Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Farmers urged to prepare for several days of heavy rain to be followed by possible hurricane conditions http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/agriculture/farmers-urged-to-prepare-for-several-days-of-heavy-rain-to-be-followed-by-possible-hurricane-conditions/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/agriculture/farmers-urged-to-prepare-for-several-days-of-heavy-rain-to-be-followed-by-possible-hurricane-conditions/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:53 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68156 RALEIGH – Farmers across the state are urged to clear drainage ditches, secure signage and loose objects, stock up on fuel and feed to be prepared for days of wet weather that may be followed by hurricane conditions. The state has already seen almost a week of rain that has saturated the ground. If Hurricane Joaquin tracks close to the coast, it could cause trees to topple and create widespread power outages, something that can be especially devastating to poultry and tobacco farmers.

“Now is the time to take a tour through the farm and clean things up to help minimize damage caused by debris, wind and flooding,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Troxler offers farmers these suggestions to prepare for this week’s weather conditions:

Equipment Needed

  • Consider purchasing, leasing or negotiating a rental arrangement for a backup generator in advance. If you plan to rent a generator, read the contract carefully, as some rental contracts are only for eight hours use per day.
  • Have a transfer switch properly installed so you can use a generator. This is critical for the protection of farm facilities and utility workers.
  • Before a hurricane hits, purchase additional fuel for vehicles  and generators, and a hand fuel pump.
  • Emergency Preparedness Kit: Fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, a camera that stamps date and time, flashlights, batteries and other items.
  • NOAA weather radio and batteries.
  • Water and feed for animals.
  • Two-way radios.

Property Preparations

  • Clear debris from drainage ditches so water can run freely.
  • Move equipment, pesticides and fertilizers to higher ground.
  • Check power line clearance; some of the greatest damage is from downed power lines and long power outages. See if trees need pruning or removing.
  • Survey your buildings; do you need to trim or cut down trees near barns or home? Check for damaged trees and consider removal before a storm. Also check the condition of the buildings; a few extra nails or tighter hurricane strapping can limit further damage.
  • Clear away all debris that could blow around in high winds.
  • Secure any signage.
  • Take photos of valuable items and store off site; store all business records above flood level.

For more preparedness tips, other information, and to download a Farm Emergency Plan Template, go towww.ncagr.gov/disaster.

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Chamber Ribbon Cutting – State Farm Insurance – Margier White, Agent http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/business/chamber-ribbon-cutting-state-farm-insurance-margier-white-agent/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/business/chamber-ribbon-cutting-state-farm-insurance-margier-white-agent/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:51 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68150
Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for State Farm Insurance – Margier White, Agent are, Margier White, family and staff; Mayor Pete O’Geary; HVCC President John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Kimberly Robinson, Rosemyr Corporation/AA Self Storage; Vanessa Jones, HVCC Work First Coordinator; and clients. Not Pictured: HVCC Director of Membership Services, Annette Roberson.

Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for State Farm Insurance – Margier White, Agent are, Margier White, family and staff; Mayor Pete O’Geary; HVCC President John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Kimberly Robinson, Rosemyr Corporation/AA Self Storage; Vanessa Jones, HVCC Work First Coordinator; and clients. Not Pictured: HVCC Director of Membership Services, Annette Roberson.

A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday, September 30th at 10 AM for State Farm Insurance – Margier White, Agent to celebrate the company’s membership with the Chamber and to showcase the business and all that it has to offer. 

Guided by the highest levels of honesty, integrity and respect, coupled with a sincere commitment to fulfill client needs – Their agency serves as a community resource that exceed expectations, delivers comprehensive insurance products and relevant financial options. They have competitive rates on auto, homeowners, renters, life, health, and commercial insurance. They also offer assistance with retirement planning. Margier White said, “We are currently running a campaign to raise awareness to our banking products which consists of auto loans and refinancing, credit cards, and mortgages.”

Stop in and visit with them at their location on 234 Raleigh Road in Henderson or for more information, please call 252-598-0163. They are your one stop shop for all your insurance and financial needs.

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Vance County Board of Commissioners Meeting Monday, October 5th, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-meeting-monday-october-5th-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-meeting-monday-october-5th-2015/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:36 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68147 Download the full agenda packet here:  20151005_vcboc_agenda_packet

Invocation Rev. Keith Benze, Pastor First Presbyterian Church

1. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – speakers are limited to five minutes)

2. Public Hearing 6:00 p.m. Animal Shelter Interim Financing
(or shortly thereafter)

3. Appointment 6:15 p.m. Porcha Brooks, Tax Administrator
Untimely Exemption Applications

4. Water District Board
– Construction and Operations Reports
– Construction Project Summary

5. Committee Reports and Recommendations
a. Planning and Environmental Committee
– Approval of Sale of NSP Property – 661 Charles Street
b. Properties Committee
– Joint Properties Agreement with City of Henderson
– Building Needs Assessment and Space Study Proposal

6. Finance Director’s Report
a. KARTS Funding Request
b. Resolution Authorizing Sale of Surplus Property
c. Resolution Conveying Surplus Property

7. County Attorney’s Report
a. REO Properties – Bid Acceptance Resolution – Hwy 39 North
8. Consent Agenda Items
a. Tax Refunds and Releases
b. Ambulance Charge-Offs
c. Monthly Reports
d. Minutes
9. Miscellaneous
a. Appointments

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Chamber Ribbon Cutting – Shortcakes http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/business/chamber-ribbon-cutting-shortcakes/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/business/chamber-ribbon-cutting-shortcakes/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:32 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68153
Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Shortcakes are, Clareese Moss, owner; Mayor Pete O’Geary; HVCC President John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Pam Norwood, Magnolia Management; Chamber Ambassador Kevin Bullock, WIZS 1540-AM; Chamber Board member and Ambassador Twanna Jones, ACTS; Chamber Ambassador Cheryl Elman, Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute; Chamber Board member Jenny Hester, PRIM Development & Rentals; Chamber member Durward Jarrell, DB’s Windshield Repair & Headlamp; Vanessa Jones, HVCC Work First Coordinator; Melanie Mann, HVCC Office Manager. Not Pictured: HVCC Director of Membership Services, Annette Roberson.

Shown at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Shortcakes are, Clareese Moss, owner; Mayor Pete O’Geary; HVCC President John Barnes; Chamber Ambassador Pam Norwood, Magnolia Management; Chamber Ambassador Kevin Bullock, WIZS 1540-AM; Chamber Board member and Ambassador Twanna Jones, ACTS; Chamber Ambassador Cheryl Elman, Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute; Chamber Board member Jenny Hester, PRIM Development & Rentals; Chamber member Durward Jarrell, DB’s Windshield Repair & Headlamp; Vanessa Jones, HVCC Work First Coordinator; Melanie Mann, HVCC Office Manager. Not Pictured: HVCC Director of Membership Services, Annette Roberson.

Tucked away down a country road in Epsom, NC you will find Shortcake’s Embroidery business where Clareese’s creativity comes to life. She has a base of over 130 customers from a four-county area. On Tuesday, September 29th friends, customers, Chamber representatives and our Mayor gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Shortcake’s Embroidery business with a ribbon cutting.

When asked about her business Moss said, “Her mission is and always has been to provide her customers with excellence when it comes to her embroidery products. She looks forward to serving her valued customers and any new ones for many years to come!”

She offers her customers and clients personalized embroidered gifts and products for any occasion, event, or business. Shortcakes sells apparel that can be customize just for you. Pick up one of her catalogs at the Chamber office. She can embroider onto anything including t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, towels, tote bags, gym bags, bibs, blankets, lab coats, varsity jackets, equestrian items, and everything in between! Have a custom business logo? Send her an email with your image to get a free quote on your logo! Want more than just words? If you want something more than just words but don’t have a logo of your own, then Shortcake’s has a catalog of thousands of stock embroidery designs to choose from. She also offers screen printing to further meet your creative needs.

For more information about Shortcakes, please call 252-492-5769 or visit her on the web at www.shortcakesembroidery.com

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Franklin County School Desegregation is Topic of October 19 Forum http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/education/franklin-county-school-desegregation-is-topic-of-october-19-forum/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/education/franklin-county-school-desegregation-is-topic-of-october-19-forum/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:32 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68145 LOUISBURG, N.C.—  Rev. Luther Coppedge remembers smelling the gunpowder, but he never heard the shot that fired the bullet because he was sleeping. “We still have one of the dressers where they shot over my head while I was in the bed,” Coppedge says of the incident on Christmas Eve, 1967.

Coppedge, an African-American minister, and his family were targeted for their efforts to send their son to an all-white high school in Franklin County in the mid-1960s. Their story, and those of 15 other people who had various roles in the court-ordered desegregation of Franklin County schools, will be featured during a free public forum at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19 in Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus. Members of the general public are invited to attend and offer their own recollections and experiences of the desegregation effort in Franklin County.

The forum, sponsored by the college’s Tar River Center for History and Culture, is the culmination of a nearly-yearlong project, “An Oral History of School Desegregation in Franklin County, North Carolina.” The project coincides with the 50th anniversary of a 1965 lawsuit to integrate the county’s public schools. The Tar River Center for History and Culture Foundation received a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council to conduct interviews with people who were involved with the desegregation effort–parents, teachers, students and a school principal–and document those for the historical record.

“We believe it is important to record and learn from the life experiences of older members of the community,” says Maury York, director of the Tar River Center for History and Culture. “The struggles faced, accommodations made, and accomplishments celebrated by people during this time can help guide our citizens in the future, as they improve our school system and build a stronger community that respects the dignity of all people.”

Dr. Seth Kotch, a professional oral historian from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, worked with a local committee of interested citizens to plan the project. Kotch then trained a team of four interviewers–York, Louisburg College faculty members Will Hinton and Kelvin Spragley, and Charles M. Davis–who spent between 60 and 90 minutes with each interview subject, asking questions about their experience in the desegregation process.

“We wanted to make sure that this project documented aspects of school desegregation that might not be in the public record,” York says. “Because of the lawsuit filed in 1965, what happened in Franklin County had a far-reaching impact. These oral history interviews add to our knowledge of a process that had a dramatic effect on the citizens of Franklin County and beyond.”

For more information, contact York at (919) 497-3252 or at myork@louisburg.edu.

About Louisburg College

Louisburg College, America’s premier private two-year college, is related by faith to The United Methodist Church. We are committed to offering a supportive community which nurtures young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically and spiritually. As a two-year residential institution, Louisburg provides a bridge for students to make a successful transition from high school to senior colleges and universities.   

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NCDOT Crews in the Triangle and Northern Counties Prepare for Hurricane Joaquin http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/ncdot-crews-in-the-triangle-and-northern-counties-prepare-for-hurricane-joaquin/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/ncdot-crews-in-the-triangle-and-northern-counties-prepare-for-hurricane-joaquin/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:23 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68143 RALEIGH –  With Hurricane Joaquin still over the Atlantic Ocean but possibly heading for the North Carolina coast, N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews in Division 5, which includes Wake, Durham, Franklin, Vance, Person, Granville and Warren counties, are getting ready to deal with any damage that heavy rain and high winds may bring.

Each county has its own DOT maintenance yard, and workers have been checking and loading their equipment, such as chain saws and backhoes, to make sure they are all operating correctly. They have also been packing up road closed and other traffic control signs that may be needed should roadways become flooded or fallen trees block them off.

Crews are also getting schedules adjusted as workers may be putting in very long hours during the weekend and into next week, depending on the extent of any damage. Some workers will also be on standby to head toward the western part of the state if heavy rain in that area causes flooding and mudslides.

This kind of storm often brings flash flooding, which in turn means dangerous driving conditions. Area residents are urged to use common sense, starting with not going out on the roads during the storm unless they have to, and if they do, to use extra care and precaution:

  • Allow more travel time and make sure your tires and brakes in good working condition;
  • Reduce your speed and drive defensively. Motorists should drive at least five to 10 miles per hour slower on wet pavement and allow at least twice the normal following distance between cars to provide ample room for stopping. Be ready for a sudden stop. Remember that the driver behind you cannot see well either in the rain. Signal for turns ahead of time and brake early as you near a stop. Be patient and do not pass lines of traffic; 
  • Roads are the slickest once rain has begun to fall. For the first 10 to 15 minutes, the rain combines with dirt, dust, oil, grease and rubber to create a slippery surface. If the rain is extremely heavy, stop and pull over with your emergency flashers on, away from any trees or other tall objects. If motorists must exit the vehicle, they should do so on the passenger side of the car; 
  • Turn on your low beam headlights and use the defroster to increase visibility whether it is day or night. North Carolina law states that motorists must use their headlights at all times while using windshield wipers, regardless of the time of day;
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded roadway ahead, turn around and take an alternate route to your destination. If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside. Do not attempt to cross over a flooded road even if it seems shallow. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups; 
  • After driving through a puddle, tap your brake pedal to help dry your brake rotors;
  • Do not drive if you are tired or distracted. Driving in wet weather requires you to be alert, particularly at night. If you are tired, pull off the road to a safe place and take a break, or better yet, postpone your trip. You should also avoid eating, drinking, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, or handing items to children in the back seat – anything requiring you to take one or both hands off the steering wheel momentarily; 
  • Know what to do if your car begins to hydroplane. Hydroplaning occurs when your tires glide across the surface of the water on the road. If your car starts to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas, but do not stomp on the brakes. Instead, apply the brakes in a steady, slightly firm manner, and steer in the direction of the skid. If you have a manual transmission (i.e. stick shift), push in the clutch and let the car slow down on its own. If you have an automatic transmission, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply the brakes. For cars that have antilock brakes, you should apply more pressure (steady) to the brakes, but avoid pumping them; and 
  • Put together a supply kit for your trunk. Include a flashlight, first aid kit with an instructional manual, blanket, booster cables, shovel, sand to give tires needed traction, snacks and drinking water, and safety flares or an orange or red cloth to tie to the antenna.

NCDOT will provide real-time information about weather and travel conditions through its Twitter feed, @NCDOT, as well as its Triangle-area feed, @NCDOT_Triangle. Information will also be available in the traveler information section of the NCDOT website.


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Vance County Board of Commissioners Properties Committee Meeting October 5th, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-properties-committee-meeting-october-5th-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-properties-committee-meeting-october-5th-2015/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:03:17 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68158 Please note that the County’s Properties Committee (Brown, Brummitt, Hester) is scheduled to meet Monday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the administrative conference room.  The purpose is to discuss a joint agreement with the City and a building needs and space study proposal.

All commissioners are invited to attend.

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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-92/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/02/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-92/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:01:13 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68160 Friday, October 2nd. U.S. based manufacturers receive new orders every month worth close to a half-trillion dollars. To underscore the health and prospects of this economic sector, today is the fourth annual Manufacturing Day, with activities staged across the country by American companies. The focus is a series of open houses to show the breadth and vitality of American manufacturing innovation and quality, and illustrate the need for skilled employees. Currently, over 11 million Americans work in this sector. The 2012 Economic Census found over 297,000 manufacturing establishments in the U.S., doing nearly $5.7 trillion of annual business. The economic census, the most comprehensive survey of our economy, is taken at five-year intervals and dates back in several forms to the year 1810. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Saturday, October 3rd. The nature of American neighborhoods began to take on a new look this week in 1947. That’s when one of the first planned communities built by a real estate developer opened and began receiving its new residents — Levittown, in New York. Named for William and Alfred Levitt, the town ultimately contained more than 17,000 Cape Cod and ranch houses, snapped up by servicemen returning from World War II and facing an acute housing shortage. The houses in Levittown had 800 square feet of floor space and sold for under $8,000. Now, Levittown has a population of about 52,000, with a median home value of almost $365,000. That’s nearly twice the national median home value of $176,700. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau’s “dwellr” mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.

Sunday, October 4th. October is American Cheese Month, a celebration of the many varieties of the dairy product. America is the world’s cheese superpower, producing 26 percent of the world’s supply. The nations of the European Union combine to produce 9.6 million metric tons of cheese annually. However, U.S. production of over 5.6 million metric tons exceeds that of the combined second to fourth place producers —Germany, France and Italy. America’s annual cheese consumption averages almost 33 and half pounds per capita. A full third of this figure is accounted for by mozzarella, likely attributable to our appetite for pizza. Big Cheese is formed in America by 561 production establishments. Employing over 43,000 workers, cheese captures a $43 billion a year slice of the economy. Profile America is in its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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SVHS and NVHS Football Games Moved to Thursday http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/01/news/sports/svhs-and-nvhs-football-games-moved-to-thursday/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/01/news/sports/svhs-and-nvhs-football-games-moved-to-thursday/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:04:41 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68105 The high school football games have been moved to Thursday, October 1, 2015 due to the forecast for bad weather conditions on Friday.




Southern Durham High School
Northern Vance High School

7 p.m.

in Viking Stadium

$6.00 admission




Bartlett Yancey High School
Southern Vance High School

7:30 p.m.

at Bartlett Yancey

$6.00 admission





Northern Vance High School and Southern Vance High School are members of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association

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City of Henderson Warns of Possible Flooding http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/01/news/city-of-henderson-warns-of-possible-flooding/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/10/01/news/city-of-henderson-warns-of-possible-flooding/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:04:30 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=68111 Due to the potential for significant rainfall and flash flooding, the city is alerting residents to take precautions in helping prevent localized flooding to city streets. Local weather forecasts indicate that there could be 5” to 10” of rain within the next several days. City crews are working on inspecting culverts and other storm drains within the street right of ways to insure that they are not blocked with limbs and other debris which can result in roads being flooded and property to be flooded upstream. The city crews will also be inspecting storm drain grates and clearing them as needed.

Residents can help by taking the following steps to insure that storm drain pipes and other storm water facilities are kept clean and free of debris.

1. Do not place leaves (loose or bagged) pine straw, grass clippings, limbs brush or other trash within a ditch or curb line which can float or cause blockage of culverts and catch basins. This is a major cause of back-ups.

2. Be mindful of where your rollout cart or other bins are placed so that they do not have the potential to float or make its way into ditches or storm water conveyance facilities.

3. In the event of a fallen tree within the city right of way, please dial 252-430-6030, or 252-431-6115 during business hours. After hours dial 911 and our street department crews will be dispatched. In the event the trees have fallen within power lines, the city crews have to wait until such lines are de-activated and removed so please be patient.

4. Potential heavy rainfall also increases the potential for sanitary sewer overflows as the sanitary sewer system gets inundated with rain water due to infiltration. If you see a sanitary sewer main overflowing please dial 252-431-6030 or 252-431-6115 during normal working hours and after hours dial 911 and the on call personnel will be dispatched.

If you have any additional questions or concerns you may call the Public Services Director at 252-431-6030 or the City Manager’s office at 252-430-5700.

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