News: Tri-County

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Patriotic quilt to be auctioned during July 4 festival

The Wise Independence Day parade and festival will offer a unique tribute to the national holiday. And some lucky person will walk off with it.

A “God Bless America” quilt will grace the grounds of Wise Baptist Church for the July 4 festival. It will be sold at silent auction during the day. Proceeds will benefit the building fund of the church.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

'God really works through here'

In the three years Twanna Jones has served as director of Area Christians Together in Service, the organization has outgrown its home at 305 S. Chestnut St.

When Jones was hired in February 2012, she said the soup kitchen was not even giving out 60 meals per day during the week.

These days, ACTS volunteers prepare and hand out more than 200 meals, in addition to the Meals on Wheels program and summer feeding for kids.

Last Thanksgiving, the group fed more than 600 people.

Since ACTS was founded in the 1980s, the organization has been housed in the property behind First Baptist Church.

But the decades-old structure has fallen into disrepair, said local developer Dennis Tharrington, who examined the property recently to provide a preliminary estimate for renovations.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Vance jobless rate down from 2014

Vance County's May unemployment rate is down from 9.2 percent from the same time last year but saw a 0.7 percent increase from April to May.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Police seize $325,000 in pot plants

Local law enforcement dismantled a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation this week that resulted in the arrest of two Henderson residents and seizure of 93 pounds of marijuana.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

Hollister man charged with possession of cocaine

A Hollister man is being held in the Vance County Jail under $1 million bond for possessing 7 kilograms of cocaine.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Crime log: Friday, July 3, 2015

Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Proposed zoning changes would allow cemeteries

Proposed zoning ordinance changes may allow church cemeteries and manufacturing as a conditional use.

The Vance County Board of Commissioners' planning and environmental committee approved a recommendation that will allow cemeteries in areas zoned office or institutional, the zoning used for most churches in the county.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

NC USDA director: Help is available

The North Carolina director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development visited Henderson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders and discuss USDA programs that would help improve the city.

“We are responsible for the lending portion that would benefit rural citizens,” said Randy Gore, who has served as North Carolina’s director for the USDA Rural Development since 2009. “We administer about 40 different programs, and we literally tell folks, ‘We can build a community from the ground up.’ ”

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:33 PM

After the storm

Clement “Jackie” Ellington Sr. said God was with him when part of an oak tree fell onto his home in Edgewood Mobile Estates on Tuesday night.

"I opened the back door to look out and thought it was rain, but it was the wind," Ellington said. "Then I heard cracking noises. I had a feeling that tree had come a loose."

Ellington said he was not injured but was a bit shaken up.

The tree fell into the back portion of Ellington's home into his bedroom, landing beside his bed and on top of his bathroom and wardrobe. The ceiling fan was knocked from the ceiling, and the window was crushed.

Ellington said it rained in his room where the tree had fallen in, but the rest of the room was undamaged.

"I called my daughter and told her," he said. "It didn't scare me as bad I thought it would. You wouldn't believe how loud it was when the tree hit this tin roof and broke the window."

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Helicopter landing

Izora Gooding (left) and her son Kavryn watch a National Guard helicopter take off Wednesday from in front of the Henderson Police Department. A crowd formed around the helicopter after it landed to assist the Vance County Sheriff's Office with community outreach efforts, said Sheriff Peter White.