News: Local

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Expo provides resources

Business owners should expect to see the day when cars talk to one another as our society becomes increasingly wireless, said Rick Burtner, president and CEO of Propel GPS, which is based in Henderson and in Reston, Virginia.

“If two cars are about to hit one another, they will go into an override mode, and the driver won’t be able to take control,” he said during the Small Business Expo at Vance-Granville Community College on Tuesday. “And that sounds crazy and too futuristic, but it is coming.”


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Constitutional amendment proposes bench trials

There will be something on the ballot on Election Day many voters may not expect.

Down at the end is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution — but it hasn’t gotten much play in the media.

That could be a problem, said Jeff Welty, associate professor of public law and government at UNC’s School of Government.

“There’s been hardly any media coverage,” he said. “I call this the stealth amendment because of the lack of media coverage it’s attracted.”


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

Plenty of choice in non-partisan judicial races

Judicial races can often be confusing to voters for several reasons.

Candidates can’t talk about their views as they are supposed to judge each case before them on the merits alone.

The races are also non-partisan, meaning judges don’t run as Republicans or Democrats. Instead, they run on their experience and their reputation.By contrast, district attorneys races are partisan.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Ideal Fastener could expand if it gets grant

Granville County Board of Commissioners took the next step Monday to help a local company expand.

The board approved a resolution agreeing to support and match 5 percent of a potential building reuse grant — a total of $25,000 — for Ideal Fastener of Oxford.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County

Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

Tractor trailer crashed on I-85

A tractor trailer driving northbound on Interstate 85 collided with the bridge over Poplar Mount Road and then lost control of the truck and crashed into trees, turning the truck on its side.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

‘A heart bigger than Texas’

Lelia Brigham had her funeral all planned out — down to the music.

But then she had a realization.

Brigham has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, John Price said. She worked with David Grissom, a retired United Methodist minister, to plan her funeral.

“But then she said, ‘Shoot! I’ll be dead and won’t hear the band,’ ” Price said.

So, friends and coworkers filled Brigham’s home and yard on Saturday as they celebrated the life of the longtime Vance-Granville Community College art instructor.

So Price and others arranged a celebration that Brigham could enjoy, including the band — a saxophone, keyboard, upright bass and vocalist.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

1 hurt when 3 tractor trailers wreck on I-85

A truck driver was transported to Duke University Hospital on Monday with injuries after a wreck involving three tractor trailers at exit 218 of Interstate 85.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Group celebrates 20 years of helping federal workers

Retired federal employees in the region celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees with a luncheon at Cross Roads Restaurant on Monday.


Oct. 20, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Some choice in state, US representation

Voters will have the chance to select their representatives for Raleigh and Washington, D.C., when they hit the polls during early voting or on Election Day.