‘Scam Jam’ to Help Elders Avoid Falling Victim to Fraud

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-Press Release, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging along with the Vance County Senior Center has scheduled a SCAM JAM to help educate seniors on how to protect themselves from fraud and scams.

The Vance County SCAM JAM is a free educational and entertaining forum where seniors will learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds – from identity theft to telemarketing, Medicare fraud and even Grandparent Scams.

Seminar registration will begin at 1 p.m., and the event will start at 1:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at the Vance County Senior Center, 126 S. Garnett Street, Henderson, NC.

The SCAM JAM is designed to empower citizens to protect themselves and their families. Scheduled speakers include representatives of the Senior Medicare Patrol from the NC Department of Insurance, NC Department Secretary of State, Better Business Bureau as well as the local law enforcement and bankers.

The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging leads and is involved in the efforts that provide for the development and enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community-based systems of services, opportunities, and protections for older adults which assist them in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

The agency serves Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren County.

For more information about the Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging, please call 252-436-2040.

Henderson Men’s Shelter Prepares to Kick Off 2019-2020 Season

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-Information courtesy Community Partners of Hope

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 6 p.m. volunteers and staff of the Henderson Men’s Shelter will gather in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church for a brief review and a service of prayer to kick off the 2019-2020 shelter season.

The shelter serves homeless men in the basement of the church from November – March and will officially open for the season on Friday, November 1.

Shelter Cleanup Day

A group will work in the shelter on Tuesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Work involves dusting, sweeping, mopping, folding, stacking, washing and organizing.

Please call Jane at (252) 432-9494 or email [email protected] if you would like to help.


Changes have been made to the staffing schedule for the new season.

Darryl Jones will be the manager on duty every weeknight during the welcome shift. A volunteer is still needed to work with him to assist with check-in and interact with the men.

Josh Stokes will be the weekend welcome shift supervisor (5 – 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.) A volunteer is still needed to work with him on Saturday and Sunday.

Some regular staff (mostly volunteer) will have primary responsibility for the overnight shift, but volunteers are still needed so that there are always two supervisors on duty.

Shifts Needed

Meals are needed every night of the week, but several groups have already signed up – some claiming several evenings for each of the five months.

Welcome Shift (5 – 10 p.m.) – Mostly need Sunday through Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Most Thursdays and Fridays are already covered.

Overnight Shift – (9 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.) Mostly need Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays are mostly covered.


Per the shelter, “although we try to be extremely frugal, we have ongoing monthly costs for utilities and repairs at Hope House, supplies, insurance, etc. We are still considering a more permanent location for the shelter, but we can’t move forward without significant cash donations. We would also like to be able to pay a few more of the overnight staff.

The Hope House roof will be repaired in January and we have some of the funds needed for that but still need to find more. Huge thanks to Certainteed Roofing for providing the shingles and to Lowes Home Improvement for providing building materials at a significant discount!”


All contributions are tax deductible.

Checks may be sent to:

Community Partners of Hope, Inc, P.O. Box 1791, Henderson, NC 27536

Supplies Needed

Disposable razors

Tall kitchen trash bags (13-gallon size)

Laundry detergent

Pine-sol type cleaner – gallon containers

Instant Grits

Crackers and nabs

Cup of Noodles (with cup)

Instant Hot Cocoa

New clothing in plastic wrappers only. (Please take used clothing to a thrift store)

Men’s undergarments (all sizes)

Men’s waterproof gloves

Men’s sweatshirts (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

Men’s thermal sets (Sizes L, XL, XXL)

White tube socks

Not Needed:

Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, instant oatmeal, deodorant, dress socks and coffee mugs.

NOTE: Please do not drop off donations at the shelter unless you have made arrangements to do so as space is limited and many items are stored offsite.

If you have donations of used blankets, coats, clothing, etc, please take them to the Community Workforce Solutions Thrift Store located at 602 S Garnett Street in Henderson.

To Volunteer:

Contact Jane King, volunteer coordinator, at 252-432-9494.

Fire Officials Urge Caution Ahead of Expected Busy Fall Wildfire Season

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-Press Release, USDA&CS

As we enter the start of the fall wildfire season, the N.C. Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service urge visitors and North Carolinians to be cautious with campfires and when burning yard debris. This reminder coincides with National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6 – 12.

The fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. The leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina is debris burning. When left unattended, debris fires can escape and start wildfires.

“We will not forget the 2016 fall wildfire season that burned more than 59,511 acres across North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “As we head into this fall fire season facing similarly dry weather conditions, let’s remember that each of us can do our part to prevent wildfires. It is important to exercise extreme caution while burning debris of any kind.”

There are many factors to consider before burning debris. The N.C. Forest Service encourages residents to contact their local county forest ranger before burning debris. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help ensure the safety of people, property and the forest. To find contact information for your local county ranger, visit

For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:

  • Consider alternatives to burning. Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble, may be of more value if they are not burned, but used for mulch instead.
  • Check local burning laws. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours. Others forbid it entirely.
  • Make sure you have a valid permit. You can obtain a burn permit at any N.C. Forest Service office or authorized permitting agent, or online at
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Don’t burn on dry, windy days.
  • Local fire officials can recommend a safe way to burn debris. Don’t pile vegetation on the ground. Instead, place it in a cleared area and contain it in a screened receptacle away from overhead branches and wires.
  • Household trash should be hauled away to a trash or recycling station. It is illegal to burn anything other than yard debris.
  • Be sure you are fully prepared before burning. To control the fire, you will need a hose, bucket, steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. Keep a phone nearby, too.
  • Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed up debris burning.
  • Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
  • Burning agricultural residue and forestland litter: In addition to the rules above, a fire line should be plowed around the area to be burned. Large fields should be separated into small plots for burning one at a time. Before doing any burning in a wooded area, contact your county ranger, who will weigh all factors, explain them and offer technical advice.

The USDA Forest Service also reminds campers to be cautious when burning campfires. Use existing fire rings if possible and clear a safe area around them of at least 15 feet. Never leave campfires unattended, and ensure they are completely out before leaving.

The U.S. Forest Service offers the following guidelines for safely extinguishing campfires and helping to prevent wildfires:

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones.
  • Pour until the hissing sound stops.
  • Stir campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers.
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and that embers are cold to the touch.
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Pour dirt or sand on the fire, mixing enough dirt or sand with the embers to extinguish the fire.
  • Continue adding or stirring until all remaining material is cool.
  • Do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Always exercise caution with any outdoor burning. Even when burn bans are not in effect, weather conditions may not be favorable for outdoor fires. Outdoor burning is discouraged during periods of low humidity or high winds.

Studies have shown that taking these and other measures can reduce the possibility of wildfires. To learn more about fire safety and preventing wildfires and loss of property, visit and

Vance Co. Board of Commissioners October Meeting Set for Monday Evening

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, October 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Joel Beckham, New Life Baptist Church.

Agenda items include:

Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – each speaker is limited to five minutes)

Public Hearing – Angie Blount, County Planner

-Zoning Ordinance Amendment

-Land Clearing Inert Debris

Public Hearing – Angie Blount, County Planner

-Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Amendment

-Updates as required by FEMA


– District Attorney Mike Waters, Sheriff Curtis Brame, Police Chief Marcus Barrow – law enforcement update

Water District Board

a. Committee Report

b. Monthly Operations Report

Committee Reports and Recommendations

a. Technology Committee – Public Wi-Fi

b. Public Safety Committee – Fire Response District Changes

c. Human Resources Committee – Vehicle Use Policy – Employee Appreciation Breakfast

d. Properties Committee – REO Property Matters – Dennis Building

County Attorney’s Report

a. REO Properties – Bid Acceptance

– 719 N. Garnett Street – Parcel 0075 03005

– 14 Colenda Lane – Parcel 0325A02011

– Lot 4 Cedar Cove Road – Parcel 0593 01031

– 3.4+/- acres off Wilkins Lane – Parcel 0111 03023

– Lot off Wilkins Lane – Parcel 0111 01018

– Lot Pettigrew Street – Parcel 0103 06003

b. REO Property – Two New Offers

– Spring Valley Road – Parcel 0201 01001

Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Amendment

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Adjustments

d. Monthly Reports

e. Minutes


a. Appointments

Closed Session

a. Legal Matter

b. Contract Negotiation

c. Personnel Matter

Click here to view current and prior Board agendas.

Town Talk 10/03/19: Edwards Discusses Medicare/Affordable Care Open Enrollment

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Bradley Edwards, an insurance broker for CMI Insurance in Henderson, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss open enrollment for Medicare and Affordable Care Act insurance plans.

Changes made during open enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2020.


Enrollment for Medicare, an insurance plan typically reserved for qualifying individuals 65 years or older, begins October 15 and runs through December 7, 2019.

In his segment, Edwards explained that what is termed “Part A and Part B” of Medicare includes deductibles and coinsurance but does not include prescription drug coverage.

“People will find ways through private health insurance to help pay for what Medicare doesn’t cover,” explained Edwards. “That can be done through a supplemental prescription drug plan or through what is called a Medicare Advantage plan.”

Edwards said that advertisements of $0 health insurance are often referring to Medicare Advantage. “Medicare Advantage plans are considered Part C of Medicare. It handles your Part A and Part B claims, plus adds in prescription drug coverage.”

In addition, Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits such as dental, vision and hearing coverage along with free gym membership.

According to Edwards, Medicare Advantage plans typically range from $0-$75 per month for qualifying individuals.

For more information on Medicare, please visit online.

Affordable Care Act

Also known as Obamacare, open enrollment for individual Affordable Care Act insurance plans runs November 1 through December 15, 2019.

Those that do not enroll by December 15 will not be eligible for coverage in 2020 unless they qualify for a special enrollment period.

Affordable Care offers subsidies, or tax credits, based on an individual’s annual household income.

“If someone is on an Affordable Care plan where they receive a subsidy, every year during open enrollment they can change their plan and update their income. That needs to be adjusted every year between November 1 and December 15,” Edwards stated.

Even with the Affordable Care Act, Edwards said plans still go through a private insurance company. Private insurance is also still available to individuals outside of the Obamacare marketplace.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit online.

“It can get confusing in a hurry, but I can often make it pretty easy for my clients,” said Edwards. “A lot of it is going to come down to how much health and drug coverage you are going to need.”

CMI is a local Blue Cross insurance agency located at 601 S. Chestnut Street in Henderson, NC and can be reached by phone at (252) 438-2635.

(This is not a paid advertisement)

To hear Edwards’ Town Talk 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

Perry Memorial Library to Hold Fall Used Book Sale

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-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

You are invited to the Friends of Perry Memorial Library’s Fall Used Book Sale October 4-6, 2019. The library is located at 205 Breckenridge St. in downtown Henderson.

The book sale will be held in the Library’s Farm Bureau and Board rooms.

  • Friday, Oct. 4 ~ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Members Only Sale (membership available at the door)
  • Friday, Oct. 4 ~ 1 – 5:30 p.m. – General Sale
  • Saturday, Oct. 5 ~ 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – General Sale
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 ~ 1 – 4 p.m. – $3 bag sale

Get your cookbooks, craft and hobby books for the upcoming holidays. Many gardening and landscaping books are available as well.

Gently used book donations are welcome all year long. Please drop donations off at the Library’s Circulation Desk and let them know they are for the Friend’s Book Sale.

For additional information, please visit

Change to Phase 3 Water Plan on Vance Co. Water Committee’s Agenda

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Executive Assistant/Clerk to Board, Vance County Board of Commissioners

Vance County’s Water Committee (Wilder, Brummitt, Taylor) is scheduled to meet Monday, October 7, 2019, at 5:15 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room of the Vance County Administration Building located at 122 Young Street in Henderson.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a change order for Phase 3 water.

Reminder: Ladies, Register Now for WOVEN Lunch & Learn Featuring Miss NC

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-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and the VGCC Small Business Center welcomes Miss North Carolina, Alexandra Badgett to speak at the WOVEN (Women of Vance Empowered Networking) lunch and learn on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Henderson Country Club.

Her topic of discussion is based on her platform as Miss North Carolina, N.I.N.E: No is Not Enough which aims to deepen the message of the anti-rape anthem that “no means no.”  The discussions are also intended to address harassment in the workplace.

The event will be held from 12 until 1:30 p.m. and will serve as the H-V Chamber’s last WOVEN session for 2019.

The cost is $20 and registration is required by Thursday, October 10. You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend, so bring a friend!

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandra Wilkerson at [email protected] or call (252) 438-8414.

Camping Season at Kerr Lake’s Hibernia Extended to Dec. 1

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-Press Release, Kerr Lake Park Watch

It’s been a long time coming and it’s only a little over a month, but in the immortal words of Fred Flintstone, “YABBA DABBA DO!”  That’s the reaction to this week’s announcement by NC State Parks & Recreation that the camping season at Hibernia will be extended for the first time.

Kerr Lake is getting its first west bank winter (actually late fall) camping in an NC State Recreation Area. Winter camping has previously been restricted to certain areas of Nutbush and Satterwhite, but for the first time Hibernia’s Area 2 will be open this year until December 1. Hibernia usually closes around October 25 and reopens between March 15-20.

Campers may call Reserve America or go online to book. For nine years Kerr Lake Park Watch has advocated extending the camping seasons as more and more RV’s are equipped for cold-weather camping. You can see the extended camping area in the map below.

“We see this as the tip of the iceberg,” said a jubilant Frank Timberlake, Lead Public Affairs for Kerr Lake Park Watch, “and additional camping time should be added. We agree with state parks folks that December could be slow, so why not add a month earlier in the Spring. We hope the state will publicize this; we surely will.”

Kerr Lake Park Watch Steering Committee member Larry Matthews added, “It’s refreshing and rewarding to know that our state parks leaders are hearing and responding to the campers or moreover to the pleas of their customers; and customers we are because while there may be some tax revenues involved, we pay for every stay.”

Kerr Lake Park Watch has maintained that the salaries for rangers, maintenance and support staff for the seven state recreation areas go year-round, so more of the parks should be open for longer seasons. Campers continue to want more; and in some cases, demand or pass campgrounds by, that don’t build and rehab sites for RV’s with eight-foot bodies, three-foot slides, and eight-foot awnings with at least water and 50-AMP electrical service.

More and more of the RV’s today have enclosed bellies, heated lower sections and even heated water, sewer and grey water tanks. The folks who own those RV’s are looking for close-by facilities for “winter escapes,” not to mention there’s the added bonus of promoting and seeking out tourists passing through the Kerr Lake region.

“This is a long-awaited event for those of us who have winter-camped at Kerr Lake for many years, to now have another option on the west side of the lake,” commented long-time Kerr Lake Park Watch Steering Committee Member Tom Elmore, who’s camped at Kerr for over fifty years. “There are those of us who know the value of Hibernia and believe that this change will be an exciting opportunity for both the campers and the park system, plus the local businesses. On a personal camping basis, being year-round campers, we’ve been limited in the past and have not stayed, and get this, spent money locally, as much as we’ve wanted to.”

Timberlake added, “I would think that the tourism people in Vance and Warren, and even Granville counties would see what a monumental occasion this is as the park seasonal operations haven’t been changed or upgraded with the times in decades. It’s a small step, but certainly one in the right direction, and just 300 or so extra tourists in the area can really add to the community coffers.

I would think that some regular hours at the entrance station will need to be held, maybe at all three parks with extended seasons. Hopefully, we should be fairly cool in November, but in a recent stay, I had nine campers tell me that they could not buy stacked firewood at the entrance station because no one was there.”

Pointing to continued needed improvements, Timberlake, who’s been visiting many of the parks since he was a young child and camping at the SRA’s since he was 14, said, “The next thing we need to do at the seven state recreation areas is to standardize the open/close times for the gates. The other day a seasonal employee told me the gates closed at 10 p.m. Luckily, we were back before 9 p.m., where shortly after the camp host told us that the gate closed at 9 p.m. Mishaps like that can cause problems for staff and certainly inconvenience visiting customers of the parks, possibly leading to bad reviews and no returning campers.”

“We’ve had numerous requests for extended camping, so here it is,” said Timberlake.”If we get a high response, we can see getting the Division of State Parks to extend more time in more parks. Please share this new extended camping season with your Kerr Lake friends!”

Town Talk 10/02/19: Chief Frankie Nobles Talks Vance Co. Animal Services

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