Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:05:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tuesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/04/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-198/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/04/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-198/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:01:41 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67149 On this date in 1790, the young federal government issued its first bonds, promising to pay between 3 and 6 percent interest. The borrowed money was used for liquidating state debts related to the Revolutionary War and assumed by the new national government. At the time, the national debt was over $71 million. Today, the national debt is put at over $18 trillion. But we, the people, have a government reflective of its citizens, as Americans individually carry great debt. The percentage of U.S. households with debts declined from 74 percent to 69 percent between 2000 and 2011. But the median amount increased over this period from about $51,000 to $70,000. 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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Shooting in Henderson Highland Green Apartments, Reward Offered for Information http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/crime/shooting-in-henderson-highland-green-apartments-reward-offered-for-information/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/crime/shooting-in-henderson-highland-green-apartments-reward-offered-for-information/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:12:43 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67146 On August 3, 2015 around 12:21 AM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to Highland Green Apartments, 111 S. Pinkston Street Henderson, NC in reference to shots being fired.  While in route, officers were advised that there was a 9 year-old female that was transported by a personal vehicle to a local medical facility with injuries. The 9 year-old victim is currently being treated for her injuries.

Officers on scene at Highland Green Apartments located a 19 year-old female, Aisha Taylor, of Henderson, who was suffering from a gunshot graze to her arm.  Ms. Taylor later went to a local medical facility for treatment.

The incident was reported to have occurred when a vehicle pulled up to a group of people that were standing in front of the apartments and began firing a firearm.

The incident is under further investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Division.  The Henderson Police Department encourages anyone with information related to this crime to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


Chief Marcus Barrow:

“I am extremely distraught by the events that occurred and we will utilize all resources necessary to solve this heinous and reckless act of violence.  I would hope the person responsible will have the fortitude to come forward once they discovered an innocent child was injured, but if not I am confident that this community will provide us with the information to bring this individual to justice.  We are offering Crime Stoppers’ funds for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the injuries to this child and adult.”    


Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow


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VGCC Nursing student coordinates Blood Drive http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/education/vgcc-nursing-student-coordinates-blood-drive-3/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/education/vgcc-nursing-student-coordinates-blood-drive-3/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:03:59 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67131
VGCC Nursing student Elaine Harrison is seen here in front of the “Bloodmobile,” which was parked in front of the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus during the blood drive that she coordinated. (VGCC photo)

VGCC Nursing student Elaine Harrison is seen here in front of the “Bloodmobile,” which was parked in front of the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus during the blood drive that she coordinated. (VGCC photo)

Vance-Granville Community College hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on its Main Campus in Vance County on July 21. A VGCC Associate Degree Nursing student, Elaine Harrison of Oxford, served as coordinator of the blood drive.

Harrison said that she was “very pleased” with the drive, which resulted in the donation of 19 units of blood. One unit can provide blood for three people. “I am currently holding a position as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) while I’m also a nursing student, and I know the impact that donated blood has on so many lives,” Harrison said. “Being able to be on the other end for a day was very rewarding.”

By serving as the coordinator, Harrison became eligible for a scholarship opportunity through the American Red Cross. She is scheduled to graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing program in May 2016.

VGCC instructor Sharon O’Geary prepares to give blood for the first time. (VGCC photo)

VGCC instructor Sharon O’Geary prepares to give blood for the first time. (VGCC photo)

Harrison added that it was “humbling” to see so many people doing “something good” for the community at the drive. Many of those donating blood were VGCC faculty and staff, including first-time donor Sharon O’Geary, an instructor for the college’s Human Services Technology program. The head of that program, Tracy Wallace, was there to give blood as well and to support his colleague. O’Geary admitted to being “excited and anxious” before donating. “Once I do it, I will be able to overcome my fears,” she said. O’Geary added that she had always wanted to donate blood because of how much it could help others. As she put it, “we all bleed red.” After giving blood, O’Geary said, “It was an easy and gratifying process. Blood donation is life-saving, and I will definitely donate again.”

Blood donations typically decrease during the summer months, but the need for blood never lets up, according to the Red Cross.

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Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Protecting Access to Healthcare http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-protecting-access-to-healthcare/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-protecting-access-to-healthcare/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:03:36 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67125 Photo of the Week

I enjoyed talking with members of the Veterans Treatment Court of Harnett/Lee/Johnston County on Wednesday morning while they were in Washington attending the National Conference. From left to right are pictured Vernon Steward, District 11A District Attorney; Marsha Johnson, Clerk of the Superior Court–Harnett County; Chief District Court Judge Jacquelyn Lee; and LTC(R) Mark Teachey, Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator.


Weekly Update
This week, I am thrilled to introduce H.R. 3339, the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work on this lifesaving legislation with my friend, and breast cancer survivor, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H.R. 3339 places a two year moratorium on the United States Preventative Services Task Force ‘s (USPSTF) proposal to limit access to mammograms for women between the ages of 40-49. As a nurse who practiced for more than 21 years, I understand the significance of preventative medicine. H.R. 3339 protects access to mammography screenings for the more than 22 million women who would be harmed if the USPSTF’s proposal were to go into effect. We need to do everything we can to aid women during their fight against breast cancer, but it’s even more essential that we put measures in place for early detection. You for information, you can read about my legislation here.

In North Carolina news, I was honored to speak at the Tar Heel Circle Luncheon hosted by the N.C. Society of Washington, a bipartisan group of North Carolinians working on and off Capitol Hill. I discussed several of the legislative initiatives I have taken while in Congress to help keep North Carolina great, including my role in founding the Grid Innovation Caucus; my anti-trafficking legislation, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act; and my fight to save the 440th Airlift Wing. Everything I do in my DC office is to benefit families, students and loved ones back home, and I am honored to continue serving the Second District. 


Fight for Flight: Continuing the Battle for the 440th

Check out Monday’s edition of the Dunn Daily Record to read about my efforts to save the 440th Airlift Wing. While I am pleased that the Air Force Reserve Command has delayed deactivation of the Wing until fall 2016, I will continue to fight for its preservation. To date, I have submitted four amendments to prevent closure of the 440th, one of which was adopted unanimously into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and would require the Secretary of Defense to personally certify that the Wing’s deactivation would not impact military readiness.

Here’s an excerpt: “‘Our goal — and what we see as our initiative from here on out — is to remain very vigilant…and able to interact with the Air force on this particular issue — watching and listening closely to any indication that they are moving forward on dismantling,’ [Rep. Renee Ellmers] said. ‘We feel very strongly that this would be a detrimental move to our military, especially when we consider military readiness.’ She continued, ‘We feel very strongly that we want to stay on message — we want to make sure we are continuing to have the conversation with our community, with our constituents and continue the conversation of how important the 440th is.'” To read more, click here.

Defending our Defenders

The Veteran’s Court of Harnett/Lee/Johnston County — members of which I met with on Wednesday morning — is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission and provides eligible veterans with an alternative judiciary process, facilitating access to programs, benefits and services — access their service to this country has earned.

I enjoyed meeting with officers of the Air and Army National Guard Wednesday in my Washington office.

I talked with the National Guard officers about the importance of retaining a strong national defense.


I “Pink” I Can: Protecting Breast Health

I look forward to working with my colleagues on H.R. 3339 in order to save lives. I echo my friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz sentiments in that it is wrong for the USPSTF to write off any woman in her forties who wants to have a mammogram. Mammography screenings are one of the most important ways we can encourage prevention and help save lives.
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Attorney General Roy Cooper: “We buy homes” signs don’t provide the relief they promise http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/crime/attorney-general-roy-cooper-we-buy-homes-signs-dont-provide-the-relief-they-promise/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/crime/attorney-general-roy-cooper-we-buy-homes-signs-dont-provide-the-relief-they-promise/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:03:29 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67138 Scammers are trying to take advantage of struggling families by promising to buy homes for quick cash.

These scammers send postcards and put out signs proclaiming, “We buy homes!” But rather than buying houses as advertised, most of these companies will try to convince you to sign over control of your home. The company then leases the property out to a new tenant. As a result, you lose rights to your home but remain on the hook for mortgage payments. Homebuyers or tenants can also be hit hard by these scams, which can advertise homes in deceptive rent-to-own agreements for big upfront fees.

Before you reply to a “we buy homes” ad, remember:

  • These companies aren’t likely to pay cash for your home or help secure a fast payoff of your current mortgage.
  • Beware of anyone who asks you to sign over the title to your home based only on their promises to sell your property.
  • If you’re struggling to pay your mortgage, speak with your lender directly. You can also contact the State Home Foreclosure Prevention Projectfor help at 1-888-442-8188.
  • Prospective tenants and buyers should never pay money upfront before signing a lease or contract. Work with a real estate or leasing agent you trust.
  • In rent-to-own agreements, always confirm that the person you’re signing the contract with is the owner of the home.
  • If you think you’ve experienced a “we buy homes” scam or have questions about mortgage help you’ve heard advertised, please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online atncdoj.gov.


This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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Twenty graduate from EMT-Paramedic training at VGCC http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/education/twenty-graduate-from-emt-paramedic-training-at-vgcc/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/news/education/twenty-graduate-from-emt-paramedic-training-at-vgcc/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:03:28 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67135
Seated, from left: EMT-Paramedic graduates Modjeska Thrower, Adreanna Flick, Ashlee Limer, Phyllis Stokes, Crystal Talley, Kelly Mubarez, Susan Rice, Morrissa Lawrence, Idabelle Proffitt and Nathasia Lofton; standing, from left: instructor Vivian Loyd, graduates Jamie Orr, Shane Rounds, John Gardner, Christopher Rigg, Jeffrey Harris, Timothy Fulcher, Paul Tidwell, Justin Chambers, Hunter Rigsbee and Luke Choplin, with EMS coordinator Stephen Barney. (VGCC photo)

Seated, from left: EMT-Paramedic graduates Modjeska Thrower, Adreanna Flick, Ashlee Limer, Phyllis Stokes, Crystal Talley, Kelly Mubarez, Susan Rice, Morrissa Lawrence, Idabelle Proffitt and Nathasia Lofton; standing, from left: instructor Vivian Loyd, graduates Jamie Orr, Shane Rounds, John Gardner, Christopher Rigg, Jeffrey Harris, Timothy Fulcher, Paul Tidwell, Justin Chambers, Hunter Rigsbee and Luke Choplin, with EMS coordinator Stephen Barney. (VGCC photo)

Vance-Granville Community College recently honored ten men and ten women who completed the college’s year-long Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program in July.

Graduates included Morrissa Lawrence, Idabelle Proffitt and Paul Tidwell, all of Bullock; Nathasia Lofton of Butner; Timothy Fulcher, Jeffrey Harris, Jamie Orr, Phyllis Stokes and Modjeska Thrower, all of Henderson; Susan Rice of Kittrell; Adreanna Flick, Hunter Rigsbee and Shane Rounds, all of Oxford; John Gardner, III, of Roxboro; Justin Chambers and Christopher Rigg, both of Timberlake; Crystal Talley of Triple Springs (Person County); Kelly Mubarez of Vance County; Luke Choplin of Warren County; and Ashlee Limer of Warrenton.

Vivian Loyd, a Registered Nurse and Paramedic Level II instructor, was the instructor for the class.

EMT-Paramedic instruction includes 596 hours of didactic (classroom) training and 500 hours of clinical education, or field internship. To be eligible to take the EMT-P course, students had to first complete a 203-hour EMT-Basic course and pass a state exam.

An EMT-Paramedic has enhanced skills beyond the EMT-Basic level, including being able to administer additional interventions and medications. The EMT-P delivers the highest level of pre-hospital medical care in North Carolina. In order to successfully complete the EMT-P course, students had to pass several different exams, including a “scope of practice” exam. This scenario-based evaluation tested the hands-on and critical thinking skills of students, as they delivered the appropriate treatment to multiple trauma patients and dealt with pediatric, environmental, and mental-illness situations. Each student also had to complete an 80-hour Anatomy and Physiology course.

Now that students have completed the EMT-P course, they must take the 100-question North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services credentialing exam to become state-certified.

VGCC offers Emergency Medical Services training from the basic to the Paramedic level, in addition to continuing education. For more information on enrolling in these courses, call Stephen Barney at (252) 738-3273.

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Butterfield Introduces Bill to Encourage Property Owners to Implement Energy Efficiency Measures in Residential Housing Units http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/nc/butterfield-introduces-bill-to-encourage-property-owners-to-implement-energy-efficiency-measures-in-residential-housing-units/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/nc/butterfield-introduces-bill-to-encourage-property-owners-to-implement-energy-efficiency-measures-in-residential-housing-units/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:03:18 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67129 WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced a bill to create a voluntary “Residence Star” program to encourage residential property owners to make energy-saving improvements to their residential housing units.  Butterfield’s bill – H.R. 3322 – would direct the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a voluntary program where owners who make qualified energy efficiency improvements to their housing units would receive Residence Star certification.  Property owners who receive the certification would be permitted to advertise approved housing units using the Residence Star brand.  Consumers stand to benefit from the program through lower monthly utility bills in Residence Star approved properties, and by being able to access more information about energy savings and energy costs when applying to rent or purchase properties recognized by the program.  

“If enacted, the Residence Star program created through my legislation will help lower utility bills for North Carolinians and people across the country by encouraging energy efficiency improvements to housing units,” Butterfield said.  “This bill will reward property owners who make energy improvements by allowing them to advertise using the Residence Star brand.  It will also stimulate innovation and the economy by encouraging the development and adoption of new energy efficient technologies.  Best of all, this program is completely voluntary and has no cost to taxpayers.  I will work to get this important legislation included in the comprehensive energy bill that is currently moving through the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.”     

Butterfield’s bill is modeled after the Energy Efficiency and Improvement Act of 2015 which was signed into law in April 2015.  That legislation instructed the DOE and the EPA to develop a program to encourage owners and tenants of commercial buildings to invest in strategies to improve energy efficiency.  Butterfield’s bill instructs the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the EPA to develop the Residence Star program within six months of the bill’s enactment and after a public comment period.  The bill allows for both retrofitted housing units and new residential construction to be eligible for Residence Star designation.  Property owners would voluntarily apply for the program and work with third party auditors to ensure the energy goals established by the program are met before receiving Residence Star approval.  The bill allows owners or their designees to use information from the audits and branding from the Residence Star program to advertise to prospective tenants.  The bill also requires a report to Congress on the program two years after the bill’s enactment.      

Congressman Butterfield looks forward to the House taking up his bill when Congress returns from August recess.


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White House Weekly Address: Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/white-house/white-house-weekly-address-celebrating-50-years-of-medicare-and-medicaid/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/press-release/white-house/white-house-weekly-address-celebrating-50-years-of-medicare-and-medicaid/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:02:33 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67127 In this week’s address, the President celebrated the 50th birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives. These programs are a promise that if we work hard, and play by the rules, we’ll be rewarded with a basic measure of dignity, security, and the freedom to live our lives as we want.

Every American deserves the sense of safety and security that comes with health insurance. That’s why the President signed the Affordable Care Act, and that’s why he will continue to work to ensure that Medicare and Medicaid, programs that are fundamental to our way of life, stay strong.

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Monday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-198/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/08/03/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-198/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:01:47 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67140 “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Poet Emma Lazarus composed those words in 1883 to help raise funds for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. But on this date just a year earlier, Congress enacted one of the first immigration limitations in our history. The law barred entry to people thought likely to become what is called a “public charge” or burden on society. Immigration laws have been much revised since 1882 and remain a topic of great political contention to this day. Of the roughly 309 million residents counted in the 2010 Census of Population, nearly 40 million were foreign-born and another 40 million were naturalized citizens or noncitizen immigrants. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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First I-40 Fortify Lane Reductions Expected to Begin Friday Morning http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/07/31/news/first-i-40-fortify-lane-reductions-expected-to-begin-friday-morning/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/07/31/news/first-i-40-fortify-lane-reductions-expected-to-begin-friday-morning/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:03:31 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=67079 Raleigh – For the first time, Raleigh commuters could see some lane reductions as early as Friday morning on parts of eastbound Interstate 40 in the Fortify I-40 Rebuild work zone.

Crews on Thursday night will extend the lane shifts and begin reducing the roadway down to three lanes where four and five lanes currently exist from Lake Wheeler Road to South Saunders Street. Over the next several days, the traffic shift and lane reductions will continue to progress east to the I-40/I-440 split.

All work happens at night, is contingent on the weather and requires close coordination with other activities on the project.

Drivers can expect increased travel times through the Fortify work zone, especially Friday afternoon due to weekend travelers.

The shifts and reductions are needed so construction crews can safely begin tearing up the inside lanes.

Shifts are already in place in the eastbound lanes from U.S. 1 to Lake Wheeler Road. Similar shifts on I-40 West in the same area could begin by mid-August.

Once the final three-lane traffic pattern is in place, drivers can expect an average of 30 additional minutes for both their morning and afternoon commutes – and even longer when there is bad weather or incidents on the roadway.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation urges travelers through the Fortify work zone to “know before you go” and to stay up to date with the latest traffic information online at FortifyNC.com.

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