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Iannuzzi, Oxford Prep Senior, Selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalist

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-Press Release, Oxford Preparatory School

Emily Iannuzzi, a senior at Oxford Preparatory School, has been selected as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. She is the daughter of Chris and Marisol Iannuzzi from Franklinton, NC.

Emily Iannuzzi, a senior at Oxford Preparatory School, has been selected as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. (OPS photo)

Emily plans to major in Materials Engineering and is considering research into orthotic equine device development.

During her time at Oxford Prep, Emily has earned a number of academic distinctions including being named a member of the High Flyers Club, earning the distinction of Marshal, earning membership in Beta Club and named a Director’s list recipient every quarter. Emily is a leader in the Equestrian Club and has been recognized at local, national and state levels. She is an active member of Interact Service Club. She is a talented cross country runner and gourmet cook.

National Merit Finalists are chosen from among Merit Semi-Finalists. Students who earn this distinction have exhibited consistent high performance throughout all high school coursework in every year. They have attained exceptional scores on the nationalized PSAT test.

Students who reach the finalist stage are now eligible for a variety of National Merit and private scholarships only available to this select group of determined students.

Dr. Gregory McKnight Appointed to Vacant Granville BOE Seat

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-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

At a special work session on Monday, February 17, 2020, the Granville County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Greg McKnight to the vacant seat for District 5. This seat became vacant when Mr. Ed Mims resigned in December of 2019.

The Granville County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Greg McKnight to the vacant seat for District 5. (Photo courtesy GCPS)

As directed by Board policy, the vacancy was filled through a selection process, which included the submission of an application, followed by an interview process. Three applicants were interviewed for this seat.

Board Chair Mr. David Richardson commented on the decision to appoint Dr. McKnight, stating, “We are very pleased to have someone with Dr. McKnight’s depth of experience in public education, and passion for educating children. We believe his presence on our Board will be a huge asset.”

Dr. Gregory McKnight’s career in public education spans more than 15 years. Some of his previous roles in the field of education are middle school teacher, elementary principal, and professional development consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In his current role, Dr. McKnight is an Educator Support Specialist for SAS EVAAS.

Dr. McKnight holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from North Carolina Central University, a master’s degree in School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. McKnight and his wife Latisa have a daughter Gabrielle, who is a student at G.C. Hawley Middle School.

Notice of Granville Co. Polling Location, Room Changes for Election Day

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-Information courtesy Granville County Board of Elections

The Granville County Board of Elections announces polling place room and location changes for the upcoming March 3, 2020 Primary and Board of Education Elections. These changes are for Election Day polling places. All affected voters were also mailed cards noting the polling place move and the new location.

NOTICE OF POLLING PLACE ROOM CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY (MARCH 3, 2020)

If your polling place on March 3, 2020 (Election Day) is in one of the following precincts, you will need to vote in a different room.

Election Day Precincts (Room Changes):

Creedmoor Precinct located at Creedmoor Elementary School, 305 East Wilton Avenue, Creedmoor

  • Voting is still in the music room but it is now in the large open area.

Mt. Energy Precinct located at Mt. Energy Elementary School, 2652 NC Hwy 56 East, Creedmoor

  • Voting is now in the Media Center.

West Oxford Elementary Precinct located at 412 Ivey Day Road, Oxford, NC

  • Voting is now in the gym.

NOTICE OF POLLING PLACE LOCATION CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY (MARCH 3, 2020)

Election Day Precincts (At a New Location):

The following precincts have moved to another location and address:

Oak Hill Precinct

Moved from Toler-Oak Hill School located at Toler-Oak Hill School, 8176 Hwy 96 North, Oxford, NC to Camp Oak Hill & Retreat Center located at 1528 Oak Hill Road, Oxford, NC

  • Voting will be in the last room on the right down the sidewalk. There will be a separate entrance for voters to enter and exit.

Salem Precinct

Moved from the Oxford/Henderson Airport located at the Oxford/Henderson Airport, 6514 Airport Road, Oxford, NC to Oxford Preparatory School located at 6041 Landis Road, Oxford, NC

  •  Voting will be in the gym.  There will be a separate entrance from the school on the far right for voters to enter and exit.

Sassafras Fork Precinct

Moved from Sassafras Fork Elementary School located at Stovall-Shaw School, 7696 US Hwy 15 North to Stovall Branch Library located at 300 Main Street, Stovall, NC

  • Voting will be in the conference room.

Tally Ho precinct

Moved from Stem Fire Station located at the Stem Fire Station, 100 Franklin Street, Stem, NC to Granville Central High School located at 2043 Sanders Road, Stem, NC

  • Voting will be in the band room.

Wilton Elementary to Hold Annual Quarter Auction; Business Donations Requested

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-Information courtesy Crystal Beard, Wilton Elementary PTO

Wilton Elementary School’s Annual Quarter Auction will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 6 p.m. Wilton Elementary is part of the Granville County Public Schools system and is located at 2555 NC-96 in Franklinton, NC.

Tickets to enter and bid in the auction are available for $10 in the school office. You will also need quarters to play. Most auctioned items are valued between $10-$100.

Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment such as educational electronics to enhance learning for students.

Wilton Elementary is asking local, state and national businesses to support this event with donations for the auction. Items, services or monetary donations, including gift cards, are welcomed. The school’s PTO is designated as a public charity 501 (c)(3), so donations are tax-deductible.

If you are able to assist or need more information, please email [email protected]

Granville Board of Commissioners to Meet Mon., Feb. 17

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-Information courtesy Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Board, Granville County

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, February 17, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford.

Agenda items include:

Consent Agenda

1. Contingency Summary

2. Budget Amendment #6

3. Minutes

4. Tax Refunds and Releases

5. Register of Deeds Release as Recommended by the Register of Deeds

6. Appoint Inspectors Assigned to School Fire Inspections

Introductions, Recognitions and Presentations

7. Airport Update

Public Comments

8. Public Comments

Finance Matters

9. Audit Fiscal Year 2019 Response

Grant Matters

10. U.S. Tennis Association Grant

11. U.S. Tennis Association Southern Grant

Purchasing

12. Granville Vance Health Department Design Services

13. Granville County Law Enforcement & Detention Center/Animal Shelter Shelving, Filing and Rack Storage

14. Cellsense Plus Unit Purchase

15. Guardian RFID System Upgrade

Appointments

16. Senior Services Advisory Committee

17. Adult Home Care Community Advisory Committee

18. Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

19. Granville County Citizens Advisory Committee for Environmental Affairs

20. Granville County Library System Board of Trustees

21. Animal Control Advisory Committee

22. Human Relations Commission

23. Digital Infrastructure Committee

24. Veterans Affairs Committee

County Manager’s Report

25. Employee Survey Results Charts

26. Board of Elections Emergency Purchase

27. Second Amendment Resolution Consideration

28. Cannady Mill Property

County Attorney’s Report

29. County Attorney’s Report

Presentations by County Board Members

30. Presentations by County Board Members

Any Other Matters

31. Any Other Matters

Closed Session

32. Closed Session as allowed by G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) – Personnel

To view Granville Co. Board of Commissioner meeting agendas and minutes, click here

Granville School Board to Interview District 5 Candidates at Special Meeting

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-Information courtesy Granville County Public Schools

NOTICE TO PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Granville County Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, February 17, 2020, at 5 p.m. at The Mary Potter Center of Education, 200 Taylor Street, Oxford, North Carolina.

The purpose of this meeting is to interview candidates for the District 5 vacancy and to consider the additional agenda items.

To view the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

Mark Your Calendars: Granville Co. Activities Feb. 17 – March 2

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-Information courtesy Granville County Government

Mark your calendars for the following Granville County activities:

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD FOR YOUNG ADULT NOVELS. The Young Adult (YA) Book Club for ages 18 and up will meet at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17. The featured book for discussion is “Everlife” by Gena Showalter. Limited copies of the book are available at the library and can be reserved. Contact Stefani Perry, Adult Services Librarian, at 919-693-1121 for details.

LEARN TO COMPOST with a special program offered on Feb. 19 at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. Teresa Baker, Granville County’s Recycling Coordinator, will be on hand to share information about the benefits of composting to your soil and to the environment. This is a free program and is offered at 1 p.m.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES for a Wildlife Damage and Management Strategies Workshop, to be held Feb. 21 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. This event is presented by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Granville County Center, in conjunction with Franklin County, Vance County and Warren County, with presentations by the US Department of Agriculture and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Reserve your seat by calling 919-603-1350.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS HISTORY will be discussed during a program at the Richard H. Thornton Library on Feb. 24. From 6:30 until 8 p.m., Sallyann Marable Hobson will address the voting history in Granville County and Post Civil War North Carolina. Call 919-693-1121 for details.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE programs are being offered at the Granville County Senior Center, 107 Lanier Street in Oxford. Instructed by the Families Living Violence Free organization, the last of these informative sessions will be held on Feb. 18 from 1 until 2 p.m., with a topic of “Personal Boundaries.” This program is open to the public at no charge. Call Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930 for details.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 2020 CENSUS can be answered in a Feb. 19 program provided by Census Representative Kathy Dunton. Dunton will be available at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at 11 a.m. for a discussion of why the Census is important, how data results are used and other pertinent information about this once-every-decade event. On March 25, Dunton will return to assist anyone needing help completing the questionnaire. Call the Senior Center at 919-693-1930 for details.

AMERICAN MAH-JONGG is a card game that derives from the ancient Chinese and is increasing in popularity. The game of skill (and luck) is being taught by Joyce Martin on Mondays through Feb. 24 at 3:15 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. There is no fee to attend this class. Contact CLL Coordinator Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930 for details. (Limit 8 players).

CRICUT WORKSHOPS  are scheduled through the Granville County Library System as participants (age 18+) learn to make their own leather earrings. Sessions are being held at the Stovall Library (Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.), at the Thornton Library (Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.) and the Berea Branch (Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.) Supplies will be provided and registration is not required. Contact your nearest local library for details.

BARN QUILT PAINTING CLASSES continue through the Creative Lifelong Learning Program. A class taught by Reba McInnis is scheduled for Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center, 107 Lanier Street, in Oxford. Registration is required. Contact Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930 for more details and for a fee schedule.

LOCAL QUILTERS, OR THOSE WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW, can join the Berea Library’s Quilting Club, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Berea Branch, 1211 Hwy 158. For details, call 919-693-1231.

THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR I is a course offered through the Creative Lifelong Learning Program and is offered Mondays through March 2 at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. The instructor is George Robinson, who provides historical information that spans from the Civil War to the firing of the first shots of “The War to End All Wars.” Call 919-693-1930 for more information.

Free Rabies Vaccines to be Offered in Granville County

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-Press Release, Granville County Government

Granville County Animal Control will be offering free rabies vaccines for dogs and cats on Saturday, February 29, 2020. From 9 until 10:30 a.m., residents can bring their pets to Gazebo Park in Butner for one and three-year vaccinations.

North Carolina rabies law (NCGS 130A-185) requires that all owned dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age and that rabies vaccinations be kept current.

On Feb. 29, one-year vaccinations will be available for all dogs and cats over this age requirement. Pet owners must bring proof of prior rabies vaccination to receive the three-year option. Accepted proof of vaccination is the paper certificate provided by the pet’s veterinarian when the shot was administered. A rabies tag will not be accepted as proof.

Granville County Animal Control offers a reminder that all cats must be in a carrier and all dogs must be leashed to receive this free service. Vaccinations will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gazebo Park is located at 416 Central Avenue in Butner. With questions, please contact the Granville County Animal Shelter at 919-693-6749.

Author Discussion Features New Biography of Langston Hughes

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-Press Release, Granville County Government

Dr. W. Jason Miller will be a special guest of the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, as local author discussions continue. The 2 p.m. presentation will provide insight into Miller’s latest novel, a biography of Langston Hughes.

In his most recent work, Miller will discuss how Hughes – the first black author in America to make a living exclusively by writing – inspired an entire generation of writers and activists. Complete with photographs, Miller’s book is one of a series of works that put a renewed focus on the life of this internationally-acclaimed poet. Using unpublished letters and manuscripts, the author will shed more light on how Hughes’ work contributed to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Dr. W. Jason Miller will be a special guest of the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, as local author discussions continue. The 2 p.m. presentation will provide insight into Miller’s latest novel, a biography of Langston Hughes. (Photo courtesy Granville Co. Govt)

Miller’s previous book, “Origins of the Dream: Hughes’ Poetry and the King’s Rhetoric,” describes how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used portions of Hughes’ poetry in his sermons and speeches from 1956 through 1968. The “King’s First Dream” project, a documentary made in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, includes the first-ever recording of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, which had its roots in Rocky Mount, NC – a full eight months before the famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

Other works by Dr. Miller include the book “Langston Hughes and the Lynching Culture,” as well as online projects and magazine articles. A published poet himself, Miller has been featured in several poetry anthologies and collections.

Dr. Miller is a professor of literature at North Carolina State University. His many accomplishments and distinctions include service on the board of N.C. State’s African-American Cultural Center, where he now serves as the inaugural Scholar-In-Residence (2019-2020). A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and of Washington State University, his extensive work on the “King’s First Dream” project, which received coverage worldwide, led to an honorary citizenship bestowed by the City of Rocky Mount in 2017.

This program on Langston Hughes is part of a series of local author discussions scheduled for the Granville County Library System and is part of the library’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information on this and other programs offered by the Granville County Library System, visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/ or call 919-693-1121.

Town Talk 02/11/20: Celebrate ‘New Orleans Style’ at BGC’s Mardi Gras Bash

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Thomas Falgout, interim CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (BGCNCNC) appeared on WIZS Town Talk Tuesday at 11 a.m. The BGCNCNC represents Granville, Vance, Franklin, Warren and Halifax counties.

Falgout invited the public to celebrate “New Orleans style” at the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Bash to benefit the Granville County chapter of the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 6:30 until 10 p.m.

The bash will be held at Thorndale Oaks, 105 W. Quail Ridge Rd in Oxford, and will include dinner, dancing and music by The Retro Band, all in the spirit of Bourbon St.

Tickets for the adult event are available for $65 each, or two for $120, and may be purchased by calling the BGC Office at (919) 690-0036 or visiting the online Event Brite link by clicking here.

Discussing the benefits of the Boys & Girls Club, which serves school-aged children between the ages of 5-18 in after-school and summer programs, Falgout said the outcome for both the participants and the community is tremendous.

“We get one shot to give children the best childhood imaginable,” said Falgout. “It’s not something they get to do over again. The more people that invest in the Boys & Girls Club, the better the childhood and future of these kids.”

Falgout stated that the benefit to the community is proven. “For every dollar invested in the Boys & Girls Club, there’s about $10 in future earnings in your community.”

The North Central NC Boys & Girls Club currently serves approximately 2,300 youth in various programs throughout the year.

To hear the interview with Falgout in its entirety, including more information on the Boys & Girls Club, go to WIZS.com and click on Town Talk.