Stories Across Granville

Tips for Purchasing and Maintaining Fresh Cut Christmas Trees

Posted November 17, 2022


For those of us who love the smell of a fresh cut live Christmas tree, whether it is a Fraser Fir, White Pine, Arizona Cypress, or Eastern Red Cedar, the scent is often the fragrance we associate with Christmas, but how do we ensure we are properly selecting and caring for our fresh cut Christmas tree? Here are some tips from Granville/Person Horticulture Agent Johnny Coley for purchasing and keeping your tree throughout the Christmas season.


“Check the needle retention on the tree by rubbing the foliage when purchasing,” says Coley. “The more the tree sheds its needles, the less ‘freshly cut’ it likely is. The condition of the tree when it was cut can also cause the needles to drop quicker. For example, if it was dry for a prolonged period where the tree was growing, the tree could have less water retention and therefore, have less needle retention. The pliability of the leaves is also an indicator of the tree’s moisture. Fresh fir or spruce tree needles break when they are bent, like a carrot; however, they should not be brittle.  An indication that a pine tree is dry is that its needles break at all. Shaking a tree is another way to judge its freshness. New, green needles should not fall off, whereas older dead needles will.”


“Once you have chosen your fresh cut North Carolina grown Christmas tree there are some steps to ensure it stays that way throughout the Christmas season,” continued Coley. ”Remove about a half inch thick disk from the base of your tree to allow water uptake and immediately put the base into water. If your tree is not going into the house immediately, place the base of the tree in a container of water outside in a shaded area.  When you bring the tree inside be sure to put water in the tree stand as soon as possible. Check water level daily to prevent the tree from experiencing any dry periods. If the base of the tree is out of water for three days or more, you need to make a fresh cut so that the tree will take up enough water to keep it fresh longer.”


Coley continued by urging those who purchase natural Christmas trees to “be sure your tree stand is large enough to support your tree and that the water reservoir will hold a large amount of water to ensure proper hydration. Do not use any tree preservatives, antitranspirants, or other additives in the water. Research shows that water additives are not needed and, in many cases, cause adverse effects. Place the tree away from any heat source and turn off any vents that may blow directly onto your tree. Even placing your tree in front of a south facing window can cause it to dry out quicker. Tree lights should only be on when you are at home and should be turned off when you go to bed. Always check all electrical cords before using on or near your tree. If your tree does dry out, remove it from your house before it creates a fire hazard.” 


Using these tips will help keep you and your family safe this Christmas season. For more information about Christmas tree care, visit this website.


Coley also reminded Granville residents that “trees are not the only fresh items you can use in decorating for Christmas. Many readily available plants such as holly and Nandina branches with their bright red berries add a touch of color to your Christmas décor. Rosemary, boxwoods, cedars, junipers, Magnolias, Leyland cypress and many other evergreens can help create a wonderful array of texture, color, and fragrance.  As with your tree, however, be sure to keep these fresh cut items hydrated with a water supply and if they dry out, remove them to prevent a fire hazard.”


For more information about holiday decorating with fresh greenery, visit this website.


If you have any questions regarding this information or would like a copy of the documents referenced, please contact Johnny Coley at 919-603-1350 (Granville) or 336-599-1195 (Person), or email

Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

Posted November 16, 2022



Granville County Senior Services hosted a fantastic Veterans Breakfast on Thursday, November 10 to honor Veterans of all military branches in Granville County!
Amedysis Home Health Services sponsored the event, which included a breakfast and a pinning ceremony for each veteran.
The guest speaker was J. Michael Wenger. Thank you to all Veterans and their families who participated in this year’s event!

Fall Clean Out – Saturday November 19

Posted November 15, 2022



On Saturday, November 19, residents of Granville County can bring recyclable and hazardous household items as well as documents that they would like to be safely shredded to the Granville County Convention and Expo Center (4185 US Highway 15, Oxford) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the fall clean out event.


Items to be collected for recycling and/or safe disposal include paint (limit of 15 cans per vehicle), household chemicals, light tubes, drain cleaners, pesticides, documents for shredding, scrap metal, broken appliances, computers, printer, televisions, prescription drugs, ammunition, batteries, books, and styrofoam.


The Humane Society of Granville County will also be on site collecting donations for pet supplies like food, leashes, collars, crates, beds, litter, and towels.


At each cleanout event, Granville County residents recycle or safely dispose of thousands of pounds of hazardous materials. Recycling and safe disposal helps protect Granville residents from hazardous waste while also protecting and preserving our county’s natural landscape and waterways.


For more information, contact Granville County Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator Teresa Baker at 919-725-1417 or by email. 

Veterans Discount for NC Forest Service Tree Seedlings

Posted November 15, 2022



To show its appreciation for the service and sacrifice made by veterans and current military members, the N.C. Forest Service is offering a 25% discount on tree seedling orders placed by active, honorably discharged or retired military personnel during the month of November. The discount applies to the first $500 of all new orders, up to a $125 discount.


“North Carolina is home to many veterans and current military members, many of whom are forestland owners,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This discount is a token of appreciation as we honor them this Veteran’s Day and it also helps ensure the sustainability of forestland in the state.”


To qualify for the discount, proof of service is required. A valid military ID, Department of Defense Form 214/215 or National Guard Bureau Form 22/22A is acceptable. Standard shipping rates still apply. Tree seedlings may be ordered by calling 1-888-NCTREES or by visiting the Buy NC Trees website.


The N.C. Forest Service Nursery and Tree Improvement program ensures that residents of North Carolina have access to the best native trees and genetics available for use on their land. Current available inventory includes loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, white pine, Fraser and Turkish firs as well as a variety of spruces and hardwoods.


For further information, contact County Ranger Rob Montague in the Granville/Vance area office.  Phone 919-693-3154 or email.

Bandag Announces Major Investment in Granville County

Posted November 14, 2022


The North Carolina Department of Commerce has announced the award of a Building Reuse Grant in the Existing Building category to Bridgestone Bandag, LLC of Oxford. A $450,000 grant will support the renovation of a 225,000 square-foot building. Bridgestone Bandag will invest $1,623,990 into the project and create 61 new jobs in Granville County.


“Granville County is excited to assist a longstanding industry like Bridgestone Bandag in receiving this Building Reuse Grant,” said Economic Development Director Harry Mills. “Granville’s Economic Development Office is ready and able to assist our existing industries with opportunities like this that help expand and solidify their presence in our community. Bridgestone Bandag is showing their commitment to Granville County with this major investment, and we are equally committed to helping them succeed.”


“Investments in rural North Carolina have a positive impact on our state’s overall success,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This grant helps communities like Granville County create good jobs, improve the quality of life of their residents, and boost the local economy.”


“I’m especially proud to see this latest spur of new businesses and job creation in North Carolina’s rural communities like Granville County,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Building Reuse grants help local governments revive buildings in their communities that allow them to take center stage in North Carolina’s economic development wins.”


The North Carolina Building Reuse Program provides grants to local governments to renovate and/or expand vacant buildings or buildings currently occupied by existing companies that will lead to the creation of new jobs in rural counties categorized as Tier 1 or Tier 2. Granville is a Tier 2 county.


Bridgestone Bandag is a manufacturer of tread rubber used for premium retreaded tires at their location on West Industry Drive in Oxford. For more information, visit their website.

Animal Management to Host Rabies Clinic at North Granville Senior Center

Posted November 8, 2022



Granville County Animal Management will host free rabies clinics at the North Granville Senior Center (118 US Highway 15 South, Stovall) on Thursday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
One-year rabies vaccine doses will be offered at the Stovall event. Cats must be brought in a carrier and all dogs must remain leashed.
For more information, please contact the Granville County Animal Shelter at 919-693-6749.
Funding and support for these rabies vaccine clinics is provided by PetcoLove, Granville County Government, and our dedicated volunteers.


CertainTeed Hosts Groundbreaking for Plant Expansion

Posted November 7, 2022


CertainTeed hosted a groundbreaking for the expansion of their Granville County facility on Friday, November 4. The expansion more than double CertainTeed’s already substantial local footprint as one of the leading manufacturers of construction materials in the United States. County, city, and state officials marked the occasion along with officials from CertainTeed and its corporate parent Saint-Gobain.


Earlier this year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that CertainTeed had received a Building Reuse grant of $250,000 to renovate an existing 326,000 square foot building as well as a One NC Grant of $125,000 for their Glass Mat expansion. The expansion will include an investment of over $118 million in Granville County to build and operate the new Glass Mat facility on land adjoining the existing campus on CertainTeed Drive in Oxford. CertainTeed has committed to creating thirty-seven new jobs with an average annual wage of $45,096 in return for the grants from the NC Department of Commerce that both include a 5% local match by Granville County.


Speaking at the event were Granville County Board of Commissioners Chair Tony Cozart, NC Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders, City of Oxford Mayor Jackie Sergent, Vice-President and General Manager of Certainteed Roofing Carmen Bodden, and General Manager of Certainteed Glass Mat Pedro Romero.


“CertainTeed’s success echoes the success of Granville County,” said Commissioner Cozart. “CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain are not just local industry leaders; they are truly a global company. CertainTeed has shown a commitment to Oxford and Granville County for over four decades. This expansion will now solidify that commitment for years to come. We know CertainTeed will grow responsibly and make a commitment to produce high quality goods in an environmentally sustainable way to grow our local economy and protect our natural resources. We are thrilled to see how our county can cultivate growth for CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain for decades to come.”


CertainTeed has produced roofing and other construction materials since its founding in 1904 and opened its Oxford production facility in 1978. CertainTeed is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia. CertainTeed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, which specializes in manufacturing light construction materials around the world. Saint-Gobain has a presence is 76 countries and employs over 166,000 people. They are headquartered in the Paris suburb of Courbevoie, France.


Election Day Resources

Posted November 7, 2022


Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 for the 2022 General Election. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.


View the information below to find out how to verify your polling place, view a sample ballot, and to locate official results on election night.


Call the Granville County Board of Elections with any additional questions at 919-693-2515.


Granville County Polling Places
View the list of polling places for Election Day at this link.


Find your Polling Place and View a Sample Ballot
Use the NC State Board of Elections voter lookup tool to verify that your registration is correct and to confirm your polling place.


Granville County Election Results


Statewide Election Results


(Data in links above will be updated after polls close on November 8).

Officials Attend Ribbon Cutting for Robertson Creek Nature Preserve

Posted November 7, 2022


Granville County representatives joined officials from the City of Creedmoor, NC, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, and NC Attorney General Josh Stein to celebrate the opening of the Tar River Land Conservancy Robertson Creek Nature Preserve in Creedmoor.

Commissioner Tim Karan spoke on behalf of the Granville County Board of Commissioners, stating “this is what teamwork looks like. Granville County has partnered with the Tar River Land Conservancy for nearly two decades to conserve our county’s natural resources all while increasing access to recreational opportunities. Projects like the Robertson Creek Nature Preserve shows how teamwork and cooperation between county government, municipal government, and non-profits along with corporate and private philanthropy can make great things happen here in Granville.”

Since 2004, Granville County has contributed over funding for land purchases that protect and conserve over 1,400 acres of land showcasing the natural beauty found in Granville County in partnership with the Tar River Land Conservancy.

The Robertson Creek Nature Preserve is located at 2185 NC Highway 56, Creedmoor. Other protected lands that Granville County has partnered with the Tar River Land Conservancy to open to the public are listed below.

Wilton Slopes (3190 NC Highway 96 Oxford)

Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area (3189 Brogden Road, Stem and 3528 Old NC-75, Stem)

Roberts Chapel Conservation Area (792 Roberts Chapel Road, Stem)

Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve (3108 Horseshoe Road, Creedmoor)

DSS Hosts National Adoption Event

Posted November 4, 2022



Foster and adoptive families gathered at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center on Tuesday, November 1 to celebrate National Adoption Month. Granville County Department of Social Services was able to recognize the work and dedication of these individuals to provide safe and caring homes for children in the Granville community. The event also placed a focus on ensuring that these children know that they are special and important parts of the Granville County community. 


County Commissioner Sue Hinman, who serves as Chair of the Social Services Board, was in attendance along with District Court Judge Caroline Burnette, Granville County Clerk of Superior Court Yancey Washington, and Guardian Ad Litem Gail Birdsong. All these officials spoke about their passion for doing the hard but critical work of serving the most vulnerable citizens of Granville County. Each spoke about their partnership with Granville County Social Services as they help these children, and their future foster or adoptive parents, navigate the judicial system during these emotional cases. The Department of Social Services recognized foster parents David and Carmen Quinn and Michael and Jodie Helfrich for their work fostering Granville County children over many years.


The true highlight of the evening was a talent show featuring adopted and foster children. Performers included Ray, Jeremy, Faith, and Samantha Young performing acapella, Aiden and Cierra Stark showing a pumpkin they designed with a new foster child in their home, a dance performance by Anjil and Victoria Leak, a musical performance by the “Fantastic Four” of Harmony, Cayden, Mailyah, and Ethan, and a dance performance by Echo Soltes.


For more information about fostering or adopting children in Granville County, please visit the Department of Social Services website.


For more information about National Adoption Month, visit the US Child Welfare Office website. 

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