Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vance County Board of Education Called Board Meeting http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/education/vance-county-board-of-education-called-board-meeting-2/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/education/vance-county-board-of-education-called-board-meeting-2/#respond Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:38:20 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62080 VANCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Called Meeting

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5:30 p.m.

Administrative Services Center

Superintendent’s Conference Room

1724 Graham Avenue

Henderson, N. C.   27536

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order

*     II.      Approval of Meeting Agenda

      III.     Finance:  Presentation of 2014-2015 Budget

  1. Local
  2. State
  3. Federal
  4. Child Nutrition
  5. Child Care
  6. Capital Outlay
  7. Other Restricted

 

*     IV.    NCSBA:  Principal/Assistant Principal Pay Issue

*     V.     Executive Session

*     VI.    Adjournment

 

*     Requires Board Action

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Friday Night Football October 24, 2014 http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/sports/friday-night-football-october-24-2014/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/sports/friday-night-football-october-24-2014/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:42:35 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62078

NORTHERN VANCE HIGH SCHOOL (Home of the Vikings)

Northwood High School
vs.
Northern Vance High School

7 p.m.

at Northwood High School

$6.00 admission

 

SOUTHERN VANCE HIGH SCHOOL (Home of the Raiders)

Warren County High School
vs.
Southern Vance High School

7 p.m.

at Warren County High School

$6.00 admission

 

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Troxler announces availability of farmland preservation grants; application deadline is Dec. 19 http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/agriculture/troxler-announces-availability-of-farmland-preservation-grants-application-deadline-is-dec-19/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/agriculture/troxler-announces-availability-of-farmland-preservation-grants-application-deadline-is-dec-19/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:03:33 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62068 RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 19 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations and $1 million for military base and training buffers.

The statewide general appropriations are anticipated future appropriations in the 2015-2017 biennium budget. The military buffer funds are from the 2014-2015 budget and must be contracted and encumbered by June 15, 2015. The military buffer funds must be matched with federal dollars on an equal or greater basis.

“Our new partnership with the military will protect and enhance the top two economic sectors in North Carolina: agriculture and the military,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.

Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; and for the development of agricultural plans.

The grant application and guidelines for the current funding cycle are available at www.ncadfp.org/CycleVIII.htm. Call 919-707-3071 with any questions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 19.

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Butterfield to Present $6 Million Check to Roanoke Electric Cooperative to Help Lower Customers Utilities Cost http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/press-release/nc/butterfield-to-present-6-million-check-to-roanoke-electric-cooperative-to-help-lower-customers-utilities-cost/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/press-release/nc/butterfield-to-present-6-million-check-to-roanoke-electric-cooperative-to-help-lower-customers-utilities-cost/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:03:29 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62070 WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will present a $6 million check to the Roanoke Electric Cooperative made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Electric Program during a check presentation ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Roanoke Electric Cooperative Headquarters, 518 NC Highway 561, Aulander, N.C.

The check represents a USDA Electric Guaranteed Loan to Roanoke Electric Cooperative to implement a pilot project that provides energy efficiency retrofits to existing houses in an effort to lower co-op members utilities cost.  Roanoke Electric Cooperative serves an economically challenged region home to a large number of households with high energy burdens.

The USDA Rural Development Electric Program offers financing assistance in the form of FFB Guaranteed Loans, Hardship Loans, Treasury Rate Loans, Municipal Rate Loans, and Assistance to Rural Communities with Extremely High Energy Costs (loan and grant assistance).  These loans are used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, and otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities in which the average residential energy expenditure for home energy is at least 275 percent of the national average.

The Roanoke Electric Cooperative Board of Directors will be in attendance.  This event is open to the public.  All media outlets are also invited to attend the check presentation. 

For more information on the loan program, visit here.

http://Butterfield.House.Gov

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VGCC President back in the Classroom http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/education/vgcc-president-back-in-the-classroom/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/news/education/vgcc-president-back-in-the-classroom/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:03:23 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62066 As president of Vance-Granville Community College, Dr. Stelfanie Williams juggles multiple responsibilities. For the fall 2014 semester, she added another one: teaching a class of 25 College Transfer students. The president recently completed her first stint as an adjunct instructor at VGCC.

Williams taught an eight-week, one-credit-hour “College Transfer Success” course on the college’s Main Campus. Like many VGCC courses, it was a “hybrid” class, meaning that in addition to meeting in the classroom once each week, students also completed coursework online. The course is designed to provide students with information and strategies to help them develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. By the end of the course, each student had to submit to Williams his or her own academic plan to transition successfully to a four-year university or a career.

Having the president of the college for a teacher was “an incredible experience,” said student Brandon Young of Oxford. “At the start of the course, it was easy to feel intimidated, but not only were students put at ease by the amazing flexibility and sensitivity of Dr. Williams’s teaching style, they were also exposed to many opportunities,” Young said. He felt that the class benefitted from such first-hand experience with the college’s administration, and he applauded the president for “leading by example” by teaching a course.

The president also welcomed guest speakers to give her students other perspectives on their educational options, including Denettia Shaw, assistant director of transfer services at North Carolina Central University. Shaw started her own higher education at a North Carolina community college before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NCCU. Other guest speakers during the course included VGCC Assistant Director of Financial Aid Jeremy Lambert and Director of Academic and Career Assessment Linda Fletcher.

Williams, who became the sixth president of VGCC in 2012, began her community college career as an instructor. Returning to the ranks of the faculty was a new opportunity for the president to personally carry out VGCC’s mission of educating, inspiring and supporting a diverse community of learners.

“What occurs in the classroom is at the heart of what we do as a community college,” Williams said. “It was a privilege for me to interact with our students as their instructor and to do my part to prepare them to take the next steps in their educational journeys.”

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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-51/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/24/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-51/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:01:24 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62072 One of the nation’s most successful brand names went on sale for the first time this month in 1913–Camel cigarettes, the first pre-blended, packaged cigarettes. While machine-rolled cigarettes had been around since 1881, Camel was the first brand to become nationally popular. Coincidentally, Camels pioneered the now almost universal 20-cigarette pack. By 1919, with increasing advertising and product availability, cigarettes overtook pipe tobacco in the number of pounds consumed. Shortly after World War II, about 45 percent of Americans smoked. Now, just over 18 percent do so. Cigarette manufacturing remains a $32 billion dollar a year business for some of the country’s 114 tobacco manufacturing establishments. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Saturday, October 25th. A melted candy bar led to the invention of one of today’s most-used kitchen appliances. Percy Spencer of the Raytheon company was working on a military radar device in the mid-1940s when he noticed that his snack had gotten soft. Intrigued, he experimented with irradiating some kernels of popcorn, which promptly burst. Further work led to the first microwave ovens, which cost only a little less than a new car. On this date in 1955, the first consumer models were introduced, but they required installation and cost $1,200. Countertop models came along in 1967. Now, more than nine out of 10 homes across the country have microwave ovens, and manufacturing microwave ovens and other electric cooking ranges is a nearly $2.5 billion a year business. Profile America is in its17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sunday, October 26th. Doing laundry was a wearying, time-consuming chore for many centuries. The industrial revolution and American inventiveness attacked the ancient chore on this date in 1858, when Hamilton Smith patented a rotary washing machine. But it was hand-driven and proved to be hard on both the operator and clothes. People continued to use the tub and washboard, even after the first electric washer came along in 1908. A few years later, the agitator-type machine appeared and gained immediate popularity. Finally, in the late 1930s, the fully automatic washer with a spin cycle went on sale. Today, over 85 percent of the nation’s nearly 119 million households have a washing machine. 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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VGCC Drama students present “Waiting for Godot” http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/entertainment/vgcc-drama-students-present-waiting-for-godot/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/entertainment/vgcc-drama-students-present-waiting-for-godot/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:03:45 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62024 From left, VGCC students Jordan Bunting (as “Estragon”) and Spencer Nunn (as “Vladimir”) strike their characters’ “waiting” poses outside on the college campus. (VGCC photo)

From left, VGCC students Jordan Bunting (as “Estragon”) and Spencer Nunn (as “Vladimir”) strike their characters’ “waiting” poses outside on the college campus. (VGCC photo)

Vance-Granville Community College Drama students will present a production of the Samuel Beckett classic, “Waiting for Godot,” on campus, Nov. 6-9. Performances begin on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. All performances are in the small auditorium in Building 2 on the college’s Main Campus in Henderson.

The play centers on two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait by a lonely tree to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other’s rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece.

Waiting for Godot” premiered on January 5, 1953, in Paris. Beckett translated his original French play into English, and it has gone on to be performed around the world, including several times on Broadway. The play was also adapted for British and American television. Early critics called it “a mystery wrapped in an enigma” and “a witty and poetic conundrum.” In 1999, “Waiting for Godot” was voted the most significant English-language play of the 20th century in a British Royal National Theatre poll.

The VGCC cast includes Spencer Nunn of Warrenton as “Vladimir,” Jordan Bunting of Macon as “Estragon,” Morgan McFalls of Oxford as “Lucky,” Mark Tillotson of Oxford as “Pozzo,” and Ben Shelton of Creedmoor as “a boy.” Shelton is a seventh-grader at Falls Lake Academy. The other actors are all VGCC students and all veterans of the successful dinner theater production of “An Inspector Calls” earlier this year.

Betsy Henderson, the VGCC Theatre Arts/speech instructor and department chair of Fine Arts and Humanities, directs the play.

Admission is $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and VGCC employees. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but attendees are encouraged to secure their seats by making reservations. For more information and to reserve seats, contact Betsy Henderson at hendersonb@vgcc.edu or (252) 738-3371.

 

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NC Cooperative Extension Updates http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/news/agriculture/nc-cooperative-extension-updates-33/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/news/agriculture/nc-cooperative-extension-updates-33/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:03:32 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62022 AG BUSINESS CLASS – DON’T MISS THIS! SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

Are you considering a new farm enterprise? Want to figure out how to better manage an existing one? Then this class is for you! In seven classes, you will learn the basics of business planning, marketing, operations, financials and business proposals, with a focus on agricultural enterprises. This is offered by Vance-Granville Community College at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, with the first class scheduled for Oct 28, 6 pm. Students will also receive one-on-one consultations from the VGCC Small Business Center. The cost is reasonable, and financial assistance may be available. For details, contact Kyle Burwell at 252-738-3276.

SOIL SAMPLES
In order to get your soil samples analyzed at NO CHARGE, they must be delivered to the NCDA&CS lab by 6 pm on November 25. If you get them to the County Extension Center by 5 pm on November 24th, we will deliver them for you! After that date, and until the end of March, you will be charged $4 for each sample.
4-H POULTRY SHOW & SALE
Nov 13, Warren County Fairgrounds. Auction registration begins at 5 pm. 
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North Carolina Weekend http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-111/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/tourism/north-carolina-weekend-111/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:03:28 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62020 For the week of Oct. 23 on North Carolina Weekend, “Collecting Carolina” visits the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh. Check out the “Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Their Contemporaries” exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. Enjoy the many activities offered at the Neuseway Nature Park in Kinston. Bull City Homebrew in Durham has all the supplies needed for the homebrewer. And the “House Special” samples the fare at Sweetie Pie’s Cupcakery in Kinston. (Please note: listings are subject to change.) North Carolina Weekend is underwritten by Visit NC. In addition, UNC-TV has made recent editions of North Carolina Weekend available online.

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VGCC Criminal Justice Students complete service projects http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/news/education/vgcc-criminal-justice-students-complete-service-projects-2/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2014/10/23/news/education/vgcc-criminal-justice-students-complete-service-projects-2/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:03:19 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=62027 Criminal Justice Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College are in training to serve the public, and they recently got a head start with a pair of service projects that involve giving back to their communities.

VGCC Criminal Justice Club members take a break during their clean-up along Poplar Creek Road in front of the college’s Main Campus. Kneeling in front, from left, are Janet Rodriguez Morales of Henderson, William Douglas of Henderson and Stacie Bowes of Henderson; standing in middle row, from left, are Jordan Dickerson of Oxford, Joseph Toto of Oxford, Benjamin Layton of Kittrell, Marshall Keeton of Butner, Paul Grenier of Oxford, Jasmine Allen of Warrenton and Karly Blue of Stem; standing in back, from left, are Nicolas Parkstone of Stem, William Nutt of Henderson, Isaiah Blanchett of Monroe, James Hann of Creedmoor and instructor/club advisor Tony Clark. (VGCC photo)

VGCC Criminal Justice Club members take a break during their clean-up along Poplar Creek Road in front of the college’s Main Campus. Kneeling in front, from left, are Janet Rodriguez Morales of Henderson, William Douglas of Henderson and Stacie Bowes of Henderson; standing in middle row, from left, are Jordan Dickerson of Oxford, Joseph Toto of Oxford, Benjamin Layton of Kittrell, Marshall Keeton of Butner, Paul Grenier of Oxford, Jasmine Allen of Warrenton and Karly Blue of Stem; standing in back, from left, are Nicolas Parkstone of Stem, William Nutt of Henderson, Isaiah Blanchett of Monroe, James Hann of Creedmoor and instructor/club advisor Tony Clark. (VGCC photo)

First, students in the Criminal Justice Club continued their longstanding tradition of picking up trash along the whole length of the club’s adopted road, Poplar Creek Road, near the college’s Main Campus on Interstate 85 in Vance County. 

VGCC Criminal Justice Club members packed bags of Halloween candy for area senior citizens. Students included, from left, on front row, Benjamin Layton of Kittrell, Joseph Toto of Oxford, Yancey Otero of Oxford and Paul Grenier of Oxford; from left, on back row, William Douglas of Henderson, Kendrick Gregory of Henderson and William Nutt of Henderson. (VGCC photo)

VGCC Criminal Justice Club members packed bags of Halloween candy for area senior citizens. Students included, from left, on front row, Benjamin Layton of Kittrell, Joseph Toto of Oxford, Yancey Otero of Oxford and Paul Grenier of Oxford; from left, on back row, William Douglas of Henderson, Kendrick Gregory of Henderson and William Nutt of Henderson. (VGCC photo)

In a separate project, club members collected, packaged and delivered bags full of candy as special Halloween treats for residents of assisted living facilities in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. Supervising both initiatives was Capt. Tony Clark, a Criminal Justice instructor and an advisor for the Criminal Justice Club.

For more information on the VGCC Criminal Justice program, call Public Services department chair Steven Hargrove at (252) 738-3467.

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