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Town Talk 09/17/19: Jason Spriggs Discusses City Council Run

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Town Talk 09/16/19

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Town Talk 09/12/19: Frazier Provides City Council Sept. Meeting Highlights

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Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk to discuss highlights from the regularly-scheduled September 9, 2019, Henderson City Council Meeting.

Approving the Sixth Amendment to the Kerr Lake Regional Water System (KLRWS) Agreement

This amendment, approved by the Henderson City Council and partners Warren County and the City of Oxford, extends the KLRWS contract out for ten years from the previous expiration date of 2037.

According to Frazier, this extension was necessary due to the length of the 20-year project loans that are still a work in progress.

“We are talking about expanding and upgrading the water plant. To make that happen, we are looking at 20-year loans. The contract with the Kerr Lake Regional Water partners would have expired before some of the loan terms, so the partners agreed to extend the ending date of the contract,” he explained.

As for progress on water system upgrades, Frazier said the KLRWS partners have applied for the second phase of the overall $40 million project.

“We’re working with our contractors and engineers now and firming up the prices and cost of the project. It’s a big project with an overall cost of $40 million – $19 million spent in the first phase. The KLRWS has applied for the second phase. The City of Henderson was able to get $3 million in grants, with Warren County also receiving $3 million in grants and $2 million in zero percent interest loans,” said Frazier.

Approving Rent Increase and Continuation of CSX Transportation, Inc. Lease Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding with Vance-Granville Community College and the City of Henderson Regarding Use of the Kenneth K. Roberson Training Center (Henderson Police Training Center)

The City of Henderson has a long-standing partnership with Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) for the rent of a facility for the purpose of law enforcement exercises including handgun, firearms and in-house training.

According to Frazier, the training facility located at US-158 Business in Henderson is currently leased to VGCC for their Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) programs.

The approved increase in rent will allow the City to continue its partnership with the college while covering costs for improvements made to the facility.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements over the years and are trying to utilize the facility more, regionally and state-wide,” Frazier said.

Consideration of Approval of Amending Sanitation Ordinance to Garbage and Trash Collection Policy

An agenda item that was ultimately tabled by the City Council until further information is presented, Frazier said this proposal pertained to the possibility of charging a fee to dispose of a “large number” of yard waste bags, typically leaves.

By way of explanation, Frazier said that one yard with 30 – 40 bags of leaves, for example, could negatively impact Waste Industries tight pickup schedule.

Frazier also reminded listeners that the City prefers all yard debris to be placed in clear, plastic bags to distinguish it from the trash. “One of the reasons for this is that the landfill does not allow the co-mingling of yard waste and regular trash,” he said.

Clear bags are available for purchase at the City of Henderson Operations Center, 900 S. Beckford Drive.

Work Session: Consider Amending the Current Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

In a work session that followed the regularly-scheduled meeting, the Council discussed proposed updates to a local flood ordinance that has “been on the books since 1987,” according to Frazier.

While the rules and regulations for what qualifies for FEMA assistance and grants after a flood remain “very restrictive,” Frazier said improved mapping completed after the destruction of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 makes it easier to determine if your home or business is located in a flood zone.

Proposed changes to the ordinance mirror changes recommended by the State of NC, and will keep Henderson eligible for assistance if a qualifying situation occurs.

“I feel like there are fairly minor changes from our existing ordinance, but these were sent from NC Public Safety’s Risk Management Office and we have to comply so we can remain accessible to flood insurance that helps our citizens in case of a flooding event,” Frazier explained. “Changes proposed to the Council are consistent with new regulations and measures brought forth from the State.”

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Town Talk 09/10/19: Vance Co. Vipers Defeat J.F. Webb Warriors

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Town Talk 09/09/19: Restaurant 39 Holds Free Appreciation Breakfast

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If you were anywhere near the Crossroads Shopping Center in Henderson this morning, you may have wondered about the large gathering of police officers, deputies, fire personnel, EMS/EMT, Rescue Squad, State Highway Patrol and other public and civil servants.

Thankfully, the cause of the gathering at 946G West Andrews Avenue was not of the emergency variety but was instead a show of gratitude.

Restaurant 39 owner J.R. Stainback held a free breakfast buffet for law enforcement and first responders from 8 until 10 a.m. to show his appreciation for those who serve and protect.

“We are just trying to let them know we appreciate everything they do for our city and our community,” Stainback said. “I worked with Sheriff Curtis Brame and Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow to get this breakfast together, and I hope we can get other businesses to follow suit.”

Local law enforcement, fire, EMT/EMS, Rescue Squad and other first responders attend a free appreciation breakfast courtesy of Restaurant 39 in the Crossroads Shopping Center, Henderson. (WIZS photo)

Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell spoke to WIZS’ John Charles Rose during the station’s live broadcast and expressed his gratitude to Stainback and the restaurant staff for their generosity.

“It means the world to us to know that we’ve got business owners and volunteers that are here today looking after local fire, EMS and law enforcement. Knowing that the community and people like JR and his staff have public safety in their thoughts and prayers means the world to us,” he said.

Sheriff Curtis Brame remarked on the good turn out and said, “We don’t often get that pat on the back; it’s great to be appreciated.”

WIZS John Charles Rose brings listeners a live, on-location broadcast from Restaurant 39’s appreciation breakfast. (WIZS photo)

Brame also informed the crowd that Chief Barrow was unable to attend due to a prior engagement but did have a big part in planning and promoting the breakfast.

Javier Plummer, director for Vance County EMS, said he and his crew were glad to be included in the occasion. “Hopefully, we don’t have any interruptions and then we can enjoy and fellowship,” joked Plummer. “We do the best we can for the citizens and we are proud that we can be here and represent.”

Before partaking of the meal, David Barnett, associate minister at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, offered a blessing and words of encouragement.

“Your jobs are very difficult, very dangerous and very demanding,” he said. “I hope you find them very rewarding also. It’s not just a grab and it’s not just a job. Restaurant 39 and the rest of the people gathered here today want to say we love and appreciate you. Lives are changed because of what you do.”

To hear WIZS’ broadcast from Restaurant 39, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Town Talk 09/06/19

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Town Talk 09/05/19: H-V Crime Stoppers to Hold 24th Annual Banquet

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The 24th Annual Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Vance-Granville Community College’s Civic Center at 6:30 p.m.

James Baines, Crime Stoppers president, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk to encourage the public and business community to support the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Individual tickets for $12 and reservation of tables are available by contacting Lorraine Watkins at Henderson’s Screen Master on S. Garnett St., John Faucette at Carolina Carpet & Flooring on Parham Street or by calling Baines at (252) 430-9218.

Speaker for the occasion will be Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, with dinner provided by Ted Wheeler Catering.

The Tom Long Memorial Award, Sam Pearson Memorial Award, Community Award and Citizen of the Year Award, among others, will be issued to deserving community members and are always a big draw for the banquet.

“I’m hoping the community will come out and support Crime Stoppers because we support our community and our law enforcement,” Baines said.

To hear Baines’ interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Town Talk 09/04/19: State Tourism Campaign to Feature Oxford Hot Sauce Contest

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With less than two weeks to go, the countdown is officially on for one of Oxford’s largest tourism draws – the annual NC Hot Sauce Contest. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m in downtown Oxford.

Angela Allen, director of the Granville County Tourism Development Authority, said thousands of people are expected in downtown Oxford next weekend to interact with friends, merchants, fans, artisans and vendors. In 2018, the event reportedly topped 18,000 visitors.

“If you plan on visiting us, just put Main Street, Oxford in your GPS and you will find it,” Allen said.

According to Allen, 40 of North Carolina’s barbeque and hot sauce vendors are participating, along with approximately 30 food vendors and eight breweries and wineries.

An NC Pepper Eating Contest sponsored by Bailey Farms will begin at 1 p.m. and always proves interesting to watch, said Allen. “I love to see the faces of those going through the many rounds and to see who can actually stand the heat!”

The day will also include activities for children, antique car displays, music, entertainment, shopping at downtown stores and dining at local restaurants.

Participants may also see a film crew on site as the NC Tourism Department will be recording portions of the event to include in its Visit NC “Firsts That Last” state-wide advertising campaign. “They will be there to capture those first experiences that people have at the contest, whether it be trying a pepper for the very first time or sampling sauces that are way too hot,” Allen said.

While the annual contest is literally a lot of fun and games, Allen said the bigger picture is the tourism dollars generated from sales tax on travel expenses such as hotel stays, gasoline, food and entertainment.

“Every time a person travels, they are going to spend money,” explained Allen. “All that sales tax comes back to that particular area and destination.”

In her Town Talk interview, Allen explained that the local area has often been easy for travelers to overlook in the past as they drive through via the interstate to other destinations.

“Tourism departments focus on making their location unique from other destinations,” she said. “You’ve got to play up those things that make you stand out. The hot sauce contest is definitely one of those things that has the platform to make Oxford unique.”

To hear Allen’s interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.