June 30, 2022
Please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting in the auditorium at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina 27565 on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the emergency meeting is to approve year end budget amendments and any other general year end items.
Posted June 28, 2022
The Granville County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street in Oxford will close to the public for an emergency plumbing repair from Thursday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 13. During this time, the public may reach members of the Human Resources Department or Administration Department (including the County Manager, Assistant County Manager, Clerk to the Board, and Public Information Officer) by email. The primary Granville County phone line (919-693-5240) will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.
County Administration plans to reopen 104 Belle Street to the public on Thursday, July 14, but visitors are encouraged to call 919-693-5240 before travelling to the Administration Office to verify that it has reopened.
To contact members of the Administration or Human Resources departments during the office closure, please visit the county directory.
Posted June 27, 2022
The special hearing on a candidate challenge filed by Chad McHenry and Michael W. Magnanti (the “Challengers”) challenging the candidacy of Christopher Wayne Smoot (“the Candidate”) for the office of Granville County Sheriff has been continued to Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm at the Granville County Board of Elections office for the Board of Elections to review an order based on the Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law from the special hearing. The meeting will be in person and will also be lived streamed by Zoom at the link provided below.
Meeting ID: 841 3811 0723
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Posted June 27, 2022
NC State Extension announced that Chaniya Williams is completing an Extension internship this summer with the Granville County Center.
An Extension summer intern works with Extension personnel to deliver hands-on, educational programs. Job shadowing and mentoring help interns learn about the mission and work of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
“Extension makes a positive difference in the community every day. We provide educational programs that connect communities with research-based information. Our internship program is another way we help prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in food, agriculture, natural resources, and family and consumer sciences” said Dr. Richard Bonanno, Associate Dean of the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of NC State Extension.
Williams is a Junior from NC State University majoring in Social Work, and is a native of Granville County.
Posted June 24, 2022
Granville County Government recently welcomed five students participating in the 2022 Summer Civic Leadership Program all of whom are Granville County residents that are also rising seniors. The program gives students a wide-ranging view of county government operations, provides the opportunity to build collaborative work skills with a group cohort project, and helps foster the next generation of local government leaders.
This year’s participants include:
- Kristopher Arias – Granville Early College
- Jayla Gregory – Granville Early College
- MacKayla McBride – Granville Early College
- Keenyan Smith – J.F. Webb High School
- Courtney Williams – Granville Early College
The Summer Civic Leadership Program began twenty-two years ago and allows high school students to gain exposure and on the job experience in all aspects of county government operations. Participants began the program on June 16 and their final will be a presentation to the County Board of Commissioners at their August 8 meeting. Participants will share what they have learned over the course of the program and show Commissioners the results of their group cohort project.
Posted June 23, 2022
The North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation recently awarded Careers in Conservation Scholarships to Granville County residents Sarah Huff and Austin Carrol.
Sarah Huff, of Oxford, is a graduate of Roxboro Community School and plans to major in Poultry Science. Austin Carroll, of Bullock, is a graduate of J.F. Webb High School and plans to major in Crop and Soil Science with a concentration in Business. Both Sarah and Austin plan to attend North Carolina State University this fall.
Granville County’s Soil and Water Conservationist Byron Currin stated, “This scholarship program from the NC Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation helps foster the next generation of conservation workers that will work to protect and conserve North Carolina’s natural resources. I’m excited that Austin and Sarah have chosen to pursue a career in conservation, and I know they will be successful at NC State University and wherever their careers take them.”
The NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation offers scholarships to students across North Carolina who attend, or will attend, a community college or university in North Carolina. All scholarship recipients must have a declared major in one of the following programs: agronomy, agricultural engineering, agriculture sustainability, agriculture education, animal science, forestry, natural resource conservation or management, plant science, soil science, water management, water quality, wildlife management or other closely related degree programs.
For more information, visit the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation Foundation website: https://ncsoilwater.org/.
The Granville County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Granville County Superior Courtroom, 101 Main Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565 for a hearing on a candidate challenge filed by Chad McHenry and Michael W. Magnanti (the “Challengers”) challenging the candidacy of Christopher Wayne Smoot (“the Candidate”) for the office of Granville County Sheriff.
Posted June 22, 2022
During their meeting on June 20, the Granville County Board of Commissioners appointed former Emergency Services Director Doug Logan to the position of Interim County Manager. Logan will begin employment the week of July 11 to overlap with outgoing County Manager Michael Felts’ final weeks on the job. Logan will officially take over the powers and duties of County Manager on Friday, July 29 and he will remain in this position until a permanent Manager is appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
After Michael Felts announced his resignation on May 2, the Board of Commissioners engaged the services of Developmental Associates, Inc. to lead the recruitment process for the next County Manager. Recognizing that it would not be possible for this process to conclude before Felts’ last day of employment, the Board identified Doug Logan as someone who could shepherd Granville County through this transition. Logan accepted the position of Interim County Manager after meeting with the Commissioners during a closed session on June 20.
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.
“I’m honored that the Board of Commissioners placed their trust in me to serve as Interim County Manager,” said Doug Logan. “This is my home, and I spent the entirety of my professional life serving the citizens of this county. I can’t wait to get started and help ensure that our residents continue to enjoy the quality of service they have come to expect across all county departments.”
Tony Cozart, Chairman of the Granville County Board of Commissioners, added that “Doug has proven throughout his career that he is a steady and accomplished leader. We are confident that he is the right person to guide our staff in the coming months and allow the Board the time and flexibility to finish our recruitment work with Developmental Associates as we seek our next permanent County Manager. We are thrilled that Doug was willing to accept this challenge and we know that he is prepared to step up and continue to serve his fellow Granville County citizens.”
Posted June 16, 2022
The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, June 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted June 15, 2022
The Oxford Tobacco Research Station had a visitor on June 2, 2022. Katie Haynes, a bright, passionate young woman, is the 2022 North Carolina Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador and North Carolina People’s Choice Miss United States Agriculture. She came by the Research Station for a tour and to learn more about what the team there is doing. She had the opportunity to meet Research Station Superintendent, Thomas Cobb, and the field crops extension agent for Granville County, Mikayla Graham. These two represent a group that works together to support farmers in the area and advocate for agriculture within the community!
Miss Haynes joined 4-H in her youth, which helped her find new passions and reach her full potential. She participated in rabbit shows, an entrepreneurship program, and photography while in 4-H. When her time in 4H came to an end, she went on to get an associate degree in photography from Southern New Hampshire University. After graduation, she then decided to use her degree to start her own photography business.
While battling various chronic illnesses and being confined to a wheelchair, Miss Haynes has achieved many forms of success throughout her life. She has never let the idea of being in a wheelchair keep her from making a difference in society. Miss Haynes has also started a nonprofit organization, Smiling While Sending Hope, which supports children going through hard medical times. Those going through chemotherapy treatment, transplant surgery, or other health issues at North Carolina Hospitals receive smile packages from the organization.
By doing all of this, Miss Haynes hopes to be an inspiration to those with disabilities. “I always wanted to be a positive role model for the disabled community and special needs because I have both of those, and I feel like nothing should hold you back in life.”
The team who met with her during her visit hope that she saw the valuable work being done at Oxford Tobacco and the Granville County Cooperative Extension. The team she met, and all who are associated, wish her luck at the National Miss Agriculture Ambassador Competition in Florida that will be taking place on June 24th & 25th!