Oxford firefighter Powell Wilkins paints a fresh coat of reflective paint on the hydrant at the corner of Henderson and King streets in Oxford on Tuesday afternoon. All of the city's nearly 740 fire hydrants will be painted in the coming weeks. Each hydrant will also be tested for its water flow rate, and the top of the hydrant will be painted a different color to correspond to its tested rate. When firefighters are answering emergency calls, they will be able to determine the nearest hydrant that meets their requirements.
A new state law making it more difficult to remove historical monuments received near unanimous support from the Tri-County legislators.
Granville County picked up a candidate for Stem's municipal election Tuesday morning.
Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.
It’s reassuring to have a familiar face with a steady hand at the helm sometimes. Such is the case with our new city manager, Frank Frazier.
Last week’s Oxford Parks and Recreation Outdoor Camp provided 30-plus youth a handful of new activities and skills that will resonate with them as they continue moving onward in life.
The camp consisted of activities such as archery, hiking, a tent race, air rifle, horseshoes, fishing, scavenger hunts, canoeing and more.
“I always worry that each activity is going to be more challenging than it ends up being,” camp counselor Grayson Hicks said. “Like archery, terrified to think about. I can’t imagine these kids doing archery.
“But they handled it like pros and were very good about listening. So that was nice.”
For the past five years, Oxford’s Gene Christian has been motocross racing.
Yet when he received his first dirt bike at the age of 10, he admits he wasn’t overly thrilled.
“At first, I didn’t really like it,” Christian said earlier this week. “My dad even wanted to sell my first dirt bike because I wasn’t into it at first. Then, once I turned 11, and I started racing, that’s really when everything clicked.”
How lucky can one man be? All my life situations have arisen where a tragedy was avoided through pure luck or by being in the right place at the right time.
Brittany West missed it.
She missed her home away from home.
For quite some time, West, a 2016 University of North Carolina softball commit, saw her comfort level at its best on the mound. The mound is where she regularly struck out opposing batters throughout her first two seasons at Southern Vance High School.
The 2015 A.M. Newsom 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team from the Warren County Recreation League was victorious capturing three titles this season.
They won the local Warren County title as well as both the Henderson-Vance regular season and tournament titles, finishing with a 13-1 overall record.
Although it has been a long-awaited process, the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department finally has a tennis skills & drills clinic being offered to youth and teens.
Graduation for the 2015 Leadership Vance class took place Thursday, July 23, at the Henderson County Club. After a welcome address and invocation by chamber President John Barnes, graduates had a meal of steak or chicken prepared for them. The evening also included a slideshow of the participant visits throughout the program and presentation of certificate of graduation.
The Salvation Army wants to help 100 students be prepared for school.
Henderson/Vance Recreation and Parks Department will conduct registration for its youth football, soccer and volleyball teams Monday through Aug. 22 at Aycock Recreation Center, 307 Carey Chapel Road in Henderson.
To help motivate and inspire kids to discover their potential, the Henderson Family YMCA offers an after-school program to school-aged children throughout Vance County. The Y’s after-school program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment where youth can achieve, feel a sense of belonging, build relationships and explore new interests.
It’s a sign of the times that the dumbest answer in the presidential campaign so far yielded the deepest question. As usual, Ted Cruz started it.
Can Atticus Finch still be our hero?
Two weeks into the hearing over North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, we have reached some conclusions.
The likelihood of black men getting prostate cancer and dying from it represent two of the biggest gaps between the health of black and white men in the United States.
And as it turns out, the gulf is particularly wide in North Carolina, where the odds of dying from prostate cancer are among the worst in the nation. African-Americans in the state are nearly two times as likely as whites to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and nearly three times as likely to die from its complications.
It’s a serious problem in communities across the state but is particularly bad across a swath of northeastern and eastern North Carolina counties where the African-American population approaches or exceeds 50 percent, and where — for reasons not completely clear — the disease is often even more dangerous for black men than the state’s sobering average.
Prostate cancer is for practical purposes a different and much more fearsome disease for black men. And research suggests that it sometimes may be a biologically different disease for them, too.
“It’s an epidemic,” said Rev. Thomas Walker of Rocky Mount, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer at age 47 and has become a prostate cancer activist, spreading the word among black communities about the dangers.
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.
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.
A local grant fund is rolling out more than $55,000 in awards for Vance County groups this month.