5/24/2017 @3:50 PM – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado WATCH for most of Central NC. A WATCH means conditions are favorable for the development of Tornadoes in the WATCH area. Please stay tuned to local television and radio stations and/or NOAA Weather Radio. If a WARNING is issued, be prepared to take cover to protect yourself, your family and pets!
5/24/2017 @ 11:35AM – The National Weather Service is issuing advisories on the potential for severe storms throughout much of Central NC, including Granville County. The primary threat will be from damaging straight line winds. Currently, the timing puts the storm system here late evening and overnight. Please stay tuned to local television and radio for the latest information on Watches and Warnings!
Since January 2015 over 80 counties and municipalities have voted “yes” to display “In God We Trust” in and on their government buildings. Over 250 displays have been installed so far in 49 North Carolina counties and 37 town halls. All of this is a result of the efforts by the US Motto Action Committee, which after procuring the approvals by the government bodies, pays for all the cost of these displays. The Granville County Board of Commissioners approved placing the “In God We Trust” signage on the Administration building and the Granville County Courthouse on August 1, 2016. The signage was installed on May 5, 2017.
It all began on November 26, 2002, when with a desire to promote patriotism, Rick Lanier led the Davidson County Board of Commissioners to publicly display “In God We Trust’ on the exterior of the Davidson County Governmental Center, and installation was completed December 29, 2002. On December 30, 2002 Rick co-founded the US Motto Action Committee. On June 24, 2003 two ACLU funded attorneys filed a Federal lawsuit against Davidson County citing that the motto violated the “Separation of Church and State”. Due to the proactive efforts of the USMAC the Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously decided to accept the assistance of the NC Association of County Commissioners and fight the lawsuit, all agreeing that it was worth the fight. In May 2004, U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen, Sr. dismissed the lawsuit, citing no church/state conflict. On May 13, 2005 the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Osteen’s opinion. Then in finality, on November 14, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thus making the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling case law. (Ref. 407F 3d 266 Lambeth v. The Board of Commissioners of Davidson County, North Carolina, Case No. 04-1753 4th Circuit Court of Appeals).
The mission statement of the USMAC is To defend, promote and assist in the awareness and furtherance or our U.S. motto, “In God We Trust” on public buildings, structures, monuments, the printed page, and to encourage our Godly Heritage in various other aspects. The immediate goal of the USMAC is to reach all 100 counties and as many town halls as possible with a request to prominently and proudly display our great motto.
The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, June 5, 2017 will hold a public hearing beginning at 7:00 PM or later in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at the Granville Expo and Convention Center at 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, N.C. 27565.
The purpose of the public hearing is to hear public comments on the following preliminary assessment resolution for street improvements:
Preliminary Assessment Resolution For Street Improvements – Fieldstone West Subdivision
THE GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ADOPTED A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS TO FIELDSTONE WEST SUBDIVISION ON APRIL 17, 2017. THE ADOPTED RESOLUTION CALLS FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON JUNE 5, 2017 IN THE COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING ROOM AT THE GRANVILLE EXPO AND CONVENTION CENTER AT 4185 US HIGHWAY 15 SOUTH, OXFORD, NC 27565. THE RESOLUTION FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS CALLS FOR THE REPAIR OF BELMONT CIRCLE, WEST STONE DRIVE, AND STONEWAY COURT WITHIN THE FIELDSTONE WEST SUBDIVISION TO NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (NCDOT) STANDARDS IN ORDER FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED STREETS TO BE ACCEPTED AS PART OF THE STATE-MAINTAINED ROAD SYSTEM FOR PUBLIC MAINTENANCE. THE RESOLUTION CALLS FOR 100% OF THE TOTAL COSTS OF THE WORK PERFORMED (CONSTRUCTION COSTS, THE COST OF NECESSARY LEGAL SERVICES, THE AMOUNT OF INTEREST PAID DURING CONSTRUCTION, THE COST OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY, AND THE COST OF PUBLISHING AND MAILING NOTICES AND RESOLUTIONS) TO BE ASSESSED TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS ON AN EQUAL SHARE PER LOT BASIS WITHIN FIELDSTONE WEST SUBDIVISION IN ORDER FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED STREETS TO BE ACCEPTED AS PART OF THE STATE-MAINTAINED ROAD SYSTEM FOR PUBLIC MAINTENANCE.
Changes may be made in the advertised proposal, which reflect debate, objections, and discussions at the hearing. Any interested citizen is invited to attend.
For additional information or public examination, contact the Granville County Planning Department, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford, NC 27565; phone 919-603-1331 or fax 919-693-6794.
The Granville Soil and Water District, which administers the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share for Granville County, can cost share on many Best Management Practices. David Crews, of the Hester Community, recently converted 12 acres of highly erodible cropland to trees using local cost share funds. Farms located in the Falls Lake Watershed/Neuse River Basin receive priority funding through the approval process because of the critical nature of this watershed basin.
Mr. Crews farmed for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. The land has been in his family since the Revolutionary War. Since his retirement, Mr. Crews leases his farm out to Gary and Frank Fuller for growing produce and tobacco. For more information on receiving cost-share for tree-planting and other cost-share practices contact Warren Daniel at Granville Soil and Water District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local farmer, David Crews, of Highway 15 South. Crews converted 12 acres of highly erodible cropland to loblolly pines earlier this year with technical and cost-share assistance through the Granville Soil and Water District and the N.C. Forest Service.
Congratulations to the students who were recognized at the J.F. Webb High School of Health and Life Sciences inaugural White Coat Ceremony yesterday. Honorees included: Maya Burwell, Mikala Davis, Haley Messer, Sarah Monte, Julia Pienkosz, and Kortney Puryear. These young ladies are students in the Project Lead the Way Medical Interventions program. The teachers in the program as Jennifer Howard and Wendi Leas.
Project Lead the Way is a STEM-based, hands on bio-medical sciences curriculum, designed to teach students how to problem solve. Students develop skills necessary to succeed in a global biomedical economy, as well as explore biomedical careers that exist in areas that may interest them.
During its May 12th meeting, the Granville County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) recognized Chief Al Coley, Oxford Police Department, for three years of dedicated service to the Granville County JCPC. Chief Coley has served as the JCPC’s Vice-Chair during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. As Coley concludes his service with the JCPC, Chairman Art Beeler recognized Coley’s commitment to the council, as well as his dedication to juveniles in Granville County.
JCPCs across the state have a mission to promote public safety and juvenile delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment through the operation of a seamless, comprehensive juvenile justice system. The JCPC is a 26-member council appointed by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. The JCPC meets the second Friday of each month at 10 am; meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Charla Duncan, JCPC Coordinator, at email@example.com or 919-603-1366.
Granville County Planning RFQ Comprehensive Plan (Posted May 11, 2017)
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Henry Denny, pictured below in Granville County, recently worked with the Granville Soil and Water District to use cost share funds through the NC Agriculture Cost Share Program. These funds allowed Mr. Denny to remove sediment from his pond caused by erosion/runoff from adjoining cropland over the years.
The Soil and Water District can provide 75% of the cost – not to exceed $3000 – for sediment removal. Mr. Denny’s pond is used for irrigation, and since being cleaned out it has almost doubled in capacity. Mr. Denny, a native of Granville County, is retired from Alliance One International, Inc.. He and his wife now live in Raleigh. Henry makes his way over several times a week to tend to his garden and visit with friends and relatives. Wade Milton rents the farm to raise tobacco and beef cows. For more information on cost-share contact Warren Daniel at 919-693-4603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.