Archive for December, 2021

Notice of Regular Meeting January 4, 2022

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.


Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to


January 4, 2022 meeting agenda.

County Offices Closed for New Year’s Holiday

Posted December 29, 2021


Granville County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, January 3 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4 at most locations.


Branches of the Granville County Library System will be closed from Saturday, January 1 through Monday, January 3. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4. Visit the Granville County Library System website for more information about regular branch hours.


Granville County Landfill and Trash/Recycling Convenience Sites will be closed Saturday, January 1 through Sunday, January 2, and will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, January 3. Visit the Environmental Services page for normal operating hours.


The Granville County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, January 3. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4. Phone lines will be answered by Animal Management staff or 911 Emergency Communications when the shelter is closed to the public. Call 919-693-6749 to receive assistance for Animal Management needs.


911 Emergency Communications will be staffed 24 hours a day throughout the holiday. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Michael Felts Reappointed to NCACC Risk Management Board of Trustees

Posted December 21, 2021


County Manager Michael Felts Takes Oath of Office for NCACC Risk Management Board of Trustees


Granville County Manager Michael Felts has been appointed to another term on the Risk Management Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). Felts joined new and returning members at the quarterly meeting held in Wake County on December 9, 2021, to be sworn-in for a three-year term. New and returning Board members included Bladen County Manager Gregory Martin, Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter, Stanley County Commissioner William Lawhon, Stokes County Commissioner Rick Morris, and Scotland County Manager Kevin Patterson. Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris was re-elected as Chair and Tyrrell County Commissioner Tommy Everett remains the Vice-Chair of the Risk Management Board.


“In today’s environment, local government leaders are looking for ways to better anticipate and mitigate risks,” stated Felts.  “I am very honored to have been asked to serve another term on the Risk Management Board.  This organization is the largest provider of risk management services to county governments in the State of North Carolina and the Board has a true passion for assisting counties.”


During the meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the annual audit report for last fiscal year and heard updates on NCACC and legislative developments. The Board also discussed the upcoming renewal season for risk pool members and new programs under consideration.


The NCACC Joint Risk Management Agency provides risk management services to North Carolina Counties. Managed and operated by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, it is the largest provider of risk management services to county governments in North Carolina. It is governed by an appointed board of trustees made up of elected county commissioners and senior management staff.


The NCACC is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.

John Hardy Appointed Sheriff by the Granville County Board of Commisssioners

Posted December 20, 2021



John Blackwell Hardy, III has been appointed Granville County Sheriff by the Board of Commissioners to fill the remainder of an unexpired term ending December 5, 2022. The Board of Commissioners initiated an application process to fill the position following the resignation of Sheriff Charles Noblin on October 27, 2021. Hardy was appointed at a Special Called Meeting of the Board of Commissioners on December 20 and will assume all duties and powers of the position following the administration of the Oath of Office.


Speaking on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, County Attorney Jim Wrenn stated, “the Board of Commissioners made a concerted effort to recruit a qualified individual to shepherd the Sheriff’s Office through this transitional period until the citizens of Granville County have the opportunity to choose their preferred candidate in the upcoming elections. The process to fill the remainder of the current unexpired Sheriff’s term was crafted to ensure that the chosen individual would have the necessary qualities to lead the Sheriff’s Office for the next year and would also pledge to refrain from filing to participate in the 2022 election for Sheriff and not publicly support or endorse any candidates for Sheriff. The Board of Commissioners believe that John Hardy will continue his distinguished career of public service by successfully guiding the Sheriff’s Office to the conclusion of the current term in the dedicated and professional manner shown throughout his career.”


Hardy enters this role with over twenty-nine years of military and law enforcement experience, beginning his career in 1987 with the North Carolina Army National Guard. Hardy served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve for seventeen years, achieving the rank of Major. Concurrently, through much of his time in the Army Reserve, Hardy completed twenty-five years of service in federal law enforcement as a Correctional Officer with the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons (assigned to FCC Butner) and a Deputy U.S. Marshal with the United States Marshals Service (assigned to the Eastern District of North Carolina). Hardy has also served the community in local government law enforcement in the Patrol Division of the City of Oxford Police Department for approximately three years, achieving the rank of Corporal. He also served for a few months as a Deputy Sheriff in the Court Security Division with the Granville County Sheriff’s Office.


The Board of Commissioners chose Hardy for this position based on his extensive supervisory leadership and educational accomplishments, including his distinguished service as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Executive Officer and Company Commander with the 108th Training Division of the U.S. Army Reserve, Acting Supervisory Deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service, and Acting Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator and member of the Critical Incident Response Team with the U.S. Marshals Service.


Hardy is a graduate of J.F. Webb High School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his certification in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) from Vance-Granville Community College. Hardy resides in the Brassfield community in Granville County.

Granville County Finance Department Receives Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting

Posted December 17, 2021


Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Granville County for its annual comprehensive financial report for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.


The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the twenty-second consecutive that the Granville County Finance Department has received this distinction.


Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.

Notice of Special Called Meeting December 20, 2021

All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at the Granville Expo & Convention Center located at 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC.  The purpose of the Special Meeting is to appoint a Sheriff.  The Board may also go into closed session to discuss attorney client and personnel matters pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3) and (6).  

Fall “Clean-Out” Event Collects Over 72,000 Pounds of Waste

Posted December 15, 2021


Staff from Veolia Environmental Services Collect Waste for Proper Disposal at the Fall “Clean-Out” Event


On Saturday, November 20, the Granville Expo and Convention Center in Oxford hosted the Fall “Clean-Out” event. By the end of the day, over 72,000 pounds of materials had been collected for recycling and safe disposal by vendors, in addition to a substantial amount of pet food and supplies collected by the Granville Humane Society.


The full collection totals from the event were reported by Teresa Baker, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for Granville County and Granville County Public Schools:


  • Veolia Environmental Services – 39,880 pounds of paint and 15,797 pounds of miscellaneous cleaning materials and other hazardous household waste.


  • Department of Agriculture Pesticides Division – 439 pounds of pesticides.


  • Shred Ace – 5,960 pounds of shredded paper.


  • Blue Rhino – 19 propane tanks.


  • Granville County Sheriff’s Office – 175 pounds of medications and medical waste.


  • METech Recycling – 6,234 pounds of electronics.


  • Interstate Batteries – 568 pounds of various batteries.


  • Scrap Metal – 3,660 pounds.


  • Granville Humane Society – 150 pounds of kibble, 40 cans of dog and cat food.


Residents who participated in Granville County’s bi-annual clean out events leave knowing that these waste materials will either be recycled or properly disposed of instead of harming the local environment.


Granville County Environmental Services would like to thank all vendors, staff, volunteers, and participants who helped make the Fall “Clean-Out” event a great success. The next clean-out will take place in spring 2022. Details will be announced closer to the event date.


For more information about Granville County Environmental Services, visit the Granville County website.


Image courtesy of Amanda Dixon, Butner-Creedmoor News.

Burn Ban Lifted for Granville County

Posted December 13, 2021


The N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning effective at noon Monday, Dec. 13, for Granville County as well as the the following counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Orange, Person, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Transylvania, Vance, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.


The ban, which went into effect Nov. 29 due to hazardous forest fire conditions, was lifted for 67 other counties on Dec. 8.


“We saw some much-needed rain during the weekend, and that has thankfully helped bring fire danger down, allowing us to lift burn ban restrictions statewide,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Still, I’d caution residents to remain vigilant about burning responsibly and safely. Make sure you have a valid burn permit and contact your NCFS county ranger for wildfire prevention and fire safety tips.”


As of noon, burn permits are available statewide. Residents can obtain a burn permit from any authorized permitting agent or online at the N.C. Forest Service website. All burn permits granted before the statewide burn ban were canceled when the ban became effective. A valid permit must be obtained.


Residents with questions regarding burn permits, or other services may contact the Granville County Ranger’s office at (919) 693-3154 or visit the Granville County website.

Notice of Regular Meeting December 6, 2021

Posted December 3, 2021


The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.


Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to


December 6, 2021 Regular Meeting Agenda

Commemorative book available for holiday gift-giving

Posted Dec. 1, 2021


In celebration of Granville County’s 275th anniversary, the commemorative book by local author Lewis Bowling is available for Christmas gift giving!


Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History can be ordered online from the Granville County Government website or can be purchased at a convenient location near you. Point of sale sites include:


  • * Ace Hardware, 119 Hillsboro Street, Oxford;
  • * Berea Branch Library, US 158, Oxford;
  • * Butner Town Hall, 415 Central Avenue;
  • * Creedmoor City Hall, 111 Masonic Street;
  • * Granville County Chamber of Commerce, 124 Hillsboro Street, Oxford;
  • * Granville County Administration Office, 104 Belle Street, Oxford;
  • * Granville County Historical Society Museum, 1 Museum Lane, Oxford;
  • * Oxford Public Ledger, 200 West Spring Street, Oxford;
  • * Richard H. Thornton Library, 210 Main Street, Oxford;
  • * Stovall Branch Library, 200 Main Street, Oxford;
  • * South Branch Library, 1550 South Campus Drive, Oxford;
  • * This ‘n That, 125 Main Street, Oxford.


A limited number of signed copies of Granville County’s 275th Anniversary book are also available!


Call 919-603-1308 for more details on this commemorative keepsake editon, or click here to visit the 275th Anniversary website: 275 Y.ears of History in Granville County – Granville County.



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