Call volume at the Granville County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center has seen a steady yearly increase, with almost 43,500 9-1-1 calls received in 2018 and an increase of about 3,000 calls for service from the previous year. Most residents know to contact 9-1-1 in an emergency, but how can those who may need help determine what an “emergency” is?
An “emergency” is any situation that requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance. Examples include medical emergencies such as a heart attack or stroke, house fires, incidents of domestic violence, being involved in/witnessing a car crash or being the victim of/witnessing a crime, such as burglary or theft. The general rule is to dial 9-1-1 any time there is a threat to life or property – but if ever in doubt, residents should go ahead and call the 9-1-1 Center.
“When dealing with an emergency, every second counts,” Trent Brummitt, 911 Center Manager of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center, explains. “If you’re unsure, it’s better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 telecommunicator determine if you actually need emergency assistance.”
When calling 9-1-1, some tips to ensure that callers receive the best possible assistance during an emergency include:
Stay calm and listen carefully to the questions the 9-1-1 telecommunicator is asking. Staying calm in an emergency is one of the most difficult, yet most important, things that can be done. The questions being asked, no matter how relevant they may seem, are important in helping get first responders to the scene as prepared and as quickly as possible.
Answer all questions being asked. By doing so, the telecommunicator can better understand the actual situation, so that the appropriate emergency responders can be dispatched.
Know the location of the emergency. This is especially important if calling from a cell phone, because the telecommunicator who takes the call might not be able to pinpoint exactly where the call is coming from. If the exact address is unknown, look for any nearby landmarks, buildings or signage.
Follow instructions. The telecommunicator on the other end of the line is trained to keep callers safe while help is on the way, such as providing instructions to administer basic first aid. Be sure to follow these instructions step by step until responders arrive.
Stay on the line. Even if calling 9-1-1 by mistake, never hang up the phone until instructed to do so. Stay on the line until you can either answer all questions or inform the telecommunicator that you called by accident and that there is actually no emergency. This saves valuable time in having to call back to confirm there is no emergency, or possibly sending members of law enforcement with lights and sirens to investigate further.
Following these tips can help save a life, Brummitt reminds.
“Telecommunicators go through extensive call-taking training, as well as regular continuing education,” he notes. “They have a list of questions to ask, but each plays an important role in the type of help you receive and how much. For example, a telecommunicator may send first responders from the local fire department, as well as an ambulance, for a possible heart attack. Or he/she may send three fire departments and an ambulance to reports of a house fire.”
Posting your home address clearly and prominently at your entrance and on your home is also helpful in ensuring that emergency responders have the correct location. Using something reflective or illuminated so that it can be seen in the evening, as well as during the day, will also be of assistance during an emergency situation.
For situations that are non-emergency in nature, good judgement and common sense can go a long way. Examples of when NOT to call 9-1-1 would be to report a power outage or burst water pipe, to request information about road conditions, for help with minor first aid issues, etc. For situations such as these, a separate line is available by calling 919-690-0444. This call will connect you directly with the “non-emergency” line of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center.
“It is important to remember that obvious non-emergency calls can take away valuable time and resources from those who need help right away,” Brummitt further explains. “We strive to serve the citizens, visitors and responders in the most effective way we know how. But if ever in doubt, please err on the side of caution and call –or text – 911 for help.”
To learn more about what do to in case of an emergency, visit www.nena.org or www.911.org. To learn more about the Granville County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center, visit www.granvillecounty.org.
Residents of Granville County should be on the lookout for the 2019 tax listing forms. The listing period is during the month of January..
The following items should be listed if owned as of January 1, 2019:
- All new construction and improvements made to real property during 2018;
- Unregistered vehicle (registered or licensed vehicles should NOT be listed);
- Business personal property, including IRP, multi-year or permanently-tagged vehicles/trailers;
- Non-household personal property such as boats and motors, jet skis, planes, etc..
Failing to list during before Jan. 31, 2019 will result in a 10 percent late listing penalty of the tax levied. All listings, including those submitted by mail, should be received in the Granville County Tax Department or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service within the listing period.
Application deadlines for exemptions include:
- Elderly, disabled or circuit breaker – Jan. 1 through June 1, 2019;
- Present use value deferments and all other exemptions, Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2019;
Applications may be obtained from the Tax Department.
The Granville County Tax Department staff will be available for assistance during the listing period, Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford.
For more information, contact the Granville County Tax Department at 919-693-4181.
The Granville County Library System has plans to start off the new year with many new programs, services and events as several popular offerings continue.
Kicking off 2019 will be a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at the South Branch library in Creedmoor. On Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to enjoy New Year’s Eve with crafts, stories and games as an early countdown begins for the new year. Contact Penelope Mason at the South Branch Library for details at 919-528-1752.
Starting Jan. 10, a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program will be offered at the Richard H. Thornton Library on Thursday afternoons. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in this weekly session, which will be held at 4 p.m. To learn more, contact Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121, ext. 212.
Every other Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m, “Game Night” is held at the Thornton branch. These fun-filled evenings, which include board games, cards and other friendly competitions, were introduced on Dec. 27, with the next “game night” scheduled for Jan. 10.
Computer workshops also continue at the Thornton Library in Oxford and at the South Branch. An introduction to computers is included, as well as email set-up and information on social media platforms. Sessions are conducted at the South Branch in Creedmoor every Wednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Thornton branch. Contact Adult Services Librarian Ashley Wilson at 919-693-1121, ext. 203 for details.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, a book signing by author Bill Massey will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library. Massey’s new book, “I Learned More Than Them” will be discussed as the author describes his experiences as a middle school teacher in the Granville County Public School system. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to teachers to fund field trips for their students.
On Jan. 15 at 11 a.m., library patrons can enjoy a “potluck lunch” at the Thornton Library in Oxford. Bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share as “Lunch with the Librarians” is served, along with an opportunity to find out more about what is available at the local public library.
“Pop Up” libraries are offered every Wednesday at the Granville County Senior Center. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Granville County Library brings movies, books and audio books to the Center, which is located at 107 Lanier Street in Oxford.
Story times for toddlers and preschoolers continue at several library branches. The Stovall library has story time on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and children can enjoy stories at the Berea site on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The Children’s Library at the Thornton branch in Oxford hosts story time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. January themes include “Hats for Everyone” on Jan. 9; “Nursery Rhymes” on Jan. 16; “Snowmen” on Jan. 23 and “ABC, 1-2-3” on Jan. 30.
At the South Branch in Creedmoor, a “Teen Book Club” meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Teens can come talk about what they are currently reading, swap recommendations with friends and enjoy snacks. An “arts and crafts” time is also offered for teens every third Monday of the month at the South Branch. Call 919-528-1752 for details.
Meetings of the LEGO Club will continue in the new year for any interested participants. The club meets at the South Branch in Creedmoor on the second and fourth Monday of each month and at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meeting are held at 3:30 p.m. at both locations.
There are four branches of the Granville County Library System, with sites in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea. To find out more about what the library closest to you has to offer, visit the new website recently launched by the library system at https://granville.lib.nc.us/.
In observance of the Christmas holiday, offices of Granville County Government will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 26 and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27.
This holiday closure includes all branches of the Granville County Public Library System, the Granville County Courthouse and Granville County Senior Services.
Drop-off convenience sites will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, but will re-open on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. for trash disposal.
For emergency services during the holiday hours, please call 911. For non-emergency assistance while offices are closed, please call 919-690-0444.
We wish all Granville County families a very Merry Christmas!
Discover all the new and exciting programs and services provided through your Granville County Public Library System! With a new website recently launched, information about all four branches can be easily accessed and navigated from wherever you are.
Find out about special events for readers of all ages, such as story times, author visits, informational presentations, exhibits and displays and so much more. Services and resources are also provided, which include not only books and magazines but movies, printers, a computer center, and a wide range of local research references.
Educational sessions are also provided, such as computer workshops, hands-on craft activities and so much more.
There are four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea, as well as Express Centers across the area.
Visit the new website at www.granville.lib.nc.us or call 919-693-1121 for more information!
Granville County industries are making a global impact and offer many employment opportunities. See the Granville County Economic Development page to learn more about Product Recovery Management (PRM), the nation’s leading supplier of environmental remediation equipment. Located in Butner, PRM relocated from Durham to Butner in 2014, and is a family owned and operated company.
Visit http://www.granvillecounty.org/product-recovery-management/ to learn more about this manufacturing facility and find out how these Granville-County made products and services are making an impact all over the world.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension announces that the application period for the Hurricane Florence Disaster program has been extended until Dec. 20.
Applications must be completed by the individual seeking relief. To be eligible for assistance, the agriculture commodity must have been in the ground on or before Sept. 13.
Applicants will need these forms:
USDA FSA Form 578 – per county per crop losses;
Copy of USDA payment for livestock and poultry loss;
USDA Field Map and list of physical addresses for crops not reported on USDA Form 578;
Completed W-9 for producer, social security number/employer identification number. This form is also in the application;
A late filing fee may be incurred for previously unreported crops. Check with your local FSA office.
For questions, visit the North Carolina Department of Agriculture website at www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisaterprogam/. You may also contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office or Farm Service Agency office.
Granville County Cooperative Extension can be reached at (919) 603-1350.
This program is only in counties where Presidential Declarations were made. Granville, Person, Vance and Warren Counties are eligible for this assistance.
Granville County Recycling Coordinator Teresa Baker offers these tips for recycling your packaging this holiday season:
- Remove all styrofoam inserts from your cardboard box before placing in your recycle bin or cart;
- Remove plastic bubble bags and bubble wrap – take to plastic bag recycling center outside of your grocery store for recycling
- Place paper envelopes in recycling bin or cart;
- Padded envelopes do not go in the recycle bin – either re-use or landfill trash please.
Although there is not an outlet for recycling styrofoam or “packing peanuts” in our area, there are ways to re-use them:
- Place “packing peanuts” or styrofoam inserts in the bottom of a large pot to increase drainage and lessen the weight of the plant when needing to move it around;
- Some shipping centers (UPS stores) accept clean styrofoam inserts and “packing peanuts” for re-use;
- Dart Containers in Randleman, NC accepts clean, dry styrofoam at its facility, which happens to be close to the North Carolina Zoo – so you can plan a trip for your next family outing and recycle responsibly on the same day!
To reach Teresa Baker, Recycle and Sustainability Coordinator for Granville County, call 919-725-1417 or email her at email@example.com.
To help bring in the Christmas season, the Granville County Library System has several holiday events scheduled for all ages!
On Thursday, Dec. 13, share your Christmas photographs and/or special memories with the library’s “Holiday Memory Lane.” This event will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Treats will be provided, Just bring along your favorite beverage!
Children of all ages can enjoy “Stories with Santa” at the Oxford Housing Authority Training Center as the Granville County Library System presents a special evening filled with books, storytelling and a visit from Santa himself! There will be a hot chocolate bar and participants can create their own Christmas card! The event will be held on Dec. 14 from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
Contact Adult Services Librarian Ashley Wilson or Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121 for details. The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street. The Oxford Housing Authority Training Center is located across the street from the Oxford Housing Authority, which is located at 101 HIllside Drive.
Due to the expected re-freezing of precipitation overnight, making some roads hazardous for early-morning driving, all Granville County Government offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Granville County Public Schools will be closed all day Tuesday.
District Court will begin at 11:30 a.m.
All residents are urged to be mindful of weather-related conditions and to continue to exercise caution, especially when driving on secondary roads.