Jul. 03, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

A plentiful harvest

Bill West said he eats a tomato and part of a cantaloupe every day.
That healthy diet also helps him dispose of some of what he grows. The rest he gives away.

West grows a variety of vegetables at his home at 100 Holly Drive, including peppers, squash, string beans, peas, cucumbers and onions.

But tomatoes tower over the rest — literally.

One tomato plant has grown to a height approaching 12 feet, West said. In his garden, he counted 30-some tomatoes at various stages of ripening.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

All abuzz

An organic farming group based in Henderson received a generous donation of insects — specifically, boxes of bees.

The Southern Organic Female Farmers Association was given tens of thousands of honeybees from The Kerr-Tar Beekeepers Association.

The Conservation Fund and Burt's Bees also donated four bee boxes to help them build hives.

The organic farming group is a co-op with more than 30 female micro market farmers transitioning to organic farming across the Tri-County.

Marion Williams, president of SOFFA, said the bees will assist her organization’s members because the insects are effective and efficient pollinators.

“We are seeing more blackberries and other crops that, two years ago, we didn’t see,” Williams said.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

High court ruling may impact new law

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.

Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Oxford plant gets $200,000 state grant for expansion

A grant from the state commerce department is helping to bring 20 new jobs to Granville 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 @ 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.