April 19, 2015

Got to Be NC Festival offers food, entertainment, education May 15-17 at State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH – The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds with a full lineup of food, entertainment and family fun May 15-17. “The Got to Be NC Festival continues to get better and better each year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Last year more than 70,000 people attended, and I hope […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

This date in 1961 saw the launch of the ill-fated invasion of Cuba by some 1,400 U.S. trained exiles. The attempt to overthrow the Fidel Castro dictatorship was crushed at the Bay of Pigs. A reverse amphibious operation began this month in 1980, when what’s known as the Mariel boatlift began. Castro had announced that […]

Cash Prizes Now Offered To Volunteers In Spring Litter Sweep Week

The Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep Week will be observed Monday, April 20, through Saturday, April 25, with the week’s activities culminating with a Recycling Day event held on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the City Operations Center at 900 S. Beckford Drive in Henderson. Litter Sweep […]

Three VGCC campuses will celebrate Earth Day April 22, 2015

Vance-Granville Community College will hold Earth Day festivals on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County, South Campus in Granville County, and the Franklin County Campus. The public is invited to attend events at any location, which are free of charge and are designed […]

Thursday Open Line

Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the opening of a small hamburger restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois — the first of what would become one of the world’s best-recognized brand names — McDonald’s. The franchise shop belonged Ray Kroc, whose main interest at the time was selling the machines that mixed milkshakes. The name came […]

Wednesday Open Line

To borrow from some recent advertising slogans, although many Americans couldn’t imagine leaving home without them, and they’re everywhere they want to be, there was a time when credit cards were rare — issued only by individual merchants. But that proprietary limitation ended on this date in 1952, when the Franklin National Bank in New […]

VGCC announces that Dinner Theater is sold out

All tickets have been sold for Vance-Granville Community College’s third annual Dinner Theater event, “Smoke on the Mountain,” college officials have announced. Performances are scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, 2015, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. “We are thrilled and humbled by the […]

Tuesday Open Line

The distribution of political representation under the Constitution was authorized on this date in 1792. Based on the results of the 1790 Census, the House of Representatives was to be apportioned according to population, coming as near to equal populations in the districts as could be determined. That first census counted a resident population of […]

Monday Open Line

April is a significant month for the American printed word. In 1800, the Library of Congress was founded, and earlier this week, in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. This is also the second day of National Library Week, celebrating libraries, those who staff them and the billions of materials they […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

The need to pay a $15 debt sparked one of the most useful of inventions, patented on this date in 1849. Walter Hunt, a mechanic in New York, owed the debt. While he thought about how to raise the money, he fiddled with a small piece of wire. Finally, he bent the wire with a […]