Dr. Kayla Cagle-Colon MPH

Dr. Kayla J. Cagle-Colon Joins Maria Parham Women’s Care

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-Press Release, Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health (MPH), a Duke LifePoint hospital, is excited to announce that Kayla J. Cagle-Colon, MD, has joined their women’s care practice, Maria Parham Women’s Care. Dr. Cagle-Colon joins the community from New York, New York where she has completed her residency program.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cagle-Colon to North Carolina to practice at Maria Parham Health,” said Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health. “Women’s Care is a growing need in our community, and Dr. Cagle-Colon’s training at Yale and fellowship at Bellevue Hospital (New York, New York) have given her a great breadth of experience in a wide range of procedures that people in our region need. This expertise will be important as Maria Parham Health works to make our community healthier.”

Kayla J. Cagle-Colon, MD, has joined Maria Parham Health’s women’s care practice, Maria Parham Women’s Care. (Photo courtesy MPH)

Dr. Cagle-Colon earned her medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD. She completed a residency program at New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY. Dr. Cagle-Colon is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

When she is not working, Dr. Cagle-Colon enjoys fishing, horseback riding, reading, traveling, and quality time with her husband and two dogs.

Dr. Cagle-Colon is now accepting patients at Maria Parham Women’s Care, located at 1209 SE Industry Drive in Oxford, North Carolina. This practice offers women’s health care services including, well-woman visits, obstetrical care, birth control management, high-risk pregnancy care, and menopause management.

To schedule an appointment, please call (252) 492-8576.

Antoinette Dickens

VGCC’s Dickens Receives Statewide Award for Work-Based Learning


-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Antoinette C. Dickens, Department Chair of Public Service and Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Vance-Granville Community College, was recently named the winner of the North Carolina Work-Based Learning Association (NCWBLA) Jon A. Young Award for 2020. This award recognizes the outstanding NCWBLA member of the year, one who exemplifies the ideals of Work-Based Learning by making significant contributions to the mission and goals of the association.

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an academic program at VGCC that combines classroom studies with on-the-job, career-related work experience. The goal is to provide students with not only the curriculum to succeed but also with the hands-on and on-site experience they will need to succeed in the workforce.

Antoinette Dickens holds her plaque for the NCWBLA Jon A. Young Award. (Photo courtesy VGCC)

“We congratulate Antoinette for being recognized at the state level for her talents and her contributions to Work-Based Learning,” said Dr. Rachel Desmarais, president of VGCC. “She has revised and streamlined the WBL processes at VGCC, helping our students gain skills and prepare for promising careers.”

A resident of Rolesville, Dickens has served as the WBL Coordinator at VGCC since 2016. Under her leadership, the Work-Based Learning program saw a 27% increase in student hours completed from 2018-2019 to 2019-2020. In her other role at the college, Dickens provides leadership for several curriculum programs: Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education and Paralegal Technology.

She has served in leadership roles at the NCWBLA, as an at-large board member and as Treasurer.

“WBL is an experiential class/program that provides students with the opportunity to apply theories and skills learned in class to the workplace,” Dickens noted. “It is a win-win-win situation for all parties involved! First, students are able to gain experience and work skills needed to be successful in their careers. Second, employers benefit from having students and graduates who possess the skills and education to successfully meet their employment needs. And third, VGCC benefits from WBL in that it allows the college to forge new community relationships, or strengthen existing ones.”

Dickens started her higher education at VGCC, earned a Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, and later completed a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies at North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a master’s degree in human services counseling: criminal justice at Liberty University.

She has held a variety of positions in the justice system, as a Deputy Clerk of Superior Court in Vance County, a legal assistant in the District Attorney’s office in Oxford, a juvenile court counselor, and a paralegal working for law firms in Louisburg, Warrenton and Raleigh. Dickens was an instructor for VGCC’s Criminal Justice Technology program from 2004 through 2010. She rejoined VGCC in 2013 as the first person to head the college’s Paralegal Technology program.

For more information on participating in WBL at VGCC, contact Dickens at (252) 738-3609 or

Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks

H-V Rec. & Parks Announces Upcoming Water Aerobics, Yoga, Know Your Rights

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-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department announces the following upcoming events:

Water Aerobics: Water Aerobics is a program that uses the buoyant qualities of water to enhance physical fitness through exercises. It is a medium-impact water class designed to provide cardiovascular conditioning, improved muscle tone, and improved balance. It is a total body workout without the stress of land-based exercise. Non-swimmers welcome!

Classes will be held at 8:15 – 9 a.m., 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021. Classes are $1 for members, $2 for nonmembers and will be limited to 10 participants.

Masks must be worn at all times in the facility but not while in the pool.

Register at Aycock Recreation Center or online at For information, please contact Lauren Newlin at or (252) 438-3160.

Yoga: Yoga classes will begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021. These sessions are based on Basic Yoga techniques to inspire physical, mental and spiritual peace from within.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6:15 – 7 p.m. Classes are $1 for members, $2 for nonmembers and will be limited to 10 participants.

You can register at Aycock Recreation Center or online at Mask must be worn during the class and in the facility.

For information, please contact Lauren Newlin at or (252) 438-3160.

Know Your Rights– Learn how to protect your civil liberties and your basic rights. Virtual Sessions will be live on the Henderson Vance Outreach Facebook page.

Sessions will be held on Mondays at 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Shantel Hargrove at (252) 430-0382 or


VGCC Solidifies Partnership With North Carolina A&T State University

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College continues to build new partnerships that support transfer student success with senior institutions in North Carolina.

Earlier this semester, VGCC solidified a partnership with North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. The North Carolina A&T ‘Aggie Plus’ agreement provides students with guaranteed admission to the university and promotes the success of transfer students seeking to earn a baccalaureate degree.

The co-admission agreement represents innovations that are being put into place by community colleges and universities in NC. VGCC is one of a growing number of community colleges to partner with NCA&TSU on the Aggie Plus Program. VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais and NCA&TSU Chancellor Dr. Harold Martin signed off on the partnership effort, and now students will benefit.

As a part of the agreement, VGCC students will receive career, financial aid and academic counseling from assigned N.C. A&T and VGCC advisors. Following completion of the associate degree, Aggie Plus participants will receive priority review in the final N.C. A&T admissions process. The application fee for Aggie Plus participants will be waived and students will engage in an Aggie Plus program orientation session at VGCC. Further, N.C. A&T will organize at least one Aggie Plus program visit day to N.C. A&T each year.

“Our college continues to be intentional about providing multiple pathways to success for students. The Aggie Plus Program is yet another example. Ultimately, N.C. A&T provides a quality education for students in many areas including STEM. VGCC students will benefit from this opportunity!” said Dr. Levy Brown, VGCC’s vice president of learning, student engagement and success.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Aggie Plus Program, please contact our staff at (252) 738-3234. Further, if you are interested in applying for general admissions to the college, please apply at or call (252) 738-3234.

Granville Vance Public Health Logo

GVPH COVID-19 Update: Vance Nears 2,000 Confirmed Cases


-Information courtesy Granville Vance Public Health

GVPH provided the following update for COVID-19 spread and response in Granville and Vance County as of December 7, 2020. Granville Vance Public Health numbers correlate with the NC Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NCEDSS) data.

The county case numbers reported on the NC county map from the NC Department of Health and Human Services may differ from the ones reported locally as they are updated at different times and may change once residence is verified.

Vance County

Total Cases: 1,949
Active Cases: 600

Total Cases in Community: 1,768
Active Cases: 595
Cases Off-Isolation: 1,153

Total Cases at Long-Term Care Facilities: 181
Active Cases: 5
Cases Off-Isolation: 136

There is currently an outbreak at Senior Citizens Home and Kerr Lake Nursing Home.

Total Hospitalized with COVID-19: 25

Total Deaths: 60
Community: 20
Pelican Nursing Home: 14
Kerr Lake Nursing Home: 12
Senior Citizens Home: 14

Granville County

Total Cases: 2,798
Active Cases: 551

Total Cases in Community: 1,972
Active Cases: 436
Cases Off-Isolation: 1,526

Total Cases at Federal Prison: 533
Active Cases: 7
Cases Off-Isolation: 504

Total Cases at Long-Term Care Facilities: 293
Active Cases: 108
Cases Off-Isolation: 157

There are currently outbreaks at Universal Health Care, Murdoch Development Center, Granville House, RHA Health Services – Stem and Polk Correctional Institution.

Total Hospitalized with COVID-19: 9

Total Deaths: 60
Community: 10
Central Regional: 1
Granville House: 2
Murdoch Development Center: 3
Universal Health Care: 22
Federal Prison: 22

Unfortunately, another death has been reported from the community: a 57-year-old female passed away on December 4, 2020.

Additional Information

The number of those who have been ‘released from isolation’ is determined by the CDC Guidance for discontinuation of isolation for persons with COVID-19.

Please visit GVPH’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard (click here) for tables and graphs that are updated daily.

Henderson Vance Recreation & Parks

H-V Rec. & Parks: Jackson St. Park Reopens, Aycock Rec. Center’s New Hours

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-Information courtesy Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department

Park Reopening

Jackson Street Park (325 Breckenridge Street, Henderson) is now open. Please follow Henderson Vance on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter for updates on the future reopening of Fox Pond Park (467 Vicksboro Rd.).

All park patrons must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Mass gathering limit of 50 people outdoors
  • Wear mask/face covering outdoors if not possible to consistently be six feet from non-household members.

The Aycock Recreation Center announces its new hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday

Open: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3:30 p.m.,  6 – 8 p.m.

Closed: 12 – 1 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.


Open: 8 – 12 p.m., 1 – 5 p.m., 6 – 8 p.m.

Closed: 12 – 1 p.m., 5 – 6 p.m.


Open: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 4 p.m.

Closed: 12 – 1 p.m.


Open 1 – 5 p.m.

S-Line Rail Corridor

S-Line Rail Corridor Meeting to Address Future Opportunities for Local Area

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Please join the S-Line (rail corridor) Stakeholder Committee for a virtual meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 1 – 2 p.m. to hear from transit-oriented development and land-use planning experts. You will learn how the local area can plan for current and future opportunities along the S-Line.

Meeting agenda:

1 – 1:05 p.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mayor Mann of Sanford, Mayor Jones of Wake Forest, Co-Chairs of the S-Line Stakeholder Committee

1:05 – 1:20 p.m.: S-Line Update, NCDOT Deputy Secretary Julie White and Rail Director Jason Orthner

1:20 – 1:40 p.m.: Using Rail to Create Place and Economic Value: NC Case Studies, Terry Shook, Shook Kelley

1:40 – 1:50 p.m.: Tailoring Land Use and Economic Development Opportunities for S-Line Communities, Jeff Bandini, Urban Land Institute

1:50 – 2 p.m.: Next Steps and Closing, Julie White, NCDOT

To register for the virtual meeting, please click here.

For more information on plans for the S-Line, click here.

Elizabeth City State University

VGCC Forms New Partnership With Elizabeth City State University


-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Faculty, staff, and leaders from Vance-Granville Community College and Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) recently attended a virtual signing ceremony to formalize an agreement that creates new opportunities for students from the community college to complete bachelor’s degrees.

The co-admission agreement, which is designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative baccalaureate degree program, was signed by ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon and VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais.

“ECSU continues to collaborate with North Carolina community colleges to afford transfer students a greater opportunity to earn their undergraduate degrees,” Chancellor Dixon said in a statement from the university. “We are excited to work with President Desmarais and her staff to provide these students with a clear path to ECSU so they can continue their education.”

VGCC is the fourth community college to sign such an agreement with ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system offering more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

“This strong new partnership with Elizabeth City State University will help VGCC students achieve their academic and career goals,” said Dr. Rachel Desmarais, president of the community college. “We look forward to supporting Vanguards who choose to continue their education as Vikings.”

Under the agreement, VGCC students can choose a “co-admission” transfer pathway in which they can take ECSU degree programs without actually leaving the community college. Students will receive special joint academic advising services and virtual support. There will also be assistance for active-duty military and veteran education benefits and resources available to qualifying students. Students will receive either on-site or virtual classroom presentations; joint virtual financial aid counseling; access to the ECSU library online resources; and access to programming through the university’s Office of Student Activities and other campus organizations.

Alternatively, eligible students can complete the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Fine Arts degree programs at VGCC, and if they maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA), they will be guaranteed admission to ECSU. Application fees for these transfer students will be waived.

“We are excited about creating opportunities for our students that will assist them with long-term success!” said Dr. Levy Brown, VGCC’s vice president of learning, student engagement & success. “Our team has worked diligently to create multiple pathways for students, including non-credit to credit, and from our institution to four-year institutions. A special thanks to Kali Brown, Dean of Student Access and Support, and Dr. Antonio Jordan, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services, for partnering with me on this important work for our students. Further, I appreciate the visionary leadership of Dr. Rachel Desmarais, as we continue to strategically seek partnerships that will benefit our students.”

For more information, prospective students can apply for admission online at or call (252) 738-3234.

SHPHC Bluegrass Christmas

SHPHC Presents ‘Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: A Bluegrass Christmas’

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-Information courtesy South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church

South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church (SHPHC) presents “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: A Bluegrass Christmas” on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public (social distancing in the sanctuary).

You can also watch online on the SHPHC Facebook page (click here) or YouTube channel (click here).

All donations benefit area children in need. You may also donate online at and select “Caroline Fund.”

SHPHC is located at 905 Americal Road in Henderson, NC.

Drewry Volunteer Fire Dept

Drewry Volunteer Fire Dept. Holding Drawing for Handmade Quilt

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-Information courtesy Judy E. Stainback, Drewry Volunteer Fire Department

The Auxiliary of the Drewry Volunteer Fire Department will hold a drawing for a handmade queen-sized quilt on December 18, 2020.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can be purchased at Ellington’s Hair Trends, 121 Rose Avenue in Henderson or by calling (252) 492-3051.

Proceeds to benefit the Drewry Volunteer Fire Department and The Auxiliary of the Drewry Volunteer Fire Department.