Stories Across Granville


Granville County Vice-Chairman Dave Currin was honored with a NC County Commissioners Association Service Award on October 17, 2016 at the Granville County Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Currin is retiring at the end of his current term; he has served for twenty years on the Granville County Board of Commissioners.


Do you know how difficult it can be for someone who is on Medicare to figure out all the ins and outs of it? There is original Medicare, with the option of purchasing a supplement to your Medicare; there are Medicare Advantage plans that can be “substituted” for Medicare; there is Medicare Part D that will cover a portion of your prescription drugs; there are penalties involved if you miss a deadline, and the confusion goes on and on. It was out of all this confusion that the idea was born within the NC Department of Insurance about 30 years ago, for a SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM….SHIIP for short!

Each County has trained counselors who work one-on-one with Medicare beneficiaries to help clear up the confusion by showing them their options and explaining how each option works. We know we have a great SHIIP program in Granville County. Our trainer from the SHIIP office in Raleigh has told us for quite some time just how special he thinks our program is. We have a group of counselors who are knowledgeable, dedicated, and the number of people we serve through this program is astounding….usually around 700 per year!

Our SHIIP staff frequently “high five” and congratulate each other on jobs well done. It is a joy for us to help people out of a dilemma, help save them hundreds or thousands of dollars each year, even go to bat for someone who doesn’t have the understanding to “bat” for themselves.  Even so, it was a complete surprise when Granville County Coordinators Carolyn Keith and Kathy May went to the annual SHIIP conference in Greensboro in August, 2016, and accepted the award from Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin, naming Granville County the “County of the Year” for the Northeast Region for 2016. We could not have been more excited! Let me explain the significance of this award. The Northeast Region consists of 25 counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange…..all counties that are much larger than us and who have numerous counselors. But the thing that perhaps surprised us the most was that we had just won this award 4 years ago! So this is not one of those things that just goes to a different county each year until everyone gets it. It is judged on performance, professionalism, and results.

Are we proud?? You betcha!! Because we know we are giving the citizens of Granville County the high quality service they deserve. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!!

-Kathy May, Director of Senior Services


The Granville County Human Relations Commission is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year on the third Monday of January, the Granville County Human Relations Commission celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its Annual Fellowship Breakfast. In conjunction with the Fellowship Breakfast, again this year, the GCHRC is sponsoring a student essay contest. Students will write their own “I Have A Dream” speech based on their research and life perspectives.

Contest Rules
• Essay Contest parameters include:
Open to students in grades 6 – 12
Students must be enrolled in a Granville County Middle and High School
An Entry form must be submitted with the essay
Students may submit only one essay and it must be the student’s original work
Essays may NOT include photographs, images, illustrations, etc.
450 word limit
Essay must be typed
Entry deadline is November 18, 2016
• Judging parameters include:
Content/Development: Addresses quote, essay organization, evidence to support position
Language & Mechanics: Standard English, Sentence structure, word choice, grammar
Awards will be presented in two age groups: grades 6 – 8 and grades 9 – 12.
Grades 6th – 8th                           Grades 9th – 12th
1st Place: $250.00                        1st Place: $250.00
2nd Place: $150.00                       2nd Place: $150.00
3rd Place: $100.00                        3rd Place: $100.00
(NOTE: The above are prize values. Gifts and gift cards will be awarded)
Notification: Winners will be notified no later than January 5th, 2017 and will receive their awards at the MLK Annual Fellowship Breakfast on Monday, January 16, 2017. The 1st place winners will read their essays as a part of the Fellowship program.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays will be published on the GCHRC website.
Please click on the links below for more information and to download the entry form.


Harry Mills of Oxford was inducted into the Warren Wilson College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30. Mills played basketball for Warren Wilson for two seasons (1980-81 and 1981-82), helping his teams to consecutive 20 win seasons. Click here to read more about his induction.

Picture courtesy of Warren Wilson.

Picture courtesy of Warren Wilson.



Read more in the Granville County Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

The Second Annual Shop Granville Small Business Saturday will be held November 26. Come out and support your local merchants.


The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a vendor please call Julie Brockman at 919-693-1930. There is an application you will need to complete. Booth rental will be $20.00 and vendors are asked to donate a raffle prize. We encourage local crafts people to join us and showcase their handmade goods.




Visit the Granville County Tourism Development Authority website here.

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