John and Linda Sigmon of Granville County have been recognized with the North Carolina Forest Service’s “Outstanding Woodland Steward Award” for the Piedmont Region for 2019. The award was announced in August through the N.C. Forest Stewardship program.
The N.C. Forest Stewardship program is a cooperative effort, with participants receiving recognition for achievements in promoting total forest resource management. Landowners receive technical assistance in developing a stewardship management plan that is based on the property owner’s objectives, with activities being scheduled to enhance the forest for wildlife, soil and water quality, timber production, recreational opportunities and natural beauty.
As supporters of the program since 1994, the Sigmons are considered to be “model stewards” of land management in North Carolina. While Mr. Sigmon credits the couple’s success in land management to the greater conservation and forestry community, the committee who selected the Sigmons for this award attributes the accomplishment to the Sigmons themselves, who have served as the work horses, inspiration and dedication behind the property.
The Sigmon property has been in the family for multiple generations. Today, the land supports cropland, pasture, native pollinator habitat, wildlife food plots, multiple ponds and forestland. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sigmon are said to demonstrate a great respect for the land they own, striving to balance their management in a sustainable manner.
More information on the N.C. Forest Service and the Forest Stewardship Program is available at www.ncforestservice.gov, or those interested may contact the Granville County office of the North Carolina Forest Service at 919-693-3154.
(Pictured with the 2019 award are John and Linda Sigmon, along with County Ranger Rob Monague (left) and Les Hunter, Forest Stewardship Coordinator (right).
On Saturday, Sept. 21, local and statewide authors will present programs at two branches of your local public library.
“Tar Heel Traveler” Scott Mason will present “Stories from the Road” at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor. Author and journalist Mason is well-known across the state for his televised reports from some of North Carolina’s most interesting places and landmarks. He is the recipient of more than 100 journalism awards and recently published his fourth book, “Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina” in May of this year, which has been called “a blend of oral history and memoir with a good dose of quirky humor.” The program is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Also on Saturday, the Richard H. Thornton Library welcomes local children’s author Cameron Pendergraft. Pendergraft, who resides in Granville County, has penned two works, “The Story About Tigger” and “The Story About Tigger and Elsa,” both of which tell the story of adopted shelter dogs and the life-changing love of a family. Therapy dogs will also be on hand at the library for 15 minute reading sessions during the “Paws to Read” event scheduled from 1 until 4 p.m. Online registration is required for the reading sessions with visiting dogs. The meet and greet author’s program is open to the public as Pendergraft reads one of her children’s books to interested participants.
There are four branches of the Granville County Library System, which are located in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea. For a listing of upcoming events at each location, please visit https://granvillelib.nc.us.
For more information about this weekend’s events, contact Penelope Mason at the South Branch Library, located at 1550 South Campus Drive in Creedmoor, at 919-528-1752 or Amy Carlson, Children’s Librarian at the Thornton Library, 210 Main Street in Oxford, at 919-693-1121.
The Granville County Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the Sunrise Forum of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Granville County, will sponsor a series of Candidate Forums for the upcoming municipal elections. Beginning Monday, Sept. 23, candidates running for office in the Town of Butner, the City of Oxford, the Town of Stem, the Town of Stovall and the City of Creedmoor have been invited to attend these forums and to answer questions presented by a moderator from each community.
Dates and times for each event are listed below:
- Town of Butner, Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., Butner Town Hall (Camp Butner Room);
- City of Oxford, Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., Oxford City Hall (Commissioners Meeting Room);
- Town of Stem, Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Stem Fire Department;
- Town of Stovall, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m., Stovall Library;
- City of Creedmoor, Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m., Creedmoor City Hall.
All of these forums are open to the public. Election day is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2019.
The Granville County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has received a top honor for marketing from the North Carolina Travel Industry Association. The TDA earned the coveted platinum award in the Community Relations category for its innovative approach to communicating and building relationships within a community. The partnership between the TDA and members of the community was the result of a recent re-branding effort, in which the tourism brand “Uniquely Carolina” was created for Granville County Tourism’s new marketing campaign.
As part of the re-branding process, the TDA and the Hughes Marketing Group (brand consultant) interviewed over 100 county stakeholders for their ideas and input. Focus groups were also incorporated, with more than 650 participants completing surveys online and through intercepts. A final community outreach session, broadcast on Facebook Live, reached an additional 680 people who viewed the presentation on social media, with more than 60 people in attendance to see the results of the marketing campaign in person. Attendees included representatives of the tourism industry and the TDA Board, as well as interested residents and government/community leaders.
“Tourism is not the charge of a single person or department,” says Angela Allen, Executive Director of the TDA. “Everyone in a community impacts and is part of attracting visitors, and – more importantly – greeting, interacting with and making a visit to the community either positive or negative.”
“The primary challenge,” she added, “was to get folks to partner with us in developing our new brand. In the process, we broke through walls by incorporating our stakeholders in this effort. This award validates the community approach we used to promote tourism in Granville County.”
For more information on this community relations effort and the re-branding of Granville County Tourism, contact Allen by email at email@example.com or by phone at 919-693-6125. Those interested can also visit the new website at www.visitgranvillecounty.com.
To learn more about the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, visit nctia.travel.
Fortunately, Granville County felt minimal impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Preparedness measures taken by area residents should have them ahead of the game for future emergencies/disasters. As our Emergency Services Director Doug Logan says, “If you’re ready, you don’t have to GET ready!”
With September as National Preparedness Month, now is a great time for a review of the Family Plan and the Disaster Supplies Kit. Make sure all family members know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Food and water should be replaced in the disaster supplies kit every six months- with the time change – the same time batteries are replaced in smoke detectors. Also, batteries in the disaster supplies kit should be rotated; when new batteries are purchased for something in the home, batteries from the kit should be used, with new batteries being substituted in the kit.
FEMA reminds everyone to Save Early for Disaster Costs. Below is helpful information to aid with financial preparedness for emergencies/disasters:
- 1. Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at FloodSmart.gov;
- 2. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help quickly file an insurance claim after an emergency/disaster;
- 3. What important documents are needed for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which serves as a “walk through” for the planning process: https://go.usa.gov/xypkQ;
- 4. Plan ahead: how will bills be paid if a disaster strikes? Prepare now with the help of these tips and free resources: ready.gov/financial-preparedness;
- 5. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. Learn more: ready.gov/financial-preparedness;
- 6. Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into a savings account to be prepared for the unexpected.
Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without warning. Be prepared, not scared!
Voters who reside in the Town of Stem should note that starting with the Nov. 5, 2019 election, the voting precinct has changed for all future elections. The new voting site will be Granville Central High School, located at 2043 Sanders Road in Stem. This site has changed from the Stem Fire Station.
On Aug. 14, 2018, the Town of Stovall adopted a resolution to rescind the previous resolution that authorized Absentee Voting for municipal elections. All voting which occurs prior to Election Day is considered Absentee Voting under North Carolina law. This includes Absentee By Mail and One-Stop Early Voting. Due to this resolution, starting in 2019, ballots for future Town of Stovall Municipal Elections will only be available to voters on Election Day. Effective with the Nov. 5, 2019 Municipal Election, voters who reside in the Town of Stovall can only vote at their precinct on Election Day. They cannot vote by mail or at a One-Stop site.
In addition, the precinct for Stovall voters is being changed for all future elections, starting with the Nov. 5, 2019 Municipal Election. Voters will no longer vote at Stovall-Shaw Elementary School. but will now vote at the Stovall Library Conference Room, located at 300 Main Street in Stovall.
Any questions should be directed to the Granville County Board of Elections at 919-693-2515.
A KICKOFF CELEBRATION for the Creative Lifelong Learning (CLL) Program was recently held at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. As of this gathering, 200 new and returning members had already enrolled in classes scheduled for the 2019-2020 year.
Offered through Granville County Senior Services, the CLL program includes courses and activities for local residents such as Tai Chi, Conversational Spanish, Nutrition, Barn Quilt Painting, Granville County History and many other topics, as well as educational trips and interactive workshops. Most of the classes and activities take place at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford, located at 107 Lanier Street.
During the 2018/2019 inaugural year, 26 local instructors facilitated almost 40 classes. At the recent kickoff event, instructors for the new course offerings were introduced, with a description of the classes/activities available. Offerings continue to evolve as instructors and topics are added.
To view a listing of the Fall 2019 class schedule, visit https://www.granvillecounty.org/…/u…/2019/08/Fall-Classes.pdf. You don’t have to be a “senior” to participate! Call 919-693-1930 for more details!
The Granville County office of the North Carolina Forest Service has moved to 911 Hillsboro Street in Oxford. The reclaimed office of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Oxford Research Station, offers more space for staff, easier access to the public and a large conference room for meetings and training. The office is also near the N.C. Cooperative Extension office for Granville County, which serves as a partner in assisting landowners.
With a mission to “protect, manage and promote forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina,” county rangers frequently deliver programs to land owners in the field, and are in and out of the office. Long-serving Administrative Assistant Barbara Twisdale will be available to offer assistance from the new office from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents and property owners are welcome to stop by with questions or concerns.
While the address has changed, the phone number for the N.C. Forest Service remains the same at (919) 693-3154.
The Granville County Register of Deeds will soon be providing veterans with a FREE service through the “Thank A Vet” program. A photo ID card will be offered that can be used for discounts at participating businesses in Granville County. This service will be available to all veterans who register, or have already registered, their DD-214 form. A list of participating businesses will be provided.
To register, veterans should bring:
a valid, state-issued driver’s license or identification card,
such as their military ID, and
an original DD-14 form.
If the DD-14 form has already been registered with the Granville County Register of Deeds office, record verification will be provided prior to issuing this “Thank A Vet” photo identification card.
The Granville County Register of Deeds office is located at 101 Main Street in Oxford, inside the Courthouse building. Hours for issuing these cards is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Members of Granville County’s Veterans Affairs Committee will be distributing flyers pertaining to this program at the NC Hot Sauce Contest in Downtown Oxford (Sept. 14), the annual Military History Show at the Henderson-Oxford Airport (Oct. 26) and the Annual Veterans Parade in Downtown Oxford (Nov. 10).
Those with questions about this FREE photo ID service should contact Kathy Taylor, Granville County Register of Deeds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 919-693-6314.
In a recent announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper reported that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2018. The 25.3 billion in total spending represented an increase of 5.6 percent from 2017. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Granville County tourism helped contribute to this statewide increase, bringing in more than $52 million in 2018. This reported total equates to a 5.9 percent increase from the previous year’s expenditures, which is higher than the increase reported for the state. According to data shared in the report, Granville County’s share of local tax receipts for 2018 totaled $1.49 million, with $3.07 million in state tax receipts reported.
Granville County Tourism Development Director Angela Allen attributes the county-wide growth in tourism and visitor spending to a growing local economy, such as the opening of new restaurants and gathering places, as well as a greater awareness of events and attractions that can be enjoyed in our area.
“As more and more people are discovering what Granville County has to offer – our welcoming atmosphere, hometown charm and relaxed lifestyle – we are quickly becoming a choice destination,” Allen remarked. “Our recently-launched marketing campaign bears this out – we are ‘Uniquely Carolina.’”
Visitor spending in Granville County has seen a steady increase over the past decade, rising from approximately $36 million in 2009 to $43 million in a time span of four years. The report from 2014 reflected $44 million generated by visitor spending, with an increase to $45 million in 2015, $47 million in 2016 and $49 million reported last year.
According to a press release issued by Gov. Cooper’s office, North Carolina visitors spent more than $65 million per day in 2018, with each household saving approximately $530 (on average) in state and local taxes as a direct result of the tourism industry.
“North Carolina’s tourism industry set a new record last year in visitor spending, despite the effects of the storms,” said Gov. Cooper. “This is a testament to the lasting beauty of our state and the determination of our people.”
To learn more about tourism and events/attractions in Granville County, log onto www.visitgranvillenc.com, or contact Angela Allen, Tourism Director, by phone at 919-693-6125 or by email at email@example.com.