Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:25:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vance County Board of Education Meeting February 8th, 2016 http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/news/education/vance-county-board-of-education-meeting-february-8th-2016/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/news/education/vance-county-board-of-education-meeting-february-8th-2016/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:03:40 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69602 The Vance County Board of Education meets  February 8, 2016 7:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Center in Henderson, N. C. 27536

I. Call to Order

II. Moment of Silence

* III. Approval of Minutes

* IV. Approval of Meeting Agenda

V. Recognitions/Announcements

A. Maintenance Staff

B. National School Counselors’ Week

VI. Comments from the Public

(Citizens who would like to address the Board may do so by completing Form BDDH-E, Public Participation at Board Meetings. This request must be made by noon one working day preceding the regular Board meeting. The form may be obtained by calling the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at 492-2127, ext. 2202.)

VII. Superintendent’s Report

* A. 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget Resolution (Attachment VII.A)

* B. Audit Contract Amendment (Attachment VII.B)

* C. Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract Resolution (Attachment VII.C)

VIII. Board of Education Standing Committees

* A. Personnel: Margaret A. Ellis, Chair (Attachment)

B. Finance: Gloria J. White, Chair

C. Building & Grounds: Ruth M. Hartness, Chair (Attachment)

* D. Policy: Darlynn P. Oxendine, Chair (Attachment)

E. Curriculum: Emeron J. Cash, Chair

F. Community Relations: Dorothy W. Gooche, Chair

IX. New Business

X. Recurring Items

A. Overnight Field Trip Request

B. Out of County Transfer Request

* XI. Executive Session

Approval of Minutes, Property, Legal, Personnel Matters

* XII. Adjournment

* Requires Board Action

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New State Charter School Director Named http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/news/education/new-state-charter-school-director-named/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/news/education/new-state-charter-school-director-named/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:03:40 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69600 The State Board of Education today approved David Machado as the new director of the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools. Machado, chief administrator of the Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County, has served in that role for the past 12 years.

“David Machado is the right person to provide leadership for the continued advancement of quality public charter schools in North Carolina,” said Bill Cobey, chairman of the State Board of Education. “He is a success in the charter school community having presided over an exemplary charter school of more than 1,900 students, 205 staff members and two campuses. His leadership will be welcome at the Department and in the charter school community. “

Machado will begin his new role on July 1.

Cobey also thanked NCDPI’s Chief Performance Officer Adam Levinson, who has been serving as the interim director while the selection process was completed. “Mr. Levinson has provided outstanding leadership during this transition time,” Cobey said.

The Office of Charter Schools provides leadership and operational guidance to all of the state’s public charter schools and provides planning services to help new charter schools get off to a good start.

Prior to joining Lincoln Charter School, Machado was a small business owner and manager. He is a graduate from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communication division at 919.807.3450.

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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-108/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/05/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-108/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:01:05 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69604 Friday, February 5th. February is American Heart Month, dedicated to the serious matter of monitoring and taking care of our beating hearts. This is important because while heart disease has claimed fewer lives in recent years, it is still the nation’s number one killer — responsible for nearly 600,000 deaths annually. However, almost as if to prove that no good intention goes unpunished, February is also National Snack Food Month. Despite increasing health consciousness, snack foods still find a way to America’s heart through its stomach. After the brief disappearance a couple of years ago of Twinkies, there are again some 606 snack food manufacturers across the country. About 45,000 people are employed in the nearly $33 billion a year business of testing America’s willpower … or lack of it. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Saturday, February 6th. On this date in 1899, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris, concluding the Spanish-American War of 1898. The treaty, negotiated in Paris the previous December, was opposed by 27 senators — not opposed to peace but to the overseas territorial acquisitions. Spain ceded Puerto Rico, Guam, and — for a few years before independence — Cuba to the United States. Additionally, the Philippines were sold to the U.S. for $20 million. The Philippines became independent after World War II, but Puerto Rico and Guam are still U.S. territories. Guam’s population in the 2010 Census was over 159,000. Puerto Rico was home to 3.7 million residents in 2010, though recent Census estimates now put the population at just over 3.5 million. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Sunday, February 7th. It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Nearly 200 years ago, it was even better to light a gas lamp. On this date in 1817, America’s first gas streetlamp was lit in Baltimore, Maryland. The coal gas was supplied by the nation’s first incorporated gas company. Just like today, startups have their struggles, but by 1850, about 50 urban areas had gasworks for mostly municipal and business illumination, along with some private residences. While gas lamps today are mostly confined to elegant accent lighting, natural gas itself is a huge energy source in America, heating over 48 percent of the nation’s households. There are over 2,500 natural gas distribution establishments serving consumers and other users in the U.S., with annual revenues of around $90 billion. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Facebook and YouTube marketing to be discussed at free VGCC small business seminars http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/news/education/facebook-and-youtube-marketing-to-be-discussed-at-free-vgcc-small-business-seminars/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/news/education/facebook-and-youtube-marketing-to-be-discussed-at-free-vgcc-small-business-seminars/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:03:46 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69596 The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is registering participants for a pair of free seminars that will help entrepreneurs use social media.

Facebook Step-By-Step:  How It Can Help Your Small Business” will be held at the Thornton Library in downtown Oxford on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 until 8 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Connect!  A YouTube Marketing Primer” is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, from 6 until 8 p.m., at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg.

Leading both seminars will be Paul Kaufman, an experienced technology trainer and entrepreneur. He holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of Miami (Florida) and a Master’s in Adult Education from North Carolina State University.

“It seems the entire world is on Facebook,” Kaufman said, regarding the first seminar. “And with such a large base of people, you need to reach them so they visit your website and help your business. But it takes a careful roadmap to get you there.” Kaufman will give participants specific tactics they can use to engage with people on Facebook. Topics covered include: choosing the best Facebook URL; using keywords strategically; helping the user above all; and Facebook ads.

The second seminar discusses why YouTube is one of the most powerful social media sites. Kaufman will help participants learn how to make videos that strengthen their brands, bring clients to their doorsteps and foster goodwill among their customers. Topics covered include: equipment; topics for videos; strategic subscribing; and YouTube Analytics.

For more information and to reserve a seat in one or both of these free seminars, contact Small Business Center director Tanya Weary at smallbusiness@vgcc.edu or (252) 738-3240.

Registration can be completed online at www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75530

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North Carolina Weekend http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-165/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-165/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:03:17 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69594
For the week of Feb. 4 on North Carolina Weekend, get excited about the 2016 US Olympic Table Tennis Trials in Greensboro with a visit to the Triangle Table Tennis training facility in Morrisville. Be amazed at the Museum of the Bizarre in Wilmington. Put the pedal to the metal at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park in Boone. Relax with a stay at the Inner Banks Inn in Edenton. And the “House Special” samples the fare at the Track Restaurant in Pinehurst. (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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Thursday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/quick-hits/open-lines/thursday-open-line-229/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/04/quick-hits/open-lines/thursday-open-line-229/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:01:49 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69598 Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man. This sparked a boycott of the bus system by blacks, which greatly energized the ultimately successful civil rights movement. During her life, Rosa Parks championed the cause of increased opportunities for youth. When she was arrested in 1955, black children on average had attended about seven years of school. Now, over 84 percent of African-American adults have at least a high school diploma, and almost 3.5 million are enrolled in college as graduate or undergraduate students. 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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Reps. Butterfield & Brooks Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Zika Virus http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/health/reps-butterfield-brooks-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-combat-zika-virus/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/health/reps-butterfield-brooks-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-combat-zika-virus/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:03:49 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69567 U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Susan Brooks (IN-05) have introduced H.R. 4400, a bipartisan bill that seeks to add Zika virus to the list of diseases included in the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The Zika virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, can infect pregnant women and result in birth defects, including microcephaly and neurological disorders in newborns.  The virus also causes skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and headaches in adults.  Yesterday, the World Health Organization called Zika a global public health emergency.

“Zika virus is an emerging public health crisis that demands an immediate and urgent response,” said Butterfield.  “Zika has spread from Asia and Africa to the Caribbean, South and Central America, and now has appeared in Mexico and Puerto Rico.  There should be an intensive effort to develop and approve a treatment for Zika or prevent it entirely.”

“Just yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas a global health emergency, and we must act to ensure that the United States is protected from an outbreak,” Brooks said.  “Work is already underway to create a vaccine, but without a Priority Review Voucher in place, a vaccine may not be available for years.  We do not have the luxury of time, and I strongly urge my colleagues to join this effort and encourage the rapid development of a vaccine or treatment for this disease.”

In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus.  Since then, the disease has spread within Brazil and to 28 other countries and territories in the region.  The spread of the Zika virus is widely thought to be linked to the steep increase of babies born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains known as microcephaly.  The pandemic is so concerning that some governments are urging women to delay pregnancy altogether until a treatment or vaccine is created. 

“Zika is impacting people across the world and must be eliminated using a comprehensive strategy that includes the development of a treatment options,” said Butterfield.  “Researchers in my state of North Carolina and across the country have the talent, experience, and expertise to develop a treatment or cure.  The right incentives made available through the Priority Review Voucher program encourage private sector development of innovative treatments and cures.”

“As a country, we are unprepared to meet the challenges of an epidemic, and part of the solution is incentivizing researchers and manufacturers to develop and test vaccines and treatments before an epidemic or outbreak occurs,” Brooks continued.  “In this case, we need to do everything we can to make sure that we eliminate any roadblocks to the development, testing and ultimate distribution of a vaccine or therapy for Zika virus.”

The Priority Review Voucher Program was authorized by Congress in 2007 to incentivize the development of treatments, including vaccines and cures, for neglected tropical diseases.  Under the program, a company that receives approval for a tropical disease treatment is eligible to receive a voucher that allows the bearer to receive priority review status for any future product.  Products undergoing priority review are generally provided with an approval decision within six months.


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VGCC Health Sciences students connect with employers http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/health/vgcc-health-sciences-students-connect-with-employers/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/health/vgcc-health-sciences-students-connect-with-employers/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:03:31 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69560
From left, Melanie Hobgood (standing) and Brenda Whitlock from Granville Health System talk with VGCC Associate Degree Nursing student Fara Vass of Henderson during the Health Sciences Career Fair. (VGCC photo)

From left, Melanie Hobgood (standing) and Brenda Whitlock from Granville Health System talk with VGCC Associate Degree Nursing student Fara Vass of Henderson during the Health Sciences Career Fair. (VGCC photo)

Vance-Granville Community College held its first-ever Health Sciences Career Fair in December at the college’s South Campus in Granville County. The event was organized by the VGCC Career Services department and Health Sciences division to help students in health-related programs to meet potential employers and explore career options.

Participating health care facilities included Murdoch Developmental Center of Butner, Hillside Nursing Center of Wake Forest, Granville Health System of Oxford, Central Regional Hospital of Butner, and VCU Community Memorial Hospital of South Hill, Va. Representatives talked to students about their career aspirations and accepted their resumes. Some even conducted interviews on site.

From left, VGCC Pharmacy Technology student Lindsay Henry of Wake Forest talks with Melissa Hill (seated) and Terri Grant Boyd (standing), representatives of Murdoch Developmental Center, during the Health Sciences Career Fair. (VGCC photo)

From left, VGCC Pharmacy Technology student Lindsay Henry of Wake Forest talks with Melissa Hill (seated) and Terri Grant Boyd (standing), representatives of Murdoch Developmental Center, during the Health Sciences Career Fair. (VGCC photo)

Several universities were also on hand to talk with students about options to continue their education. The four-year schools included North Carolina A&T State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chamberlain College of Nursing and UNC Wilmington.

Attendees included 84 students from VGCC’s Nursing, Radiography, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Human Services Technology, Nurse Aide and Phlebotomy programs. In addition, students from Granville Early College High School attended to learn more about future career pathways.

For more information on VGCC’s Health Sciences programs, contact Audrey Stainback at (252) 738-3210.

For more information on career services at VGCC, contact Linda Fletcher at (252) 738-3466.

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Vance County Public Safety Committee Meeting February 25th, 2016 http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/county-business/vance-county-public-safety-committee-meeting-february-25th-2016/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/news/county-business/vance-county-public-safety-committee-meeting-february-25th-2016/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:03:22 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=69565 Please note that the County’s Public Safety Committee (Brummitt, Brown, Wilder) is scheduled to meet Thursday, February 25 at 12:00 noon in the administrative conference room.  The purpose is to discuss Fire/EMS matters.

All commissioners are invited to attend.

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Wednesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/quick-hits/open-lines/steamboat-mountain-lily-plied-the-french-broad/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:01:18 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/02/03/uncategorized/steamboat-mountain-lily-plied-the-french-broad/ The Mountain Lilly, abandoned in the French Broad River, circa 1880-1885, near Hendersonville. Image from UNC-Asheville.

The Mountain Lilly, abandoned in the French Broad River, circa 1880-1885, near Hendersonville. Image from UNC-Asheville.

On February 3, 1881, entrepreneurs chartered the French Broad Steamboat Company, with the objective of ferrying passengers and freight along the river from Asheville to Horse Shoe to Brevard.

Six months later, they christened the frame, 90-foot-long, two-deck excursion boat the Mountain Lily. Like its eastern North Carolina counterpart, the CSS Neuse, the Mountain Lily met its fate not far from where it was constructed after a few years.

Many at the time and since have regarded the venture as folly. The French Broad is a low-volume river that can barely float low draft vessels in any season. In the years before the launch, federal funds had permitted the removal of debris and stumps, which helped make the project more viable.

On August 2, a champagne bottle was broken on the prow of the steamboat, gleaming white with green trim and sporting two staterooms each with a capacity of 100. Supporting the vessel were two 12-horsepower motors. The crowd and brass band enjoyed a barbecue. The captain rang the ship’s bell in celebration.

The dream was to be short-lived. Four years later the ship ran aground and was abandoned. Salvagers used the lumber to construct Riverside Baptist Church in Horse Shoe where they installed the bell. The two engines were re-purposed to serve local sawmills.

Visit: The N.C. Maritime Museums in Beaufort, Hatteras and Southport, and the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer all tell the story of water-based transportation across North Carolina.

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