Archive for January, 2021

Granville County Board of Commissioners to meet Feb. 1

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet remotely by Zoom conference call on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting. Please contact the County Administration Office at 919-693-5240 to receive the registration link.  


Public comments will be accepted in written format and must be received by Monday, Feb. 1 at 12:00 p.m. by mail to P.O. Box 906, Oxford, NC  27565 or by email to


To view the agenda, please click here.


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











County operations delayed for two hours

Please be advised that, due to inclement weather and road conditions, offices of Granville County Government will operate on a two-hour delay on Thursday, January 28. The National Weather Service had upgraded the Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Weather Warning overnight for Granville, Person, Vance, Warren and Halifax Counties. Snowfall amounts have ranged from 1 to 2 inches, with 4 to 5 inches in the Virginia border counties. Only a trace of additional snow is expected, mainly east of the Triangle, through 8 a.m., with precipitation ending by mid-morning.


Some slick spots on the highways are likely. All residents are urded to use extra caution when traveling. Granville County Emergency Management advises that sunlight and drier air will be moving in later this morning, which will help melt most of the snow throughout the day.


Isolated patches of black ice are possible mainly along and north of Hwy 64 on the night of Jan. 28 and extending into the morning of Friday, Jan. 29 as temperatures drop into the teens and 20s.



If conditions warrant in our area, additional announcements will be made and posted here on the Granville County website, the Granville County Facebook page and Code Red for employees

Reservations continue for County’s 275th Anniversary Book

Granville County marks a milestone observance this year as the County celebrates its 275th anniversary. To commemorate this landmark year, local author Lewis Bowling has been contracted by Granville County Government and the County’s 275th Anniversary Planning Committee to create a comprehensive collector-style book focusing on the history and development of this area. The book is available for pre-sale to the public.


Established by an act of the General Assembly of the Colony of North Carolina in 1746, Granville was formed from a portion of Edgecombe County in the northernmost part of the province. Since there was no western border, the County of Granville extended all the way to the Mississippi River. The first settlers here were attracted to the area by the availability of land at a fair price. An early trading path helped make Granville one of the gateways across the Virginia border.


Bowling’s book will follow Granville County’s journey from its founding until present day, and includes a narrative and photos not yet seen by the public.


“I have been gathering new material and have had a good response from folks willing to share their photos and their stories with me,” Bowling said. “I appreciate the community’s help and support.”


Bowling has already published several books that feature the history of the area, including commemorative works for the City of Oxford’s bicentennial celebration in 2016 and for Camp Butner’s 75th anniversary in 2017.


“In all of our 275 years, there has not been a comprehensive book written about Granville County that could serve as a stand-alone work like this,” said the Thornton Library’s North Carolina Room Specialist Mark Pace.


The finished work will be available by July of 2021 for a retail price of $49.95. A $5.00 discount had been set for those making reservations by Jan. 31; however, during their January meeting, the 275th Anniversary Planning Committee extended the discount deadline for three additional months. Those making book reservations by April 30 can now continue to save $5.00 off the book’s original retail price.


Order forms are available online at or through the Granville County Government Administration Office at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. Contact Patrice Wilkerson at 919-603-1308 or at for more details.





Soil and Water Conservation swears in two Board members

The Granville County Soil and Water Conservation District announces the recent swearing-in of two returning Board members, who will be serving as Board Supervisors.


Ronnie Burnette was re-elected to the Board in November and will serve as Chairman for another term.


Dean Askew was re-appointed for another term and will serve as Board Secretary/Treasurer.


The Granville County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local assistance in natural resource management through state and federal programs, with a goal of implementing best management practices and conservation planning on agricultural land.


“Both Burnette and Askew have been great assets to the Soil and Water Conservation District Board,” said Byron Currin, Natural Resources Conservationist for Granville County. “We’re excited to have them on for another term.”


The Granville Soil and Water Board meets monthly at 7 p.m. at the Farm Service Agency Building, located at 518 Lewis Street in Oxford. Due to social distancing guidelines, there are options to meet remotely.


To learn more about the Granville Soil and Water Conservation District, please click here.






Jay recognized with Robert Blackwell Award

Granville County Commissioner and community advocate Zelodis Jay has been named the 2021 recipient of the Robert Blackwell Award by the Human Relations Commission. The annual recognition was made in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast event, held “virtually” on Jan. 18.


Presenting the award was fellow County Commissioner David T. Smith, who helped establish this recognition in memory of Rev. Robert Blackwell, an Auxiliary Deputy with the Granville County Sheriff’s Office for 40 years. A well-respected member of the community, Blackwell had served on the Human Relations Commission from 1993 until 2015.


In his remarks, Smith referred to Jay as being an “advocate for all the citizens of Granville County.” Contributions to Granville County include active participation in:


  • * the Citizens Advisory Committee for Environmental Affairs, where he has worked to secure funding for the cleanup of litter on our roadways;
  • * the Broadband Committee, which is working to bring internet service to unserved and underserved areas of the county;
  • * the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee, where he has helped plan for a new walking trail in the northern end of the county;
  • * Granville County’s 275th Anniversary Planning Committee, where he is instrumental in the planning of the upcoming observance of this milestone year;
  • * KARTS, where he helps ensure that our senior citizens have their transportation needs met; and 
  • * the Emergency Services Committee, where he ensures that emergency services and resources are readily available to rural areas.


In addition, Jay has served on the Granville Health System Board of Directors, the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Transportation Steering Committee, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) and numerous other organizations and commissions. In 2018, he was named “Outstanding Elected Official” by the COG.


A longtime resident of the Oak Hill Community, Jay is also active in his church (Vernon Hill Baptist) and with the Joe Toler Alumni Association. “He is dedicated to his family, to the people of the Oak Hill Community and to the entire county,” Smith concluded in his presentation. “He is well-deserving of this award.”


In his acceptance remarks, Jay admitted his surprise at being selected for this honor.


“It’s not many times that I find myself speechless,” he said. “I love my county, I love my community, I love the people, and I serve them the best that I can.”


To learn more about the Human Relations Commission, please click here.

Public meeting scheduled for input on hazard mitigation plan

Granville County is joining neighboring counties of Franklin, Vance and Warren – as well as participating municipal jurisdictions – to gather ideas from residents and community leaders regarding the Tar River Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Those with ideas to help their community become more resilient during future natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes or extreme winter weather are encouraged to participate in an online public meeting to share their thoughts and concerns.


DATE AND TIME: January 28 at 10 a.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app.


On Jan. 28 at 10 a.m., click here to join the meeting or use this link:


Those interested may also call in at (877) 286-5733 (toll-free, audio only).

Conference ID: 456 918 094#


For more information, please contact Robin Edwards of Granville County Emergency Services at 919-603-1310 or at


To access the information sheet about this meeting, please click here: Tar River Public Meeting

Notice of remote meeting, Granville County Board of Commissioners

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet remotely by Zoom conference call on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.  Please contact the County Administration Office at 919-693-5240 to receive the registration link. 

Public comments will be accepted in written format and must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 12:00 p.m. by mail to P.O. Box 906, Oxford, NC  27565 or email to


To view the agenda, please click here. 

Granville County launches volunteer website

In the spirit of volunteerism and to promote service to the community, Granville County Government has launched a website to match individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities


Departments such as the Animal Shelter, Senior Services, the public libraries, Social Services, Veterans Services, etc. rely on contributions of time and resources from volunteers to walk dogs, deliver meals to seniors, coordinate activities or share knowledge in a classroom setting. Opportunities are also available through service on designated Boards and Committees to help provide feedback and recommendations to the Granville County Board of Commissioners.


“Many citizens within our community seek ways to “give back,” said County Manager Michael Felts about this initiative, “By establishing effective volunteer programs, the County can offer opportunities to those citizens who wish to serve the community in a positive and worthwhile manner.”


The “Granville Gives” website helps match needs such as these with people and organizations throughout the county who are willing and able to enrich the lives of our citizens through volunteer service. Those interested in volunteering can create a log-in to post skills and abilities that can be matched with needs throughout the county, or can scroll through a listing of current available opportunities. Volunteer hours can also be logged through a “volunteer snapshot” to help track hours of service.


All volunteers must acknowledge and agree to the Granville County Volunteer Policy, with some departments requiring on-site training. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parental consent before volunteering.


To learn more about “Granville Gives,” please click here.

New County Extension Director named for Granville

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Granville County announces that Charissa M. Puryear has been named County Extension Director (CED).


Puryear transitions into the Director role after serving as Youth Programs Coordinator for Granville County Extension for 16 years. She has extensive experience in volunteer recruitment and training, management, grant writing, program development/implementation, group facilitation, and community development/engagement.


A graduate of Shaw University with a degree in Social Work, Puryear holds certifications as a facilitator for Triple P Parenting, Basic Mediation skills, First Aid/CPR Instruction and mental health, among many other accomplishments. She has collaborated with many county and community organizations and serves on various boards and committees both personally and professionally.


“I am humbled to fill the role of the County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Granville County,” Puryear said of the announcement. “I am passionate about locating resources, motivating change and empowering people. Community outreach and engagement are important in both my professional and personal life. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to partnering with the community to dialogue on how Cooperative Extension can best serve the Granville County community.”


A Granville County resident since 2003, Puryear follows former Cooperative Extension Director Paul Westfall, who served the county as CED and livestock agent since 2008 and recently retired. Westfall had also spent several years serving as CED in Person County.


The N.C. Cooperative Extension Office for Granville County is located at 125 Oxford Loop Road in Oxford. Puryear can be reached by phone or by email at (919) 603-1350 or


Human Relations Commission to host “virtual” event on Jan. 18

The annual event to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be virtual in 2021. Each year, Granville County’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) organizes and hosts a fellowship breakfast that brings community members together to celebrate diversity, as well as the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader, who advocated for peace.


“For 2021, we wanted to ensure that the message of fellowship and unity was carried forward, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HRC Chair Rev. John Gooch. “Although the means of conveying that message is different, the spirit of the event remains the same. We thank everyone who helped make this possible.”


This year’s videotaped event will be made available on Jan. 18 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday) on Granville County’s local government channel, Spectrum Channel 17. Video segments will also be posted to the Granville County Government website and social media (Facebook) platform.


The program will include first-place winners of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest, with Karissa Birdine of Butner Stem Middle School and Haley Erexson of Granville Central High School reading their award-winning essays aloud.


Keynote speaker is Jeannette Paschal, Senior Pastor of the United Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Oxford, with musical selections provided by representatives of the Mary Potter Community Choir. Members of the Human Relations Commission are also a part of the program, providing remarks, with a highlight being the presentation of the Robert Blackwell Award.


To access the video, residents who have service through Spectrum cable television can tune in to Channel 17, listed as the “Community Calendar” in the program guide, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Jan. 18. The video will be broadcast as a continuous loop that will be aired throughout the day.


Those wishing to view the video online should visit and follow prompts to lead them to the recorded program, or visit the Granville County Government Facebook page for posted segments.


The Human Relations Commission thanks the George C. Shaw Museum and the Granville County Historical Society Museum, both of Oxford, for providing the venue and backdrops for the videotaped segments.


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










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