News: Local

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Celebrating Hispanic heritage

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.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students took time out of their Friday schedule to watch the presentation of cultural traditions performed by the school’s Spanish for native speakers class.

Mora, the instructor of Spanish for native speakers, said her students have organized a special presentation for the school each year in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Gas prices dip below $3

Pasem Hauter saw a huge influx of customers to his family’s gas station on Oxford Road this week.

He said gas sales tripled when prices at the convenience store dropped below $3 per gallon.

“I had people come in here who normally put $5 or $10 dollars, and, this week, they filled up their whole tanks,” he said.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Oxford farm issues voluntary recall

Oxford’s Bailey Farms is voluntarily recalling some 6,215 pounds of fresh Serrano chili peppers because of the potential for salmonella contamination.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Fatal fire ruled accidental

The Granville County sheriff said the fire that killed two in Creedmoor on Wednesday was accidental.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

District receives positive feedback from state

The Vance County Board of Education received positive feedback from the state Wednesday about a building it’s had trouble finding funding to renovate.

Talk of refitting the two-story building on Eaton-Johnson Middle School’s campus heightened three years ago with the start of the STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — program for middle school students.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Crime Stoppers nab awards

The Henderson/Vance Crime Stoppers Association brought home three awards from the Oct. 7 regional conference in Dillsboro.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Car show a mixed bag, say local businesses

For some downtown businesses, the car show brings much-needed customers and revenue.

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

A passion to serve

Melinda Hargrove has been providing nutritious meals to Vance County students for about 19 years — the last nine of which have been at Carver Elementary.

She said she has had a passion for cooking since high school and finds joy in making students feel special, remembering their birthdays and asking about their days.

“Some of them don’t get that one-on-one or me-time with someone, and that is what some of them look for,” Hargrove said.

She said she gets up at 5 every morning to feed and help supervise students before school starts.

“She is one of the few people to beat me to school every day,” Principal David Westbrook said.

Marion Perry, Carver’s volunteer of the year, said children love Hargrove.

“They call her Mrs. Red,” she said. “That is so personable.”

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.