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HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College’s president is backing a proposal in the N.C. Senate that would establish a grant program that would help 10 of the state’s 58 community colleges keep students from having to drop out because of sudden crises in their lives.

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HENDERSON — Small businesses across Vance, Granville, Franklin and Person County received recognition for their impacts on local communities during the annual Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Henderson Country Club on Wednesday.

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OXFORD — Granville County’s school board has asked administrators to size up the possibility of closing Granville Central High School, and to update existing closure studies that focused on Wilton and Creedmoor elementary schools.

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Robert Ellis, owner of Robert’s Airbrush Shop on N.C. 39 South in Henderson, attaches a custom-airbrushed plate to the front of a customer’s car on Tuesday afternoon as a storm approaches the area.

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HENDERSON — Students and teachers in the Vance County Schools received some COVID-19 virus protection and nutritional supplements this week in a display of community support for the schools.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen’s fiscal 2021-22 budget request holds the line against any increases in property tax rates, water usage charges and the household solid waste fee.

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Jim Pegram (pictured) measures a piece of wood outside the Pizza Inn on Coble Boulevard on Monday afternoon. The restaurant has been closed since last week due to ongoing renovations.

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Monday: Stop at Starbucks on the way into work. Today turned out to be the day everybody wanted to look at hybrid cars. Four out of four cars had dead batteries. I was furious, hot, and out of patience. Frankly, I couldn’t believe these cars had been allowed to fall into such a state. Somebo…

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HENDERSON — A former Henderson Police Department captain has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery as part of a plea deal that among other things will require him to register as a sex offender.

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HENDERSON — The Tri-County continues to lag the state average when it comes to residents getting their COVID-19 vaccinations, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports.

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Juliann De Jesus of Orange County and her dog soak in the sun Friday afternoon at Satterwhite Point, along with Trinity Hudgin (back left) and Tonya Yeatts (back right) of Newport News, Virginia. Juliann was visiting Kerr Lake for the first time, along with her father, Eddie De Jesus (not pi…

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HENDERSON — For the 37th year, Vance-Granville Community College will host its annual Foundation Golf Tournament, which is set to take place at the Henderson Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

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HENDERSON — Police say a 29-year-old man was shot Wednesday night at the crossing of Garnett Street and Andrews Avenue after having “an encounter with occupants of another vehicle while at the intersection.”

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HENDERSON — The Henderson Mall on Dabney Drive has a new owner, a Maryland-based real-estate investment company that of late has been buying retail properties that have Food Lions as their anchor tenants.

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OXFORD — Granville County Animal Management has received a $6,000 grant from the Petco Love organization to support the county’s efforts to manage the feral cat population.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame says the three deputies facing criminal charges that accuse them of conspiring to mount an end run around North Carolina’s asset-forfeiture laws are suspended pending the resolution of their charges.

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Xavier Williams,10, enjoys a Shark Attack SnoBall at Pelican’s in Henderson on Wednesday.

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HENDERSON — After having employees work remotely during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Continuum Global Solutions facility in Henderson has started the process of bringing people back into the building.

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HENDERSON — Prosecutors have secured new indictments in a case involving the Vance County Sheriff’s Office that accuses its second in command and two deputies of conspiring to dodge North Carolina laws on civil asset forfeiture.

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HENDERSON — NC MedAssist will give away over-the-counter medicines and other pharmacy items on Friday. All items will be free.

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Yvonne Kersey (center), Cleophus Elam (middle) and Phyllis Elan (back) help put together bags for local children at Gang Free Inc. on Tuesday. Gang Free Inc. is assembling 1,700 bags that will be distributed to elementary schools in Vance County on Thursday.

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CREEDMOOR — A donation from one of the co-founders of one of the world’s wealthiest video-game companies has enabled the Tar River Land Conservatory to increase the size of a nature preserve near Creedmoor by more than 50%.

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HENDERSON — The Vance County Arts Council is making good use of its new home in the Old Municipal Building at 110 Young St. after receiving approval to move in earlier this month.

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With warm weather being back on the menu for at least the next week or so, patrons were queueing up for ice cream and other treats at the Freeze Maid Dairy Bar on Parham Road in Henderson on Monday.

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OXFORD — Granville County’s school board has asked the County Commissioners to raise local spending in K-12 education by $758,591 in fiscal 2021-22.

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Robert Bullock sizes up the progress he’s made trying to reduce a chunk of white oak into something more manageable, as fellow cutters Norman Bullock (center) and Clint McKoy (right) look on. They were working on Zollicoffer Avenue on Friday and were taking the remains of the tree away for u…

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

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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.

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OXFORD — Granville County’s school board has agreed to a timeline that could have members making decisions by the end of June about closing more of the district’s schools because of system-wide enrollment declines.

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Mayor Eddie Ellington (left) reads a proclamation declaring April “Second Chance Month” in Henderson. He and Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame (right) were on hand Wednesday to honor organizers and participants in the Kerr-Tar Reentry Roundtable’s “reentry resource fair,” which was designed …

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HENDERSON — Though about a third of all Tri-County residents have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, only Warren County had bettered the statewide average for the percentage of people who’ve gotten a shot.

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HENDERSON — The many talents of Vance County students will be on display for the community — and the world — on Saturday.

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Fire Chief Steve Cordell was holding a “fortified commercial door” training on Tuesday at the Henderson Fire Department station on Dabney Drive. The training was to enhance firefighters’ knowledge of gaining entry to commercial buildings, along with well-secured homes and other structures. C…

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Boats were covered up at the Satterwhite Point Marina on Monday afternoon as a rain shower moved through Henderson. Days like Monday are not expected to be the norm at Kerr Lake this year with summer fast approaching.

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HENDERSON — The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Reentry Roundtable will host a Reentry Resource Fair at the Aycock Recreation Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Tory Crews of Henderson shoots hoops at the basketball court on North Chestnut Street on Thursday morning. Crews said he is a frequent visitor to the court.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Schools officials have taken the “interim” qualifier off Jessica Perry’s appointment as principal of the Vance Virtual Village Academy, giving her the job on a permanent basis going forward.

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HENDERSON — Two members of Henderson Collegiate’s 2021 graduating class in Garland Catlette and Emily Garcia were accepted into the Ivy League schools of Harvard University and Princeton University, respectively.