Posts written by Lynn Allred

Mobile printing now available at local libraries

Welcome to the Granville County Library System’s mobile print service! With this new addition to a long list of services already available, library patrons can use their personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere! Documents can be submitted for printing, then be picked up at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford or the South Branch Library in Creedmoor by presenting a valid library card.


How to use from home or work:

  • Visit the Granville County Library System’s website at;
  • Select Thornton Mobile Printing or South Branch Mobile Printing;
  • Select the printer and enter your email address;
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print;
  • Click the forward button to prompt the status of your print job and a reference number;
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”;
  • Enter the mail address you provided and select your print job.


How to print from tablet or smartphone app:

  • Visit your device’s “store” for apps;
  • Install and launch the PrinterOn app;
  • Click “No printer selected”;
  • Click “Search”;
  • Search for GCLS Thornton Library or GCLS South Branch Libray.

It’s that easy!


For more details, call the Thornton Library at 919-693-1121 or the South Branch at 919-528-1752, or visit


Granville County awards recreational grants

At their July 1 meeting, the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee’s recommendation for its FY 2019/2020 recreation grant program. The Board awarded a total of $111,817 in mini-grants to organizations throughout the county to support recreation projects.


The committee received thirteen applications for the 2019/2020 Recreation Grant, with requests totaling $261,605. The number of applications and total dollar requests are the highest ever submitted to the recreation mini-grant program.


After hearing committee recommendations, Commissioners unanimously agreed to recommend project funding to the City of Creedmoor, the City of Oxford, Granville County Senior Services, the Town of Stovall, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Butner, the Town of Stem, the Grassy Creek Community Center, Hopping Frogs Forest School and the Toler Reach Out Club.


For more information about grants available through the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee, contact Charla Duncan at (919) 693-5240.




Thornton Library to welcome author Wiley Cash

The Richard H. Thornton Library will host a book discussion and book signing by award-winning author Wiley Cash at 6 p.m. on July 17. Cash is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has penned several works, including ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’ and ‘This Dark Road to Mercy.’ His newest book ‘The Last Ballad,’ is set in 1929 in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina. Considered to be a “moving tale of courage in the face of oppression,” Cash’s newest work tells the story of a single mother’s struggle for her rights in a textile mill, which is inspired by actual events.


The Minnesota Star-Tribune calls this latest work “powerful and poignant… Cash’s third and best novel,” while the Library Journal calls Cash “a promising young voice in southern fiction.”


Cash serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA (Master of Fine Arts) program. He is co-founder of the Land-More-Kind Artists Residency and is founder of the Open Canon Book Club. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the author resides in North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters.


This event is free and open to the public.


The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford and is one of four branches of the Granville County Library System. Other branches are located in Creedmoor (South Branch), Stovall and Berea.


For more details about this event and other scheduled library programs, call 919-693-1121 or visit


Electronics recycling available at two local convenience sites

Residents with old televisions, outdated computers and/or obsolete electronics can take these items to either the Oxford Convenience Site, located at 6584 Landfill Road in Oxford or the Butner Convenience Site, located at 2796 Old Route 75 in Butner.


In a meeting held earlier this year, Granville County Commissioners approved consolidating electronic waste (e-waste) recycling to the Oxford and Butner landfills. Items are now being collected by a private business, contracted with the county, to recycle all components of the electronics collected at the two convenience sites.


For any questions or concerns, please contact Jason Falls, Granville County’s Environmental Services Director, at 919-691-0928.





Black bear sightings reported across county

Over the past two months, residents of the area have reported sightings of black bears. Reports have come in from the vicinities of Will Suitt Road, Westbury Drive, Tall Pine Drive, Salem Farm Road, Military Street, Summitt Avenue, Northridge Drive and Shock Overton Road. Granville County Animal Management offers a reminder that while black bears are an important part of our natural surroundings, the increasing human population is causing a rise in interactions between these animals and local residents.


If left alone, and if there is no food readily available, these wandering bears will eventually leave. If frequently fed, however, bears may become dependent on human food, which may lead to increased interaction with people. Frequent human-bear contact can result in greater visibility in highly-populated areas and neighborhoods as bears become less fearful of people.


“Black bears are usually shy and non-aggressive,” explains Matt Katz, Director of Granville County Animal Management. “With Granville County being an agriculturally-rich area, bears often come out of the woods to feed on crops, then may come closer to homes and neighborhoods. The key is to not leave food out that is easily accessible.”


While there have not been any unprovoked bear attacks reported in North Carolina, information from the N.C. Wildlife Commission suggests that by following several basic tips, residents can learn to live responsibly with black bears. These tips include:


1.       Never feed or approach bears. Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs;


2.       Secure food, garbage and recycling. Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily-available food or garbage;


3.       Remove bird feeders when bears are active. Birdseed and other grains have a high calorie content, making them very attractive to bears. The best way to avoid conflicts with bears is to remove feeders;


4.       Never leave out pet food. Feed outdoor pets portion sizes that will be completely eaten during each meal and remove any leftover food and food bowl. Securely store these foods so that nothing is available to bears;


5.       Clean and store grills. After you use an outdoor grill, clean it thoroughly and make sure that all grease and fat is removed. Store cleaned grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out; and


6.       Let neighbors know. Share news with your friends and neighbors about recent bear activity and how to avoid bear conflicts. Bears have adapted to living near people – all residents need to ensure that they are willing to adapt to living near bears.


If any resident finds themselves in close proximity to a black bear, it is suggested to remain calm. Bears are usually wary of people unless they are provoked. Never feed, approach, surround or corner the bear, but back away slowly. Once at a safe distance, make lots of noise – such as clapping hands or blowing a car horn – to frighten the bear away.


It is important to note that the Wildlife Commission does not typically trap or re-locate bears, and neither does Granville County Animal Control. According to information shared, there are simply no remote places to move bears where they would not eventually come into contact with people. The long-term solution, it is explained, is for residents in areas of black bear sightings to modify their behaviors to prevent potential problems.


“During the summer months, young males are often forced away by those that are larger and more dominant,” Katz adds. “Most of the ones seen in our area have been juvenile bears, looking for a place to go and for something to eat. We need to remember to leave them alone, and – by all means – don’t have food easily available for them, or they’ll be back.”


To learn more about black bears, please visit




Duncan featured in national publication

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) recently recognized Granville County Management Analyst Charla Duncan on receiving the Edwin M. Gill Award. Kevin Leonard, Chief Executive Officer of the NCACC, was on hand to personally congratulate Duncan, who graduated from the UNC School of Government’s Municipal and County Administration Program in April.


Since 1965, this award has been given to the student in the County Administration course with the most distinguished record in the course, based on input from classroom peers, professors and course performance. Duncan was presented this award at the April graduation ceremony.


Duncan is pictured here with Leonard (left) and Granville County Commissioners at the July 1 Board meeting. Her recent award has also been featured in the July 6 edition of  “NACo News,”  a publication of the National Association of Counties that showcases work, projects and events in counties all across America.




Pre-bid meeting to be held July 10 at 10 a.m.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting for general contractors will be conducted at Granville Athletic Park’s Sports Pavilion, located at 4619 Belltown Road in Oxford, on July 10 at 10 a.m. 


The project is an expansion of the existing park facilities and will be accessed from Jonesland Drive. Included in the project is clearing, grading and site development of approximately seven acres of the 11.86-acre parcel. The site is being developed for a pavilion, six tennis courts, two outdoor volleyball courts, three horseshoe pits, playground and walkway. An adult fitness station is planned and is included as a bid alternate. 


There will also be a total of 74 parking spaces, with 59 near the tennis courts and the remaining 15 spaces located near the pavilion.


Sealed bids for this work are being accepted as a lump-sum, single prime contract. Please submit by June 23 at 3:00 p.m. to Scott Phillips, Director, Granville County Development Services, 122 Williamsboro Street, Oxford NC 27565.


Complete plans, specifications and contract documents can be obtained during normal business hours from C3 Design and Engineering, PLLC, 2537 East Lyon Station Road, Suite 102, Creedmoor NC, 27522. For questions, call 919-603-1425.


General Bids, RFPs or RFQs




Bechtel retires from Department of Social Services

Social Services Director Lou Bechtel recently retired after many years of dedicated service to Granville County Government.


Bechtel became DSS Director in June of 1999 and has spent the majority of his career in service to others. His experience includes Director of Behavioral Services with Carolina Care in Greensboro; Program Director with Diamond Healthcare Corporation in Richmond, VA; Director of Guilford County DSS in Greensboro; and Assistant Director with Palm Beach County Florida’s Department of Community Services. Bechtel had also served in other positions involving mental health during his working years.


A celebration was recently held in his honor  as co-workers, friends and family members wished him well in his retirement.


Adonica Hampton is the new Director of Granville County Social Services, after being named to fill Bechtel’s position this past April.










Welcome to new Adult Services Librarian

The Richard H. Thornton Library announces the addition of Stefani Perry as Adult Services Librarian.


A New Hampshire native, Perry grew up in the Butner/Creedmoor area and is a graduate of Granville Central High School. With a major in Liberal Studies/Humanities from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she also holds a Masters degree in Library Information Science.


In her role as Adult Services Librarian, Perry will oversee the programs, services and special events provided by the library for those over the age of 18. Her plans include to establish a new book club for young adult novels, as well as initiating a regularly-scheduled “Coffee with Stefani” event, where library patrons can come in and discuss suggestions and concerns in an informal setting.


Perry is married and has recently moved back to the Granville County area after living several years in California and in Japan with her husband, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her first day of work at the Thornton Library was June 3, as Adult Services Librarian Ashley Wilson phases out her employment with the Granville County Library System. Wilson will be moving out of the area in mid-July.


The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford, and is one of four public libraries in the Granville County Library System. Other branches are located in Creedmoor (South Branch), Stovall and Berea. For a schedule of upcoming library events and programs, or to learn more about what your local library has to offer, visit




Giving opportunities for Granville Athletic Park

In honor of its fifteenth anniversary, the Granville Athletic Park (the GAP) is seeking community support to continue to grow the facility for public use by offering fifteen sponsorship opportunities.


As GAP sponsors, businesses or individuals may choose to support existing amenities such as the amphitheater stage, playground, soccer field, or picnic shelter. Sponsors may also support future elements, such as the adult fitness area, tennis courts, horseshoe pits and benches. Naming rights are available for 5, 10, or 15 years at varying rates. Each sponsored element at the park will display permanent, visible signage recognizing the sponsor for the duration of the term.


Individual sponsorships of a smaller nature, ranging from a bronze supporter at $5 to a diamond supporter at $100 or more, are also available. Those who make a donation to the future of this facility will have their names displayed by level on signage in the future expansion of the park.


The GAP, located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford, was dedicated on May 21, 2004. The 68-acre land area of the GAP provides an outdoor location for thousands of visitors and community members to gather and enjoy walking trails, ball fields, playgrounds and picnic shelters. The GAP is planning to further develop its amenities in Phase III of its improvement plan, which will include an additional playground, another paved walkway, a second picnic shelter, an adult fitness area, six tennis courts, two sand volleyball pits and new horseshoe pits. Phase III will begin site work this year, with projects estimated for completion in 2020.


The land that is today’s Granville Athletic Park has a unique history and meaning to local residents, as it was prevented from becoming a hazardous waste incinerator site by the financial contributions of about 8,000 people from Granville County and all over the world.


“Supporting the GAP through a sponsorship provides a cost-effective way to show continued support for this project, as well as reaching customers in and out of the county, enhancing community awareness and demonstrating a commitment to health and wellness,” said Charla Duncan, Granville County Government’s Management Analyst. “We hope that our citizens will consider contributing to the park to continue the legacy of community support for many years to come.”


For more information on the “Fifteen for 15” sponsorship and giving campaign, contact the County Manager’s office in Oxford or visit  Those interested in sponsoring a park element can complete an interest form and return it to the County Manager’s office at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. Mailed forms may be sent to PO Box 906, Oxford, NC 27565. As project lead, Duncan will contact interested parties. She can be reached by email at  or by phone at (919) 693-5240.


Fifteen for 15: Celebrating the GAP’s 15th Anniversary








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