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Library System Offers Youth Programs at all Branches

Posted September 16, 2022

 

The Granville County Library System is ready to serve residents with a full schedule of programs for the 2022-23 school year. After another successful summer reading program, programs aimed at pre- and school-aged Granville residents are back at all four library branches. Check out the recurring programs hosted by the Library System below to make plans for your kids throughout the school year.

 

Storytime (ages 0-6): Young children and their caregivers enjoy stories, rhymes, games, songs, crafts, and interactive learning at the library. Storytime is offered Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the South Branch Library, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library, and monthly on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Berea Branch Library.

 

LEGO Club (ages 3-12): Unleash your LEGO creativity! This weekly drop-in program will allow children to create LEGO masterpieces with materials provided by the library. Imagination is required! Lego Club meets Mondays at 4 p.m. at the South Branch and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Thornton Library.

 

Craft Hour (ages 5-12): Get creative, explore different art mediums, and take home a new project every week! Craft hour occurs on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Stovall Branch Library.

 

STEAM (ages 5-12): Have you ever wondered how bridges are built or how airplanes fly? Have you ever asked yourself what electricity is or why volcanoes spew lava? Well, if you’re in elementary school, come join us each week as we explore the curious world of science through hands-on experiments. Get creative, get innovative, and get ideas for making our world a better place! STEAM meets weekly on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at the South Branch and weekly on Thursdays at 4 p.m. at the Thornton Library.

 

Art Fusion (ages 5-14): Do you know someone who lives and breathes art? Join us as we dive into art history and practice different art techniques created by famous artists throughout history! Art Fusion meets monthly on the second Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Thornton Library.

 

Code Ninjas (ages 5-18): Learn how to code your own animations and games using SCRATCH, a program created by MIT to teach kids how to code! Code Ninjas meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Thornton Library.

 

Battle of the Books Book Club (ages 9-17): Part book club. Part competition. All fun! Pick one of three book options to read, then chat about it with friends. Test your knowledge with a Battle of the Books style trivia contest! Battle of the Books Book Club meets monthly on Thursdays at 4 p.m. at the South Branch.

 

Teen Time (ages 12-18/grades 6-12): Grab your friends and join us for art projects, Cooking 101, monthly challenges, theme nights, book clubs, and more! Teen Time meets Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Thornton Library.

 

Game On! (ages 13-18): Board games, card games, video games, and puzzles! Get your game on at the library! “Game On!” meets on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at the South Branch.

 

For a full calendar of events, make sure you visit the Granville County Library System website and check out all the other programs and services offered across the Granville County Library System.

 

Berea Branch Library (1211 US Highway 158, Oxford): Tuesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Oak Hill Express Library (8061 NC Highway 96 North, Oxford): Lockers and book return open 24 hours a day. Deliveries occur on Tuesday.

 

Richard H. Thornton Library (210 Main Street, Oxford): Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

South Branch Library (1550 South Campus Drive, Creedmoor): Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Stovall Branch Library and Express Library (300 Main Street, Stovall): Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Express library lockers and book return open 24 hours a day.

 

Wilton Express Library (2547 NC Highway 96 South, Franklinton): Lockers and book return open 24 hours a day. Deliveries occur Tuesday and Thursday.

Design Services for North Granville Senior Center RFQ

Posted September 15, 2022

 

The County of Granville is soliciting interest and credentials from qualified professional architectural firms licensed within the State of North Carolina. Responses to the RFQ will be used to determine the relative qualifications of various firms to perform the scope of work and task specified with this request.

 

The County is seeking a firm with demonstrated expertise in design and project management related to the type of project indicated, and its attention to quality assurance, construction feasibility, and
scheduling.

 

The County is expanding their Senior Services to a new facility located in Stovall, NC. The site contains approximately 4.5 acres and is serviced with public water and sewer from the Town of Stovall. The new facility is expected to accommodate approximately 75 visitors per day. Based upon our internal assessment, the facility will include Administrative offices for a staff of three, a Dining Room and warming Kitchen to accommodate approximately 50 patrons, a Fitness room for approximately 15 to 20 patrons per session, an Art room for approximately 15 patrons per class, a Meeting / Multi-purpose room for approximately 40 visitors, and a small Computer room.

 

The County anticipates the following schedule:

 

Advertisement of RFQ September 13, 2022
Submittal of Questions September 23, 2022 (deadline)
Proposals Due October 10, 2022; 3:00 PM
Selection of Firm October 14, 2022

 

Qualification Proposals shall be sent to the following Granville County Representative:

 

Scott Phillips
Director, Granville County Development Services
PO Box 877 (Mail) or 122 Williamsboro Street (Street)
Oxford, NC 27565

 

Additional information or question can be sent to the above contact at scott.phillips@granvillecounty.org or 919-603-1425.

 

Read the full RFQ for Design Services for the North Granville Senior Center.

Granville County Hosts LFNC Fellow, Keegan Rapp

Posted September 15, 2022

 

 

Granville County was selected as one of the twenty-three host sites statewide for the Lead for North Carolina (LFNC) program, part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government. Granville County began hosting a recent college graduate for a one-year fellowship in August. Keegan Rapp, a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte hailing from Belmont, North Carolina, has been placed with Granville County for his fellowship year.

 

“I became a Fellow to learn more about how local government assists people in North Carolina,” Rapp said. “I will work to boost the capacity of Granville County while elevating the county and learning its story. I am excited to be in Granville County and to integrate within this community.”

 

LFNC serves as a bridge between North Carolina communities and smart, passionate, and committed young leaders. With the launch of its fourth cohort this year, the program has placed 74 fellows in positions with municipal governments, county governments, and regional councils across North Carolina. By recruiting, training, and placing these fellows, LFNC seeks to strengthen public institutions, support local communities, and cultivate a new generation of public service leaders.

 

“We are excited to host Keegan Rapp as our Lead for NC Fellow,” said Assistant County Manager Korena Weichel. “Keegan will assist and learn from all county departments during his time with us. Granville County Government is committed to cultivating the next generation of local government leaders as prioritized by our Board of Commissioners in the 2021-2025 strategic plan. Hosting a Lead for NC Fellow is a great way to gain valuable assistance for county management while also providing Keegan with an in-depth training ground to begin his public service career.”

 

The twenty-three fellowship placements span levels of local government: ten will serve in municipalities, eight in county offices, and six in regional councils of government. In total, fellows’ assignments will cover thirty-seven individual North Carolina counties. Fellows will work in areas including budgeting, management, opioid response, planning, housing, and economic development.

 

Lead for North Carolina is made possible through funding from an array of partners, including the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, AmeriCorps, The Anonymous Trust, Golden LEAF Foundation, The Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, State Farm, Wells Fargo, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

 

Lead for North Carolina is joined by the following founding partners: the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the North Carolina City/County Management Association, and Lead for America.

Senior Services Hosts Nifty 90’s Event

Posted September 15, 2022

 

 

Granville County Senior Services hosted a fantastic Nifty 90’s event on September 13! We had 54 attendees who were 90 years and above and they enjoyed a night at a 1950’s diner complete with ice cream floats and a diner backdrop where all of our guests of honor were photographed.
 
The evening closed out with an appearance by Elvis who entertained all of our guests and transported everyone back to the 1950’s.

Regional Resiliency Workshops for Disaster Preparedness

Posted September 12, 2022

 

 

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments will host two workshop sessions along with the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) in an effort to build resilience in the Kerr-Tar region to plan for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
 
The two workshops will be held on Tuesday, September 20:
 
Session 1
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kerr-Tar Council of Governments Office
1724 Graham Avenue, Henderson
 
Session 2:
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vance-Granville Community College Louisburg Campus
Modular Room #113
8100 NC Hwy 56, Louisburg
 
Kerr-Tar and NCORR are is facilitating our region’s involvement in the Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) Program to develop a portfolio of priority projects that strengthen regional resilience.
 
The Program pairs a Vulnerability Assessment which identifies communities and infrastructure at risk from natural hazards, with a Project Portfolio, which defines 5 projects that can reduce risk and
enhance resilience.
 
What type of projects would you like to see implemented in the region? We need to hear what projects should be prioritized to make Granville County and the rest of the Kerr-Tar region ready to answer future challenges.

Detention Center to Host Job Recruitment Fair September 24

Posted September 9, 2022

 

 

 
The Granville County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting for the positions of Deputy Sheriff and Detention Officer. If you or someone you know is interested in this exciting and rewarding career protecting your fellow Granville County citizens, we want to see you on Saturday, September 24!
 
Stop by the Law Enforcement Center from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 525 New Commerce Drive, Oxford, to learn more about how to start your career at your local Sheriff’s Office! Meet Sheriff’s Office staff and enjoy a free lunch while finding out if this is the right career path for you!
 
For more information about these open positions. visit the Granville County website:
 
 

Granville County Government Mourns the Death of David Richardson

Posted September 8, 2022

 

 

“The passing of David Richardson brings a personal and professional feeling of loss,” said Tony Cozart, Chair of the Granville County Board of Commissioners. “I had the pleasure of meeting him when he first decided to file for election to the Board of Education. I have found him to be a consistent champion for children since taking office. My wife, Jacqueline, and our entire family are deeply saddened by this sudden loss.”

 

“I had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Richardson as a school liaison member,” continued Cozart. “This close working relationship was truly a special joy. Mr. Richardson’s commitment to the children of Granville County and to our school system is unquestioned. I appreciated his strong voice of advocacy, commitment to service, and spirit of reason. On behalf of the entire Granville County Board of Commissioners, I express condolences to his wife, Becky, the Peace’s Chapel Church family, his colleagues on the Board of Education, and all employees of Granville County Public Schools.”

Drew Cummings Selected as County Manager

Posted September 8, 2022

 

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners has selected Drew Cummings to serve as the next County Manager. Cummings comes to Granville after fourteen years of service in the Durham County Manager’s Office as Assistant County Manager and Chief of Staff. Preceding his tenure with Durham County, Cummings previously held several positions in municipal government and worked for seven years as a middle school teacher before entering the local government profession.

 

During his tenure in Durham County, Cummings focused on a wide range of issues including economic development, education, transportation, affordable housing, and homelessness. He has been a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) as well as the North Carolina City and County Managers Association since 2004. Cummings achieved his ICMA Credentialed Manager status in 2021 and is also a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy, participating in the 2015 cohort. He is a graduate of Harvard University, holding a BA in Government and received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Cummings is a native of Kalamazoo Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. He and his wife, Amy, have three school-aged children and in his spare time Cummings enjoys exercise, woodwork, and singing in his church choir.

 

“The Granville County Board of Commissioners is unanimous in its selection of Drew Cummings,” said Tony Cozart, Chair of the Granville County Board of Commissioners. “His educational level and extensive experience make Mr. Cummings the desired candidate to serve as our next County Manager. Cummings comes to us with outstanding references, is very well-trained in county administration, and has shown throughout his career that he is a person who has committed himself to getting results. His longevity with Durham County shows that he is willing to ingrain himself in a community and weather a few storms while moving towards a long-range vision of success. As a longtime Durham resident, Mr. Cummings is already familiar with this region and knows the needs and opportunities for success that we have in Granville. The entire Board of County Commissioners is excited to welcome Drew Cummings to our community.”

 

“I am so excited to come to Granville County and look forward to working with the Commissioners, staff, and the community to continue building on the strong groundwork that has already been laid,” Cummings said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and staff much better in the coming months as we re-commit ourselves to the goals of responsive, innovative, efficient government and seek to seize the positive out of all the change we have seen over the past few years. It is a true honor.”

 

Cummings is scheduled to begin his tenure with Granville County on Monday, October 17. His office will be located at the Granville County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street, Oxford.

Master Gardener Training at Cooperative Extension

Posted September 7, 2022

 

 

Granville County Cooperative Extension will hold Master Gardener Training beginning in February 2023 at the Berea Volunteer Fire Department (1213 US Hwy 158, Oxford). Classes will be held each Thursday until May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

The registration is $150 for an individual or $250 per couple. The registration deadline is January 26, 2023.

 

By enrolling in the Master Gardener Class, you will learn about soils, native plants, landscape design, lawns, weeds, insects, and many other topics!

 

For more information, contact Johnny Coley at 919-603-1350 or johnny_coley@ncsu.edu or visit the Cooperative Extension website.

Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice – Tuesday, September 6

Posted September 2, 2022

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Tuesday, September 6, 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

 

September 6, 2022 Meeting Agenda

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