West End Community Watch Hears on Importance of CPR Training

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-Notes courtesy Claire Catherwood, West End Community Watch

Jim Gunderson was the speaker for the West End Community Watch meeting held on January 21. Gunderson is employed by DAN (Divers Alert Network), located in Durham, where he is a First Aid and CPR trainer. Jim spoke about “The Necessity of First Aid and CPR Training.”

Gunderson presented a scenario to consider… you go out of your house briefly and return to find your spouse unconscious on the floor. What should you do?  First, you should call 911, of course, but you need to do more than that if the person is to survive. The question was, “Do you know what to do?”

Some sobering statistics were reported. Seventy percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home. Once the heart stops, the human brain will be dead within 3 to 4 minutes. EMS usually takes 15 minutes or more to arrive.  Stroke victims must be treated within one hour. A person bleeding from the carotid artery (in the neck) will survive only 1 or 2 minutes without treatment.

Few people are adequately trained for an emergency event. CPR training creates the confidence needed to be willing to help and increases the odds of survival.

First Aid and CPR training are available through the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and some health departments. Gunderson offers courses to the public through DAN. Online courses are not recommended because hands-on training is necessary.

The usual fee for training is $30 to $40. Training needs to be renewed every 2 years. The bottom line is that everyone should receive training!

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Southern Gospel’s Triumphant Quartet Coming to South Henderson Pentecostal

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-Information courtesy Mary Helen Mustian, South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church

An evening with Triumphant Quartet, Southern Gospel’s #1 male quartet, is coming to South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, 905 Americal Rd., Henderson, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free; a love offering will be taken. You do not want to miss this concert!

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Work Completed on Bennett H. Perry/Corbitt Museum Porch

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In the words of Kenneth Stegall, Corbitt Preservation Association member:

Just an update on the porch work at the Bennett H. Perry/Corbitt Museum. The job was just completed and, of course, we have an overrun due to damage underneath the porch.

The original project estimate was $6,000. With all the damage and rot under the porch, the total is now at $8,402.76. We received a grant for $6,855, plus we had a surplus from last year still available in the maintenance account for the museum. However, we need to make this up somehow, hopefully through some donations to the project.

The Corbitt Preservation Association will have a Spring Fling on April 25 this year to help with the cost. It would be nice to put some money back into the maintenance account since it is now depleted. What I am asking for is to try and cover the $549.09 that we had to take out of our general fund.

The museum is really a shining star in Henderson and for us as an association. Your help is greatly appreciated in this matter.

Donations may be mailed to:
Corbitt Preservation Association (CPA)
PO Box 74

Henderson, NC 27536

Photos courtesy Kenneth Stegall/Corbitt Preservation Association:

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Volunteers Gather on ‘Coldest Morning of 2020’ for Smoke Detector Campaign


Community leaders, first responders and volunteers gathered at the Henderson Fire Department this morning for the day’s kickoff of Vance County’s “Sound the Alarm” event, an in-home smoke detector and fire safety inspection campaign sponsored by the American Red Cross.

During the first half of the day, volunteers visited homeowners in the county who made previous appointments for an inspection. The focus then shifted to the City of Henderson residents who had not previously been visited by the Henderson Fire Department during its 2019-2020 smoke detector campaign.

Participants included local fire departments, churches, Henderson Collegiate representatives, Red Cross volunteers, NC Central University students and community volunteers.

Thanking the volunteers for coming out on “the coldest morning so far in 2020,” American Red Cross Executive Director Vicki LaBelle expressed her appreciation for those willing to serve others.

“I appreciate y’all being here to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day of service to help keep folks in the Henderson area and Vance County safe and to help us prevent and reduce the injuries and deaths related to home fires,” LaBelle said.

LaBelle further thanked participating fire departments who work with the American Cross year-round to keep families safe from fires and provided for in the case of an emergency. Fire stations participating in the event included the Henderson Fire Department, Cokesbury, Drewry, Hicksboro, Watkins, Epsom, Townsville and the Vance County Fire Department.

LaBelle also thanked Chick-fil-A of Henderson for supporting the cause by donating lunch for all volunteers.

Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell also addressed the crowd gathered at the station: “I can’t express enough how important it is for every home to have an operating smoke alarm; statistics show that it saves lives,” he said.

Gordon Wilder, chair of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, praised the high turnout for the day of service and reminded the crowd of the important role first responders play in the overall health and safety of a community. “I want our citizens to know how important our first responders – our firefighters, volunteer firefighters, EMS and others – are and how important they are to this county,” Wilder said. “We appreciate you.”

Those interested in having their home inspected can make an appointment with the fire department or can request a fire alarm through the American Red Cross by visiting

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Cameron Evans Turned Himself In 1-17-2020

— press release courtesy Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Cameron Evans of 194 Dixie Drive, Kittrell, North Carolina, 27544, turned himself into the Vance County Sheriff Office and was served several warrants for three counts robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of second degree kidnapping, five counts of assault by pointing a gun.

These incidents occurred in Alamance, Davie, Pitt and Wake counties.  The robberies occurred between December 6, 2019 and January 8, 2020, which included four financial institutions.  The four financial institutions were Branch Banking & Trust (2), Wells Fargo and Sun Trust bank.

Evans was placed in the Vance County Detention Center under a $500.000.00 bond.