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

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Reminder: FGV Ducky Derby to ‘Flood’ Garnett St. This Saturday

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Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start will hold its annual Ducky Derby Festival and rubber duck race, a fundraiser for the local Smart Start program, this Saturday, September 21, 2019, in downtown Henderson. The festival begins at 12 p.m. on Breckenridge Street between Perry Memorial Library and the Henderson Police Department.

This year’s activities include a bounce house and slide, face painting, corn hole, ring toss, balloon animals and performances by the Baby Shark and Paw Patrol characters.

Vendors will be on hand serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage dogs, fish sandwiches, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream and snow cones.

Entertainment will include a DJ, singing performances from several daycare programs, music from Henderson Collegiate, Mary Potter Elementary School band and choir and the drumline from Granville Central High School.

The YMCA will lead line dancing and Zumba in the street and children will have the opportunity to man a real firehose with the assistance of the Henderson Fire Department.

Each child that attends the event will receive a free book, courtesy of Smart Start. Parents will also have the opportunity to enroll any child age birth to 5 in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends a book each month to children at their home.

Safe Kids will also be present and will set up childcare safety seat inspections.

At 2 p.m., the entertainment switches to Garnett Street, where the rubber duck race will take place. Up to 2,000 rubber ducks will be poured into the Garnett Street “river” by a Greystone Concrete cement mixer.

The first duck to cross the finish line at Orange Street wins $1,000, second place $500 and third place finish is $250. Even the last duck to cross the finish line wins $100. There will be an additional drawing with one lucky winner receiving free “Chick-fil-A for a year,” a set of 52 meal tickets. Winners of the prizes do not have to be present to win.

In Henderson, tickets are on sale at EZ Car Care, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and State Employees Credit Union. All Smart Start staff and board members also have tickets, please call (252) 433-9110.

Tickets will also be on sale the day of the race. Ducks are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of 6 tickets is $25 and a “Flock” of 25 tickets is available for $100.

Corbitt Preservation Assoc. Finds ‘Golden Treasure’ in Rare Automobile

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-Information and photos courtesy Kenneth Stegall, Corbitt Preservation Association 

Excerpt from the Corbitt Preservation Association August Newsletter:

About two weeks ago, Charles Powell received a call from a lady saying she had a Corbitt Automobile. Charles asked everyone at the end of the Corbitt Preservation meeting if anyone would want to go with him to check it out and, of course, Steve Rosemond and Curtis Paul said “yes” right away.

So Saturday morning, August 10, Charles Powell, Steve Rosemond, Curtis Paul, Jerry Capps and Bruce Essick met at the lady’s house in Greensboro, NC.

When they opened the old barn door, there sat a Corbitt Automobile Body all nice and dry with its interior intact. The car even has the original VIN plate on the dashboard. This 4-door touring car was most likely built in 1911-1912. This is an amazing find, and we had to have it no matter what.

The lady agreed to sell it to the Corbitt Preservation Association for $1,500. We took the $1,500 out of our general fund in order to take possession of this golden treasure of ours.

We are now going to ask for donations to help replenish our $1,500 back to our general fund account. This was something we just could not live without.

The car body will be on display at our Corbitt Truck Show & Reunion in downtown Henderson on Saturday, October 19, 2019, for everyone to see and enjoy. We don’t know as of this moment how it will be displayed after the show, all we know is we are PROUD owners of a Corbitt Automobile body!

This also proves the importance of our website; without it, the lady would have never known who to contact about a Corbitt Automobile.

There is only one thing left to find, and that is a Corbitt Buggy. We believe we will find one, one day!

The Corbitt Preservation Association is strong and we have lots of dedicated people who love our brand. We will keep digging and digging until we find the next treasure. You never know what will happen next!

VGCC Introduces Online Career Coach Program for Students

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College recently introduced a new web-based service that will help students explore careers and make plans for their future.

Through the interactive “Career Coach” program, students can:

  • take a career assessment and get suggestions for possible career goals, based on their interests;
  • access the latest information about jobs and salaries in the region for various career fields; and
  • learn about particular VGCC education and training programs that lead to the careers they want.

By linking jobs to education, current or future students can see the potential “return on investment” of community college programs. They can even see a list of employers in the region who have posted jobs for a particular type of career within the last year.

“Not only current students, but also people who are thinking about becoming students, can use the site to learn more about various career options and the VGCC programs that prepare them for those careers,” said VGCC Director of Career Services Linda Fletcher. “Users can create accounts which allow them to save the results of their assessments and their favorite careers or programs of study. We think this will help members of our community make well-informed career decisions and get training for skills that are in demand by employers.”

Other special features of Career Coach include a tool that allows veterans of the armed services to find civilian careers that are related to their military occupations and a tool that helps users create a professional resume.

Career Coach is linked from the home page and can be accessed directly at

Town Talk 09/16/19

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Four Deputies Transported to Maria Parham After Suspect Rams Vehicles

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On the morning of September 13, 2019, members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and the Henderson Police Department were attempting to serve a search warrant at 617 Thomas Street in Henderson. A suspect rammed into three Sheriff’s Office vehicles in an attempt to escape.

The suspect was apprehended at the scene.

Four members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office were transported to Maria Parham Health with non-life threatening injuries. The Henderson Police Department is investigating the incident.

Any other details will be released by the Henderson Police Department at the appropriate time.

VGCC Experiences Enrollment Growth

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College received welcome news as it celebrated its 50th anniversary recently: an increase in enrollment over the same time last year. As of the beginning of the fall semester in August, VGCC had 3,073 students enrolled in curriculum programs. That represented a 3.7% increase compared to the beginning of the fall 2018 semester when enrollment stood at 2,963.

VGCC Board of Trustees Chair Danny Wright and President Rachel Desmarais, Ph.D. cut the cake at VGCC’s 50th celebration. (VGCC photo)

A significant source of the increase was enrollment by high school students in college programs, either through Early College High Schools or other Career & College Promise pathways. There were 15% more of those students enrolled than there were at the beginning of fall 2018.

“We are pleased that an increasing number of students are participating in our high-quality education and training programs, which are preparing them to achieve their career goals,” said Dr. Rachel Desmarais, president of VGCC. “For 50 years, Vance-Granville Community College has been providing opportunities for education and training, with the strong support of the community. Thanks to that support, we continue to serve as an accessible, innovative, student-centered higher education partner for our region.”

Established in 1969, VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, in which students work toward certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Area residents and businesses can also take advantage of a variety of Continuing Education opportunities, as well as the High School Equivalency and Adult High School Diploma programs.

High school students can also get a step ahead by starting their college education early with VGCC courses.

The college has four campuses – one each in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties – and offers online programs, as well.

For more information, visit

Aycock Rec. Center’s Annual Fall Festival to Offer Family Fun

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department’s 2019 Fall Festival for families will kick-off the fall season with traditional games, hayrides, bounce house, music, festival snacks, a haunted trail and the “famous haunted house.”

This event will be held at Aycock Recreation Center, 307 Carey Chapel Rd. in Henderson, on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Come and join the community for a night of family fun.

For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091 ([email protected]).

Area Churches to Hold ACTS Benefit Concert at McGregor Hall

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-Information courtesy McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

Several local churches will participate in the “Joyful Noise” concert at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $8 and will be available at the door. Proceeds from the concert benefit ACTS of Vance County.

Featured groups and performers include First Baptist Church, Clearview Baptist Church, Harriet Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, Work in Progress with Roy Burroughs and Lynn Cooper.

H-V Rec. & Parks: Toddlers Are Invited to ‘Get Messy’ at Crafty Kids Classes

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-Information courtesy Tara Goolsby, Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Facilities Supervisor, Aycock Recreation Center

Come get creative with Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks’ Crafty Kids Classes! Children ages 2 to 5 will enjoy age-appropriate level craft projects led by an amazing instructor, Tyere Wiggins.

Come prepared for your toddler to get messy and have fun. Parents must stay to supervise their child and are welcome to join in on the fun!

Classes are offered at the Aycock Rec. Center on Monday, October 7, 14 and 21, 2019, from 6:45 until 7:15 p.m.

$1.00 fee for members, $2 for non-members.


Lauren Newlin, Aquatics Program Supervisor

[email protected] ~ (252) 438-3160