The Local Skinny! April 15; Small Biz Summit on Agriculture

VGCC to hold Small Business Summit focused on Agriculture

Vance-Granville Community College will present the 9th Annual Small Business Summit, entitled “Ag Alternatives & Legacy Farms,” on Thursday, May 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This event will provide attendees with a day of agriculture education and information sharing, including discussions of niche farming, agritourism and farm modernization, led by a diverse group of successful farmers and business owners. Attendees will also learn about agriculture-related grants and financing options.

The event will be held outside, at Seven Springs Farms and Vineyards (332 Axtell Ridgeway Road, Norlina, NC), and all CDC-recommended social distancing and mask protocols will be followed.

Attendance is free of charge to the first 50 people to register. Lunch is included with registration and will be provided by The Meat Up Spot, a regional food truck (a vegetarian option will be available).

“Agriculture is an important part of our local economy, with many of our small businesses being involved in food and farming, so we are excited to focus on this sector,” said Tanya S. Weary, VGCC’s Dean of Business & Industry Solutions.

Derrick Jackson of Grass Grazed Farm in Durham will serve as the keynote speaker, discussing “A New Farming Model.” Jackson and his wife, Paige, operate a 60-acre farm, where they focus on sustainable pastured livestock, ethical practices and regenerative agriculture.

Other sessions include a panel on “High Tunnel Production,” led by N.C. Cooperative Extension including Dean’s Greens Farm, Rocky Ridge Farms and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; “Land of Opportunity: Heir Property, Startups, and Finding Your Niche” with Patrick Brown of Brown Family Farms/Hempfinity; a session on “Agritourism, Partnerships and Building Community,” featuring Seven Springs Farms & Vineyards and Lake Gaston Outfitters; and a presentation on “Finding Resources: Cost-Share, Grants, and Financing Your Agribusiness.”

The event is hosted by the VGCC Small Business Center, with co-sponsors including Warren County Economic Development, The Meat Up Spot, Sweet Delights, Grass Grazed, and Seven Springs Farms & Vineyards.

The deadline to register is May 10. For more information, contact Small Business Center Director Sheri Jones at

Register Here —

(This text above is a VGCC Press Release.)

Audio of The Local Skinny! for 4-15-21

The Local Skinny! April 14; Home and Garden Show

WIZS, Your Community Voice.  Thank you for listening!

The Local Skinny! each Wednesday on WIZS is the Vance County Cooperative Extension Service Home and Garden Show.


The Local Skinny! April 13: Jobs In Vance

Jobs In Vance – Week of April 13, 2021

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce compiles the job listings each week and, in partnership with WIZS, provides the information for publication here and on the radio.

Charles Boyd Chevrolet
Charles Boyd Chevrolet is in immediate need for Sales Consultants and Automotive Technicians.
Go by the dealership to pick up an application, 250 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson. (252) 492-6161
Contact: Brian Boyd

Legacy Human Services, Inc. is currently recruiting for part-time Direct Support Professionals (DSP) for our group homes which are 24-hour residential facilities serving adults with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren Counties. These positions are for every other weekend and require sleepover. The DSP provides the “front line” services to individuals in the home including training in self-care skills, community/public skills activities of daily living, behavior management, and other programs/guidelines devised by the treatment team. If you are interested, please come by our office at 626 S. Garnett Street in Henderson for an application or call 252-492-8699 ext. 204.

Select Products on Ruin Creek Road in Henderson has an open position for a Fork Truck Driver. Apply through NC Works – 857 South Beckford Drive, Suite G, Henderson, NC 27536 or call 252-438-6219.

Benchmark Community Bank in Henderson has an opening for a Customer Service Representative. Apply through NC Works – 857 South Beckford Drive, Suite G, Henderson, NC 27536 or call 252-438-6219.

Variety Wholesalers, Corporate Office on Garnett Street in Henderson has an open position for Marketing Content Specialist. Applicant will need marketing expertise, creativity and social media/digital skills to create high quality, fun and engaging content promoting a wide selection of products. . The ideal candidate will have a dash of photography and video skills, be comfortable interacting with all levels of team members while being self-motivated and brutally efficient with your time and resources. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, work hard and have fun…you’re the one. If interested call Patricia Overton in the Variety Wholesalers Human Resource Office at 252-430-2042 or email


Green Rural Redevelopment (GRRO)

Shiloh Vaccination Clinic New Date Apr 16

On Friday, April 16, 2021, Shiloh Baptist Church is hosting a Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic with free food and PPE distributions. The community is invited to come get their vaccines from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 635 S. College Street in Henderson. The vaccine clinic will be conducted through drive-up or walk-up service, with minimal or no-contact.

Green Rural Redevelopment has expanded their commitment to the health and wellbeing of rural North Carolinians with the new Wellness on Wheels Mobile Medical Clinic. The 33-foot mobile clinic will be at the Shiloh Baptist Church parking lot on Friday with a team of professionals who will provide COVID testing and vaccinations. As a “thank you” for making a great health decision, GRRO’s Community Health Workers will distribute groceries and PPE to people who get vaccinated.

Shiloh Baptist Church is pleased to be part of a great collaboration with GRRO, Groundwater Solutions, Inc. and Genesis Project1 to provide the Henderson community with another opportunity to get tested and vaccinated.

Remember, the vaccine is your best defense against Coronavirus. Protect yourself and those you love by getting the shot. You have the spot to get the shot.

— press release provided by GRRO

The Local Skinny! Broadcast Audio 4-12-21


37th Annual VGCC Golf Tourney May 3 and 4

Vance-Granville Community College’s 37th annual golf tournament is less than one month away, and VGCC Foundation Executive Director Eddie Ferguson said the event is shaping up to be the most successful ever.

There’s a wait list for golfers, and more than 70 sponsors have signed on so far, Ferguson said on Thursday’s segment of The Local Skinny.

He said the tournament has pledges of about $131,000. Last year’s tournament netted about $110,000. There are still plenty of opportunities to sponsor – $500 to be a greens sponsor and $150 to sponsor a tee box. Each of these sponsorships includes signage with the sponsor’s name, logo and phone number, Ferguson said.

This year’s tournament will be held at Henderson Country Club over two afternoons – Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4. Proceeds are used to help students not only with tuition and books, but with other emergency needs that arise as well.

The tournament consistently brings in at least $100,000 that can be given “directly to students with these different needs and other initiatives of the community college,” Ferguson said. The support over the years from the community and the success of the tournament year after year is “a testament to the community and how they perceive and recognize and value the community college,” he said.

Employers in the four counties that VGCC serves rely on the college for future employees, as well as workforce training and other points associated with economic development. “Honestly, the biggest thing is that the community appreciates what the community college does,” Ferguson said.

Other sponsors include:

Title Sponsor – Gupton’s Services

Afternoon Round Sponsors – Altec and Killian Engineering

Health care Sponsor – Granville Health System

Scoreboard Sponsor – Rose Oil

Car Sponsor – Charles Boyd Chevrolet

Pharmacy Sponsor – Mast Drug.

Driving Range Sponsor – Wester Insurance

Soft Drink Sponsor – Durham Coca-Cola

Contact Ferguson at or 252.738.3264.


The Local Skinny! April 7; Home And Garden Show

Wayne Rowland and Paul McKenzie of the Vance Co. Agriucultural Extension Service offer home and garden tips.

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Jobs in Vance Update Mar 6; The Local Skinny!


The following information was compiled by the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and is presented here as a public service.


Lowe’s Home Improvement has openings for Customer Service positions.  Contact Eric Kitchen, Lowes Manager at (252) 436-0050.


The Henderson Family YMCA

Actively recruiting for the following positions:

Aquatics Director:   Seeking responsible, engaging and determined candidate to join our Aquatics team in providing a safe environment for our swimming members and participants. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.  Minimum age of 21. Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, Recreation, or other related field or related experience is preferred. Experience in aquatics management, leadership, motivation, public relations and staff supervision. Previous experience in water safety, swim instruction and pool management helpful.

Nursery Attendant:  Part time position for drop-in childcare.  Promote a nurturing, caring, and professional atmosphere by providing excellent childcare and exemplifying our YMCA values. Enthusiastically greet parents and their children as they arrive. Provide courteous and efficient service, communicate with parents, and supervise a group of children in a nursery setting.

Member Services:  Part time position for Front Desk.  Staff is responsible for welcoming members and guests into the facility, for answering and transferring calls, and for communicating policy and program information. The individual must be able to provide exceptional customer service with a positive and welcoming attitude by helping multiple people at one time, uphold standards and policies and handle situations that require conflict resolution.  Minimum requirements: Age 18; basic math and reading skills; computer skills; phone skills and accountability with money.


Select Products in Vance County

Type of Employment:

    • Full Time day shift 6:00am-6:00pm Monday – Thursday
    • Full Time second shift 6:00pm-6:00am Monday – Thursday
    • Full Time third shift 6:00am-6:30pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday includes a four-hour bonus if 36-hour shift is completed.

Hiring for:

Production Packing Employees

Fork Truck Operator Employees

Machine Operator Employees


Call NC Works to apply and for details about each position; 252-438-6129

Brewer Cycles

Job openings:

Service Technician

Service Writer


Set Up/Assembly person

Stop by Brewer Cycles on 420 Warrenton Road, Henderson to fill out an application.

Granville-Vance Public Health Department

Job Opening for a Processing Assistant III

Contact NC Works office to apply:  857 S Beckford Drive, Suite G, Henderson, NC  or call 252-438-6129

Benchmark Bank

Job Opening for a Relationship Teller position.

Contact NC Works office to apply:  857 S Beckford Drive, Suite G, Henderson, NC  or call 252-438-6129

Fred’s Towing and Transport

Job Opening for a Second Shift Dispatcher – 5 pm – 11 pm during the week, and every other weekend 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday.  Some light office work included (answering phones and dispatching calls).  Apply in person to Karrie Fogg, owner, at Fred’s Towing, 340 Industry Drive in Henderson during the week, M-F, 8 am – 5 pm.



The Local Skinny March 31; Home And Garden Show

Wayne Rowland and Paul McKenzie of the Vance County Agricultural Extension Service provide gardening tips.

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The Local Skinny! March 30; Speed A Little, Lose A Lot

— information from NCDOT press release

Education Leaders Drive Home Safe Driving Message
‘Speed A Little. Lose A Lot’ Enforcement Underway Across North Carolina

State education leaders are teaming up with the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program (NCGHSP) to help sound the alarm about speeding, one of the leading causes of death in children and a major cause of death for young adults.

“Speeding repeatedly tops the list of the central causes of preventable roadway deaths, especially among young adults,” said Mark Ezzell, NCGHSP Director.

Until April 4th, the ‘Speed A Little. Lose A Lot.’ campaign will feature increased law enforcement patrols from agencies across the state working to prevent speeding.

From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020, Granville County saw 23 speed-related crash fatalities.  The number in Franklin County was 22.  Warren County had six.  Vance County suffered four.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average more than 9,000 lives are lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes every year.

Sadly in North Carolina those numbers have been increasing.

By the numbers:


  • A report released today by NCDOT data analysts (full report attached) indicate that from 2019 to 2020 there was an 11 percent increase in speed related crash fatalities.
  • Young people ages 20-29 are most at risk.
  • From 2016 to 2020, males made up 75 percent of these fatalities.
  • In 2020 alone there were 416 speed-related deaths and 18,332 speed-related crashes.
  • Speeding was a contributing factor in 25 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • 91 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roads; the remainder were on interstates.
  • From 2016 to 2020, the majority, 27 percent, of speed related crash fatalities occurred in these counties:
  • Mecklenburg,
  • Wake,
  • Guilford,
  • Cumberland and
  • Robeson.


  • A crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph, and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.
  • Between midnight and 3 a.m., 68 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.

NCGHSP is sharing a series of online videos: (elementary) (middle) (high school) (young adult) with educational institutions to use inside and outside of the classroom, as a tool to bring awareness to this issue and ultimately save lives.

“We’re teaching young people to seek higher education opportunities that will offer them job stability, career satisfaction and financial gain, but collectively we as a society need to help guide the behaviors that will help them live a healthy and safe life,” said North Carolina Community College President Thomas Stith III.

“Drivers must remember that our cars carry our most precious cargo – our children and our family members. Slowing down saves lives. We all must do better by paying attention to the speed limits,” said NC Parent Teacher Association President Harold C. Dixon.

“These numbers reveal that so many are in danger on a daily basis, especially our young people,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “As educators, we want to spread this safety message to university students, so that they may thrive and live productive lives.”

“We truly hope sharing these safe driving messages with parents, teachers and students alike will help curb the violent roadway trends that are claiming thousands of lives,” said Catherine Truitt, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“Even one life lost to speeding is one too many. That’s why this series of videos, partnerships with education leaders and increased law enforcement presence is so important,” said Ezzell.

AAA Carolina’s shares these tips for encountering speeders on the roadway.

Transportation officials ask that you too share safe driving messages on social media using the hashtags #SpeedALittleLoseALot and follow @NCGHSP on Facebook and @NC_GHSP on Twitter and Instagram to help shift the culture of speeding.



The Local Skinny March 29; Tracy Madigan New HVDDC Dir

Tracy Madigan, presently the manager of the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, has accepted a new position effective April 1. She will be the new director of the Henderson-Vance County Downtown Development Commission (DDC). Madigan confirmed the move in a text late last week saying, “I accepted the position as DDD. I have agreed to continue running the market through May — it’s only open on Saturdays — or until they hire a replacement, whichever comes first. Very hard decision; I love our farmers market!”

City Manager Terrell Blackmon confirmed the hire last week while discussing the passing of Dr. Stephen Pearson, who died Thursday at the age of 57. Pearson was at the time of his death the chairman of the DDC board of directors. Blackmon said, “She will be a City employee beginning April 1, 2021. She will be the City’s Downtown Development Director. … She will manage the City’s Main Street Program. She is replacing our previous Director Kathy Walters.”

Blackmon said one of Pearson’s “last acts as DDC Chair in recent weeks was serving on the interview panel for the hiring of the City’s new Downtown Director Tracy Madigan. His passion for Downtown Henderson was unmatched and he will truly be missed by the Henderson community.”

Paul McKenzie, agricultural area agent with Vance County Cooperative extension and immediate supervisor to Madigan, said, “We are incredibly grateful for everything Tracy has done for the market. She is a big part of the reason that the market is as successful as it’s been. Her dedication, her disposition, her demeanor, her professionalism, her creativity, I mean the list goes on and on and on. I mean, she’s the face of the market. We’re very very thrilled that she’s got this new position that she’s clearly very excited about and where she’ll be able to continue making a great contribution that uses her talents to the community.”

According to what Blackmon said, it’s the private industry experience, managing the farmers market and knowledge of the Henderson community that make Madigan a great fit for downtown. He said those are big pluses. “Farmers are also entrepreneurs/small business owners, therefore Tracy already has considerable knowledge in the marketing, retention and expansion of small businesses,” Blackmon said.

McKenzie said, “In a way, we haven’t even lost her because she’s still going to be a champion of the community and a champion of the farmers market.”

He said he was confident of finding a new manager to build on the past and present successes of the market. McKenzie felt like a smooth transition would be forthcoming.

Others are ready to help with a smooth transition for Madigan as well. “The NC Main Street program staff are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to assist with any additional training and technical assistance that Tracy will need to perform her job to the best of her ability,” Blackmon said.

He said, “When recruiting for the position, I certainly leaned on the Chamber Commerce along with other groups and individuals in the community to assist the City with identifying viable candidates to fill the position. There was some interest outside of Henderson, but most of our candidates were local, as well as, our finalists.”