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New Vance-Granville Court Reporting Program is the Only One of its Kind in the State

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HENDERSON, NC (February 16, 2024) — Vance-Granville Community College proudly announces the launch of its new Court Reporting program this spring. When classes begin at the college’s Franklin Campus in March 2024, VGCC will become the only community college in North Carolina offering this fast-paced program.

 

The court reporting profession plays a critical role in ensuring that legal proceedings are accurately documented for future reference. Using specialized dictation equipment, court reporters produce real-time transcriptions of courtroom proceedings. At the time of publication, there are open reporting positions in North Carolina state courts with annual starting salaries above $45,000 and maximum salaries surpassing $80,000 per year.

 

Vance-Granville has implemented Court Reporting as a Continuing Education program, meaning that it is designed to be completed by adults who are already in the workforce; participants can successfully complete the training for their new career without the demands of a full-time class schedule. This particular program consists of four courses, each of which typically lasts four to eight weeks. According to Instructor Richard Jester, students committed to an accelerated pace could potentially complete the full program in the span of a single semester. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the career’s national certification test.

 

At its launch, the new program will only be offered at the VGCC Franklin Campus in Louisburg. Jester anticipates offering portions of the program online in the future.

 

To learn more about Court Reporting and other career-enhancing programs at Vance-Granville Community College, please contact Lisa Rodwell, Director of Occupational Extension, at rodwelle@vgcc.edu or 252-738-3276. Register for this program today at www.vgcc.edu/coned/oex.

 

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About Vance-Granville Community College: Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. With a service area the size of Rhode Island, VGCC is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and Adult High School Diploma programs.

 

Contact: Courtney Cissel, Public Information Officer cisselc@vgcc.edu • 252-738-3484

Granville Health System Announces 4th Quarter DAISY Award® Honoree

 

OXFORD, NC, February 12, 2024 – Granville Health System has announced its fourth quarter winner of the DAISY award. Crystal Paynter, BSN, RN was awarded The DAISY Award® on February 2, 2024. Crystal, a nurse in our Surgical Services department, was nominated for the DAISY Award by a coworker.

 

“Crystal had been granted her request for a day off to go on a field trip with her daughter. She knew we were going to be busy, so she contacted our Coordinator to volunteer to come to work for a few hours in the morning to help us out. On this morning a pediatric patient came to the recovery room in severe respiratory distress. Crystal was not assigned to recovery duties that day but saw that this patient needed help. She immediately took over, taking care of the needs of this patient while the recovery room nurse monitored vital signs and charted. Crystal tended to the needs of this patient, holding the patient in her lap, cared for the patient as if it was her own child, and made the patient as comfortable as possible until the patient’s oxygen levels had improved. When Crystal saw that the patient was stable, she turned the patient over to the parents before finally leaving to go do her duties of being a mom to her daughter. I feel like God put Crystal right where she needed to be to help this tiny patient AND this grateful coworker!”

 

The Award is part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. Granville Health System is among many healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.

 

“It is my honor to present this well-deserved DAISY Award to Crystal,” said Ann Marie Holtzman-Wheeler, Chief Nursing Officer, Granville Health System. “She has demonstrated compassionate nursing care, and we are grateful for her commitment to care for our patients in the communities that we serve.”

 

Nurses are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues from Granville Health System. To submit an online nomination form, click here, or visit the GHS website at www.ghsHospital.org.

 

About Granville Health System:

For over a century, Granville Health System has been at the forefront of quality healthcare. To cater to the evolving needs of its community, Granville Health System has extended its services throughout Granville County, ensuring convenient medical care access for its residents. The Granville Health System main campus can be found at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more details, visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lauren B. Roberson

919-690-3180 lbroberson@granvillemedical.com

343 VGCC Students Named to President's and Dean's Lists for the Fall 2023 Semester

 

Vance-Granville Community College is proud to announce that 154 students earned President’s List academic honors and another 189 earned Dean’s List academic honors during the fall 2023 semester, which ended in December. Congratulations to these students for all their hard work!

 

The President’s List recognizes students who achieved a perfect 4.0 quality point average while carrying a full load (12 credit hours or more) in 100-level or higher courses leading to a diploma or degree. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a quality point average of at least 3.5 but less than 4.0 and have no grade lower than “B,” while carrying a full load of courses as described above.

 

Fall Semester President’s List honorees are listed below by program of study and then by residence. The Dean’s List follows the President’s List.

 

Accounting & Finance:

Shannon M. Currin-Wilkerson and Paige Nixon, both of Henderson;

Deanna C. Gordon of Norlina;

Delbar Sarwari of Youngsville

 

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology:

Marvin Y. Alvarado Romero of Henderson

 

Associate in Arts:

Saylor M. Gray of Bullock;

Noah B. King of Butner;

Brenda G. Euceda-Colindres, Ethan W. Frank, and Natalie R. Panganiban, all of Creedmoor;

Spencer R. Addison and Jena S. Schneller, both of Franklinton;

Launtica H. Brown, LauNtina H. Brown, Jiya C. Davis, Christina A. Dobbs, Aliayah D. Superville, Kayla U. Terry, and Alexandria J. White, all of Henderson;

MacIe E. Fleming and MacKenzie R. Stallings, both of Macon;

Yahir Hernandez-Garcia of Oxford;

Madison V. Eaton, Anna A. Fields, and Caitlyn L. Lister, all of Wake Forest;

Kristen K. Labra-Franco of Warrenton;

Kayla A. Puca of Youngsville

 

Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts:

Abigail G. Shaeffer of Franklinton;

Abigail E. Atkinson and Yandel Hernandez-Garcia, both of Oxford

 

Associate in Science:

Alexandra K. Brantley of Bunn;

Lydia M. Lewis of Butner;

Leilah R. Allen, Isabella C. Bechtel, McKenzie S. Chamberlain, and Brooke M. Woodcock, all of Creedmoor;

Alaija N. Alexander, Damian Daniel, and Christopher T. Grainger, all of Franklinton;

Jeremy S. Ivey, Matthew M. Lamey, and Marie P. O'Donoghue, all of Henderson;

Kitt M. Story of Louisburg;

Clariza Ramirez of Macon;

William X. Short of Norlina;

Andrew M. Arnott, Bryan M. Bautista, Evan S. Daniel, Grayson B. Gaul, Emma B. Powers, and Declan E. Sellers, all of Oxford;

Brady C. Eaton of Wake Forest;

Aubrey R. Campbell and Allison D. Sandell, both of Youngsville;

Haley J. Jones of Zebulon

 

Automotive Systems Technology:

Austin E. House of Henderson

 

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma:

Marcus D. Pierce of Franklinton;

Nicholas P. Wincovich of Louisburg

 

Business Administration:

Caden S. Klick of Raleigh;

Holder A. Mills of Wake Forest;

Logan Kurth of Youngsville

 

College Transfer Pathway:

Kathryn C. Folger and Logan M. Hite, both of Bullock;

Delaney M. Lowery, Karen V. Lucas-Rebollar, and Margaret G. McIlroy, all of Franklinton;

Kendall Ayscue, Noah A. Bean, Kaylan A. Blackwell, Chevy Chiem, Cassidy G. Hicks, Carly N. Howard,

Thuy P. Nguyen, and Lauren N. Taylor, all of Henderson;

Destiny S. Wilkerson of Kittrell;

Heba M. Issa and Adam W. Saleh, both of Louisburg;

Soha A. Algathi, Elizabeth A. Jones, Jacquelin Jose, Maya J. Lloyd, Marleigh G. Swanner, and Hannah T. Twisdale, all of Oxford;

Gracie A. Bullock of Stem;

Celeste V. Nugent, Rebekah F. Speier, Niles Tuttle, and Addison S. Wieberg, all of Wake Forest;

Ashtyn R. Turner and Caleb T. Wilson, both of Youngsville

 

Cosmetology:

Bianca Spies of Creedmoor;

Akyvia Alston and Jamaica N. Tuck, both of Henderson;

Alexis K. Perry of Louisburg;

Raina M. Hershberger of Oxford;

Liana G. Boyd of Raleigh;

Kailani J. Rivera of Wake Forest;

Casey N. Elliott and Jazsmin L. Kearney, both of Warrenton;

Kirsten Breeding and Samantha R. Westra, both of Youngsville

 

Criminal Justice Technology:

Markeith T. Ragland of Henderson;

Nicholas A. Bankert of Littleton;

Michael W. Sledge of Roanoke Rapids

 

Early Childhood Education:

Jessica M. Herman of Creedmoor

 

Early Childhood Education Diploma:

Adia M. Ford-Alston of Louisburg

 

Electrical System Technology:

Lucas K. Bohannon, Braden K. Cooper, James L. Hunt, and James W. Matthews, all of Henderson;

Matthew J. Reynolds of Louisburg;

Anthony J. Cujas of Oxford;

Brian D. Goss of Stem

 

Electronics Engineering Technology:

Daniel I. Randolph of Butner;

Jarrett L. Webster of Creedmoor;

Jaylen T. Bridges of Oxford

 

General Science AGE Degree:

Davis O. Orang'i of Apex;

Emily A. Sanchez of Butner;

Bailee Robinson of Henderson;

Leah M. Twara of Knightdale;

Odessa E. Johnson of Mebane;

Asia K. Prillaman of Oxford

 

Histotechnology:

Amarachi F. Eze of Franklinton

 

Human Services Technology — Substance Abuse

Christina M. Chiappette of Zebulon

 

Information Technology:

Chelsea A. McIntosh of Creedmoor;

Spencer A. Merrett of Durham;

Geoffrey S. Horton and Christian T. Oakley, both of Franklinton;

Kaitlyn M. Harris and Jacob D. Peace, both of Henderson;

Christopher L. Hawkins of Louisburg;

Sierra L. Ross of Norlina;

Owen C. Pienkosz and Keithia S. Rainey, both of Oxford;

Aaron M. Comer of Rougemont;

Tyson W. Carpenter and Christopher R. Deitz, both of Stem;

Bryan T. Fuller of Warrenton

 

Information Technology — Cyber Security Support:

Samantha L. Diard of Raleigh

 

Information Technology Diploma:

Christian Sanford of Henderson

 

Mechatronics Engineering Technology:

Malcolm T. Brownson and Christopher S. Dominguez, both of Henderson;

Colby C. West of Norlina

 

Medical Office Administration:

Terri W. Perkinson of Clayton;

Tiara D. Riggs of Warrenton

 

Paralegal Technology:

Ashanti D. Alston of Norlina

 

Paralegal Technology Diploma:

Jasmine R. Parker of Henderson

 

Public Safety Administration:

Jeffrey T. Cannady of Durham;

Christopher S. Pendergrass of Henderson;

Aaron D Porterfield of Wake Forest

 

Radiography:

Jenna M. Curry of Stem

 

Welding Technology:

Brett A. Freeland of Creedmoor;

Harrison L. Nash and Thomas F. Turner, both of Henderson

 

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Fall Semester Dean’s List honorees are listed below by program of study and then by residence.

 

Accounting & Finance:

Diamond N. Matos of Franklinton;

Zachary Vick of Oxford

 

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology:

Caleb A. Hicks of Oxford

 

Associate in Arts:

Hunter C. Bailey, Leidy S. Chavez, Bobbie D. Cooper, Mark J. Panganiban Jr., Ayden J. Koonce, Audrey R. Leap, Savannah A. Moore, and Adalia A. Stephan, all of Creedmoor;

Liza L. Sneed-Adams of Durham;

Sienna W. Armani, Micah Jones, and Connor M. Thompson, all of Franklinton;

Annette Gomez Mancilla, Lisa R. Hayes, Aiyanna U. Jones, Calvin A. Kinyon, Nakirah B. Martin-Watson, Timyra D. Nicholson, William D. Parrott, Kadarrius Peace, Deja K. Perry, Terry T. Perry, Trinity F. Williams, and Charlotte R. Wortham, all of Henderson;

Sydney T. Hockaday and Ermelinda Z. Sanchez-Tehan, both of Kittrell;

Praise Austin and Adrianna K. Wilson, both of Littleton;

Rianne E. Mitchell, Hailey N. Murphy, Mathilda Nieto, and Skylar L. Watkins, all of Louisburg;

Raleigh E. Pierce and Bailee M. Willis, both of Macon;

Chandler N. Kearsey of Manson;

James L. Bowen of Norlina;

Selena E. Moretz-Cruz and Julianna M. Williford, both of Oxford;

Jadalynn F. Rivas of Spring Hope;

Hailey S. Anderson, Keira L. Enloe, Allen M. Garcia, Kyndal B. Satterfield, and Maycee B. Thompson, all of Stem;

Jonah N. Dela Fuente of Wake Forest;

Shakira S. Bryant, Eder L. Galindez-Martinez, Ziquan D. Hymon, Ayana Phillips, Devon E. Taranto, and Gabriela Vela-Leos, all of Warrenton;

Mia K. Reavis and Victoria Z. Sema, both of Youngsville;

Alicia C. Bennett and Elizabeth R. Miranda, both of Zebulon

 

Associate in Science:

Jasmine Holland of Chapel Hill;

Joydan N. Johnson and Kayla B. Ortiz-Vargas, both Creedmoor;

Helen E. Carter and Yadiel R. Cruz, both of Franklinton;

Emad Alashmli, Anahi Carreno Serna, Melonique A. Lewis, Chania O. Miller, Madison L. Richardson, Katlyn N. Singleton, and Antavious E. Terry, all of Henderson;

Bryce L. Tilghman of Kittrell;

Zaccary A. Coombs, Abigail M. Griffin, and Jazlyn A. Usher, all of Louisburg;

Madison R. Hetrick and Caleb Willis, both of Norlina;

Annabelle K. Arness, Cristian Fierros-Cheluca, and Ciara G. Jones, all of Oxford;

Beatrice N. Chavis of Raleigh;

Anadelia Rodriguez Guerrer of Stem;

Caleb S. Ferrell of Timberlake;

Kurtis Kline and Zachary W. Novak, both of Youngsville;

Victoria A. Pereda of Zebulon

 

Bioprocess Technology:

Alan A. Ascencio of Bullock;

Iryonna Richardson of Louisburg

 

Business Administration:

Hailey A. Lynch, Caleb C. Shumate, and Karah N. Vaughn, all of Franklinton;

Josalyn D. Brandon, Keyasha R. Cheek, Jacqueline D. Jones, and Victoria A. Markham, all of Henderson;

Rineesha D. Burrell of Oxford;

Christopher D. Hutchings of Rougemont

 

Business Administration — Business Management:

Adam T. Sultan of Rolesville

 

College Transfer Pathway:

Brisa S. Bello Sifuentes and Emmalee D Hicks, both of Creedmoor;

Serenity D. Jordan of Franklinton;

Reem M. Alashmaly, Colby T. Bargfrede, Harlie A. Culbreth, and Hunter W. Woodlief, all of Henderson;

Alaina F. Bullock, Cadence G. Hoyle, Taylor R. Stancil, and Emily G. Wilkinson, all of Oxford;

Allie E. Currin of Rougemont;

Luannie Arreola of Stem;

Ashley E. Anglade and Frank Debelak, both of Wake Forest;

Ayden J. Franklin of Youngsville

 

Cosmetology:

Caleigh A. Murphy of Castalia;

Taylor H. Sullivan of Franklinton;

Michelle Lopez of Henderson;

Laquitta R. Marrow, Sinia S. Smith, and Darcel A. Thornton, all of Oxford;

Lauren N. Kennedy and Ayanna C. Rivera, both of Wake Forest;

Anita R. James and Jimisha Parham, both of Warrenton

 

Criminal Justice Technology:

Michael C. Lane and Jade A. Latta, both of Creedmoor;

Franchester D. Isreal of Manson;

Katelynn L. Hart of Oxford;

Kaitlyn B. Elliott of Stem

 

Early Childhood Education:

Tokie Barrie of Creedmoor

 

Electrical System Technology:

Ryan D. Arnott and Brooks O. Finch, both of Oxford

 

Electronics Engineering Technology:

Benjamin A. Portillo of Creedmoor;

Samuel H. Dickerson of Henderson

 

General Science AGE Degree:

Allyson L. Alfano of Franklinton;

Kyasia O. Harrington, Brenda E. Juarez, and Jonathan A. Marrow, all of Henderson;

Sienna R. Howes and Michelle Morales, both of Louisburg;

Rebecca K. Short of Norlina;

Rachel O. Perez of Oxford;

Danna M. Frederick of Raleigh;

Sydney P. Adkins of Roxboro;

Dorothy A. Bell and Jessica P. Jordan, both of Wake Forest;

Janet G. Fagan of Warrenton

 

Human Services Technology:

Beatrice A. Green and Tabitha E. Williams, both of Henderson

 

Information Technology:

Shane B. Hope of Creedmoor;

Nathan O. Daniel, Pilar P. Furlow, and Christopher S. Lopez, all of Durham;

Nathan T. Preddy of Franklinton;

Victoria S. Hunt and Jaylen M. Wilson, both of Henderson;

Caraisiah C. Russell of Kittrell;

Andrew Nanfro of Louisburg;

Allea J. Hobgood of Oxford

 

Mechatronics Engineering Technology:

Ethan P. Jones of Bullock;

Brian T. Guarino of Butner;

Zachary A. Davis of Henderson

 

Medical Assisting:

Normalejandra Avila-Velazquez of Oxford

 

Medical Office Administration:

Madison N. Yorks of Durham;

Katelin L. Bolton of Franklinton;

Raven J. Howard and Kayla R. Penny, both of Henderson;

Cierra N. Strickland of Roxboro;

Nakia C. Green and Ashley M. Rogers, both of Youngsville

 

Office Administration:

Cheyenne M. Brogden of Henderson

 

Office Administration Diploma:

Brenda I. Hernandez Malpic of Butner

 

Office Administration Technology:

Ashley M. Robinson of Henderson

 

Public Safety Administration:

Raymond D. Finch of Franklinton;

Olivia P. Harrell of Oxford

 

Radiography:

Melanie D. Salmon of Bahama;

Adtler S. Lake of Creedmoor;

Vanika R. Gary of Durham;

Ashly C. Arias and Camden J. Spain, both of Henderson;

Kimberly L. Evans of Oxford;

Kailey G. Mangum of Rougemont;

Madison E. Dunkley of Roxboro

 

Teacher Preparation:

Courtney S. West of Louisburg;

Kelsey C. Blake and Skylar N. Mulhollen, both of Oxford;

Lily J. Young of Wake Forest

 

Welding Technology:

Ava G. Simpson of Louisburg;

Michael Hart of Youngsville

 

Welding Technology — Basic Welding Certificate:

Cristian I. Trejo-Trejo of Oxford

VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais honored with 2024 Women in Business Award

 

HENDERSON, NC (February 1, 2024) — Vance-Granville Community College is proud to announce that its president, Dr. Rachel Desmarais, was recently recognized by the Triangle Business Journal among the recipients of its 2024 Women in Business Awards.

 

Desmarais’s inclusion in the 2024 Women in Business Awards underscores her commitment to supporting local communities and economies through a highly skilled workforce. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Rachel Desmarais took the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge through the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), which included specific action steps to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. The college was so successful in these initiatives that NACCE named it the Entrepreneurial College of the Year in October 2022.

 

In late 2023, Dr. Desmarais led VGCC into the AdvanceNC partnership, an innovative workforce development ecosystem developing a robust talent pipeline to support unprecedented economic growth in central North Carolina. Through this initiative, 10 community colleges, two state universities, and six regional workforce development boards will collaborate to meet the industry needs of major international companies operating in the state.

 

For nearly three decades, the Women in Business Awards have celebrated women in the Triangle region who are dynamic and outstanding leaders, with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and community service. Triangle Business Journal honored a total of 25 winners this year.

 

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About Vance-Granville Community College: Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. With a service area the size of Rhode Island, VGCC is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and Adult High School Diploma programs.

 

Contact: Courtney Cissel, Public Information Officer cisselc@vgcc.edu • 252-738-3484

Qualified Granville Residents Sought for Advisory Board and Committee Vacancies


GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: The Granville County Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill roles on several citizen advisory boards and committees. Most positions will be filled by citizens who reside in the district listed, but final appointment decisions are at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners. Additionally, some positions must be filled by residents that reside within the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of a municipality (ETJ), which is roughly a one-mile radius outside of the municipal limits. These appointees serve as county representatives on those municipal advisory boards.

 

Applications are available on the Granville County website at this link: https://www.granvillecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/BOC-Application PDF2023.pdf. Completed applications should be returned to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, by email at debra.weary@granvillecounty.org, hand delivered in person to the County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street in Oxford, or by mail to PO Box 906 Oxford, NC 27565 to the attention of Debra Weary.


To verify your district, please visit the NC State Board of Elections website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ Look for the district number beside “County Commissioner” under “your jurisdictions.” If you need additional assistance, contact the Granville County Addressing and GIS Mapping Coordinator at 919-692-1278. Detailed information about each committee can be found on the Granville County website: https://www.granvillecounty.org/government/other-boards-commissions/.


Vacant seats are available for the following boards and committees:


• Butner Board of Adjustment (ETJ, should reside in District 7). The Butner Board of Adjustment meetsmonthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Butner Planning Board (ETJ, should reside in District 7). The Butner Planning Board meets monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Granville County Planning Board (District 7). The Planning Board meets monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Granville County Social Services Board (At-Large County Appointment). The Social Services Board meetsmonthly on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

NC House Republicans Urge Governor Cooper to Take Significant Action to Address Border Crisis, Impact on North Carolina

 

Raleigh, NC – Today, NC House Republicans held a press conference to address the US border crisis and its impact on North Carolina. House Republicans also shared a letter signed by all 72 NC House Republicans, urging Governor Cooper to take more significant action on behalf of our state. The letter was sent to Governor Cooper earlier today.

 

Representative Frank Sossamon emphasized the urgency of addressing the US border crisis and its impact on North Carolina, stating, “Our state cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the challenges posed by the unsecured border. The safety and well-being of North Carolinians must be our top priority. I join my fellow House Republicans in urging Governor Cooper to take decisive action to protect our communities."

 

The North Carolina House of Representatives urge Governor Cooper take the following actions:

 

· Deploy additional North Carolina National Guard troops to assist Governor Abbott, not under ineffectual federal authority, but in coordination with Texas leadership and request any needed additional resources for this deployment in your upcoming state budget submission.

 

· Commit to signing legislation that mandates cooperation with ICE by local police departments to remove illegal immigrants who are committing crimes. Many illegal immigrants are unaccompanied military-aged men with military or cartel experience.

 

· Halt any discretionary cooperation with the federal government to place and house illegal migrants in the State.

 

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, "The Biden Administration has utterly failed to secure our border. Consequently, every state in the country is now a border state, including North Carolina. It is past time for Governor Cooper to take swift action on behalf of all North Carolinians."

 

Contact Clai Keel (919) 733-5824

Property Owners to Receive Notices for 2024 Revaluation


GRANVILLE COUNTY TAX ADMINISTRATION: In the coming weeks, property owners in Granville County will receive letters that will show the tax values of their property. The tax value of each property must be updated with a regular “revaluation” as required by the State of North Carolina. As will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the real estate market in the last few years, most property owners will see an increase in their property values. An increase in tax value could result in a higher tax bill, but this will only be decided after local elected officials including the Granville County Board of Commissioners decide on the tax rate during the annual budget process this spring.


How will the 2024 revaluation affect my taxes?


Two factors contribute to property taxes:


1. The property’s assessed value.


2. The tax rate per $100 of assessed value, which is set each year by elected officials.

 

Granville County will be required to identify and publish a revenue neutral tax rate. The revenue neutral tax rate is calculated by determining a tax rate that would generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year after allowing for normal growth. Considering the overall increase in property values, the revenue neutral tax rate is likely to be lower than the current tax rate. As of this writing, the revenue neutral tax rate is still being calculated. A future announcement will include that information.


As part of the annual budget process, the County Manager will recommend options to the Board of Commissioners for the tax rate needed to fund Granville County services. After a series of public meetings and a formal public hearing, the Board of Commissioners will approve a tax rate as part of the annual budget ordinance. This will occur no later than June 30, 2024, and the new tax rate will be reflected on 2024 tax bills.


Why is this happening?


North Carolina requires a regular property revaluation and Granville County last completed this process in 2018. The revaluation process sets the tax value of all land (residential and commercial) and structures like homes, office buildings, stores, and farms. Property tax is Granville County’s largest source of revenue to fund key services like public education, law enforcement, social services, and a host of other community and public services.


Property taxes are based on assessed value and revaluations ensure that the assessed property value is up to date and reflects changes in the market.

 

What’s next? Where can I find additional resources?


The new values will be available soon to property owners on the Granville County website along with a tool called “Comper” that allows property owners to compare their values to others. All Granville County property owners will receive mailed notices. Property owners wishing to appeal their new assessed value will be able to do so by utilizing the “Comper” tool and providing additional evidence to Tax Administration staff that may have been unknown during the revaluation process.

 

Granville County will continue to provide additional information to residents on the Granville County website by at www.granvillecounty.org/reval

 

If you have any questions, staff in the Granville County Tax Administration Office are ready to help you. Call 919- 693-8161 or email reval.2024@granvillecounty.org

North Carolina State Superintendent visits Granville County Public Schools!

 

On Friday, January 19, 2024, NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt, and other dignitaries, visited G.C. Hawley Middle School and South Granville High School to see a typical GCPS school day in action. She visited our Career and Technical Education classes, electives, and core subjects. Superintendent Truitt saw everything from agriculture, Health Occupations, Virtual Enterprise, and band to math, English Language Arts, and science courses. During her visit, Superintendent Truitt even got to see the new baby goat in our high school agriculture class. As a special treat, students in South Granville’s Virtual Enterprise course presented their business plan, which recently won second place in the NC Business Plan Competition and Trade Show. Superintendent Truitt also toured the new SparkNC lab located on South Granville’s campus.

 

GCPS was excited that Ms. Truitt could visit our schools and see the great things happening in our classrooms every day! Truitt has been the NC State Superintendent for three years; this is the first time she has visited GCPS. Dr. Winborne, GCPS Superintendent, commented, "We certainly were honored to have Superintendent Truitt come for a visit. It is always wonderful to allow our state and local leaders to see the amazing work our educators do every single day. We thank her for supporting our schools.”

 

Along with Superintendent Catherine Truitt, G.C. Hawley Middle School and South Granville High School had more visitors. Representative Frank Sossamon; Senator Mary Wills Bode; Granville County Commissioners, Chair Tim Karan, Vice-Chair Jimmy Gooch, and Dr. Tony Cozart; Granville County Manager Drew Cummings; GCPS Board of Education Members, Chair Glenda Williams, Vice-Chair Dr. Helen Lindsey, Leonard Peace, and Danielle Hayes; Creedmoor Police, Chief Troy Wheless, Jessica Laws, and Rickie Cates; NCDPI representatives Dr. Michael Maher, Tabari Wallace, Dr. Kendra King; and Jamey Falkenbury were all in attendance.

Board of Commissioners January 2, 2024, Meeting Recap


GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: The Granville County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 2 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center. The meeting featured the approval of a partnership with NC Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) and Spectrum under the Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program that will fund the construction of fiber-optic broadband infrastructure capable of servicing at least 1,530 addresses in Granville County. Granville’s contribution to this project will be $10,000, while the State of North Carolina will contribute $4 million, and Spectrum will invest $7.9 million. Additional information on broadband expansion in Granville County can be found on the Granville County website: https://www.granvillecounty.org/government/administration/broadband-initiative/.


In other business conducted on January 2, The Board of Commissioners:


• Approved recruitment and retention bonuses along with salary adjustments for Department of Social Services (DSS) employees. This includes a sign-on bonus of up to $4,000 for new DSS employees along with retention bonuses of up to $4,000 for existing employees earning an annual salary of $50,000 or less and $1,500 for those earning more than $50,000 per year. The approved plan also includes salary adjustments and a new classification plan for all DSS employees.


• Approved a recommendation from the Fire Commission to modify the part-time staffing plan for the 12 volunteer fire departments in Granville County. The new plan will allow flexibility for days of the week and the number of paid fire fighters staffing each station based on the availability of qualified candidates and departmental needs. The Fire Commission will evaluate the modified staffing plan in April 2024.


• Approved a scrap metal/white goods recycling contract with Mike’s Auto Salvage at $100 per ton. This contract produces approximately $50,000 per year in revenue for Granville County.


• Approved a proposal from Paul Williford Builder, LLC to complete interior alterations for the Berea Branch Library to convert a storage room into an administrative office and meeting space at a cost of $23,600.


• Reappointed Mark Pennington to the Town of Butner Board of Adjustment.


• Reappointed Mike Wood and appointed Kate Sellgren to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Environmental Affairs.


• Reappointed Karen Alley and Amy Wester to the Library System Board of Trustees.


• Reappointed Sharon Pittman, Carolyn White, and Bridget Waters and appointed Kelly Claiborne to the Granville-Vance District Board of Health.


• Reappointed David Smith and Carol Jo Harris to the Senior Services Advisory Committee.


• Approved budget amendment #5 for fiscal year 2023-2024.


• Approved tax refunds ($4,915.41), releases ($1,799.82), and write-offs ($10.84).

 

• Approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2023 audit contract with Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co.


The next meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center.


To stay informed about upcoming meetings of the Board of Commissioners, visit the Granville County website www.granvillecounty.org where you can sign up for the “Sunshine List” and follow the county on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGov.

PCC & VGCC Preparing Regional Workforce for Cyber Security Careers

 

With the increase in cyber threats to many companies and organizations, Piedmont Community College (PCC) and Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) are forging a groundbreaking partnership to educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The two colleges have established a Level-Two Instructional Service Agreement (ISA) for cybersecurity that will begin in January 2024.

 

The ISA signifies a comprehensive collaboration between the Colleges to share resources, faculty expertise, and instructional support and to develop work-ready talent in the cybersecurity sector.

 

As part of the agreement, PCC Cybersecurity Instructor Dr. Syed Raza will provide on-campus instruction at VGCC. He was formally the Chair of the Computer Science Graduate Program at Talladega College, holds a Doctorate in Computer Information Systems with an Information Assurance concentration, a Master of Science in computer science from Nova Southeastern University, and a master's in business administration (MBA) from Strayer University. Raza is also a member of various Cybersecurity and Information Technology (IT) organizations.

 

As a Carolina Cyber Network (CCN) member, PCC contacted its sister school, VGCC, to gauge their interest in working together and sharing resources to focus on cybercrime and cyber investigation. The Network is a comprehensive, innovative workforce development initiative among select North Carolina Cybersecurity educational institutions. Its 18 members are working together to meet the growing talent needs of North Carolina's public agencies and private businesses.

 

"This agreement reflects our commitment to ensuring students are ready to lead the way in Cybersecurity. By aligning with VGCC, we aim to create an educational ecosystem that transcends boundaries and prepares students for success in an increasingly interconnected world," said Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, PCC President.

 

Online and hybrid classes offered will include:

· SEC 110 Security Concepts (3 Credits)

· CCT 110 Intro to Cyber Crime (3 Credits)

· CCT 121 Computer Crime Investigation (4 Credits)

· CTI 120 Network & Security Foundations (3 Credits)

 

The ISA marks a strategic step towards fostering academic excellence and innovation. Both institutions are excited about the possibilities this collaboration presents and its positive impact on their students' education and future careers.

 

"We are proud to partner with Piedmont Community College to provide excellent learning opportunities in information technology for PCC and VGCC students. We can serve our communities better by pooling our resources, cooperating rather than competing," said Dr. Rachel Desmarais, VGCC President.

 

A Level-Two ISA is when two or more colleges plan to jointly offer curriculum or continuing education courses by sharing resources. One or more participating colleges must be approved to provide curriculum courses in an approved program of study or the continuing education courses the State Board has approved.

 

Visit www.piedmontcc.edu/cyber for more information.

 

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Pictured from left: Dr. Syed Raza, Instructor of Cybersecurity, PCC; Dr. Barbara Buchanon, Vice President of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer, PCC; Chris S. Davis, Dean of Business Studies & Emerging Technologies, PCC; Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, PCC; Dr. Kim Sepich, Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement & Success/Chief Academic Officer, VGCC; Dr. Rachel Desmarais, President, VGCC; Stephanie Tolbert, Dean of Business & Applied Technologies, VGCC; Spence Bailey, Program Head and Instructor of Information Technology, VGCC; and Christal Thomas, Department Chair of Business Technologies, VGCC.

Addressing Concerns with Landfill Operations RFP


GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Granville County staff and the Board of Commissioners have recently become aware of a petition on change.org in opposition to one possible outcome of a current Request for Proposals (RFP) for Granville County Solid Waste Operations Services. The RFP, developed by staff with the assistance of the County’s landfill consultant, Garrett & Moore, was issued in October 2023. Landfill operations had not been competitively bid in several decades, and the landfill is operated at a substantial annual loss even after considering “tipping fees” - the charges people and companies pay per ton to dump trash at the landfill.


County administration believed it important to see whether other pricing and operating options might be available and prove to be worth considering, so the RFP developed by staff was written broadly to solicit a wide range of proposals. County administration is in full agreement that the way we operate our landfill is and should be a matter of public interest. Proposals received by Granville County will be carefully evaluated and brought forward to the County Commissioners along with staff’s recommendation at a public meeting in early 2024 where public input will be welcomed. Further questions about the RFP can be directed to Jason Falls, Environmental Services Director at jason.falls@granvillecounty.org.

Board of Commissioners December 4, 2023, Meeting Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: The Granville County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, December 4 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center. The meeting featured the election of Commissioner Timothy Karan (District 6) as the new Chair and Commissioner Jimmy Gooch (District 7) as the new Vice-Chair. Both will serve in these roles until December 2024. Karan is in his fourth term on the Board of County Commissioners after first being elected in 2010. This is the second time he has served as Board Chair after previously holding the same role from 2016-2017. Karan also served as Vice-Chair in 2014- 2015 and 2022-2023. Gooch was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2020 and elected to his first full term in 2022. This is his first time serving as Vice-Chair.


In other business, the Board of Commissioners approved a request from Social Services Director LaToya Toussaint to add seven positions to manage the anticipated workload increase from the recently implemented expansion of Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina. Caseloads are expected to increase by 45% as approximately 3,000 to 4,000 residents in Granville County become eligible under the new requirements. Toussaint requested that the Board of Commissioners approve seven positions (four Medicaid Eligibility Case Workers, one Medicaid Supervisor, one Trainer/Quality Assurance, and one Accountant). These positions are all partially cost-shared with the NC Department of Health and Human Services.


The Board of Commissioners also conducted the following business on December 4:


• Received an update from Human Relations Commission Chair Rev. John Gooch.
• Approved the 2024 meeting schedule.
• Approved the board, committee, and liaison assignments list.
• Approved 2024 bonds for county officials (Finance Director, Tax Administrator, Sheriff, and Register of Deeds).
• Approved a pump station site maintenance contract for Triangle North Granville Business Park from E. Christian and Son at a cost of $13,912.50.
• Approved a resolution of support for a grant application from Granville County Public Schools to the NC Department of Public Instruction to construct a new middle school facility at the former G.C. Hawley site in Creedmoor.
• Approved a compensation increase for members of the Jury Commission from $300 per year to $500 per year.
• Approved a proposal from Civic Plus to host and provide a content management system for the Granville County website and to complete a full redesign and deployment of the county website at a cost of $62,734.50 for year one and a recurring cost of $22,464.30 beginning in year two.
• Approved a proposal from Civic Plus to provide agenda management software and services at a cost of $14,266.50 for year one and a recurring cost of $14,178.15 beginning in year two.

• Reappointed Ethel Anderson (District 1) and Gary Kanady (District 6) to the Kerr Tar Advisory Council on Aging.
• Reappointed Zelodis Jay (District 1), Tony Cozart (District 4), and Timothy Karan (District 6) to the Granville Health System Board of Trustees. The next meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center.

 

To stay informed about upcoming meetings of the Board of Commissioners, visit the Granville County website www.granvillecounty.org where you can sign up for the “Sunshine List” and follow the county on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGov.

Cooperative Extension Announces the 2023-24 Youth Leadership Council Cohort

 

Granville County Youth Leadership Council represent the crucial role that youth have in shaping the future. Particularly the youth voice in Granville County. The Council is a platform that empowers young minds to actively participate in decision-making processes, fostering a sense of responsibility and commitment to community development. Members are not only representatives of youth civic engagement, but they are architects of change bringing new ideas and opportunities to the community. Comprising of talented and passionate young leaders, the Youth Council members are poised to make significant impacts and contributions to Granville County.


The GCYLC members were chosen from a pool of applicants comprised of students from High Schools across Granville County. The term of office runs from September 2023-June 2024. The new members joining the council for the 23-24 year are: Ana Black, District 4; Josef Black, District 4; Claire Glavin, District 7; Jacquelin Jose, District 4; Kaylee Overby, District 5; Dylan Roseman, District 5 and Nathanael Royster, District 7. These new members have hit the ground running and already involved in many activities.


GCYLC Members 2023-2024 Term
Jermaine Puryear, Jr., Chair, Board Liaison, District 3
Elaina Eley, Vice Chair, Board Liaison, District 6
Amber Necessary, Secretary, Board Liaison, District 6
Jaden Easow, Treasurer, Board Liaison, District 6
Iesha Landis, Social Events Chair, Board Liaison, District 6
Cassie Peele, Media and Public Relations Chair, Board Liaison, District 2
Vashti Pearson, Social Media/Content Creator, Board Liaison, District 5
Asia Abdul-Haqq, Board Liaison, District 5
Joydan Johnson, Board Liaison, District 6
Ana Black, Board Liaison, District 4
Josef Black, Board Liaison, District 4
Claire Glavin, Board Liaison, District 7
Jacquelin Jose, Board Liaison, District 4
Kaylee Overby, Board Liaison, District 5
Dylan Roseman, Board Liaison, District 5
Nathanael Royster, Board Liaison, District 7

 

The purpose of this council is to ensure that youth in the community have a voice, but most importantly, that their voices are heard, recognized and valued. During their tenure, they will gain invaluable leadership skills through their service on selected county boards, outreach, initiatives and youth-led projects. The members have already been hard at work, holding a strategic planning session retreat in November.


Members divided into committees where they worked diligently on plans for future initiatives. The day ended with some team building activities at Palace Pointe. The Council has ambitious plans for the future. From launching a Teen Clothing Closet, sponsoring a Teen Night, developing a mental health proposal for teens, and hosting community forums and discussions. These young leaders are determined to make a lasting impact. By fostering an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation, the Youth Council aims to create a community where the aspirations of youth are not only acknowledged but actively supported. They will not only provide a voice to the County Commissioners, but they will actively serve on boards such as the HumanRelations Committee, Veterans Affairs, Board of Trustees with the Library, etc.


The Youth Leadership Council presented their annual report at the commissioners meeting on November 6, 2023. They discussed their accomplishments from the previous year and their plans for the future. If you would like to learn more about the Council and their activities, please visit their website at www.granvilleylc.weebly.com

Support local students this holiday season through the VGCCF Festival of Trees Online Silent Auction

 

HENDERSON, NC (November 9, 2023) — Get into the holiday spirit and give back to your community during the 2023 Festival of Trees Online Silent Auction, hosted by the VGCC Foundation! Bid on beautiful, pre-decorated holiday trees from November 12–19, available to take home before Thanksgiving. All fundraiser proceeds will benefit the VGCC Foundation and students in need—providing scholarships, emergency assistance, and more.

 

· Decorated trees will be on display at the VGCC Main Campus Civic Center (200 Community College Rd, Henderson, NC).

· View trees in-person November 13–17, 8 am–3 pm. Photos will also be available on the college’s Facebook Event page.

· Winners must pick up their trees by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 21.

Access the auction by visiting www.vgcc.edu/festival-of-trees.

 

In addition to supporting students, the Vance-Granville Community College Foundation supports a broad range of special projects involving education, training, and economic development in our community. Tax-deductible donations to VGCCF have often been used to honor a person, group, business, or industry with a lasting gift to education. For more information about the Festival of Trees auction or the VGCC Foundation, contact VGCCF at foundation@vgcc.edu or 252-431-5913.

 

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About Vance-Granville Community College: Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. With a service area the size of Rhode Island, VGCC is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and Adult High School Diploma programs.

 

Contact: Courtney Cissel, Public Information Officer cisselc@vgcc.edu • 252-738-3484

J.F. Webb students experience biotech innovation at Vance-Granville

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LOUISBURG, NC (November 7, 2023) — On October 27, Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin Campus welcomed students from Oxford’s J.F. Webb High School for a hands-on biotechnology demonstration.

 

The two dozen students who traveled to Louisburg and explored VGCC’s biotech laboratory became the first high school group to utilize some of the college’s latest equipment. Used for nucleic acid sequencing, the new lab equipment was funded by the U.S. Economic Development Association’s 2022 Build Back Better Regional Challenge award.

 

Dr. Andrew Pais, instructor for Bioprocess/Biotechnology, led the day’s in-depth DNA sequencing.

 

“In a matter of five hours, students experienced the entire process of identifying unknown samples from DNA, starting with the operation of lab equipment needed to process samples and ending with a computer workshop on how to convert physical DNA into a readable sequence,” Pais explained. “I’ve done plenty of science outreach in my academic career but never at this depth and scope of content covered.”

 

Students also had the opportunity to learn about biotech industry careers firsthand. During a lunchtime session, Stephanie Luther of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global lab equipment supplier, highlighted some of the many life-changing career opportunities related to the field of biotechnology. VGCC prepares students for such careers through programs that range from approximately two months to about two years, depending upon the level of credential desired.

 

“There has never been a more exciting time for students to be involved in biotechnology training programs at VGCC,” observed Stewart Lyon, Vance-Granville’s program head for Bioprocess/Biotechnology. “We are so fortunate to have great industry partners like Thermo Fisher Scientific who guide and support our biotech programs. Their involvement is testament to the amazing career opportunities that exist within biotechnology-related industries.”

 

The VGCC Bioprocess/Biotechnology program welcomes other school groups to plan field trips to the lab and expose their students to biotech activities and careers. If you are a school leader interested in planning a visit, or if you are searching for a great career path in this field, contact lyons@vgcc.edu or 252-738-3632.

 

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Caption for photo “VGCC welcomes JF Webb 10272023.jpg”: Dr. Andrew Pais, instructor for Bioprocess/Biotechnology at Vance-Granville Community College, guides visiting students during a lab exercise.

 

About Vance-Granville Community College: Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. With a service area the size of Rhode Island, VGCC is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and Adult High School Diploma programs.

Contact: Courtney Cissel, Public Information Officer • cisselc@vgcc.edu • 252-738-3484

Recreation Master Plan Open House on November 8


GRANVILLE COUNTY PARKS, GREENWAYS, AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Granville County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee will host an open house for the public to review the draft results of the Granville County Recreation Master Plan.


The open house will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center (4185 US Highway 15, Oxford). The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All interested in attending can
drop by any time during that window to view the results and give feedback to county staff, elected officials, members of the advisory committee, and the consultant team.


The Recreation Master Plan will guide the future development and funding of recreation amenities in all parts of Granville County. County staff have worked with the Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee to gather public input and develop strategies and goals for Granville County to achieve in the coming years.


For more information about the Granville County Recreation Master Plan, contact Deputy County Manager
Korena Weichel at (919) 603-1366 or email korena.weichel@granvillecounty.org.

November 7 Municipal Election Information


GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: The 2023 Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7.


Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Effective with the 2023 Municipal Election, valid photo identification is required to vote. Information about approved forms of identification and North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement can be found on the NC State Board of Elections website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id


To verify your voter registration is current and valid, to view a sample ballot, or to confirm your precinct and polling place, please use the Board of Elections voter lookup tool: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.


An important note for this year’s election, the polling place formerly listed as Creedmoor Elementary School is now listed as G.C. Hawley Middle School, which relocated to the former location of Creedmoor Elementary (305 East Wilton Avenue, Creedmoor) earlier this year. Voters who are accustomed to voting at Creedmoor Elementary will still report to the same facility, which now has a different name.

 

A full list of precincts can be found here: https://www.granvillecounty.org/wp- content/uploads/2023/09/Precinct-List-Revised-July-2023-Voting-Locations-.pdf

 

Offices on 2023 Municipal Election Slate
• Town of Butner Council (3)
• Town of Butner Mayor
• City of Creedmoor Commissioner (3)
• City of Creedmoor Mayor
• City of Oxford Commissioner (3)
• City of Oxford Mayor
• Town of Stem Commissioner (2)
• Town of Stem Commissioner – Complete Unexpired Term
• Town of Stem Mayor
• Town of Stovall Commissioner (3)


For more information about voting in Granville County, please visit the Board of Elections website (https://www.granvillecounty.org/government/board-of-elections/) or call 919-693-2515.

Dr. Ramona Cox named new VGCC Associate Vice President

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HENDERSON, NC (October 27, 2023) — Vance-Granville Community College is excited to welcome Ramona Cox, Ed.D., as its incoming Associate Vice President of Student Services.

 

Cox is a proven educational leader with over 20 years of professional experience in higher education administration and student/academic support services. In addition, Cox holds 10 years of classroom teaching experience. Having a background in both academic and student affairs administration has afforded her the opportunity to effectively bridge these two areas in support of student success efforts.

 

Cox comes to Vance-Granville from Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, where she served as the Dean of Student Affairs. Prior to this position, she served as the Executive Director for the Department of Defense STARBASE Maxwell program in Alabama. STARBASE is a nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program that serves underserved and/or underrepresented student populations across the nation.

 

Cox has held several senior administrator positions within higher education, including Dean of Faculty & Student Services for Florida’s Miami Dade College and Division Director of Arizona’s Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). During her time at Maricopa Community College, she and her team successfully supported the strategic efforts of ten college presidents, the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and division administrators.

 

Cox previously spent more than a decade working at various North Carolina educational institutions, including the state’s public school and community college systems. In addition, she served as the Director of University - K-12 School Partnerships for North Carolina Central University and the Coordinator of Student Recruitment & Retention for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education.

 

Cox holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a post-master’s certificate in College Teaching & Adult Learning from the same institution. She also holds two master’s degrees, including a Master of Arts in Instruction & Curriculum from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Dr. Cox is expected to assume her role at Vance-Granville Community College on November 13.

 

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About Vance-Granville Community College: Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. With a service area the size of Rhode Island, VGCC is the local source for higher education and training in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. VGCC offers more than 40 curriculum programs, as well as Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and Adult High School Diploma programs.

 

Contact: Courtney Cissel, Public Information Officer cisselc@vgcc.edu • 252-738-3484

Dr. Richard Pacca Solidifies Long-Standing Relationship with Granville Health System

 

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Granville County– October 30, 2023– Granville Health System (GHS) is thrilled to announce that Dr. Richard Pacca, who has been a dedicated Cardiologist at Granville Health System for more than 13 years, has made the significant decision to officially join our team as an employed provider at Granville Health System’s Granville Heart and Vascular practice. This move further solidifies Dr. Pacca's longstanding commitment to our community, and we couldn't be more pleased to have him as a permanent fixture within our healthcare family.

 

Dr. Pacca completed his medical journey at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and honed his skills during his residency in internal medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Subsequently, he acquired a specialized focus in cardiology during his fellowship at Lahey Clinical Medical Center in Burlington, MA. Over the years, Dr. Pacca has provided unparalleled service to Granville patients, demonstrating both clinical expertise and genuine compassion.

 

As a full-time provider at Granville Heart & Vascular, Dr. Pacca will continue to offer a wide range of cardiovascular services to our patients, including but not limited to:

 

• Diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions

• Cardiac imaging and diagnostic testing

• Interventional cardiology procedures

• Preventive cardiology and risk assessment

• Management of heart disease and related conditions

 

Dr. Pacca is known for his commitment to providing patient-centered care and fostering strong relationships with his patients. His passion for advancing cardiovascular health aligns perfectly with Granville Health System's mission to improve the well-being of the communities we serve.

 

Dr. Pacca stated, "I'm very excited to officially be a part of the GHS team. It's something I have thought about doing for a long time now, and I'm so glad we were able to make it happen. I look forward to working with GHS to improve Granville Heart and Vascular and cardiology care in the local community.”

 

Adam McConnell, Granville Health System's CEO, emphasized the significance of Dr. Pacca's move. "Having Dr. Pacca as a full-time member emphasizes the strength and continuity of our commitment to heart health. His immense knowledge and heartfelt dedication will continue to be assets we, and the community, treasure."

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Pacca at Granville Heart & Vascular, please reach out at 919-690-8853.

For a deeper insight into Granville Health System and our wide array of services, visit ghshospital.org.

 

 

Media Contact:

Lauren B. Roberson

Marketing & Foundation Director

919.690.2148

lbroberson@granvillemedical.com

Granville Health System Board of Trustees names Adam McConnell as Granville Health's CEO

 

OXFORD, NC – October 24, 2023 –Granville Health System (GHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam McConnell as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization. The decision was made by the Granville Health System Board of Trustees, following a comprehensive search process, and will take effect immediately.

 

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David Smith, Chairman of the GHS Board of Trustees, commented, "The Board of Trustees is thrilled to officially appoint Adam McConnell as Granville Health's CEO," stated David Smith, Chair of the GHS Board of Trustees. "Adam's extensive experience within our organization, coupled with his strategic vision for healthcare delivery, made him the clear choice to lead us into the future. We have full confidence that his leadership will enhance our ability to provide top-quality care to our community."

 

Having devoted over five years to GHS, Adam McConnell's leadership has been instrumental. In his role as CFO, he brought innovative financial strategies to the forefront, bolstered hospital operations, and consistently championed the pursuit of excellence in Granville County's Health System. His tenure is marked by visionary leadership complemented by a consistent record of achievements within our organization.

 

Reflecting on his appointment, Adam McConnell remarked, “I am profoundly grateful for this new responsibility. My commitment remains steadfast to the ideals and objectives that position GHS as a pillar of trust in healthcare for our community. Alongside our passionate team, our focus will be unwavering on patient-centric care, and active community involvement.”

 

The Board of Trustees and the entire GHS community are excited about this appointment and look forward to the continued growth and success of Granville Health System under Mr. McConnell's leadership.

 

Granville Health System reaffirms its enduring pledge to provide unparalleled care and services to the residents of Granville County and its neighboring areas.

 

About Granville Health System:

 

For over a century, Granville Health System has been at the forefront of quality healthcare. To cater to the evolving needs of its community, Granville Health System has extended its services throughout Granville County, ensuring convenient medical care access for its residents. The Granville Health System main campus can be found at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more details, visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lauren Roberson, Marketing & Foundation Director

919-690-2148

lbroberson@granvillemedical.com

Qualified Granville Residents Sought for Advisory Board and Committee Vacancies


GRANVILLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: The Granville County Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill roles on several citizen advisory boards and committees. Most positions will be filled by citizens who reside in the district listed, but final appointment decisions are at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners. Additionally, some positions must be filled by residents that reside within the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of a municipality (ETJ), which is roughly a one-mile radius outside of the municipal limits. These appointees serve as county representatives on those municipal advisory boards.

 

Applications are available on the Granville County website at this link: https://www.granvillecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/BOC-Application-PDF2023.pdf. Completed applications should be returned to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, by email at debra.weary@granvillecounty.org, hand delivered in person to the County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street in Oxford, or by mail to PO Box 906 Oxford, NC 27565 to the attention of Debra Weary.


To verify your district, please visit the NC State Board of Elections website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ Look for the district number beside “County Commissioner” under “your jurisdictions.” If you need additional information, contact the Granville County Addressing and GIS Mapping Coordinator at 919-692-1278.


Detailed information about each committee can be found on the Granville County website: https://www.granvillecounty.org/government/other-boards-commissions/.


Vacant seats are available for the following boards and committees:


• Adult Home Care Community Advisory Committee (two At-Large seats). New members must complete a 36-hour training course completed in three phases.


• Butner Board of Adjustment (ETJ Alternate, should reside in District 7). The Butner Board of Adjustmentmeets monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Butner Planning Board (ETJ, should reside in District 7). The Butner Planning Board meets monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Granville County Planning Board (District 7). The Planning Board meets monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


• Human Relations Commission (Districts 6 and 7). The Human Relations Commission meets monthly on Mondays at 7 p.m.


• Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (District 7). The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council meets monthly on
Fridays at 10 a.m.


• Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee (At-Large). New members must complete a 36-hour training course completed in three phases.


• Oxford Planning Board (ETJ – two seats). The Oxford Planning Board meets monthly on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.


• Social Services (one appointed by Granville County and one appointed by the NC Social Services Commission). The Board of Social Services meets monthly on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

2023 Annual State Inspection of GCPS Buses Complete 

 

 

The State of NC recently completed its annual inspection of all GCPS buses, including an audit of the Transportation Department’s inventory, control processes, and safety records. In conducting the inspection, officials assign point values to violations or defects, so the lower the score, the better the overall results. For the fourth year in a row, GCPS received an overall score better than the state average. 

 

This year’s score was 14.50, which was not only lower than last year’s score of 23.33 but also the district's best score ever. While this year’s bus inspections are ongoing in the region, the average for other schools in our region last year was 34.21. After reviewing the final official report, Superintendent Winborne offered his thoughts, saying, “Our Transportation Department has consistently shown they are dedicated to ensuring our bus fleet is as safe as possible for our students and staff. For the second year in a row, there were zero problems related to major safety violations with regard to brakes, tires, steering, or fuel leaks on our yellow school buses. The Transportation Department has done an excellent job.” 

 

All public school transportation departments receive an annual inspection from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and use a standardized inspection process. This process is extremely strict and allows for minimal errors of any kind related to the safe operation of school buses. 

 

Dr. Winborne went on to say, “While this report shows outstanding work from our Transportation Department, it also reflects our bus drivers’ daily commitment to bus safety. Our drivers are on the front lines of keeping our students safe as we transport them to and from school. Their contribution to our education program is immeasurable.” 

 

Dr. Chris Ham, the Director of Transportation, offered his perspective, stating, “We have worked hard to continue the trend of excellence in the GCPS Transportation Department. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of each person on this team. The score we earned this year is just one reflection of how seriously each member of our team takes this job. I am proud of this team.”

Vance-Granville, Richmond Community College partner to expand reach of 911 telecommunicators program

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HENDERSON, NC (October 16, 2023) – Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) has teamed up with Richmond Community College to offer a new 911 telecommunications program to residents of Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties.

 

The two community colleges recently signed an agreement that will allow students at VGCC to enroll in RichmondCC’s online program to obtain an associate degree in 911 Communications & Operations. VGCC students will complete a majority of the core courses and the work-based learning portion of the program through RichmondCC while completing other general education requirements at VGCC.

 

“VGCC is pleased to partner with Richmond Community College to offer the 911 operator degree. Collaborations like these allow us to offer needed training and credentials to our community while being fiscally responsible,” said Dr. Rachel Desmarais, president of VGCC.

 

The online degree program provides a pathway for individuals who are interested in starting a career in this field, as well as providing skills enhancement for those already working as 911 telecommunicators.

 

The college curriculum program was developed when the NC 911 Board reached out to RichmondCC about a need for standardization in training 911 telecommunicators, plus a need to help elevate this career field. The college worked closely with the NC 911 Board and the NC Department of Information Technology to construct the online program.

 

“We appreciate Vance-Granville coming on board in this collaborative career training partnership to give 911 telecommunicators, who are true public servants, better educational opportunities and career growth,” said Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RichmondCC. “We look forward to working with our neighbors in the Piedmont.”

 

Unique in the state of North Carolina, RichmondCC’s 911 Communications & Operations program welcomed its first class of students during the fall 2023 semester.

 

RichmondCC has been reaching out to other community colleges in the state to make the 911 telecommunications program and its resources available to more students. VGCC is the fourth NC community college to create such a partnership with RichmondCC; Bladen Community College, Gaston College, and Stanly Community College will also be extending the program to their students.

 

Richmond Community College’s Main Campus is in the city of Hamlet, located near the South Carolina border between the cities of Charlotte and Fayetteville.

 

For more information about the online 911 Communications & Operations associate degree, call RichmondCC at 910-410-1700. For more information about VGCC, visit www.vgcc.edu.

 

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Leaders from Vance-Granville Community College stand with leaders from Richmond Community College. Pictured from left to right: Jamison Sears, RichmondCC 911 Communications & Operations Program Coordinator; Dr. Miriam Huntley, RichmondCC Dean of Business Technologies & Public Services; Kevin Parsons, RichmondCC Vice President for Instruction; Dr. Rachel Desmarais, VGCC President; Dr. Kim Sepich, VGCC Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement & Success; and Dr. Brandy Bowling, VGCC Dean of Arts & Sciences.

October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month: A Time to Celebrate, Educate, and Advocate

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Raleigh, N.C. – October is recognized as Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the lives and achievements of individuals with Down syndrome, while raising awareness about the challenges they face and advocating for inclusivity and acceptance.

 

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs when an individual is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21. It affects approximately one in every 700 births in the United States, making it the most common chromosomal condition. Despite the challenges, individuals with Down syndrome lead fulfilling lives and make significant contributions to their communities.

 

Down Syndrome Awareness Month provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to engage in meaningful conversations, challenge stereotypes, and foster a society where everyone is valued and included, regardless of their abilities or differences.

 

"Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a great opportunity to empower individuals with Down syndrome and encourage understanding and inclusion," said N.C. Rep. Frank Sossamon, R-Granville, Vance.

 

The National Down Syndrome Society enjoys celebrating individuals with Down syndrome all throughout the year, but especially in October. This year, NDSS is encouraging supporters to get involved in the following ways:

 

Join their 21 Day Inclusion Challenge

Join the Facebook Group Challenge yourself this October and commit to accomplishing a goal of your choice for 21 days out of the month. Join our Facebook group and start your fundraiser today and connect with other individuals in the community. Keep raising money to earn more swag!

 

Send a DSAM E-card

Make a donation to NDSS and send an e-card in honor of someone to celebrate this month!

 

Share our Down Syndrome Awareness Month facts on your social media channels. You can use the version we created or take the template and add your own photos on Canva.

 

Download DSAM Fact Cards*You will need to click 'Download' in the top left corner to access the zip file of 31 fact cards and an intro card to share on social media throughout the month of October!

 

Download editable DSAM Fact Cards*You can download an editable version and add your own photos of your loved ones through Canva

 

To learn more about Down syndrome and get involved in your local community, please visit https://ndss.org.

 

Contact Clai Keel, (919) 733-5824

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Rep. Sossamon Secures Critical Funding in Budget

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The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to the 2023-24 Budget, which passed with bipartisan support. The budget appropriates $30 billion to fund new projects across the state, including significant investments in water and sewer improvements, transportation, school safety, teacher and state employee raises, and economic development.

 

Over the biennium, taxes will be cut by $1.2 billion for families and businesses, ensuring hardworking citizens can keep more of their hard-earned money. Furthermore, the Rainy-Day Fund grows to nearly $5 billion for potential economic downturns and natural disasters.

 

Locally, Rep. Frank Sossamon secured the following items in the budget for Granville & Vance Counties:

1. $11.5 million for Vance-Granville Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center and Related Equipment

2. $10 million for City of Oxford Kerr Lake Regional Water

3. $5 million for Maria Parham Healthcare Center, Inc. Capital Improvements or Equipment for Improving Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outcome

4. $5 million for South Granville Water & Sewer

5. $4 million for Vance County Water

6. $3 million for Vance-Granville Community College Capital Improvements or Equipment for Transportation Center

7. $2.93 million for Dillon Juvenile Detention Center in Butner

8. $1 million for Granville County Economic Development

9. $691,536 for Vance County Sheriff’s Office Body-Worn Cameras and Other Equipment

10. $500,000 for Town of Butner Infrastructure Study & Downtown Revitalization

11. $500,000 for City of Henderson Aeronautics Authority Water Line Extension

12. $283,875 for the Division of Central Management to expand existing apprenticeship placements through Rural Health Group Inc.

13. $250,000 for City of Creedmoor City Hall Renovation

14. $200,000 for City of Henderson Water and Sewer

15. $150,000 for Vance County Economic Development

 

“I look forward to seeing the great impact these projects will have on my community,” said Rep. Sossamon (R-Vance, Granville). “This budget will allow our state to continue to receive recognition as a great place to own a business and live.”

 

The budget also includes additional funding for teacher pay supplements in rural and underserved areas. This will bring a yearly pay boost of $4,466 for Granville County and $4,158 for Vance County teachers.

 

Statewide budget highlights include:

 

1. 7.4% raise for teachers

2. 7% raise for state employees

3. 9% raise for bus drivers

4. 4% cost-of-living bonus for state retirees

5. Universal private K-12 school tuition assistance

6.  $2 billion for water and sewer improvement projects

7. $620 million for behavioral mental health programs

8. $70 million for school safety grants

 

 

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