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Granville County Sheriff Brin Wilkins offers some safety tips for drivers and for students as the new school year approaches.

“We can all learn from the safety tips below and abide by them to make Granville County safer for everyone,” Sheriff Wilkins said.

Drivers should:

  • Remember to not block crosswalks and to yield to pedestrians, taking extra care in school zones;
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians;
  • Never pass a bus loading or unloading children;
  • Stop far enough behind a stopped school bus to allow students to safely enter and exit the bus, remembering that the area ten feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children.

Students walking to school should:

  • Always travel with a friend – two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency;
  • Remember that a stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well;
  • Never get close to a car driven by a stranger. You could get pulled in. And never get in the car;
  • Never tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking. Don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag or tee-shirt;
  • Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you.

Those riding bikes should:

  • Know the rules of the road. Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across;
  • Watch for opening of car doors and other hazards;
  • Use hand signals when turning;
  • Wear bright-colored clothing;
  • Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly.

“By taking the time to carefully prepare for these situations, we can ensure student safety, whether on the way to school or home, playing on a playground or riding their bikes,” Sheriff Wilkins concludes. “Let’s have a safe start to the new school year.”





































County parks and recreation projects receive funding

Projects pertaining to parks and recreation in Granville County have received funding during the county’s annual grant cycle, according to the County’s Management Analyst Charla Duncan. These projects, which focused on areas outside the city limits of larger municipalities, were approved by the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. Special consideration was given to areas not in close proximity to existing recreational facilities.

Funding was approved for the following projects in the 2018/2019 fiscal year:

  • Grassy Creek Community Center ($25,000) for playground equipment and installation;
  • Toler Community Reach Out Club ($25,000) for equipment purchase, installation and field maintenance;
  • Town of Stem ($25,000) for purchase and installation of playground equipment, as well as replacement costs and repairs;
  • Oxford Preparatory School ($25,000) for a walking trail; and
  • Granville County Chamber of Commerce ($5,000) for the Alive After Five outdoor concert series.

 The application process for these grants was a competitive one, Duncan explained, with recreational priorities that included walking trails, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, biking trails, picnic shelters/tables, pickleball, dog parks, basketball and inclusive recreational equipment and opportunities for youth and adults of varying needs. Also considered priorities were facilities and activities not requiring a membership fee, as well as open park space for family-friendly activities.

 “I am very excited that these new projects give residents across the county better access to recreational equipment,” Comm. Sue Hinman stated. “Parents can now take their children to play closer to where they live.”

 The Granville County Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is made up of seven volunteer members, with one voting member from each district, as appointed by Commissioners representing each district of the county. The committee meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Thornton Library in Oxford. Serving as chair of the committee is Michael McFadden. Other members serving on this committee include Joshua Averette, Bessie Bailey, Betty Lou Davis, Ruth Hicks, Ivan Washburn and Jimmy Williams.

The next grant cycle will have an application period of Dec. 1, 2018 through Feb. 1, 2019.

(Photo on home page: children at play at the Toler Community Reach Out Club’s playground in the Oak Hill Community.)

Granville County awarded $25,000 grant

Granville County was recently selected to receive funding through Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Community Reinvestment Initiative. The grant will be used to better address mental health and substance abuse disorders among the local jailed population, helping build upon an existing pilot project to address a gap in service, reduce repeat occurrences of bad behavior and lower instances of unrest due to mental health crises at the Granville County Detention Center.

 Granville County has plans to launch a telemedicine mental health clinic at the Granville County Detention Center in 2018/2019 and has identified a partner in Durham-based program, Correctional Behavioral Health, under the direction of correctional psychologist Deron Coy, PhD. Dr. Coy’s services include individualized mental health assessment and treatment of jail detainees. Through Correctional Behavioral Health, a weekly mental health clinic – by videoconference – is offered for new assessments and previously assessed followups. Services are also available every day of the year for mental health crisis situations and for detainees on suicide watch.

The Detention Center currently has a part-time nurse that comes in every day for two hours, and a doctor who comes to the facility once a week. There is currently no dedicated mental health clinician or substance abuse professional that provides services to those who may need assistance. Due to the limited services available, the Center is unable to address treatment and recovery options for mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

 The Granville County Detention Center also struggles with severe space limitations, resulting in many of its intakes being sent to other counties each month. The telehealth program provided by Correctional Behavioral Health will not only result in cost savings for the county, but will help reduce behavioral management problems, will help clear documentation of clinical activities in inmates’ medical records and will provide improved communication and support between medical staff and detention officers, as well as reducing the county’s liability.

 Granville County is presently part of the “Stepping Up Initiative” with four surrounding counties: Vance, Franklin, Warren and Halifax. Dr. Coy is currently assisting two other jails in the five-county region. Granville-Vance Public Health has also been researching ways to access a more consistent approach to mental health and substance use disorder treatment in the area.

 Organizations were asked by Cardinal Innovations to submit proposals for programs that would improve health outcomes for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders. Granville County’s funding request was one of hundreds of proposals from across Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s 20-county service area, with proposals accepted from municipalities, counties, public school systems, colleges/universities and qualifying non-profits.

 Final approval of the awards was made by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.


(Pictured on home page are Elliott Clark of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare; Edward Cash of the Granville County Detention Center and Charla Duncan of Granville County Government.)

Informational Classes to be offered on GIS website

Granville County Government will be hosting informational classes on the updated Geographical Information System (GIS) on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Expo and Convention Center. The classes are open to the public and will be held in three sessions, from 10 until 11:30 a.m., from 2 until 3:30 p.m. and from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Registration is required and there is no cost to participate. 

Launched in May of 2018, the new website will be helpful to realtors, surveyors, real estate agents, attorneys, insurance agents and other professionals, as well as the general public. Representatives from municipalities within and outside of Granville County are also invited to participate.

The site can be used to pinpoint exact locations in Granville County as well as to view properties, tax information, adjoining properties and for other uses.  Similar to ‘Google Maps,’ it can be used on computers as well as smartphones and other devices.

The developer of the website will be on hand to demonstrate how to navigate the new system. 
To register, visit and choose your timeslot. For more information, contact Sandy Woody, Granville County Addressing/GIS Manager, at (919) 692-1278 or at

Learning for a Lifetime…

Granville County Senior Services announces its first full-term schedule of Creative Lifelong Learning classes, which includes a variety of courses, activities and educational trips for senior citizens and other interested adults. Topics such as Conversational Spanish, Beginning Sewing, Marketing and Advertising, Tai Chi as Physical Therapy and other subjects will be provided throughout the year, as well as hands-on activities, social events and educational trips such as visits to museums and galleries, participation in line dancing, trivia contests and nature hikes and the formation of a community chorus.

Registration is currently open for local residents over the age of 50, and open enrollment will soon follow for any interested adult.

Through the work of a steering committee led by resident Joan Roberson, interests have been identified and instructors have been contacted to offer a wide variety of classes, programs and activities in the arts, history, current affairs, literature, recreation, health, technology and other topics. Courses were selected based on member requests, class leader expertise, course variety and balance.

The endowment fund established for CLL will pay for course instructors, with other lecturers provided through the N.C. Humanities Council’s ROAD Scholar program, which has a pool of more than 70 speakers. Courses have been scheduled similar to a school year calendar, with fall, winter, spring and summer “quarters.” Although the program guide has been published, more classes will be offered as interests and instructors continue to be identified.  A teacher interest form is available online for any instructors who would like to participate.

 Most classes will be held at the Granville County Senior Center at 107 Lanier Street in Oxford between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Class times will vary in length, depending on class format, with sessions consisting of one-day lectures or workshops or ongoing schedules.

 The fall session will begin on Sept. 4 and continues through Nov. 16, with winter classes scheduled for Jan. 7 through March 1, 2019.  Classes for the spring quarter will be held March 11 through May 24, 2019 and a summer session will be offered June 3 through 28, if there is enough interest from the public during summer months.

 A course catalog is available at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford or online through Registration is available to Granville County Seniors, ages 50 and up, for an annual membership fee of $10. Other interested adults are also invited to participate for a $12 annual membership fee. Additional class fees will be based on expenses and are to be paid at the time of enrollment. (Supplies and materials are not included in the course fees.)

 Charter members of the Creative Lifelong Learning program – those who are the first to enroll – will be offered ten percent off all classes. For those with financial need, a limited number of scholarships are available through the Granville County Senior Center. All requests for financial assistance will be kept confidential.

Marilyn Howard has been hired to coordinate the CLL program. A Granville County native, Marilyn will work with Senior Center staff and volunteers to recruit instructors and students, speak to community groups about CLL, keep up with annual memberships and other duties. She will also be working with a volunteer board of advisors in this part-time position.

For more information about the Creative Lifelong Learning program, visit or contact the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at 919-693-1930.

(Pictured on home page are Jane and Paul Reeder of Oxford, the first to sign up for the Creative Lifelong Learning program who are now charter members. Pictured here is Marilyn Howard, newly-hired CLL Coordinator. )


Three rabid raccoons reported

Granville County Animal Control reports the pickup of three (3) raccoons last week (Aug. 5 – 11). All three tested positive for rabies.

Notices were provided to residents of the following areas: US Highway 158/Hobgood Road; Satterwhite Road/Shep Royster Road; and Bayview Court/Bruce Garner Road.

This is the fourth rabid raccoon confirmation in the last three weeks. Six rabid animals have been reported since Jan. 1, 2018, according to Matt Katz, Animal Management Director, who offers a reminder that the Granville County Animal Shelter provides one-year rabies vaccines for only $6.00.

Residents are advised to ensure all animals have their current rabies vaccines. One shot is not enough.

If any  pet owner is unsure as to when their animals need rabies booster shots, they are asked to please contact their veterinarian.

The Shelter is located at 5650 Cornwall Road in Oxford and is open Monday through Friday from noon until 4:30 p.m. Call 919-693-6749 for more information.

Important news for voters, Election 2018

Investigators at the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement are in the process of reviewing alleged misconduct by individuals conducting voter registration drives in several North Carolina counties. The agency received reports from New Hanover, Pitt and Robeson Counties that individuals misinformed voters that they must re-register in order to cast a ballot in November. 

Voters who are already registered DO NOT have to re-register or update their registrations unless they have moved or wish to change their name or party affiliation.

The State Board office has also received reports that individuals have approached people at their homes or businesses, falsely identifying themselves as county or state election workers. In recent months, the agency has also investigated reports of falsified documents delivered to county boards of elections offices.

“Voters should check their registrations online,” said Kim Westbrook Stach, executive director of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. “There is no reason to submit a new form unless the information is outdated.”

It is unlawful in North Carolina to pay voter drive participants on a per-form basis. It is a Class 1 felony to falsify a voter registration form and a Class 2 misdemeanor to retain a copy of a registrant’s confidential information, such as date of birth or license number.

While Granville County is not one of the areas under investigation, the State Board encourages all voters to consider the following tips:

*Check you voter registration status through the State Board’s “Voter Search” tool at

*If you are not registered or need to update your registration, applications are available on the State Board website and at all county Board of Elections offices.

*Always ask voter registration workers to verify their identities and their organization before providing any information. If an individual refuses to comply, do not provide any information. Call the State Board office immediately at 919-814-0700 and ask for the Investigations Division.

*If you fill out a registration form as part of a registration drive, you may personally return the form to your county Board of Elections, either in person or by mail. You do not have to give the form back to the voter drive worker.

*County and state elections officials do not go door to door. If a person claims to be a state or county election worker, ask them for identification, take down their name and contact the State Board of Elections immediately at 919-814-0700.

The Granville County Board of Elections is located at 208 Wall Street in Oxford. The mailing address is PO Box 83, Oxford, NC 27565, 



Code RED enrollment ongoing

Granville County residents and business owners are urged to sign up for “Code Red,” a free emergency notification service. “Code Red” uses voice calls, text messages and emails to inform the public about weather alerts and evacuation notices, as well as missing persons, local criminal activity, wildfires and other emergencies. Granville County Emergency Management encourages all residents and business owners to register their home, business and/or cellphone for this FREE service to receive target alerts that can directly impact you, your family and your employees. WHEN SECONDS COUNT, DON’T WAIT! Start receiving notifications today by securely registering your information!

CodeRed Information and Sign-up

Enroll today in the “Live Healthy” Prescription Discount Program

Granville County Commissioners Edgar Smoak, Zelodis Jay, Sue Hinman, Tim Karan and David Smith recently attended the NACo National Conference in Nashville, TN. Approved during the meeting was an update to the “Live Healthy” Prescription Discount Program, which provides free Prescription Discount Cards to county residents. Those who have the card can save an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medicine that is not covered by an insurance plan.

While NOT an insurance plan, the NACo “Live Healthy” Prescription Discount Program provides relief to uninsured and underinsured residents who face high prescription costs. The program has been provided to NACo member counties, like Granville, since 2004 and continues to grow, being accepted at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.* In 2016, it was reported that Granville County residents as a whole saved more than $70,000 by participating in NACo’s Prescription Discount Program.

“Live Healthy” Informational brochures are now available at the Granville County Tax Office, the Department of Social Services, all branches of the Granville County Senior Center and at all branches of the Granville County Library System. Discount cards can also be downloaded at or are available by phone by calling toll free at 1-877-321-2652.

 *Discounts are only available at participating pharmacies. Savings may vary by drug and by pharmacy.



National Night Out Against Crime is Aug. 7

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, members of local law enforcement and residents come together to promote and celebrate safe neighborhoods during National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime. NNO is held nationwide with thousands of participating communities joining forces to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention. This event is intended to not only educate citizens on drug and crime awareness, but to generate support for and assistance in anti-crime efforts. Strengthening police/community relations sends a direct message to criminals, letting them know that communities are organized and fighting back! 

Granville County events are being held in Oxford and in Creedmoor, with Oxford’s NNO being held on the campus of the Masonic Home for Children from 5 until 8 p.m. and Creedmoor’s scheduled for South Granville High School from 6 until 9 p.m.  There will be hot dogs, DJ music, and fun activities for all ages, as well as educational displays, exhibits and demonstrations. Public safety vehicles will also be on display from local police departments, the Sheriff’s office, EMS, fire departments, the highway patrol and more.

Residents across the county are encouraged to turn off the television, leave troubles behind and come out to spend a fun-filled evening with their fellow neighbors, family, and law enforcement officers.

The Masonic Home for Children is located at 600 College Street in Oxford and South Granville High School is located at 701 North Crescent Drive in Creedmoor.

This is the 35th anniversary of the national event.





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