Posts written by Charla Duncan

Summer Civic Leadership Program


All Granville County Eleventh Grade Students   

Summer Civic Leadership Program


            Granville County Government is seeking eleventh grade students who reside in Granville County to participate in a public leadership internship this summer.  Five students will be selected on a competitive basis to spend five weeks rotating through County departments to get “hands on” experience in local government operations. 


            Four internship tracks will be offered and applicants can check one or more tracks of interest.


General Government Human Services Public Safety Community Services
Administration Social Services Sheriff’s Office Library System
Finance & Auditing Hospital Detention Center Cooperative Extension
Human Resources Veteran Services Emergency Communications Recreation & Parks
Board of Elections Health Department Animal Control Economic Development
Tax Administration Senior Services Emergency Management Tourism
Register of Deeds   EMS Planning & Inspections
Information Technology     Landfill


            Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive educational assistance in the amount of $1,400.


            Applications are available by contacting Debra Weary, Assistant to the County Manager/Clerk to the Board at 919-693-5240.  Applications are due in the County Manager’s Office, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford on or before April 2nd.  Interviews will be held in April with selections finalized in May.


Leadership Granville Hosts Give and Play Event at the GAP

The 2017-2018 Leadership Granville class hosted a dog-friendly, family-friendly event at the Granville Athletic Park on March 10. The event supported ACIM of Granville County and the Granville County Animal Shelter. This year’s Leadership Granville Class raised $1700+ in support of these two organizations. 


The class would like to give a special thanks to:


  • Bridgestone Bandag for their generous donation of a set of tires for a raffle
  • Private donor and Walmart for the donation of two bikes for a kids raffle
  • Private donor for a Walmart gift card for a kids raffle
  • Ted Wheeler for food and beverage donations
  • Tiny House band for contributing their time and talent to the event
  • Miss Henderson, Shanice Street, who attended the event
  • Community members that bought raffle tickets
  • Businesses, organizations, and media outlets that helped to advertise the event
  • Community members who attended


Thanks so much for supporting ACIM and the Granville County Animal Shelter!


Click on the image to enlarge.


March Madness at DSS

Using the theme of March Madness, the Public Assistance Teams at DSS were recognized for their work and dedication.  The focus was on team building, as well as individual goals and accomplishments.  We had some friendly competition among teams and individual competitions.  Workers who received the highest accuracy rate within their teams were recognized.  Everyone left a winner because of donations received for the “Take a Chance” wall.  Donations were given by Granville County Tourism, Granville County Administration, Bruegger’s Bagels, and PA Supervisors.  Thank you so much for your donations.  Workers were also given the opportunity to compliment each other on a “Wall of Praise”. 


Post written by Ernestine Howard, DSS Program Administrator


2018 North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 4-10, 2018

The 2018 North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs from Sunday March 4 through Saturday March 10, 2018.    With the peak of North Carolina’s severe weather season right around the corner, NOW is the time to prepare!   There are a lot of great resources that you can use to prepare for the severe weather season.  Please take a moment to visit the NWS Raleigh Severe Weather Preparedness Week web site at where you’ll find links to daily severe weather topics and useful severe weather preparedness tips and information.  


The Statewide Tornado Drill, will occur on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM. While we do not participate as a whole in the drill, I encourage you to take this time to review your department’s severe weather preparedness (see Emergency Action Plan in your Risk Control Manual) and ensure all personnel are familiar with it. In which events do you shelter in place and where do you shelter in place, in which events do you evacuate and where is your designated meeting place and how does your department account for personnel during and after an event?


Also, know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning- a WATCH means potential exists and conditions are favorable for severe weather while a WARNING means take action now, the threat is occurring or headed your way.


Many of you may remember we had a tornado touch down in Oxford in February last year with the warning coming just before close of business. Severe weather or disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared? Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Remember to plan for your pets as well.


Get Weather Ready: During a Tornado

If your area is under a tornado warning, would you know what to do to stay safe? You may only have a few minutes to get to safety. Check out this short video:


“Your tomorrow may depend on today’s preparedness”


Thank you,


Robin H. Edwards

Emergency Management

Granville County, NC

(919)603-1310 Voice

(919)603-1399 Fax

Goats for Auction

Granville County Sheriff’s Office will auction three goats to the highest bidder. Two males (one approximately 100lb, the other approximately 60lb), one female (approximately 60lbs). They will be auctioned together.

The auction will take place Saturday, March 17th, at 12:00 noon. It will be at the Granville County Animal Shelter, 5650 Cornwall Road, Oxford, NC.

County Collecting Information on Internet Access

Granville County is working hard to develop solutions to the Internet connectivity issues many of our residents and businesses face. Before we can determine solutions, we need to do more research about the current state of affairs. Even if you love your Internet provider and are 100% satisfied, we want to hear from you. We need your input. Take the residential and/or business quiz below about your current Internet/broadband service (or lack of service) in Granville County. Please share the surveys with your friends, family, and work associates (but please only take it once). Let’s make sure our Internet access grows with Granville.


Granville County Residential Internet/Broadband Survey


Granville County Business Internet/Broadband Survey


Surveys will be open through April 2. Information about your address will only be used to identify your location as it relates to your Internet connectivity issues.

Notice to Prospective Bidders: Fieldstone West Subdivision


Subject: Invitation to Bid


Location: Fieldstone West Subdivision


Scope of Work:

  • Fieldstone West Subdivision: Grading, Ditch/Shoulder repair, Seeding/Mulching, Erosion Control, Signing Modification, Asphalt Patching, and Resurfacing on Belmont Circle, West Stone Drive, and Stoneway Court.


Bid Opening: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

Date of Availability: The Date Notice to Proceed is issued

Date of Completion: 60 days from the date Notice to Proceed is issued


Granville County is requesting bids for the above mentioned project. Interested bidders can download and print an official bid package from the County website:

It will be the Contractor’s responsibility to continue to monitor the County’s website for any addendums or other updates concerning this project.

Sealed bids must be received in the Granville County Development Services Department office at 122 Williamsboro Street in Oxford, NC by 2:00 P.M. Tuesday March 13th, 2018.

Bidding shall comply with Granville County Outreach Plan for Minority Businesses Participation.


Consideration will be given only to Bids of Contractors who are able to submit evidence showing that they are properly licensed under “An Act to Regulate the Practice of General Contracting”, ratified by the General Assembly of North Carolina on March 10, 1925, and so subsequently amended.



Granville County reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids.  The Owner also reserves the right to increase or diminish the quantities or items given in the Proposal and to award Contracts which appear to be in the best interest of the County.


Each Contractor submitting a Proposal for this work, when requested, shall produce evidence of experience in constructing a project of similar size and nature.  Contractors that are unable to produce this evidence may be rejected although they are low Bidders.





Granville County, North Carolina

Barry Baker, Planning Director



RiceWrap Food Corporation Selects Butner Site for New Manufacturing Plant

Granville County Economic Development announces RiceWrap Foods Corporation, a food manufacture with a patent-pending method of delivering rice used as sushi, selects the Falls Commerce Center Building located in Butner. As a new operations site, the 100,000 square foot building is the perfect facility to expand RiceWrap production. A variety of jobs will be created with this expansion, including production operators, logistics and sales personnel, and managers. The company’s $10 million dollar investment will result in creating 305 new jobs for Granville County.


“I am excited to see new jobs being added to Granville County and the opportunity that it brings to the residents of Granville County,” stated Granville County Commissioner Chairman Edgar Smoak. “I am supportive of any projects that bring jobs and value to Granville County residents.”


 “This project is exciting for Granville County on the surface because it is bringing a large number of jobs. Deeper than that it exemplifies the connection between local units of government, state government and the private sector all working in partnership to achieve a positive outcome in growing our economy,” stated Granville County Commissioner Timothy Karan.


“We welcome RiceWrap Foods to the Butner business community,” stated Mayor Terry Turner of Butner. “We are pleased that RiceWrap decided to select Butner and expand into a new facility, creating numerous jobs for our citizens.”


Granville County Economic Development Director Harry Mills stated that in addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the Golden Leaf Foundation, and the Town of Butner.


For more information about, please contact Harry Mills at 919-693-5911 or by email at

40 Year Anniversary for Granville County DSS Employee

A BIG congratulations to Ernestine Howard, pictured here holding a bouquet of flowers in celebration of her 40th anniversary with the Granville County Department of Social Services.
Ernestine was hired on 2-21-1978 as a Clerk Typist. During her 40 years here at DSS, she has been promoted to Eligibility Specialist, Fraud Investigator, Income Maintenance Supervisor and now Program Administrator, which involves her supervision of all Public Assistance units. She does her job well. Her 40 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Granville County is very much appreciated.

Thank you, Ernestine! 

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