Henderson’s substandard savings account is playing a prominent role as the city examines spending for the balance of this fiscal year and prepares the budget for the next year. The City Council’s Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee repeatedly discussed the depleted general fund balance during a meeting Friday afternoon that covered a range of current and future spending issues.
Meetings of the Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee are unique in their ability to draw lots of City Council members. It’s a simple forumla: The FAIR Committee handles all of the money matters, and money affects everything that interests the eight council members. FAIR meetings have taken on greater importance now that the city is confronting its fund-balance problem and the budget season has begun. So it was surprising that Friday’s meeting drew only one FAIR member, Chairman Bernard Alston, …
The strange case of Samuel Smith continues to occupy the Henderson City Council’s time. The Shank Street resident’s past-due water bill was the issue before the Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee at its meeting Friday afternoon.
Kerr-Vance Academy will have homeroom advantage as it competes for a spot in the state finals of the Public Library Quiz Bowl this afternoon. The H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library is playing host to the district competition of the Quiz Bowl at 3 p.m. in the county commissioners’ meeting room in the old courthouse on Young Street. That makes KVA the home team in the four-county contest.
April should mark the second anniversary of the Detroit-based Piston Group’s purchase of Henderson manufacturer Custom Molders, but there might not be anyone left at the plastic injection molding factory on Peter Gill Road to celebrate.
The state of North Carolina has conducted a recount, and Vance County is the big winner by losing its grip on an unwanted top ranking. Vance County no longer is the unemployment capital of North Carolina. According to the January county-by-county figures released by the state’s Employment Security Commission on Thursday, it’s not even close.
The latest report from the Employment Security Commission embraces a concept that the U.S. Census Bureau developed after the 2000 count of the nation’s population: the micropolitan statistical area. Henderson is typical of the rural reality that the new micropolitan designation recognizes. A micropolitan area is the small-town equivalent of a metropolitan area. The federal Office of Management and Budget designates a “metro” in a geographic area where social and economic life revolves around one or more core cities with …
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley managed to dredge up a bit of painful Henderson history this week with another one of his job-creation announcements.
Vance County Schools will open two hours late Friday to ensure any ice that forms overnight has time to thaw. About 2 inches of snow fell on Vance County on Thursday, giving students and staff the day off.
The Clean Up Henderson Committee will take its funding requests directly to the state legislature Tuesday when Chairwoman Lynn Harper leads a delegation to visit state Rep. Michael Wray.
Vance County Schools are closed for all students and staff today, the school system announced about 5:45 a.m. Kerr-Vance Academy is opening two hours late. The Vance County decision came about 15 minutes after Granville County closed its schools and about the same time as Warren County canceled school for the day. It wasn’t a sudden swelling of Irish pride on St. Patrick’s Day that shut the schools down, but a surprisingly strong bulge of cold air that turned a …
The countywide working group on crime and related issues hopes to address a range of needs in this area, but first it tried to address some of its own needs Wednesday morning.
Embassy Square is part of a controversy this week, and it has nothing to do with capital budgets or city spending or operational costs. In fact, it’s a problem not at all of the making of the Embassy Square Foundation or the Henderson government.
Mayor Clem Seifert visits pre-kindergartners at the New Beginning day care center Tuesday. Eric Williams was doing hard time. Trapped in a room that would make a jail cell look roomy, the Henderson city manager called on his friends to get him out of trouble. “I’m going to warn you upfront, I’m going to hit you up for a little money,” he told one phone-a-friend. “I’m trying to get myself out of jail at the moment.”
A meeting Monday could go a long way toward determining if and when Vance voters will decide on the future of school facilities in this county.
Vance County residents are trickling into the Henderson office of the Farm Service Agency to apply for their shares of the 10-year, $10.1 billion tobacco quota buyout.
Families will have their annual chance to wear green and breathe fire for good causes Saturday afternoon in downtown Henderson.
The Vance County Board of Education approved a pair of policies Monday night to turn all school property and all school-related activities into tobacco-free zones.
Vance County commissioners took the next step toward establishing the Kerr-Tar hub Monday night when they approved a nonbinding letter of intent and appointed Commissioner Danny Wright to represent the county in the nonprofit organization overseeing the project.
About 35 Vance County residents, including at least half a dozen ministers, gathered at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church on Monday night to pray for an end to the violence in Vance County.