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Offices Closed but County to Host MLK Virtual Event on January 17

Posted January 13, 2021

 

Granville County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18 at most locations.

 

Branches of the Granville County Library System will be closed from Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18. Visit the Granville County Library System website for more information about regular branch hours.

 

The Granville County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, January 17. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18. 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.

 

MLK Virtual Event

 
The Granville County Human Relations Commission will once again host a virtual event to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2022. The format will follow the 2021 virtual event model, which was moved to Spectrum Channel 17 and to the Granville County Facebook and YouTube channels due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Human Relations Commission chose to hold a virtual event again in 2022 due to the uncertainty of planning a large in-person event.
This year’s event will be made available on Monday, January 17 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Spectrum Channel 17, Granville County’s local government access channel. The broadcast will re-run each hour for several weeks on Channel 17. The video will also premiere on the Granville County Facebook Page and the Granville County YouTube page at 7:00 a.m. and will be available for on-demand viewing thereafter. Be sure to follow and subscribe to Granville County’s Facebook and YouTube pages to have the video automatically appear in your feed once it is available. The video will also be posted on the Granville County website (www.granvillecounty.org).
 
 
The program will include the middle school and high school winners of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest, some special musical performances, and appearances from numerous Human Relations Commission members filmed in locations across Granville County. The keynote speaker will be Rev. James Isaac of New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church.
 
 
Be sure to join us in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our talented Granville County students and citizens on January 17.
 
 
 
 

Utility Assistance Programs Offered by Department of Social Services

Posted January 12, 2022

 

The Granville County Department of Social Services offers assistance programs to support residents who may otherwise have challenges paying utility bills. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) are both available through the Department of Social Services for assistance with electric and/or gas heating bills or for water/wastewater utility services.

 

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)

 

Some households in Granville County may qualify for assistance with their heating bill during the winter. Depending on the heat source, eligible households may receive $300, $400, or $500 (in the form of a one-time payment) toward their heating bill through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

 

Those interested in applying for this assistance –– should provide this information when applying:

 

  • Valid identification
  • Social security numbers for everyone in the home
  • Proof of income for the month prior to the application
  • A heating bill that indicates the account number

 

Every household must complete an application. If approved, payments will be made directly to the heating provider.

 

If applying for someone else, applicants should provide a signed permission statement from the person they are representing.

 

Applications are currently being taken and will continue through March 31, or until funds are exhausted.

 

LIHWAP (Low Income Household Water Assistance Program)

 

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program that will help eligible households and families afford water and wastewater services, providing a one-time payment for eligible low-income households paid directly to the utility company. LIHWAP runs through September 2023 or until the funds are exhausted.

 

Currently all three groups are able to apply:

 

  • Group 1 – Households that have had water services disconnected.
  • Group 2 – Households that are in jeopardy of water services being disconnected unless action is taken to prevent the disconnect.
  • Group 3 – Households that have current water services bills and need assistance to maintain service.

 

To safely and better serve our customers who need assistance, apply online. Other ways to apply are over the phone by calling (919) 693-1511, mail in application to Granville County Department of Social Services, 410 West Spring Street in Oxford, fax application to (919) 693-5090, or drop off the application in our secure drop box available to you at any time.  

Recreation Grant Applications Now Available

Posted January 7, 2022

 

The Granville County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee is accepting grant applications for the 2022-2023 grant application period until Feb. 7, 2022. Follow this link to download the application.

 

Granville County’s Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Programming Funds are used to facilitate the development and support of active and passive recreation and leisure activities for Granville County residents.  The objective is to make these activities available to as many residents as possible, and to include a broad spectrum of participants, especially in areas of the county that are underserved by recreational opportunities (such as the southeastern portion of the county) or have not received prior funding.  Recreation programming should seek to serve all age groups.  The Granville County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee Bylaws prohibit discrimination in the use of funds.

 

The application will be available online or by hard copy from the Granville County Planning Department’s Office in Oxford. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2022 by 3 p.m. Applications should be submitted by email to justin.jorgensen@granvillecounty.org, or in person/by mail to the Granville County Planning Department, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford NC, 27565.

 

Applicants must be a government entity or non-profit organization. While those interested in applying for these funds do not have to be a registered 501c-3, it is encouraged.

 

Submitted requests may not exceed $25,000.

 

To learn more about this grant, contact Justin Jorgensen, Senior Transportation Planner, by phone at 919-603-1332 or by email at justin.jorgensen@granvillecounty.org.

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.

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.

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.

 

         

Heggie completes leadership development program

Posted Nov. 30, 2021

 

Monique R. Heggie, Internal Auditor for Granville County Government, has completed the “Leading for Results” program at the UNC School of Government as a Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Fellow. Heggie was among 120 candidates to apply during a competitive selection process and was one of only 24 participants selected to participate in the leadership training program.

 

The “Leading for Results” program focuses on personal and professional development while introducing participants to management and leadership tools and strategies. LGFCU Fellows have an opportunity to gain insight into their individual leadership styles and strengths while practicing ways to improve effectiveness within their organizations.

 

As Internal Auditor for Granville County Government, Heggie assists the management staff in evaluating the efficiency of operations, while ensuring that the County has an effective operating system of internal controls. Her responsibilities also include ensuring that departments and employees follow proper policies and procedures through reviews and assessments.

 

“The Fellows program allowed me to engage with and learn from other government representatives with different careers across the state,” Heggie said of her experience. “My key takeaway was that ‘leadership is an action, not a position.’ Overall, it was a very positive experience.”

 

Heggie successfully completed the leadership program on Oct. 15.

 

To learn more about courses, publications, programs, and services provided by the UNC School of Government, please visit www.sog.unc.edu or call 919-966-5381.

Safe Holiday Shopping Tips

Posted November 22, 2021

 

With the holiday shopping season underway with upcoming promotional days like Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the Granville County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all shoppers to consider their safety while also enjoying the holiday season.

 

According to Chief Deputy Chris Smoot, “this time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, create a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.”

 

The Sheriff’s Office reminds all Granville County residents to follow these safety tips:

 

Shopping Safety

 

  • A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.

 

  • When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return.

 

  • Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

 

  • When returning to your vehicle, look around it and in the back seat. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.

 

  • If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.

 

Credit Card Fraud

 

  • Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible.

 

  • Never write your PIN number on your credit card.

 

  • Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.

 

  • Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a mobile telephone or other camera.

 

  • Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.

 

  • If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card information via email.

 

  • Check the company information. Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number.

 

  • Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.

 

Gift Card Fraud

 

  • Never buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud. Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.

 

  • Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.

 

  • Don’t buy gift cards off publicly displayed racks in retail stores because these are more susceptible to tampering or theft. Only purchase gift cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.

 

  • Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you see a PIN number, ask for a different card. If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, do not purchase it.

 

  • Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged on it.

 

  • Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase if there is money stored on the gift card.

 

  • If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website.

 

  • Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when purchasing a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this information.
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