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City of Oxford Encourages CodeRED Enrollment, Contact Update


-Press Release, City of Oxford

The City of Oxford encourages all citizens and businesses to sign up for CodeRED in order to ensure quick communication when an emergency situation arises.

The CodeRED link can be found on the City of Oxford website, along with a description of its use. Please click the sign up in order to be taken to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page. 

If you have already signed up for this service, but have since moved and/or changed phone numbers and addresses, please go online and update this information. This will ensure your account is current and you will receive all necessary information.

If you are signing up as a business, please make sure to include the phone number for your business. This will ensure notification to your business if a situation arises. 

Should you have any questions and/or concerns about the use of CodeRED, signing up, or information shared through CodeRED, please reach out to Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.

Hot Sauce Contest 2020

Downtown Oxford Announces Cancellation of Annual Hot Sauce Contest & Festival


-Press Release, Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation

Due to growing concerns of COVID19 and guidelines surrounding physical distancing and enhanced precautions issued by the State of North Carolina, the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) Board, along with input from the Hot Sauce Committee and the City of Oxford, has decided to cancel the 14th Annual Hot Sauce Contest & Festival for the coming date of September 12, 2020. There will be no rescheduling this year.

As stated by a DOEDC Board spokesperson, “We do not feel comfortable going ahead with an event estimated to bring in approximately 15,000 people without being able to provide the necessary measures to keep everyone safe. Furthermore, we feel the reduction of the festival’s footprint to a small, less engaging event would damage the current reputation of this long-standing, local event.”

The DOEDC Board understands the sadness and frustration this news brings, however, the Board feels this action better serves the public safety of our citizens, businesses and visitors.

Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Oxford City Hall at (919) 603-1100.

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Oxford Police Dept. Makes Arrests in Recent Murder, Attempted Murder Cases

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-Information courtesy Oxford Police Department, NC

On June 10, 2020, Oxford Police Department Investigators arrested Darryl Lee Bumpass, Jr. for the murder of 19-year-old Kennedy Ashlynd Sloan. Kennedy Sloan was killed on the evening of May 31, 2020.

While traveling in her red 2018 Honda Accord in the 600 block of Raleigh St in Oxford, Kennedy Sloan suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Darryl Lee Bumpass, Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and is incarcerated at the Granville County Jail and is currently being held under no bond.

Any person(s) having any information about this murder is asked to please contact Detective Gina Chappell at 919-693-3161 or the Granville County Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100. Persons calling to give information do not have to disclose their identity.


On June 10, 2020, Cedric Williams was arrested on a warrant that was obtained on May 19, 2020, for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill causing serious injury.

Detective G. Chappell with the Oxford Police Department obtained a warrant on Cedric Williams after the May 18 shooting at Lake Devin in Oxford where the victim, Trayvon Bradford, was shot by Cedric Williams.

Cedric Williams was arrested and served with the warrant and was given a $90,000.00 secured bond.

Cedric Williams is incarcerated at the Vance County Jail.


On June 11, 2020, Abdul Malik Harris, age 27, was arrested by units with Oxford Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

Harris was arrested in reference to outstanding warrants from the Henderson Police Department for 1st Degree Murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Harris is being held without bond.

Downtown Oxford March to Honor George Floyd Scheduled for June 2

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

There will be a march in Downtown Oxford to honor George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, beginning at 3 p.m.

The March will begin on Hunt Street, turn onto Broad Street, then onto Hillsboro Street ending at the Granville County Courthouse.

Businesses on streets along the route of the march will be impacted. Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route.

Those desiring to participate are requested and encouraged to wear face masks and honor social distancing guidelines.

Oxford Commissioners’ Meeting Recessed to Allow Public Comment on Annexation

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

The Tuesday, May 12, 2020 meeting of the Oxford Board of Commissioners was recessed until Thursday, May 14 at 9:15 a.m. to allow the public 24 hours to comment on the requested annexation of the property at the corner of the on-ramp of I-85 and Hwy 158.

Please email any comments to the City Clerk’s office at

Please note that the recessed meeting will be an electronic meeting and you are able to join this meeting with the following information:

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Oxford Board of Commissioners to Meet Via Zoom Tues., May 12

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

The City of Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 7 p.m.

If you would like to participate in the public hearing/comment section of the meeting, please reach out to City Clerk, Cynthia Bowen, before the meeting. She can be reached by email at

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Agenda items include:

Public Hearing to hear citizen input on annexing and assigning a zoning classification to the property off Hwy 158 at the corner of the l-85 on-ramp. The zoning classification should be a B2 (highway business) if the property is annexed into the city limit.

Consider accepting the Sufficiency of Petition certified by the City Clerk on a noncontiguous annexation of 2 parcels of land totaling 4.91 acres of land located off of Hwy 158 by Land Seitz. LLC. Consider annexing and assigning the zoning classification.

Consider accepting the Sufficiency of Petition certified by the City Clerk and calling for a Public Hearing for the May 12, 2020, regular board meeting to hear citizen input to annex 2.89 additional acres for Oxford Preparatory School.

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

Consider calling for a Public Hearing for the June 9, 2020, meeting to hear public input on the FY 2020-2021 Budget.

Consider request from Patricia H. Watkins for approving a one-lot subdivision requiring a fivefoot variance from section 81.42 of the subdivision ordinance.

Consider adopting a demolition ordinance in order to demolish structure located at 501 Henderson St. owned by Fellow Lewis of 8340 Perrypine Drive Apt. 102 Raleigh, NC 27616.

Consider adopting the 2017 B Water Line Resolution that accepts a loan offer in the amount of $2,855,562 and the associated Capital Proiect Ordinance for the 2017 B Water Line Replacement Project.

Consider authorizing the City Manager to sign a Task Order Amendment for additional engineering services for the 2017 B Water Line Replacement Project with McGill Associates.

Consider adopting the Water and Sewer System Development Fee (SDF).

Please click here for the full meeting agenda.

City of Oxford Launches ‘Oxford Says’ Segment, YouTube Channel

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-Information courtesy the City of Oxford

“Oxford Says”

The City of Oxford has launched its new ‘Oxford Says’ campaign showcasing local City leaders addressing topics of interest during the COVID – 19 period. New segments featuring City leaders will be featured every Friday at 3 p.m. on the City of Oxford’s Facebook page.
The first segment (April 24) featured Mayor Jacqueline Sergent and her account on the importance of remaining at home. The second segment (May 1) featured updates from Oxford City Manager Alan Thornton. Both may be viewed on the City’s Facebook page.
This week’s “Oxford Says” will feature a Wednesday and Friday segment with Oxford Economic Development Director (DOEDC) Mary Yount addressing the possible easing of the stay at home restrictions and downtown Oxford updates on Wednesday, May 6 at 3 p.m.

If you have any topics you would like to hear discussed in future “Oxford Says” segments or have questions for scheduled guests, please PM the City of Oxford via Facebook.

YouTube Channel

The City of Oxford has also launched its new YouTube channel. Videos relating to the City will be posted there in the hopes of providing a new communication tool with the public. Please check out the channel and subscribe as the City will post videos about the NC Hot Sauce Contest & Festival, public campaigns, information tutorials and more.

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Oxford Commissioners to Hold April 28 Meeting on Capital Improvement Plan

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

The Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the 3rd-floor Commissioners’ Board Room of City Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider amending the City’s CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) and submitting DWI funding request(s) for the Spring 20’ round of available funding.

In order to observe Governor Cooper’s Order limiting the number of those gathered in a single place to ten (10), a call-in option is being provided for the public. If you have questions or concerns regarding the use of Zoom, please call 919-603-1102.

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City of Oxford Accepting Bids for Sewer Line Replacement Project

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-Information courtesy The City of Oxford

Sealed bids for the project entitled 2017B Sewer Line Replacements will be received by the City of Oxford until 10 a.m. local time May 21, 2020, at City Hall located at 300 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, North Carolina. At said place and time, all Bids that have been duly received, will be publicly opened and read aloud.

THE PROJECT GENERALLY CONSISTS OF the replacement of approximately 8,700 linear feet of 8-inch diameter and 2,600 linear feet of 10-inch diameter gravity sewer lines located along various streets and existing sewer line outfalls within the Oxford sewer system including manholes, service connections, and related appurtenances.

The project also generally consists of the replacement of approximately 1,200 linear feet of 6-inch diameter water lines with valves, hydrants, and related appurtenances to be replaced concurrently with the sewer line on Green Street.

A pre-bid conference will be held at 10 a.m. local time on May 7, 2020. The meeting is nonmandatory. Due to current travel restrictions, the meeting will be conducted via video conference with a phone-in option. Video Conference:, Call in Number (audio only) 312-584-2401. Meeting extension: 431863# For additional numbers:

The Contract Documents for the project may be examined at the following locations:

McGill Associates, PA (5400 Trinity Road, Suite 107, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607)

City of Oxford Engineering Department (300 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565)

However, due to limited hours and social distancing practices, it is preferable that prospective bidders view plans online via McGill’s Website

Digital copies of Bid Documents are available for purchase at for a fee of $50 per set. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the “Bids” link and finding the appropriate Quest Project Number. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at (952) 233-1632 or No partial sets of plans and specifications can be purchased.

Each bid shall be accompanied with a cash deposit or certified check drawn on a bank or trust company insured by the FDIC or a Bid Bond prepared on the form of Bid Bond contained in the Bidding Documents or a Surety Company’s standard form and properly executed by a corporate surety licensed under the laws of North Carolina to execute such bonds. The amount of the bid bond shall be equal to five (5) percent of the total of the bid. The bid deposit shall be retained by the Owner if the successful bidder fails to execute the contract or fails to provide the required bonds, as stated above, within ten (10) days after the proper notice of award of the contract.

Bidders must comply with the requirements of the State of North Carolina and be appropriately licensed as a Contractor as provided in General Statutes Chapter 87. AB – 2

Neither the Owner nor the Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including any Addenda, obtained from any source other than the Owner’s representative, McGill Associates, P.A. Each Bidder shall be responsible for the review of all addenda for the project and shall acknowledge the addenda on the bid form.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive informalities, or to reject nonconforming, non-responsive, or conditional bids. The Owner reserves the right to award a contract to the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder or bidders, taking into consideration quality, performance and time.

It is the policy of the City of Oxford to award public building contracts without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disabling condition. Each bidder shall make a good faith effort and shall document such efforts to utilize minority businesses and comply with the City of Oxford’s plan.

Bidders must comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246 as amended, which prohibits discrimination in employment regarding race, creed, color, sex or national origin. Bidders must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, the Contract Work Hours Standard Act, and 40 CFR 33.1016, and 40 CFR 60-4.

Jacqueline vdH Sergent – Mayor, City of Oxford

Express Employment Professionals: Muetzel Says ‘Essential Industries Hiring’


Hal Muetzel, owner and operator of Express Employment Professionals, appeared on WIZS Town Talk Thursday at 11 a.m.

Located at 124 Main Street in Oxford, Express Employment Professionals is a staffing company focused on helping people find jobs and providing workforce solutions to businesses. Services include a full range of employment solutions, including full-time, temporary and part-time employment in a wide range of industries.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Muetzel explained that those industries deemed “essential” by the government, including manufacturing, distribution, food, logistics, infrastructure and healthcare, are the ones hiring at present.

“We are busy here at Express,” Muetzel stated. “We are working with companies like essential businesses that are still looking for people, and many of these companies are starving for the type of laborers needed for these positions.”

Muetzel pointed out that many manufacturers, including the Oxford-based Home Care Products, LLC, have either switched to or have added assembly for goods needed during the pandemic, including masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Another local employer, Walmart Distribution Center in Vance County, has also been on an “aggressive hiring campaign to get supplies, mostly food supplies, shipped out and into stores,” said Muetzel.

While some companies have been in a holding pattern for the last few weeks, Muetzel said the movement he is starting to see gives him hope that the near future looks bright for the workforce.

“Some companies have stalled out for a little while but are coming back online as early as next week in the manufacturing sectors. There are a fair number of economists that say this will be short-lived and, as soon as we can start to get people back to work, we should start to see the economy creep up again.”

If you are currently seeking employment, Muetzel said the best bet is to target essential businesses. “Keep informed and stay focused on your job search because, eventually, we are going to all be back in a situation where we are looking for work again or are being recalled back to our previous employment.”

Express Employment Professionals is available to assist you in your job search and has the means to conduct the majority of the employment process, including an initial interview, remotely.

For more information, please visit or call (919) 693-1730.

To hear the interview with Muetzel in its entirety, go to and click on Town Talk. Muetzel’s segment of the interview begins at the 15:13 mark.

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