Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vance County Schools – STEM Extravaganza http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/vance-county-schools-stem-extravaganza/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/vance-county-schools-stem-extravaganza/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:03:55 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66111
The first photo, shows a parent in the background looking at one section of the student projects on display during the STEM Extravaganza on May 30

The first photo, shows a parent in the background looking at one section of the student projects on display during the STEM Extravaganza on May 30

The STEM Early High School, a middle school in the Vance County Public School System, hosted a “STEM Extravaganza” event on Saturday, May 30, in the cafeteria at Northern Vance High School.

The four-hour event began in the morning and featured student projects completed during the school year, as well as separate assemblies to recognize students with awards in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Principal Rey Horner and Assistant Principal Iris Dethmers led teachers and other school staff members in honoring students at each grade level during the awards presentations, which were held in the Northern Vance gymnasium.

The second photo, shows a sixth-grade student approaching the podium to receive a certificate from her teacher, Stephen Jones, during the awards presentations for her grade level.

The second photo, shows a sixth-grade student approaching the podium to receive a certificate from her teacher, Stephen Jones, during the awards presentations for her grade level.

In addition to student projects, displayed on poster boards and including written journals and computer generated illustrations of students’ works, activities in the cafeteria included food items for purchase during lunch, games for children to play and ticket purchases for raffle items as part of a fundraiser through the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).

 

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Largest Graduating Class in VGCC history hears from Alumnus http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/largest-graduating-class-in-vgcc-history-hears-from-alumnus/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/largest-graduating-class-in-vgcc-history-hears-from-alumnus/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:03:53 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66103 Vance-Granville Community College’s 46th commencement exercises on May 15 made history in more ways than one. Most notably, the Class of 2015 was the largest in the history of VGCC, with approximately 550 graduates receiving degrees and diplomas. The record-breaking size of the graduating class corresponded with an equally huge throng of family members, friends and other guests in attendance to watch the ceremony, held at the gazebo by the lake on the college’s Main Campus.

Also making history was the commencement speaker. Dr. Maurice Godwin of Fayetteville, a VGCC Criminal Justice graduate from the Class of 1985, became the first alumnus of the college to return to address graduates of curriculum programs.

“I am one of you,” Godwin said to this year’s class. “As a graduate of VGCC, I am thrilled to come home and speak to all of these successful graduates.” His alma mater “is and will always be home to me,” he added. “There’s no doubt about it that I am standing here today because of the people at Vance-Granville, and because of the community atmosphere here.” Godwin recalled that the small classes and personal assistance he received from instructors at VGCC allowed him to succeed. “I would have been lost if I had gone first to a four-year school, and I don’t know that I would have made it,” he said. “VGCC completely changed my life. The late Thomas Long, formerly the department head of Criminal Justice for 20 years, not only changed my life but was like a father figure to me.”

After Godwin graduated with a two-year degree from VGCC, he was able to transfer all of his credits to Trevecca Nazarene University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in 16 months. A master’s degree in Criminology at Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool followed. Today, as president of Godwin Trial & Forensic Consultancy, Inc., he consults on crime scene assessment, developing psychological and geographical profiles. He is also an author and has been a professor at several universities. “The many hours I spent here at VGCC, in night classes, day classes, police academy and studying in the library ultimately resulted in a Ph.D. and a career as a psychologist and expert in criminal behavior,” Godwin said.

For the 2015 graduates, Godwin had several pieces of advice. “You will always have your doubters, but don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice,” he said. “Learn from obstacles and roadblocks, but keep your dreams alive…..Maintain long-term professional relationships with your instructors….You need to put almost as much effort into building relationships that will help your career as you have into your studies….A relentless curiosity and the ability to think outside the box will serve you well….Find time for your community. With this degree today from Vance-Granville, no matter what field of study or occupation, you can use your status to be the voice for those who have no voice….Have a plan, but be willing to abandon it.” He concluded, “In the future, I want one of you to be here where I am standing today, giving the commencement speech, and hopefully it doesn’t take 30 years.”

Following Godwin’s remarks, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of VGCC, said to him, “Your story of success after graduating from Vance-Granville represents the endless possibilities that we see in all of our students. You serve as a reminder of the incredible opportunities one may have as a result of education that begins here at VGCC.” She then commended the large, diverse graduating class on their dedication and hard work. “Continue to value education and training as you remember the foundation that this college provided for you,” Williams said. “We look forward to your continued involvement as alumni and leaders in our community.”

The president recognized one of the graduates, Geoffrey Arnott of Oxford, as the recipient of the N.C. Community College System’s Academic Excellence Award, which he received along with his Associate in Science degree. Arnott is transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. The Academic Excellence Award is presented to one student from each college in the system every year.

Theresa Chiplis of Norlina, who graduated with a degree in Global Logistics Technology after completing degrees in Accounting and Business Administration last year, spoke on behalf of her classmates. She has served for the past two years as president of the VGCC Student Government Association, among other leadership roles. “By graduating today, we are inspiring others to attend Vance-Granville to start their educational journeys,” Chiplis said to her fellow members of the Class of 2015. To those considering going back to school, she said, “You can do it!”

Reflecting on her education and her future, Chiplis added, “Vance-Granville ignited my passion for a career in logistics, business or accounting. I am prepared for whatever opportunity presents itself because I was educated by the outstanding faculty at Vance-Granville. Also, because of the wonderful staff and resources here and especially because of the college’s partnerships with employers, I know I will be able to find a rewarding career locally. I have the tools to make the next chapter of my life successful.”

After Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Dr. Angela Ballentine presented the candidates for graduation, VGCC Board of Trustees chair Deborah Brown assisted President Williams in presenting degrees and diplomas.

Members of this year’s class, including those predicted to graduate at the end of the summer term in July, were awarded 308 Associate in Applied Science degrees, 140 Associate in Arts degrees, 46 Associate in Science degrees and 91 technical and vocational diplomas. Many students graduated with two different credentials, and one, Susan Boyd Burnett of Creedmoor, even graduated with three degrees. Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 72.

Chiplis led the new graduates in ceremonially turning their tassels as the ceremony concluded.

Music was provided by the Vance-Granville Community Band. Bearing the ceremonial mace for commencement was Cosmetology program head/instructor Tomeka Moss, the college’s 2014-2015 Faculty Member of the Year.

Dr. Maurice Godwin delivers the commencement address at Vance-Granville Community College on May 15. (VGCC Photo) Theresa Chiplis of Norlina speaks on behalf of the graduates at Vance-Granville Community College on May 15. (VGCC photo) From left, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams presents the Academic Excellence Award to Geoffrey Arnott of Oxford. (VGCC photo) ]]>
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Vance County Board of Commissioners Upcoming Committee Meetings http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-upcoming-committee-meetings/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-upcoming-committee-meetings/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:03:46 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66101 Planning/Environmental Committee (Wilder, Garrison and Taylor)

Friday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

County’s Properties Committee (Brown, Brummitt and Hester)

Wednesday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Various Property Matters

Water Planning Committee (Garrison, Brummitt and Taylor)

Thursday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Water Project Matters

 

Note:  All commissioners are invited to attend.

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Vance County Schools – Dr. John Hargrove Completes Program http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/vance-county-schools-dr-john-hargrove-completes-program/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/news/education/vance-county-schools-dr-john-hargrove-completes-program/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:03:28 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66108
Dr. John Hargrove, principal of Henderson Middle School, holds the plaque he received for his successful completion of the state’s Distinguished Leadership Program for top school administrators.

Dr. John Hargrove, principal of Henderson Middle School, holds the plaque he received for his successful completion of the state’s Distinguished Leadership Program for top school administrators.

Dr. John Hargrove, principal of Henderson Middle School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals. The program is designed and provided by the North Carolina Principal’s and Assistant Principal’s Association in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the University of North Carolina’s LearnNC program.

Hargrove is a native of Vance County. He has been a principal with Vance County Schools since 2006, first as principal of the old Clark Street Elementary School and then at the new Clarke Elementary School, before becoming principal at Henderson Middle.

The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP) uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year-long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality. By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.

The program is offered in three locations, Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte, in order to serve principals in all eight regions of the state.

The North Carolina Principal’s and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), in existence since 1976, is the preeminent organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents more than 5,000 members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School Administrators (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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Wednesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/quick-hits/open-lines/wednesday-open-line-204/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/03/quick-hits/open-lines/wednesday-open-line-204/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:01:02 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66119 This is National Rose Month, celebrating America’s favorite flower, grown in all 50 states. One of the world’s biggest floral celebrations is going on now and will pack in its greatest activity through June — the Portland, Oregon Rose Festival, founded in 1907. Portland is called the City of Roses, and its many rose-themed celebrations began early in May and continue into July. Among the numerous events making up the festival are a youth silent film festival, a treasure hunt, an art show, drag races, a grand floral parade, and tomorrow’s 127th annual Spring Rose Show. Roses for all sorts of events — weddings, Valentines Day, anniversaries, and birthdays — are sold by the 62,000 people working at the nation’s 14,000 florists. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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Middle and High School News June 1-5, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/education/middle-and-high-school-news-june-1-5-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/education/middle-and-high-school-news-june-1-5-2015/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:03:57 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66077  

VANCE COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

 

WEEKLY SCHOOL NEWS

 

 

Volume 3, Issue 39

A Publication for Middle and High Schools

June 1-5, 2015

 

 

 

The MISSION of Vance County Schools is to be committed to educating all students

to prepare them for lifelong learning and productive citizenship.

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

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State end-of-grade tests are administered on Wednesday and

Thursday to students in grades 6-8 in the middle schools. 

 

 

 

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During the high school testing days,

middle schools dismiss students at their normal times.

 

 

 

SCHOOL EVENTS FOR THE WEEK

 

 

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Early College High: (Monday, June 1) – Mandatory workday

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High:  (Monday, June 1) – English III N.C. Final Exam administered online. CTE tests and teacher made exams given and make-up exams administered as needed.

 

 

 

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Southern Vance High: (Monday, June 1) – English III N.C. Final Exam administered online. CTE tests and teacher made exams given and make-up exams administered as needed.

 

 

 

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Western Vance High: (Monday, June 1) – Faculty meeting at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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Early College High: (Tuesday, June 2) – Teacher workday

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High: (Tuesday, June 2) – Civics and Economics N.C. Final Exam administered online. CTE tests and teacher made exams given and make-up exams administered as needed.

 

 

 

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Southern Vance High: (Tuesday, June 2) – Civics and Economics N.C. Final Exam administered online. CTE tests and teacher made exams given and make-up exams administered as needed.

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High: (Wednesday, June 3) – World History N.C. Final Exam administered online. Make-up exams given as needed.

 

 

 

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Southern Vance High: (Wednesday, June 3) – World History N.C. Final Exam administered online. Make-up exams given as needed.

 

 

 

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Western Vance High: (Wednesday, June 3) – State end-of-course tests and English II exams administered

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High: (Thursday, June 4) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered. Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. after eating lunch. Selected students take N.C. Final Exams in the afternoon and are dismissed at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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Southern Vance High: (Thursday, June 4) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered. Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. after eating lunch. Selected students take N.C. Final Exams in the afternoon and are dismissed at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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Western Vance High: (Thursday, June 4) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High: (Friday, June 5) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered. Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. after eating lunch. Selected students take N.C. Final Exams in the afternoon and are dismissed at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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Southern Vance High: (Friday, June 5) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered. Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. after eating lunch. Selected students take N.C. Final Exams in the afternoon and are dismissed at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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Western Vance High: (Friday, June 5) – State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered

 

 

 

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Northern Vance High: (Saturday, June 6) – PTO Campus Cleanup

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS

 

 

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Monday, June 8-Tuesday, June 9: Middle schools dismiss at their regular times

 

 

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Monday, June 8-Tuesday, June 9: State end-of-course tests, Math 1 and Biology exams administered at Northern Vance and Southern Vance high schools. Students dismissed at 12:20 p.m. after eating lunch at Northern Vance and Southern Vance high schools. Selected students at the two schools take N.C. Final Exams in the afternoon and are dismissed at 3 p.m. Make-up exams given as needed at Northern Vance, Southern Vance and Western Vance high schools.

 

 

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Wednesday, June 10: Last day of classes for all students. Make-up exams given if needed at Northern Vance, Southern Vance and Western Vance high schools. Middle schools dismiss at their regular times.

 

 

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Thursday, June 11: The annual Honor an Educator Breakfast, presented by the Vance County Public School Foundation, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Administrative Services Center

 

 

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Thursday, June 11: The STEM Early High School hosts an eighth-grade “graduation” ceremony at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium at Northern Vance High School

 

 

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Thursday, June 11-Friday, June 12: Teacher workdays

 

 

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Friday, June 12: Graduation ceremony for Class of 2015 at 7 p.m. at Western Vance High School

 

 

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Saturday, June 13: Graduation ceremonies for Class of 2015 at 8 a.m. at Northern Vance High School in Viking Stadium and at 11 a.m. at Southern Vance High School in Raider Stadium

 

 

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Monday, June 15-Wednesday, June 17: Teacher workdays

 

 

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Monday, June 22: Report cards are mailed to middle and high school students

 

 

 

 

SPRING ATHLETIC EVENTS
Northern Vance and Southern Vance Baseball Admission is $5.00.

Soccer Admission is $5.00 and Softball Admission is $5.00.

Admission for Tennis, Track and Golf is free.

Eaton-Johnson and Henderson Middle Baseball and Softball Admission is $5.00.

Soccer Admission is $5.00 and Track Admission is free.

 

 

 

ACADEMICS FIRST…ATHLETICS SECOND

 

Monday
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
(June 3, 2015)

Thursday
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Friday
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If you have a school event and would like to have it added to the Weekly School News email,

send the information to Terri Hedrick, public information officer, at thedrick@vcs.k12.nc.us.

 

                   

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Narcotics Arrest and One Person Wanted on Related Charges – Reward Offered http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/crime/narcotics-arrest-and-one-person-wanted-on-related-charges-reward-offered/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/crime/narcotics-arrest-and-one-person-wanted-on-related-charges-reward-offered/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:03:55 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66081 Jaquel StevensOn Friday, May 29, 2015, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant at 415 S. Cooper Drive Apt. 7D, Henderson. The resident, Jaquel Stevens, 22, of that address was charged with several narcotic related charges.

Stevens was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and/or deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping/selling a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stevens was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a 25,500.00 secured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on June 15, 2015.

Aquilla Brown

Aquilla Brown

Aquilla Brown, 24, of the same address is wanted for charges arising out of this incident. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Brown, please call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925. Crime Stoppers offers reward of up to 2,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of individuals involved in criminal activity.

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Vance County Schools – Key Club Community Service Project http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/education/vance-county-schools-key-club-community-service-project/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/news/education/vance-county-schools-key-club-community-service-project/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:03:14 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66074 Men's Shelter Donations

The Northern Vance High School Key Club members have worked hard during most of this school year to complete a community service project to raise funds and purchase items to donate for use by needy families at three public service assistance organizations.

Chris Pendergrass, president of the Key Club, has led the efforts by his fellow members to make valuable donations to Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS), Infinite Possibilities and the Community Partners for Hope Inc. Men’s Shelter.

Several of the Key Club members, accompanied by their advisor Jonathan Seu, a teacher at Northern Vance High, took their donations to the charitable organizations in Henderson on May 27 and 28.

They donated a variety of nonperishable food items to the ACTS House on Chestnut Street, and then clothing and toiletries to Infinite Possibilities, also on Chestnut Street, on May 27. The members followed these donations by giving socks, deodorant, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other basic items to the men’s shelter of Community Partners for Hope at First Presbyterian Church on Church Street. At each location, the club also donated cash for additional needs. The club donated $150 each to ACTS and the Men’s Shelter and $250 to Infinite Possibilities.

The ACTS House operates a free, soup kitchen serving lunch to needy people each weekday. Infinite Possibilities provides services for needy mothers and their children. The men’s shelter operates each night during the cold weather months, November through March, offering homeless men a warm and safe place to spend the night. In extremely cold weather conditions, the shelter will remain open 24 hours a day.

The Key Club held a fundraiser at 220 Seafood in Henderson earlier in the year to raise funds for the charitable donations.

There are approximately 40 members of the Key Club who were involved in the donation project.

In the accompanying photo, Key Club members present their donations, along with the $150 check, to Charles Turrentine, director of the Community Partners for Hope Men’s Shelter, second from right. Others shown are, from left, Jonathan Seu and students Sarah Mason, Connor Pendergrass and Chris Pendergrass. Additional Key Club members who were involved in delivering donations to ACTS and Infinite Possibilities were Adam Kaid, Robert Depo, Hunter Wilson and Jake Wiggins.

 

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Representative Nathan Baskerville Newsletter http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/press-release/nc/representative-nathan-baskerville-newsletter/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/press-release/nc/representative-nathan-baskerville-newsletter/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:03:03 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66085 Download the full newsletter here:  budgetnewsletter 2015.pdf

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Tuesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-189/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/06/02/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-189/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:01:09 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=66088 On this date 91 years ago, Congress passed — and President Coolidge signed — the Indian Citizenship Act, which stated “all noncitizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby declared to be, citizens of the United States: Provided that the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.” Prior to this act, about two-thirds of American Indians were already citizens by other provisions. Universal voting rights lagged until 1957, as various state laws were amended. Today, there are over 2 million single-race American Indians possessing this full citizenship and 566 federally recognized tribes. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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