0202

Location of Incident: Location of incident was at 520 Radio Lane, Henderson, NC 27536

Location Last Seen: Last seen missing from 520 Radio Lane Henderson, NC 27536

Direction of Travel:

Possible Destination:
Last seen traveling towards Windsor, N.C.

Vehicle Description:

Make: honda Model: civic Year: 2014 Color: black License Plate Number: tph3083 Licensing State: NC

Urgent: Missing Person – Margaret Ellis

Media Release:

March 01, 2019

Missing Person

The Henderson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Margaret Ellis, 86, of Henderson. Ms. Ellis was last known to be in the Henderson area around 10:30 AM and was to have been traveling to Windsor, NC in a 2014 Honda Civic, black in color, with NC registration TPH-3083. If located please contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-492-0202.

Ms. Ellis is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment and we are in the process of obtaining a Silver Alert.

Vehicle in photo is of Ms. Ellis Honda Civic and a photograph of Ms. Ellis is attached.

Lt. Chris Ball
Henderson Police Department

VGCC is closed on Wednesday, Dec. 12

VGCC is closed on Wednesday, Dec. 12; an optional workday has been scheduled for employees.

Vance Co. Schools Out 12-12-18 For Students

— from Vance Co. Schools

Vance Co. Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, December 12, with the day designated as an optional workday for school system employees. There are some roads in the county that have not been completely cleared and there was no major melting during the day today. Officials expect the wet roads to freeze over again tonight. Employees are asked to use their best judgement in deciding when and if they will report to work tomorrow. We want everyone to be as safe as possible!

GCPS Changes Mind – No School for Students 12-12-18

— from Dr. Stan Winborne, Granville County Public Schools

Despite anything you may have seen or heard previous to this message, Granville County Public School (GCPS) has changed its mind, and there is no school Wednesday for all students.

Please read now this full message from GCPS.

Good evening GCPS Families. We are calling again this evening with some changes to our schedule for tomorrow. Shortly after making the decision to have a three hour delay for tomorrow, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the widespread formation of black ice on our roadways, which could last into the late morning hours.

After consulting with staff at Granville County Emergency Management Department, we have decided to err on the side of caution and CANCEL school for all students for Wednesday, December 12. It appears as if road conditions could be potentially too dangerous for our buses and young drivers tomorrow morning.

We apologize for the change in plans, but after receiving new information, feel we must act with the safety of our students and staff in mind. Please be safe in your travels tomorrow.

Henderson Police seeking assistance locating Kesha Smith & Robert Shaheeh Bullock

Press Release-November 21, 2018

The Henderson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Kesha Smith, 36, and Robert Shaheeh Bullock, 40. They were last seen driving a 2008 white four-door Buick LaCrosse with NC Registration AEM-7904.

Kesha Smith was originally reported missing to the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office on November 19, 2018 and members of the Henderson Police Department have been assisting with the investigation. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Kesha Smith was last seen on November 16, 2018 during the morning hours on Dabney Drive in Henderson, NC.

The Henderson Police Department has taken over the lead on the investigation. We ask if anyone was in the area of Dabney Drive on November 16, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM and may have seen this vehicle to contact the Department.

If anyone should have any information on the location of these individuals please contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or 252-492-0202. Callers may remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925, or use the P3 app on a smartphone or tablet device.

Photograph provided for the Buick LaCrosse is not the actual vehicle, but is similar to the vehicle.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Brame to Face Pulley for Vance Co. Sheriff; Ellis & Hartness Keep Their Seats

The unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in and Vance County residents have selected their Democratic candidates for the November 6, 2018, general election.

With 56 percent of the votes, Democratic candidate Curtis Brame will face off against Republican challenger Charles Pulley for the seat of Vance County Sheriff. Brame received a total of 2,646 votes in the primary election – 1,431 on election day, 1,201 through one-stop early voting and 14 by absentee ballot.

Sheriff’s candidate Billy Gooch received a total of 1,379 votes, or 29 percent, while candidate Melissa Elliott ended the day with 661 votes, or 14 percent.

Vance County Board of Education incumbents Margaret Ellis (Dem) and Ruth Hartness (Dem) won the majority of votes to retain their seats as representatives for District 6 and District 7 respectively.

Ellis received 394 votes, or 76 percent, beating out challenger Omega Perry’s 125 votes, or 24 percent.

Hartness received 579 votes, or 69 percent, beating out challenger Marcia Allen’s 262 votes, or 31 percent.

Overall numbers indicate that of the 25,536 voters registered as a Democrat or as unaffiliated in Vance County, 4,691 voted in Tuesday’s election. This represents approximately 18 percent of eligible registered voters.

Any candidate who filed that is unopposed in Vance County will be on the November 6th general election ballot.

Posted election results are considered unofficial until official results are released later next week.

Click here for a breakdown of voting totals by precinct.

Granville County Relay for Life – This Friday, May 11!

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ [email protected]

The annual Granville County Relay for Life event will be held Friday, May 11, 2018, at JF Webb High School’s track field, 3200 Webb School Road in Oxford.

A Survivor’s Reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m.

Businesses, schools and churches are encouraged to “paint the town purple” the week of Relay. Most downtown businesses are displaying the Relay promo poster.

Oxford Baptist Church Youth will be selling large purple bows to businesses for $6 each. Contact Cindy Joy or Martha Denny at (919) 693-5181 or email [email protected] for additional information.

“Beatle Mania Mystery” at the Historic Hotel Norlina

— courtesy The Chamber of Commerce of Warren County | Craig Hahn, Executive Director ~ 252-257-2657 ~ [email protected] ~ Facebook

— by Craig Hahn

***Photographs courtesy Leigh Traylor***

As many of you know from earlier Warren County Historical Tidbits and daily drives thru Norlina, we have a diamond in the rough and 100+ year old treasure in the Hotel Norlina right on US #1 in Norlina.

The Historic Hotel Norlina as it appeared in 1973

Recently, a Warren County resident, Margaret Moseley has begun working with the current owner of the Hotel Norlina to bring it back to life and open a new chapter for this regal building. As they’ve worked to host sales before Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter for local home-businesses that attracted up to 200 shoppers in a day, Margaret and the owner have been working to take the steps necessary to earn funding and support for the Historic Hotel Norlina over the recent months. Part of their work has been doing extensive research into the history of this hotel.

In doing that research, one “local legend” that kept tugging at Margaret was that of a visit in the 1960’s by Beatles’ members John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Could she find proof? Check out the telling of this story by Margaret herself…

“Beatle Mania Mystery”

By Margaret H. Moseley

As some of you may or may not know, the owner of Historic Hotel Norlina is in the beginning process of restoring the old building to her former glory and has plans to start a historic museum/library. We have been researching the history of the hotel and of the town of Norlina and want to incorporate the library/museum to retain the history of its past and record the present day activities for generations to come.

For decades it has been rumored that “The Beatles”, well at least a couple of them, stopped at Hecht Hardware Store’s Indian Museum in Norlina during the 1960’s. It was rumored that John Lennon and Paul McCartney visited and other rumors stated it was John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

I wondered why no one has ever tried to find the answer. My curiosity got the better of me so I was on a mission to find the truth behind the legend. Through extensive research, detective work, numerous phone calls and communications I located the person in possession of the log book and pleaded for just a copy of the pages. I recently received the coveted copies of the Museum Log Book from the present owners. Upon reviewing some of the log pages, I thought we had found the proof necessary to verify that the famous entertainers did indeed stop in Norlina. There it was in black and white, John Lennon and George Harrison’s names dated 12/22/1969. I was ecstatic that we finally had proof of their visit. However; a little voice of reasoning was nagging, “You need to research the authenticity of the signatures”. Although it would have been the easy thing to do and just say we have proof, I listened to the voice of reason and with the confidential help of a friend and “Norlina native”, began an extensive research of authentic certified autographs from both John Lennon and George Harrison.

Much to our dismay, the signatures bear no resemblance to that of the certified autographs. Not only do they not resemble the original signatures, we found that there is absolutely no way possible that John Lennon would have been here in Norlina on that date as there is documentation proving otherwise. You see, December 16, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono left England on a tour to Canada. This was their “War is Over, Give Peace a Chance” marking the end of their two-year protest of war.

Now I have more questions than answers and have begun a new search for some facts. I have always believed that where there is rumor, there is also some truth; therefore, I need the assistance of anyone who actually may have seen, know of someone who saw, or have any other proof that the Beatles were at the museum at Hecht’s Hardware Store. If anyone has any information, could you please come forward and assist us in solving the mystery. You can contact Margaret Moseley at 252-820-8032 or via email at [email protected]

So, there you have it. Can you help? I’m confident that there is someone in our wonderful County that can shed some light on this story. Please keep me in the loop as you pass along your information. Here’s to solving our “Beatle-Mania Mystery!”

Wherever you turn in Warren County we have a jewel… “Warren County Historical Tidbits” is a project of The Chamber of Commerce of Warren County.

Marcia Allen – Vance County Board of Education District 7 Candidate

Name: Marcia Lynnette Allen

Candidate For: Vance County Board of Education – District 7

Age: 52

Town of Residence: Henderson

Previous position(s) held: Department of Social Services Board of Directors

Degrees/Certifications Earned:   Bachelor of Arts – Psychology


What motivates you to want to become a Vance County Board of Education member?

I am running for office because I believe in education and the importance of ensuring that every student is allowed the opportunity to obtain the necessary tools that will enable him/her to successfully move into the next phase of life.

Running for this office allows me the opportunity to give back to the community and school system I grew up in and present myself as a mentor and role model for our most important onlookers, the student.


What do you see as the Board’s primary roles and responsibilities?

The Board’s primary roles and responsibilities are to ensure that every student is afforded the opportunity to receive an education. In receiving an education the students should be provided an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

Additionally, the Board should include opportunities to prepare students for higher education and preparation for the workforce if not pursuing a college degree. Ideally, students in Vance County should be able to compete globally with their peers nationally and internationally.


What is your vision for the future of education in this community?

My vision for education is that every child succeeds in school. I believe there must be an aggressive action plan to improve school’s state performance grades so that each school is equipped to provide the curriculum for success readiness.


 What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing the Vance County Board of Education?

The biggest challenge is safety. The goal is to provide every student with an atmosphere that is safe and conducive to learning.

I believe that success is contingent upon the cooperation and unity of three factions of every student; parents/guardians, school and community.  It is my belief that each of these areas is critical to the firm foundation-building of each student.


How would you handle the request of individuals and special interest groups?

I would acknowledge the request and, if appropriate, refer them to the Superintendent, full Board or Community Public Affairs Specialist for a formal response, especially if it involves private information pertaining to a student, family or school personnel.


(WIZS News will be publishing a series of candidate question-and-answer articles in the days leading up to the May 8th primary here on  Significant portions will be broadcast on WIZS Radio with equal time allotted for each candidate.)