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The Local Skinny! Mar. 5 Primary Elections

The March 5 primary elections are upon us, and local elections officials are gearing up to make sure all goes smoothly.

There are a couple of updates from state elections officials that could have an impact on how local officials process the early voting and absentee votes next week.

With only two contested races in the upcoming primary, local officials should be able to manage without too much trouble, but instead of tabulating the early votes in advance of the 7:30 p.m. poll closing, they have to wait until after the polls close to make those tabulations.

WIZS News will be at the Vance County Board of Elections office Tuesday evening to report all the election results as they become available.

Since this is the first time the new rules will be in effect, it’s unclear just how long the early voting results may take, but it could be an hour or more before unofficial results can be posted.

One other change involves absentee ballots. Those ballots must be received no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day; this rule replaces the previous rule that allowed for a three-day grace period to receive absentee ballots.

Unlike early voting results, absentee-by-mail results can be tabulated before the polThose absentee results will likely be the first to appear publicly for any given county when the polls close. They will include all absentee ballots returned to the county boards of elections before Election Day. Under state law, ballots returned on Election Day are approved and added to the vote totals during the 10-day period after Election Day known as the “canvass.”

Canvass is the process of ensuring votes have been counted correctly and required audits have been completed, culminating in the certification of results during meetings of every county board of elections.

By law, these canvass meetings will be held by each county board of elections at 11 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 15. The state board will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 26 to finalize primary results.



Coop Extension With Paul McKenzie: What Works in the Garden

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Home And Garden Show

On the Home and Garden Show with Vance Co. Cooperative Ext.

  • Do not till wet soil in your garden
  • Continue pruning.
  • Check seedlings each day when growing them under grow lights.
  • Learn about Lithium Ion battery care.
  • Try growing a vegetable that you haven’t grown.
  • If you want to try fruit production, start with blueberries, blackberries, muscadine grapes, strawberries or figs.
  • Check house plants for insects, wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid the temptation to plant tender flowers and vegetables. Trees and shrubs are fine to plant now.

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Cooperative Extension With Paul McKenzie: What Works in the Garden

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The Local Skinny! Triangle North Begins Grant Cycle

The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is accepting letters of interest through April 1 as it opens the 2024 grant cycle.

 The foundation, a regional health care organization awards grants for programs in five focus areas: child well-being; chronic disease; mental and substance abuse disorders, nutrition and physical activity; and reproductive health.

Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and schools in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties are eligible to apply, according to information from the Henderson-based foundation.

The grants support the mission of the foundation “to encourage, support, and invest in quality efforts that measurably improve health” in the four-county area.

TNHF Grants Coordinator Carolyn Powell is available to discuss project ideas or to assist with grant writing. Call 252.430.8532 to make an appointment.

The link to the foundation’s online grant portal, as well as information on previously funded project is available at the website:   http://www.tnhfoundation.org.



Cooperative Extension with Wayne Rowland: Forest Property Boundaries

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Pop The Hood: Conventional vs. Synthetic Motor Oil

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Changing the oil in your car or truck is probably one of the most important – if not THE most important – piece of maintenance you can do to care for your vehicle’s engine.

Up for debate is when to change the oil – is it every 3,000 miles? Every 5,000? It depends.

Another debate involves the type of oil to use: conventional, synthetic or a hybrid?

Again, depends on who you ask. And on the vehicle.

Let the professionals at Advance Auto Parts help you find answers to your questions about the brand and type of oil best suited for your needs.

Conventional oil is fine for many makes and models, but some manufacturers recommend synthetic oil, which is supposed to have fewer impurities than the conventional oil.

Think of conventional oil as a material made up of molecules that resemble a handful of gravel – it’s all the same substance, but they’re all different shapes. Synthetic oil is more like a handful of marbles – more uniformly shaped and smooth.

As you may expect, synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil, so you’ll spend more for an oil change if you use synthetic oil.

Follow your vehicle’s specs to make sure the oil you choose is compatible with the vehicle.

If your vehicle is an older model, a synthetic oil can help prevent sludge buildup and prolong engine life.

Expect to spend $25-$50 for a conventional oil change at your neighborhood oil change shop; that range could be $45-$70 for synthetic oil. The good news is that synthetic oil doesn’t have to be changed as often.

Another plus for synthetic over conventional comes for drivers who tend to make many short trips. Conventional oil doesn’t have a chance to warm up enough to burn off impurities; synthetic oil does warm more quickly, so it may to prevent engine malfunctions.

The do-it-yourselfer may be able to crawl under a vehicle, drain the old oil and replace it with new oil for a fraction of that cost, but consider the time and effort involved to determine which route is better for you and your situation.

Be an informed consumer and know which questions to ask, whether you’re going to take your car to the shop or DIY it.

The three types of motor oil will work fine in your vehicle as long as they meet current American Petroleum Institute certification and don’t go against the manufacturer’s recommendations. The only type of engine you should never use synthetic oil in is a rotary. Rotary engines have unique seals that are engineered for use with conventional oil only.

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Cooperative Extension with Paul McKenzie: What Works in the Garden

Listen live at 100.1 FM / 1450 AM / or on the live stream at WIZS.com at 11:50 a.m. Mon, Tues & Thurs.

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Home And Garden Show

On the Home and Garden Show with Vance Co. Cooperative Ext.

  • If you have plants in a greenhouse or cold frame, always check the projected high temperature for the day 70F or higher. You will need to ventilate your greenhouse or cold frame.  Also have a good thermometer in these structures.
  • Begin pruning fruit trees, grapevines and blueberry bushes.
  • Organize your seed in the order you need to plant
  • Begin pruning trees and shrubs, but only if they need it.
  • Cooperative Extension has publications on most vegetables free of charge.
  • In most cases it’s best to avoid shearing cuts.
  • Conduct a germination test on old seed
  • Look for a date on all seed you purchase. Seed from last season or earlier will likely have a lower germination rate. .

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Perry Memorial Library

Events At Perry Library; Mayor To Read To Youngsters

Henderson Mayor Melissa Elliott will take a break from her duties with the city for a bit next week when she visits Perry Memorial Library to read a storybook to youngsters and then hang around to answer questions about what it’s like to be mayor.

Youth Services Director Melody Peters said the Tuesday, Feb. 27 gathering is for all ages, and everyone’s invited. Peters said on Tuesday’s The Local Skinny! that the program will last 30-45 minutes. “We have a craft planned, so it’ll be fun!” she exclaimed.

Ongoing programs are gearing up after a holiday pause, and Peters said the Monday Community Read program is gathering a bit of steam.

“One of my dreams for this program,” Peters said, “is to have all ages reading.” Whether it’s younger children reading to teens, teens reading with other teens or classes for adults who struggle with literacy, Peters said the library wants to meet people “where they’re at” with literacy.

The Community Read program is on Monday afternoons from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Visit www.perrymemorial.org to find out about all the events and programs the library offers.