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Charla Duncan brings unusual talents to the position of economic development director
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WARRENTON — Charla Duncan is not your typical economic development director.

She is more.

On Tuesday, the Warren County Board of Commissioners appointed Duncan to be executive director of the Warren County Economic Development Commission. She was recommended by County Manager Vincent Jones. Duncan has served in the position on an interim basis for the past seven months.

A 2004 graduate of Warren County High School, Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree in English (secondary education) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master of public administration degree (public and nonprofit management) from New York University.

After a short teaching career, she returned to Warrenton to accept the position of executive director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

An active member of the community, Duncan was instrumental in the formation of a Young Professionals Network designed to provide professional and social opportunities for individuals in the region. She served as co-chairwoman of the Quilters Lane Committee, program manager for Warren FoodWorks and as a member of the Warren County Tourism Committee. She currently chairs the Warren County Arts Council.

Most recently, Duncan served as grants coordinator and management analyst in the Granville County manager’s office.

She returned to Warren County to accept the position of senior assistant to the Warren County manager.

She brings unique interests and experiences to her position. “I am excited to bring a perspective to the economic development team that is a new one for us — born and raised here, graduate of Warren County public schools, female, millennial, daughter of a small-business owner,” she said in a press briefing released by the county. “It’s a new combination of perspectives for this role in our community, and I look to be an asset to our county’s progress.”

The executive director’s position has been empty periodically over the past two decades and marked by relatively short tenures for appointees. Interim appointments and the economic development staff have kept the office active.

Duncan said, “I am looking forward to not just building an environment for successful business attraction and growth, but also working to grow the economic health and vitality of our residents.”

Owner Earldene Fogg, right, looks on while A. Hawkins changes the oil for a customer at Fogg’s Exxon.

Taking care of business

Vance County scores two victories against East Chapel Hill
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HENDERSON -- Following a disappointing 13-1 loss against Northern on Friday, the Vance County softball team bounced back on Wednesday afternoon with two victories against East Chapel Hill.

Head coach Jordan Wilder expected her team to come out and show improvement after dealing with many issues against Northern, adding that the two games on Wednesday were some of Vance County’s best performances of the year.

“Everyone played really good,” Wilder said. “I don’t think we had many errors, if any. They came out ready to hit the ball and they made the plays they needed to.”

Vance County quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the time the second inning concluded in the first contest. Tymiah Wimbish contributed to the strong start with a home run that flew over centerfield.

East Chapel Hill got on the board with two runs at the bottom of the third but failed to stymie Vance County’s momentum. A stellar fifth inning for Vance County that saw them tally eight runs was enough for them to put the first game away.

Vance County opened the second game by scoring three runs at the bottom of the first. Although hitting would not be as efficient for Vance County in the second game, their outfield excelled at keeping East Chapel Hill scoreless.

Wimbush broke a two-inning scoring drought for Vance County off a double from Kynnedy Keel, who proceeded to score her team’s final run of the game. East Chapel Hill’s final opportunity to score runs came up empty at the top of the fifth, giving Vance County a clean sweep of the afternoon.

Wilder praised pitcher Blake Vick for the efficiency she displayed on the mound along with the outfield for making several great stops. She added that more strong showings like the two on Wednesday will be needed for Vance County to close out the year on a positive note.

“Blake did a good job pitching,” Wilder said. “Kynnedy made some great plays on third base and I think overall, everyone was just putting the bat on the ball.”

A handful of games remain on Vance County’s schedule for the 2021 season. The program’s final week of regular season competition begins on Tuesday with a home matchup against Cedar Ridge at 6:30 p.m..

Granville County Crime Stoppers hosting annual golf tournament
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CREEDMOOR — The Granville County Crime Stoppers will be hosting its annual golf tournament at the South Granville Country Club on May 20 to help provide cash rewards for information pertaining to unsolved crimes.

Granville County Crime Stoppers President Frank Sossamon anticipates a great turnout for this year’s golf tournament and is speaking with several people and organizations about supporting next month’s festivities.

“We hope to get 100 hole sponsors and 18 teams,” Sossamon said. “The teams are coming in well but we’re also looking to get 10 corporate sponsors as well.”

Sossamon said that the goal of the Crime Stoppers is to make Granville County a safe place to live by assisting law enforcement in preventing criminal activity from taking place. The organization includes regular members of the community alongside law enforcement agencies and local businesses.

Granville County residents are always encouraged to provide information about potential suspicious activity to the Crime Stoppers if it is available to them. Money is provided for these tips and those who leave them will remain anonymous.

This year will be the third time the Crime Stoppers has held its annual golf tournament after starting it in 2018. The organization has intended to organize it in 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to cancel the event.

Sossamon added that the Crime Stoppers are willing to do anything to support local businesses that are interested in participating in the tournament. These businesses can contribute a prize or have brand representation on items like ink pens or magnets.

Sossamon is thankful that people have returned to support the Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament after a year of inactivity but he also praised the South Granville Country Club for being the ideal location to host such an event.

“The [South Granville] Country Club is a great facility,” Sossamon said. “They have great hospitality and they are very helpful in providing advertising and some of the prizes.”

With a large number of golfers and businesses expected for this year’s iteration of the tournament, Sossamon envisions the event to keep growing in the future but affirmed that the Crime Stoppers need public support to keep it going and to reward those who help them prevent illegal activities.

“Our plan is to continue having the tournament,” Sossamon said. “We want to keep these goals set because we feel like they are reachable goals. We’ll continue to need the funds to hand out the rewards because criminal activity is not going to be slowing down. We’ll always need people to provide us information because someone out there knows something about every crime that has been committed.”

On the day of the tournament, lunch will be served at the South Granville Country Club at noon before the first tee off takes place at 1 p.m. Entrants or businesses that have questions can reach out to Creedmoor Mayor Bobby Wheeler, who is also the event chair, at 919-691-0526.