Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 VGCC Receives In-Kind Software Grant From Siemens PLM Software http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/22/news/education/vgcc-receives-in-kind-software-grant-from-siemens-plm-software/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:07 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73327 CREEDMOOR, N.C. — Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) today announced it received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $31 million.

The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.

Graduates with this type of software training are highly-recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.

The in-kind grant was provided by the Siemens PLM Software’s academic program that delivers PLM software for schools at every academic level. Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.

The in-kind grant for VGCC includes Siemens PLM Software’s Tecnomatix® portfolio, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software.

This is in addition to a previous in-kind grant that included the company’s Solid Edge® software, an intuitive product development platform for accelerating all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing, and design management.

Both software packages will be used by students in VGCC’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree program.

“Vance-Granville Community College would like to thank Siemens PLM Software for this generous grant of advanced engineering software that enables our students to better prepare for successful advanced technology careers,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC. “By using the same technology in the classroom that is used by companies all over the world to develop a wide variety of products, our students gain important real-world experience during their studies that will serve them well after graduation.”

“Despite an immediate, critical need for qualified technology-trained professionals in manufacturing, our customers have difficulty finding qualified candidates,” said Dora Smith, global director, Academic Partner Program, Siemens PLM Software. “Working with Vance-Granville Community College, Siemens PLM Software is helping prepare students with the knowledge and experience to fill this skills gap and become highly qualified employees.”

About Vance-Granville Community College:

Vance-Granville Community College, one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System, is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties, north of the Research Triangle. Established in 1969, VGCC today serves students at four campuses (one in each county of the service area) and online. The college offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as occupational certifications, continuing education, adult education, customized training for employers and the first two years of a four-year degree. VGCC’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree program is based at the college’s South Campus, located near Creedmoor in southern Granville County. For more information, visit www.vgcc.edu.


http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/21/entertainment/73321/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:16:02 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73321 Very Special Wishes to Henderson’s own, Evan O’Geary, who is representing Henderson in the Miss North Carolina Pageant this week in Raleigh. Evan works at the Chik-Fil-A here in Henderson, and began preliminary competition yesterday in private interview. She competes in Evening Gown on Wednesday, Lifestyle in Fitness on Thursday and Talent on Friday. The finals will be aired live Saturday night at 7:00 pm on ABC Channel 11. GOOD LUCK EVAN!!













































Ribbon Cutting – Schmitt Orthodontics http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/19/news/health/ribbon-cutting-schmitt-orthodontics/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:52:49 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73318 Henderson businesses take note:  On June 19th at noon, the Henderson-Vance Chamber had a ribbon cutting for Schmitt Orthodontics. Dr. Terry J. Schmitt worked with and then succeeded Dr. John van Venrooy as he transitioned into retirement.  Schmitt Orthodontics specializes in monitoring growth and development, straightening teeth and aligning bites using braces and invisalign. 

They offer convenient hours by appointment M-Th.  Schmitt Orthodontics is proud to continue the tradition of serving  as Henderson’s only full-time Specialist in Orthodontics for the past 29 years!  Schmitt Orthodontics is accepting new patients and would be happy to serve you and your family. They are located in the J.W. Jenkins building Suite #007 at Maria Parham Health 568 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson. To contact Schmitt Orthodontics please call 252-492-6628 or visit us on the web at Hendersonortho.net



Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Character Antics BoHo’s Party Place http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/19/business/chamber-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-character-antics-bohos-party-place/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:25:47 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73314 The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce celebrated  with Character Antics/BoHo’s Party Place on Tuesday, June 13th with a ribbon cutting during their Grand Opening week. Character Antics has been a household name in Vance and surrounding counties for 17 years. Their mission has always been regardless of profit, put the children first. Providing BoHo the Clown, inflatable rides, face painting, balloon art and games has been their way to brighten the day of children of all ages. BoHo’s Party Place is their new family restaurant and party center, carrying them into the next fun phase of our business.

They offer freshly made pizza, hotdogs, burgers and sides at family affordable prices. They offer free fun for every holiday. They also have a private room for baby showers. BoHo’s Party Place is open 7 days a week and walk-ins are welcome. So children can come for a birthday party or just to have bounce time anytime. They also offer discounts for churches and schools. They offer a special thank you to all the great friends who came out to support them during the ribbon cutting. BoHo’s Party Place is located at 214 Raleigh Road in Henderson.

Contact them at (252)430-6775. More information is on their website: www.bohospartyplace.com


Vance County School Of Excellence 2017 http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/19/news/education/vance-county-school-of-excellence-2017/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:05:54 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73307 A total of 28 rising sophomores who attend six different high schools in Vance County have completed the week-long Vance County School of Excellence Program.

The students attended the program, June 12-16, with each day’s session beginning at Vance-Granville Community College.

Students participating in the School of Excellence for 2017 included: Robert Hopper and Jabrial Steed, both of Vance County Early College High School; Dinah Baldwin, Daniel Clemente, Victoria Glasscock, La’Zariah Harris, Chris Stevenson, Kristophe Burwell, Ava Eahart, Samayia Floyd, Daesha Johnson, Payton Rainey and Ashley Zuniga, all of Southern Vance High School; Terrance Downing, Christian Green, Thomas Murphy, Maximus Parham, Jennifer Sanchez, Nigee Shearin, Kali Wiggs, Tyere Wiggins and Bryton Yarborough, all of Northern Vance High School; Austyn Abbott and Natalie Stone, both of Kerr-Vance Academy; Margaret Bobbitt and Chris Harp, both of Vance Charter School; and Alexis Cruz and Ian Simmons, both of Henderson Collegiate.

This was the 30th year of operation for the School of Excellence. The leadership program is designed for students who have completed their first year of high school and are the top academic achievers in their respective classes.

Students participate in five all-day sessions that include a community service day, a team building day, an industry day when they visit five local businesses, a day featuring educational opportunities at Vance-Granville Community College and a visit to Kerr Lake, the Vance County 911 Center, the Vance County Courthouse and the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center. On their final day, the students heard a presentation by Whitney Espinosa, a 2014 graduate of Northern Vance High School, that focused on how to overcome personal obstacles.

This year the students participated in their community service day by assisting volunteers with Rebuilding Hope to repair wheelchair ramps at local homes. Their team building day was held at Keats Point Farm, owned and operated by the family of John, Angela and Andrea Hyson. Students interacted with trained horses on the farm to solve problems and meet challenges posed to them. On the industry day, they toured Franklin Brothers Nursery, Mars Pet Care, the Walmart Distribution Center, Carolina Country Snacks and Vulcan Materials’ Greystone Quarry.

Students shown in the accompanying photo include, front row from left: Thomas Murphy, Ian Simmons, Payton Rainey, Alexis Cruz, Jabrial Steed, Dinah Baldwin and Victoria Glasscock. On the second row, from left, are Maximus Parham, Bryton Yarborough, Margaret Bobbitt, Robert Hopper, Chris Harp, Nigee Shearin and La’Zariah Harris. Students on the third row, from left, are Austyn Abbott, Chris Stevenson, Jennifer Sanchez, Natalie Stone, Ashley Zuniga and Daniel Clemente. On the back row, from left, are Kali Wiggs, Daesha Johnson, Kristophe Burwell, Terrance Downing, Tyere Wiggins, Christian Green and Samayia Floyd. Ava Eahart was unavailable for the photo.

Car Wash to Benefit ACTS tomorrow! http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/16/news/community/car-wash-to-benefit-acts-tomorrow/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:59:17 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73303 The Converge Group at Clearview Church is doing a CAR WASH tomorrow at Carolina Carpet and Flooring located at 1603 Parham Street. It’s right behind the BB &T Bank and Snackers on Dabney Drive. All the proceeds will be donated to the Building Fund for ACTS! Please come by between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to have your car washed. Samantha Pitchford (the wonderful Kitchen Manager/Cook for ACTS) will be there with information on volunteering. Go by and check them out!

This Week At Vance County Regional Farmer’s Market http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/15/news/agriculture/this-week-at-vance-county-regional-farmers-market/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:35:58 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73297 Free Zumba & Nutrition Class Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m.  Join the party! Thursdays at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market meet certified nutritionist and Zumba Instructor Rodney Steverson. He will conduct a 30 minute nutrition class and a 30 minute  Zumba class for an hour of fitness fun! Zumba fitness is exercise in disguise. It’s the most fun, energetic, feel good workout that you will ever come across. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating. Every class will feel like a party! So – move your feet to the beat and learn what to eat at the market tonight. 
Are you ready for fresh summer fruits and vegetables? Local summer fruits and vegetables are beginning to show up at your farmers market now! To celebrate we are going to have our annual PEAK SEASON KICKOFF June 24th! Join us at the VCRFM for the best locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, live music, and more! 
What You Will Find This Week
  • Beef (Saturdays only)
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Black Raspberries
  • Beans – Green, Snap, String & Wax,
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn 
  • Cucumbers
  • Cut Flowers
  • Eggs – chicken, guinea hen & duck
  • Garden Plants & Vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Honey Straws
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Lettuce
  • Muscadine Products
  • Mushrooms – Shiitake & Oyster (Wednesdays only)
  • Onions – Red, Yellow & White
  • Peas – Garden
  • Peppers – Green Bell; Gypsy Frying; Jalapeno
  • Potatoes – Red, White & Blue
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes – Green, Red & Heirloom
  • Turnips
  • Wine – Red (Saturdays only)
Social Media: For more information about the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, view our website at vancecounty.org, plus follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 
Donations Needed For Vance County Social Services http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/14/news/community/donations-needed-for-vance-county-social-services/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:22:14 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73293 North Wake Church in Wake Forest is partnering with Vance County Social Services in Henderson to revamp their family meeting space at child protection services. The community is so excited to create a space that is warm and welcoming to these families in desperate situations and would love to invite our community to partner with us! They are searching for donations of materials – specifically paint, flooring, new tables, new chairs, new organizational bins, new family oriented games and new kitchenette items. They are hoping to complete this project in a weekend in mid July. Interested in helping out by donation of materials? Please contact JerriAnne Joyner at joynerfamily8@gmail.com

Vance County Schools Retirement Banquet http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/14/news/education/vance-county-schools-retirement-banquet/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:46:11 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73290 Vance County Schools held its annual Retirement Banquet for those educators and support staff members who retired during the 2016-2017 school year.

The event was held in the McGregor Hall Gallery with approximately 150 people in attendance.

There were 36 school system associates who were honored for their many years of dedicated service to our students and schools.

Dr. June Atkinson, former state superintendent of Public Instruction, was the keynote speaker for the evening. She encouraged all of the retirees to enjoy the time they have earned for their years of hard work. She also urged each of them to find new interests and not be afraid to take on new challenges.

Ethel Hunter, who retired from Vance County Schools last year as a long-time teacher at Eaton-Johnson Middle School, also spoke to the retirees and audience from a retiree’s perspective. She told them to truly treasure their additional free time and to occupy their time with things about which they are passionate.

Jaylen Webb, who just graduated from Northern Vance High School, sang a special musical tribute to the retirees and members of the Aycock Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Jan Vaughan, entertained everyone in attendance by singing three songs.
Each retiree was recognized by their principal or department director and presented with a special gift.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson concluded the evening by recognizing the 36 retirees had a total of more than 900 years in working in education. He led everyone in giving the retirees a standing ovation and loud cheers.

Those retirees honored were Darlene Ayscue of E.M. Rollins Elementary; Fermon Bostic of Aycock Elementary; Johnny Bullock of L.B. Yancey Elementary; Vivian Bullock of Curriculum and Instruction; Gloria Burrell of Southern Vance High; Millie Camacho of Clarke Elementary; Mary Clements of Southern Vance High; Andrew Crews of Dabney Elementary; Shirley Duke of Southern Vance High; Nathaniel Elam of E.O. Young Jr. Elementary; Marilyn Faines of Zeb Vance Elementary; Jacquelyn Gill of Southern Vance High; Annette Gooch of Dabney Elementary; Grace Griffin of Henderson Middle; Ann Hancock of New Hope Elementary; Vicki Heath of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Susie Jordan of Zeb Vance Elementary; Anne Joyner of Curriculum and Instruction; Jill Kearney of Finance; Magaret Key of E.M. Rollins Elementary; Judith Long of Clarke Elementary; Trudy Lowry of Testing and Records; Wil McLean of Human Resources; Waverly Mills of Pinkston Street Elementary; Dorothy Moss of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Margaret Moss of Dabney Elementary; Clyda Nicholson of Zeb Vance Elementary; Brenda Poole of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Peggy Price of Pinkston Street Elementary; Suzanne Reeves of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Lillian Richardson of L.B. Yancey Elemenentary; Margaret Shupe of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Lola Turner of Southern Vance High; Sharon Turner of Eaton-Johnson Middle; Letitia Vass of Exceptional Children; and Ellaweed Yancey of E.M. Rollins Elementary.

Retirees who attended the banquet are shown in the photo.

Irrigate Correctly to Keep Plants Healthy http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/06/13/news/agriculture/irrigate-correctly-to-keep-plants-healthy/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:14:36 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73284 As we progress into summer, it won’t be long before it’s time to pull out the irrigation equipment. Most plants, including turf, vegetable gardens, flowers and shrubs need about one inch of water each week (perhaps a bit more in late July and August). The most effective approach is to apply the whole amount in one day so the soil get saturated deeply (this encourages deep root growth). Soil applied irrigation (e.g. soaker hose or drip system) reduces disease incidence by keeping water off the foliage and also reduces irrigation loss. Where overhead irrigation is necessary, do it early in the morning to reduce loss from wind and evaporation.