Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5K & Festival Set for Sat., July 13

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Don’t miss the 6th anniversary of the Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5K Run on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Sponsored by the Ridgeway Historical Society, the run begins at 101 Ridgeway – Drewry Road in Norlina at 8 a.m.

The rural and flat 5K route, a USAT&F certified course, starts and ends near the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department.

Late Registration and Packet Pick-up:  Tommy, the race director, will be at the race site on Friday, July 12 in the afternoon and evening so you can register in person or stop by and pick up your shirt and number. Saturday morning registration will begin by 6:30 a.m.

All runners and spectators are invited to stay after the race and enjoy the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cantaloupe, Brunswick Stew, hot dogs, festival refreshments, historical displays, kiddie rides, horse back rides, arts and crafts vendors, entertainment and more!

For more information, visit the Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5K website by clicking here.

List of Local Four-County Independence Day Celebrations

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WIZS wishes everyone a fun and safe July 4th holiday weekend. To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of Independence Day events planned for the local four-county area:


Fireworks in the Park

Where: Fox Pond Park – 467 Vicksboro Rd in Henderson

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: Jazz in the Park festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Note: No parking will be allowed at Fox Pond Park; shuttling from nearby Aycock Recreation Center will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For additional details, click here



Fireworks Under the Stars at Kerr Lake

Where: Kerr Lake’s Satterwhite Point

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019

Time: Activities are planned from 3 until 10 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Note: Kid’s activities planned for this year’s celebration; no alcohol allowed.

For additional details, click here



Fireworks Display at Lake Holt

Where: Lake Holt, Old Highway 75, Butner, NC

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Time: Gates open at 6 p.m.; fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Note: Concessions will be available; no alcohol

For additional details, click here



Creedmoor’s Fourth of July Picnic

Where: Lake Rogers Park, Shelter #1 at 1711 Lake Road in Creedmoor, NC

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: Activities planned from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Note: Event is open to the public and features music, food, beverages and a cake baking contest.

For additional details, click here



Wise’s 19th Annual Independence Day Parade & Festival

Where: “Main Street” (US Hwy 1) of Wise, NC

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: Activities planned from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Note: Parade begins at 10 a.m.; festival will follow at Wise Baptist Church

For additional details, click here



Fireworks at Louisburg High School

Where: Louisburg High School, 201 Allen Lane, Louisburg, NC

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Time: Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks go off at dark

Note: Food, music, inflatables and games; rain date is Saturday, July 6

For additional details, click here.




Vance/Warren Master Gardener Program to Hold Open House

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-Information courtesy Paul McKenzie, Agricultural Extension Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

If you have ever contemplated becoming a volunteer in the Master Gardener program, this is your chance! The Vance/Warren Master Gardener program will hold an Open House on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market.

The public is invited to drop by to meet members of our group and learn more about how to become a volunteer. Applications will be available and light refreshments will be served.

The biennial training class will be held on Tuesday mornings beginning in late July and ending in early November. Upon completion of training, participants are required to contribute 40 hours of service in the Master Gardener program.

Projects include publishing a newsletter, educational workshops, demonstration gardens, public speaking, youth education and more.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 252-438-8188 (Vance) or 252-257-3640 (Warren). A flyer with all the details and an application form are available at this link.


Be sure to download the summer 2019 edition of our Garden Path Newsletter. The current issue has lots of great information about rain gardens, insect pests, growing succulents, monthly tips and more! Download your copy from this link.

Wise to Celebrate 19th Annual Independence Day Parade & Festival

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-Information courtesy the Wise NC Independence Day Celebration Facebook page

The small community of Wise, NC is gearing up for its 19th Annual 4th of July Parade & Festival on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Events will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. along Wise’s “main street” – US Hwy 1. The public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and seek a shady spot. Veterans will be honored at noon.

Following the parade, a festival will be held at Wise Baptist Church. Don’t miss food, fun and games for the whole family, with a special music performance by the TNT Band.

Frank Newell will serve as grand marshall for this year’s event.

Warren Coop. Extension to Offer Free Diabetes Management Class

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-Information courtesy Warren County Cooperative Extension

Free Diabetes Management Class

Do you have pre-diabetes or diabetes and want to learn from others and help others learn? Join Warren County Cooperative Extension for a six-week series which teaches in-depth information on best practices to manage pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Classes will be held once-a-week for six weeks beginning Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Classes will be held weekly on Tuesdays with the exception of one class that will be held on Monday, August 5.

Classes will be held at the Warren County Cooperative Extension Office, 158 Rafters Lane in Warrenton, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

To register, please click here for the Registration Form link, or contact Dominque Simon at 252-257-3640 or email [email protected]

Warren Correctional Institution to Hold Leash Ceremony for Service Dogs

-Press Release, NC Department of Public Safety

WHAT: ABEL Leash Ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, May 30, at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Warren Correctional Institution Visitation Area – 379 Collins Road Manson, NC 27553

ABOUT: After 18 months of training dogs to become service dogs, a “leash” ceremony where the dogs will go to new owners will take place as part of an “At Both Ends of the Leash” (ABEL) Program at Warren Correctional Institution. The program, a partnership with nonprofit Eyes Ears Nose & Paws (EENP) of Carrboro, allows offenders to train service dogs, working with EENP to develop the training regimen. The program’s end goal is to place the dog in the home of an EENP client with assistance needs.

The ceremony will celebrate the accomplishments and skills of not only these amazing animals but their offender trainers as well. Demonstrations will show the dogs’ skills in life activities geared to assisting their new owners. Speakers will include EENP Program Director Deb Cunningham, as well as officials and dog trainers from Warren Correctional Institution.

Visitors will be subject to a search of personal items and a pat/frisk search prior to entering the facility’s visitation area.

Cellphones are prohibited.

Warren Co. 4-H to Hold Annual Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance

-Information courtesy Warren County 4-H Connections

Warren County 4-H’s annual Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance will be held Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Warren County Armory Civic Center from 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 per couple ($5 per additional child). One FREE photo per couple! Refreshments will be available while they last!

For more information, contact Warren County’s North Carolina Cooperative Extension Center at (252) 257-3640 or visit


Warren Co. to Hold ‘Listening Session’ on Mental Health, Substance Misuse

-Information courtesy the Norlina Police Department’s Facebook page

In honor of May’s designation as Mental Health Awareness Month, you are invited to participate in Warren County’s upcoming “Listening Session” on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. This session will be held at the Warren County Armory Civic Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join the community conversation and share your ideas and experiences on how to improve care for Warren County residents and their family members who may be experiencing mental health and substance misuse crises. Refreshments will be served.

Please call (252) 220-4640 to participate in the listening session or to schedule a private interview.

This session is sponsored by the Warren County Health Department and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

Warrenton’s 2nd Annual Public Arts Day to Offer Activities for All Ages

-Information courtesy the Visit Warren County Facebook page

Warren County and the Town of Warrenton will host the 2nd Annual Public Arts Day on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Events for children and adults will be held at various locations throughout the county.

Events include:

Heritage Quilters STAY WOKE Quilt Show from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 105 South Front St. in Warrenton. STAY WOKE is a quilt exhibition featuring works by the Heritage Quilters Giving Circle, Inc. that depict social issues.

Working Landscapes “Warren County Farm Portraits” from 12 until 2 p.m. at the Warren County Memorial Library. See magnificent pieces of artwork that depict farms and farmers from across Warren County. With funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and from the Warren County Arts Council, Working Landscapes has brought together four artists – two local and two from outside of the county – to highlight the diversity that can be found in Warren County soil.

This will be a come-and-go event with an introduction and Q&A with the artists at 1 p.m. Light appetizers and drinks will be catered by Honey’s Kitchen Catering.

Warren County’s Canvas Painting in the Park from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 until 3 the Warren County Recreational Complex. Cost is $5 per painted easel. Open to ages 5 and up. Ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Painting class for adults and children will be taught by Victoria Privette. Snacks will be provided. There will also be a limited number of Eastern Bluebird houses available to paint and take home at no additional cost (while supplies last).

Register online (click here) by Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Only 15 easel spaces available per time slot, so register now!

VGCC Graduates 15 Cadets in 108th Basic Law Enforcement Training Class

-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Fifteen cadets graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held May 14 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

Above: On front row, from left: graduates Kevin Allen, Taylor Inscoe, Zachary Long and the college’s interim director of Law Enforcement Training/BLET, Glen Boyd; on second row, from left: graduates Maggie Cabiness, Jonathan Kearney, Jeremy Moore, Zachary Workman and Seth Hodge; and on back row, from left: graduates Gina Chappell, Daniel Allen, Michael Bader, Andrew Spitzer, Jake Coleman, Sabrina Hoyle and Emma Britt. (VGCC Photo)

Honored as members of VGCC’s 108th BLET class were: Emma Carey Britt and Andrew Ronald Spitzer, both of Butner Public Safety; Jeremy Dale Moore and Zachary Lance Workman, both of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office; Jake Matthew Coleman and Sabrina Edward Hoyle, both of the Henderson Police Department; Seth Thomas Hodge of the N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation; Daniel Marquis Allen, Michael James Bader and Gina Christine Chappell, all of the Oxford Police Department; Kevin Ward Allen, Taylor Nicole Inscoe and Zachary Thomas Long, all of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office; Maggie Rena Cabiness and Jonathan Shawn Kearney, both of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The class was exceptional in at least two major ways. First, all 15 cadets who began the program successfully graduated, marking a rare 100-percent completion rate for the rigorous 16 weeks of training. Second, each member of the class was employed by a law enforcement agency by the day of their graduation.

Speaking as leader of the class, Cadet Seth Hodge thanked all the graduates’ family members and friends in attendance for their support. He added that the class had learned a great deal about teamwork. “We as a group of strangers decided on this path together, and we were tasked to complete our first major hurdle in our careers together,” Hodge said. Learning to trust one another, he said the team had then become a family. “And no matter where our lives take us from here, no matter the badge or uniform we wear, I want you to always remember just what we are: family,” he added.

VGCC Campus Police Chief Sean Newton, representing the program’s many instructors, was chosen by the cadets as the keynote speaker for their graduation. He congratulated the cadets on the completion of “a long, hard journey.”

Newton reminded the new law enforcement professionals that they would be taking an “oath of honor” to uphold and protect the Constitution, their community and their agency.

“The first thing you will uphold is the Constitution,” Newton said. “You’re taking an oath to protect the rights of all people of our state and country: the victims of crimes, the general public, and those accused of crimes. In my opinion, there is no greater responsibility than this.”

Second, they will pledge to uphold their community. “I cannot stress enough how important it is to embrace and include the community in your law enforcement efforts,” Newton said. “We’ve seen a reported breakdown between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Some of it is unfortunately true, while some may be exaggerated by social media or certain biases. Regardless of the reason, we must, as members of the law enforcement community, constantly strive to better these relationships.”

Finally, he said, graduates will swear an oath to the agencies they serve. “I would like to add all law enforcement officers in general to that category,” Newton said. “Always remember, you won’t be the only officer judged by your actions; every other officer in the country will be, too. No other profession is scrutinized as much as law enforcement, and rightfully so.”

The police chief called on graduates to think carefully about the words in their oath and remember them as they start their careers. “How you embrace these words will determine how successful your career will be,” Newton said.

Glen Boyd, interim director of Law Enforcement programs and BLET at VGCC, presented awards to several students. Kevin Allen took home the Academic Achievement Award for having the top grade average in the written tests each cadet must pass. Seth Hodge earned the Physical Fitness Award for scoring highest in the various fitness tests the cadets undergo during physical training. Michael Bader won the “Top Gun” Award for having the highest accuracy score in firearms qualification.

For more information on the BLET program, contact Glen Boyd at [email protected].