One of the most familiar and cherished Christmas stories has been around a long time -- 171 years in fact. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published this week in 1843. Some sources say the publication was on this date. The first print run of 6,000 copies sold out in a week and the book has never been out of print. The tale about the reformation of Ebenezer Scrooge and his "Bah, humbug!" dismissal of the Christmas season became a solid holiday tradition over the years in the U.S. The … (Read More...)
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Every one of us benefits from the security that comes from having health insurance, but millions of Americans need to act right now, before December 15. Here’s what you need to know: If you need coverage that starts on January 1, you’ve only got two days left to enroll at HealthCare.gov and review your options […]
Vance-Granville Community College’s first-ever Business Technologies Fair brought young people to campus to learn more about careers and how to prepare for them. The event, held Nov. 12 in the VGCC Civic Center, engaged hundreds of middle and high school students from Vance, Granville and Warren counties, as well as educators from those counties and […]
Picture of the Week: This week, members of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, which I chair, posed for a group portrait. It is always so much fun when these ladies are gathered in one room. We were able to give our best wishes to Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is retiring, and Senator-elect Shelley Moore Capito, […]
Just before the Spring 2015 semester begins at Vance-Granville Community College on Monday, Jan. 12, the college will offer a final set of opportunities for prospective students to attend an orientation session. At VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County, an orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. The Franklin County Campus […]
The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled a pair of free seminars for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the college’s Franklin County Campus (located on N.C. 56, just outside Louisburg). “Tax Requirements for Small Businesses” will be held from 1 until 4 p.m., while “Cash: The Lifeline of Your Business” will follow from […]
Students in the Radiography program at Vance-Granville Community College recently completed a community service project to provide a happier holiday for local children in need. Some 30 members of the junior (first-year) Radiography class each “adopted” one child and provided him or her with a Christmas present through “All God’s Children,” a charitable organization serving […]
In this week’s address, the President thanked the men and women in uniform who serve and sacrifice to protect the freedom, prosperity, and security that we all enjoy as Americans. On Monday, the President will visit troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and voice his appreciation in person for their incredible service. These […]
America’s first life insurance policy issued by a general insurance company was issued on this date in 1794 in Philadelphia. The Insurance Company of North America was organized two years earlier, with a capital of $600,000. But the life insurance venture proved short-lived, as only six policies were written in five years, and the service […]
Vance County’s HR Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the Administrative Conference Room. The purpose is to enter into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
Many Americans drive on their vacations, and if they don’t stay with relatives they often stay at one of the nation’s many motels. The term motel came to have meaning only when the automobile started to dominate the landscape and the term “motor hotel” came into general use. The first motel opened on this date […]
Vance-Granville Community College hosted admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities on Nov. 20 in the Student Learning & Success Center on VGCC’s Main Campus. The event was VGCC’s annual “College Day,” where students obtain important information about transfer requirements, financial aid and scholarships that can help them continue their education. VGCC counselors organized the […]
For the week of Dec. 11 on North Carolina Weekend, ring in the holiday season with the Raleigh Ringers. Renew your appreciation of the military at the Price of Freedom Museum in China Grove. Explore the unusual Körner’s Folly in Kernersville. Find unique items at Piedmont Floral Galleries and Rufty’s Chrismon Shop in Salisbury. And enjoy […]
Throughout history, debt had been a criminal offense, with penalties ranging from enslavement to mutilation. In colonial America, some debtors were branded or whipped in public, but most were thrown in jail, debt being the only crime for which long-term imprisonment was common. But this month in 1821, Kentucky became the first state to abolish […]
Vance County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, December 17th at 12:00 noon in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room. The purpose is to enter into closed session to discuss a personnel matter. Action may be taken in open session after the closed session.
Vance County’s Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room. The purpose is to discuss Animal Control matters.
The Vance County Regional Farmers Market will have a short meeting this Thursday, 12/11/14, at 11:30 am. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss a possible heating system project. Meetings of the Farmers Market Advisory Board are open to the public.
North Carolina just added another 527 newly-credentialed teachers to its National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) corps. Although North Carolina placed second behind Washington (946) in 2014 for the total number of newly Board certified teachers, the state continues to lead the nation in its total number of NBCTs at 20,611. The National Board for Professional […]
RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market will be a great place to find locally made holiday gifts Saturday during the Market Shoppes Open House. The annual event will feature free samples from market vendors and prize drawings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will be selling an assortment of products including N.C. meats and […]
Dr. Angela Ballentine, the vice president of academic and student affairs at Vance-Granville Community College, has established a new scholarship for students at the college where she has served for more than 20 years. Ballentine has named this new scholarship the “Charles and Audrey Ballentine Academic Achievement Scholarship,” in memory of her parents. Her father […]
“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.” That was the observation of Alexis de Tocqueville in his famous 1835 book, “Democracy in America.” Lawyering came early to the United States. In the middle of the Revolutionary War, the College of William and […]