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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Granville!

Granville County is bringing in the holiday season! Mark your calendars for these upcoming holiday events:

 

A Gift Wrapping and Cookie Swap will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford on Saturday, Dec. 7. Hours are from noon until 5 p.m. While wrapping gifts and enjoying hot chocolate, participants will sample cookies and share cookie recipes. All gift wrapping supplies will be provided. For more details, contact Adult Services Librarian Stefani Perry at 919-693-1121.

 

The “Young At Heart Chorus” will present a Holiday Sing-A-Long on Monday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. This singing group, formed through the Creative Lifelong Learning Program of Granville County Senior Services, will include holiday favorites and special treats.  Call Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930 for more information.

 

Learn how to make holiday candles and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at your Granville County public library. The Library System’s “Crafternoon” series continues with a workshop at the Stovall Library on Dec. 9 (2 p.m.), the South Branch in Creedmoor on Dec. 11 (6:30 p.m.) and the Berea Library on Dec. 19 (5:30 p.m.) Registration is required to reserve materials for this event. For details, contact Stefani Perry at 919-693-1121.

 

Want to make your own personalized Christmas gift? Join the Granville County Library System for these fun Cricut workshops. Bring your own coffee mugs, plates or other items you would like to have personalized to the Stovall Library (Dec. 11), the Berea Library (Dec. 12), or the South Branch in Creedmoor (Dec. 18). All workshops will be held at 2 p.m. and supplies will be provided. The event is for ages 18 and up. Call Stefani Perry at 919-693-1121.

 

A Barn Quilt Painting Class will be held on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. Scheduled through the Creative Lifelong Learning program, the class offers an opportunity to learn more about quilt designs as participants create their own painting for themselves or for a holiday gift. Nancy Peele will serve as instructor for this class. Register by calling Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930.

 

Make a wooden snowman with “Crafts for Every Season,” offered through the Creative Lifelong Learning program of Granville County Senior Services. This hands-on workshop will be held on Dec. 13 from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. Instructor is Christine Luscavich. Call Marilyn Howard at 919-693-1930 to register.

 

Have your pets’ photos made with Santa and enjoy refreshments as the Animal Shelter hosts its annual holiday event. Santa will be available on Dec. 14 beginning at 11 a.m. at Coldwell Banker Advantage, 2555-A Capital Drive in Creedmoor. For details, contact the Granville County Animal Shelter at 919-693-6749.

 

Create your own hand-crafted holiday chocolates at the Thornton Library on Dec. 14. Beginning at 2 p.m., make (and sample) peppermint chocolate candies. (Must be 18 years of age and older to participate.) Contact Stefani Perry, Adult Services Librarian, at 919-693-1121.

 

Santa and his elves will be turning the South Branch Library in Creedmoor into a winter wonderland from 4 until 6 p.m. on Dec. 18. Bring your kids for pictures, greetings and special Christmas wishes. Or enjoy Stories with Santa at the Thornton Library in Oxford at 5 p.m.– while making a fun holiday craft—on the same day! Visit www.https://granville.lib.nc.us to learn more!

 

It’s Movie Night at the Thornton Library in Oxford on Dec. 20. Bring your entire family to enjoy “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 6 p.m. The movie experience will be made complete with popcorn for everyone! Call the library at 919-693-1121 for details.

 

Enjoy holiday music as the South Branch Library hosts a Christmas Piano Student Recital on Dec. 21. Performances begin at 3 p.m., refreshments will be served. To learn more about this event, call Penelope Mason, Branch Manager, at 919-528-1752.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Bowling to host book signing at Thornton Library

Local author and historian Lewis Bowling will host a “meet and greet” and book signing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. The event will be held at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford and will introduce Bowling’s book, “Sam Ragan: North Carolina’s Literary Godfather.”

 

Sam Ragan, also known as the “Berea Bard,” was born to a tobacco farming family in Berea, NC and began writing poetry in grade school. The son of William Samuel Ragan and Emma Clare (Long) Ragan, he would later embark on a career in journalism, where he fine-tuned his writing skills. Except for three years’ service in the U.S. Army, Ragan dedicated his life to the newspaper industry and the written word. His career, which spanned several decades, included work at The San Antonio Evening News in Texas, the Raleigh News and Observer – where he served as state editor, and then executive/managing editor – and The Pilot in Southern Pines, which he purchased in 1968. His column, “Southern Accent” was the oldest and longest-running column in the United States, and was read in 43 states and in 24 foreign countries.

 

Ragan’s works also include six collections of verse and four non-fiction books. In 1982, Governor Jim Hunt appointed the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame recipient as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. Other honors include the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts and two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as many other achievements.

 

Lewis Bowling’s book, which will be discussed at the Dec. 8 event, describes why Ragan “justly deserves the title of ‘North Carolina’s Literary Godfather.’” An author with accomplishments of his own, Bowling has penned six books on Granville County history – including a book commemorating the 200th anniversary of the City of Oxford – and three books pertaining to sports. Also raised on a tobacco farm in rural Granville County, Bowling has a passion for writing and is a regular contributor to local newspapers with his history column “Looking Back,” which has been published in the Oxford Public Ledger and the Butner Creedmoor News. He now resides in Durham, where he teaches and continues to write.

 

On Sunday, Bowling invites the public to hear more about the life and accomplishments of Granville County’s own Sam Ragan. For more details, contact the Thornton Library at 919-693-1121.

 

The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford and is one of four branches of the Granville County Library System. To learn more about upcoming events in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea, please visit https://granville.lib.nc.us.

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Elections announces dates for filing period

The Granville County Board of Elections announces that the filing period for eleven seats is now in progress and ends on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at noon.

 

Local offices up for election are as follows:

 

NC House District 2

NC House District 32

NC Senate District 22

Register of Deeds

County Commissioner District 1 Seat

County Commissioner District 3 Seat

County Commissioner District 4 Seat

County Commissioner District 5 Seat

Board of Education District 1 Seat

Board of Education District 2 Seat

Board of Education District 6 Seat

 

The filing fee must be paid with an individual check or money order. Business or corporate checks are not acceptable.

 

Any candidates that file at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh should come by the local Board of Elections office and have their Notice of Candidacy form verified by the Director before going to file at the State Board of Elections.

 

Please note that the filing period for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor will not begin until noon on Monday, June 8, 2020 and end at noon on Monday, July 6, 2020.

 

The Board of Elections office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will not close for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone with questions about filing can contact the Board of Elections office at 919-693-2515. The office is located at 208 Wall Street in Oxford.

Implementation of Medicaid Managed Care suspended

In 2015, the N.C. General Assembly enacted legislation directing the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to transition Medicaid and N.C. Health Choice from fee-for-service to managed care. Under managed care, the state contracts with insurance companies, which are paid a predetermined set rate per person to provide all services.

 

The Department was on track to go live on Feb. 1, 2020; however, with the adjournment of the N.C Legislature without taking the action required, all actions have been suspended. N.C. Medicaid will continue to operate under the current fee-for-service model, with Medicaid beneficiaries continuing to receive Medicaid care and services with no changes. Primary care providers will stay the same, and beneficiaries will not need to choose a Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan at this time.

 

If you, or someone you know, receives Medicaid. visit N.C. Medicaid’s Division of Health Benefits website (click on the link below) for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. For other questions, please call the Medicaid Contact Center at 1-888-245-0179. The Contact Center is open Monday through Friday from 1 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/medicaid-managed-care-questions-and-answers-beneficiaries

 

 

 

 

 

Brummitt and Hicks earn certifications from NENA

Granville County’s Emergency Communications (9-1-1) Director Trent Brummitt and Training Coordinator Stacy Hicks have been certified by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

 

ENP Certification is a tool that establishes benchmarks for performance, signifying competence in the field. Those who successfully complete certification demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge required for emergency number program management, help raise industry standards, and confirm their commitment to the 9-1-1 profession. Candidates must meet eligibility requirements, complete an application (after an approval process) and pass the ENP exam. Once certification is earned, the credentials must be maintained by fulfilling re-certification requirements every four years, or passing the exam again prior to the re-certification deadline.

 

The Emergency Communications Center is under the direction of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office. All telecommunicators are certified through the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission, as well as being certified as Division of Criminal Information (DCI) terminal operators through the State Bureau of Investigation. In addition, telecommunicators are certified and trained in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), which enables them to give pre-arrival first aid over the telephone and in Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD), which enables them to gather scene-specific information to relay to responders.

 

 

 

 

In addition to the required certifications, Brummitt and Hicks are now two of 84 certified ENP’s (Emergency Number Professionals) across the entire state.

Granville County book recognized by N.C. Genealogical Society

Granville County Library Clerk Chotsey Winborne of the Berea Branch Library has been recognized by the N.C. Genealogical Society with the Award for Excellence in a Publication Relevant to North Carolina Genealogy. Her book, “Berea Notebook: Tracing the Early History of Berea, North Carolina through Property Deeds,” was singled out at the organization’s annual conference, held on Nov. 2 in Raleigh.

 

The N.C. Genealogical Society’s website lists all winners awarded at the conference, calling Winborne’s work “painstaking,” as well as “an interesting take on researching the history of an area.” The book details the early history of the Berea vicinity by tracing land ownership through property deeds. Many of the deeds are platted and the book includes colorful illustrations with clear links to ownership of the properties. 

 

“Berea Notebook” is available at all four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford (Richard H. Thornton branch), Creedmoor (South Branch), Berea and Stovall. Learn more about the statewide awards at https://www.ncgenealogy.org/latest/2019-ncgs-awards/.

 

(Winborne is pictured on the far right, back row, along with winners from all over the state.)

 

   

 

 

 

 

Public hearing to be held at December Commissioners meeting

All interested persons please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Granville County Board of Commissioners pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1 on December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.

 

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear the views of the public on aiding and encouraging the location or expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, Project FNP, specifically as follows: the expansion of a manufacturing company in Granville County to expand its existing facility. The company will invest approximately $893,000 and employ potentially 22 new employees. The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $8,750 in accordance with the County’s funding policy.

 

This project will be funded with general County operating funds. The cost to the County of the County-funded capital improvements will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment in the project over a period not to exceed five years.

 

The public benefits to be derived from the making of these improvements include the development of industrial properties which will increase the County’s tax base to better provide for County services, and to increase employment opportunities within the County.

 

All interested citizens are invited and urged to attend.

 

Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Granville County

Board of Commissioners

Notice of Public Hearing, scheduled for Dec. 2

All interested persons please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Granville County Board of Commissioners pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1 on December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.

 

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear the views of the public on aiding and encouraging the location or expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, Project Adam, specifically as follows: the expansion of a manufacturing company in Granville County to expand its existing facility. The company will invest approximately $400,000 and employ potentially 10 new employees. The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $5,000 in accordance with the County’s funding policy.

 

This project will be funded with general County operating funds. The cost to the County of the County-funded capital improvements will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment in the project over a period not to exceed five years.

 

The public benefits to be derived from the making of these improvements include the development of industrial properties which will increase the County’s tax base to better provide for County services, and to increase employment opportunities within the County.

 

All interested citizens are invited and urged to attend.

 

Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Granville County

 

 

 

Board of Commissioners

It’s Native American Indian Heritage Month

The month of November marks an observance of Native American Indian Heritage Month, and the Richard H. Thornton Library is helping showcase this observance with a display of arrowheads and other artifacts from the private collection of North Carolina Room Specialist and historian Mark Pace. The collection includes pottery shards, spear points, arrowheads and primitive tools that Pace has collected for more than 50 years.

 

Pace says he found his first arrowhead when he was eight years old on his grandfather’s farm in Johnston County. That find – with a fluted point – got him hooked, and led him to continue his quest to uncover more. In all, he has more than 25,000 pieces in his collection, some of which have been verified as being thousands of years old.

 

“Looking for artifacts is therapeutic to me,” Pace says of this passion he has followed for most of his life. “I’m not a golfer, but I compare this to making a hole in one. When I find one, it’s a great win.”

 

Pace’s collection includes artifacts from many areas of the state. The most he has found in one day, he recollects, were 60 pieces uncovered near Williamsboro. Those finds, as well as many others, he keeps in boxes in his home, with a few choice pieces displayed in a handcrafted case in his living room.

 

“I often wonder about the people who made and used these,” he says. “If whole civilizations were here so many years before us, how permanent are we?”

 

Ironically, the first piece Pace found in Johnston County, back when he was an eight-year-old, has since been dated to be 10,000 years old. This fluted point arrowhead, one of the oldest in his collection, is a rare find that has been documented in archeology journals and is part of the display at the Thornton Library through the end of this month.

 

“Everyone knows how much I love history and genealogy,” Pace adds. “We all have to remember that history goes back way before 1746, when Granville County was formed. Years from now, there will be those who will be learning about us. I wonder what they will find?”

 

(A display for Native American Indian Heritage Month is also featured at the South Branch Library in Creedmoor, as well as books available for checkout at the Stovall and Berea branches.)

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granville County Emergency Services offers fire safety tips

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the danger of fire typically increases, with most of those fires starting in the kitchen or outside cooking area.

 

Granville County Emergency Services advises residents not to leave the stove or oven unattended when cooking, and to have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the home. It is recommended that there should be a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each floor.

 

“A good fire extinguisher can save lives and property,” Emergency Services Director Logan says. “Make sure to keep one handy and know how to use it!”

 

 Other fire safety tips provided by FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration include these:

1.     Ranges account for the largest share of home cooking fire incidents. Be sure to watch what you are cooking;

2.     Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to quickly cover possible flames;

3.     Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove;

4.     Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up when cooking. Clothing is often the first item ignited during cooking fires;

5.     Help prevent outdoor cooking fires by using grills and turkey fryers away from siding or deck railings;

6.     Never leave grills, fire pits, turkey fryers or patio torches unattended;

7.     If frying a turkey, remember that an over-filled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside;

8.     Dispose of coals – after they have cooled – in a metal can. If frying a turkey, let hot grease cool before disposing of it

9.     Turkey fryers can easily overturn and start a fire. Be sure the base is sturdy and watch carefully;

10.  Keep kids and pets away from hot surfaces.

 

“The holiday season shouldn’t be anything but happy reunions and celebrations, never tragedy as the result of a fire,” Logan says. 

 

If you have any questions about smoke detectors or fire extinguishers, Logan recommends a call to your local fire department.

 

 

Granville County Emergency Services wishes all residents a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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