Archive for October, 2018

Good Old Dogs…


By Matt Katz, Granville County Animal Shelter


Almost everyone will remember the family dog they had for years. Remember how great Fido was when he was the older, more relaxed and well-behaved Fido?


Puppies are fun, but they come with all the usual puppy stuff: your shoes being chewed, house training, running away from you at inconvenient times, jumping all over people, etc. 


The Granville County Animal Shelter almost always has an older pet waiting for a forever home.  We typically recognize senior dogs as 7-8 years of age or older.  (Please remember that larger breeds of dogs age differently than smaller ones.)

Older dogs are typically well-socialized with humans while are at the Animal Shelter.  Your older dogs also have a calmer, smoother energy level and will look forward to “down time” with you, such as “Couch Potato” time.  The temperament of an older dog is easier to determine and normally doesn’t change much.  You will have a better idea of the kind of dog you are bringing home. 


Adopting an older dog is easier when you first bring it home. We call this the adjustment period.  House training can be less complicated with older dogs. Older dogs also walk easier on a leash.


Our older dogs tend to be owner surrenders, which can actually make them better pets.  Folks may be moving and can’t take the dog. The owner may have passed away or has to be moved to a nursing home.  The family of the older dog may be expecting a new baby.  This means that surrendered, older dogs like these have a history that can be helpful. They have most likely had veterinary care and have probably been neutered or spayed before they even come to the animal shelter. You also tend to know what the dog likes and doesn’t like. Since they have already been in a home, they should know what to expect when you take them to your home. 


I saved the best reason for adopting an older dog for last.  Older dogs are just plain more affectionate.  These dogs have seen more life and have known more people – good and bad.  In my experience, an older dog knows when they have it made!


October is “Adopt A Shelter Dog” month. Right now, the Granville County Animal Shelter has two surrendered dogs named JoJo and Gail, who came in together. JoJo is an older fella, already neutered and microchipped, while Gail, who is a few years younger, has already been spayed. These two dogs would make someone very happy. And providing them with the love and attention they deserve would make them happy, too. 


Matt Katz is Director of the Granville County Animal Shelter and serves as Animal Control Officer. For more information about adoptable pets at the shelter, call 919-693-6749.


Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween a few days away, Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins, Jr. offers some safety tips for children, parents and motorists. He suggests that parents prepare and go over Halloween safety plans with their children.

“Go over simple information such as their phone number and home address in case of an emergency,” he said, “plus, make sure they know what to do if a stranger approaches them.”

Additional safety on Halloween include:



·       Know the route your children will be taking if you aren’t going with them.

·       Make sure you set a time for them to be home.

·       Have your children eat a good dinner before going out.

·       Make sure your children are properly supervised while out.

·       Tell your children to never go into a stranger’s house.

·       Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking.

·       Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark.

·       Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it.



·       Carry a flashlight and always keep a safe distance from moving cars.

·       Look in all directions before crossing; obey all traffic signals; walk and never run.

·       Wear a glow-stick necklace and glow-stick bracelets – these have saved lives.

·       Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.

·       Don’t go inside anyone’s home. Only go to homes with porch lights on.

·       Don’t accept rides in cars with strangers.

·       Don’t eat any treats until your parents have inspected them.




·       Use extreme caution.

·       Consider driving at least five miles per hour under the speed limit in residential areas.

·       Accept that you will be late to your destination and drive extra slow.


Following these safety tips will ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween!


Comm. David Smith recognized

Granville County Commissioner David Smith has been recognized with the Jim and Nancy Smith Citizenship Award for his dedicated service to Granville County Crime Stoppers. The presentation was made at the third annual Crime Stoppers Awards Banquet Tuesday night at the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor. The award is named for Jim Smith and  Nancy Smith, who have been instrumental in the work of Crime Stoppers over the years.

Commissioner Smith is former Granville County Sheriff and serves as Crime Stoppers’ Vice-President.

Many other recognitions were also awarded to members of law enforcement of Granville County, Oxford, Creedmoor, Butner, Stem and Stovall, as well as awards being given to supporters of the organization.

The purpose of Granville County Crime Stoppers is to help make Granville County a safer place to live, work, and raise a family by assisting law enforcement in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers is comprised of members of the community, the media, law enforcement agencies and businesses that work together to help solve crimes.

For more information about Crime Stoppers, call 919-693-3100.



A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present on November 15, 2018 for a bus tour of Granville County Commissioner District 5.  The bus tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. or shortly after and leave from the Granville County Administration parking lot located at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC.  For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.


Debra A. Weary

Clerk to the Board


Open Enrollment for Medicare Parts C and D continues

Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits of your health plan may change annually, too. That’s why – if you are a “senior” – it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices on a yearly basis. The Annual Election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can review and/or change their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans for 2019.


Open enrollment began on Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. If you are a “senior” and want a review of your plan for 2019, please contact the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at 919-693-1930 to schedule an appointment during open enrollment time. There are well-trained SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) counselors who are ready and able to assist you with changing plans, 


Carolyn Keith, Medicare Specialist for Granville County Senior Services, will be at the North Granville Senior Center in Stovall on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to meet with those wanting to review their plans for 2019. This will be by appointment only. Please call Phyllis Blackwell at 919-693-3383 to schedule an appointment to be seen at the North Granville Senior Center.

“Fall Clean Out” scheduled at Granville County Expo Center

The county-wide fall recycling event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Granville County’s Expo and Convention Center. This annual “clean out” offers an opportunity for residents to rid themselves of items that can be collected for recycling or properly disposed of in one convenient location. On site will be the N.C. Department of Agriculture, Veolia, TT&E Metals, the Granville County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations and agencies.


Items accepted – during these hours only – include paint, household cleaners, old gasoline, drain cleaners, household batteries, pesticides, weed killers, computers, electronic devices, telephones, outdated prescriptions, inhalers, diabetic supplies, ammunition, flares, broken appliances, junk lawnmowers and many other items that are no longer used or needed.*


This annual event has been taking place for the past six years and occurs every November as a way to dispose of materials that cannot go into the landfill or regular trash.  Since there is currently no other means of collecting these hazardous materials at other sites, this has proven to be a successful way to keep them out of the environment each year.


“Residents have seemed appreciative of the opportunity to dispose of such hazards properly,” said the county’s Recycle Coordinator Teresa Baker. “Keeping such toxins out of our soil and water supply is of the utmost importance to me, and having the resources to be able to collect and handle these items properly should make everyone proud to be a responsible citizen of Granville County.”


Also on site will be the Granville County Humane Society, accepting donations of dog and cat food, leashes and collars, crates, pet beds, towels and kitty litter.


The Granville County Expo and Convention Center is located at 4185 US Highway 15 in Oxford. For more information about this event, contact Baker by phone at 919-725-1417 or by email at



*Not all household items will be accepted. The agencies on site reserve the right to refuse certain materials.

Have you taken the tourism survey yet?


In an effort to distinguish Granville County in the marketplace, the Tourism Development Authority is conducting market research to develop a branding strategy and consistent message to visitors and residents. The Hughes Marketing Group of Matthews, NC has been retained to facilitate this process, and will be collecting surveys to learn more about the events and locales that attract visitors and have the most appeal to those who live in Granville County.


Surveys will be collected through Oct. 31 and are available online at or through the offices of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce (Oxford and Creedmoor) and the Granville County Administration office at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. An online survey is also available through the Visit Granville NC website at


Those participating in the survey are eligible for prize drawings such as a $100 Visa Gift Card, tickets to Granville Haunt Farm, gift certificates for Cedar Creek Gallery, Uptown 101, Java Dave’s, Owl House Café or Georges Restaurant and a Visit Granville gift bag.


Questions for residents include a ranking of factors that may attract visitors to the area, as well as residential longevity in the county and personal opinions about reasons Granville County is a unique place to live, work and visit.


Granville County has much to offer not only residents, but those who visit our communities for festivals, local attractions, sporting events and more. For more information, contact Angela Allen, Granville County Tourism Director, at 919-693-6125, or The Tourism Development office is located at 124 Hillsboro Street in Oxford.


Community Health Forum, Granville-Vance Public Health

As part of the Community Health Assessment process, Granville-Vance Public Health wants to hear from you! The community health forum, scheduled for Oct. 25,  is an opportunity for every community member to have a voice as priority health issues are reviewed and discussions are held on ways to focus on assets and resources. 

The Community Health Forum in Granville County will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US-15 South in Oxford. The public is invited to attend. A light meal will be served during the event.

Vance County’s Community Health Forum was held on Oct. 16.

For more information about Granville County’s forum, call 919-693-2141, ext. 148. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. Visit to details.


October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!

October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month,” and Granville County Animal Shelter has many pets waiting for forever homes.

One of the dogs there waiting for a home was “Lucky,” who was very fortunate, indeed!

An eight-year-old male, Lucky had severe swelling in his leg, which was diagnosed as cancer. Money was raised through donations to provide surgery for Lucky, who was said to be constantly wagging his tail, despite his condition. Lucky now has a forever home with the veterinarian who performed his surgery, who couldn’t part with his new friend. He is recovering better than expected and will be well cared for and loved.

There are many other dogs, like Lucky, who deserve forever homes. October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month. Change the luck for one of Granville County’s shelter dogs today! Call 919-693-6749 for more information on how you can adopt a shelter dog!


Discover our Adoptable Animals

Grow with Granville!

Grow with Granville!

With more than 900 companies in the county, Granville is poised to become one of the best areas for industry in North Carolina. The short distance to the Research Triangle Park – one of the fastest-growing and most economically competitive research parks in the nation – added to the fact that Granville County is linked to six Interstate 85 interchanges, makes Granville County an attractive option for new and existing businesses.

Interstate 40 is also located just a few miles from the eastern end of the county – providing easy access to east-west travel – as well as Interstate 95, which is less than an hour away.

This ideal location, as well as a skilled workforce, gives Granville a unique “edge” when it comes to manufacturing. Hundreds of national and international companies, including manufacturers from Germany, Israel and Japan, are located here.

Learn more about local manufacturers with “Industry Spotlight,” which will include regular features about the companies that have chosen Granville County as a site for their business facilities. See the impact industry has made on our economy and our workforce. Visit the Granville County Economic Development page on this site for more information, or contact Economic Development Director Harry Mills at 919-693-5911.

Economic Development





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