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Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 14 through April 20

Our hardworking dispatchers and public safety telecommunicators serve as a vital link between the community and fire, medical, and law enforcement agencies. Acting as a critical lifeline to other first responders, these unsung everyday heroes are always there to answer the call.

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

We encourage all residents to celebrate and honor our telecommunicators, and to thank them for all the sacrifices they make to create a better and safer world for the public.






Outstanding Volunteer Service Award presented to local church

At the April 15 meeting of the  Granville County Board of Commissioners, a presentation of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Granville County was made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church of Stem. The group, nominated by Murdoch Developmental Center, was recognized with a pin and letter of appreciation from Governor Roy Cooper. 


As part of the presentation, Commissioner David Smith recognized Tally Ho First Baptist Church (THFB) with a plaque presented to Kim Boyd and Rev. Eddie Nutt. Commissioner Smith thanked the group, presented a plaque and spoke of the impact the group has made volunteering at Murdoch Developmental Center (MDC) for the past two years. THFB provides monthly parties and escorts people living at MDC all while supporting Operation Santa Claus. Through each activity the group provides loving care and compassion to the people living at MDC.  


Rev. Eddie Nutt is pastor of Tally Ho First Baptist Church.






Granville Soil and Water District seeking student applicants

The Granville Soil and Water District invites rising juniors and seniors to apply for the 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop. The week-long session will be held from June 23 through June 28 at N.C. State University and will be helpful for students interested in pursuing further education after high school in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.


Subjects covered in this workshop will include Soil Characteristics and Soil Conservation, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Forest Management, Nonagricultural Uses for Soils and Water Quality, and Watershed Management. Most of the classes will be outdoor study and field trips. Recreation will also be available after hours for those who would like to participate.


All expenses – housing, meals, mileage and registration fees – will be paid by the Granville Soil and Water District.


Those interested may request an application through the Soil and Water District office at 518 Lewis Street in Oxford, or through the RCW website at 


For more information, contact Warren Daniel at 919-603-4603, ext. 3.


Notice of meetings for Board of Equalization and Review

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet on the following dates to consider taxable real property appraisals as provided by North Carolina General Statute (N.C.G.S.) 105-322 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 693-4181.


April 15: 6 until 7 p.m.

May 6: 6 until 7 p.m.

June 3: 6 until 7 p.m. (revised)

June 6: 6 until 9 p.m. (revised, Board adjourns)


Hearings will be held at the Granville Count Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Hwy. 15 South in Oxford. In the event of earlier or later adjournment, it will be advertised.


For Powers and Duties of the Board of Equalization and Review, please reference N.C.G.S. 105-322(g)


-Sharon Brooks-Powell, Tax Administrator

Granville County Sheriff announces Teen Law Academy

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, Jr., in partnership with Granville County Public Schools, the U.S. Army National Guard and the Boy Scouts of America, announces the formation of the 2019 Teen Law Academy for high school students ages 15 to 20 years of age. This free training program is geared toward those interested in a career in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the U.S. Military or public service. Participants will engage in classroom and hands-on law enforcement activities that expose them to the rigors and demands facing today’s law enforcement officers.


Held at Granville Central High School, the Teen Law Academy is scheduled for June 16 through June 21, where those enrolled will stay on-site for the duration of the training. Certified law enforcement instructors, judges, attorneys, members of the U.S. Army National Guard and other highly-qualified career professionals will provide valuable training which will include firearms and shooting skills, crime scene investigation, K9 drug detection, high-risk felony traffic stops, physical fitness, and other topics. Training will also include information about the roles of SWAT and special response teams, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the criminal court system, and use of the U.S. Military Apache Helicopter.


The week-long training program will end with a public graduation ceremony, where scholarships will be awarded to three participants.


Applications are being accepted until May 1 and are available through the student’s school resource officer (SRO) or school counselor. Those interested may also apply through the Granville County Public Schools’ website at Since space is limited, it is advised that applications be submitted early.


“We are very excited about the 2019 Teen Law Academy,” Sheriff Wilkins said. “If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenge of this intense, physically demanding training, we invite you to apply.”


For more information, contact Deputy Randy Christensen at 919-690-0360 ( or  C. Currin at 919-691-9161 (



NC Department of Transportation conducts transportation survey

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of conducting a citizen survey, and Granville County residents are encouraged to participate.


According to statistics provided by the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management, four million people will be added to the state’s population (one million every ten years) by the year 2050, making North Carolina the 8th most populous state in the nation. Two thirds of these new residents are expected to create a “string of metropolitan areas” along the I-85 corridor, dramatically increasing traffic along I-85 and making the roadway less reliable over time. 


It is also predicted that populations in rural communities east of I-95 will begin to shrink as more people move to areas between Durham and Charlotte, resulting in a need for more reliable, long-distance transportation connections.


Through NC Moves 2050, a strategic transportation plan that will better connect North Carolina communities, opportunities are being explored which will potentially shape and impact the way the state’s transportation system operates in the future. To further develop the plan, the N.C. DOT is conducting a two-year study, divided into stages, which will involve examining all aspects of the state’s transportation system. With a goal of engaging the public to help identify needs in their own communities, this survey will be a factor in developing an implementation plan that matches future needs and opportunities with infrastructure recommendations and transportation policies.  


The five- to ten-minute series of questions is available online through June 2. There will also be other opportunities for public input throughout the two-year study process.


Local residents are urged to visit the NC DOT website to complete the survey for input from Granville County. To learn more about NC Moves 2050 or to complete the survey, visit:…/Tra…/nc-2050-plan/Pages/default.aspx”









Local libraries to host FREE summer program for kids

The Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford and the South Branch Library in Creedmoor will host GlaxoSmithKline’s “Science in the Summer,” a fun and free North Carolina education initiative that helps children “grow into science.”


Through classes held at public libraries and in community-based centers all over North Carolina, “Science in the Summer” is designed to get kids excited about studying science with hands-on experience. The theme for the 2019 program is “The Science of Me” as students explore human biology through activities and experiments. During these educational sessions, students will learn that the human body is a complex system that is constantly working to complete tasks such as breathing, running and even picking up a pencil.


“Without our body working in harmony, we would not be able to function,” the registration flyer reads. “From the building blocks of life to organ systems, students will develop a deeper understanding of the human body.”


At both local library branches, Level One (second and third graders) is scheduled for July 22 through July 26 from 9 a.m. until noon; Level Two (grades 4 and 5) will be held July 22 through July 26 from 1 until 4 p.m.; and Level Three (for students in grades 6 through 8) will be held July 29 through July 31 from 9 a.m. until noon. A total of twenty elementary students and 24 middle school students will be accepted for each session.


A few slots are still available. Registration continues online at and will be open until all seats are filled. 


Parents are advised that a waiver – which will be sent separately – must be completed within 72 hours of the registration process for enrollment to be complete.


The Richard H. Thornton Library and the South Branch Library are two of four branches of the Granville County Library System. The Thornton branch is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford and the South Branch is located at 1550 S. Campus Drive in Creedmoor.


The “GSK Science in the Summer” program is being held in partnership with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and will be taught by certified instructors. Visit for more information about this program or call 919-843-9379.





Change of Meeting Location – Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission will meet on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Butner Town Hall, 415 Central Avenue, Butner.


“Spring Clean” event scheduled for April 27

The annual “Spring Clean” event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. During the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., residents can bring documents to be shredded or items to be collected. Accepted during these hours will be scrap metal such as junk lawnmowers, broken appliances and old bicycles; electronics such as laptops, cellphones or computer systems; medications; inhalers; fireworks; flares; ammunition; and polystyrene/styrofoam products such as packing materials, clean and dry egg cartons, etc. 


The Humane Society of Granville County will also be on site to collect dog and cat food, crates, dog houses, leashes, collars, towels, flea and tick prevention and monetary donations to assist with the Animal Shelter’s spay and neuter program.


Available for sale inside the Expo Center will be backyard compost bins and countertop collection caddies.


This Spring event is held each year in observance of Earth Day (April 22). A separate event is held in the Fall for the collection of additional items.


For more information, contact Granville County’s Recycling Coordinator Teresa Baker at 919-725-1417 or 


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






“Brides on Wheels” Tour postponed until May 25

Event postponed until May 25, due to predicted inclement weather on April 14:


Brides planning a 2019-2020 wedding in Granville County will be taking a scenic tour on the “Bridal Bus” to learn more about wedding locations and resources available to help plan the “perfect” event.


The day includes a stop at four local wedding/reception venues, as well as early access to a Vendor Show at the Clarion Inn and Suites on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Oxford. Florists, photographers, caterers, event planners, disc jockeys, rental companies, etc. will be set up to welcome the new brides – and members of the public – to display a variety of wedding service options. The Vendor Show will be open from noon until 4 p.m., with tickets now available to attend.


The “Brides on Wheels” (BOW) limo-style bus will depart from the Clarion at 1 p.m. for scheduled stops at the four locations, where prospective brides will find options and ideas to plan their event. Participants who registered for this tour will then make stops according to the following schedule:


1:20: Tour of Cedar Grove Acres in Creedmoor;

2:30: Tour of Vino Oasi in Stem;

3:50: Tour of Carlee Farms in Oxford;

5:05: Tour of Thorndale Oaks in Oxford.


While the Brides on Wheels bus makes its way through Granville County, the vendor show will continue until 4 p.m., with the bus scheduled to arrive back at the Clarion Inn in Oxford by 6:15.


“From rustic to elegant and from indoor to outdoor, brides are sure to find something that fits their perfect event,” said Granville County Tourism Director Angela Allen. “This is an opportunity to showcase all the wonderful things we have right here in our county for brides or anyone else who wants to put together a special event.”


Created as a way to promote Granville County, Allen says that the bridal tour and vendor show will boost the local economy, as well as promote local vendors and make both residents and non-residents aware of what the county has to offer. The vendor show was added this year to provide information about other local resources that are available when planning a wedding or other special events.


This is the second year that the “Brides on Wheels” tour has been presented. Last year’s tour attracted eight brides, one groom and their family members.


“We had a diverse group of brides last year,” Allen said, “some from the local area, some from Raleigh and some from the Greensboro/High Point area.”


This year’s tour has grown to a larger number of participants who will see first-hand what Granville County has to offer. Each bride will receive a free “goodie bag” filled with products, certificates and coupons for helping plan their special event.


Tickets are available through Eventbrite at Interested participants can receive a $10 discount off the ticket price by using discount code “BOWSTOUR” when buying tickets. Hurry! Seats are filling up fast!


For more information about the tour or the vendor show, visit or contact Granville County Tourism Director Angela Allen by phone at 919-693-6125 or by email at

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