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.
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.’ ”
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."
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.
The Vance County Schools Board of Education voted to adopt an interim budget resolution that will carry over unused funds from the 2014-'15 fiscal year to the new fiscal year until a state budget is adopted.
Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.
The state is offering a $5,000 governor's reward to solve the murder of Stanley Ray Richardson, 40.
The deposit to connect to Vance County's water system is comparable to neighboring counties, but the cost is still raising concern among residents.
A 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Granville County was killed Friday in a hit-and-run, and two suspects have been arrested in connection with the death, according to authorities.