Archive for April, 2017

Cristex Drum Site Proposed Plan Public Meeting Postponed

The United States Region 4 Environmental Protection Agency regrets to inform you that the Cristex Drum Site Proposed Plan public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Richard H. Thornton Library has been postponed due to technical delays.  An update will be distributed to all stakeholders once an alternate date has been finalized.

Shelter Volunteers Treated to Surprise, Informal Appreciation Lunch

Granville County Animal Management had a surprise and impromptu volunteer appreciation lunch today. When you feel gratitude, you express it! Thanks so much to all of those individuals who give their time to help our animal shelter. We couldn’t do it without you.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Animal Management at


Tonya Burnette Elected President of North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections

New officers were elected for the North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections, (NCADE) during their recent conference in New Hanover County at the Wilmington Convention Center.  “Adapting to Change by Using Tools and Resources” was the theme of the three-day conference that included educational sessions, networking opportunities and group participation.  The conference attracted over 300 elections professionals from 91 North Carolina counties and 18 vendors.


Elected as NCADE President was Tonya Burnette of Granville County.  Sandra Rich from Caldwell County was elected 1st Vice President.  Kellie Harris Hopkins of Beaufort County will serve as Secretary.  Treasurer is Rose Whitehurst of Onslow County.  Elected as Honors is Kathy Ray of Madison County.  Carol Soles of Cabarrus County was elected as Historian.   These new NCADE officers will serve a two-year term until 2019.


“We are committed to work together as an association to increase the proficiency of Directors of Elections and their staff throughout the state, enhance professionalism, and improve the management practices and procedures in administering the elections process,” said new NCADE President, Tonya Burnette. “The 2016 Presidential Election Year was a difficult time for all election officials, as changes occurred to procedures and policies, often between elections through legislative changes and court rulings. County Boards of Elections had to operate under constant change and scrutiny and adapt quickly. We want to give each county the tools and resources to better assist them through these changes.”


The North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections was established in 1967 as a professional association dedicated to continuing education and improving the electoral process in North Carolina and the nation.



Granville County Receives Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant

Granville County Receives Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant from Keep America Beautiful


National Keep America Beautiful Initiative Reports 60 Percent Reduction of Cigarette Litter in Participating Communities during 2016


 Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit that envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, recently announced that Granville County Government will receive a 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant of $5000 to combat cigarette litter in Granville County.


Granville County Government is one of 37 organizations to receive grant funding for 2017, totaling $297,500, through the 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, now in its 15th year, is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Communities that implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in 2016 realized an average 60 percent reduction in cigarette litter, an 8 percent increase over the 2015 results.


Granville County intends to work with partners and put receptacles at transition points at county and municipal buildings, parks, and other problem areas in the community.


Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to ending litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the national initiative, communities in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada have implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to reduce cigarette litter.


Jason Falls, Granville County Environmental Services Director, stated, “A big thanks goes out to Charla Duncan, Granville County Grants Coordinator, for acquiring a nationally competitive grant. The grant award also recognizes Granville County’s long tobacco history in addition to present agricultural and industrial tobacco related operations.”   


“We are increasingly optimistic about ending cigarette butt litter in America,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Keep America Beautiful and our Cigarette Litter Prevention Program partners are dedicated to educating consumers on the hazards of litter and providing the tools to change their behavior. Recent cigarette litter reduction numbers show we are moving in the right direction towards making the littering of cigarette butts – and littering in general – socially unacceptable in our country.”


Since its establishment, the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program has consistently cut cigarette butt litter by approximately half based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation.  Survey results also demonstrate that as communities continue to implement and monitor the program those reductions are sustained or even increased over time. Keep America Beautiful has distributed nearly $3.3 million in grant funding since 2006 to support local implementation of the program in more than 1,700 communities.


Grants provided by Keep America Beautiful through the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program fund implementations across the country in a variety of community settings including downtowns, roadways, beaches, parks, marinas, colleges/universities, tourist locations, and at special event locations.


Tobacco products, consisting mainly of cigarette butts, are the most littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items littered, according to “Litter in America,” Keep America Beautiful’s landmark study of litter and littering behavior. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be “littering.”  Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area.  These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.


The “Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention” provides information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in any community, and can be found online at View the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program PSA video on Keep America Beautiful’s YouTube channel as well as the Cigarette Litter in America Infographic here.


The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is supported by funding from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company; RAI Services Company; and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.


About Keep America Beautiful

At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

Pitch In to Combat Litter in Granville County

Want to PITCH IN to combat litter in Granville County? Sponsor a road sign through Granville County Government. For $90 per sign (cost of signs and installation) and a two sign minimum (one to face each direction), you can sponsor a portion of road. This is NOT an adopt-a-highway program. There is no commitment to pick up litter. This is simply a way to spread the good word and show your support in combatting litter in our community. Adding the name of a family, organization, or business is optional.

If you notice a sign vandalized, damaged, or missing, please contact Sandy Woody with Granville County Addressing. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimes Stoppers at 919-693-3100. If you catch an act of vandalism in progress, please notify 911. These signs are county property and vandalism of county property is a crime.

Contact Sandy Wood at 919-692-1278 or for more information.

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Granville County Represents at VGCC Earth Day

Granville Greenways, Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee, Granville County Environmental Services, and the Granville County Forest Ranger were out at the April 24th Earth Day event at VGCC South Campus.

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County Official and Employees Complete Leadership Granville

Congratulations to the eighteen graduates who recently completed Leadership Granville training through the Granville County Chamber of Commerce. A special shoutout to Granville County Commissioner Zelodis Jay (District 1) and Granville County employees Harry Mills (Economic Director) and Doug Vaughan (Veterans Services) for their completion!



All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners and the Granville County Board of Education will hold a Special Joint Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Granville County Board of Education Administrative Office, 101 Delacroix Street, Oxford, N.C.


The special meeting will be held for a presentation regarding the “History of NC Public Education Funding” and school related legislation.  Kevin Leonard, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, will make the presentation.
                                              Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the 
                                              Granville County Board of Commissioners
                                              Deborah C. Dupree, Clerk to the Board of Education

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