Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 N.C. Mountain State Fair offers ‘Mountain Fun’ for the whole family http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/quick-hits/things-to-do/n-c-mountain-state-fair-offers-mountain-fun-for-the-whole-family/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/quick-hits/things-to-do/n-c-mountain-state-fair-offers-mountain-fun-for-the-whole-family/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:03:59 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67526 FLETCHER – Fun-filled attractions, uplifting mountain music and deep-fried delicacies are all part of the entertainment planned for this year’s N.C. Mountain State Fair, which runs Sept. 11-20 at the WNC Agricultural Center.

For some down-on-the-farm fun, visitors can enjoy the expanded Farmer Bill’s Ag-Ventures exhibit located near the main entrance. “This year, children will be able to drive sit-and-scoot tractors around a farm track, pick apples while learning about the region’s apple industry, and milk a cow,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There also will be live farm animals, a demonstration of hydroponic growing systems and other agricultural displays. All of it ties into this year’s theme of ‘Mountain Fair! Mountain Fun!’”

Other free agriculture-based attractions include the Mooternity Ward, where visitors can see a dairy calf be born; Agricadabra, an ag-themed magic show; and more than two dozen livestock shows.

Free entertainment for all ages

Free entertainment also includes Rowdy Rooster, a kid-friendly puppet show; Sea Lion Splash, a show featuring rescued sea lions; the Kenya Safari Acrobats; Brad Matchett Comedy Hypnotist; chainsaw artist Joey Rowe; Extreme Illusions & Escapes; Dixie Starlight Express; and the ever-popular pig races at the Hogway Speedway.

Music lovers can hear some of the region’s best bluegrass, country and gospel groups during the Mountain Music Festival. Each night, guests can enjoy three to five acts – including musical groups, dancers and cloggers – on the Heritage Stage located in Mountain Heritage Circle. Performances start at 7 p.m. daily except on Sundays, when they start at 5 p.m.

Wide variety of food

A trip to the fair isn’t complete without food, and there will be plenty of it at the Mountain State Fair. Organizers expect more than 75 food vendors offering full meals and grab-and-go treats. Traditional favorites such as funnel cakes, candy apples and cotton candy will be there along with ostrich burgers, deep-fried Oreos, cheesecake on a stick, and some healthier options. A complete list of food vendors is online at http://bit.ly/1NwO2s6.

Save money with advance tickets

Advance tickets are now available at area Ingles stores, the WNC Agricultural Center and the WNC Farmers Market. Fairgoers can save $2 on gate admission tickets and 50 percent on ride tickets by purchasing in advance. More information about the fair is available at www.mountainfair.org.

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Vance County Schools Principals Serve on State Committee http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/news/education/vance-county-schools-principals-serve-on-state-committee/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/news/education/vance-county-schools-principals-serve-on-state-committee/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:03:27 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67485 State Supt. CouncilDr. Michael Putney, principal at Dabney Elementary School, and Dr. Larry Webb, principal at Northern Vance High School serve on the State Superintendent’s Principals’ Advisory Committee. Dr. Putney, seated at far right, and Dr. Webb, standing at far right, are shown with members of the committee during their meeting held in late July. Additional members include, seated from left, Amy Richardson; Steve Lassiter, who is the N.C. Principal of the Year; Robin Hamilton and Christopher Poston. Others shown are, standing from left, Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent; Catherine Tahaney; Billie Berry; Shane Mace; Robin Calcutt; and Brad Breedlove. Dr. Putney is the president of the NCAE Division of Principals and Administrators and Dr. Webb was the Northeast Region Principal of the Year.

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N.C. Forest Service sends crews, fire engines to assist with wildfires in Western U.S. http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/news/agriculture/n-c-forest-service-sends-crews-fire-engines-to-assist-with-wildfires-in-western-u-s/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/news/agriculture/n-c-forest-service-sends-crews-fire-engines-to-assist-with-wildfires-in-western-u-s/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:03:14 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67521 RALEIGH – More than 70 N.C. Forest Service personnel are currently helping fight fires in the Western United States. And for the first time in its 100-year history, the agency sent fire engines out West, too.

The three engines are former military trucks that have been converted into fire trucks capable of carrying 600 to 800 gallons of water. Two of the trucks are going to Idaho, and the third is going to Oregon. The trucks, which left last weekend, are being hauled on tractor-trailers.

In the past, the N.C. Forest Service has sent fire engines to other Southern states under a mutual aid agreement. But the agency had never sent equipment to the West.

 “So far this year, about 180 N.C. Forest Service employees have been dispatched to the West,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We are proud of the men and women who have committed themselves to helping states that are facing significant fire threats. The work they are doing will come back to us in the form of assistance when we need it.”

N.C. Forest Service personnel currently are helping Western states by fighting fires or working in the command structure. The federal government is covering the cost of these dispatches.

To learn more about the fires burning out West, log onto http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-87/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/28/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-87/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:01:03 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67524 Friday, August 28th. What is believed to be the nation’s first radio commercial was broadcast on the new medium on this date 93 years ago. Station WEAF in New York City carried that first ad — not for soap or automobiles — but for a group of apartment buildings in Queens. The cost was $100 for a 10-minute sales pitch. At the time, there were just 30 stations in the whole country, and only 60,000 households had receivers. By 1929, there were more than 10 times the number of stations, and the number of households with radios surpassed 10 million. Now, there are over 6,700 radio stations in the nation. Some two-thirds of Americans over the age of 12, around 117 million people, access the medium daily. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Saturday, August 29th. A perpetually hot topic, in summer and other seasons, is the fluctuating cost of gasoline and diesel fuel. Some discussion centers on the amount of taxes paid at the pump, as state taxes on fuels vary widely. The highest state tax plus fees on gasoline is 51.6 cents per gallon, levied in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State also imposes the nation’s highest rates on diesel, at 65.3 cents per gallon. Nationally, the lowest state taxes and fees are found in Alaska. The rate on both is below 12 cents per gallon.  There are 112,000 places in the U.S. to fill your tank — over 100,000 fewer than in 1967. Around 86 percent of today’s gas stations are connected with convenience stores. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Sunday, August 30th. Few of us have the opportunity to actually change the shape of people’s lives and help them to live more happily. Such a man was Dr. Claire Straith, whose birthday in 1891 is noted today. Treating soldiers wounded in World War I, he pioneered many techniques in plastic and cosmetic surgery that are still in use today. Later, noting that he was performing a lot of reconstructive surgery on crash victims, Straith successfully urged automakers to use safety glass and remove dangerous projections from the interiors of their cars. There are over 7,000 board certified plastic surgeons among the more than 907,000 physicians and surgeons 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>.

 

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Luncheon Celebration for E.O. Young Jr. Elementary http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/luncheon-celebration-for-e-o-young-jr-elementary/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/luncheon-celebration-for-e-o-young-jr-elementary/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:55 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67481
Assistant Principal Ann Hancock attempts a ping pong ball toss.

Assistant Principal Ann Hancock attempts a ping pong ball toss.

All staff members at E.O. Young Jr. Elementary School were the special guests during a community appreciation luncheon held in their honor in the fellowship hall of Middleburg Baptist Church on August 20. School staff members enjoyed great food and fellowship with representatives from several churches and the town of Middleburg.

Kathy Solomon of Middleburg Baptist Church, standing, directs E.O. Young Jr. Elementary staff members during a game of "Password."

Kathy Solomon of Middleburg Baptist Church, standing, directs E.O. Young Jr. Elementary staff members during a game of “Password.”

The luncheon’s theme was “The Middleburg Diner Presents the Great Showcase Showdown.” Staff members were given door prizes and school supplies for students. They also played games including Password and Name That Price and participated in a ping pong ball toss that resulted in a total of $2,200 donated to the school to purchase picnic tables for an outdoor classroom.

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Summer Reading at E.O. Young Jr. Elementary http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/summer-reading-at-e-o-young-jr-elementary/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/summer-reading-at-e-o-young-jr-elementary/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:51 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67478 EOY Summer ReadingVolunteer Gary Tillotson, shown in photo at right, was one of about 20 church members who tutored students at E.O. Young Jr. Elementary School during a summer reading program led by members of Flat Rock United Methodist Church. Approximately 24 rising second and third-grade students received tutoring each week in the school’s media center from June 23 through August 6. The church provided transportation for the students and also lunch each day they were tutored.

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High School students explore health and science at two VGCC campuses http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/health/high-school-students-explore-health-and-science-at-two-vgcc-campuses/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/health/high-school-students-explore-health-and-science-at-two-vgcc-campuses/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:47 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67490
Students shown here at VGCC’s South Campus are, seated, from left: Leeza Mason (Warren New Tech High School), Dominique Anderson (Southern Vance High School), Sierra Jones (Panther Creek High School), Madison Robertson (Warren County High School), Niya Watkins (Warren County), McKayla Perry (Warren County) and Alexis Jordan (Warren County); standing, from left: Jalen Taylor (Panther Creek), Matthew Battistel (Granville Central High School), Ryan Raulynaitis (Fuquay-Varina High School), Rhyan Johnson (Granville Magnet High School), Brandon Baek (Panther Creek), Gavin Hardin (Granville Magnet), Sreekar Mantena (Green Hope High School), Michael Harris (Granville Early College High School) and instructor Becky Brady. (VGCC photo)

Students shown here at VGCC’s South Campus are, seated, from left: Leeza Mason (Warren New Tech High School), Dominique Anderson (Southern Vance High School), Sierra Jones (Panther Creek High School), Madison Robertson (Warren County High School), Niya Watkins (Warren County), McKayla Perry (Warren County) and Alexis Jordan (Warren County); standing, from left: Jalen Taylor (Panther Creek), Matthew Battistel (Granville Central High School), Ryan Raulynaitis (Fuquay-Varina High School), Rhyan Johnson (Granville Magnet High School), Brandon Baek (Panther Creek), Gavin Hardin (Granville Magnet), Sreekar Mantena (Green Hope High School), Michael Harris (Granville Early College High School) and instructor Becky Brady. (VGCC photo)

This summer, high school students from across the region 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 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, 35 students completed the program.

This was the college’s second summer partnering with Wake AHEC’s 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. In 2014, the program was offered only at the South Campus.

Students learned about topics that included anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, cardiology, epidemiology, medical genetics and genomics. The course was taught primarily by Becky Brady, a registered nurse and chemical engineer. Two members of the VGCC faculty also taught one session apiece: Biology instructor Brandy Bowling at South Campus and Bioprocess Technology program head/instructor Dr. Tara Hamilton at Franklin Campus.

Students shown here at VGCC’s Franklin Campus are, seated, from left: Rachael Basham of Wake Forest, a home-schooled student who is also taking VGCC classes, Juanita Pacheco-Sosa (Louisburg High School), Savannah Staten (Enloe High School), Kayla Wilmot (Enloe High), Joshua Bass (Franklinton High School), Jessica Schneider (South Granville High School) and Destiny Harden (Johnston County Early College Academy); standing, from left: Janneth Arrieta Reyes (Warren Early College High School), Tiara Daniel (Warren Early College High), Kyle Brady of Fuquay-Varina, a home-schooled student, Drew McDonald (Sanderson High School), Justice Shuta (South Granville High), Kyndal Gunter (South Granville High), Cierra Mills (recent Ravenscroft School graduate), Michala Mills (recent Ravenscroft School graduate) and instructor Becky Brady. (VGCC photo)

Students shown here at VGCC’s Franklin Campus are, seated, from left: Rachael Basham of Wake Forest, a home-schooled student who is also taking VGCC classes, Juanita Pacheco-Sosa (Louisburg High School), Savannah Staten (Enloe High School), Kayla Wilmot (Enloe High), Joshua Bass (Franklinton High School), Jessica Schneider (South Granville High School) and Destiny Harden (Johnston County Early College Academy); standing, from left: Janneth Arrieta Reyes (Warren Early College High School), Tiara Daniel (Warren Early College High), Kyle Brady of Fuquay-Varina, a home-schooled student, Drew McDonald (Sanderson High School), Justice Shuta (South Granville High), Kyndal Gunter (South Granville High), Cierra Mills (recent Ravenscroft School graduate), Michala Mills (recent Ravenscroft School graduate) and instructor Becky Brady. (VGCC photo)

Faculty members from VGCC programs that prepare students for health-related careers — including Nursing, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Pharmacy Technology, Human Services Technology, Emergency Medical Services and Occupational Healthcare — gave students information about academic pathways and employment prospects. 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 Matthew Battistel of Granville Central High School; Michael Harris of Granville Early College High School; Gavin Hardin and Rhyan Johnson, both of Granville Magnet High School; Nathaniel Selvidge and Yaziel Sosa-Garcia, both of South Granville High School; Dominique Anderson of Southern Vance High School; Ryan Raulynaitis of Fuquay-Varina High School; Sreekar Mantena of Green Hope High School (Cary); Diego Pacheco of Leesville Road High School (Raleigh); Brandon Baek, Sierra Jones and Jalen Taylor, all of Panther Creek High School (Cary); Niecey Elps, Alexis Jordan, McKayla Perry, Madison Robertson, Niya Watkins and Skylar Wilson, all of Warren County High School; and Leeza Mason of Warren New Tech High School.

Those who completed the program at Franklin Campus included Joshua Bass of Franklinton High School; Juanita Pacheco-Sosa of Louisburg High School; Kyndal Gunter, Jessica Schneider and Justice Shuta, all of South Granville High School; Destiny Harden of Johnston County Early College Academy; Savannah Staten and Kayla Wilmot, both of Enloe High School (Raleigh); Drew McDonald of Sanderson High School (Raleigh); Cierra Mills and Michala Mills, both recent graduates of Ravenscroft School (Raleigh); and Tiara Daniel and Janneth Arrieta Reyes, both of Warren Early College High School. Two home-schooled students were also among the participants: Rachael Basham of Wake Forest, who is also taking VGCC classes through the Career and College Promise program, and Kyle Brady of Fuquay-Varina.

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.

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VGCC recognizes 15 Medical Assisting students at Pinning http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/vgcc-recognizes-15-medical-assisting-students-at-pinning/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/news/education/vgcc-recognizes-15-medical-assisting-students-at-pinning/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:24 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67475
Seated, from left: graduating Medical Assisting students Morgan Hudgins, Whitney Kelsey, Courtney Pearce, Kaylah Norris, Joyce Ellis and Jennifer Crews; standing, from left: instructor Patrice Allen, students Kourtney Cockrell, Dominique Richardson, Melissa Tucker, Kevin Rumsey, Ashlee Dement Neal, Angela Whirley, Tabitha Winstead and program head Donna Gardner; not pictured: Melissa Norwood, Jessica Yarbrough. (VGCC photo)

Seated, from left: graduating Medical Assisting students Morgan Hudgins, Whitney Kelsey, Courtney Pearce, Kaylah Norris, Joyce Ellis and Jennifer Crews; standing, from left: instructor Patrice Allen, students Kourtney Cockrell, Dominique Richardson, Melissa Tucker, Kevin Rumsey, Ashlee Dement Neal, Angela Whirley, Tabitha Winstead and program head Donna Gardner; not pictured: Melissa Norwood, Jessica Yarbrough. (VGCC photo)

Vance-Granville Community College held a pinning ceremony for its 2015 Medical Assisting program graduates on Aug. 7 at the college’s Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, where the program is conducted.

As VGCC’s program is nationally accredited, graduates are now eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

The 15 graduates being honored included Courtney Pearce of Clayton; Tabitha Winstead of Creedmoor; Morgan Hudgins of Franklinton; Kourtney Cockrell, Jennifer Crews, Joyce Ellis, Melissa Norwood, Dominique Richardson and Angela Whirley, all of Henderson; Jessica Yarbrough of Kittrell; Ashlee Danielle Dement Neal of Louisburg; Melissa Tucker of Norlina; Whitney Kelsey of Oxford; and Kaylah Norris and Kevin Rumsey, both of Stem.

Program head/instructor Donna Gardner served as the mistress of ceremonies. Kaylah Norris provided brief welcoming remarks and the invocation. Franklin County Campus Dean Bobbie Jo May also made welcoming remarks, congratulating the students and thanking their supportive families and friends who had gathered to celebrate the graduates’ success. May praised the “family” of VGCC faculty and staff for “educating, inspiring and supporting the Medical Assisting Class of 2015.”

A member of the class, Joyce Ellis, was the keynote speaker. Ellis said that she and other students had overcome adversity to achieve their goals and complete the program. “Each of us has a story to tell, but the most important part of our story is that we made it!” Ellis said. “You are never too old to make a change in your life. Don’t be afraid, because fear robs us of pleasures and accomplishments in our lives.” She concluded by focusing on empathy, a quality that is important to medical assistants in their careers.

Gardner presented each graduate with his or her pin, signifying that each had successfully completed the course of study and was prepared to enter the Medical Assisting profession, which is one of America’s fastest-growing careers.

Kevin Rumsey received the academic achievement award for achieving the highest grade point average in the class. Dean May noted that Rumsey’s accomplishments were even more impressive since, for part of his time in the program, he was deployed overseas, serving as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Instructor Patrice Allen led students in reciting the creed of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Dr. Angela Ballentine, VGCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, rounded out the ceremony with concluding remarks. “You have wisely chosen a profession in which you can make a difference in the lives of patients, and in which there are many career opportunities,” Ballentine told the class. She encouraged all graduates to maintain high standards as professionals and to become lifelong learners.

Student Angela Whirley gave the benediction and final reflections. “Some of us are fresh out of high school, while for others, it’s been a while,” Whirley said of the graduates. “All of us dreamed of going to college and getting a job. Some of us had to put those dreams on hold, but we continued to wonder, ‘what if?’ What if we found the courage to take our dreams out of storage and pursue them? Today, we have our answer. We are now health professionals and so much more.” She presented Gardner and Allen with gifts of appreciation from the class.

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.

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Butterfield Marks Women’s Equality Day http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-marks-womens-equality-day/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-marks-womens-equality-day/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:07 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67488 WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement recognizing the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guarantees a woman’s right to vote:

“Today, on Women’s Equality Day, we mark the progress and applaud the achievements women have made since gaining the right to vote 95 years ago.  Although women now graduate from college in higher numbers than men, make up nearly half of the workforce, and serve in senior government and private industry positions, inequalities for women still exist—particularly as it relates to pay.  We must use this occasion to not only commend women, but also recommit to ensuring that we continue to fight for women’s equal access to opportunities.  After all, when women succeed, America succeeds.”

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North Carolina Weekend http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-145/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/27/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-145/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:03:00 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67473 For the week of Aug. 27 on  North Carolina Weekend, wonder at the wind beneath the wings at the Winston-Salem Air Show. Get out to the great outdoors at New River State Park in Laurel Springs. Check out what’s happening at North87South Music Venue in Saxapahaw. Take in the “From the Master’s Hands” exhibit on woodwright Eddie Hamrick at the Hickory Museum of Art. And the “House Special” samples the fare at Neomonde Cafe and Bakery in Raleigh. (Please note: listings are subject to change.) North Carolina Weekend is underwritten by Visit North Carolina. In addition, UNC-TV has made recent editions of North Carolina Weekend available online.

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