Vance County’s unemployment rate drifted higher in February but remained below last year’s level and stayed out of the top five in the state.
County Commissioner Tommy Hester, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Embassy Square Foundation Executive Director Kathy Powell, Mayor Clem Seifert and state Treasurer Richard Moore prepare for the placement of the first steel beam toward the end of the construction celebration ceremony. It was a gray day, an April Fools’ Day, and it was a beautiful day for all involved with Embassy Square.
The Rev. Joseph Ratliffe and Bennett Perry join the beauty quens and, far left, Kathy Powell in celebrating Friday. A few interesting tidbits from Friday’s ceremony:
Mini Majestic Miss Kerr Lake Sterling Adams, left, and Tiny Miss Kerr Lake Lawson Adams help bring youth to the Embassy Square construction ceremony Friday. Much of the talk at the Embassy Square construction celebration Friday was about children, and more than a few children were in the crowd of several hundred people to hear the message of Henderson’s future.
When even the weather cooperates on April Fools’ Day, you know you’re doing something right.
Rain or shine, today’s the big day at Embassy Square.
KARTS is willing to expand its bus route to the Aycock Recreation Complex this summer to help kids who need something to do, the Vance County Coalition Against Violence heard Thursday night.
Two of the Vance County Coalition Against Violence’s efforts to reach out to the Police Department could be merged, but first the coalition has to decide exactly what it wants from a citizen group working with Chief Glen Allen.
It’s time at last for Henderson to stop embarrassing itself by touting the annual rankings of small towns in Site Selection magazine.
Confusion has prevented Henderson from collecting any money in civil penalties for code violations since the City Council authorized such fines last May. Now two council members say they will have to revisit the ordinance to clarify the intent and streamline the process.
Beryle Lewis, a social worker for the foster care office at the Vance County Department of Social Services, donates a pint of blood at the Henderson Operations & Service Center on Wednesday afternoon. She tries to give every two months but said this donation was her first in four months. Rick Norwood didn’t get quite the turnout he hoped for Wednesday, but Vance County’s Red Cross director got something special during the blood drive at the Henderson Operations & Service …
With one speed hump painted yellow, a three-man city crew paints the second on Granite Street on Thursday. The humps ensure that a green light at Garnett Street won’t entice drivers to race down the road. There’s no getting around the need to go slow on Granite Street now.
A traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 85 resulted in the largest cocaine seizure in Vance County history, Henderson Police Chief Glen Allen reported in a news release Wednesday.
A 16-year-old was arrested early Wednesday on a charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, part of a brief outbreak of crime at the fringes of the Old West End neighborhood.
Vance County’s department heads have until the third week of April to complete their budget request documents, and County Manager Jerry Ayscue said it’s clear from the outset that this will be another tough budget year.
The old National Guard armory on Dabney Drive is not an ideal building for use by the school system, but the dual purpose of saving the structure and meeting a need for schoolchildren is enticing, Superintendent Norm Shearin said in an interview last week.
An 8 percent sales tax is not a concept that thrills us, and we were caught off-guard when we heard of Board of Education Chairman Tommy Riddle’s idea to use that tax to finance the school system’s serious facility needs.
Special federal aid for what ails Henderson has come to an abrupt end, although the city can look to the federal government for help in winning state support.
Code Compliance Director Corey Williams is in his first year as a Henderson department head and is in the middle of his first budget season for a department that didn’t exist a year ago. He got a pointer from a veteran of the process during the Clean Up Henderson Committee meeting two weeks ago. “We just got through budgets,” Williams said with some relief while delivering the regular report on his department’s activities. Chief Glen Allen, in his eighth year …
Vance County Schools’ latest hope for financing school construction is not a bond referendum but an increase in the local sales tax.