Apr. 18, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

'It's an emotional feeling'

Beneath a clear blue sky and bright sun, more than 400 dancers descended upon the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School grounds to partake in the tribe's 50th anniversary powwow Saturday.

The grand entry, which kicked off the powwow, was a vibrant explosion of colors, songs and rhythmic dancing.

The celebration will continue through Sunday, with the grand entry at 1 p.m.

Janice Davis, who is one-eighth Cherokee, came Saturday with her husband and daughter, Gianna Hill.

Davis said she attends powwows across the state, but this is one of her favorites.

"The Haliwa-Saponi are really welcoming," she said, adding that the tribal regalia and dancers are spectacular to watch.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Duke site program completes review of Ellington tract

A national consulting firm hired by Duke Energy has assessed the Ellington tract and completed a property evaluation, which was presented to Vance County officials and area business leaders in November.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 09:42 AM

Crime log: Sunday, April 19

Arrests, incidents and citations in Warren and Granville counties

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 05:52 PM

Preserving history

Mike Roy (left) and Alan Wilson of Design Dimension Inc. prepare to hang an exhibit on Paul Howard Rose, the founder of Rose's Stores, on Friday afternoon at Perry Memorial Library. The exhibit is part of the new Vance County Historical Museum room at the library.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

New tourism director excited about what Granville has to offer

If enthusiasm can bring in tourists, Granville County might well get ready for an invasion.
Angela Allen, who took the position of director of the Granville County Tourism Development Authority on April 1, is enthusiastic about her new job. She’s enthusiastic about Granville County. She is even enthusiastic about the job she just left.

“This is a great opportunity to show people the place where I live, where I work and where I play,” Allen said of her new position.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

‘Everyone can do something’

A chance encounter in a Louisburg restaurant led to Pat McGhee being named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for Vance County Schools.

The district held a volunteer and business partner reception Wednesday at Northern Vance High School where they recognized those who have contributed time, money and other resources to the school system’s students.

A volunteer of the year was named for each school, and the district-wide volunteer of the year was chosen from them.

McGhee accepted her flowers and plaque then asked the audience to encourage others to volunteer.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s 15 minutes, 30 minutes or half a day,” she said. “We can all do something. Our children benefit when they know we stopped and took the time to spend with them.”

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Crime log: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Arrests, citations and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 05:07 PM

A tour with the Tar Heel Traveler

Scott Mason, WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler, gave 25 attentive listeners a guided tour around North Carolina on Wednesday.
Meeting in the community room at the Warren County Memorial Library, Mason narrated clips from television broadcasts that provided glimpses of small-town life from one end of the state to the other.

Mason described how he and a photographer travel around the state looking for stories.

“I go in with an idea of what it will be,” he said. “But there are little surprises.”

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

State’s oldest powwow celebrates 50 years

In 1965, the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe received official recognition by the state of North Carolina.

The tribe will hold its 50th annual powwow this weekend to celebrate that historic event.

The powwow begins tonight at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School campus off N.C. 43 near the Warren and Halifax county line. The grand entry will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday’s grand entries will be at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 04:35 PM

Churches opening the door for families living with autism

A group of United Methodist churches in Vance County are holding a special event Saturday for families living with autism.

“Families living with an autistic child or adult sometimes don’t feel welcome in a church,” the Rev. Julia Alliger of Cokesbury UMC said. “After all, church is a place where children are supposed to sit still and be quiet. In the United Methodist Church, our slogan is ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,’ but people with disabilities sometimes don’t feel as if those hearts and doors and minds are open for them.”