Archive for January, 2023

Vaya Health Opens Walk-In Clinic in Granville County

Posted January 31, 2023


Local officials, law enforcement, health care providers, and other community partners came together Thursday to celebrate the opening of a new walk-in center in Oxford.
The center will primarily serve residents of Granville County, offering support and services to help people experiencing a behavioral health crisis in the same way an urgent care clinic serves people who need immediate help for physical health issues.
Granville County Commissioner Russ May called the opening a “giant step” in the county’s efforts to address mental health challenges and substance use recovery.
“We can never give up or stop trying. We must explore a full array of tools, and this clinic, I hope, will be such a tool,” said May, a member of Vaya’s Regional Board for Granville, Vance, and nearby counties.
In addition to May, officials attending the event included Granville County Sheriff’s Office Robert Fountain Jr.; state Sen. Mary Wills Bode; state Reps. Frank Sossamon and Matthew Winslow; Granville County Commissioners Tony Cozart, Jimmy Gooch, Sue Hinman, Zelodis Jay, Tim Karan, and Rob Williford; among other community leaders.
The clinic is located at 111 Hilltop Village in Oxford (Food Lion shopping center). For more information, please visit the Vaya Health website.

Berea Library Offers EcoExplore Discovery Kits

Posted January 25, 2023

Did you know that the Berea Branch Library is an “ecoExplore Hotspot”?
EcoExplore is a program developed by the North Carolina Arboretum that provides equipment to participating locations to loan out “discovery kits.” Discovery kits include a trail camera and SD card, bird call, butterfly net, kid friendly binoculars, magnifying glass, and bug collection jar. The packs are available for three week checkout at no cost using your Granville County Library card!
As part of its participation in the ecoExplore initiative, the Berea Branch Library hosts quarterly programs focused on nature-based studies and featuring area naturalists. This is a great opportunity to visit the Berea pollinator garden where kids can earn points that can be “cashed-in” by cataloging flora and fauna they spot nearby using the ecoExplore website. 
For more information about the ecoExplore discovery kits, contact the Berea Branch Library at 919-693-1231.
The Berea Branch Library is located at 1211 US Highway 158, Oxford. The hours of operation are Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Thursdays 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.; and Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Senior Services Assists 645 Residents with Medicare Enrollment

Posted January 24, 2023


Granville County Senior Services provides assistance to local seniors during the annual federal Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Open Enrollment period. In 2022, Granville’s certified Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) staff helped 645 seniors explore their options and enroll in the plan that would best meet their needs. This enrollment assistance program helped Granville County seniors save a total of $264,312 on their prescription drug costs. Granville’s SHIIP counselors work with seniors to ensure that they are enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that best meets their needs and will provide medications at the best price.


“The best Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for each individual can change from year to year,” according to Granville County Senior Services Director Kathy May. “Our counselors spend months researching the differences in each plan utilizing an online tool released by the federal Medicare Office. We know that plan changes can be stressful and overwhelming for Medicare enrollees, so we are glad that we can offer the peace of mind for our seniors that there are trusted and qualified counselors at their local senior centers ready and willing to help.”


Granville County has offered SHIIP counseling services at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford for many years and was able to expand services to the South Granville Senior Center in Creedmoor in 2022. During the seven-week open enrollment period, 562 seniors were served at appointments at the Oxford Senior Center and 83 seniors received the same service at the South Granville location in Creedmoor. The North Carolina Department of Insurance oversees the SHIIP certification program, a rigorous course with quarterly trainings required to maintain credentials. Currently, Granville County Senior Services has seven SHIIP counselors on-staff: Jill Floyd, Judy Gray, Marilyn Howard, Carolyn Keith, Kathy May, Teresa Rowland, and Christy Southall.  


The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment window will once again run from October 15 through December 7, 2023. Enrollment assistance from qualified SHIIP counselors will be offered at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford and the South Granville Senior Center in Creedmoor. Granville seniors will be invited to make appointments for counseling and enrollment assistance in late summer or early fall.


For more information about SHIIP counseling or other services and programs offered by Granville County Senior Services, please visit their website or call 919-693-1930.

Cooperative Extension to Host Free Movie Night

Posted January 23, 2023



N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville and Person County Centers will host movie nights on February 3, 2023 (Granville) and February 10, 2023 (Person) screening the documentary “Hog Farmer: The Trials of Joey Carter.” This documentary tells the story of a Duplin County, North Carolina hog farmer that found himself in the middle of a federal lawsuit involving some of the nation’s most ruthless lawyers and one of the world’s largest food companies.


The screening in Granville County will be at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center (4158 US Hwy 15, Oxford) on February 3. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and the movie will start at 6:30 pm. The showing in Person County will be at the Person County Administration Building auditorium located at 304 S. Morgan St., Roxboro. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm for the Person County showing as well.


Admission is FREE, however donations will be accepted for the NC Agromedicine Institute in support of farmer mental health awareness and suicide prevention. There will be snacks and drinks available to purchase with any profits also going to the NC Agromedicine Institute.


For more information, please contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville (919-603-1350) or Person (336-599-1195) County Centers.

Human Relations Commission MLK Event

Posted January 23, 2023


The Granville County Human Relations Commission hosted a great event at Oxford Baptist Church on January 16 honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Albert Capps (known by most as Coach Capps) received the HRC’s Blackwell Award that is awarded to one person each year honoring their service to Granville County.
Dr. Dena Moten offered inspiring words to attendees as the event’s keynote speaker.
The essay contest winners were as follows:
High School
#1 – Mark Panganiban – Granville Early College
#2 – Tayla Thomas – Granville Early College
#3 – Jayelenn Winston – Granville Central High
Honorable Mention – Nicholas Harris – J.F. Webb High
Winners – Middle School
#1 – Melody Crawford – Northern Granville Middle
#2 – Parker Dunkin – Northern Granville Middle
#3 – David Davis – Butner-Stem Middle
Honorable Mention – Micheala Chrisenhall – Butner-Stem Middle


Duke Energy Foundation Awards $30,000 to Granville County

Posted January 18, 2023



Granville County was recently awarded a total of $30,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation’s Emergency Preparedness fund. $25,000 was awarded to the Emergency Management Department to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and to purchase supplies used to operate emergency shelters. An additional grant of $5,000 was awarded to perform trail safety improvements at the Granville Athletic Park.


Granville County is one of twenty-four organizations in North Carolina to collectively receive $750,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation this award cycle. Granville will utilize this funding to refresh equipment and materials needed to run shelters that keep residents safe during natural disasters, purchase AEDs for numerous county facilities to enable life-saving measures in case of a cardiac event, and to ensure that the trails of the Granville Athletic Park are safe and pleasant for use by visitors of all ages and physical abilities.


“We are thankful to the Duke Energy Foundation for recognizing the importance of providing equipment for life saving measures made by possible by AEDs, supplies for our county’s emergency shelters, and trail improvements at the Granville Athletic Park,” said Assistant County Manager Korena Weichel. “All of these projects will make a huge impact in Granville’s emergency preparedness and the safety of our citizens.”


The Duke Energy Foundation focuses grant funds on helping emergency preparedness organizations respond and recover more quickly from weather events and disasters through advanced preparation and planning. The Duke Energy Foundation provides more than $30 million annually in philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation is funded by Duke Energy shareholders. For more information about Duke Energy and the Duke Energy Foundation, visit their website or follow Duke Energy on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and Facebook.

Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice – January 17, 2023

Posted January 13, 2023


The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 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 


Granville County offices are closed Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 


January 13, 2023 agenda.

Senior Services Hosts Dine with your Valentine

Posted January 11, 2023



Looking for something fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Granville County Senior Services will host a “Dine with your Valentine” program on Tuesday, February 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford.


If you are 60 years of age or older, bring your Valentine, your friend, your neighbor, or just yourself and join fellow seniors to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a catered dinner and dancing with DJ Mel Dennis.


Tickets are $10.00 per person and space is limited. Call or visit the Senior Center to register at 919-693-1930 or stop by the front desk at 107 Lanier Street, Oxford. The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 7.

Project Uplift Kickoff Meeting on January 26

Posted January 10, 2023



The Granville County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) in partnership with Uplift North Carolina invites the public to attend a kickoff meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center (4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford) to begin Project Uplift.


Project Uplift is a collaborative effort between Appalachian State University, NC State University, and NatureScapes. Its goal is to boost tourism in rural North Carolina by working across county borders to support local tourism leaders and practitioners to realize their unique vision for tourism in their communities. Project Uplift will work to boost tourism connections in Granville, Person, and Caswell counties, as well as four other county cohorts spread throughout the state.


Uplift North Carolina’s goals for each region are to provide over 200 businesses with strengthened skills, products, or operational models, provide support for 100 grant/loan applications, provide video/image packages, and reach 3,000,000 people with information about tourism in rural North Carolina.


“We are excited to work with Uplift North Carolina to boost tourism and support local businesses in Granville County,” said TDA Director Angela Allen. “We know that visitors to are not concerned with exactly where county lines fall, and we know we can work with Person and Caswell counties as a team to boost all local tourism in this region and across rural North Carolina. We believe Granville is ‘Uniquely Carolina’ and we know anyone who comes to visit us will agree.”


The January 26 session will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, January 20 to or 919-693-6125.


For more information about Uplift North Carolina, visit their website.

Creative Lifelong Learning Continues Classes in January

Posted January 6, 2023


Granville County Senior Services is ready to continue offering classes to continue the popular Creative Lifelong Learning (CLL) program this winter. The CLL schedule promises to offer something for everyone with courses focused history, literature, healthy living, organizing strategies, and more.


To view upcoming programs and flyers, please visit this page.


For more information, please contact Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930.


The CLL program’s mission is to provide opportunities to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and foster the well-being of adult learners through a wide range of educational programs, physical activities, and social events. The program is modeled after the Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke and N.C. State Universities, as well as other Triangle-area senior center programming, and is funded through a generous endowment and by annual memberships, class fees, and donations. Course registration priority is given to Granville County residents over the age of 50. Those under the age of 50 may register if there are remaining seats. To begin or renew your annual CLL membership, visit the CLL webpage or visit the Granville County Senior Center (107 Lanier Street, Oxford).

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