Granville County Board of Commissioners to Meet Mon., May 6

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

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, May 6, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford.

Agenda items include:

Consent Agenda

1. Contingency Summary

2. Minutes

3. Schedule of Discounts for Prepayment of Ad Valorem Taxes and Fees Resolution

Recognitions and Presentations

4. Introduction of Adonica Hampton – Director of Social Services

5. Recognition – Yosselin Baylon Alvarez

Public Comments

6. Public Comments

Planning Matters

7. Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) Petition

8. Determination of Cost for Fieldstone West Subdivision

Budget Matters

9. Recommended FY 2019-2020 Budget

Economic Development Matters

10. Public Hearing for Economic Development

Solid Waste Matters

11. Solid Waste Ordinance Revision(s) – Second Reading


12. E-911 Additional MDIS License Purchase

Surplus Property

13. Surplus Property


14. South Granville Memorial Gardens Board of Trustees

15. Granville County Board of Adjustment

County Manager’s Report

16. Joe-Toler Student Fun Day at Camp Oak Hill

17. Assessment Collections

18. Collections from 2010 and Earlier County EMS Fees

County Attorney’s Report

19. County Attorney’s Report

Presentations by County Board Members

20. Presentations by County Board Members

Any Other Matters

21. Any Other Matters

Closed Session

22. Closed Session as allowed by G.S. 143-318.11(a)(3) – Attorney-Client Matter

23. Closed Session as allowed by G.S. 143-318.11(a)(5) – Property Acquisition

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

Granville Co. Board of Education to Meet May 6; All Meetings Now Recorded

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools


The Granville County Board of Education will meet for a regular board meeting Monday, May 6, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Granville County Public Schools Central Office, 101 Delacroix Street, Oxford, North Carolina.

The board will also meet in a Closed Session for a consultation with the Board’s attorney and Personnel/Attorney-Client Privileges in accordance with N.C. General Statute 143.318.11 (a)(6), 143-318.11 (a)(3), 143.318.11 (a)(5) and Section 115C-321 on this evening.

To find a copy of the agenda for the meeting, please use the following link:

All Board of Education meetings are now video recorded and indexed on the online Board meeting site. To access the site, go to

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Select the meeting date or search for particular items.

Granville Chamber Hosting 6th Annual Golf Tournament – June 6

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

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Tournament Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Henderson Country Club, 300 Country Club Drive, Henderson, as announced by tournament co-chairs Kyle Puryear/BB&T and Jason Jones/Granville County Farm Bureau.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with a boxed lunch provided and a 12 p.m. shotgun start for the 4-man Captain’s Choice tournament.

Corporate sponsorships of $450 offer a hole sponsorship and a 4-man team. Hole sponsors are $100, and individual players pay $100 to play. All players receive 18 holes of golf with cart, boxed lunch and concessions. Mulligans and tee busters will be $10 per player.

There will be contests for a 50/50 raffle, closest to the pin challenge, longest drive and hole-in-one shootout. Prizes and participant goodie bags are being provided by local Chamber members.

Volunteers are needed throughout the afternoon of June 6, beginning at 12. Time slots are 12 until 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 until 5 p.m. Come enjoy the afternoon with golfers, Henderson Country Club staff and other volunteers for this, the Chamber’ sixth annual event.

Please contact the Chamber to play in the tournament or to volunteer – Toni Anne at 919.528.4994, [email protected] or Wanda at 919.693.6125, [email protected].

Tickets on Sale Now for Granville Education Foundation’s ‘Pig ‘n a Raffle’

-Information courtesy the Granville Education Foundation

Join us for the 5th Annual Pig ‘n a Raffle on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Vino Oasi! Tickets are $50 and include a BBQ Dinner (catered by City BBQ), two beverage tickets, and a raffle ticket with the chance to win a variety of items all valued over $100!

You do not have to be present to win! However, for those who are present, tickets are re-entered into the raffle if drawn, giving you the chance to continue winning items!

We will be updating this years’ list of items soon!

Don’t miss out on this fun event that will support education grants, literacy initiatives and cultural arts opportunities for Granville County children!

Tickets are on sale! Please email [email protected] to purchase yours today.

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Ten Local Authors Scheduled for Thornton Library Meet & Greet

-Press Release, Granville County Government

Ten local authors will be featured at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford for an open “meet and greet.” Scheduled for 1 until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the “Local Author Showcase” offers an opportunity to meet writers of a wide assortment of genres. On site will be romance writers, suspense novelists and authors of historical fiction, as well as writers of inspirational guides, educational resources and children’s stories. Those participating include Cynthia Abbott, Lynn Allred, Phil Bowie, Michael Brantley, Mary Clay, DuWanda Epps, S. Denice Newton, Celine Koropchak, Desmond Sneed and Carolyn Thompson.

Cynthia West Abbott’s book, “Forever Loved” is a historical romance novel set in colonial America. Based on real events, the book follows the journey of sixteen-year-old James West, who is sent to America from England as punishment for a crime. After being sold as a convict servant on a Maryland plantation, West meets Sarah Bowman, whom he marries and brings to Granville County in search of the long-lost brother who came to America before him. Abbott, a resident of Oxford, describes the love story of her fifth-great-grandparents in historical settings based on her own research.

With a story from historic Beaufort NC, Lynn Allred of Oxford introduces young readers to Molly, an adventurous girl who lives near the harbor shortly after the town was founded. Inspired by the marker of an unnamed girl in Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground – who was buried in a rum keg – Allred imagines what a child’s life may have been like growing up on the N.C. coast. “Molly’s Beaufort Town,” developed in partnership with the N.C. Press Association, has been published in major statewide newspapers as an educational resource. Allred has more than 25 years’ experience in the newspaper industry.

Phil Bowie of New Bern, NC is a lifelong freelance writer with articles and short stories published in national magazines such as ‘Reader’s Digest’ and the ‘Saturday Evening Post.’ Books he has authored include four suspense novels: “Guns,” set in Ocracoke; “Diamondback,” which takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains; “KLLRS,” with a backdrop of the Great Smokies,” and “Deathsman,” also set in the North Carolina mountains. With lots of twists and turns, these novels – all part of the “John Hardin” series – are described as being “hard to put down.”

Former sports writer and photographer Michael Brantley is author of “Galvanized: The Unlikely Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate.” Brantley’s book – his second –  describes the struggle of a North Carolina farmer who fought for both sides in the Civil War before spending time in a POW camp and later becoming involved in a bizarre murder. His first book, a memoir about growing up in eastern N.C., is entitled “Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey.” Brantley currently works as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College and resides in Nash County.

Mary Clay’s comical “Daffodils” (Divorced And Finally Free Of Deceitful, Insensitive, Licentious Scum) books have been called “fun reads” as three middle-aged sorority sisters set out to solve mysteries in their hometown. The first book in the series, “The Turtle Mound Murder,” has been followed by “Bike Week Blues,” “Murder is the Pits” and “Murder in the Stacks.” Clay, an economist by trade, began her writing career in her forties, using her divorced friends as inspiration for this light-hearted and witty series.

Life coach DuWanda Epps has received accolades for her positive messages to women and children. Her books include “Broken Silence: Life After the Rain,” “Anastasia’s Adventures” and “Flowin’ Emotions,” as well as others that describe journeys of strength, courage and determination. A resident of Wilson County by way of New York, Epps is the founder of Cultivating Change II, LLC and the Women Rebuilding and Transforming program and is author of 20+ books filled with inspirational messages of hope and resilience.

Celine Koropchak is a retired Duke University medical researcher and blueberry farmer who has authored the books “One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection” and “One With All of Thee: Sowing the Seeds for Change.” Using her knowledge of science and agriculture, these collections of essays – filled with practical wisdom –  are designed to be read for daily, weekly or spontaneous inspiration and personal development. Koropchak has also authored more than 30 publications in scientific journals during her career.

Denise Newton, a native of eastern North Carolina, is an inspirational speaker, author and activist. Her most recent book, “Ari’el Rising: 21st Century Empowered Women,” is an anthology that follows 50 courageous women from different backgrounds as they unite to empower women all over the world. Other works include “Keturah’s Song” and “The Messenger,” as well as books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Newton is a decorated war veteran and the founder of the Ari’el Rising Network, a grassroots empowerment movement for women and girls.

Desmond Sneed’s book for children, “Am I Too Big?” describes the beginning of a school year at the fictional Stovall Kids of Greatness, where students rekindle friendships and compare how they have changed from one year to the next. While some got taller, some got stronger and some got faster, one young student named “Dez” has not realized he has gained a lot of weight until his return to school. That’s when the comparisons officially begin. This book will teach youngsters the importance of healthy eating, as well as having a positive outlook on life. Sneed resides in Stovall, NC.

Minister and Judge Carolyn Thompson of Granville County shares stories and tips to help identify those dealing with domestic violence in her book “Abigail’s Veil: A Domestic Violence Handbook for Clergy and Church Leaders.” Using her extensive experience with cases of abuse, Thompson takes a new look at the traditional roles of women, especially those who may be victims of abusive relationships. This resource guide is used to assist the clergy and church leaders as they encounter victims who may need help to break the cycle of domestic violence.

The “Local Author Showcase” will be held in the large conference room of the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. The public is invited to attend.

16th Year of ‘Alive After Five’ Events to Kick Off Thurs., 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.

The sponsorship of many, many businesses and industries make these three events possible. This year’s event sponsors are:

PRESENTING STAGE SPONSORS: Clayton of Oxford, Duke Energy, Granville County, Granville County Tourism Development Authority, VanNess Chevrolet, Wake Electric Membership Corporation, WIN Customs – William and Earlene Newton.

BOARDWALK SPONSORS: CertainTeed, Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corp., Friend of the Chamber, Granville Health System, Riccobene Assoc. Family Dentistry/Highland Dentistry, Top Window Covering and Union Bank.

SHAGGER SPONSORS: Bailey Farms, City of Oxford, Lewis Electric of Oxford, McDonald’s, PSNC/Dominion Energy.

SAND DOLLAR SPONSORS: Altec, Brummitt Electric, Carolina Sunrock, City of Creedmoor, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Creedmoor Fuel, Cross and Currin/Attorneys at Law, Express Employment Professionals, Granville Family Dentistry, North Central Medical Transport, Inc., Party Time Potties, Plastic Ingenuity, Shalag Nonwovens, Sunrise Biscuit Co., The Links at Thorndale, The School of Graphic Arts, Town of Stem, Waste Industries, Wesco, Inc. and Winston-Williams-Creech-Evans and Co.

HIGH TIDE SPONSORS: Annie’s Florist, Creedmoor Forest Products, Currin and Dutra LLP, Edmundson and Burnette, Gil-Man Florist, Legal Shield/Ruth Ann Bullock, Professional Pharmacy, Town of Butner, Unique Floral Design and Rental and Glenda and Jimmy Williams.

SAND BUCKET SPONSORS: At Properties/Linda Jordan, Butner Car Service, Inc., Cardinal Real Estate Group/LeAnne Daniel, Creedmoor Drug Company, Lawn Ranger Services, LLC, M & H Tires and Select Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

MEDIA SPONSORS: Butner-Creedmoor News, Oxford Public Ledger, The Daily Dispatch, US98.3 FM, WIZS 1450AM/101 FM and Mike Brooks – TV Production and Entertainment.

CONCESSION SPONSORS: Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola.

Wilton Elementary Celebrates 5th Annual ‘Leadership Day’

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

Wilton Elementary School celebrated their 5th annual Leadership Day on Friday, April 26, 2019. Wilton Elementary is a Stephen Covey “Leader in Me” school and has achieved Lighthouse certification.

The event was attended by family and community members. It was led by their Student Lighthouse Team and included special performances by Wilton’s Show Choir, a Family Feud game with the Student Lighthouse Team and special presentations by a speaker from each grade level.

Attendees were also invited to visit classrooms as students demonstrated their leadership skills in the classroom. Guests could also visit the media center where students shared information on the different extracurricular opportunities at Wilton such as Show Choir, Student Lighthouse Team, Girls on the Run, Clubs, PAW Patrol, Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books and CLAWS.

Guests then met back in the gym for the grand finale in which all students in the school came together to sing.

The event was enjoyed by all and Wilton greatly appreciates the parent and community support!

Wilton Elementary School students sing for guests in celebration of their 5th annual Leadership Day on Friday, April 26, 2019. Wilton Elementary is a Stephen Covey “Leader in Me” school and has achieved Lighthouse certification. (Photo courtesy Granville County Public Schools)

Oxford Board of Commissioners to Hold FY 2019-20 Budget Meeting

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

The Budget & Finance Committee for the Oxford Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, May 1, 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.

Granville Board of Ed. to Consider 2019-20 Budget in Mon. Work Session

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools


The Granville County Board of Education will meet for a Financial Work Session on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Granville County Public Schools Central Office, 101 Delacroix Street, Oxford, North Carolina for the Board’s consideration of the 2019-2020 budget proposal.

The next regular scheduled Board meeting is set for Monday, May 6, 2019, at 6 p.m.

‘Prescription Drug Take Back’ Event to Help Community Properly Dispose of Meds.

Lindsey Bickers Bock, health education supervisor with the Granville-Vance Public Health Department, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the Prescription Drug Take Back event taking place in Oxford this weekend.

Held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the local event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Professional Pharmacy, 140 Roxboro Rd (near Food Lion) in Oxford.

The event is a partnership between G-V Public Health, Professional Pharmacy, Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and Harm Reduction Coalition NC.

“We invite the community to bring any type of medication that they aren’t using anymore, as well as any used or unused syringes, to Professional Pharmacy on Saturday and let us help you dispose of them in a safe way,” said Bickers Bock.

Participants are asked to bring medication and syringes in their original containers and to mark over or scratch out identifying information; no personal information is required for participation.

According to Bickers Bock, the event is also an opportunity to educate the public about potential prescription drug abuse and consequences.

“The Take Back event is done as part of the Vibrant Coalition that works to reduce the risk of an opioid overdose. We know that one of the ways people end up misusing opioids is by having too much medication available to them after needing the prescription for only a short time.”

In fact, Bickers Bock said studies have shown that having just a five-day supply more than needed makes a person twice as likely to use opioids a year later.

In a recent press release sent to WIZS concerning the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., expressed concern about the on-going opioid crisis both state-wide and on the national level.

“Across the county and here in the Eastern District of North Carolina, we are facing a real and dangerous threat from opioids and other prescription drugs,” said Higdon. “We have unprecedented levels of addiction, frightening numbers of overdoses and an alarming number of deaths because of the over prescription and improper use of these drugs. And this requires each of us to work to solve it. By properly disposing of prescription medication we do not need, we can reduce the risk that these drugs will fall into the wrong hands. Please help us resolve this problem by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.”

For more information on G-V Public Health and/or the Prescription Drug Take Back event being held in Oxford, please visit With additional questions, please contact Bickers Bock at (919) 693-2141, ext. 148 or email [email protected].

To locate a collection site that may be closer to you, please go the DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day web site at where you can search by zip code, city or state.

To hear the Town Talk interview with Bickers Bock in its entirety, click here. Bickers Bock’s portion of the interview begins at the 12:38 mark.