Stories Across Granville

Granville County Animal Shelter Adoption Event

Granville County Animal Shelter is having an adoption event at Wilton Pizzeria Saturday, July 21 from 11 am – 2 pm. Come on out to find your next furry best friend.  There will be hamsters, rabbits, cats, and dogs available for adoption.  

Wilton Pizzeria 3596 NC 56 Franklinton, NC 27526

Register today for CODE RED!

When seconds count, will you be informed? Granville County Emergency Management encourages all residents and business owners to register for “CODE RED,” a FREE emergency notification service. “Code Red” uses voice calls, text messages and emails to inform the public about weather alerts, missing persons, local crime activity and other emergencies. Those who are registered will receive targeted alerts that can directly impact themselves, their families and their employees. 

Don’t wait! Start receiving notifications today by securely registering your information!

CodeRed Information and Sign-up

Visit NC Farms App

Interested in growing your local farm? Learn how through the “Visit NC Farm” app.

An interest meeting will be held on July 27 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. Speakers for the 8 a.m. breakfast meeting include Gena Stephens of Carlee Farms near Oxford; Jack Pleasant of Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm near Roxboro; and Annie Baggett of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Farmers, agri-business owners and agri-tourism business owners interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling the Granville County Cooperative Extension office at 919-603-1350. 

This meeting is sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension, the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments.

The Granville County Convention and Expo Center is located at 4185 US Hwy 15 in Oxford.

Senior Center to offer Portrait Class



The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford will hold a portrait painting class beginning in September, instructed by Oxford native Leslie Johnson. Johnson is an accomplished artist and has taught art classes for Vance-Granville Community College for more than 20 years. She invites students of all levels of experience to participate, from beginner to advanced! This class will be held on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon and will run for eight weeks. The registration deadline is Aug, 24. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register early. A list of supplies is available at the front desk of the Granville County Center on Lanier Street. For more information about fees or registration, call (919) 693-1930.

Meet “Thomas Jefferson” at the Thornton Library

Founding Father “Thomas Jefferson” will be welcomed to the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on July 18 as Bill Barker is scheduled for a historical presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Barker has been portraying Jefferson for the past 34 years and has worked in Colonial Williamsburg, as well as the White House and in Europe. His first appearance was at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He first came to Williamsburg in the spring of 1993 and  has continued to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, assisting in the development of Jefferson programs for the Foundation.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill’s interest in Thomas Jefferson reaches back to his youth. He enjoys researching the American world Jefferson knew with an interest in the role the man played and continues to play in our American identity.

Barker received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, from Villanova University and attended the University of Pennsylvania for a brief time. Attracted to the stage at an early age, he became a professional actor, director and producer. He was cast as Jefferson in many different venues including the musical ‘1776.’  He has also been featured as Jefferson in several magazines including Time, People, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest, and the Colonial Williamsburg Journal.

The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford. For more details, call 919-693-1121 or visit

NC ‘Game On’ World Series is this weekend!

Granville County will be hosting the N.C. “Game On!” World Series from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 at Granville Athletic Park, Oxford Diamonds and Butner Athletic Park. This championship series is one of the largest tournaments in the area, with teams, coaches and families arriving from all over the region to participate, representing Greensboro, Wilmington, Selma, Raleigh, Apex, Burlington, Lexington and other locations. Oxford’s “Carolina Outlaws” and “Carolina Tide” will also be competing for the championship title!

Games will begin at 9am on Friday. Teams will play two pool play games on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be Double Elimination Format.

If you are a sports enthusiast, or just enjoy a competitive game of baseball, get in the action and show your support of these teams. And be sure to welcome team members, coaches and their families to Granville County – a great place to live, work and play!



Master Gardener Training

If you live in Granville or Person Counties and are interested in gardening, registration is going on now for Master Gardener Training through the N.C. State Extension Service. Classes will alternate between the two counties each week and will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning Aug. 16. The class schedule will end in November. Training will cost $120. 

To register or for more information, call the Granville County Cooperative Extension Office at 919-603-1350 or contact Johnny Coley at



County Manager attends NCACC Risk Management Meeting

On June 20, Granville County Manager Mike Felts attended the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Joint Risk Management Board of Trustees meeting. The Board oversees NCACC’s risk management pools, which give county governments access to affordable insurance that may not be available or accessible in the open market. The risk pools offer coverages for workers’ compensation and liability and property. The Board works to ensure that the coverages offered by these pools meet the specific needs of North Carolina counties. 


During the meeting, the Board approved a new special program to help counties reduce their liability exposure. The program is a partnership between NCAACC and the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute to assist counties in adopting accepted practices for law enforcement, jails/correction and other areas of public safety and criminal justice. It will give county governments access to a helpline for questions, a network of legal and subject matter experts, legal updates on relevant case law and training opportunities.


The risk pools are managed by the Commissioners and other county officials who serve on the Board of Trustees.


(Photo courtesy of Chris Baucom, NCACC)

County Commissioners recognize teens at monthly meeting

County Commissioners recently recognized local teens for making their mark on the community. Singled out during the regular monthly meeting, held July 2, were members of the South Granville High School Softball team, participants of Granville County’s Civic Leadership program and a regional officer of the local 4H Club.

Members of the South Granville High School Softball Team had a perfect 27 and 0 season this year and were congratulated on their state championship win in June. The Lady Vikings have claimed five fast-pitch state championships since 1996, and have won three state titles in the past four years. 

Summer interns of the county’s Civic Leadership Program were also recognized. These six students were selected from several applications submitted for participation in the program. Since early June, they have been rotating through several key areas of county government as they learn about Human Services, Community Service, General Government and Public Safety. Participants include Jade Webb of Granville Central; and Ethan Weaver, Lily Averette, Cameron Thorpe, Ker’Telian Fields, and Rickelle Harrison of Granville Early College High School,

Samuel Dickerson provided a presentation about the 4H Club and was recognized for his work on the regional level. Dickerson will soon be installed as regional Vice-President of 4H. 

Congratulations to all of these outstanding teens!


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Independence Day Celebration is July 3!

On Tuesday, July 3, the annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at Lake Holt in Butner, with a spectacular fireworks show! Sponsored by Granville County Government, the Town of Butner, the City of Creedmoor, the City of Oxford and the Town of Stem, this family-friendly event starts at 9 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, bug spray and a flashlight, then sit back and enjoy the show. 

All attendees must enter and exit through the Lake Holt entrance. Once the gates are closed, they will not reopen until the fireworks show is over. Parking will be directed by Public Safety Officials.

Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for purchase. No alcoholic beverages are allowed and no tailgating is permitted.

Due to the loud nature of the fireworks, please leave pets at home. 

In the event of light rain, the show will go on as planned – no rain date has been scheduled.

For more details, contact the Event Coordinator at 919-764-1013 or visit

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