Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Henderson License Plate Agency Focuses on Customer Service, Office to undergo two-day training sessions http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/henderson-license-plate-agency-focuses-on-customer-service-office-to-undergo-two-day-training-sessions/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/henderson-license-plate-agency-focuses-on-customer-service-office-to-undergo-two-day-training-sessions/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:44 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62237 RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will close its Henderson license plate agency on Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5 to conduct customer service training.

NCDMV is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all office locations. The Vance County-based agency will reopen on Thursday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Agencies located in the immediate area will remain open to provide vehicle registration services. The following locations will be open during the training:

Louisburg                  – 808 South Bickett Boulevard, (919) 496-4655
Oxford                        – 120 Roxboro Road, (919) 693-7821
Roanoke Rapids        – 1720 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, (252) 537-6357

LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 122 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.

 

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Trick or Treat Downtown Henderson and City of Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/quick-hits/things-to-do/trick-or-treat-downtown-henderson-and-city-of-henderson/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/quick-hits/things-to-do/trick-or-treat-downtown-henderson-and-city-of-henderson/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:04:48 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62220 Kids 12 and under, in costume, be sure to come to downtown Henderson, NC tonight, October 31st, 2014 for Trick or Treating at your local businesses along Garnett Street.  From 4:00 pm  to 5:30 pm downtown will be filled with hundreds of kids and parents for a safe Halloween Trick or Treat.  Participating businesses will have an orange flyer in their window.

Be sure you take a few minutes after your session to visit a downtown restaurant and have a snack or dinner, then enjoy visiting your local neighborhoods in the city for evening Trick or Treating.

Please advise children of the following Halloween safety tips:

  1. Stay close by your neighborhood and only visit homes of people that you know.

  2. Watch for traffic and avoid busy intersections.

  3. Wear light colored clothing and reflective material.

  4. Make sure you can see through any masks that are worn.

  5. Make sure an adult accompanies you.

  6. Go out in daylight hours and if it gets dark have a flashlight readily available.

  7. Accept only candy that is sealed.

  8. Have an adult examine your candy or goodies before eating.

 

The following rules and regulations are set forth by Section 10-15 through 10-17 of the City Code.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in public for the purpose of making trick or treat visitations or to go on or in private premises for such purposes, except as provided in this subsection.

  2. This section shall not apply to children eleven years of age and under between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on each Halloween night.

  3. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly permit his minor child or ward to violate the provisions of this section.

Please help make Halloween a safe and happy occasion for our children.

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Vance County Board of Commissioners Meeting Monday November 3rd, 2014 http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-meeting-monday-november-3rd-2014/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-meeting-monday-november-3rd-2014/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:03:31 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62217 Download the full packet here:  20141103_vcboc_agenda_packet

Invocation Pastor Brenda Peace-Jenkins,
Greater Little Zion Holiness Church

1. Appointment 6:00 p.m. Porcha Brooks, Tax Office
Business Personal Property Late List Appeal

2. Public Hearing 6:15 p.m. Rezoning Request #RZ1410-1
NC Hwy 39 South

3. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – speakers are limited to five minutes)

4. Water District Board
a. Water Planning Committee Report

5. Committee Reports and Recommendations
a. Human Resources Committee
b. Recreation Ad Hoc Committee
c. Planning/Environmental Committee

6. Finance Director’s Report
a. Lottery Fund Applications
b. Financing Resolution
c. Surplus Property

7. County Attorney’s Report
a. REO Properties

8. County Manager’s Report
a. Farm-City Week Proclamation
b. Renewal of Lease Agreement – ARC
c. Semi-Annual Jail Inspection Report

9. Consent Agenda Items
a. Budget Amendments
b. Tax Refunds and Releases
c. Ambulance Charge-Offs
d. Untimely Tax Exemption Applications
e. Monthly Reports
f. Minutes

10. Miscellaneous
a. Appointments

11. Closed Session
a. Personnel Matter

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Vance County Regional Farmers Market Winter Hours Begin November 1 http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/agriculture/vance-county-regional-farmers-market-winter-hours-begin-november-1/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/news/agriculture/vance-county-regional-farmers-market-winter-hours-begin-november-1/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:03:02 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62222 Beginning 11/1/2014 the VCRFM will operate under their Fall/Winter Schedule:

The Farmers market will be open on SATURDAYS ONLY: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Also check out the latest flyer for What’s at the Market:  What’s at the Market 11.1.14-1

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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-52/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/31/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-52/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:01:14 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62225 There’s an excellent chance that today is an occasion deeply revered by young children and the nation’s candy makers. According to ancient Celtic tradition, Halloween — the evening before All Saints Day — is a time of haunting by ghosts. Halloween has come a long way from pagan practices to “trick or treat!” Today’s prank and costume-filled observance goes back about a century in the U.K., and giving the disguised young visitors to the doorstep some candies has been a major part of the ritual. This in an important boost to the nation’s nearly 72,000 retailers with candy displays, including more than 3,300 confectionary and nut stores. Candy sales amount to about $5.5 billion annually. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at http://www.census.gov.

Saturday, November 1st. On this date in 1848, the first medical school for women opened in Boston. At the time, it had a faculty of two and 12 students. By 1874, the school had graduated almost 100 doctors. That year, the Boston Female Medical School merged with the Boston University School of Medicine to form the world’s first coed medical learning facility. Today in the U.S., some 58 percent of all college students are female, and around 48 percent of medical doctorates awarded each year are earned by women. Of the nearly 900,000 active physicians in the U.S., 590,000 are men, and 285,000 women. Female doctors make up the great majority in the specialties of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric medicine. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.

 Sunday, November 2nd. Even with all of our electronic diversions, many of us listen to radio at some point every day. The wide variety of formats means we can choose our favorite type of music, and radio keeps us up to the minute on news and weather. The presidential election held 94 years ago this month saw the first scheduled, commercial radio broadcast. Station KDKA in Pittsburgh carried the results, in which Warren G. Harding defeated the ticket of James Cox and his vice-presidential nominee Franklin Roosevelt, whose famous radio days lay ahead. Just two years later, that first station was joined by 400 others as the popularity of radio swept the nation. Today, there are some 6,700 radio broadcast stations, employing over 100,000 people. You can find current data on the country’s economy by downloading the America’s Economy mobile app at www.census.gov/mobile.

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VGCC Scholarship endowed in memory of Hubert Gooch http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/education/vgcc-scholarship-endowed-in-memory-of-hubert-gooch/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/education/vgcc-scholarship-endowed-in-memory-of-hubert-gooch/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:58 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62179 Geraldine Green Gooch (seated) and Katrina Gooch Lawson (standing, center) present contributions to the VGCC Endowment Fund, represented by Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (left) and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams (right). (VGCC photo)

Geraldine Green Gooch (seated) and Katrina Gooch Lawson (standing, center) present contributions to the VGCC Endowment Fund, represented by Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (left) and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams (right). (VGCC photo)

A longtime educator and community leader will continue to make a difference in the lives of local students, through a new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship established in his memory.

The family of Hubert L. Gooch Jr. of Oxford, who died in March, recently created a new scholarship through the VGCC Endowment Fund. In awarding the Hubert L. Gooch Jr. Memorial Academic Achievement Scholarship, preference will be given to students who are residents of Granville County.

Gooch was a 1953 graduate of G.C. Hawley High School in Creedmoor. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A & T State University, and was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the United States Army. By the time he completed his service to his country, Gooch had reached the rank of Captain. After his tour of duty, he earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from North Carolina Central University. A dedicated educator, Gooch served in the Granville County Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. After his retirement, he remained active in the community. In 1998, he was appointed to the Granville County Board of Commissioners, was elected to a four-year term in 2000, and re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He received several awards during his life, including Granville County Principal of the Year in 1985 and the Granville County Chamber of Commerce John Penn Citizen of the Year award in 1993.

Gooch was also an active, devoted supporter of Vance-Granville Community College. He served on the VGCC Board of Trustees from 1981 until 1994, and later served for many years on the Endowment Fund board of directors. In memory of his father, he and other family members established the Hubert L. Gooch, Sr. Academic Achievement Scholarship at VGCC in 1990. “VGCC held a very special place in his heart,” his daughter, Katrina Gooch Lawson, recalled. “He knew that many people needed education and retraining, and often did not have the financial means to go back to school.”

Gooch’s wife of 56 years, Geraldine Green Gooch, said that her husband lived by the words of a song: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.” In creating the scholarship, she reflected that “education is the key to success.” The new scholarship is designed to encourage local residents “to aspire to get a good education, because it cannot be taken from you,” she added. Mrs. Gooch and Lawson are both retired teachers. Mr. and Mrs. Gooch’s other daughters, Annette Gooch and Sheila Bailey, also work in education, while their son, Aubrey Gooch, is a law enforcement officer.

“Through a lifetime of service, Hubert Gooch showed how much he cared about education and about his community,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of VGCC. “This new scholarship will not only help students for years to come, but will also help us honor and remember Mr. Gooch’s leadership and support of Vance-Granville. With this scholarship, we will also celebrate the contributions of the entire Gooch family.”

Through the Endowment Fund, VGCC has awarded more than 7,000 scholarships to students since 1982. Scholarships have been endowed by numerous individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. Tax-deductible donations to the VGCC Endowment Fund have often been used to honor or remember a person, group, business or industry with a lasting gift to education. For more information about the Endowment Fund, call (252) 738-3409.

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Vance County Water Planning Committee Meeting November 3rd, 2014 http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/county-business/vance-county-water-planning-committee-meeting-november-3rd-2014/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/county-business/vance-county-water-planning-committee-meeting-november-3rd-2014/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:52 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62193 Vance County’s Water Planning Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, November 3rd at 12:00 noon in the County Manager’s Administrative Conference Room.  The purpose is to discuss water project matters.

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VGCC Child Care kids learn about Fire Safety http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/education/vgcc-child-care-kids-learn-about-fire-safety-2/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/education/vgcc-child-care-kids-learn-about-fire-safety-2/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:41 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62190 firesafety2014Children enrolled in the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus recently learned about fire safety and fire trucks as part of October’s observance as Fire Prevention Month. Special guests at the center in October were, pictured above (from left), Captain Bryant Williams of Vance County Emergency Services and Battalion Chief Tim Twisdale of the Henderson Fire Department. The firefighters discussed the “stop, drop and roll” technique and what to do in case of a fire at home. They also talked with students about the importance of smoke detectors and how the firefighter’s uniform works, among other topics.

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“Girls Raised in the South” Coming to JPAC http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/entertainment/girls-raised-in-the-south-coming-to-jpac/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/entertainment/girls-raised-in-the-south-coming-to-jpac/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:35 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62182 LOUISBURG – On Friday, November 14, Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series will present “G.R.I.T.S.”(Girls Raised In The South): The Musical. This is a full production journey that will take you to and through the heart of the South. It’s four women, four generations and four different views. It’s your mother, your sister, your Grandma, your best friend. It’s sweet tea, collard greens, fresh tomatoes and banana puddin’. It’s stories you’ll recognize and tales from the past. It’s country music, jazz tunes, old time blues and toe tappin’ rock. It’s the old, the new and some things in between. It’s about love and laughter, revelation and grace.

Based on the book, “Friends are Forevah” by GRITS creator and author, Deborah Ford, this show will have you laughing and crying and it will transport you back in time. Reminisce about sitting on the front porch, traveling with your best friends, celebrating with down home meals and the “Dos and Don’ts” of being a proper Southern gal. This delightful performance is filled with meaningful quotes from famous “GRITS girls” from all over the United States as well as lots of high-energy musical numbers.

All concert events will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of Louisburg College’s JPAC. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at (919) 497-3300 or toll-free at 1-866-773-6354. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of show. The Box Office, which is located in the main lobby of the JPAC, is open Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m., as well as 90 minutes before show time. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats are not reserved. Additional information and tickets are also available online at www.jpacarts.com/grits. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to all performances. Louisburg College offers a special discount rate for groups of 20 or more.

The College is also offering sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations at different levels through the Bravo Society. Members will receive special benefits, including name recognition prior to the show and in the playbill, free tickets for employees, and invitations to Louisburg College art exhibit openings throughout the year. Contact Robert Poole at (919) 497-3251 for more information.

On December 12 and February 13, the College will host pre-concert dinners. These buffet-style meals will be served at 5:45 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Jordan Student Center. Reservations are required at least one week in advance of each event. To reserve a seat, please call the Louisburg College Box Office at (919) 497-3300.

Additional support for this series comes from the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority (www.visitfranklincountync.com).

 
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About Louisburg College
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is the oldest two-year residential college in the nation, and the only one in North Carolina. With a student body of 700 students, over 90 percent of Louisburg graduates continue their education at four-year schools. Learn more at www.louisburg.edu.

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DuPont Forest planning November timber harvest http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/agriculture/dupont-forest-planning-november-timber-harvest/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/30/news/agriculture/dupont-forest-planning-november-timber-harvest/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:34 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62188 CEDAR MOUNTAIN – DuPont State Recreational Forest will be harvesting timber in November on 35 acres near the Conservation Road and Lake Julia Dam Road and on 25 acres near Joanna Road.

The start date for the work is dependent on the weather, but there will be periodic trail closures as well as forestry equipment in the woods and on DuPont’s roads. Lake Summit Road, which runs from Lake Julia to the airstrip area, will likely be closed in early November.

“The Conservation Road harvest is in alignment with DuPont’s Land and Resource Management Plan,” said Jason Guidry, forest supervisor. “This harvest is intended to improve the regeneration of northern red oak, chestnut oak and white oak, as well as make more sunlight available for understory plant species to develop, thereby enhancing wildlife habitat for several game and non-game animal species.”

Guidry said the Conservation Road harvest will also meet multiple objectives of the management plan, including research plots for the study of Canadian hemlock regeneration and preserving several large trees that were used in the production of the 2011 film “The Hunger Games.”  

The 25-acre harvest on Joanna Road is part of a restoration project to convert a white pine plantation to a more appropriate mixed hardwood and pine stand. This restoration area is identified in the dedication document that created the DuPont Dedicated Nature Preserve in 2002.

“The Joanna Mountain natural area contains rare natural communities, rare species populations and high-quality examples of typical natural communities,” said Edward Schwartzman, inventory biologist with the N.C. Natural Heritage Program. “Thinning of the plantation will allow natural regeneration of oaks and encourage shrub and herb growth with benefits for wildlife.”

The Natural Heritage Program, part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, serves as an information clearinghouse supporting conservation of North Carolina’s rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity.

The timber from the restoration will be salvaged and sold. Proceeds from the timber sale will used to fund projects in the forest geared toward public safety and maintenance of existing infrastructure, Guidry said.

The DuPont State Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and maps of the Dedicated Nature Preserve can be found at http://ncforestservice.gov. For information on trail closures or safety alerts, go to the N.C. Forest Service Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCForestService, email dupontsf.ncfs@ncagr.gov or call 828-877-6527, ext. 205. DuPont staff will also be updating kiosks in the forest as harvest continues.

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