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Christopher Dethmers Appointed to Serve as Granville VSO

Posted July 1, 2022


Christopher Dethmers


The Granville County Veterans Services Office will be led by new Veterans Services Officer (VSO), Christopher Dethmers. Dethmers’ role as VSO is focused on providing a wide range of services, programs, and support to Veterans and their families including connecting local Veterans to services provided by US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  


Dethmers is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard. Dethmers enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, and served six years stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a member of the 2nd Marine Division (2nd MARDIV) and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004-2005. In 2008 he joined the NC Army National Guard Active Guard Reserve (AGR). During his time in the National Guard Dethmers served as Platoon SGT, 1st SG, Readiness NCO, and as a Recruiter. Dethmers was again deployed to Iraq in 2019-2020 with the 30th Brigade Combat Team and retired from the National Guard in 2022. He is also the co-founder of the Granville-Vance Warriors Anonymous PTSD group for Veterans and law enforcement.


Dethmers is a Henderson native, a graduate of Vance-Granville Community College, and still resides in Vance County with his wife of 21 years, Lindsy Dethmers. He and Lindsy have three children (Becca, Izzy, and Austin) and are the proud grandparents of Brynly Skye Boone. He attends Clearview Baptist Church in Henderson and Delrayno Baptist Church in Oxford.  


“I’m honored that Granville County has entrusted me to serve as Veterans Services Officer,” said Dethmers. “My career has been dedicated to serving my country in the US Marine Corps and the NC Army National Guard. I cannot think of a better way to continue my career by working with and for my fellow Veterans by providing support and resources to Granville County Veterans and their families. I’m excited to get started, and I look forward to connecting our Veterans to services and expanding programs that will enhance the great support they already receive from Granville County.”


The Veterans Services office is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 5 and is located at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. The public may contact Veterans Services staff by calling 919-693-1484 or visit the Granville County website.

July 5, 2022 Regular Meeting Notice

Posted June 30, 2022


The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Tuesday, July 5, 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


July 5, 2022 Agenda.

Granville County Welcomes Audrey Boone as Economic Development Specialist

Posted June 30, 2022


Audrey Boone


The Granville County Economic Development Office recently welcomed Audrey Boone as the county’s new Economic Development Specialist. Boone’s primary focus will be recruitment of new industries to Granville County, particularly promoting the Triangle North Granville business park near Oxford.


Audrey Boone brings nearly a decade of experience in economic development, sales, and marketing to her position with Granville County. Boone most recently served as the Executive Director of the Gainesville, Texas Economic Development Corporation near the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. During her tenure in Gainesville, Boone was responsible for recruitment of industries with a focus on promoting Gainesville’s “shovel-ready” sites. Boone also worked with state and local government partners to develop attractive incentive/grant packages to prospective businesses. She led the efforts to develop Gainesville’s largest industrial property into a rail-served industrial park with Strategic Rail Industrial Services, representing a $274 million economic impact to the City of Gainesville.


Before leading the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, Boone served as the Manager of Marketing and Engagement with the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation, which serves the Bryan/College Station region, home to Texas A&M University. She also led marketing and business development efforts for the Abilene Industrial Foundation in Abilene, Texas. Boone has extensive leadership experience with professional organizations serving as a board member of the Texas Economic Development Council and as a member of its Executive Committee, serving as Treasurer of the Workforce Solutions Texoma Board, and holds memberships in good standing with the Southern Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council. Boone is a graduate of Piedmont University in Demorest, Georgia where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management, Finance, and Marketing. She is currently pursuing her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Boone is an avid community volunteer, dedicating her free time to the Big Brother Big Sister program, Kiwanis, United Way, and other nonprofit organizations.


“Granville County is an excellent area primed for growth and I am excited to continue my professional journey here,” said Audrey Boone. “There are incredible assets across the county and I’m eager to start sharing Granville’s story with industries domestically and internationally that could one day Grow with Granville.”


The Economic Development Office is located at 310 Williamsboro Street in Oxford and the staff can be reached by calling 919-693-5911.

June 30, 2022 Emergency Meeting Notice

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. 


Administration Office to Briefly Close for Plumbing Repair

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.


Administration directory.


Human Resources directory.

Board of Elections Meeting Notice

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. 


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Granville Cooperative Extension Welcomes Summer Intern

Posted June 27, 2022


Chaniya Williams


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.

Granville County Welcomes Summer Civic Leadership Participants

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.

Two Granville County Students Receive Careers in Conservation Scholarships

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:

Board of Elections Meeting Notice

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.

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