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Nazi POWS in the Tar Heel State 1942-1946

Robert Billinger, Jr, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus History at Wingate College, will be at the Granville County senior center on Friday, May 25th to hold this program. More than 10,000 German prisoners of war were interned in eighteen camps in North Carolina during World War II. Yet apart from the guards, civilian workers, and FBI and local police who tracked escapees, most people were – and remain – unaware of their presence.
“Nazi POWS in the Tar Heel State, 1942-1946” is a lively lecture and PowerPoint presentation of photos, maps and documents revealing the POW program in North Carolina during World War II. Surveyed are the arrival of the first prisoners, the work program, escapes, reeducation, and repatriation. The story told reveals the diversity of the men captured in German uniform: U-Boat men captured off the Carolina coast, infantry men and paratroopers captured in Italy, North Africa and France. It also reveals the presence of Nazis and anti-Nazis, former concentration camp inmates, and a multitude of men captured in German uniforms who before the war had been Austrians, Belgians, Frenchmen, and Soviet citizens.
Billinger argues that the wartime experiences of the POWS and citizens of North Carolina revealed to both sides that enemies are human, uniforms conceal diversity, and wartime enemies can become life-long friends. This program will begin at 1:00 p.m. This is a Road Scholars Program through the NC Humanities Council, therefore there will be no charge for this program.
Pre-registration for each of these programs is recommended. Please call the Granville County center at (919)693-1930 to register.

Understanding Black History as American History

Omar Ali, Ph.D., Dean of Honors College at UNC Greensboro, will be at the Granville County senior center on Friday, May 11th to hold this program. African Americans have played an integral role in the creation and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Since 1619 when the first twenty Africans were brought to the shores of the Chesapeake to the election of the nation’s first black president, black men and women have contributed to the economic, political and cultural growth of the U.S. Much of how U.S. history is taught, however, marginalizes the African American narrative. This presentation will engage audiences in an exploration of how “Black History” is “American History” without glorifying the contributions of men and women of African descent, yet demonstrating their significance in shaping America’s narrative. This program will begin at 1:00 p.m. This is a Road Scholars Program through the NC Humanities Council therefore there will be no charge for this program.

Pre-registration for each of these programs is recommended. Please call the Granville County center at (919)693-1930 to register.

Granville County Government offices will delay opening

Due to the probability of significant black ice and hazardous road conditions, Granville County Government Offices for Tuesday, 3/13/2018, will operate on a delayed schedule, opening at 10:00AM.

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 offices operate on a 2-hour delay

 

Road conditions across Granville County vary from completely clear to remaining snow-covered. With temperatures forecast to rise above freezing early tomorrow morning, Granville County Government Offices will operate on a 2-hour delay, opening at 10:30AM on Friday, January 19, 2018. Employees are urged to use extreme caution when travelling and are encouraged to use their best discretion based on road conditions in their immediate area on whether they can safely make the trip.

Rescued dogs fly to new life

Lucky Lab Rescue, Inc. pulled 4 animals from Granville County Animal Shelter this week.  The dogs- Lil Bit, Sadie, Harley, and Yasmin- were loaded up on a personal airplane and transported to Virgina where they will begin their journey into forever homes.  Granville County Summer Civic Leadership Intern, AJ Mitchell, helped transport dogs from the Granville County Animal Shelter to the Oxford-Henderson Airport for their freedom ride.

Winners of 5th Annual Recycle More LitterLess Art & Music Contest

The art work will be on display on two billboards in Granville County August 21st through October 23rd, 2017. The billboards are located on Highway 56 in Butner and on Lewis Street in Oxford, NC.

The music jingle will be played on US98.3 as a PSA for Granville County.

Congratulations to each winner and Thank You for Recycling & Keeping Our Community Clean!!!

 

Raul Hernandez is the winner of our Music category! Listen to his song below:

 

 

Winners from the Art category:

 

Municipal Filing Period (July 7th at noon – July 21st at noon)

Candidate filing will be held for Mayor and City/Town Commissioners/Town Council for City of Creedmoor, City of Oxford, Town of Butner, Town of Stem and Town of Stovall.  Click here for Candidate Filing Fees.

Cristex Drum Site Proposed Plan Public Meeting Postponed

The United States Region 4 Environmental Protection Agency regrets to inform you that the Cristex Drum Site Proposed Plan public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Richard H. Thornton Library has been postponed due to technical delays.  An update will be distributed to all stakeholders once an alternate date has been finalized.

Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting Change of Location and Date

The RAC meeting will change from its normal location at Thornton Library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to take place on Thursday, Jan. 12., at 5:30pm at the Granville County Expo Center. This change is only for the month of January. Email charla.duncan@granvillecounty.org with questions.

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