Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:38:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 The World Is Not Coming To An End http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/21/the-world-is-not-coming-to-an-end/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:38:57 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73465 In case you hadn’t heard … there’s a solar eclipse happening today. I don’t know how anyone could NOT hear about it, but it’s always a possibility. And in case you’re wondering what time you need to tell your boss that you need to leave the office for this once in a lifetime event (it’s really not, but more on that later), it will begin at 1:16 PM, peak at 2:44pm and it’s all over and done with at 4:06pm. And if you miss this one … the next North American total solar eclipse is on April 8, 2024. But we won’t be in the direct path of that one. If this year’s solar eclipse is any indication, you might want to make your travel plans for the next one…. now. 

  Jan 31, 2018 Partial Lunar Eclipse Total Lunar EclipseNorth/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica
  Jan 20/21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Total Lunar EclipseEurope, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic
  Nov 11, 2019 Partial Mercury Transit Partial Mercury TransitSouth/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica
  Jul 4/5, 2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Penumbral Lunar EclipseSouth/West Europe, Much of Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica

Looking at the sun during an eclipse is more dangerous than looking at full sun. The darkness that accompanies an eclipse can override the natural tendency to squint and avert the eyes, increasing the amount of ultraviolet radiation landing on the retina and making it more likely that you’ll sustain eye damage. Your eyes can sustain damage even if only a small sliver of the sun is visible. The cornea focuses sunlight on the retina and scorches it, and because the retina has no pain receptors, you don’t know the damage has been done until it’s too late.

Your eyes need the protection of an effective UV-blocking filter if you want to look at an eclipse. That protection isn’t provided by conventional sunglasses, nor is it provided by smoky or colored glass. You need the industrial-strength protection of No. 14 welder’s goggles or, even better, eclipse glasses that are made for viewing eclipses. A simple projector consisting of two pieces of cardboard — one with a pinhole — also allows you to view the eclipse safely, if not in great detail. The pinhole projects the sun’s image onto the other piece of cardboard.

NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.

Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:

·      Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

·      Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product

·      Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

·      Not use homemade filters

·      Ordinary sunglasses — even very dark ones — should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers

NASA Television is offering a special live program, “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA” with real-time coverage of the event from coast to coast. The nearly four-hour program will include unprecedented images of the Aug. 21 eclipse from numerous spacecraft — including the International Space Station – high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations. Each will offer a unique vantage point for the eclipse. Additionally, the broadcast will include live coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media. To watch the Aug. 21 NASA TV eclipse broadcast online and access interactive web content and views of the eclipse from these assets, visit:



High School Students Explore Health Sciences at Two VGCC Campuses http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/18/73458/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:01:50 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73458 High school students from across the region recently attended “Mini-Medical School” camps organized by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College. The camp was held first in June at VGCC’s South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor, and in July at the college’s Franklin County Campus, just outside Louisburg. Between the two locations, 44 students completed the program.

This was the college’s fourth summer partnering with Wake AHEC on the Mini-Medical School, which is an intensive, week-long day camp that uses computational science (computer simulation) and hands-on activities to study key aspects of medicine.

Students learned about topics that included anatomy and physiology, bioprocessing, biochemistry, pharmacology, cardiology, epidemiology, medical genetics and genomics. The course was taught primarily by Becky Brady, a registered nurse and chemical engineer. VGCC Bioprocess Technology program head/instructor Dr. Tara Hamilton also taught a session at each camp.

Faculty members from VGCC programs that prepare students for health-related careers — including Nursing, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Pharmacy Technology and Human Services Technology — gave students information about academic pathways and employment prospects and conducted hands-on activities on the last day of the camp.

Students not only had a chance to learn about careers and hone their science skills, but they also became certified in CPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid during the course of the program.

The students who completed the school at South Campus included Connor Frutos of Apex Friendship High School; Nicole Newton of Bluestone High in Skipwith, Virginia; Alexis Watt of Bunn High School; Jaimes Veneziale of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh; Joshua Bringas-Garcia and Victoria Shaw, both of Cary High School; Ian Foley of East Chapel Hill High School; Aaryaan Shaik of Enloe High School in Raleigh; Jace Johnson and Colson Teal, both of Falls Lake Academy in Creedmoor; Abigail Thomas of Franklin Academy in Wake Forest; Harrison Gibson of Franklinton High School; William Stevenson of Grace Christian School in Raleigh; Daniel Asanov, Megan Gregg and Melissa Hierman, all of Green Hope High School in Cary; Kiara Glydell Gamayot of Knightdale High School; Beth Yakaboski of Middle Creek High School in Apex; Sridhanueshwar Devanand of Panther Creek High School in Cary; Hayley Smith of Person High School; Sampath Petchetti of Raleigh Charter High School; Zorriah Raynor of Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School; Meredith Elliott and Emily Wright, both of South Granville High School; Eshaa Vijay of Triangle Math & Science Academy in Cary; Phuan Deshazo of Voyager Academy in Durham; and Andrew Keeton of J.F. Webb High School in Oxford.

Those who completed the program at Franklin Campus included Hunter English of Bunn High School; Bethany Melega of Chapel Hill High School; Craig Geter of East Wake High School; Maia Sichitiu and Ayaon Yadav, both of Enloe High School in Raleigh; Robyn Hamilton, Jarrod Hubbell, Amanda Murray and Sabrina Smith, all of Franklinton High School; Juan Castro and Emely Pacheco, both of Friendship Christian School in Raleigh; Ivan Alvarez of Heritage High School in Wake Forest; Patricia Beasley of Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh; Madeline Stallsmith of Oxford Preparatory School; Anika Palekar of Panther Creek High School in Cary; Yanni-Taylor Shaw of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh; and Dalia Leggard of Wake STEM Early College High School.

Wake AHEC serves nine counties in central North Carolina from its office in Raleigh: Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren counties. AHECs are located throughout North Carolina and are affiliated with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine. The mission of the statewide AHEC Program is to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs. NC AHEC provides educational programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of the people of North Carolina with a focus on underserved populations.


Henderson Featured in ‘Our State’ Magazine! http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/18/henderson-featured-in-our-state-magazine/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:30:23 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73454 From Kerr Lake to the Farmer’s Market and Drive in Movie Theater, ‘Our State’ Magazine takes a look at our small town of Henderson, and some of the best things about it! 

Read the article HERE

Butterfield Statement on Demonstration in Durham http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/18/butterfield-statement-on-demonstration-in-durham/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:46:52 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73451 Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the demonstration in Durham:

“There is no place for hate, bigotry, and racism in our society.  The demonstrators today are making it known loudly and clearly that the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups are not welcome in our communities.

“The actions in Durham do not take place in a vacuum.  People of good will no longer tolerate anyone who desires to honor and celebrate a dark period of American history.  240 years of slavery in America is considered an original sin and we have long been moving toward a color blind and inclusive society. 

“Through his words and actions, it is clear that President Trump either condones or is indifferent to racist behavior and policies that will turn back the clock on the progress we have made toward equality.  President Trump must forcefully and unequivocally condemn the actions of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups and reject their political support. 

“Like Governor Cooper, I call for the immediate removal of all confederate statues and monuments that are displayed on government property, including the US Capitol.  These monuments depict a period of history that must be taught to future generations but not celebrated.”

L.B. Yancey Elementary School Wins “School of the Year” http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/17/l-b-yancey-elementary-school-wins-school-of-the-year/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:33 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73448 L.B. Yancey Elementary School won the “School of the Year” award presented at the end of the school system’s Convocation for all employees at McGregor Hall in Henderson on August 17.

 Superintendent Anthony Jackson presented the award to Dr. Carnetta Thomas, principal of L.B. Yancey.

 The school captured the honor for its outstanding year in student achievements, positive school climate, cooperation and cohesion of the school staff members and involvement in its community.

 Thomas holds the award and is joined by school staff members in the photo.

ACTS Receives $5000 Grant http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/17/acts-receives-5000-grant/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:17:58 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73445 ACTS was the recent recipient of a $5000 grant from the Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund through the NC Community Foundation. Shown are members of the ACTS staff and Board of Directors, as well as members of the committee who awarded the grant. This money will be used to help purchase a much needed commercial refrigeration/freezer unit.

VGCC ranked in top 20 online colleges in North Carolina http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/17/vgcc-ranked-in-top-20-online-colleges-in-north-carolina/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:11 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73442 A national organization has recognized Vance-Granville Community College as one of the top 20 colleges in North Carolina offering online programs. California-based OnlineColleges.com ranked VGCC 19th on a list that included both two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning. Among just the two-year colleges, VGCC ranked tenth-highest.

“Focusing on affordability, student services, and the availability of online programs, we used the most recent government data to evaluate colleges and universities across the country,” said OnlineColleges.com representative Kelly Rivett of the way in which her organization ranks institutions. The website reported that 52.9% of VGCC students took some or all of their courses online, according to data collected in 2015.

OnlineColleges.com is a resource for people who want reliable information about online colleges and degree programs. Its stated mission is “to empower students with knowledge about distance education.” Interactive tools on the website allow students to filter close to 3,000 colleges by state, tuition, school type, military benefits and religious affiliation.

VGCC has expanded its online course offerings in recent years. In 2015, the college launched the VOLT (Vanguard Online Learning through Technology) initiative, primarily with working adults in mind. Through VOLT, six two-year degree programs are now offered 100-percent online — Associate in Arts and Associate in Science (both also known as “College Transfer”), Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Medical Office Administration – Coding Specialist, and Supply Chain Management. In addition, students can take online courses in combination with traditional face-to-face courses to complete any VGCC degree program.

A number of 12-week online classes will begin on Sept. 12. For more information on enrollment, call VGCC at (252) 738-3330 or visit www.vgcc.edu.

Butterfield Statement on Violence in Charlottesville and Confederate Statue in Durham http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/16/butterfield-statement-on-violence-in-charlottesville-and-confederate-statue-in-durham/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:12:16 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73440 Durham, NC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia and the toppling of the Confederate statue in Durham:


“I was disappointed that President Trump waited two days before specifically condemning the Charlottesville terror attack and the violence perpetrated by white supremacist groups.  His failure to not immediately and powerfully condemn these terror groups by name was a clear message that he is supportive of or indifferent to their cause based on ideology or politics, either of which is unacceptable for an American president.

“The events in Durham are an example of the pain that people of good will are experiencing when terror is heaped upon them or their fellow citizens.  The Durham protestors were expressing their outrage at the Charlottesville terror attacks, continued racial disparities in our communities, and the president’s reluctance to take a firm stand against these pervasive, hateful, and divisive ideologies.

“I don’t condone the destruction of government property, but I understand the hurt and pain the continued existence of confederate monuments cause to many in our communities, whether it is on the grounds of the US Capitol, state capitals, or any other locations. 

“The American people must understand and confront the scourge of racism in our country.  America cannot tolerate white supremacy in any form.  Silence will no doubt embolden these deranged groups.

“The Congress of the United States must not neglect its duty to condemn the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups who terrorize our communities.  President Trump must stop pandering to these groups and instead use the full power of the Department of Justice to prosecute those who inflict violence upon communities because of their race or beliefs.  And the president must continue to condemn all acts of racism, bigotry, and domestic terror.” 

Changes to I-85 Traffic Patterns in Vance and Warren Counties http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/09/changes-to-i-85-traffic-patterns-in-vance-and-warren-counties/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:56:19 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73436 As work to improve I-85 accelerates, several closures and detours are coming over the next week to Vance and Warren counties.

On Tuesday Night, August 8, between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM, Southbound I-85 will be closed north of Oine Road.  Traffic will be detoured by law enforcement to Wise Road (Exit 233), then south along U.S. 1/158 and back on to I-85.

I-85 Southbound will be closed on Wednesday August 9 near mile marker 215 from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  Law enforcement will be on hand to detour motorists along Flemingtown Road and U.S. 1/158.

On Thursday, August 10, there will be a closure of I-85 Southbound near Manson Road (mile marker 233) from 9:00 PM until 6:00 AM Friday.  A detour by law enforcement will guide motorists west along Ridgeway-Drewry Road, then turning left on to Manson-Drewry Road and following that back to I-85.

From 5:30 PM Thursday, August 10 to 6:00 AM Friday, August 11, crews will install girders for the I-85 Southbound bridge at Flemingtown Road.  Flemingtown Road will be closed and a signed detour will be in place taking Northbound I-85 motorists along U.S. 1/158, Lee Avenue/Jacksontown Road, and Jackson-Royce Road to get to Flemingtown.  Those trying to get to I-85 Northbound from Flemingtown Road should follow the reverse of that route.

Finally, Starting Monday, August 14 both the on and off ramps for I-85 Southbound at Wise Road will be closed for 60 days.  Southbound I-85 motorists wishing to get to Wise Road will proceed to Ridgeway-Drewry Road (Exit 226), exit and get back on I-85 Northbound, then take Northbound off ramp at Wise Road (Exit 233).  Those wishing to get on to I-85 Southbound from Wise Road will be detoured to Rooker Dairy Road heading south to Oine Road, then to US1/158 and right onto Ridgeway-Drewry Road to get back onto I-85 southbound.  Drivers will be able to utilize the Oine Road ramps once they reopen in September.

These temporary closures are part of a five-year project to repair the deteriorating I-85 road surface, and repair and replace bridges to create safer conditions for travelers.  All closures are weather dependent and subject to change.  Motorists are still advised to use I-95, I-40, and U.S. 64 instead of I-85 when traveling between the Triangle and Richmond.  For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

VGCC recognizes ten Medical Assisting students at Pinning http://homeinhenderson.com/2017/08/08/vgcc-recognizes-ten-medical-assisting-students-at-pinning/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:47:58 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=73433 Vance-Granville Community College held a pinning ceremony for its 2017 Medical Assisting program graduates on Aug. 4 at the college’s Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, where the program is conducted. As VGCC’s program is nationally accredited, the graduates are now eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

The ten graduates being honored included Melissa Bridges of Creedmoor; Dajané Johnson of Henderson; Michelle Beckwith of Kittrell; Melissa Barreto, Shantel Blacknall, Laketa Bumpers and Stephanie Kearney, all of Louisburg; Courtney Clark of Raleigh; Kiara Fogg of Warrenton; and Mirna Lopez Aguirre of Youngsville.

Instructor Patrice Allen served as the mistress of ceremonies. Student Stephanie Kearney provided the invocation. Franklin County Campus Dean Bobbie Jo May made welcoming remarks, congratulating what she called “an outstanding group of students” and thanking their supportive families and friends who had gathered to celebrate the graduates’ success.

Renita P. Timberlake, a graduate of the VGCC Medical Assisting program who is now director of patient access for Granville Health System, served as the guest speaker. She is also a pastor at Good Shepherd Ministries of Oxford.

“Today marks a great achievement in your life,” Timberlake told the graduates. “You made it! Tomorrow and the days ahead will begin a new journey for you. Now is the time that you can build upon the education and training you have received here at Vance-Granville Community College. I believe that you are prepared for whatever lies before you.” Timberlake said she was “a living testimony” to the program’s preparation. She recalled that, years ago, she started working at the front desk at a medical office and read a newspaper article about the new Medical Assisting program being offered by VGCC.

Timberlake enrolled at the college, graduated in 2000 and returned to the same doctor’s office but with her new credentials. She took on additional responsibilities and was eventually promoted to office manager. Four years ago, she advanced to the position she currently holds at GHS. “You, too, can go higher and soar in medical assisting,” Timberlake said to this year’s graduates. “Medical assistants, as you know, we are the heart of health care. The thing I like most about medical assistants is that we are multi-taskers,” performing administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. She encouraged the graduating students to exemplify “excellence, compassion and commitment.”

Allen presented each graduate with her pin, signifying that each had successfully completed the course of study and was prepared to enter the growing Medical Assisting profession. As they were pinned, VGCC Dean of Health Sciences Angela Thomas read reflections from the graduates about their educational experiences and their career aspirations. Allen then led students in reciting the creed of the American Association of Medical Assistants. VGCC Academic & Career Coach Anthony Pope read an original poem that he had written just for the occasion, entitled “Unleash the Power of your Soul.”

Dr. Levy Brown, VGCC’s interim vice president of academic affairs, rounded out the ceremony with concluding remarks. “I wish you all the best as you enter a rewarding profession of service, and as you meet a critical need for Medical Assistants in our community and beyond,” Brown told the class of 2017. “You have wisely chosen a profession in which you will make a difference in the lives of patients, and in which there are a variety of career opportunities for you to develop and grow. To maximize your opportunities, you must continue your education. No matter what academic or career pathway you take, I know that you will continue to succeed and make us proud as VGCC alumni.”

Steve Bridges, father of graduate Melissa Bridges, gave the benediction.

With their one-year diplomas in hand, many graduates are continuing their education to complete the two-year associate degree in Medical Assisting. For more information about Medical Assisting, call the Franklin Campus at (919) 496-1567.