Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:21:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/27/uncategorized/friday-weekend-open-lines-98/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/27/uncategorized/friday-weekend-open-lines-98/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:01:23 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68898 Friday, November 27th. The first traffic signal with indicators for stop, go and caution was patented this month in 1923. The green light went to African-American inventor Garrett Morgan, who decided to do something after witnessing a collision between a car and a horse-drawn wagon on a Cleveland street. At the time, there were already more than 15 million motor vehicles on the nation’s roads. Morgan’s three-position signal was manually operated by a traffic officer during peak hours. This invention, with its staffing and mechanical requirements, was soon overtaken by the now-familiar system of green, yellow and red lights. Today’s traffic signals regulate the movements of the approximately 256 million motor vehicles in the U.S. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.

Saturday, November 28th. One of the comforts most Americans take for granted while driving was displayed for the first time this month in 1939 at the 40th Chicago Auto Show. The Packard Motor Car Company unveiled the first U.S. car with air-conditioning. The cooling and heating equipment in the Packard was located behind the rear seat in the trunk. Treated air reached the passenger compartment through ducts mounted between the seats and the rear window. Air-conditioning did not become a widely available, affordable option until well after World War II. Starting in 1969, the majority of new cars and trucks made in the U.S. have been equipped with air-conditioning. While Packard is long gone, the remaining manufacturers produce almost $109 billion worth of automobiles annually You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.

Sunday, November 29th. Given what seems to be the ever-growing profusion of coffee vendors, imagine what a crisis it would be if coffee were suddenly rationed. That’s exactly what happened on this date in 1942 because the Second World War had interrupted shipments and people were hoarding coffee. But rationing lasted only until the next summer. It’s thought that coffee was introduced into America in the mid-1600s by the Dutch colonists in New Amsterdam, renamed New York in 1664 under new management. Its popularity jumped after both the Boston Tea Party and the beginning of Prohibition. For those who don’t make their own coffee, there are over 19,000 coffee shops across the country, and they sell more than $10 billion worth of coffee a year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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Thursday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/26/quick-hits/open-lines/thursday-open-line-219/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/26/quick-hits/open-lines/thursday-open-line-219/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:02:47 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68896 Today is Thanksgiving Day. One of the most traditional of American holidays, it’s thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The holiday became national in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 194.  In many of the nation’s nearly 116 million households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. U.S. farmers raise around 235 million turkeys annually, down from over 270 million in 2007. Americans eat an average of over 12.5 pounds of turkey each year, while the birds themselves have … or had … an average weight of 30 pounds. The men and women of the U.S. Census Bureau wish you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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City of Henderson Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/city-business/city-of-henderson-thanksgiving-holiday-schedule-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/city-business/city-of-henderson-thanksgiving-holiday-schedule-2015/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:04:48 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68889 City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

Sanitation schedule is as follows:  November-26th Thanksgiving Day-collection will be Wednesday November 25th

November-27th Normal Schedule – No recycling this week

Garbage Collection – Waste Industries is as follows: November-26th Thanksgiving Day-collection will be Friday November 27th

 November-27th Friday’s normal route will be collected on Saturday November 28th

Loose leaf collection is on-going.  Leaves should be left at the curb – not in the street.

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Henderson Driver License Office Closing for Equipment Installation December 1 Office is scheduled to re-open December 2 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/henderson-driver-license-office-closing-for-equipment-installation-december-1-office-is-scheduled-to-re-open-december-2/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/henderson-driver-license-office-closing-for-equipment-installation-december-1-office-is-scheduled-to-re-open-december-2/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:03:52 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68887 The Henderson Driver License Office, located at 1080 Eastern Blvd., will be temporarily closed for equipment installation on Tuesday, Dec. 1. It is scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.

Other offices located in the region will provide service during the closure:

East Durham – 101 S. Miami Blvd., (919) 560-6896

Hillsborough – 1201 U. S. Highway 70 West, (919) 732-2427

Oxford – 100 Providence Road, (919) 693-6128

North Raleigh – 2431 Spring Forest Road, Suite 101, (919) 855-6877

Roxboro – 3434 Burlington Road, (336) 597-5636

Equipment installations are being phased in at driver license offices around the state. NCDMV is putting in new cameras, printers, flatbed scanners and customer-facing monitors at each driver license examiner’s desk to support new programming for Next Generation driver license and ID card applications. The new equipment also includes the installation of credit and debit card machines at each desk.

Customers are reminded to call the office at (252) 438-8930 to confirm appointments and operating hours.


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Lower Taxes for Business on Tap as Governor McCrory Announces $1 Billion Reserve in Unemployment Trust Fund http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/business/lower-taxes-for-business-on-tap-as-governor-mccrory-announces-1-billion-reserve-in-unemployment-trust-fund/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/business/lower-taxes-for-business-on-tap-as-governor-mccrory-announces-1-billion-reserve-in-unemployment-trust-fund/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:03:47 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68882 After paying off a $2.8 billion debt to the federal government in May 2015, Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce’s Division of Employment Security announced November 12 that the unemployment trust fund reserve has reached $1 billion. This is the first time the trust fund has exceeded $1 billion since May 2001.

By reaching this mark, the 20 percent state unemployment insurance tax surcharge will be discontinued, an extra burden that N.C. employers have been paying for ten years. These savings, along with receiving the full Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit will save employers more than $550 million in taxes during 2015-2016.

“This money can be used to hire more workers, which will ultimately add more money to the trust fund so we don’t get into another borrowing situation,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “We have paid off the debt five years early and reached an important balance in our trust fund at the right time to bring certainty to North Carolina businesses.”

N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla said reforms in North Carolina’s unemployment insurance program sets the stage for more robust economic growth. “We care about the success of all business across North Carolina,” said Secretary Skvarla. “This tax relief is an important milestone that could lead to more jobs and business growth in our great state.”

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VGCC Biotech Club elects officers http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vgcc-biotech-club-elects-officers/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vgcc-biotech-club-elects-officers/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:03:29 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68871
From left, VGCC Biotech Club president Eliza Hernandez of Louisburg and vice president Melissa Messner of Wilton are seen here in the Biotech lab on the college’s Main Campus. (VGCC photo)

From left, VGCC Biotech Club president Eliza Hernandez of Louisburg and vice president Melissa Messner of Wilton are seen here in the Biotech lab on the college’s Main Campus. (VGCC photo)

The Vance-Granville Community College Biotech Club recently elected officers for the 2015-2016 year. They include club president Eliza Hernandez of Louisburg, vice president Melissa Messner of Wilton, secretary Andrew Boyle of Franklinton and treasurer Natasha Durham of Manson. All are students in the VGCC Bioprocess Technology degree program.

The purpose of the Biotech Club, formerly the Biopharmaceutical Club, is to stimulate interest in, and provide a social forum for, biotechnology throughout the community college. Club members engage in activities that promote their ability to locate jobs in their desired field by networking with the appropriate employers and agencies. The Biotech Club also provides opportunities for students to expand their understanding of biotechnology, bioprocess technology and pharmacy technology.

For more information on Bioprocess Technology or the Biotech Club, contact Dr. Tara Hamilton at (252) 738-3285 or hamiltont@vgcc.edu.

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Vance-Granville Community Band to present free holiday concert on December 3rd, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vance-granville-community-band-to-present-free-holiday-concert-on-december-3rd-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vance-granville-community-band-to-present-free-holiday-concert-on-december-3rd-2015/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:03:26 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68873
Ivory Brock conducts the Vance-Granville Community Band during the 2014 holiday concert. (VGCC photo)

Ivory Brock conducts the Vance-Granville Community Band during the 2014 holiday concert. (VGCC photo)

The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its eighth annual Christmas Concert, entitled “Making Spirits Bright,” on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The band has prepared a program featuring a variety of holiday-themed favorites, including “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “A Holst Christmas,” a march called “Christmas Joy,” “The Bells of Saint Mary,” “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” a sing-a-long of popular Christmas songs, and “May the Good Lord Keep and Bless You.”

The concert will also feature students in the VGCC Music Scholars program: Shontiara Williams of Oxford (on vocals and piano), Kaleb Williamson of Bullock (guitar), Tiffany Barnes of Henderson (vocals) and Charles Keith of Raleigh (bass).

VGCC music instructor Ivory Brock is the band’s primary conductor. Also conducting for a portion of the concert will be Brian Miller, the recently-retired band director at Louisburg High School.

First formed in 2008, the all-volunteer Community Band has included VGCC students, local high school students, educators, and interested citizens from all four counties of the college’s service area (Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin) and beyond. For more information, call Ivory Brock at (252) 738-3222.

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Vance County Schools Transportation Department Ratings http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vance-county-schools-transportation-department-ratings/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/news/education/vance-county-schools-transportation-department-ratings/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:03:16 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68891
Vance County Schools Transportation Department from left, Tyler Duncan, Bryan Smiley, R.C. Creech, Petronia Hicks, Kimberly Crews, Jimmy Waverly, Bobby Jones and Clay Owen, department director.

Vance County Schools Transportation Department from left, Tyler Duncan, Bryan Smiley, R.C. Creech, Petronia Hicks, Kimberly Crews, Jimmy Waverly, Bobby Jones and Clay Owen, department director.

The Vance County Schools’ Transportation Department earned a rating of 28.76 on its annual state inspection for school bus safety.

The state inspection was held on November 3 and thoroughly examines 10 percent of the school system’s bus fleet, with the focus on getting the lowest score possible. The average rating statewide for this year is projected at about 55, meaning the local inspection results were more than 25 points better than the state average.

The Transportation Department also received an outstanding score on its annual TIMS audit, which examines the efficiency of school bus routes. The department earned a grade of 98.4 on the November 2 audit. The state requires that a district score 90 or above for a successful audit.


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White House Update on Syrian Refugees http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/press-release/white-house/white-house-update-on-syrian-refugees/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/press-release/white-house/white-house-update-on-syrian-refugees/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:02:37 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68880 As we approach Thanksgiving and many of us prepare to share time with friends and family, we want to make sure you have the latest information from us about the Syrian Refugee Crisis and ways you can support efforts to provide support and aid to those fleeing violence.

Visit aidrefugees.gov, where you can enter your zip code into a map to learn about volunteer opportunities with organizations near you that are helping refugees start anew in your community

Or check out this resources page for graphics and related links about Syrian refugees in the United States.

Thank you again for all of your work and dedication to providing help and support to so many desperately in need.

With gratitude,

John Bisognano
The White House | Office of Public Engagement

America Can Welcome Refugees and Ensure Our Own Safety

The U.S. Has Safely Admitted 3 Million Refugees Since 1975

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White House: Here’s what the refugee screening process looks like http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/press-release/white-house/white-house-heres-what-the-refugee-screening-process-looks-like/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/11/25/press-release/white-house/white-house-heres-what-the-refugee-screening-process-looks-like/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:02:16 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68884 Since the attacks in Paris, many have asked about our process for admitting Syrian refugees into this country.

I understand the anxiety that many Americans are feeling right now. And as Secretary of Homeland Security, I share with President Obama the top priority of keeping the American people safe. So let me be clear about what this process of vetting and resettling refugees looks like.

It’s important to remember, we’re focused on admitting the most vulnerable Syrians — this means mostly women, children and families. Second, anyone who applies for and is approved for refugee status in the United States, including Syrians, must first go through a rigorous security screening process.

Watch this video I narrated to see exactly what a potential refugee goes through to resettle in the U.S.:

Taking in refugees at times of crisis is simply the right thing to do. It’s who we are as a Nation.

And we can continue to ensure our own security, while doing our share to welcome refugees fleeing violence, looking to America as their beacon of hope and freedom.

This is the United States of America. We can, we must, and we will do both these things.

Thank you,

Jeh Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security

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