List of Upcoming Granville Chamber Events Postponed/Canceled

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~

Upcoming Chamber Events postponed or canceled due to the hurricane forecast:

September 13; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. POSTPONED


Jim Quick and Coastline Band

Downtown Oxford parking lot @ Main and Littlejohn St., Oxford


September 14; 7:45 a.m. CANCELED


125 Juniper Court, Oxford (Turn off  Oxford Loop, between George’s and McDonald’s; go to the back/end of Juniper Court and look for The Help Center signage.)


September 18; 8 a.m. POSTPONED

Chamber Ambassadors’ Meeting

Chamber Boardroom

124 Hillsboro St., Oxford


September 18; 12 p.m. POSTPONED


Chamber Boardroom; 124 Hillsboro St., Oxford


Please call the Chamber office at 919-693-6125 or email with any questions or concerns. Details regarding events that have been postponed will be released when available.

Maria Parham Health Initiates Emergency Response Plan for Florence

-Press Release, Maria Parham Health

Effective immediately, Maria Parham Health has initiated its emergency response plan and is proactively taking steps to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. The facility’s top priority is to continue providing the highest quality care possible while ensuring the safety of patients and their families, employees and providers – especially in a potentially emergent situation.

As part of its emergency response plan, Maria Parham Health is diligently preparing employees and providers to ensure they are well-equipped to serve the community during this critical time of need. Extra staff will be available to accommodate higher patient volumes and to support the transfer of patients to neighboring facilities, as needed. Hospital leaders are working around the clock to ensure that the facility will have the appropriate capacity and supplies to continue caring for patients and supporting staff in the days ahead.

Maria Parham is closely collaborating with the Emergency Management office in North Carolina and Vance County to stay abreast of the latest storm developments, collaborate on appropriate response protocols and provide updates to the community. The facility intends to share regular updates via media alerts, its website and social media platforms regarding potential facility challenges that may impact certain patient care services in the immediate days ahead. The community should be advised that in the event of a widespread power outage, the hospital has the ability to generate its own power, as needed.

At this time, the hospital and its Emergency Department remain open and are fully operational. If you have an appointment scheduled this week with a provider in one of the hospital’s clinics, please call that office directly to confirm if they will be open.

Please be sure to check the hospital’s website at and Facebook page frequently for updates throughout the duration of the storm.

City of Oxford Declares State of Emergency

-Information courtesy Cynthia Bowen, City Clerk, City of Oxford


WHEREAS, in order to prepare for possible flooding and damage as a result of Hurricane Florence; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described disaster, I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property; and

WHEREAS, declaring a State of Emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to secure property.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Oxford under Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes and Chapter 7: Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness of the City of Oxford Code of Ordinances:

Section 1. A State of Emergency is hereby declared within the jurisdiction of the City of Oxford.

Section 2. The emergency area covered by this state of emergency shall be all the area within the Jurisdiction of the City of Oxford.

Section 3. I hereby order all City law enforcement officers and employees and all other emergency management personnel subject to our control to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the provisions of this Declaration, all applicable local ordinances, state and federal laws, and the City of Oxford Emergency Operations Plan.

Section 4. I hereby order this declaration: (a) to be distributed to the news media and other organizations calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public; (b) to be filed with the Clerk to the Oxford Board of Commissioners and (c) to be distributed to others as necessary to ensure proper implementation of this declaration.

Section 5. This declaration shall take effect on September 12, 2018, at 1 p.m. and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.

DECLARED this the 12 Day of September 2018 at 1 p.m.

Jacqueline vdH Sergent, Mayor


Cynthia Bowen, City Clerk

Brian Short H-V Dir Emergency Management 11am 9-12-18


Recorded Live at 11 a.m. on 9-12-18 for presentation here at this time.  Update on local impacts from Hurricane Florence.  This is an audio file only, and can be found also on our Facebook and Twitter Pages.

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City of Henderson Provides Tips to Reduce Flooding Potential

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

Due to the impending hurricane, City crews are doing all they can to reduce flooding and other hazardous situations throughout the City.

During this time, our Public Safety, Public Works and other crews will be receiving a large call volume so please limit your calls to true emergencies. Work will be prioritized according to the greatest need.

YOU can help:

  1. Remove litter that will clog the drainage system
  2. Make sure the storm drains are kept free of debris
  3. Do not leave your garbage and/or recycling containers out at the road or anyplace where they can be blown around. Notification will be made relative to your sanitation pick up.
  4. Make sure any unsecured items that can become airborne or end up in the storm sewer system are either properly secured or brought inside. Do not bring unsafe items inside (e.g. propane tanks). Items that end up in the storm sewer such as basketballs, soccer balls, flower arrangements, etc. can cause blockage and potential flooding.
  5. Please be patient as City crews may be delayed in reaching you due to downed power lines, trees or other issues.


  1. Stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you and emergency services may not be able to reach you.
  2. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.

All Campuses of Vance-Granville Community College Closed Sept. 13-16

-Information courtesy Vance-Granville Community College

Due to the threat of inclement weather, all campuses of Vance-Granville Community College will be closed and all classes and activities are canceled Thursday through Sunday, September 13-16.

Warren Co. Schools Closing TODAY at 12:30

-Information courtesy Warren County Schools

Warren County Schools will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and remain closed until further notice.

Please stay tuned to the district website, social media and local news stations for updates.

Franklin County Schools

Franklin Co. Schools Closed Sept. 13 & 14

-Information courtesy Franklin County Schools

Due to Hurricane Florence, all Franklin County schools are closed Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 for students and staff.

All school-related events, activities and rentals are canceled from Thursday through the weekend.

Additional updates will be sent out as needed. Please continue to monitor the district website, social media and your local news outlets.

Granville County Public Schools

Granville Co. Schools Closed Sept. 13 & 14; Northern Granville Middle Designated as Shelter

-Information courtesy Dr. Stan Winborne, Public Information Officer, Granville County Public Schools

Forecasts for Hurricane Florence continue to show a significant threat to our area in the coming days.  After consultation with Emergency Management officials, we have decided to cancel school for all students and staff for Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14. Also, all after-school activities and athletics have been canceled for Wednesday, September 12.  Our after-school programs will close at 5 p.m.

We realize that the timing and track of the storm may change, but we are making this decision with an abundance of caution, and to allow our families and employees adequate time to prepare for what may come with the storm.

Please know that Granville County Emergency Management has designated Northern Granville Middle School as an official public shelter.  They recommend that this shelter ONLY be used as a last resort.

Granville County Emergency Management staff encourage anyone who feels unsafe to stay in their own residence to seek shelter with friends and family FIRST. If available, and individuals can afford it, they also recommend seeking shelter at a hotel or similar accommodation rather than staying at the public shelter. Due to the magnitude of the storm’s predicted impacts on our state, there are extremely limited resources to support a public shelter and, at best, they can only guarantee a solid roof overhead.

If you have no other alternative but to come to the public shelter, Emergency Management staff recommend that you bring sleeping bags, pillows, clothing, personal medical needs/medications, personal hygiene items, special dietary items, and other personal comfort items for each member of your family that may come to the shelter. Again, they highly recommend sheltering in place, at your own home if you feel it is substantial enough; however, before coming to a public shelter, they encourage you to seek shelter with friends and/or family or, if affordable, in a hotel.

Finally, if you experience power outages, please contact your electric company provider.  Please only call 911 in the case of a true emergency.

We will send any future updates on our school calendar as needed.  Thank you all and we hope you will stay safe in the coming days.

Vance Co. Schools Closed Sept. 13 & 14

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools will be closed on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 for all students and staff members. The schools are operating on a regular schedule today, September 12.

All evening activities at all schools are canceled for today. The Evening Academy will be closed today.

Future announcements about our schools’ schedules will be placed on the school system’s Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as listed on the district website and announced on local television and radio stations.