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March brings attention to “essential” social workers


March is “Social Work Month,” a time to celebrate the professionals who are essential to the well-being of our communities. In 2021, the theme for this observance is “Social Workers are Essential,” a timely description of the services provided every day, especially during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the United States, there are more than 700,000 social workers at work, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifying social work as one of the fastest growing professions in the country.


The Granville County Department of Social Services employs a team of 92 professionals who assist our residents in improving their quality of life. Through economic assistance, foster care/adoptions, assistance to the impaired, referrals, the monitoring of child support, enrollment in Medicaid/food stamps, protection from abuse and neglect and many more services, our social workers have been on the front lines to assist and enable individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient.


In a proclamation issued on Feb. 25, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation honoring our social workers and designated the month of March as “Social Work Month” in North Carolina, stating that the “Social Workers Are Essential” theme embodies the heroic contributions of the social work profession, and that the work and dedication of our social workers has helped improve the quality of life of our citizens.


To view the proclamation, please click here.



Tourism Development Authority offers grant opportunities

The Granville Tourism Development Authority (GTDA) is now accepting grant applications for the upcoming fiscal year.


The primary purpose of the GTDA’s mini-grant program is to assist Granville County organizations and agencies in the promotion and marketing of events and activities that encourage tourism and create an economic impact from visitor spending. The goal is to help stimulate events/activities that can grow and eventually thrive on their own merit, without direct funding. Any approved funding should be considered as a supplemental resource only.


Applicants eligible for grant funding must be a Granville County-based community group, nonprofit organization, county municipality or recognized community within the county lines. For-profit groups cannot apply for grant funding unless the event’s proceeds will go to a community-supported event.


Projects to be considered should encourage out-of-county visitors, with primary consideration given to those that promote the GTDA’s mission of marketing the area as a travel destination. (The tourism industry’s definition of a “visitor” is an individual trekking outside of 50 miles to attend an event or activity.) Events planned for off-peak times may receive higher priority.


Total funding of any event, project or program will not be greater than 25 percent of the total project budget and will not exceed $5,000. Included with the request can be a one-time artist/entertainment allowance of up to $1,000.


Grants applications will be accepted until April 19, 2021 for inclusion in the upcoming fiscal year (July 2021 through June 2022). The GTDA Board will review applications and will be prepared to make recommendations for approval during their June board meeting. Award recipients will be notified after July 1, 2021, when the new fiscal year begins.


Applications are available online or through the Granville County Tourism Development office, 124 Hillsboro Street in Oxford. Access the application here or to learn more about grant requirements and/or the review process. Those interested may also contact Angela Allen, Tourism Director, at 919-693-6125 or


2021-2022 mini grant application (Microsoft Word document)


2021-2022 mini grant application (PDF document)


To learn more about the criteria for grant eligibility, please click here.




Retired DSS employee receives Order of Long Leaf Pine

Former Granville County employee Ernestine Howard has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an honor reserved for those demonstrating “exemplary” service to the state – and to their community – that is “above and beyond the call of duty.” Established in 1963, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is conferred by the Governor for those making a significant impact and for strengthening the State of North Carolina.


After a 42-year career, Howard retired on Dec. 31, 2020 from the Granville County Department of Social Services. The presentation was made by Senator Mike Woodard, who paid tribute to Howard’s long years of service and her dedication to the job.


“When I heard she had served the citizens of Granville County for more than 40 years, I knew I had to meet this person,” Senator Woodard remarked. “It’s not every day that you find someone with a career record like that. The people she served were very fortunate to have had her compassion, her assistance and her support.”


Starting out as a Clerk/Typist in the food stamp program, Howard transitioned to several key areas as needs of the department changed, moving to Eligibility Specialist, to Fraud Investigator for the Public Assistance Program and to Food Stamp Supervisor before earning the title of Program Administrator. While her many years of service set a record for the longest employment with the County, it was Howard’s compassion and “heart for service” that also led to the award nomination.


“In the time I have worked with Ms. Howard, I have seen her commitment to serving our citizens,” Social Services Director Adonica Hampton has remarked. “She could have chosen other human services opportunities, but she decided to serve at home, where her heart is. It has been my privilege to serve with her each day.”


As an Order of the Long Leaf Pine honoree, Howard is now included on a roster maintained by the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society, joining notable North Carolina recipients such as Maya Angelou, Dale Earnhardt, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Michael Jordan, Coretta Scott King, Richard Petty, Bob Timberlake, Dean Smith, Charles Kuralt and others demonstrating proven records of service to the state of North Carolina.


The award presentation, held at the Department of Social Services in Oxford on Feb. 16, was attended by Granville County Board of Commissioners Chair Sue Hinman, Vice-Chair Tony Cozart, Commissioner Zelodis Jay, Social Services Director Hampton and County Manager Michael Felts, who joined Senator Woodard in offering their congratulations for this prestigious honor.




Notice of rescheduled remote meeting

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold the second day of their annual retreat on Thursday, March 18 beginning at 9 a.m. This meeting was rescheduled due to inclement weather. 


Due to the continued COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meeting will be closed to the public. Please contact the County Administration Office at 919-693-5240 to receive the registration link for the Zoom meeting.


-Debra A. Weary
Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council requests proposals

The Granville County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) requests proposals for programs that will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the fiscal year 2021-2022/23 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2021. Based on identified needs, programs to be considered include those that involve mentoring, mediation/conflict resolution, GED programs, vocational skills, crisis counseling, tutoring and other programs listed in the attached document.


The anticipated county allocation is $180,837, with a 20 percent required local match. Only local public agencies, 501(c) (3) non-profit corporations and local housing authorities will be considered for funding. Proposals will be accepted through March 31, 2021.


To view the Request for Proposals (RFP), please click here: Granville JCPC 2021-22-23

Partnerships help make our communities safer

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division recently combined forces with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Apex Police Department and the NC State Bureau of Investigation in a joint investigation that took 208 grams of cocaine, with an estimated value of $20,800, off the streets to make our communities safer.


“We would like to thank the Franklin County Sheriffs Office and other agencies involved in this operation,” said Granville County Sheriff Charles R. Noblin, Jr. “We are grateful to have this cooperation between agencies to take drugs off our streets.”


Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead agrees. “We are grateful that our partnerships with other local and state agencies continues to be productive,” he said of the investigation. “Even though this type of drug activity occurs across jurisdictional boundaries, it poses the same threat to all of our citizens. This arrest and the removal of this amount of illegal drugs has made all of our communities safer.”


To view the press release from the Granville County Sheriff’s Office, please click here.


For additional information about this investigation, please contact Lt. Jonathan Collier of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office at 252-204-1822.

NC Cooperative Extension presents webinar series

Join NC Cooperative Extension online as the Piedmont Regional Beef Conference planning committee offers the Piedmont Regional Beef Conference Webinar Series.  

Four FREE sessions with a wide variety of topics have been scheduled through the month of March, via Zoom,  starting at 7:00 p.m. A  great lineup of speakers will take learning to the next level.

  • * March 4: Reproductive Strategies
  • * March 11: Finishing Beef Cattle on Forages
  • * March 18: Evaluation of Carcass Quality in Live Cattle
  • * March 25: Warm-Season Forage Options & Research Update

While the sessions are free, registration is required to receive the Zoom link information. Register online here:


Sheriff’s Office provides tips to protect against scams

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of scams victimizing residents of Granville County. Scammers have attempted to solicit information by phone, by mail and through home computers.


Some of the scams reported involve the following:


  • * Computer virus protection services
  • * Unemployment benefits
  • * Counterfeit checks
  • * Debt collections
  • * IRS/NC Department of Revenue

Sheriff’s Office Investigators have been working to resolve these reported incidents and offer these tips for your protection:


  • * Don’t respond to unsolicited emails, phone calls or mail from an unrecognized company, or one that you do not do business with;
  • * Never share financial or personal information such as your birth date, Social Security number or bank account number, unless you are sure of where this information will be going;
  • * Regularly monitor your financial accounts to make sure there are no unauthorized charges;
  • * Beware of phishing scams. Don’t click on a link from an unknown email sender.
  • * Protect your PINs and passwords. Avoid using easily identifiable information as your PIN or password, such as your mother’s maiden name, your birthdate or your phone number. Change your passwords regularly.

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, please contact the Granville County Sheriff’s Office at 919-693-3213.

Annual Commissioners’ retreat postponed

The Feb. 18 session of the Granville County Board of Commissioners’ retreat will be postponed until a later date, due to the threat of inclement weather.  


The Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold their annual retreat on Wednesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 5:45 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Due to the continued COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meeting room will be closed to the public.  


Please contact the County Administration Office at 919-693-5240 or  to receive the registration link for the Zoom meeting.   


To view the agenda, please click here.


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Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners





Power outages impact much of Granville County

Granville County Emergency Management continues to relay information to residents regarding weather updates. Working with local power companies, information is also being shared regarding power outages, as work continues to restore power to much of the area. Accumulations of ice over the weekend, coupled with heavily saturated ground and the extent of damage reported, have delayed progress as special equipment is being brought in.


Duke Energy reports that repairs continue as crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power outages after the storm. Nearly 800 additional workers have traveled to the region to assist the more than 600 line workers currently working to restore power.


As crews add updates while they are making repairs, estimated restoration times will become more specific by device for the customer, so please check your specific address on the map for the most recent information at


Granville County residents who are customers of Duke Energy and experience a power outage can report it the following ways:

  • * Visit on a desktop computer or mobile device.
  • * Use the Duke Energy mobile app (download the Duke Energy App on your smartphone via Apple Store or Google Play).
  • * Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).
  • * Call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting system:
    • Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
    • Duke Energy Progress: 800.419.6356 

If enrolled in outage alerts, messages will be sent out when additional updates are available.










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