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Reminder: Granville’s First ‘Alive After Five’ of 2019 Set for May 23

— Information courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~ [email protected]

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s 16th year of Alive After Five events will begin Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. in Oxford’s downtown parking lot at Littlejohn and Gilliam Streets.

This year’s entertainers will be a band which began in 1958, 61 years ago, the incredible Embers featuring Craig Woolard.

The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and continue to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism.  Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. They have traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable, from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties.

The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special “Christmas with the Embers” on American Military Bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. They were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.

The Embers are widely considered a musical marvel and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as “Beach Music” in the Carolinas, Virginias, the Gulf Coast region of North America and every beach in between. They are a true musical tradition that many Americans have listened to from childhood to adulthood. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.

Today, touring is commonplace for The Embers, who regularly boast an average of 225 shows per year. They also embark on a cruise each year for their friends and fans to various locations throughout the Caribbean. And don’t miss their Christmas shows – perfect to get you in the mood for the holiday season!

The Embers are truly one of the finest entertainment experiences of our lifetime. Come to their show on May 23, and they will put JOY in your step, LOVE in your heart and BEACH MUSIC in your soul!”

Additional Alive After Five events include:

Thursday, August 15, THE ATTRACTIONS Band will be entertainers for the second concert in Creedmoor in the VanNess Chevrolet parking lot, 107 West Lyon Street, Creedmoor.

Completing the season will be Jim Quick and Coastline Band in Oxford on Thursday, September 12.

Granville Co. Commissioners, Staff Leaders Participate in County Assembly Day

-Press Release, Granville County Government

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) hosted County Assembly Day in Raleigh on May 8, 2019, with Granville County Commissioners Zelodis Jay (Chairman), Tim Karan and Sue Hinman, as well as County Manager Michael Felts and Emergency Services Director Doug Logan, in attendance. This annual meeting offers opportunities for county commissioners and attending county officials to hear from state leaders and discuss issues that impact their communities.

This year’s event focused on two top legislative priorities for counties – expanding broadband access and investing in public school facilities. Following the morning program, commissioners visited legislative offices to advocate on behalf of their counties. The Granville County delegation had meetings with Representative Larry Yarborough and Terry Garrison, as well as with Senator Mike Woodard.

“Our state representatives understand the issues we face on a county level,” explained County Commissioner Tim Karan, District 6. “Through the partnerships we have developed between the NCACC and our legislators, we are able to work together to address our broadband needs, as well as the needs of Granville County Public Schools. The work that the General Assembly is doing now can help remove the barriers we face here at home so that we can move forward and make the improvements we need to make.”

Anthony Copeland, Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, delivered keynote remarks at the assembly, discussing the importance of broadband access and its relation to economic development.

“Broadband is something we need to address,” Copeland said. “Everything we do is technologically integrated and communities have to be prepared. It may be expensive, but we have to have it to compete. We have got to deliver it.”

Other speakers included Senator Brent Jackson and Representative David Lewis of the North Carolina General Assembly, who commended the NCACC for its constructive engagement with the General Assembly and stakeholders to identify solutions that will close gaps in internet access throughout the state. Rep. Lewis also referred to NCACC’s longstanding goal to address school facility needs.  “Like broadband, one area of universal agreement that the General Assembly holds is that we have to do whatever we can to make our schools safer,” Lewis said.

Granville County Board of Commissioners Chairman Zelodis Jay, District 1, agrees.  “Broadband impacts all 100 counties in the state,” Chairman Jay said, “and our schools have many needs that are not being met. As county commissioners, it is our job to advocate for our residents and our communities. We are working with our legislators to find solutions to improve broadband issues in our rural areas and to make sure our schools get what they need to teach our children and keep them safe. It is our hope that the state will, in turn, give us some relief to help meet these needs.”

The 2019 County Assembly Day was held at several locations in Raleigh which included the NC Museum of History, the State Capitol Grounds and the NC Legislative Complex. Almost 200 county representatives were in attendance to share information and to advocate for their respective counties.

To learn more about the NCACC and County Assembly Day, visit www.ncacc.org/168/County-Assembly-Day.

Oxford Board of Commissioners to Meet on FY 19-20 Budget

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

The Budget & Finance Committee for the Oxford Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in the First Floor Training Room, City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street in Oxford.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed FY 19-20 City of Oxford Annual Budget. All those interested are invited to attend.

Warrants Obtained on Five Suspects in Carolina Chicken & BBQ Shooting

-Information courtesy Butner Public Safety’s Facebook page

On April 19, 2019, at 11:48 p.m., Butner Public Safety received a report of shots fired at the Carolina Chicken and BBQ Restaurant. Officers found that two people were shot during the incident. The victims were transported to Duke University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting took place outside of the restaurant when two groups of individuals started shooting at each other. Seven vehicles and the Carolina Chicken and BBQ building were also struck by gunfire. There were over seventy shell casings and nine guns seized from the scene.

As a result of the investigation by BPS investigators, Sgt. N. L. Williams obtained warrants on the following five people:

Joshua Lamont Glover Sr., 40, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Glover Sr. was issued a secured bond of $540,000 by Magistrate H. G. Herring Jr. and placed in the Granville County Detention Center.

Joshua Lamont Glover Jr., 20, of Roxboro, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Glover Jr. was issued a secured bond of $350,000 by Magistrate S. E. Evans and placed in the Durham County Detention Center.

Armonde Raheem Landis, 19, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. Mr. Landis was issued a secured bond of $540,000 by Magistrate H. G. Herring Jr. and placed in the Granville County Detention Center.

Antrown Lamont Nickerson, 37, of Oxford, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. The warrants on Mr. Nickerson are still outstanding.

Amani King, 18, of Creedmoor, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two counts of shooting into a moving vehicle. The warrants on Mr. King are still outstanding.

Additional charges are possible as this investigation continues. If you have any information that may aid with the investigation, please contact Sgt. N. L. Williams at Butner Public Safety at (919) 575-6561 ext. 111.

Chamber Seeks Participants for 30th Leadership Granville Class

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

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity for inquiring minds to participate in the 30th LEADERSHIP GRANVILLE CLASS. Individuals with a sincere and genuine interest in future service to the community and those who have demonstrated commitment by previous community activities are encouraged to apply.

The program provides an education on various facets of Granville County. Individuals interested in assuming leadership positions within their organization and/or community will find the knowledge gained in the program to be an asset.

Class sessions will begin mid-September and end with graduation in early April.

The program consists of approximately twenty sessions. The length of the sessions varies from daylong to half day and some evening.

Session highlights include leadership assessment and development, personal and group dynamics, county history, city-county-state governments, education, the arts, agriculture, economics-industry-small business, health services and volunteer agencies, human services, community support, tourism, judiciary and law enforcement, visiting manufacturers, farm, industries, businesses, etc.

Sponsored by the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, Granville County Public Schools and Vance-Granville Community College, Leadership Granville offers citizens of Granville County the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the community and develop their leadership potential. It offers new citizens an opportunity to become personally and professionally acquainted with county structure and life, which can benefit their present and future leadership.

Interested individuals should contact one of the Chamber’s office locations – 124 Hillsboro Street in Oxford/Wanda, 919.693.6125, [email protected]  or 1598 Highway #56, Butner/Toni Anne, 919.528.4994, [email protected] to request additional information and a class session schedule for the year.

Granville Co. Commissioners: Proposed Budget Public Hearing Set for May 20

-Information courtesy Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Board, Granville County

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, May 20, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford.

Consent Agenda

1. Contingency Summary

Public Comments

2. Public Comments

Public Hearings

3. Public Hearing on Proposed FY 2019-2020 Budget

Finance Matters

4. FY 2019 Audit Contract and Engagement Letter – Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans and Company, LLP

Recreation Matters

5. “Fifteen for 15”: Sponsorship and Giving Campaign for the GAP’s 15th Anniversary

6. GAP Phase III Update

Human Resources Matters

7. Pay and Classification Study

Purchasing

8. Vehicle Purchase

Appointments

9. South Granville Memorial Gardens Board of Trustees

10. Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board

11. Planning Board

County Manager’s Report

12. Street Sign Installation Contract

County Attorney’s Report

13. County Attorney’s Report

Budget Matters

14. Budget Discussion and Deliberation

Presentations by County Board Members

15. Presentations by County Board Members

Any Other Matters

16. Any Other Matters

To view Granville Co. Board of Commissioner meeting agendas and minutes, click here

Granville Co. Senior Services Offering FREE Fans to Eligible Residents

Information courtesy Granville County Government’s Facebook page

The summer heat will soon be here, and eligible senior residents can be ready for soaring temperatures by taking advantage of the FREE fan promotion through Granville County Senior Services!

Thanks to contributions from Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas, fans have been made available to distribute to Granville County residents this summer. You are eligible to receive a fan if:

(1) You reside in Granville County
(2) You are 60 years of age or older
(3) You have a disability (proof of disability required)
(4) You have a heat situation at home that is a threat to your health or well-being.

If you need a fan, or have a family member or friend who does, please contact the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at (919) 693-1930, the North Granville Senior Center in Stovall at (919) 693-3383 or the South Granville Senior Center in Creedmoor at (919) 528-0848.

Granville Co. Tourism Director Recipient of Scholarship

-Press Release, Granville County Government

Granville County Tourism Development Director Angela Allen is attending the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College May 12 through May 17. The session covers a broad-based curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry.

Allen was named the recipient of a full scholarship through the Miles Partnership, a worldwide marketing services team which helps promote travel experiences, to attend this session. A selection committee comprised of industry professionals notified Allen in February that she had been chosen for this scholarship, which covers tuition and accommodations.

“The scholarship selection committee recognizes your hard work and dedication to the tourism industry in North Carolina,” Allen’s award notification read. “We are pleased to offer you this scholarship in support of your continued success.”

This is the second time Allen has received this scholarship from the Miles Partnership. The 2017 “Rising Star” of the North Carolina Tourism Industry Association continues to gain leadership and marketing skills at this training session, which is being held on the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA.

Granville County Tourism Development Director Angela Allen is attending the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College May 12 through May 17. The session covers a broad-based curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry. (Photo courtesy Granville Co. Govt.)

 

 

 

Granville Commissioners Issue Proclamation to Honor Student’s Volunteer Efforts

Press Release, Granville County Government

Granville County student Yosselin Baylon Alvarez was recognized with a proclamation for volunteer service at the May 6 meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners. The twelve-year-old was honored for her assistance to staff and other volunteers of the Granville County Animal Shelter during a spay/neuter event held in a targeted Butner area.

According to Animal Management Director Matthew Katz, Yosselin’s efforts were instrumental to the success of the project as she voluntarily offered translation services in communicating with Spanish-speaking residents, helping to share information about the recent spay/neuter event. The bilingual sixth-grader also acted as a community liaison, encouraging resident participation while translating information and helping answer questions for those who struggled with the English language.

Yosselin Alvarez receives a congratulatory hug from Granville County Commissioner Sue Hinman while Animal Shelter staff members and volunteers look on. (Photo courtesy Granville Co. Government)

On March 8, the day of the scheduled event, Yosselin was excused from school to continue her volunteer service by helping gather animals from residents who needed additional assistance. As a result of her work, 24 animals in the targeted area were successfully spayed/neutered. Yosselin continued to be a contact between the community and the Granville County Animal Shelter over the next few weeks, proving to be a vital link in every facet of the spay/neuter event.

“Yosselin invested many hours to assist volunteers in canvassing, follow-up and completing all the required paperwork,” the proclamation reads. “This level of participation from the community could not have been achieved without Yosselin bridging the different cultures and acting as an advocate for the event.”

Yosselin was accompanied by her family to Monday night’s Commissioners meeting and says she has dreams of becoming a medical doctor after completing her education. She is currently a student at Butner-Stem Middle School.

Oxford Board of Commissioners to Hear From Thornton on Proposed Budget

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

The City of Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room, City Hall in Oxford.

Agenda items include:

May Yard of the Month Douglas & Dot Adcock of 114 Maluli Drive.

Proclamation for National Police Week.

Annual Historic Preservation Presentation – Anthony Armento.

Consider calling for a public hearing to be held at the June 11, 2019, Board meeting to consider a request by Lynwood Roberts Jr. to amend the Zoning Ordinance under sections 302.1 & 720 to convert an existing single-family dwelling into a two-family dwelling unit.

Receive proposed budget from City Manager Thornton. (A copy will be available on meeting night.)

Consider calling for a public hearing for the June 11, 2019, meeting to hear public input on the FY 2019-2020 budget.

Consider correcting journal entries to the Asset/Liabilities accounts.

Consider placing four portable crosswalk signs in the downtown area.

Consider adding two additional No U-Turn signs in the downtown area.

Consider authorizing the city manager to negotiate and sign a task order with Withers Ravenel for the 2019 City Resurfacing Project.

Consider authorizing a budget amendment to purchase a street sweeper.

Consider approving a budget amendment for $39,950.00.

Please click here for the full meeting agenda.