Granville County Government announces the addition of two new hires to the Administration team.
Terry Hobgood is Granville County’s new Deputy Clerk and will perform administrative work and support for the Clerk to the Board and the County Manager’s Office. Hobgood comes to Granville County Government with experience as City Clerk and Public Information Officer for the City of Creedmoor. A 2017 graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Clerk Certification Institute, he also holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from UNC Wilmington. Hobgood is a native of Oxford and a 2003 graduate of J.F. Webb High School. He currently resides in Durham with his wife Bevan.
Hobgood was hired to fill the role of former Deputy Clerk Patrice Wilkerson, who transferred to the Granville County Department of Social Services.
Granville County’s new Human Resources Specialist is Sheri Bailey, who will provide administrative and program support to the County’s Human Resources Department. Formerly a Licensure Specialist with Vance County Schools, Bailey is certified in H.R.D. Employability Skills/Job Readiness through Vance-Granville Community College and is currently being certified in Human Resource Management from Fayetteville Tech Community College. She is a graduate of Louisburg High School and lives in Henderson.
Bailey replaces the County’s H.R. Specialist Barbara Burwell, who retires at the end of July.
Granville County Government is one of the county’s largest employers, with more than 300 on staff. For more information about positions with Granville County Government, please click here.
A fun-loving industry geared to growing imaginations now operates from the Falls Lake II Business Park in Butner. Nugget Comfort, located at 200 Business Park Drive, creates children’s furniture that doubles as a toy, allowing children to configure colorful foam cushions into many imaginative possibilities.
The basic four-piece couch manufactured at the Butner site, affectionately called “The Nugget,” comes in an assortment of fun colors that appeal to children AND to their parents, with the idea that “play couches” can be easily converted into beds, chairs, slides – even a fort or a playhouse.
“Children are creative people,” company co-founder David Baron has said about the customers he serves. “Our goal was to convince parents that the Nugget would encourage their children’s creativity.”
The idea for “Nugget’ came in an unexpected way as Baron and fellow UNC graduate Ryan Cocca looked for a better option for dorm furniture. After purchasing a futon while a residence hall student, Baron found it uncomfortable and difficult to assemble. Working together, Baron and Cocca developed a more comfortable and versatile modular couch geared to college students.
Their prototype was introduced to Hannah Fussell, an elementary school teacher and fellow UNC alumnus, who suggested that it might be a better fit for young children Together, the three friends co-founded Nugget, opening their company in Durham in 2014. In 2020, Nugget moved into a 93,000+ square foot facility in nearby Butner. According to the Nugget website, the new location is filled with “Willy Wonka – meets – kids – furniture goodness.”
Granville County Economic Development played a role in the relocation, helping identify a building which suited the company’s growing needs. In October of 2020, Nugget was awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority which aided in the expansion and renovation of the building. The $460,000 grant, which required a match from Granville County (approved by the Granville County Board of Commissioners), helped meet basic facility needs – such as electrical, plumbing, piping drywall, flooring and painting – while creating new jobs.
At their new, larger location, Nugget produces thousands of “nuggets” per day. The colorful foam cushions enable children to create any structure they can imagine. An added bonus is that the colorful micro-suede covers are washable and can be easily slipped over the cushions to provide comfort, convenience and versatility, a great selling point for parents with young children. By 2019, “the Nugget” had caught the attention of CNBC, who named it one of the “hottest gifts for kids” during the holiday season.
During the 2020 season, sales skyrocketed when “quarantined” families with young children suddenly found themselves looking for new and creative ways to spend time at home during a nationwide pandemic. “The Nugget” became so popular that more than 200,000 parents asked to be put on a waiting list after an unexpected surge in demand. This newfound popularity helped boost the company’s standing in the children’s furniture market as parents discovered – and are continuing to discover – the value of “The Nugget” in all stages of their children’s development.
“Nugget was born out of a desire to create an ideal futon for the college dorm room,” a company statement reads on their social media page. “Since then, word has spread about our comfy piece of furniture that doubles as the coolest toy in the house. From three-year-olds crawling through a foam tunnel to middle-schoolers in need of a homework chair, Nugget encourages and excites in ways that furniture simply hasn’t before. We’re glad it’s here, and we hope you are too.”
To learn more about Nugget Comfort, visit their website at https://nuggetcomfort.com.
Granville County Veterans Services Officer (VSO) Rodney Frazier announces the addition of Bruce Parrish to the Granville County Veterans Services team. A decorated Army veteran and Granville County native, Parrish will serve as Veterans Services Technician and will assist in meeting the needs of local Veterans.
“We want all of our veterans to know that we are here and ready to assist,” VSO Frazier said. “Bruce brings a plethora of skills to this new role and is passionate about meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters. We welcome him to our team.”
Parrish is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, earning a B.S. degree in Organizational Security and Management. Through his military experience, he offers skills in management, leadership training, security, conflict resolution and problem solving to this new position.
On July 26, the Veterans Services office will move from the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford to 141 Williamsboro Street (former County Administration Office). Frazier says that the new location will be more spacious and better equipped, allowing for a better overall experience for the county’s veteran population.
“We welcome all county veterans and invite them to stop in for a visit after the move,” Frazier said.
The Veterans Services Office can be reached at 919-693-1484.
Beginning August 2, branches of the Granville County Library System will offer Wi-Fi hotspots for “checkout” for patrons age 18 years and older. Through a grant provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), ten hotspots will be available for checkout for seven days to library card holders in good standing, offering unlimited data usage and connectivity from almost anywhere.
Made possible by the State Library of North Carolina and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, the LSTA grant funding will help ensure that all individuals and communities, especially those who may be disadvantaged, have access to information and communication technologies. In most cases, a single hotspot can support up to ten devices simultaneously.
Branches of the Granville County Library System are located in Oxford (Richard H. Thornton Library), Creedmoor (South Branch), Stovall and Berea.
For more information. please contact your local library branch or click here for the Granville County Library System website.
Granville County celebrates 275 years of history and progress on July 24 at the Granville Athletic Park in Oxford. The community-wide event kicks off with the dedication of the Phase III expansion of the Park (9 a.m.) to officially mark the completion of the new amenities. The addition of six tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an all-inclusive playground, a sheltered pavilion, a fitness station, open play space and additional parking are all included in the expansion, which adds 11 acres to the already existing GAP.
Following the dedication will be opening ceremonies for Granville County’s 275th Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m., with a presentation of colors and remarks from local dignitaries. Activities and entertainment are planned throughout the day (until 4 p.m.) as residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the park, choose from a wide variety of food truck menus, enjoy live music and programs, and learn more about resources available throughout the county.
Entertainment from the amphitheater stage includes all local performers and puts a spotlight on community talent ranging from gospel/inspirational singers to jazz/R&B performers. Also included is bluegrass music, local theater, line dancing and more, appealing to all ages and musical preferences.
* 11:00, Frank Sossamon, southern gospel favorites and hymns
* 11:30, Oxford Housing Authority, African drumming demonstration
* 12:00, Mary Potter Community Choir, gospel selections
* 12:30, Silvanus Slaughter, folk, jazz, rhythm & blues
* 1:00, Granville Little Theater, historical skit/musical theater
* 1:30, Gwen Rubio and Friends, mid-day stretch, line dancing
* 2:00, God’s Men of Harmony, a cappella gospel, praise music
* 2:30, Backyard Bluegrass Band, bluegrass, country
* 3:00, Jonathan Abbott, gospel, patriotic favorites
* 3:30, Detroit Yancey, inspirational, jazz, rhythm & blues
Local author Lewis Bowling will be available at the GAP’s Sport Pavilion, signing copies of his new book, “Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History.” This work, a comprehensive review of the last 275 years, tells the County’s story in Bowling’s familiar narrative style and through rare photos. For those who have not yet purchased this coffee-table style book, copies will be available on site, as well as commemorative souvenir coins that mark the County’s milestone anniversary.
Serving as a presentation area for local programs of interest is the GAP’s outdoor classroom space, located along the walking trail in the Jonesland Environmental Preserve. Scheduled programs from this site include:
* 11:00: Our Tobacco Heritage, Gary Cross, N.C. Cooperative Extension,
Granville County, with special guest Billy Yeargin;
* 1:00: Reading Food Labels (informational workshop through the
Creative Lifelong Learning program). Granville County Senior
Services, facilitated by Linda Robinson;
* 3:00: Meet John Penn, featuring the Thornton Library’s North
Carolina Room Specialist Mark Pace
Food trucks on site, with a wide variety of menu items, will be:
* B&T’s Frosty Green Snowballs;
* Cakes by Chelsea;
* D’s Presto;
* Jay Boyz Hot Dogs;
* Kona Ice;
* Mixx D’s;
* Mama’s Funnel Cakes
* Nana’s Kitchen;
* R&J’s Fish, Wings and Things;
* Soul Bachi; and
* Southern Snow.
Almost 50 nonprofit vendors will be participating with exhibits, displays and community resources available throughout the Park. BoHo the Clown and McGruff the Crime Dog will make special appearances throughout the day as children enjoy bouncy houses, fire trucks on display from across the county, and hands-on activities. The Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association will also have vintage farm equipment on display at the Ellok Jones tobacco barn, located near the GAP’s main entrance.
The Granville Athletic Park is located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford. For more details about Granville County’s 275th Anniversary, please call the County Administration Office at 919-603-1308 or visit www.granvillecounty.org/275th.
Members of the Granville County Jury Commission were sworn in on July 1, 2021 by Clerk of Court Yancey Washington and Assistant Clerk Betty Vargo.
Taking the oath were Wilma Moore, appointed by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, who serves as the Commission’s chair; Fann C. Montague, appointed by the Clerk of Superior Court; and William R. Gupton, appointed by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. Pursuant to state law, jury commissions for each of North Carolina’s 100 counties are charged with preparing a master list of jurors every odd-numbered year.
In creating Granville County’s master list, the Jury Commission determines the number of jurors needed by Granville County courts for the next biennium, or two-year period. The Commission then obtains lists of prospective jurors from (1) the N.C. Board of Elections, consisting of registered voters in Granville County; and (2) the N.C. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, comprised of individuals living in Granville County who are licensed to drive. The Commission then culls these lists based upon a list of deceased Granville County residents obtained from the State Registrar and individuals whom Commissioners know are otherwise ineligible.
Once this list of prospective jurors has been fully reviewed, the Commission certifies a “master jury” list to be used by the Granville County courts for the next biennium.
To be eligible for jury service in Granville County, an individual:
* Must be a North Carolina citizen and a resident of Granville County;
* Must be over 18 years of age;
* Must be physically and mentally competent;
* Must be able to hear and understand English;
* Must not have served as a juror during the previous two years, or a
grand juror during the preceding six years;
* Must not be a convicted felon whose citizenship rights have not been
Jury trials are essential to the function of North Carolina courts and have been conducted in Granville County since the county’s formation in 1746.
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 for their regular-scheduled meeting, due to the holiday on Monday, July 5.
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 email@example.com.
To view the agenda, please click here.
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center, is pleased to announce that Tiana Jones will serve as the new Youth Programs Coordinator for Granville County Teen Court and Juvenile Community Service Programs.
Jones brings experience as a Juvenile Restitution and Community Service Program Specialist in Wake County and has strong ties to Teen Court, serving as a youth attorney while in high school and returning as an adult volunteer case manager a few years later. A native of Granville County, she is a graduate of South Granville High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, earning her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
“I am very excited to be back in Granville County and to have the opportunity to work with this program and the community as a whole,” Jones said of her new role. “Through these programs, it is my hope that we will be able to increase our reach, address needs and enhance the overall development and experiences of youth in our county.”
Jones was tapped to fill this position when former coordinator Charissa Puryear transitioned into the County Extension Director role. Puryear, who had served as coordinator for 16 years, says that Jones will be a valuable asset to the youth of Granville County.
“Ms. Jones has the experience and passion to serve and support our youth, and is well prepared to help expand minds and connect families to critical resources,” Puryear stated. “She is passionate about community engagement, as well as youth leadership, and will bring a wealth of opportunities to Granville County youth.”
As Youth Programs Coordinator, Jones will also implement the new Sentencing Circles Diversion program.
Jones can be reached by contacting the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, Granville County Center, at 919-603-1350 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Granville County Sheriff Charles Noblin asks all citizens to join him in making the Fourth of July holiday a happy and enjoyable one for all residents and visitors.
Highways during the July 4th weekend traditionally experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. Sheriff Noblin reminds all Granville County residents to follow these safety tips:
- * Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead or fix your gaze on one point in the road;
- * When passing another vehicle, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer, giving you an extra few seconds to respond;
- * Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course;
- * Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s goo
The Sheriff also reminds that fireworks can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 13,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks each year. Residents who handle fireworks to help celebrate the holiday should follow these guidelines:
- * Always follow the instructions on the packaging;
- * Light only one firework at the time;
- * Never give fireworks to small children;
- * Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution;
- * Make sure the person lighting the fireworks wears eye protection;
- * Never throw or point fireworks towards people, animals, structures or flammable materials;
- * Store fireworks in a cool, dry place, away from children and pets.
“Following these precautions will help all of us stay safe and healthy during the July 4th holiday,” Noblin added. “Let’s make this an enjoyable weekend, and summer, for everyone.”
Effective July 1, 2021, construction and demolition (C&D) debris/wastes will no longer be accepted at the County’s seven (7) convenience sites. Materials no longer accepted include insulation; carpet/tiles; plywood/particle board; wood from construction sites/buildings; asphalt (from roads); gypsum/sheetrock; shingles; bricks; plastics; salvaged building components (doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, etc); and site-clearing materials such as trees, stumps, earth and rock.
The decision to no longer accept these items at the county-owned landfills was made by the Granville County Board of Commissioners at their budget workshop this past May, citing reasons of safety and capacity. Prior to this action, Granville was the sole remaining county in the region still accepting C&D materials at its convenience sites.
“Trucks from neighboring counties were often coming here to bring their construction waste, causing traffic backups and overfilled dumpsters that led to early closures at some sites,” said Jason Falls, Environmental Services Director. “The recommendation to close our sites to C&D materials did not come easy, but was necessary. The landfill in Oxford is better equipped to handle these loads.”
All C&D landfills must be permitted by the NC Department of Environmental Quality and receive routine inspections while following a strict operating plan. Falls notes that the Oxford Landfill, located at 6595 Landfill Road, has such a permit and will be accepting these types of waste materials from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A free of $38 per ton will be accessed for C&D waste brought to the landfill.
Granville County’s seven (7) convenience sites are located in Butner, Oxford, Wilton, Berea, Grassy Creek, Oak Hill and Bullock. For more information about Granville County’s convenience sites, please click here.