Stories Across Granville

New position in Granville County Government

Lynn Allred has been named Public Information Officer/Grants Coordinator, effective June 1. In her new role,  Allred will serve as Granville County Government’s contact for the media, preparing news releases and public service announcements in print and through broadcast outlets, as well as online information sources. She will also develop informational brochures and other materials for the public.

Allred has more than 25 years’ experience in the media/communications industry, having most recently served as editor of the Oxford Public Ledger. Additional experience includes work with the Daily Reflector in Greenville and the Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City, as well as advertising/promotions work for a simulcast FM radio station covering most of eastern North Carolina. 

A native of Granville County and a resident of Oxford, she holds a degree in Business Administration/Marketing from East Carolina University.

Interim Library Director appointed

Meet Will Robinson, Interim Director of the Granville County Library System. Robinson previously served as Manager of the South Branch Library in Creedmoor and replaces Jonathan Bradsher, who recently resigned the position. 

Robinson earned his Masters degree in Library Science from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and has previous experience with the Wilson County Library System, where he served as librarian in the Local History Library and later was the library’s Head of Reference. He worked in Wilson for five years before assuming the role of Manager of the South Branch this past December. He also holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

Robinson’s appointment as Interim Director will continue through December 2018, when a candidate search for a permanent replacement will begin. There is currently an opening for Manager of the South Branch to fill the vacancy left there after Robinson’s transfer. 

Originally from the Charlotte area, Robinson now lives in Cary with his wife and son, but has plans to move his family to Granville County in the near future.

News from the Tourism Development Authority


Angela Allen, Director of the Granville County Tourism Authority, graduated in May from the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), an intensive, three-month training program designed for rural community leaders. This year’s class participants included elected officials, economic development professionals, healthcare professionals and civic leaders. Allen has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, nominated to represent the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina.  The election took place in May at the organization’s Board meeting during the annual North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA) Tourism Day in Raleigh. A recent recipient of the ‘Rising Star’ Award, which recognizes a North Carolina Bureau or staff member who has worked a total of three years or less and has made a significant impact to destination marketing in the state, Allen plans to continue gaining leadership and tourism skills at the upcoming Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College in June. She will attend this training through a full scholarship provided by Miles Partnership. 

New position announced in Granville County Government

Granville County Government announces that former Grants Coordinator Charla Duncan has been named Management Analyst. Duncan is a former high school English teacher who has taught in High Point and in Charlotte. While earning her Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University (NYU), she worked for the Mayor’s office in New York City under (then) Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Duncan worked with multiple nonprofits in the region as a program director before coming on board with Granville County Government in 2016.

As Management Analyst, Duncan will support the County Manager in identifying, developing and implementing work plans and prioritizations of the county’s goals and objectives and will serve as county government liaison to municipal, state and federal agencies for civic and community groups. She will also serve as coordinator for projects such as the ongoing Broadband strategy, as well as overseeing Phase III of the expansion of Granville Athletic Park. 

Before earning her Masters degree, Duncan attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received a degree in English. She is a native of Warren County and resides in Macon.

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.

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:


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