First Baptist Church to Hold ‘Virtual Vespers’ Community Prayer This Evening

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-Information courtesy First Baptist Church

This evening, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 7 p.m., Dr. Ron Cava, senior minister of First Baptist Church in Henderson, will host Virtual Vespers – a Midweek Community Prayer.

This will be held weekly via the online meeting platform, Zoom.

The public is invited to join by following this link You can also join with your telephone by calling (301) 715-8592 and entering meeting ID 904 449 512.

Perry Library Remains Closed; Many Resources Available Online

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-Information courtesy Perry Memorial Library

Although the Perry Memorial Library in downtown Henderson is closed until further notice, the library’s online home page has been updated to better highlight the most important resources for patrons. No overdue fees will be charged while the library is closed.

The library is currently working to give access to Overdrive for StudentAccess patrons and will update the home page with instructions as soon as it is resolved.

Please let the library know if there is something you are having difficulty accessing or something that should be added to the home page.

TownTalk 03/30/2020 (Places You Can Go)

TownTalk for Monday, March 30, 2020

TownTalk airs M-F on WIZS, Henderson at 11 a.m. Listen at 100.1 FM / 1450 AM / streamed live at and with Tunein and on smart connected devices and speakers.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper; Covid-19; Executive Order 121; Where you can go; Stay at Home

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington, message of assurance and request for adherence to Exec Order 121

Vance County Schools meal pickup for the week; One day this week; March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Henderson City Council’s April Meeting Canceled

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

Due to the coronavirus and the Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Roy Cooper, the Henderson City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday,  April 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. has been canceled.

If a meeting is scheduled prior to the regularly scheduled meeting in May, proper notification will be issued.

Vance County Situation Report 3/28/20

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— information from and written entirely by Brian Short, H-V Director of Emergency Operations

Yesterday, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 121, advising North Carolina residents to stay at home in an attempt to reduce the number of individuals being infected with the COVID-19 virus in our state. With the issuance of this order, we have seen an increase in calls with general questions into the Vance County 911 center regarding the order and to what extent individuals are permitted to move around now that it is in place. 911 personnel are not equipped to answer questions of this nature nor is it their responsibility to do so. We are asking residents NOT to call 911 for any general questions pertaining to the Coronavirus. As always 911 is for emergencies only. Calling 911 for general questions and other non emergency reasons could actually delay help for someone with a true emergency.

211 has established a hotline for this purpose and we ask that our citizens contact their local physician or take advantage of the hotline if they have medical related questions. There is a also a toll free Coronavirus hotline manned by trained individuals that can answer questions that you may have. The number is 888-892-1162. You may also visit the NC Department of Health an Human Services website at the following link:

As we move further into the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic please keep in mind this continues to be a very fluid situation and the information provided and included could change at any time. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout the state, nation and in fact the world. We continue to coordinate with Public Health agencies, Maria Parham Health, Department of Social Services, State Emergency Management and our local emergency services response partners. We are communicating several times daily in attempt to gauge their needs and be as proactive in meeting those needs as we can be.

As of the creation of this situation report, Vance County have three (3) positive cases of the Coronavirus in Vance County. All individuals continue to be isolated at home and our local health department is actively conducting contact tracing to determine the level of exposure to others. At this time, we are not implementing any changes to our current response posture nor are we altering our recommendations to the general public.

Testing is ongoing through both Maria Parham Health, our local Health Department and private institutions. There are currently over 1,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in North Carolina and thus far four (4) deaths. Please visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus statistics page at the following link to stay current on the number of cases in our state:

Personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be very scarce as global competition for the same supplies is occurring. Responders and health care providers are being encouraged to reuse PPE, in particular masks as often as possible to ensure that we hold on to our supplies for as long as possible. Once they run out, they could be out for an extended period of time.

We continue to wait for previously submitted requests for PPE and related resources to State EM to be filled and we are hopeful that they will be very soon.

Vance County and the City of Henderson continue to operate under a local State of Emergency. Being under a local state of emergency allows to implement certain emergency protective measures if an when they should become necessary.

The Emergency Operations Center is currently not activated, however our Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the situation across the country and at home on a continuous basis.

The 911 Telecommunicators are asking additional Coronavirus screening questions on all medical related calls and will continue to do so until it is no longer needed. Our Backup 911 center remains prepped and ready to be occupied if needed. This is purely as a precaution.

Mayor Ellington’s Video and Text Reassure; Request Cooperation

In response to Governor Roy Cooper issuing Executive Order No. 121, or you can click here for the full order, Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington is requesting your full cooperation, as seen in the text and recorded video below.

My Fellow Citizens:

As we face these times of uncertainty, we must remember we cannot control what happens, however we can control how we respond and how we react. I want to reassure the residents of Henderson and Vance County that we have taken steps to carry us through these moments. This is a time to stand with one another as we realize our own shared humanity. For we, as a society and a community have been altered with a situation that is out of our control. Unlike a weather event where you can prepare on the severity, the unknown lies before us and I am thankful to live in a place like Henderson, NC. Where we are neighbors, family, friends and co-workers all joined as one. Our team is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of the people, while also being very mindful of the small, local businesses and their employees that are suffering and struggling during this public health crisis. I know the painful steps they have already taken to protect our community.

We look to those that are on the front lines, our Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Providers, and Emergency Personnel. We must adhere to their instruction and the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for aggressive social distancing, sanitary hand washing and especially, stay at home if you are sick and avoid contact with the sick. We regret having to be repetitive but in order to eradicate the Coronavirus these simple common-sense tasks must be carried out with diligence.

Know this, we have the benefit of a strong city and county with good folks living among us, in other events where we were tested, 9/11, the great recession of 2008, we came back quickly, united and bold. We have never shied away from facing hard truths. With perseverance and empathy although we may feel isolated, we shall stand together. We are reminded of the tie that binds us and through our strength and resilience we will overcome this challenge as we grow towards recovery with the promise of tomorrow.

May God Bless Each of You-

Eddie Ellington, Mayor

— video embedded from the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce


Stay in Shape With H-V Rec. & Parks ‘Body Blast’ Virtual Workout

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Program Superintendent

Don’t let the gyms being closed stop you from working out and staying healthy! Join Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks staff on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 10 a.m. for a Facebook Live “Body Blast” workout led by VJ Hunt.

Body Blast is a 45-minute high energy, high impact group circuit training, focusing on all the problem areas.

Please like H-V Rec. and Parks on Facebook (Henderson-Vance) and join us for this free virtual workout!

First Baptist Church to Hold ‘Virtual Vespers’ Midweek Community Prayer

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-Information courtesy First Baptist Church

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 7 p.m., Dr. Ron Cava, senior minister of First Baptist Church in Henderson, will be hosting Virtual Vespers – a Midweek Community Prayer.

This will be held weekly via the online meeting platform, Zoom.

The public is invited to join by following this link You can also join with your telephone by calling (301) 715-8592 and entering meeting ID 904 449 512.

ACTS of Henderson Still Serving Meals; Food & Cleaning Supply Items Needed

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-Information courtesy ACTS of Henderson, NC

ACTS of Henderson is still serving a hot meal each weekday from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Meals are being served ‘walk-thru style’ in take-out trays outside in the parking lot.

ACTS Food Pantry remains open for eligible individuals and is continuing to deliver Mobile Meals to existing clients. BackPack Buddies has stopped temporarily due to school closure. Food donations are accepted weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

ACTS is located at 201 South William Street in Henderson, NC.

Food Pantry Needs:

* Canned fruit (all kinds) 

* Canned diced potatoes 

* Pork & beans 

* Baked beans 

* Diced tomatoes 

* Canned meats (chicken, tuna, salmon, chicken & dumplings, beef stew, etc.; pop-top preferable)

* Jelly 

* Canned mixed vegetables 

* Powdered milk (boxes with pouches) 

* Canned carrots 

* Canned tomato soup

* Jiffy corn muffin mix

* Flour (1-2 lb. bags) 

* Boxes of crackers (with sleeves—like Ritz or Saltines) 

* Dry cereal 

* Canned spaghetti sauce 

* Canned beans (like great northern, pinto, navy, black-eyed peas) 

* Canned tomato sauce 

* Boxed ‘Helper’ mixes (like Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna)

* Canned tomato-based soups 

* Packaged cookies 

* Instant mashed potatoes

Soup Kitchen & Cleaning Supplies Needs:

* Paper towels

* All-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach (From The Dollar Tree)

* Styrofoam take-out trays with lids

* Dawn dishwashing liquid 

* Canned cream of chicken soup

* Canned cream of mushroom soup 

* Dry pasta

* Gallon cans of string beans 

* Brown sugar

* Gallon cans of corn 

* Ketchup

* Gallon cans of green peas 

Spring Street Missionary Baptist to Offer Community Free Food, Clothing

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-Information courtesy Pinky Davis-Boyd, Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church

On Friday, March 27, 2020, from the hours of 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church will provide free food and clothing to the community in the church parking lot.

The church is located at 511 Orange Street in Henderson.