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Forest Service Annual Tree Seedling Sale Begins July 1

Beginning Thursday, July 1, the N.C. Forest Service will take orders for tree seedlings as part of its annual sale. The nursery and tree improvement program produces millions of quality native and genetically improved seedlings for nearly 50 tree species and understory plants, according to a press release.

“Trees and forests are an important part of addressing water quality, carbon sequestration and climate resiliency concerns,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The nursery and tree improvement program ensures that landowners and other public and private entities have access to native trees and understory plants. “I would encourage anyone interested to buy their seedlings, early,” Troxler said.

Hardwood and conifer seedlings are sold in lots as small as 10 to larger lots of 100, but the nursery also will process larger orders in the hundreds or even thousands.

Genetically improved species of loblolly, long-leaf, short-leaf and white pines are available and new additions include Nordmann and Trojan firs, Canaan fir, Colorado blue spruce and red spruce.

The seedlings will be available for distribution beginning in December and continuing through mid-April.

Visit to find a link to the catalog; phone 1.888.NCTREES or visit to place an order. Printed catalogs are available at all local forest services offices.

Noel Loved Baseball, Talking Local Sports On WIZS

The WIZS family is mourning the loss of one of its own, Ron Noel, who died Wednesday. Noel co-hosted the Tuesday and Thursday sports show with Trey Snide. Thursday’s show was dedicated to Noel, in appreciation for his enthusiasm for local sports, especially in Vance and Granville counties.

Joe Sharrow, Vance County High School athletic director, shared the mic with Snide on today’s program, and the two shared memories about their colleague and friend.

“He was a great man,” Sharrow said. “He was the type of person who wouldn’t want things to stop because of him,” he added.

WIZS colleague Bill Harris called in to the show to remember Noel. “When I would fill in for you on Sports Talk,” Harris told Snide, “I would rely on (Ron’s) wealth of knowledge of local sports to get me through the program.” He could talk about coaches and players on various teams and various sports, Harris said. “I would let Ron go on because he just knew so much.”

Noel loved baseball, but he was interested in, and knowledgeable of, other sports as well.

“He was always prepared,” Snide said. When he’d come into the studio at 12:30 for the 1 p.m. show and the sports news was a little slow, Snide said Noel would simply say “let’s do local.” “That’s what we’re all about,” Snide said, appreciative of the fact that his co-host was always game for talking about what’s going on in the community.

“We love you, we appreciate everything you’ve done for us,” Snide said in remembering his friend and colleague. “We loved your excitement,” he added, saying that Noel listened to the show every single day.

Sharrow said Noel “always had a positive twist on things…he had a long-term vision – you lost this one, but you’re going to be all right down the road,” he said Noel would say after a tough loss.

Whether he was walking into a gymnasium in Vance County or Granville County, or a favorite spot to meet buddies and swap stories – the  Oxford Bojangle’s –  it seemed that Noel greeted friends wherever he went.

“He was ‘the guy,’Sharrow said. “He knew everything that was going on anywhere – in Vance, Granville – it could be anywhere in the state,” he said. He lived in Granville County, but he worked at J.C. Penney in Henderson for many years, so his love for both counties was evident.

John Charles Rose phoned in to express condolences to Ron’s wife, son and extended family on behalf of the radio station. “We thank Ron for the contributions he’s made over the years and for his family sharing him with us,” Rose said via telephone. He said Ron “always came in with a topic to talk about,” and really enjoyed talking about local sports.

Sharrow said the local sports community has lost several important figures recently – Joe Stepusin, Clay Faulkner, and Wilton Baskett.

Baskett was known for being a flashy dresser, and sporting school colors courtside, Sharrow recounted. The yellow coat at Northern Vance, then the green coat at Vance County High School games – Baskett wore them proudly. “He really believed in dressing professionally,” Sharrow said, adding that Baskett told him that he’d never coached a game without a tie on

“Ron was his tailor,” Sharrow said. “Ron is the one who picked those clothes out!”

Snide recalled Noel’s thoughtfulness to others, but especially to him before airtime. He would call up before coming to the radio station and ask if we wanted something for lunch – chicken or hotdogs, usually. “That just goes to show what kind of person Ron was,” he said.

Later today, Noel’s son, Ray, will probably be on the sidelines at Granville Central High School in Stem as the Panthers host East Wake Academy in the second round of the baseball playoffs.

Sharrow said he talked with his friend and GCHS athletic director Wednesday night and the younger Noel said he was going to be there. “He said, ‘this is what my dad would want me to do,’” Sharrow said.

Sharrow and others in the local sports community will be there tonight to support their friend and colleague. “And,” Sharrow said, “I’m absolutely pulling for the Panthers tonight.”

The Local Skinny! May 3 Vaccines At Your Location

How about if the vaccine comes to you?

According to Granville Vance Public Health Director Lisa Harrison in her latest email update, the local health department is shifting strategy away from mass vaccination clinics to in-house and outreach clinics.

Meaning, if you haven’t been vaccinated and don’t want to go to the public health department in Henderson or Oxford, there may be a way the shot comes to you.

Harrison wrote, ” In addition to having vaccines at the health department every day, our teams are going to businesses, farms, fire stations, churches and special events across the two counties to make it easier for people to access vaccine without having to come to us. Kelsey Accordino at the health department is coordinating local outreach events so feel free to reach out if you would like to request an outreach event at an organization you’re affiliated with. Kelsey can be reached by phone at 919-277-1485 or by email at”

Calling the main number at the health department or the vaccine hotline should put you in touch with someone who can make an appointment for vaccine.  In Vance county call 252-492-7915 and in Granville County call 919-693-2141.

The health department continues to receive Moderna as its primary vaccine type.

Harrison wrote, “So… why is demand slowing down so much? We are asking ourselves that as well. It’s natural for us to see a slower uptake of vaccine over time. There are a number of things at play for a number of reasons, but overall, I believe we have made it through the first three stages of an adoption curve. There is a model called the “Diffusion of Innovation” that a professor in communications named Everett Rogers made popular as a theory in his book, Diffusion of Innovations in 1962. This curve can explain how the population takes on any new technology or behavior. It explains well the difference between ‘early adopters’ and those who adopt a new technology or behavior later after they have thought about it more and watched to see how others did with the innovation. This is the case anytime something new comes out. A short video on Youtube provides more about the Diffusion of Innovation theory. I think we are finishing up with the early majority and are going to be working a bit more slowly and deliberately on the late majority in the coming months.”

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New Director named at Camp Oak Hill

Missy Edlin has been involved with Camp Oak Hill in a variety of ways, from camper to counselor to board president. The camp’s board of directors announced last week that Edlin has been named interim executive director, and she couldn’t be happier.

The board unanimously elected Edlin to lead the camp and retreat center, located in northern Granville County. In her new role, Edlin “sets vision and culture, furthers history and traditions, grows leaders, and embraces the need to remain relevant in an ever-changing overnight camp environment,” according to a written statement.

“I am thrilled to serve Camp Oak Hill in this role as executive director, and I look forward to supporting the staff and nurturing the love of Christ in campers’ lives this summer,” Edlin stated. “Camp is a special place to so many and I feel fortunate to be a part of this organization and the families it represents,” she said.

Edlin was introduced to Camp Oak Hill in 1986, her first year as a camper. Through the years, she participated in leadership training, then was a camp counselor and pool manager. Her relationship with the camp continued through her adult life, and most recently, Edlin headed up the fundraising campaign to mark the camp’s 40th anniversary. She has served on the board as vice president and since April 2020, as president.  “I am hopeful for the future of Camp Oak Hill, continuing to build upon the legacy of those who came before me,” she said.

This role is a natural fit for Edlin, who has a long history of ministry to others. She was chaplain for Delta Zeta sorority at UNC-CH, has led Bible study groups for campers and others for women. She has experience leading a a variety of church-based education endeavors, including developing a church-wide curriculum for community groups.

Edlin and her family live in Wake County, where she is active in community and civic activities there, including the Junior League of Raleigh and Step Up Ministries and Avent West Community Outreach. She also has served on annual fundraising campaigns for both the NC Boys & Girls Club and Urban Ministries.

Edlin leaves SoftPro Corporation after 11 years, where she was a training coordinator, implementation specialist and customer care ambassador. She previously had worked as a corporate paralegal and then as director of children’s ministry for Midtown Community Church in Raleigh. “It is a true joy to find my work at Camp (Oak Hill) as a privilege and not just a duty,” she added.

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Noon News 1-19-21 Food Insecurities; Food Drive; ACTS Fundraiser; Leaf Collection

Stories include

– Food insecurities in the area

– local food drives

– Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS) fish fry fundraiser

– City of Henderson leaf collection

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Noon News 1-18-21 MLK Day; Food Drive; Basketball Tournament; Food Giveaway; Hiring Event

Stories include:

– MLK Day

– Food Drive at Perry Library

– 3 on 3 basketball tournament

– Food giveaways/covid testing

– hiring event

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TownTalk 1-18-21: MLK Day of Service, Marcia Allen and Vance Dem Party

Members of the Vance County Democratic Party and other local officials braved cool, breezy conditions Monday to demonstrate servant leadership by collecting non-perishable food items for two agencies.

Marcia Allen, chair of the Vance County Democratic Party, said the group sponsored the event in conjunction with the National Day of Service as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All donated items will be given to Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS) and The Help Center of Vance County, Allen said during Monday’s Town Talk with John C. Rose.

“That’s our goal –   to let our community know that we care,” she said. “We have to care about each other. It doesn’t matter what your affiliation is… as a party, we care about each other, and we want to help as much as we can,” she explained.

These two agencies were chosen, Allen said, because they are receiving a lot of clients at this time. She recently toured the ACTS storage center and noted that “their cupboards are getting a little bare.” ACTS also serves lunch daily. Their efforts to fight food insecurity, as well as those of The Help Center, are worthy recipients of the food drive. “We want to make sure they at least have something on the shelves to share with the community,” Allen said.

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Didn’t make it to drop off a donation of food during the Monday drive? No problem. Allen said donations can be dropped off at Shear Magic, 1224 Dabney Drive and Angela Thornton, first vice-chair of the Vance County Democratic Party, will accept them any day except Monday, when the salon is closed.

Vance Sheriff Curtis Brame participated in the event, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Perry Memorial Library. “It’s a great day,” he said, “and truly an honor to see different organizations, different denominations, people gathering peacefully, as Dr. Martin Luther King wanted us to,” Brame said. The food drive is a great cause, he added, as a way to honor the King legacy.

Henry L. Gupton, Vance County Clerk of Superior Court, agreed. “We don’t mind being in the cold for what we’re doing today,” he said. “Any day is a good day to serve,” Gupton said.

Recalling Dr. King’s message that everyone can be great because everyone can serve, Allen said that the work done to help in the community transcends political parties and other differences.  “If we look at each other as family, then we’re going to be kind, and cordial and helpful toward each other.”

The King holiday has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since its inception in 1986. The slain civil rights leader’s philosophy of peaceful protest and servant leadership remains relevant today, Allen said. “We should have that at the forefront of our being. We are here to serve – to serve each other.” And, she added, she will “still have this servant mentality tomorrow,” even though the holiday has passed.

Allen encouraged other Democrats to become active in the local party, noting that there are openings at the local precinct level. Contact Allen at The local party is planning to host monthly community projects as one way to increase service at the community level, she said.

SportsTalk Coaches Corner Player Of The Week 1-15-21

Trey Snide talks about last nights local high school basketball game between Crossroads Christian and Kerr Vance Academy. Crossroads picked up their first win of the season in that contest. Two players were also named WIZS Players of the Week: Javonte Waverly of Henderson Collegiate and Cameron Stancil of Vance Charter School received the honor for the week of Jan. 15th.

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Noon News 1-15-21 Payroll Protection; Food Drive; Food Insecurities; Shannon Christmas; Mick Mixon

Stories include:

– Payroll Protection is now underway

– Democratic Party holding local food drive

– Food insecurities addressed with food drives-

– Shannon Christmas’ TownTalk appearance

– Mick Mixon on SportsTalk

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