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Woodland owner workshop scheduled for Aug. 29

Woodland owners are encouraged to attend a “Marketing Timber” workshop from 7 until 9 p.m. on Aug. 29. The event will be held at the Granville County Expo and Convenion Center and is co-sponsored by the N.C. Forestry Service and N.C. Cooperative Extension.


For most woodland owners, a timber sale is a once- (or twice) in-a-lifetime event. With such limited experience, it can often be difficult to be certain that the price is fair and that the harvest is conducted properly.


At this workshop, woodland owners will get advice from the experts on how to navigate the process successfully. Presenters will include a forestry specialist (Dr. Robert Bardon, NCSU Extension Forestry); a woodland owner (Preston Floyd, 2017’s N.C. Tree Farmer of the Year); and a Registered Consulting Forester.


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


This is a free event, but registration is requested. For more information, visit or call 252-438-8188 or 919-603-1350. You can also send an email to or





Coming soon to YOUR public library

From movie nights and game nights to craft projects and student enrichment, your local public library offers a full slate of activities during the last full week of August.


This Saturday, Aug. 24, enjoy a homemade dessert competition at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor. Bakers from all over the county have been invited to participate in this contest for a chance to win gift card prizes. This event begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Come join the fun!


If baking is not in your wheelhouse, join Young Adult (YA) book lovers for a meeting of the new “Never Too Old YA Book Club.” On Monday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., club members will be discussing the book “Sadie” by Courtney Summers in the Thornton Library’s small conference room. For more details, contact Stefani Perry, Adult Services Librarian, at 919-693-1121.


And for a great family experience, all local residents are invited to “Movie Night at the Library!” On Tuesday, Aug. 27, enjoy “Jumanji” (rated PG-13) on the big screen. The movie starts at 6 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford.


Next week’s “Crafternoon” DIY workshop will be held at the South Branch on Aug. 26 as the “Make Your Own Scented Candle” series continues. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. for ages 12 and up.


Story Times continue for the younger set, with a theme of “Back to School.” Visit the Stovall Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., the South Branch on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., the Berea Branch on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and the Thornton Library at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Contact your local library branch for more details!


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) workshops continue for students in kindergarten through grade 8 each Thursday at the Thornton Library (4 p.m.) and Game Nights are held each Thursday evening at 6 p.m., also at the Thornton branch.


For those needing help with their computer or smart phone, Drop-In Tech Help is available on Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the South Branch and every Friday at the Thornton Library at 10 a.m.


Today’s local library offers more than just books! To learn more about upcoming programs and events, visit for a complete schedule.


Creative Lifelong Learning program gears up for fall

A full calendar of classes, interactive activities and educational trips have been scheduled through Granville County Senior Services’ Creative Lifelong Learning (CLL) program, which offers a wide variety of programming for all interests. Courses range from “Beginning Tai Chi” and a “Basic Self-Defense” class to “Conversational Spanish” and “Nutrition.”


This is the second full year that the CLL program has been offered to residents of Granville County, as well as those outside the area. Even though early renewal and membership ended on August 15, anyone can join CLL and register for various classes throughout the year.


According to Senior Services Director Kathy May, the Creative Lifelong Learning program is modeled after the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offered at Duke and N.C. State Universities, was well as other senior center programming in the Triangle. The suggestion for a similar program was made by a local retired couple, who also established an endowment fund which pays for course instructors. Through the work of a steering committee, led by CLL Coordinator Marilyn Howard, many interests have been identified and instructors scheduled for a wide variety of course offerings based on member requests, class leader expertise and balance in the curriculum, with most classes being held at the Senior Center in Oxford. Classes vary in length, with sessions that range from interactive hour-long workshops to day-long trips and/or lectures.


“What we are trying to do is to fill a void in the community,” May said about the CLL program. “We have so many baby boomers here who want to stay active and be stimulated. We are excited to be able to offer this program to all of our citizens.”


The first week of the CLL program kicks off with “The Study of Mark” by instructor Pat Cox, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays (until Dec. 19) from 8:30 until 10 a.m. For those interested in learning Tai Chi, a 9:30 a.m. class, “Beginning Tai Chi,” is offered on Tuesday mornings until Dec. 31, as well as a “Tai Chi Continuation” class, offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. These hour-long classes are taught by Peter Kay.


Laura Gabel will instruct an intermediate Spanish class beginning Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. and continuing through Nov. 27, with Kathy Wolford offering a 1:30 p.m. class in “Wire Weaving” each Thursday from Sept. 5 until Oct. 17. A Basic Defense class will also be offered, with instructor Brent Bedwell. This class will be held on Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 9 and scheduled through Oct. 28.


Back by popular demand, the Young at Heart Chorus will meet at Oxford Methodist Church on Mondays at 11 a.m. beginning Sept. 9. This group is under the direction of Sarah Lewis and there is no cost for returning members.


On the second Tuesday of each month, the “North Carolina, Our Home” interest group will resume meetings at 9:30 a.m. and will have their first meeting of the new CLL calendar on Sept. 10. This meeting is free and open to the public, with no enrollment or membership required.


And new to the CLL curriculum is the “My Former Life” series, which offers a glimpse into the professional experiences of Granville County seniors and their careers before retirement. Cynthia Salzhauer will kick off this new offering with a presentation of her background in managing one of the largest ice-skating rinks on the east coast. This session is also offered at no charge to those interested in attending.


Many other classes will follow in coming weeks which include “Clogging,” “The History of Granville County,” “The Romanov Dynasty” and others as more instructors and course offerings are being made available. For a more complete listing or to see how you can enroll, contact Marilyn Howard, CLL Coordinator, at 919-693-1930 or visit


Pictured are SallyAnn Hobson and Joan Roberson of the CLL program’s Steering Committee. Pictured on home page is Conversational Spanish Instructor Laura Gabel.





A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Conference to be held Aug. 22 through Aug. 24, 2019 in Guilford County.


For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.


Debra A. Weary

Clerk to the Board

New Parks, Greenways and Recreation Committee formed

A recommendation from the former Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee and the Granville Greenway Technical Committee has resulted in the formation of a new advisory group to help plan and implement the county’s recreational needs, as well as the Greenway Master Plan. On July 1, the county’s Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve the former structures of both committees and to create a new one that will advise the Board on matters related to parks, greenways and recreation.


“Greenways are becoming more and more a form of recreation, in addition to transportation,” explained Granville County Management Analyst Charla Duncan. With a goal of creating a group that is a more efficient and effective representation of the County’s recreation, parks and greenway needs, 11 committee members were named at the Aug. 5 Commissioners’ meeting.


Appointed to the new Parks, Greenways and Recreation Advisory Committee are Allen Nelson (District 1), Reginald T. Harris (District 2), Glenda Williams (District 3), Betty Lou Davis (District 4). Joshua H. Averette (District 5), Ivan S. Washburn (District 5) and Michael McFadden (District 7).


Serving as at-large members of the committee are Mara Shelton, Marilyn Howard, Richard Rote and Ginnie Currin, rounding out the 11-member voting group. Most of these committee members had served on either the Granville Greenways Technical Committee or the Recreation Advisory Committee before the merger.


“This slate of names balances knowledge from each of the previous committees, along with a diversity and balance of backgrounds, geographic location and new voices at the table,” said Duncan, who brought the proposal before the Board. “This new committee will continue to work to broaden the scope of recreation – including greenways – while still maintaining the goals that had been set since the previous committees were established.”


Ex-Officio members – who will serve on the committee but will not vote – are County Commissioners Sue Hinman and Tim Karan, as well as Raymond Allen (Granville County’s Parks and Grounds Director), Angela Allen (Granville County Tourism Development Director), Michael Williford (Town of Stovall Commissioner) and Michael Kelly (Regional Planning Board/Council of Government).


Each committee member will serve a term of two-years.


The first meeting of the newly-formed committee will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, with Duncan and Granville County Transportation Planner Justin Jorgensen providing guidance and support. Additional meetings will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

For additional information on this committee, its goals and objectives, contact Charla Duncan at 919-693-5240 or Justin Jorgensen at 919-603-1332.




Local public libraries offer wide variety of programs

The four branches of the Granville County Library System welcome the third full week of August with a wide variety of events, presentations and activities. From cooking competitions to assistance with computers and smart phones, each library offers more than just books, but a “gathering place” for cultural enrichment as well as informational programming.


A lawn and gardening class will be offered at the Thornton Library in Oxford on Tuesday, Aug. 20 as Johnny Coley, Horticulture Agent for NC Cooperative Extension, provides tips on how to start and maintain a healthy lawn. Topics to be discussed include soil testing, fertilization, liming, herbicides and more. This class is scheduled for 6 p.m. and is open to the public.


On Wednesday, Aug. 21, join the South Branch Library for “Harry Potter and the Battle for the House Cup.” Ages 9 to 14 can participate by joining a team in “Hogwart’s House” to earn points, with the winning team taking home the prized “house cup.” Registration is available online at or at the front desk of the library, which is located at 1547 South Campus Drive in Creedmoor.


Every Thursday night is “Game Night” at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. From 6 until 8 p.m. on Aug. 22, enjoy a variety of Board games in friendly competitions. All ages are invited. And each Friday at 10 a.m., “Drop-In Tech Help” is available for those needing assistance with computers or smart phones. Learn to set up an email account, how to post on social media and much more.


“DIY” classes continue as participants learn to make a scented teacup candle in a series of “Crafternoon” sessions. Next week’s class will be held at the Berea branch at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22, with registration recommended. Those interested, ages 12 and up, can register at Participation is free, with all materials donated by Candlescience.


For those who enjoy baking, a dessert competition will be held at the South Branch at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Enter a homemade dessert for a chance to win a free shopping gift card. Judges are also needed for this contest. For more details or to enter the contest, contact the South Branch at 919-528-1752.


For the younger set, Story Times are offered at all four library branches. The theme for the third week of August is “Ninjas!” Children are encouraged to attend a fun and educational program at the Stovall Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; at the South Branch in Creedmoor on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; at the Berea branch on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and at the Thornton Library in Oxford at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.


The STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) also continues at the Thornton Library each Thursday at 4 p.m. for kindergarteners through students in grade 8. Contact Children’s Librarian Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121 for details.


To learn more about upcoming events scheduled at your local public library in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea, visit


(Pictured is Johnny Coley of NC Cooperative Extension, who will present information about Lawn Care and Maintenance on Aug 20)



Granville County Senior Services now affiliated with “Rock Steady Boxing”

For the more than 60,000 diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, exercise can help reduce stiffness and improve mobility. To help local residents reduce and even delay symptoms of Parkinson’s, Granville County Senior Services is now an official affiliate of the “Rock Steady Boxing” program, and will soon offer non-contact, boxing-inspired classes to help improve quality of life for those impacted by the disease.


According to “Parkinson’s News Today,” a news and information website about the disease, vigorous exercise such as running, riding a bicycle – or even boxing – can ward off changes in the brain caused by aging or Parkinson’s, as well as increasing oxygen delivery. The key, according to a recent article, is to have a regular exercise routine in place.


“Parkinson’s-related exercise should include activities that increase flexibility such as stretching; aerobics; and either resistance or strength training,” the article explains.


The “Rock Steady” method provides this fitness curriculum, offering a conditioning program to improve agility, speed, muscular endurance, hand-eye coordination and overall strength. On Aug. 23, Justin Waller, Senior Services’ Fitness Program Director and an exercise physiologist, will facilitate an information session on how exercise such as “Rock Steady Boxing” can help those living with Parkinson’s to “fight back” against the disease. The session will be held at 2 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. A summary of Parkinson’s disease-specific exercises, offered through the Senior Services’ “Fit Past Fifty” program, will also be reviewed.


For more details about this information session, contact either Waller Kathy May, Senior Services Director, at 919-693-1930. Oxford’s Senior Center is located at 107 Lanier Street and is one of three Senior Centers in Granville County.


Justin Waller, Granville County Senior Services’ Fitness Program Coordinator, is shown with Clarence Lemons, Phyllis Paschall, Nancy Cordin and Phyllis Russell in an exercise workout at Granville Athletic Park earlier this year.







Animal Control reports possible case of rabies

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Granville County Animal Control picked up a possibly rabid groundhog on Horner Siding Road in Oxford, near Oxford Park Boulevard. The animal had been killed by a dog which was up to date on its rabies vaccine and has received a booster shot from a veterinarian. Testing on the groundhog, however, proved inconclusive, which is considered a positive result.


As a precautionary measure, Animal Control officers have posted notices to residents of that area and encourage all pet owners to ensure that their animals are up to date on their rabies shots. North Carolina law (G.S. 130A-185) requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets over four months of age be vaccinated.


The Granville County Animal Shelter provides one-year rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from noon until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is only $6.00.


Contact the Shelter, located at 5650 Cornwall Road in Oxford, at 919-693-6749 for more details about how to schedule an appointment for your pet.





Public Open House meeting to be held on Aug. 13

A PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE MEETING will be held on Aug. 13 regarding the portion of NC 50/Creedmoor Road from I-540 to just north of NC 98, where plans are to widen to four lanes. The meeting will be hosted by the N.C. Department of Transportation to unveil project plans and inform the public, as well as to request input on the proposed design. Although the meeting is to be held in Raleigh, this project will affect residents of Granville County, who are encouraged to attend.

Meeting date: Aug. 13
Time: 4 until 7 p.m.
Location: Amran Shriners Club
1101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

If unable to attend, comments will be accepted until Sept. 13. Visit…/public…/Pages/U-5891-2019-08-13.aspx for more details.

Your local public library offers something for everyone

The Granville County Library System will mark the end of the 2019 Summer Reading program with a cookout on Aug. 10. This year’s finale celebration, to close out the season’s theme “A Universe of Stories,” will be held at Lake Rogers Park in Creedmoor from noon until 3 p.m. There will be hot dogs, fun and games to celebrate a successful summer of reading. The public is invited to attend.


On Thursday, Aug. 15, learn about archeological discoveries from the wreck of Blackbeard’s infamous pirate ship, “The Queen Anne’s Revenge.” Kim Urban of North Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources and staff archeologist responsible for projects of the N.C. Department of Transportation, will present the program at 6 p.m. at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor. The remains of the ship were discovered in November of 1996 off the North Carolina Coast (Beaufort Inlet) and many historically significant artifacts have been recovered from the site.


A book discussion will be held on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. as the “Books Between Friends” Book Club meets at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. The book “Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters and their Journey” by Asne Seierstad will be the featured book for this meeting.


Those interested in DIY projects are invited to a “Crafternoon” workshop on Aug. 13 at the Stovall branch and on Aug. 15 at the library in Berea. Participants over the age of 12 can learn to make scented teacup candles at 2 p.m. in both locations. Registration is recommended. Call the Stovall Library at 919-693-5722 for details.


Drop-in computer help is available each Friday at the Thornton Library at 10 a.m. for anyone needing assistance with computers or smart phones. Those living in the northern end of the county can take advantage of this service at the Stovall branch on Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m.


For the younger set, Story Time is offered at all four library branches during the month of August. The theme for the second full week of August is “Hello, Goodbye,” with stories being read at the Stovall branch on Monday (10:30 a.m.), at the South Branch Library on Tuesday morning (10:30 a.m.), at the Berea branch on Tuesday afternoon (1 p.m.) and the Thornton Library on Wednesday (10:30 a.m.).


On Aug. 15 and Aug 16, those registered for the 3-D Printing Exploration workshop, presented by “Toysinbox,” can learn how 3-D printing works as they use Makerbot printers to design small objects in multiple colors. This workshop, for students in Kindergarten through grade 8, will be held at the Thornton Library on Thursday and at the South Branch on Friday at 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m.


Also for students in kindergarten through grade 8, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) workshops continue to be offered at the Thornton Library at 4 p.m. each Thursday as Game Nights continue (“Dungeons and Dragons”) on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. 


The “senior” population can learn to embrace aging at a “Food for Thought” workshop at the South Branch Library on Aug. 14. Join the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service to discover ways to eat smart, have a positive attitude, handle stress, be socially active, and other ways to age gracefully and increase longevity. This session will be held at 3:30 p.m.


Today’s library system isn’t just about books. To learn more about the services and programs offered through the public library closest to you – in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea – visit the Granville County Library System website at



(Pictured is Kim Urban, Archeologist for the N.C. Department of Natural Resources, who will present the “Queen Anne’s Revenge” program at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor, Aug. 15)









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