Archive for April, 2019

Backyard composting – it’s easier than you think!

We are drawn to the outdoors in Spring! Backyard composting is easier than you think and brings a bounty of health to all plants and soils. Save your everyday food residuals such as coffee grounds, tea bags, banana peels, egg shells, wilted lettuce and other organic items. Then add leaves or shredded paper and watch the magic happen! These items that normally go into the landfill trash are a huge portion of waste and can also be beneficial to our health. Backyard compost bins and kitchen counter caddies are now available through the county’s Environmental Services department. Contact Granville County Recycling Coordinator at 919-725-1417 for tips and more details!

(See flyer below for more information about backyard composting!)


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 May 6, 2019 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 expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, specifically as follows: the expansion of a manufacturing company in Granville County to expand its existing facility. The company will invest approximately $1,154,059 and employ potentially 23 new employees. The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $14,375 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

Ten local authors scheduled for library “meet and greet”

Ten local authors will be featured at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford for an open “meet and greet.” Scheduled for 1 until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the “Local Author Showcase” offers an opportunity to meet writers of a wide assortment of genres. On site will be romance writers, suspense novelists and authors of historical fiction, as well as writers of inspirational guides, educational resources and children’s stories. Those participating include Cynthia Abbott, Lynn Allred, Phil Bowie, Michael Brantley, Mary Clay, DuWanda Epps, S. Denice Newton, Celine Koropchak, Desmond Sneed and Carolyn Thompson.


Cynthia West Abbott’s book, “Forever Loved” is a historical romance novel set in colonial America. Based on real events, the book follows the journey of sixteen-year-old James West, who is sent to America from England as punishment for a crime. After being sold as a convict servant on a Maryland plantation, West meets Sarah Bowman, whom he marries and brings to Granville County in search of the long-lost brother who came to America before him. Abbott, a resident of Oxford, describes the love story of her fifth-great-grandparents in historical settings based on her own research.


With a story from historic Beaufort NC, Lynn Allred of Oxford introduces young readers to Molly, an adventurous girl who lives near the harbor shortly after the town was founded. Inspired by the marker of an unnamed girl in Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground – who was buried in a rum keg – Allred imagines what a child’s life may have been like growing up on the N.C. coast. “Molly’s Beaufort Town,” developed in partnership with the N.C. Press Association, has been published in major statewide newspapers as an educational resource. Allred has more than 25 years’ experience in the newspaper industry.


Phil Bowie of New Bern, NC is a lifelong freelance writer with articles and short stories published in national magazines such as ‘Reader’s Digest’ and the ‘Saturday Evening Post.’ Books he has authored include four suspense novels: “Guns,” set in Ocracoke; “Diamondback,” which takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains; “KLLRS,” with a backdrop of the Great Smokies,” and “Deathsman,” also set in the North Carolina mountains. With lots of twists and turns, these novels – all part of the “John Hardin” series – are described as being “hard to put down.”


Former sports writer and photographer Michael Brantley is author of “Galvanized: The Unlikely Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate.” Brantley’s book – his second –  describes the struggle of a North Carolina farmer who fought for both sides in the Civil War before spending time in a POW camp and later becoming involved in a bizarre murder. His first book, a memoir about growing up in eastern N.C., is entitled “Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey.” Brantley currently works as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College and resides in Nash County.


Mary Clay’s comical “Daffodils” (Divorced And Finally Free Of Deceitful, Insensitive, Licentious Scum) books have been called “fun reads” as three middle-aged sorority sisters set out to solve mysteries in their hometown. The first book in the series, “The Turtle Mound Murder,” has been followed by “Bike Week Blues,” “Murder is the Pits” and “Murder in the Stacks.” Clay, an economist by trade, began her writing career in her forties, using her divorced friends as inspiration for this light-hearted and witty series.


Life coach DuWanda Epps has received accolades for her positive messages to women and children. Her books include “Broken Silence: Life After the Rain,” “Anastasia’s Adventures” and “Flowin’ Emotions,” as well as others that describe journeys of strength, courage and determination. A resident of Wilson County by way of New York, Epps is founder of Cultivating Change II, LLC and the Women Rebuilding and Transforming program and is author of 20+ books filled with inspirational messages of hope and resilience.


Celine Koropchak is a retired Duke University medical researcher and blueberry farmer who has authored the books “One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection” and “One With All of Thee: Sowing the Seeds for Change.” Using her knowledge of science and agriculture, these collections of essays – filled with practical wisdom –  are designed to be read for daily, weekly or spontaneous inspiration and personal development. Koropchak has also authored more than 30 publications in scientific journals during her career.


S. Denise Newton, a native of eastern North Carolina, is an inspirational speaker, author and activist. Her most recent book, “Ari’el Rising: 21st Century Empowered Women,” is an anthology that follows 50 courageous women from different backgrounds as they unite to empower women all over the world. Other works include “Keturah’s Song” and “The Messenger,” as well as books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Newton is a decorated war veteran and the founder of the Ari’el Rising Network, a grassroots empowerment movement for women and girls.


Desmond Sneed’s book for children, “Am I Too Big?” describes the beginning of a school year at the fictional Stovall Kids of Greatness, where students rekindle friendships and compare how they have changed from one year to the next. While some got taller, some got stronger and some got faster, one young student named “Dez” has not realized he has gained a lot of weight until his return to school. That’s when the comparisons officially begin. This book will teach youngsters the importance of healthy eating, as well as having a positive outlook on life. Sneed resides in Stovall, NC.


Minister and Judge Carolyn Thompson of Granville County shares stories and tips to help identify those dealing with domestic violence in her book “Abigail’s Veil: A Domestic Violence Handbook for Clergy and Church Leaders.” Using her extensive experience with cases of abuse, Thompson takes a new look at the traditional roles of women, especially those who may be victims of abusive relationships. This resource guide is used to assist the clergy and church leaders as they encounter victims who may need help to break the cycle of domestic violence.


The “Local Author Showcase” will be held in the large conference room of the Richard H. Thornton Library (210 Main Street) in Oxford. The public is invited to attend.




“Prescribed fire” information available to woodland owners

Woodland owners have a new resource available for learning more about the benefits of “prescribed fire.” 


“Prescribed fire,” also called a “controlled burn,” is a valuable management tool that can help woodland owners meet their objectives for timber production, wildlife habitat and improvements in general appearance. The right fire at the right time can reduce the risk of wildfires; minimize the spread of pest insects and disease; provide forage for game; recycle nutrients back into the soil; promote the growth of new trees, wildflowers and other plants; provide easier access to woodland property.


Plans for “prescribed burning” consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, conditions for the dispersal of smoke and the safety of the public. 


To access this video, please visit


The Granville Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, May 6, 2019 will hold a public hearing at 7:00 PM or later in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room in the Auditorium at the Granville Expo and Convention Center at 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, N.C. 27565.  


The purpose of the public hearing is to hear public comments on the following zoning map amendment (rezoning) petition:


Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) Petition


Z-1-2019         CP Land and Holdings, LLC, Applicant, Parcel located on NC Highway 56 in Wilton

CP Land and Holdings, LLC is requesting to rezone a parcel located on NC Highway 56 in Wilton from Agricultural Residential 40 District (AR-40) to Highway Business District (HB). The parcel is more specifically identified as Tax Map #182700306867. 


Changes may be made in the advertised proposal, which reflect debate, objections, and discussions at the hearing. Any interested citizen is invited to attend.


For additional information or public examination, contact the Granville County Planning Department, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford, NC 27565; phone 919-603-1331 or fax 919-693-6794.


Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 14 through April 20

Our hardworking dispatchers and public safety telecommunicators serve as a vital link between the community and fire, medical, and law enforcement agencies. Acting as a critical lifeline to other first responders, these unsung everyday heroes are always there to answer the call.

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

We encourage all residents to celebrate and honor our telecommunicators, and to thank them for all the sacrifices they make to create a better and safer world for the public.






Outstanding Volunteer Service Award presented to local church

At the April 15 meeting of the  Granville County Board of Commissioners, a presentation of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Granville County was made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church of Stem. The group, nominated by Murdoch Developmental Center, was recognized with a pin and letter of appreciation from Governor Roy Cooper. 


As part of the presentation, Commissioner David Smith recognized Tally Ho First Baptist Church (THFB) with a plaque presented to Kim Boyd and Rev. Eddie Nutt. Commissioner Smith thanked the group, presented a plaque and spoke of the impact the group has made volunteering at Murdoch Developmental Center (MDC) for the past two years. THFB provides monthly parties and escorts people living at MDC all while supporting Operation Santa Claus. Through each activity the group provides loving care and compassion to the people living at MDC.  


Rev. Eddie Nutt is pastor of Tally Ho First Baptist Church.






Granville Soil and Water District seeking student applicants

The Granville Soil and Water District invites rising juniors and seniors to apply for the 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop. The week-long session will be held from June 23 through June 28 at N.C. State University and will be helpful for students interested in pursuing further education after high school in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.


Subjects covered in this workshop will include Soil Characteristics and Soil Conservation, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Forest Management, Nonagricultural Uses for Soils and Water Quality, and Watershed Management. Most of the classes will be outdoor study and field trips. Recreation will also be available after hours for those who would like to participate.


All expenses – housing, meals, mileage and registration fees – will be paid by the Granville Soil and Water District.


Those interested may request an application through the Soil and Water District office at 518 Lewis Street in Oxford, or through the RCW website at 


For more information, contact Warren Daniel at 919-603-4603, ext. 3.


Notice of meetings for Board of Equalization and Review

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet on the following dates to consider taxable real property appraisals as provided by North Carolina General Statute (N.C.G.S.) 105-322 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 693-4181.


April 15: 6 until 7 p.m.

May 6: 6 until 7 p.m.

June 3: 6 until 7 p.m. (revised)

June 6: 6 until 9 p.m. (revised, Board adjourns)


Hearings will be held at the Granville Count Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Hwy. 15 South in Oxford. In the event of earlier or later adjournment, it will be advertised.


For Powers and Duties of the Board of Equalization and Review, please reference N.C.G.S. 105-322(g)


-Sharon Brooks-Powell, Tax Administrator

Granville County Sheriff announces Teen Law Academy

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, Jr., in partnership with Granville County Public Schools, the U.S. Army National Guard and the Boy Scouts of America, announces the formation of the 2019 Teen Law Academy for high school students ages 15 to 20 years of age. This free training program is geared toward those interested in a career in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the U.S. Military or public service. Participants will engage in classroom and hands-on law enforcement activities that expose them to the rigors and demands facing today’s law enforcement officers.


Held at Granville Central High School, the Teen Law Academy is scheduled for June 16 through June 21, where those enrolled will stay on-site for the duration of the training. Certified law enforcement instructors, judges, attorneys, members of the U.S. Army National Guard and other highly-qualified career professionals will provide valuable training which will include firearms and shooting skills, crime scene investigation, K9 drug detection, high-risk felony traffic stops, physical fitness, and other topics. Training will also include information about the roles of SWAT and special response teams, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the criminal court system, and use of the U.S. Military Apache Helicopter.


The week-long training program will end with a public graduation ceremony, where scholarships will be awarded to three participants.


Applications are being accepted until May 1 and are available through the student’s school resource officer (SRO) or school counselor. Those interested may also apply through the Granville County Public Schools’ website at Since space is limited, it is advised that applications be submitted early.


“We are very excited about the 2019 Teen Law Academy,” Sheriff Wilkins said. “If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenge of this intense, physically demanding training, we invite you to apply.”


For more information, contact Deputy Randy Christensen at 919-690-0360 ( or  C. Currin at 919-691-9161 (



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