Jul. 21, 2015 @ 06:46 PM

Vance names new superintendent

Anthony "Tony" Jackson will be the new superintendent of Vance County Schools beginning Aug. 1.

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

'Some mighty big shoes to fill'

After six terms on the Henderson City Council and two terms as mayor, James D. “Pete” O’Geary has decided not to seek re-election.

“I have been so blessed to serve in this capacity for eight years,” he said. “I hope to have more free time to spend with my family and travel.”

The Townsville High School graduate served for 10 years in the U.S. Army, including two years in active duty, and eight years in the Army Reserves.

For 35 years, he worked in management with Rose's Stores Inc. After retirement from Rose's, he owned and operated the Petal Shoppe Florist and Gifts in Henderson.

He has also been a member of the West End Baptist Church for 48 years and served as minister of music there for 39 years.

Former City Manager Ray Griffin, who retired in November, said in an email that he was saddened by the news that O’Geary will not be seeking re-election. 

“He has served with honor and distinction and worked exceptionally hard to help the city maneuver through continuing austerity begun during previous administrations and made worse by the great recession and state fiscal policies vis-a-vis its local governments,” he said in an email. “I am particularly impressed with how he reaches out to people across the city without regard to race or Ward address. As such, he is a successful bridge builder, and thus became highly respected and loved by many across all socio-economic lines. He always takes time to speak with and listen to people no matter the time of day.”

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Interns gain experience with Cooperative Extension

Vance County Cooperative Extension is getting a boost from several young people who are serving as interns during the summer.

And the interns are benefiting from their experience with the varied activities Cooperative Extension conducts throughout the community.

“They have really helped us expand our summer programs,” said Vance County Cooperative Extension Director Morris White.

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

Crime log: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

Warren business launches downtown business initiative

Warren FoodWorks — a cafe, shared-use kitchen and retail market located at 108 Main St. in downtown Warrenton — has launched a new initiative this month to bring downtown businesses together called DowntownWorks.

Jul. 21, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Oxford considers changing street name to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The city of Oxford wants to know what the public thinks of potentially changing the name of Linden Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Jul. 20, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

‘Love and guidance’

Zaida White traces the connection she feels with youth to her days in the military.

“For some reason after my basic training, I was always in charge of young people,” she said. “I was always able to relate and talk to young people and encourage them.”

So, when she received a vision from God last year to start her own organization for youth, she got to work.

More than eight months later, she has about 15 children enrolled in her youth mentorship program called From the Heart.

“We are trying to enhance the good things they are already doing,” she said. “And if they are straying or thinking about doing something they shouldn’t, we will turn that around before it gets out of hand.”

Jul. 20, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Crime log: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.

Jul. 20, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Protesters want meeting with board

Protestors picketed outside Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc. Monday morning in an effort to get a meeting with the organization's board of directors.

Jul. 20, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

School board to reveal new leader

Vance County Board of Education has called a special called meeting to appoint a new superintendent.