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Industry Spotlight: Grow with Granville!

Granville County industries are making a global impact and offer many employment opportunities. See the Granville County Economic Development page to learn more about Product Recovery Management (PRM), the nation’s leading supplier of environmental remediation equipment. Located in Butner, PRM relocated from Durham to Butner in 2014, and is a family owned and operated company.

 

Visit  http://www.granvillecounty.org/product-recovery-management/ to learn more about this manufacturing facility and find out how these Granville-County made products and services are making an impact all over the world.

Granville County’s Industry Spotlight

 

 

Agriculture Disaster Program: deadline extended to Dec. 20

 

North Carolina Cooperative Extension announces that the application period for the Hurricane Florence Disaster program has been extended until Dec. 20.

 

Applications must be completed by the individual seeking relief. To be eligible for assistance, the agriculture commodity must have been in the ground on or before Sept. 13.

 

Applicants will need these forms:

USDA FSA Form 578 – per county per crop losses;

Copy of USDA payment for livestock and poultry loss;

USDA Field Map and list of physical addresses for crops not reported on USDA Form 578;

Completed W-9 for producer, social security number/employer identification number. This form is also in the application;

A late filing fee may be incurred for previously unreported crops. Check with your local FSA office.

 

For questions, visit the North Carolina Department of Agriculture website at www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisaterprogam/. You may also contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office or Farm Service Agency office. 

 

Granville County Cooperative Extension can be reached at (919) 603-1350.

 

This program is only in counties where Presidential Declarations were made. Granville, Person, Vance and Warren Counties are eligible for this assistance.

Packages, packages and more packages!

Granville County Recycling Coordinator Teresa Baker offers these tips for recycling your packaging this holiday season:

 

  • Remove all styrofoam inserts from your cardboard box before placing in your recycle bin or cart; 
  • Remove plastic bubble bags and bubble wrap – take to plastic bag recycling center outside of your grocery store for recycling
  • Place paper envelopes in recycling bin or cart;
  • Padded envelopes do not go in the recycle bin – either re-use or landfill trash please.

 

Although there is not an outlet for recycling styrofoam or “packing peanuts” in our area, there are ways to re-use them:

  • Place “packing peanuts” or styrofoam inserts in the bottom of a large pot to increase drainage and lessen the weight of the plant when needing to move it around;
  • Some shipping centers (UPS stores) accept clean styrofoam inserts and “packing peanuts” for re-use;
  • Dart Containers in Randleman, NC accepts clean, dry styrofoam at its facility, which happens to be close to the North Carolina Zoo – so you can plan a trip for your next family outing and recycle responsibly on the same day! 

 

To reach Teresa Baker, Recycle and Sustainability Coordinator for Granville County, call 919-725-1417 or email her at bakertd@gcs.k12.nc.us.

 

 

Christmas is coming to the Granville County Library!

To help bring in the Christmas season, the Granville County Library System has several holiday events scheduled for all ages!

 

On Thursday, Dec. 13, share your Christmas photographs and/or special memories with the library’s “Holiday Memory Lane.” This event will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Treats will be provided, Just bring along your favorite beverage! 

 

Children of all ages can enjoy “Stories with Santa” at the Oxford Housing Authority Training Center as the Granville County Library System presents a special evening filled with books, storytelling and a visit from Santa himself! There will be a hot chocolate bar and participants can create their own Christmas card! The event will be held on Dec. 14 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. 

 

Contact Adult Services Librarian Ashley Wilson or Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121 for details. The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street. The Oxford Housing Authority Training Center is located across the street from the Oxford Housing Authority, which is located at 101 HIllside Drive.

 

        

Recreation Grant Q&A Sessions Scheduled

Information sessions for the Granville County Recreation Grant are scheduled for:

 

  • Wednesday, December 12th, from 10-11am at the County Manager’s Office in Oxford
  • Friday, January 4th, from 3:30-4:30pm at the County Manager’s Office in Oxford
  • Monday, January 7th, from 5:30-6:30pm at Thornton Library, Oxford

 

Learn more about the recreation grant here.

Two-hour delay for Granville County offices, schools closed

Due to the expected re-freezing of precipitation overnight, making some roads hazardous for early-morning driving, all Granville County Government offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

 

Granville County Public Schools will be closed all day Tuesday.

 

District Court will begin at 11:30 a.m.

 

All residents are urged to be mindful of weather-related conditions and to continue to exercise caution, especially when driving on secondary roads.

 

 

Granville County Offices, schools closed Monday, Dec. 10

Offices of Granville County Government – including all branches of the Granville County Library – will be closed on Monday, Dec. 10, due to weather conditions. All Granville County Schools will also be closed, as well as the Granville County Clerk of Court’s Office and District/Magistrate Courts.

 

Granville County Emergency Services Director Doug Logan, as well as Granville County Sheriff Brin Wilkins, advise residents to please stay off the roads, due to hazardous driving conditions.

 

Residents are also advised to use the 911 emergency phone number only in case of an emergency. For power outages, please contact your local power company:

Duke Energy customers: 1-800-POWERON

Wake Electric customers – 1-800-743-3155

Piedmont Electric customers – 1-800-449-2667

 

Exercise caution and be safe! For current weather updates, see the Granville County Government Facebook page.

Fourteen rabid animals confirmed in Granville this year…

With fourteen cases of rabies reported in both wild and domestic animals since February of 2018, Granville County Animal Control and Granville-Vance Public Health continue to enforce the state’s rabies law, which requires all owners of domestic dogs, cats and ferrets to have pets vaccinated by four months of age, and to maintain the animal’s current rabies vaccination status throughout its lifetime.

 

According to County Ordinance, an animal control officer has the power to arrest and the responsibility to enforce all state laws and all county ordinances pertaining to the ownership, control, care and custody of dogs and other animals, cooperating with the health director and other law enforcement officers within the county and adjoining areas.

 

Violation of the N.C. Rabies Law is a misdemeanor and anyone not in compliance may be charged. In Granville County, 17 pet owners have been issued civil citations this year and there have been nine warnings given. Court records also indicate that three cases have been presented in Granville County Court for pet owners in violation of this law.

 

Under G.S. 14-4, any person found guilty of a misdemeanor may be subject to a fine of up to $500.

 

“The state’s rabies law is in place to protect the health and well-being of residents and pets,” Animal Control Director Matt Katz explains. “If you or your pet contracts the rabies virus, symptoms may not be obvious until it’s too late.”

 

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in North Carolina, raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every county. While most of the Granville County confirmations have involved raccoons, it is strongly recommended that residents keep away from any wild animal.

 

“As diligent as our Animal Control officers are, we are not able to monitor wildlife,” Katz notes. “If you see a wild animal acting strangely – such as being out in daylight hours when it is usually nocturnal – don’t come in contact with it. Protect yourself and your family and keep your distance.”

 

Per Granville County ordinance, any animal bite to a human must be reported immediately to the 911 center, who notifies Animal Control for an investigation. The local health department is also contacted and closely monitors rabies cases.

 

“The animal control team in Granville County is quite up-to-date on laws, rules, and protocols,” said Lisa Harrison, Director for Granville Vance Public Health. “We work together hand-in-hand to ensure the safety of those in our communities.”

 

If a domestic dog, cat or ferret bites a human and the owner does not have proof that rabies vaccines are current, the animal must be confined for observation for not less than ten days, with the local health director designating the location. If rabies does not develop within the ten-day period, the animal may be released, with the owner responsible for the cost of the confinement. If not currently vaccinated, the animal must be immunized against rabies at the end of the confinement period.

 

Wild animals are not subject to the ten-day confinement regulation.

 

If any animal – wild or domestic – is suspected of being rabid, it can be quarantined for up to six months or may be euthanized, at the discretion of the local health director. If euthanized, testing of the animal is conducted by the N.C. State Public Health Lab, and – if confirmed positive for rabies – residents of the area are notified for public health reasons. Once a rabies case has been confirmed, the director of public health has the authority to order an area-wide quarantine, where local law enforcement can impound any animal found running large in the county.

 

Since the confirmed rabies cases in Granville County are widespread and not specific to one particular area, no quarantines have been issued, Harrison says, but a feral cat colony that has been exposed is being closely monitored.

 

“All of this can be avoided if residents follow the law and have their animals vaccinated,” Katz says. “One shot is not enough. Be sure your pet is protected by receiving all of its booster shots. If unsure of when a booster is needed, contact your local veterinarian.”

 

State law requires that local health directors organize or assist other county departments in organizing at least one countywide rabies clinic per year. In response to the number of recent rabies incidents, Granville County Animal Control has hosted several clinics to provide vaccinations and to educate residents about the importance of rabies vaccines.

 

The Granville County Animal Shelter, located at 5650 Cornwall Road in Oxford, also offers one-year rabies vaccines for dogs and cats Monday through Friday from noon until 4:30 p.m. at a cost of only $6.00. For more information, call 919-693-6749.

Prepare for winter weather now!

Governor Cooper has declared Dec 2 – 8, 2018 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week and is encouraging North Carolinians to prepare now before potentially dangerous weather arrives.

 

“Some North Carolina families have already seen their first round of winter weather, while others are still recovering from Hurricane Florence,” Gov. Cooper said, “but we want all residents to be prepared for winter weather in the months ahead. Take time now to review emergency plans, update emergency supply kits and always stay informed about weather forecasts.”

 

Although temperatures have been unusually warm, it’s never too early to prepare for winter weather,

 

To help ensure you are ready for winter weather, Granville County Emergency Services urges all residents to:

·       Always keep enough non-perishable food in your home for 3 days.

·       Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.

·       Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.

·       Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal indoors.

·       Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio to monitor for changing weather conditions.

·       Keep alternative heating sources and fire extinguishers on hand. Be sure your family knows how to use them.

·       Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.

If planning to travel during bad weather,  motorists are reminded to leave plenty of room between their car and other vehicles. If driving on snow- or ice-covered roadways, a reduction in speed is advised. If conditions worsen, drivers should pull off the highway and remain in their vehicle. 

 

Remember to include pets in your emergency plans:

·       Make an emergency supplies kit for your pet and include medical records, first aid kit, enough canned/dry food and water for 3 – 7 days and pet travel bag or carrier.

·       Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time and bring pets inside when temperatures drop below freezing.

·       Ensure your pet has a well-fitting collar.

·       Move livestock and other animals to a sheltered location with food and water.

 

Build an emergency supply kit for your car:
• Jumper cables
• Flares or reflective triangle
• Ice scraper
• Car cell phone charger
• Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
• See more tips at http://www.ready.gov/car

For more information on how to prepare for winter storms, visit readync.org and https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety

 

Granville County Emergency Services encourages all residents to be prepared and be safe!

 

Granville County Sheriff takes oath of office

Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins, Jr. was sworn into service at the Granville County Courthouse on Monday, Dec. 3.

 

Sheriff Wilkins was elected in the November election and has served since 2009, when he was appointed to fulfill the term of retiring Sheriff David Smith. He was elected Sheriff in 2010, in 2014, and was re-elected in the 2018 election to serve his third term.

 

Judge Henry W. Hight, Jr. administered the oath of office to Sheriff Wilkins, who was accompanied by his daughter Meagan and grandchildren Brinlee and Luke.

 

After taking the oath to fulfill his duties as Sheriff, Wilkins officiated a swearing-in ceremony for Granville County deputies, as well as 911 operators, detention center employees, members of the Sheriff’s Auxilliary and civilian employees who work in the Granville County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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