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Jermaine Puryear Chosen as NCACC YouthVoice Representative

Posted August 12, 2022

 

 

The NCACC (North Carolina Association of County Commissioners) selected Jermaine Puryear as the NCACC YouthVoice Delegate for the 2022 NCACC Annual Conference in Concord.
 
Puryear introduced himself to the Granville County Board of Commissioners during their meeting on August 8 and during his remarks, Puryear requested that the Board consider instituting a Youth Council to advise the County on activities and programs from the perspective of middle and high school aged students. The Board unanimously voted to institute the Youth Council idea as recommended by Puryear!
 
The NCACC annual conference is happening now in Concord, NC. YouthVoice provides county commissioners with the opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders. The event brings together Youth Delegates from 4-H Youth Development clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina.
 
YouthVoice, which takes place on Friday and Saturday of the NCACC’s Annual Conference, offers sessions that help youth gain a better understanding of what county governments do and the role of commissioners as the governing body for counties, and provides multiple opportunities for youth and county officials to connect.
 
Granville County is proud to have Jermaine selected as the Granville County YouthVoice Delegate and we are confident he will be a great ambassador for our community!

Michael Felts Honored by Commissioners

Posted August 11, 2022

 

 

At the August 8 meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners, the Board formally recognized Michael Felts for his twenty years of service as Finance Director (1999 – 2004 and 2007 – 2013) and County Manager (2013 – 2022). Felts ended his tenure with Granville County on July 29 to move on to a new position with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). 

 

Chairman Tony Cozart presented Felts with a plaque, a Granville County 275th Anniversary coin, and a copy of Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History by Lewis Bowling. Cozart also gave a presentation about how Felts “checked all the boxes” as County Manager and Finance Director. Cozart noted the seven “boxes” that Felts checks are:

 

– Competence

– Dedication

– Progressive Visionary

– Strategic

– Community Oriented

– Team Builder

– Good Christian Guy

 

Granville County Board of Education Chairman David Richardson and Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean also spoke about Felts’ service to Granville County Public Schools. In addition to the close working relationship he had with the school system during his tenure with Granville County Government, Felts also served as Finance Officer for Granville County Public Schools for three years from 2004 – 2007.

 

Granville County would like to thank Michael Felts for his twenty years of service and extend best wishes for his new position with the NCACC.

 

Commissioners Honor Cheryl Carrier

Posted August 11, 2022

 

 
At their August 8 meeting, the Granville County Board of Commissioners honored Cheryl Carrier for her twenty-two years of service to the county as the South Granville Senior Center Program Coordinator with Granville County Senior Services.
 
Commissioner Sue Hinman presented Carrier with a certificate, a Granville County 275th Anniversary coin, and a copy of Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History by Lewis Bowling.
 
Granville County would like to thank Cheryl Carrier for her years of service to Granville County and extend best wishes for a happy retirement!

Special Called Meeting Notice – August 16, 2022

Posted August 10, 2022

 

All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC and will immediately go into executive session pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a) (6) to interview candidates for the County Manager position. 

DSS Butner-Creedmoor Office to Open August 15

Posted August 9, 2022

 

 

The opening of the new Butner-Creedmoor location for the Granville County Department of Social Services will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, August 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The normal hours of operation for this location will be Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Butner-Creedmoor office is in the Dutch Village Shopping Center at 2531 East Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor.

 

The new DSS Butner-Creedmoor office will serve as a true satellite office for the Department of Social Services. Residents will be able to receive the complete suite of services currently offered at the Oxford Office (410 West Spring Street, Oxford) and the Child Support Office (122 Williamsboro Street, Oxford), including Social Work Services, Income Maintenance Services, and Child Support Services. Residents who live or work in southern Granville County will now have convenient access to this vital county service.

August 8, 2022 Board of Commissioners Meeting

Posted August 4, 2022

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, August 8, 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  debra.weary@granvillecounty.org

 

View the meeting agenda at this link.

Christy Southall Hired to Lead South Granville Senior Center

Posted August 4, 2022

 

 

Visitors to the South Granville Senior Center are now greeted by a new face with the hiring of Christy Southall to serve as Program Coordinator for the Creedmoor Senior Services location. Southall took the reins following the retirement of Cheryl Carrier in July.

 

Southall brings over seventeen years of experience working with the Franklin County Department of Aging Services and the Nash County Department of Senior Services. She most recently served as the Senior Services Program Supervisor for the Franklinton Senior Center, and before that filled roles as the Senior Center Coordinator for Nash County and Senior Center Activity Specialist for the Louisburg Senior Center. She is native of Nash County and spent her childhood in Rocky Mount. Southall now lives in Franklinton with her two daughters Halie and Michelle.

 

“We are thrilled to have Christy join us as Program Coordinator for the South Granville Senior Center,” said Senior Services Director Kathy May. “Our seniors in southern Granville County should know that they are in good hands with someone as experienced as Christy joining our team. The South Granville Senior Center is such a great asset for our residents by serving the southern Granville County population without always expecting our seniors to make a trip to Oxford.”

 

The South Granville Senior Center is located within the Creedmoor Community Center at 114 Douglas Drive, Creedmoor. The operating hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about the South Granville Senior Center and Senior Services in Granville County, call 919-528-0848 or visit the Granville County website.

A.J. Spiess Hired as Veterans Services Technician

Posted August 4, 2022

 

 

The Granville County Veterans Services Office has a new Veterans Services Technician (VST), Albert “A.J.” Spiess. Spiess will work under the direction of Veterans Services Officer (VSO) Chris Dethmers to assist local Veterans and their families with navigating the complex processes to access Veterans resources at the state and federal level.

 

Originally from Lula, Georgia, Spiess is a retired Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Spiess began his twenty-six years of service after enlisting in Gainesville, Georgia and eventually rose to the rank of Senior Chief Master at Arms (Military Police). Spiess served on six ships (USS Butte, USS Simpson, USS Briscoe, USS Truman, USS Harpers Ferry, and USS Wasp). Before reaching the rank of Senior Chief Master at Arms, Spiess also served as Deck Seaman and Signalman.

 

Spiess also has extensive experience serving as Anti-Terrorism Officer/Physical Security Officer conducing anti-terrorism training, Department Leading Chief Petty Officer/Lead Investigator where he investigated larcenies, assaults, suicides, and other security violations, and Senior Master Training Instructor at the Navy Police Academy overseeing major curriculum changes and teaching students at all levels of experience.

 

In addition to his professional experience, Spiess previously volunteered with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), serving as Chapter Veterans Services Officer where he aided veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other government agencies.

 

Spiess also holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He and his wife Corie have one child, Brooke, who is currently attending nursing school.

 

“I feel so privileged to serve Veterans and their families in Granville County,” said A.J. Spiess. “I have always volunteered with various organizations throughout my life and when I retired and started volunteering with the DAV, I found my true passion. This position with the Granville County Veterans Services Office is a direct extension of my work with the DAV and I feel honored and privileged to speak with Veterans from all branches and learn their experiences. I know that dealing with the VA can be difficult. Please come let the Veterans Services Office help ease the process.”

 

The Granville County Veterans Services Office is located at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford. To learn more about the services and programs offered, visit the Granville County website or call Veterans Services at 919-693-1484.

Notice of Special Meetings August 4 and August 5

All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold Special Meetings via Zoom on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, August 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. and will immediately go into executive session pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a) (6) to continue the County Manager applicant process.  Due to internet connectivity issues, some may attend at the Granville County Finance Office conference room located at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, North Carolina. 

Doug Logan Sworn In as Interim County Manager

Posted August 2, 2022

 

 

Doug Logan took the Oath of Office and officially began his tenure as Interim County Manager on Friday, July 29. Logan will serve as Interim Manager until the Board of Commissioners complete their selection process to hire the next permanent County Manager. The Board of Commissioners announced on June 20 that Logan would serve in an interim capacity following the departure of Michael Felts.

 

The Oath of Office was administered by Chairman Tony Cozart who was joined by all members of the Board of Commissioners and Logan was joined by his wife Vickie, who held the bible for the occasion.

 

Logan retired from Granville County in January 2020 after a distinguished career in public service. He held the title of Emergency Services Director and Fire Marshal for Granville County, and additionally worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Granville EMS and was a firefighter with Granville Rural Fire Department. Before entering emergency services, Logan began his career with the Granville County Public Schools System. Since his retirement in 2020, he has served as an Emergency Management Planner with On Target Preparedness, LLC. Logan is a Granville County native, a graduate of J.F. Webb High School and Vance-Granville Community College and still resides in the Oxford area with his wife Vickie.

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