Archive for March, 2018

Mural Completed at Granville County Senior Center

          The Oak tree is a common symbol of strength and endurance. It’s beauty and resilience is the inspiration behind why it was chosen as the main theme for the new mural recently painted on the wall in the fitness room of the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford.

          The daughter of a long-time fitness program participant made a generous donation to the Granville County Senior Center, earmarked for the fitness program. Mary Ann Hester participated in the fitness program for years, and after her death, her daughter Benjie and Benjie’s husband, Dana Lasher, wanted to contribute to the program that Mary Ann loved so dearly.

          Granville County natives Issac Talley and his sister-in-law, Sarah Clairborne Taylor, both talented artists, understood the vision Senior Services had for the fitness room and came up with ideas to bring the vision we had to “life.” Issac is an art instructor at VGCC and Sarah is a graduate of East Carolina University and spent her high school years at the NC School of the Arts. Senior Services was very fortunate to find artists of their talent.

          Many thanks to Benjie Hester and her husband Dana Lasher for financing this endeavor and to Sarah Claiborne Taylor and Issac Talley for their ideas and execution of this project.


JCPC RFP Deadline Extended



The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has studied the risk factors and needs of Juvenile Court involved youth in this county and hereby publishes this Request for Proposals.  The JCPC anticipates funds from the NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice in the amount stated above to fund the program types specified below.  Such programs will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the state fiscal year 2018-2019 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2018. The use of these funds in this county requires a local match in the amount specified above.

The JCPC will consider proposals for the following needed programs:


  • Teen Court
  •  Family Counseling(Wrap Around Svs) 
  •  Parent Skill-building
  • Community Service/Restitution
  • Educational /Skill-building Groups (Involving Parent and Child)
  • Emergency Shelter Care/ Respite
  • Tutorial Services
  • Diversion Svs for Undisciplined Youth
  • Substance Abuse Treatment/Education
  • Conflict Resolution/Anger Management
  • Sex Offender Treatment /Assessment
  • Interpersonal Skills-building Groups w/ an Experiential Component
  • Gang Intervention/Prevention Svs


Click here to view the RFP.

Granville County – Notice of Public Hearing – Transfer of School Property for School Improvements Financing

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 2, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard). The purpose of the hearing is to take public comment concerning the proposed transfer of Butner-Stem Elementary School, including the buildings and the related real estate, to Granville County from the Granville County Board of Education to facilitate the County’s financing of improvements to Butner-Stem Elementary and other school improvements. 


The hearing will be held in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.


The financing plan selected by the County for its school improvements project calls for the financing to be secured by a lien on the Butner-Stem Elementary school property. For the County to provide that lien to the lender, the County must own the school. This arrangement is similar to arrangements used for the financing of other Granville County school projects. The financing documents will provide for the school property to be returned to the School Board when the financing is retired and will provide for the School Board’s continued use of the property during the financing term. State law requires that there be a public hearing before the County acquires school property from the Board of Education for this purpose.


The street address for Butner-Stem Elementary School is 201 East D Street, Butner, NC 27509.


All interested persons will be heard. The Board’s plans are subject to change based on the comments received at the public hearing and the Board’s subsequent discussion and consideration.  The County’s Board of Commissioners has approved the financing plan, but County’s entering into the financing is subject to obtaining approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission.


Persons wishing to make written comments in advance of the hearing or wishing more information concerning the subject of the hearing may contact Debra Weary, Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC 27565 (telephone 919/693-4761, email


Thornton Library Searches for Mural Artist

The Granville County Library System is requesting proposals from interested persons to paint a mural in the children’s area of the Richard H. Thornton Library.

The prospective artist will submit a rough sketch of their vision for the area as well as a portfolio of previous work. All interested artists are invited to contact the Director of the Library (Jonathan Bradsher) to discuss the expectations of the Library and the scope of the area to be painted.                    

All information should be submitted to the Director of the Library by March 30, 2018.

While the final pay will be negotiated, the pay range for this project is anticipated to be between $500 – $1500.

Summer Civic Leadership Program


All Granville County Eleventh Grade Students   

Summer Civic Leadership Program


            Granville County Government is seeking eleventh grade students who reside in Granville County to participate in a public leadership internship this summer.  Five students will be selected on a competitive basis to spend five weeks rotating through County departments to get “hands on” experience in local government operations. 


            Four internship tracks will be offered and applicants can check one or more tracks of interest.


General Government Human Services Public Safety Community Services
Administration Social Services Sheriff’s Office Library System
Finance & Auditing Hospital Detention Center Cooperative Extension
Human Resources Veteran Services Emergency Communications Recreation & Parks
Board of Elections Health Department Animal Control Economic Development
Tax Administration Senior Services Emergency Management Tourism
Register of Deeds   EMS Planning & Inspections
Information Technology     Landfill


            Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive educational assistance in the amount of $1,400.


            Applications are available by contacting Debra Weary, Assistant to the County Manager/Clerk to the Board at 919-693-5240.  Applications are due in the County Manager’s Office, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford on or before April 2nd.  Interviews will be held in April with selections finalized in May.


Notice of Public Hearing

All interested persons please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Granville County Board of Commissioners pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1 on March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.


The purpose of the public hearing is to hear the views of the public on aiding and encouraging the location or expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, specifically as follows:  the relocation of a manufacturing company to Granville County.  The company will invest approximately $10,275,000 and employ potentially 300 new employees.  The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $300,000 in accordance with the County’s funding policy.  This project will be funded with general County operating funds.  The cost to the County of the County-funded capital improvements will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment in the project over a period not to exceed five years.


The public benefits to be derived from the making of these improvements include the development of industrial properties which will increase the County’s tax base to better provide for County services, and to increase employment opportunities within the County.


All interested citizens are invited and urged to attend.


Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners

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.

Human Relations Commission Meeting – Canceled

The Human Relations Commission meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.


Leadership Granville Hosts Give and Play Event at the GAP

The 2017-2018 Leadership Granville class hosted a dog-friendly, family-friendly event at the Granville Athletic Park on March 10. The event supported ACIM of Granville County and the Granville County Animal Shelter. This year’s Leadership Granville Class raised $1700+ in support of these two organizations. 


The class would like to give a special thanks to:


  • Bridgestone Bandag for their generous donation of a set of tires for a raffle
  • Private donor and Walmart for the donation of two bikes for a kids raffle
  • Private donor for a Walmart gift card for a kids raffle
  • Ted Wheeler for food and beverage donations
  • Tiny House band for contributing their time and talent to the event
  • Miss Henderson, Shanice Street, who attended the event
  • Community members that bought raffle tickets
  • Businesses, organizations, and media outlets that helped to advertise the event
  • Community members who attended


Thanks so much for supporting ACIM and the Granville County Animal Shelter!


Click on the image to enlarge.


March Madness at DSS

Using the theme of March Madness, the Public Assistance Teams at DSS were recognized for their work and dedication.  The focus was on team building, as well as individual goals and accomplishments.  We had some friendly competition among teams and individual competitions.  Workers who received the highest accuracy rate within their teams were recognized.  Everyone left a winner because of donations received for the “Take a Chance” wall.  Donations were given by Granville County Tourism, Granville County Administration, Bruegger’s Bagels, and PA Supervisors.  Thank you so much for your donations.  Workers were also given the opportunity to compliment each other on a “Wall of Praise”. 


Post written by Ernestine Howard, DSS Program Administrator


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