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Vance Commissioners Vote 4-3 To Remove Confederate Statue

In a special called meeting of the Vance County Commissioners Tuesday, June 30, a motion was made and voted on 4-3 to remove, store and preserve a Confederate statue located in front of the County Administration Building.

County Manager Jordan McMillen told WIZS News by email, “The board voted 4-3 this evening to remove, store and preserve the statue and monument.”

The Chairman of the Vance County Commissioners, Gordon Wilder, told WIZS News by phone the removal was being done for safety reasons.

Wilder said, “That is very simply how the motion went.”

Carolyn Faines, Yolanda J. Feimster, Leo Kelly, Jr. and Archie B. Taylor, Jr. voted in favor of the motion. Dan Brummitt, Tommy Hester and Wilder voted against the motion. The motion carried, and the Confederate memorial will be taken down at an undisclosed time.

Apparently there were credible threats for the forcible removal of the statue. Wilder said, “Any attempt by any group to take it down unprofessionally would be a safety issue and so therefore it was found by the board to be unsafe, and so there was a motion to take it down.”

For similar reasons of safety, it remains undisclosed and will remain undisclosed as to the time and date the statue and monument will be taken down and removed.

Wilder said, of himself and Brummitt and Hester, “We did not want to break the law. The letter of the law says it cannot be removed.”

NCGS 100-2.1. Protection of monuments, memorials, and works of art. Part (a) reads, “Approval Required. – Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the State may not be removed, relocated, or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission.” Part (b) and (c) list limitations on removal and exceptions respectively. You can click the NCGS above or anywhere here in this paragraph to see the full statute.

The monument and statue are owned by Vance County, and the monument and statue sit on Vance County owned property.


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Kerr Lake Regional Water Plant Reports Manganese Outbreak, Says Water is Safe

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-Press Release, City of Henderson

The Kerr Lake Regional Water Plant had a Manganese outbreak from the lake that was more than the current treatment process could control.

The outbreak has cleared at the plant, but some customers may see dingy water depending on the usage in their area. The water is safe to use.

If you have questions, please call Christy M. Lipscomb, Director/ORC Kerr Lake Regional Water Plant at (252) 438-2141 or email

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Henderson Police Department Addresses Public Face Covering Requirement

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In response to the announcement earlier this week that NC’s Safer at Home Phase 2 will be extended for three more weeks, and face coverings are now required in public places, the Henderson Police Department addressed local enforcement of the order via Facebook.

HPD’s statement reads:

“As always, I strongly encourage everyone to take safeguards to protect themselves, their families, friends, neighbors, and all others. As of 5 p.m. today (Friday, June 26, 2020) EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 takes effect. I urge everyone to read EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 (click here) for its content and in its entirety.

There are no provisions to charge a person for simply failing to wear a face covering in public. The enforcement section of this document only pertains to varying businesses, certain government, and transportation settings. Violations under this order can be issued only to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the face covering requirement.

Law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the “face covering” requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers, or patrons. The “Exceptions” section of the order makes it difficult to enforce the face covering requirements of the Governor’s order based on the way the order is worded and the numerous exceptions listed.

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Town Talk 06/24/20: Tem Blackburn Discusses Historical Importance of Henderson Family


George Templeton “Tem” Blackburn II, local historian, appeared on WIZS Town Talk Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Blackburn discussed the important role Richard Henderson, a member of one of the first families to settle in the Henderson area, played in the expansion of the American West.

While officially chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1841, the city, named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, son of Richard Henderson, was home to the Henderson family approximately one hundred years prior.

Unlike many areas of the country that experienced settlement from east to west, Blackburn explained the local area had a principal settlement pattern of north to south.

The Henderson family, including a young Richard, was the first among several planter families that relocated from the area near Richmond, VA in the 1740s, according to Blackburn. Other families, including the Bullocks and Williams, soon followed suit.

Richard Henderson, whose father Samuel was the first sheriff of Granville County, became a lawyer with an interest in opening the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Blackburn said Richard Henderson, with ties to pioneer Daniel Boone, ultimately gained the approval of the Cherokee Nation for a settlement through the Cumberland Gap into what is now Kentucky and Northern Tennessee.

While no major battles were fought in NC during the American Revolutionary or Civil War, and no prominent generals originated from the state, Blackburn said the local connection to the westward expansion of the country is of great historical significance.

“Before the Revolution, there was the opening of the American West,” Blackburn stated. “Richard Henderson played a key role in that. That gives our area a claim to say we are connected with the most significant event in NC history, which is tied to the larger history of the nation.”

To hear the interview with Blackburn in its entirety, including other historical facts, go to and click on Town Talk.

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Henderson Public Safety Committee to Discuss Mask Wearing – June 25

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-Information courtesy Esther J. McCrackin, City Clerk, City of Henderson, NC

The Henderson City Council’s Public Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss: 1) wearing masks; 2) parking issues; 3) fireworks and 4) street signage.

This meeting will be available via Zoom and the public is welcome to observe. Information regarding how to join the meeting will be posted on the City’s website (click here) no later than 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

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City of Henderson: Action Required on Delinquent Water, Sewer Accounts

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-Press Release, City of Henderson

The Impact of Executive Orders 124/142 on Your City of Henderson Utility Account

Effective March 31, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order (EO) 124. Governor Cooper issued EO 142 that became effective on May 30, 2020. These Executive Orders state that the City is unable to disconnect water and sewer service for late payments incurred from March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020.

Below is a summary of these provisions and how it affects your utility account.

Suspension of Disconnections:

  • As of March 31, 2020, EO 124 suspended disconnections for non-payment. (As of March 17, 2020, the City suspended disconnections for non-payment.)
  • The disconnection suspension continues through July 29, 2020.
  • The suspension applies to accounts that incur delinquencies beginning March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020.
  • The City may disconnect services for any reason other than stated above.
  • After July 29, 2020, the City will resume disconnections according to normal policies with one exception:
    • According to the Executive Order, local governments may not terminate service to residential customers who incur a delinquency from March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020, who are complying with the terms of a payment plan.

Suspensions of Late Penalties:

  • The City may not apply late penalties for delinquent payments of regular charges on residential accounts that are due from March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020.
  • The City may charge late penalties on accounts that became delinquent prior to March 31, 2020.

Payment Plan Mandates:

  1. The City is required to offer residential customers who incur a delinquency from March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020, the option to participate in a payment plan that extends payments up to six (6) months after July 29. The payment plan will divide the delinquent balance due into multiple installment payments instead of mandating a payment in a lump sum. The current bill amounts over the six month period will be included in the payment plan.
  2. The City has set a strict deadline of August 31, 2020, in which payment plans must be made for these past due balances. Please contact the Customer Service Department at 252-430-5700 to make an appointment.
  3. If you DO NOT create a payment plan by 5 p.m. on August 31, 2020, you will be required to pay the TOTAL past due balance incurred between March 31, 2020, through July 29, 2020, in full by 5 p.m. on January 25, 2021, in order not to have services disconnected.  

Services will be disconnected without exception if you do not take one of the steps above within the time frame set above.

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Henderson’s Sewer System Bypasses Half a Million Gallons of Untreated Water

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-Press Release, City of Henderson

The City of Henderson’s Sewer Collection System bypassed approximately 243,000 gallons of untreated water on June 17, 2020, due to inflow/infiltration from the heavy rain.

The overflow occurred at Neatherly St, E Rockspring St, the intersection of Pinkston St and Farrar Ave., Pinkston St. (Green Acres outfall), Alexander Ave., Willow Ln., 1812 BrookRun, 409 Harriett St., and Bridgers St.

Approximately 243,000 gallons of untreated water entered a tributary to Sandy Creek and Redbud Creek. Approximately  21,000 gallons were contained on the ground.


The City of Henderson’s Sewer Collection System bypassed approximately 255,750 gallons of untreated water on June 16-17, 2020, due to inflow/infiltration from the heavy rain.

The overflow occurred at 51 Vance Academy Road, 1646 W. Andrews Avenue, 1416 Rock Mill Road and 482 Rock Mill Road.

Approximately 11,250 gallons of untreated water entered a tributary to Sandy Creek, approximately 55,500 gallons entered Sandy Creek, 39,000 gallons entered Nutbush Creek and approximately 150,000 gallons were released into RedBud Creek.

North Carolina General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.1c requires a press release for all bypasses of 1,000 gallons or more that enter surface waters.

Questions concerning this matter should be directed to the Public Works ORC Joey Long Jr at (252) 226-4492 or Andy Perkinson at (252) 431-6117.