The Local Skinny! Frank Sossamon Speaks At Local GOP Rally

Frank Sossamon is no stranger to public speaking, having spent his career as a pastor. And during remarks at a recent Vance County GOP rally, Candidate Sossamon encouraged fellow Republicans to get out and vote in the November general election.

Sossamon, a political newcomer, is running for N.C. House District 32 on the Republican ticket.

He spoke to the partisan crowd of about 300 for about five minutes and said he has been traveling throughout the district, which includes Vance and much of Granville County.

“Overall, the reception has been extremely good,” Sossamon said.

A candidates’ forum will be held Thursday, June 30 at Sadie’s Coffee Corner in Henderson from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sossamon will be there, as well as Republican candidate for Vance Sheriff Patrick Bailey and others. Local GOP Chairman Jimmy Barrier will be the moderator and the rising crime rate is set to be the topic.

“We want to receive information and give information about crime,”Sossamon said. Other forums are being planned at locations across the county, he added.

And there’s a fundraiser for Sossamon planned for Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Henderson Country Club.

Sossamon spoke for about five minutes and, among other things, called the May primary turnout in Vance County “dismal.” He reminded those in attendance about talk of a “Red Wave” in November, referring to the election of Republican candidates in races up and down the ballot.

“It won’t be a Red Wave unless you jump in the water,” he said.


The Local Skinny! Jobs In Vance 06-28-22

The H-V Chamber of Commerce and WIZS, Your Community Voice, present Jobs in Vance for June 28, 2022. The Chamber compiles the information, and it is presented here and on the radio. Contact the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce at 438-8414 or email to be included.

Business Name Variety Wholesalers Inc.

Job Opening –   Help Desk Analyst – Full Time.  Position analyzes and resolves level one software and hardware related problems to support all internal systems users.  Requires high school diploma or GED, and up to 1 year experience with demonstrated proficiency with applicable software.  Applicants need good communication and analytical skills.

Warehouse Associate – Full time.  Up to $15 hour.  Be a part of one of the largest Distribution Centers in Vance County, located at 1000 Facet Road in Henderson, NC.  40 hour work week.  Sign on bonus.  Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.  Ability to walk long distances, stand, bend, stoop for 8-10 hour days.

How To Apply – Apply online at and scroll to bottom of page and click on careers.  Or apply online at


Business Name PNC Bank

Job Opening – Teller Position Open.  Full-time.  In this job you will provide exceptional customer service, accurately perform high volume customer banking transactions, educate customers on new technology and develop banking product referral opportunities through strong customer relationship skills.  Applicants need attention to detail, effective communication skills, and knowledge of and ability to provide products and services available through retail banking branch.  Training will be provided.  If applicants do not have a high school diploma or GED, a comparable combination of education and experience in the workforce (including the military) may be considered.  PNC Bank is located on Chestnut Street in Henderson, NC.

How To Apply – Apply online at and scroll to bottom of page and click on careers.  Or apply online at


Business Name Vance County Government

Job Opening – There are over 30 job openings with our Vance County government.  Some of these openings require a 4 year college degree and others a high school or GED diploma.  There are benefits associated with each open position.  Some of these position titles include: Deputy Register of Deeds (clerical), Custodian (working in both Veterans Office and Cooperative Extension Service Building), Library Assistant (part-time), Social Service (multiple positions available), Sheriff’s Office (deputy, detention officers, kitchen assistant), Public Safety (EMS, Paramedic, and Fireman).

How To Apply and on the right hand side of page click on Job Postings tab.  Or apply online at


Business Name Brewer Cycles

Job Opening –  Salesperson Position Open.  Full Time. Prior knowledge of Powersports is a plus but not required.  Will train the right candidate.  Applicant needs strong verbal/written communication skills and basic computer skills. Needs exceptional customer service skills, ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds, and maintain knowledge of products/services.  Tuesday – Friday 9-5:30 pm, and Saturday 9-3 pm. Benefits package.

How To Apply – Stop by Brewer Cycles to pick up an application or drop off a resume, located at 420 Warrenton Road, Henderson, NC.


Business Name Jersey Mike’s Subs

Job Opening –  Hiring immediately for all positions.  Full-Time and Part-Time.  Looking for 16 year old and older workers.  Must be energetic, hard-working, have positive attitude, and have the ability to stand for long hours and work in a fast paced environment.  Reliable transportation is required.  Workers will have flexible schedules.  Work with team members to greet customers, record orders, and prepare cold and hot subs according to company quality standards.  Must have excellent communications skills and be willing to be trained.

How To Apply – Apply online at Indicate positions at zip code 27536.  Or stop by the Jersey Mike’s Sub restaurant, located in shopping center off Beckford Drive in Henderson NC, beside RCE Theaters and Pino’s Restaurant.


Business Name Sams Furniture and Mattress Center

Job Opening – Eager to hire for two open positions: Office Coordinator and Delivery/Warehouse Assistant.  Full-Time.

How To Apply – Apply in-person at Sams Furniture and Mattress Center, located at 515 South Garnett Street, in Downtown Henderson, NC.


Business Name Mako Medical Lab

Job Opening – Hiring now for Medical Technologist Position at the Henderson, NC location on Industry Drive.  Qualified candidates are responsible for preparing patient specimens as required for laboratory testing, performing compliantly ordered laboratory tests, monitoring test results to assure test quality and validity, and communicate results in a timely manner, especially those that may be life threatening to the patient. Compliance is a must at MAKO and this team member must maintain properly documented records of activities as well as clean and maintain laboratory equipment and environment.

How To Apply – Apply online: and click on the careers tab.


Business Name Southern Laundry and Dry Cleaners

Job Opening – Hiring now for Driver and Presser.

How To Apply – Apply in-person at the 234 Dabney Drive, Henderson, NC location.


Some of these businesses are present or past advertisers of WIZS.  Being an ad client is not a condition of being listed or broadcast.  This is not a paid ad.

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Magistrates in North Carolina

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According to where you can click on the word magistrates, “A magistrate is an independent judicial officer, recognized by the North Carolina Constitution as an officer of the district court. Magistrates perform numerous duties in both civil and criminal proceedings. Magistrates are not elected, but are nominated for office by the clerk of superior court, appointed by the senior resident superior court judge, and supervised by the chief district court judge. A magistrate serves an initial term of two years, with subsequent terms of four years.”

Responsibilities of a magistrate in North Carolina include criminal proceedings like conducting initial appearances, set conditions of release such as bonds and bond amounts, issue warrants and more as well as civil proceedings like hearing small claims cases, entering orders for summary ejectment known as evictions, involuntary commitments, marriages and more.

Talk to most any magistrate or clerk of court and you’ll learn there are bonding guidelines.  Despite a large public sentiment that bonds should be higher in a lot of cases, it’s important to understand bonds are to assure a defendant’s appearance in court.  Bonds are not for punishment.

There is online a fiscal year 2019-2020 North Carolina Magistrate Fact Sheet (click here), and it states, “In order to be eligible for nomination or re-nomination as a magistrate, a candidate must be a resident of the county for which he or she will be appointed. The candidate also must have a four-year college degree or eight years of work experience as a clerk of superior court; or a two-year associate degree and four years of work experience in a job related to the court system, law enforcement, or other public service work. Many magistrates are attorneys, but they are not required to be, and those who are attorneys are prohibited from practicing law while in office as a magistrate.

“A magistrate serves an initial term of two years, with subsequent terms of four years. While magistrates are not under the jurisdiction of the Judicial Standards Commission like judges are, they must obey the Code of Judicial Conduct, and the grounds for removing magistrates are the same as for removing judges. Judges, justices, and magistrates share the same mandatory retirement age.”

Age 72 is it for judges in N.C.

The Judicial Branch uses a workload formula to determine the appropriate number of magistrates per county.  Magistrates are salaried employees who provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  They account for about 10 percent of the judicial workforce in North Carolina and about nine percent of the judicial budget in the state with the figure being about $51 million.

There are six magistrate positions in Vance County, and one of those is vacant as of this publication.

To read more from North Carolina General Statutes, click here for Article 16 as it pertains to magistrates from the web site Among other things, you can read about a magistrate’s training requirements.

As an aside, in fiscal year 2019-2020, district and superior courts combined disposed of over 2,250,000 cases in North Carolina.

Home And Garden Show 06-22-22

On the Home and Garden Show with Vance Co. Cooperative Ext.


  • If plants are showing signs of disease take those plants out of the garden contact Cooperative Extension for ID of the disease or insect and we can recommend control measures
  • Conserve water through summer dry periods. Tall fescue can survive 2 weeks without irrigation.
  • Gardens need at least at least 1 inch of water per week its better to water thoroughly once a week than small waterings each day.
  • Closely monitor soil moisture on any trees and shrubs you planted this past spring.
  • Vegetables may need top dressing if plants are a pale green and you haven’t top dressed them in the last three weeks
  • Skin applied insect repellants are safe and effective for minimizing exposure to mosquitos when used according to instructions. But do be extra careful when using them on children.
  • When harvesting vegetables put them in the shade as soon as possible. Harvest early in the morning.
  • Lightly prune ornamental trees and shrubs to keep them neat and tidy. You can also lightly prune fruit trees and grape vines for light air penetration into the canopy and to reduce winter pruning.

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The Local Skinny! Acquest Group Partners With City On Garnett St. Property

In the spirit of true public-private collaboration, a portion of South Garnett Street is getting a new lease on life. Alex Green, vice president and director of operations with Acquest Group is set to close on the purchase of property at 411 S. Garnett St. The city has purchased a lot next door, and, together, the area is gearing up for big things.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with the city,” Green told WIZS during a recent interview. The partnership will result in a mixed-use of retail space and restaurants at street level, with condominiums or apartments above.

“It’s absolutely going to change Henderson for the better and we’re so excited about it,” Green said. The interview aired on Tuesday’s The Local Skinny!

Green said the main restaurant space is spoken for, but there should be enough room for a smaller café style shop and one more retail outlet.

While there will definitely be new construction going up, Green said the hope is to keep as much of the existing building as possible. “It’s a beautiful piece of history for Henderson’s downtown and also has some interesting architectural pieces on the inside,” she said.

The area will be transformed into a space for fun activities, live music outdoors on summer evenings, Green said.

Seeing the potential in a location is half the battle, Green said. “That’s part of the challenge when you come into these awesome small towns in rural communities,” she said. It’s like putting together a puzzle – taking empty lots and abandoned buildings – and transforming them to becoming places of community.

Building community also supports generational wealth and keeps money in the local economy.



The Local Skinny! Jobs In Vance 06-20-22

The H-V Chamber of Commerce and WIZS, Your Community Voice, present Jobs in Vance for June 21, 2022. The Chamber compiles the information, and it is presented here and on the radio. Contact the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce at 438-8414 or email to be included.


Business NameBenchmark Community Bank

Job Opening – Relationship Bank Teller:  This position requires an outgoing and service-oriented applicant.  Full-time. Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:30-5:30 p.m. You will have your weekends and late evenings free.  Competitive pay scale offered with benefits.  Excellent relationship building skills needed.  Experience working with the public and handling money.  Basic math and computer skills.  Training provided.

How To Apply – Apply online – – and click on the careers tab on the homepage.


Business Name – ServPro of Franklin, Vance, and Granville

Job Opening – Hiring for Production Technicians.  Providing fire and water clean-up and restoration.  No experience needed, just a desire to be trained and show your strong desire to advance and learn the business.  Full-time. 40 hours a week.  Pay will be based on prior job history or experience.

How To Apply – Come by the ServPro office building located at 260 Industry Drive in Henderson to request an application and bring in your resume.  For questions, call 252-433-0005.


Business Name – Fred’s Towing and Transport
Job Opening – Towing Operators Needed.

How To Apply – Stop by the NC Works office, located at 857 South Beckford Drive, Suite G in Henderson NC.  Questions call 252-438-6129. Or apply online at


Business Name – Vance County Public School System
Job Opening – A Chef is needed for the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Program to teach high school culinary students and handle the AdVance Academy Food Truck.

How To Apply – Vance County Public Schools Human Resource Department – 252-492-2127.  Or get additional information about job openings online at


Business Name – Granville Vance Public Health Department

Job Opening – Multiple professional positions are open.  1. Full-time Dentist II for Carolina Fellows Family Dentistry in Oxford, NC.  This dental office provides full dental services for the citizens of Granville and Vance County. 2. Physician Extender I or II.  Applicant will assess and evaluate needs of the patients and implement a course of action, medical services to patients in a rural setting – Requires Physician Assistant licensure or approved as a Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife. 3. Nutritionist I in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program.  Providing professional nutritional services to clients or in small groups. 4. Processing Assistant IV.  Full-time, provides administrative support to clinical and administrative personnel to enable community needs to be met in an efficient, timely and professional manner.  High School Graduate with at least 2 years of office experience.

How To Apply – Submit your resume by email to or mail to Personnel Director, Granville-Vance District Health Dept., PO Box 367, Oxford, NC 27565


Business Name – KARTS (Kerr Area Rural Transportation Service)

Job Opening – Drivers Needed.  Reports to the KARTS Transportation Coordinator.  Must be able to accept and follow instructions; possess a valid NC drivers license appropriate for the size vehicle to be driven; must be at least 21 years of age with at least 3 years driving experience; with a good driving record for the preceding 3 years.  Must be able to relate to people of all ages, economic and ethnic backgrounds.  Must have a working phone at all times.

How To Apply – Mail applications to:  PO Box 246, Henderson, NC 27536.  Or call 252-438-22573 for additional information.


Business Name – Lowe’s Improvement Center

Job Opening – Head Cashier.  Full-time. Flexible hours.  Responsibilities include delivering a checkout experience that is quick, professional, and friendly; ensure merchandise is accurately scanned and meets the needs of the customer; and engaging in safe work practices and encouraging others to do the same.  Requires morning, afternoon and evening availability any day of the week.

How To Apply – Pick up application at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center at 166 Dabney Road in Henderson, NC or apply online at or online at


Some of these businesses are present or past advertisers of WIZS.  Being an ad client is not a condition of being listed or broadcast.  This is not a paid ad.

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The Local Skinny! Bee Jubilee Coming To Granville Expo Center

The Granville County Expo and Convention Center will be abuzz with activity Saturday as the local beekeepers group hosts the 6th annual Bee Jubilee.

Christi Henthorn, president of the Granville County Beekeepers said upwards of 80 vendors will be set up inside and outside for the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

“It’s growing fast and it’s awesome,” Henthorn said in describing the daylong event. The popular “Year of Honey” raffle will be held on Saturday; tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The lucky winner will get eight bottles of local honey and four additional “products of the hive,” she said.

The Bee Jubilee is a great way to promote homegrown, handmade items created by area artisans, Henthorn said on Monday’s The Local Skinny! Of course, there will be local honey for sale, but there also will be a variety of home baked goods, jams and jellies available for purchase.

The Oxford Farmer’s Market is relocating for the day to the Expo Center as well.

“It’s a family-friendly event,” Henthorn said, with inflatables and face-painting for the kids, and a half dozen or so food trucks bringing everything from barbecue and burgers to mini-donuts and Italian ices.

The Lord Granville Historical Society is scheduled to create their yummy churned ice cream – always a treat.

Henthorn said folks are welcome to bring their canine family members to walk among the vendors outside.

A live auction will begin at 12 noon in the air-conditioned environs of the auditorium, and Henthorn said there is a variety of top-notch items that will be up for bid, including nukes and bee supplies, a NASCAR-themed package and custom artwork depicting a variety of pollinators.

Find the Granville County Beekeepers on Facebook for details of the day’s schedule or visit



Henderson State of the City Address

The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Henderson Rotary Club, has announced a State of the City address and luncheon.

According to a flyer out about the event, it will serve as the first in a series of informative, local agency meetings.

The City’s vision, strategic plan, recent achievements and challenges will be provided by keynote speakers including Mayor Eddie Ellington and City Manager Terrell Blackmon.

Particularly, it is an opportunity for business owners and others engaged in the community to gather.

Reservations required by June 24th for the Thursday, June 30, 2022 address and luncheon — noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Henderson Country Club, $30 per person with tables of eight available.

In an email sent to Chamber members, organizers indicated, “You can reserve your seat by calling the Chamber at 252-438-8414…emailing or go to the Chamber website at to register and pay on-line.”

Volunteers Needed For Upcoming MedAssist OTC Medicine Distribution

MedAssist NC is planning a distribution event in Henderson tomorrow and is in desperate need of volunteers. The event will take place at the Salvation Army, 2292 Ross Mill Rd.

Project Manager Lisa Szabo said a group from Durham was scheduled to provide volunteers but had to back out at the last minute because of a rise in COVID-19 cases.

“Volunteers help ensure our event will be successful. We can’t do this without them,” Szabo said in a written statement to WIZS News.

She said she needs at least 3 to 4 volunteers to help out on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As of Wednesday, there were two volunteers registered for the morning shift (8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and six registered for the full day. She said she needs at least 15 to 20 more volunteers to work to make the event run as smoothly as possible.

Please consider volunteering for this worthy community event. Register at×251

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