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Henderson — In a typical year, the Vance County Tourism Development Authority hosts an Independence Day weekend celebration and fireworks show at Satterwhite Point on Kerr Lake. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year wasn’t typical, and neither is 2021.

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HENDERSON — City Council members have agreed to pay a unit of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government to do the groundwork for setting up an “urban redevelopment area” in the Flint Hill section of Henderson southeast of downtown.

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OXFORD — Donyell “DJ” Jones, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina, was the recipient of the 2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Herman S. Prescott Award.

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Marketplace Cinema, under its new management, RCE Theaters, is open and hosting first-run movies now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available and safety restrictions have eased. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported on Monday that 38% of Vance County’s residents are fu…

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HENDERSON — McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center is emerging from its COVID-19 pandemic shutdown to move toward normal operation.

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HENDERSON — The vice president of workforce and community engagement at Vance Granville Community College, Jerry Edmonds, was recently elected a director of NC IDEA along with two other people.

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WARRENTON — Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Lester Kearney will begin in Warrenton on Oct. 25, with the trial itself to start on Jan. 24, 2022, prosecutors and defense lawyers said after their latest pre-trial motions hearing.

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I know that I gave birth to the child, but The Kid is amazing, and has been since the beginning.

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HENDERSON — Jayden Watkins, a local 13-year old, is hosting a book signing on Sunday, June 13, at Tiffany’s in Henderson. The event is free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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MANSON — Henderson residents are hosting the first Backyard Rhythm and Blues Juneteenth and Father’s Day Outdoor Fest on June 19. The event will be at The Sunset Village at Bullocksville Park in Manson at 3 p.m.

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HENDERSON — Police say a Wednesday morning traffic stop on Interstate 85 netted the seizure of about $1 million worth of heroin and the arrest of the woman who was driving the vehicle.

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HENDERSON — Vance County officials are beginning to get ready for a re-appraisal of local property values that by the middle of the decade likely will end up influencing the property taxes residents pay.

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OXFORD — Granville County’s school board has signed off on a personnel shuffle that among other things puts in place a new assistant superintendent to oversee curriculum and teaching.

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HENDERSON — Brent Montgomery was remembered in a ceremony on Tuesday in which his widow, Heather, received condolences and a check from the American Association of State Troopers.

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HENDERSON — The building that was once the home of Henderson High School and Henderson Middle School is set to become a major focal point for Vance County later this year with the introduction of the Center for Innovation.

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WARRENTON — Interim Superintendent Keith Sutton will receive an $11,250 monthly salary from the Warren County Schools while he’s in office, along with a $150 travel allowance to help cover his commuting costs.

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HENDERSON — The trial of the man accused of shooting a woman to death outside the Dabney Drive Food Lion is scheduled to begin late this summer, after a judge turned down a motion from his lawyers that sought a delay.

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HENDERSON — Vaccination rates in the region continue to trail just behind the state average, but in Vance, Granville and Warren counties more than 40% of residents have received at least the first of the two-shot sequence of COVID-19 immunizations.

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OXFORD — State regulators have given Granville County’s government permission to sign a 1.9 million lease that will allow the Department of Social Services to set up a satellite office in the Butner and Creedmoor area.

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HENDERSON — Perry Memorial Library and the Vance County Animal Shelter are partnering to host “Pet Pals at Perry Library” on Wednesday, June 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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OXFORD — Granville County was founded in 1746. In that year, King George II of England granted a vast tract of land in the province of North Carolina to the second Earl of Granville, Lord John Carteret.

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OXFORD — The city of Oxford is set to have its first roundabout installed at the intersection of Main and Spring streets, with construction beginning on June 7.

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HENDERSON — Members of Henderson-Vance Board of Adjustment have blocked plans for a “convention center” next door to Compare Foods on East Andrews Avenue, by voting against waiving a buffer requirement designed to protect nearby homes.

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WARRENTON — History will be on display in the Warren County Courthouse on June 12, when a reenactment of events of 100 years ago will dramatize a dark period in Warren County’s past.

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HENDERSON — Effective with today's paper, The. Dispatch is changing its print-publication schedule to appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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OXFORD — A Granville County jury has awarded $288,000 to the family of a pedestrian killed in a fall 2018 traffic accident on Chewning Road north of Oxford.

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HENDERSON — A bill that’s begun making its way through the N.C. General Assembly could postpone city elections scheduled this fall in Henderson and a number of other North Carolina communities.

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HENDERSON — Charlotte and the wider North Carolina journalism community suffered a major loss on Monday when well-renowned photojournalist David “Frosty” Foster died suddenly at the age of 52.

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The crowds have begun arriving at the J.C. Cooper Campground next to Kerr Lake for the Memorial Day weekend, but on Friday afternoon, day visitor Logan Edwards from Burlington was able to find a quiet spot to do a little painting as his family enjoyed what the state park has to offer.

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HENDERSON — After losing her daughter, Heaven Leigh Nelson, to a fentanyl overdose on Jan. 28, 2019, Patricia Drewes has embarked on a mission to spread awareness on the dangers of the drug and other substances.

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WARRENTON — Warren County’s school board has announced that the chairman of Wake County’s school board, Keith Sutton, will serve as the Warren system’s interim superintendent from July 1 through Dec. 31.

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HENDERSON — A late-afternoon car accident that happened on the 500 block of West Andrews Avenue on Tuesday killed two people and left a third hospitalized, police say.

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With afternoon temperatures rising into the low 90s on Wednesday, these Henderson residents and others decided it was a fine time to line up at Pelican’s Snoballs on North Garnett Street in search of an ice-cold treat.

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HENDERSON — The cause of the fire that gutted a building at a Raleigh Road lumber yard over the weekend remains undetermined, but no one was injured and authorities aren’t deeming its origin suspicious.

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HENDERSON — The Turning Point Community Development Corp. launched its Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab on Saturday. The lab was up and running for the public to tour during the group’s kickoff celebration at Oasis of Hope Ministries.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Schools celebrated the graduation on Monday of the Class of 2021 for all four of its high schools, with Vance Virtual Village Academy, AdVance Academy, Vance County High School and Vance Early College all holding their ceremonies on the campus of Vance High.