Melissa Elliott, of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, raised the microphone into the crowd and asked everyone to repeat after her: “No more silence!”
A group of about 50 local parents and students joined Elliott for a rally against bullying Saturday in the Henderson Middle School auditorium.
In addition to guest speakers, there were performances by the Northern Vance High band and praise dancers from Monte De Sion Church.
Clarence Hicks, L.B. Yancey principal, brought some of his students to the event.
“I want to share with the students and parents in here that bullying starts at a very young age,” he said. “We have pre-K to fourth grade at our school, and at least once a week I may get a call from a parent who says that their child is being bullied. People wouldn’t think that elementary kids bully, but they do, and we need to deal with it at this very young age and stamp it out.
"I’m saying to the young people here: If you experience any type of bullying — whether it happens in the school or in your community — share with teachers and parents.”
Overall reported crime is decreasing in Henderson, but the crime rate remains higher than other local municipalities.
There were 1,660 total reported offenses last year, compared to 1,858 in 2012 and 2,012 in 2011, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.
At a meeting Monday night, the Henderson City Council will discuss ways to minimize the impact of Interstate 85 construction that is slated to begin within the next year.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is in the process of completing plans for major improvements to the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 85 — which will start from just west of Andrews Avenue.
Arrests and incidents in Granville and Warren counties.
While waving the flags of Spanish-speaking countries, Henderson Middle School Latinos formed a circle together on the auditorium stage.
One by one, teacher Deris Mora called the names of individual nations. As she did, the student holding that flag would come forward.
“España. México. Chile. Guatemala. Paraguay. Colombia,” she said.
With its high-powered offense stymied throughout the second half and its much-maligned defense in trouble, North Carolina got rescued by a most unlikely trio of players Saturday in a stunning 28-27 victory against Virginia.
First, reserve defensive tackle Nazair Jones intercepted a screen pass and rumbled 20 yards to the Virginia 38. Then backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw a go-ahead 16-yard touchdown pass on third-and-15 with 4:05 remaining. And finally, placekicker Nick Weiler, who had missed two field goal tries earlier, kicked the decisive extra point, then executed a perfect onside kick that caught the Cavaliers off guard, allowing the Tar Heels to recover and hold on.
"What a game," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora exclaimed when it was over.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday night it's a "very sad time" at the school after an investigation found widespread academic fraud and adds that his program "thought we were doing the right thing."
On paper, many would have predicted this would be the year Warren County takes down Southern Vance on the gridiron. Interestingly, entering Friday night, it hadn’t happened since 1998.
I mentioned in last week’s column that Mark Robertson and I were ready to win Brandon Grays Buggs Island Bass Challenge Classic two-day tournament on Kerr Lake last weekend.
An unforgettable season came to an end for the Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys’ soccer team on Friday night at Greenfield School.
The Northern Vance football team fell 56-7 at Northwood on Friday night in a 3-A Big Eight match up.
Fall has arrived. The leaves are changing colors. Football is back. The mornings are cooler. Football is back — oh, I think I already mentioned that one. And this is the season when most churches celebrate homecoming.
The Henderson Lions Club held a car wash fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Advance Auto Parts on Raleigh Road.
Remnant CDC will be sponsoring Toys for Tots during the upcoming Christmas season.
The Vance County Senior Center will hold a four-day, three-night trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains starting May 4.
It’s amazing how much good there is in the world, if only you know where to look.
Careless actions endanger the lives of children, especially when a big yellow school bus is stopped, has stop equipment deployed, and drivers disobey the law.
For as long as children have been around, two things have changed little. They will and do pick on one another. And they are also resilient.
More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.
Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is coming to Charlotte to campaign for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
A union official says a newly hired high school teacher confronted a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Washington state school.