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Positive rabies test reported in Creedmoor area

Granville County Animal Control reports that a potentially rabid animal had been reported in the area of Lake Ridge Road and Bruce Garner Road in Creedmoor on Oct. 8. Testing confirmed that the skunk picked up from that location had rabies.

 

Animal Control Officers remind that per NC General Statute 130A-185, pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) over four months of age should have current rabies vaccinations, and that one-year vaccines are available by appointment for dogs and cats at the Granville County Animal Shelter. Vaccination hours are Monday through Friday from noon until 4:30 p.m. Cost for the vaccine is only $6.00.

 

The Granville County Animal Shelter is located at 515 New Commerce Drive in Oxford. Call 919-693-6749 for an appointment or for more information. 

 

To view NCGS 130A-185 and its requirements, please visit G.S. 130A-185 (ncleg.net).

 

For more information about rabies from Granville County Animal Control, please click here.

Granville County Board of Commissioners to meet on Monday, October 18

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for a regular scheduled meeting.

 

This will be an in-person meeting.  Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to  debra.weary@granvillecounty.org

Board of Commissioners’ notice of possible quorum on Oct. 18

Public Notice

 

A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present at a tour of the Granville-Vance Public Health Department’s new location at 1032 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565, behind Granville Medical Center.  The tour will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.  No action will be taken.  For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.

 

Debra A. Weary

Clerk to the Board

Tourism Director certified as ‘Travel Marketing Professional’

Granville Tourism Development Authority (GTDA) Director Angela Allen has completed a three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College, earning certification as a Travel Marketing Professional. The recent graduate was among sixty travel industry professionals recognized during the STS Connections Conference in Spartanburg, SC on Sept. 28.  

 

Allen has served as GTDA Tourism Director since April of 2015. Through this role, she is responsible for administrative and marketing work in the promotion of travel and tourism in Granville County, bringing visitors to the area and working to increase visitor spending at local events and attractions. In 2017, Allen was named a “Rising Star” in the tourism industry as she was recognized with the Visit NC Destination Marketing Award for bringing statewide attention to the county she serves.

 

The STS Marketing College Program provides tools and working knowledge to travel and tourism professionals that can be immediately implemented in the promotion of destinations, attractions, and events. Topics covered in the training include online marketing strategies, the creation of effective print publications, research strategies, community engagement, economic impact, and budgeting.

 

As a Travel Marketing Professional, Allen joins more than 1,200 Travel Marketing Professionals completing the program since it began in 1992, and is part of a network that includes members from 13 states and the District of Columbia.

 

For more information about the Southeast Tourism Society, please visit SoutheastTourism.org. To learn more about tourism in Granville County, please click here: http://visitgranvillenc.com.

Thirteen participants complete Citizens Academy training

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office completed their inaugural “Citizens Academy” on Sept. 30 with a graduation ceremony that included 13 participants. The program, open to residents age 21 and older, was established to build a bridge between law enforcement and local citizens through a series of classroom presentations and community involvement. Participants met each Tuesday evening at the Law Enforcement Center Training room to learn about current law enforcement issues, patrol procedures and crime prevention.

 

Graduates of the program included Sue Hinman, Garnet Drakiotes, Billy Mickle, Teresia Blackwell, Kimberly Adcock. Robert Blancato. Faicia Elliott, Linda Clough, Annette Myers, Donna Mickle, Renata Thornton, Erica Harris, and James Eden.

 

“The Granville County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible while safeguarding our citizens,” said Granville County Sheriff Charles R. Noblin, Jr. “The partnerships we are building between our staff, the community and our residents all contributed to the success of the Citizens Academy program. We congratulate our graduates and everyone who worked together to make this possible.”

 

To learn more about the Citizens Academy, please contact the Granville County Sheriff’s Office at 919-693-3213.

Granville County Board of Commissioners to meet on October 4

Notice of Regular Meeting:


The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for a regular scheduled meeting.


This will be an in-person meeting.  Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to debra.weary@granvillecounty.org


To view the agenda, please click here.

Hobgood named Public Information Officer/Grants Development Specialist

Terry Hobgood has been named the new Public Information Officer/Grant Development Specialist for Granville County Government. Hobgood brings more than nine years of experience in local government to this role, and previously joined the Granville County Administration office in July 2021 as Deputy Clerk.

 

Hobgood will fill a vacancy left by current Public Information Officer/Grants Coordinator Lynn Allred, who plans to retire from full-time employment in December 2021. Hobgood will transition to his new role over the coming months.

 

In his new role, Hobgood will lead all Granville County Government communication efforts regarding programs, activities, and services to the public and County employees. He will also assist County departments in identifying grant funding and ensuring rules and reporting compliance on all active County grants.

 

A native of Oxford, Hobgood is a graduate of J.F. Webb High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he pursued a degree in Film Studies. Hobgood also attended graduate school at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied English Literature and Library and Information Studies.

 

Hobgood’s previous professional experience before joining Granville County Government includes City Clerk and Public Information Officer for the City of Creedmoor and various positions for the Town of Benson. Hobgood began as the Director of the Mary Duncan Public Library and Benson Museum of Local History, and eventually served as Communications Director, Town Clerk, and Assistant to the Town Manager.

 

He is a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy as well the Clerk Certification Institute.

 

The Granville County Administration office is located at 104 Belle Street in Oxford. Hobgood can be reached at 919-693-5240 or at terry.hobgood@granvillecounty.org.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part C and Part D begins Oct. 15

Granville County Senior Services is offering free assistance for residents participating in Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plans for 2022. A trained counselor with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will be available to offer assistance to Granville County residents who would like to review or make changes to their Medicare plan.

 

Open Enrollment, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, is the one time of year to make changes to your Medicare plan. As your health needs and the costs and benefits of your health plan change from year to year, it is important to pick the right plan that meets your needs. Granville County Senior Services offers this service to county residents to meet their mission of providing a sense of community, overall health, and independence for older adults.

 

To make an appointment for a free counseling session to review or make changes to your Medicare plan, please call the Granville County Senior Center at (919) 693-1930. The Granville County Senior Center is located at 107 Lanier Street in Oxford.

One-stop early voting scheduled for Oct. 14 through Oct. 30

The Granville County Board of Elections announces that one-stop early voting for the 2021 Municipal Election will be held weekdays from Oct. 14 until Oct. 29 and on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Oxford Public Works Building (127 Penn Avenue in Oxford) and at the South Branch Library Multipurpose Room (1550 South Campus Drive in Creedmoor). 

 

Dates and times for early voting are as follows:

  • *Thursday, October 14, 2021               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Friday, October 15, 2021                    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Monday, October 18, 2021                 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Tuesday, October 19, 2021                 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    * Wednesday, October 20, 2021           8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Thursday, October 21, 2021               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Friday, October 22, 2021                    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Monday, October 25, 2021                 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Tuesday, October 26, 2021                 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Wednesday, October 27, 2021           8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Thursday, October 28, 2021               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Friday, October 29, 2021                    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Saturday, October 30, 2021                8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Election day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at voting precincts. 

 

For a list of candidates filing for office in Oxford, Butner, Creedmoor, Stem and Stovall, please click here.

 

 

Opportunity available through N.C. Cooperative Extension

A new program will provide minority producers who operate small farms with hands-on education to help them grow their profits and improve their operations. The Small Farm Leadership 360 Initiative, created by the Small Farms Task Force of Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T, is a four-part program that will feature both online learning and hands-on activities, featuring four modules in November 2021, February 2022, June 2022 and October 2022.

 

The program is free to qualified farmers in 17 targeted counties, but only a limited number of seats are available. The targeted counties for the Small Farm Leadership 360 initiative are Bertie, Caswell, Chowan, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Person, Rockingham, Vance, Warren and Washington.

 

Experts with Extension and other agricultural organizations will address a wide range of topics of interest to small farmers, including farm management best practices, tax advantages for small farmers, market opportunities, farm cooperatives, and best practices in agricultural production. In addition to online learning, the Small Farm Leadership 360 Initiative will include visits to farms and cooperatives and small group interactive sessions. Every participant will also develop a six-month best practice action plan, with guidance from a local Cooperative Extension agent.

 

“We are specifically reaching out to minority farmers who have smaller operations,” said James D. Oliver, Ph.D., who leads the Small Farms Task Force along with Fletcher Barber, Ph.D. “These farmers have not had the same opportunities as those who live in areas with more resources. We want to give them the skills and knowledge that will allow them to thrive.”

 

Applications for the Small Farm Leadership 360 Initiative must be received by October 15 for full consideration. Farmers can obtain a registration form for the program by contacting Granville County Cooperative Extension Center at 919-603-1350, downloading a brochure at www.granville.ces.ncsu.edu or picking up a brochure at 125 Oxford Outer Loop Road, Oxford, NC 27565.

 

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