Opioid Abuse In Our Area

If you live in Vance County or the surrounding area, then you know that opioid abuse, addiction and overdose is a real issue.

Tuesday at Vance Granville Community College, leaders and interested parties gathered to discuss awareness and prevention.  It was put on by Granville Vance Public Health and other agencies.

There are stats everywhere which show the sharp increase in overdose deaths nationally too, especially when you look at heroin and the misuse of prescription drugs.  You won’t search long before you see headlines that drug overdoses kill more people annually that car crashes or gun violence.

At the forum Tuesday, Dr. Anderson Brown with Cardinal Innovations spoke and said it all starts with prevention. It’s at different, earlier ages and with different outcomes that we see young adults becoming addicted now.

Dr. Shauna Guthrie, the Granville Vance Public Health Medical Director, said the right amount of prescription is where we need to start. Just a few pills can cause a young to middle age adult to be addicted.

Over prescribed drugs, in terms of the number of pills given for example just in an initial prescription, are a problem.  Problems arise when the intended recipient of the drug uses too much and also when the pills are not completely used and then fall into the wrong hands.

Dr. Lawrence Greenblatt, the Northern Piedmont Community Care Medical Director, said there are patients out there that need prescriptions but to a certain point. Cutting back on the amount of prescriptions is something that is needed.

A big issue is how early children are affected, including the fact that some children are born with a drug addiction because of the habits of the mother.  In other cases, it was stated that children as young as 10 years old now experiment with drugs.

What are we doing locally?  Educating youngsters at an early age, making sure treatment is available for those in need and making the public aware of treatment options.

There is improved access with 24 hour hotlines like 1-800-939-5911, which is Cardinal Innovations 24-hour crisis line.

There are more drop boxes for unused medications.  Most any local pharmacy has one or will take the unused meds during normal business hours.  October 28th is National Drug take back day.

Resources are being provided, and there are free training options.  Nidhi Sachdeva, with the N.C. Division of Public Health, works closely with the local community.


Daymark Recovery – 5 Counties but focus on Warren, Granville and Vance.


Vance Recovery – all age groups


Back on Track – Group Therapy, Transportation, Medicaid.


Mens Halfway House – Staffed 24/7

Vance County Schools switching to Summer Schedule

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2017

Beginning July 1, Vance County Schools will operate on a summer schedule. Schools and school system offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. All schools and school system offices will be closed each Friday. This summer schedule will be followed through August 11.

Press Release: ‘Beatlemania’ Comes To McGregor Hall

HENDERSON, N.C. (April 17, 2017)— The fanfare of The Beatles—often called “Beatlemania”—is coming to downtown Henderson, N.C., on Thursday, April 20th when Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience performs live at McGregor Hall Performing Arts and Learning Center at 8 p.m.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience has been dubbed “the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of The Beatles,” by music industry insiders. The band includes brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, who have united their musical talents, charms and passion for performing to create a show that does away the worn out tribute format. No bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show as well as through the Yesterday and Today app available on iTunes.

Once the requests are collected, minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.

What the McGuigan boys have overwhelmingly found, since debuting the show in 2007, is that not only do people have a story to tell, but they are absolutely ready and willing to tell that story when being able to tie it to their favorite Beatles song. On some level, it goes beyond sheer entertainment, and perhaps becomes a hint of music therapy.

Tickets are on sale at, by calling (252) 598-0662 or by visiting the Box Office at 201 Breckenridge Street in Henderson, N.C. For more information, contact McGregor Hall’s Executive Director Tommy Deadwyler at (252) 598-0662 or email him at [email protected]. For interviews with the McGuigans or more information, contact Kate Whitecotton, production manager at [email protected] or (402) 682-2868.


Good News: VGCC awarded grant for revamped Male Mentoring initiative

Vance-Granville Community College recently received a $17,234 grant from the North Carolina Community College System to fund the Male Mentoring Success Initiative at the college for the 2016-2017 academic year.

All first-year male students at the college will now be involved in the expanded program, according to Anthony Pope, a VGCC academic & career coach who coordinates the initiative.

Representatives of VGCC and other colleges that received the grants attended a system-wide kick-off event on Aug. 30 at Wake Technical Community College. Then, in early September, VGCC held a series of study skills workshops at all four college campuses, entitled “How to Maximize Your Study Time,” as the Male Mentoring Success Initiative’s first events of the new academic year. The VGCC Academic Skills Center collaborated with the MMSI on those workshops. Pope added that collaboration with departments throughout the college is key to the success of the initiative.

Various VGCC faculty and staff members serve as “coaches” in the program. New for this year, Pope is recruiting student “mentees” who have already completed one year at VGCC to serve as “peer mentors” to students at one of the college’s four partnering Early College high schools.

For several years, under different names, the MMSI has worked to help male students stay in school and on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year university. Pope said that events planned for this year include tours of North Carolina universities, guest speakers and educational workshops. He also hopes to take a group of students to an NBA game and send a delegation from VGCC to the National Mentoring Summit, Feb. 1-3, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the mentoring initiative, contact Anthony Pope at [email protected] or (252) 738-3395.


Amnesty for Child Support Awareness Month

WIZS News has received the following information from a Vance County Child Support Enforcement Supervisor.  In addition to the text below in bold, the supervisor said in an email, “Vance County Child Support is celebrating Child Support Awareness Month by offering Amnesty for the month of August.  We really believe that this will help some parents get back on track of making consistent child support payments.”  Please review the details below.



August 1st – August 31st

9:00am – 4:00pm

Do you have a Vance Co. Child Support Order for Arrest?

Avoid Arrest and Get A Fresh Start!!

Visit the Vance Co. Child Support Office

350 Ruin Creek Road

Henderson, NC  27536

(252) 431-1200

Pay $400 (per case) in the form of a money order made payable to:

Vance County Clerk of Court

Employment leads will be offered!

Your child is counting on you!

Support is Key to a child’s future!!

**You will NOT be Arrested!**

STEM now accepting applications

Vance County Schools is now accepting applications for STEM Early High School for grades 7 and 8 for the 2016-2017 school year.

STEM is an innovative early high school that focuses on science, mathematics, engineering and technology. All students are provided with a laptop computer and work collaboratively in an environment that encourages high levels of problem solving through the use of engineering principles and creativity.

Limited space is available for students.

Applications will be accepted through July 27 at the school on the campus of Northern Vance High School or at the Vance County Schools Administrative Services Center at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.

Applications are available on line at

Decisions regarding acceptance will be made prior to August 5, 2016.

Henderson PD Press Release – Heroin Bust


On Friday, July 1, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit and Criminal Investigation Division arrested Roslyn Wynn.  Wynn was arrested after a Federal Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment charging Wynn with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.

Wynn was transported to Raleigh for an appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge.  Wynn was released and placed under electronic house arrest pending trial in this matter.  This matter is being investigated by the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Staples of Henderson holds 15 year ribbon cutting

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 15-year anniversary of Staples with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at their 160 Dabney Road location.  “We greatly appreciate everything the chamber of commerce does for the Henderson community, and we’re pleased to help the members with the products and services they need to make more happen with their businesses,” said Stanley Wolfenbarger, general manager, Staples.

Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee.  The Henderson Staples retail location offers a broad assortment and products and business services and easy ways to shop, all back with a lowest price guarantee.

Services include:

  • Print & Marketing Services – Prints services ranging from presentations and business cards to signs and banners with expert advice from certified print pros
  • Packaging & Shipping  Services – Easy shipping with UPS and up to 5% back on Staples Rewards
  • Technology Services – Complete technology solutions for home and office from certified techs
  • Buy online. Pick up in store – The store will have your online order ready within two hours to pick up
  • Ship to Store – Free shipping to store when you order online from
  • Technology Recycling – Staples offers free electronics recycling for office technology at Staples stores nationwide regardless of where the devices were purchased
  • Staples Rewards – Rewards members received up to 5% back on everything and free shipping on orders over $14.99

For more information, please contact them at 252-738-2488.

Henderson Man Arrested on Federal Gun Charges

Press Release- Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit arrested a Henderson man on federal gun charges. William L. Ormond III, 28, 828 State Street, Henderson has been indicated by a federal grand jury on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.HPD william ormond 041316

Ormond, who was awaiting trial on state charges was taken into custody at the Vance County Jail and transported to Raleigh for a hearing in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ormond remains in the custody of the United States Marshall Service.

This arrest is the latest in an ongoing investigation into drug and gun crimes in the Henderson and Vance County area. The investigation was handled by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Henderson Man Arrested on Federal Gun Charge

On Monday, March 28, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit arrested a Henderson man on federal gun charges. Ismil Rasheed Jeffers, 22, 113 Breland Drive, Henderson was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.

Jeffers has been charged after a federal grand jury handed down a one count indictment in this matter. The charges stem from an incident on October 19, 2015 in Henderson. Jeffers was placed into the custody of the United States Marshall Service pending a hearing in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.