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Jul. 02, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

'God really works through here'

In the three years Twanna Jones has served as director of Area Christians Together in Service, the organization has outgrown its home at 305 S. Chestnut St.

When Jones was hired in February 2012, she said the soup kitchen was not even giving out 60 meals per day during the week.

These days, ACTS volunteers prepare and hand out more than 200 meals, in addition to the Meals on Wheels program and summer feeding for kids.

Last Thanksgiving, the group fed more than 600 people.

Since ACTS was founded in the 1980s, the organization has been housed in the property behind First Baptist Church.

But the decades-old structure has fallen into disrepair, said local developer Dennis Tharrington, who examined the property recently to provide a preliminary estimate for renovations.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

A plentiful harvest

Bill West said he eats a tomato and part of a cantaloupe every day.
That healthy diet also helps him dispose of some of what he grows. The rest he gives away.

West grows a variety of vegetables at his home at 100 Holly Drive, including peppers, squash, string beans, peas, cucumbers and onions.

But tomatoes tower over the rest — literally.

One tomato plant has grown to a height approaching 12 feet, West said. In his garden, he counted 30-some tomatoes at various stages of ripening.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

All abuzz

An organic farming group based in Henderson received a generous donation of insects — specifically, boxes of bees.

The Southern Organic Female Farmers Association was given tens of thousands of honeybees from The Kerr-Tar Beekeepers Association.

The Conservation Fund and Burt's Bees also donated four bee boxes to help them build hives.

The organic farming group is a co-op with more than 30 female micro market farmers transitioning to organic farming across the Tri-County.

Marion Williams, president of SOFFA, said the bees will assist her organization’s members because the insects are effective and efficient pollinators.

“We are seeing more blackberries and other crops that, two years ago, we didn’t see,” Williams said.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

High court ruling may impact new law

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Oxford plant gets $200,000 state grant for expansion

A grant from the state commerce department is helping to bring 20 new jobs to Granville County.

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Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:15 PM

Love for their community

The setting was a unique one last week at Henderson Middle School as several collegiate football players returned to their hometown to help conduct the first ever Man Up Youth Development football camp.

“It was a no-brainer,” Octavius Holden said. “I wanted to do this. I wanted to come back to my community to help out.”

Holden, who attended Southern Vance High School and graduated from Livingstone College this past spring, was just one of many collegiate Henderson football products that helped coach at the camp.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Gradual growth

Normally when a coach departs a school, it’s a rare scene to see them return and visit.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

‘Working for a cause’

Kerr Lake Country Club was full of enthusiasm and positive energy on Friday afternoon as the 10th Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament took place.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

Bowen: Memorable time at Emerald Isle

“Made in the shade." That term came to mind last weekend as I sat under a beach umbrella on Emerald Isle with Susan and our grandson John II, eating watermelon,

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Rising up and above

The first ever Elevation boys basketball camp completed on Thursday afternoon at Pinkston Street Elementary School.

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Jul. 03, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Created for creativity

I submitted this article for editing on what would have been my parents’ 54th wedding anniversary, had Dad not moved to heaven last August. Mom said that morning this is the first anniversary they had ever been apart. So you see, the significance of relationship was instilled in me from the very beginning of my life.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

United Methodist Women support Zeb Vance teachers

For many years now the United Methodist Women of Plank Chapel in Kittrell have supported the teachers and students at Zeb Vance Elementary School as one of their community missions.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

At the farmers market

Come celebrate the 239th birthday of our country this Saturday at the Oxford Farmers Market. With all the fresh vegetables, beef products, eggs, jams, jellies, honey, baked goods, crafts and plants, we are truly your one-stop shopping center. Everything we sell is either homegrown or homemade by our vendors. Since our items come straight from the farm to the table, you know exactly where everything comes from, and there are no harmful preservatives placed on these veggies. Market hours are every Saturday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. until noon.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:17 PM

Aycock High Class of 1955 celebrates 60th anniversary

The Aycock High School Class of 1955 recently held a 60th anniversary reunion at the home of Ed and Betty Blue on Weldon’s Mill Road in Henderson.

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Jun. 15, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

2015 Tri-County Graduations

May. 25, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Memorial Day Services

May. 23, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

Early College High School Graduations

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Jul. 03, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

Declaration marks a beginning

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 10:30 PM

Fitzsimon: Lackadaisical start of final budget debate

House and Senate leaders couldn’t meet their budget deadline of June 30, the end of the state fiscal year, so they approved a continuing budget resolution this week to give themselves 45 more days.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 10:17 PM

Hood: Polls mixed on McCrory

In many ways, Republicans and Democrats live in different worlds. I’ve made the point before that the Internet, while greatly beneficial in many ways, has allowed political factions to retreat into media cocoons where their preconceived notions are continuously reinforced and their manners atrophy.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 09:56 PM

Walden: Is North Carolina’s rebound stumbling?

Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product,” or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state vs. a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound?


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Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

High court ruling may impact new law

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

Water transfer meeting postponed

The meeting of a state committee that will decide the fate of Henderson’s request for an inter-basin transfer certificate has been delayed because of the volume of the public comments submitted to the state.

“It has taken longer than originally anticipated to respond to the public comments and finalize the hearing officer’s report, so deadlines for the July meetings could not be met,” said Kim Nimmer, of the state Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, in an email.

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Foundation funds aid area organizations

A local grant fund is rolling out more than $55,000 in awards for Vance County groups this month.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 01:02 PM

NC advocates for poor demand Medicaid expansion

Advocates for expanding Medicaid to more of North Carolina's poor and uninsured residents on Wednesday sought to keep up the pressure for Republican lawmakers to reverse course.