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HENDERSON — Vance County officials say they’ve got enough funding in place to make it possible that construction of Phase 1B of their government’s water system could begin in the Kittrell area in the summer of 2022.

OXFORD — Starting in after the calendar flips over to 2022, Vance-Granville Community College is changing its class schedule to have class terms last eight weeks instead of 16.

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HENDERSON — On Friday, Gang Free Inc. is hosting the Hispanic Heritage Festival in collaboration with the Vance County Arts Council. The festival will be downtown on Breckenridge Street from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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HENDERSON — Gang Free Inc. is hosting a Pumpkin Paint and Pizza gathering at Vance County Middle School on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

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HENDERSON — Aycock Recreation Center will host the first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, organized by Henderson’s Infinite Possibilities with other local partners, to raise awareness for domestic violence.

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HENDERSON — Vance County’s sheriff says his deputies have made two arrests in connection with thefts in the area.

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WARRENTON — The N.C. Research and Engagement Group is hosting an Oct. 23 community forum on the pathways to economic success from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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HENDERSON — Turning Point CDC’s mobile learning lab will be on-site Thursday at the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board and NC Works regional job fair at the Warren County Recreation Complex from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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HENDERSON — Children’s book author and illustrator Todd Parr is making a virtual live visit to Perry Memorial Library Thursday afternoon.

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HENDERSON — Tri-County public K-12 school systems all say they’re complying with a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services directive that says school principals who know or suspect a student or staff member is positive for COVID-19 must report it to the local health department.

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Students at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford voted Javon Bullock (left) and Phaith Royster as Mr. and Ms. Webb for the 2021-22 school year ahead of Homecoming festivities at halftime of Friday night’s football game. Kyra Marable and Malik Owens were voted Homecoming queen and king.

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HENDERSON — Vance County commissioners have approved a zoning change that will allow a developer to build quite a bit of housing on a 101.6-acre parcel of former farmland on the western edge of the county between Henderson and Oxford.

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HENDERSON — On Saturday, Perry Memorial Library is hosting a Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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HENDERSON — About 90 days after the first piles of dirt were moved for construction, a single-family home project between Corbitt Road and Second Street has taken shape.

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OXFORD — Granville County’s school board will hold a public meeting on Oct. 18 to discuss the possibility of converting Tar River Elementary School into the new home of G.C. Hawley Middle School.

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Head Start: A headline in Thursday’s Dispatch should have said that Vance County is moving to rent space in the former Eaton-Johnson Middle School of the local Head Start program.

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NEW BERN — A Henderson man will serve 21 years in a federal prison for his role in a 2019 carjacking and the shooting of a Raleigh police officer, a judge ruled this week.

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HENDERSON — Two women died in a weekend traffic accident that happened at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Vicksboro Road, a N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman said.

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HENDERSON — Vance County officials are moving forward with a plan to rent out part of the former Eaton-Johnson Middle School to the local Head Start program, even though the idea’s drawn objections from two of the facility’s future tenants.

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OXFORD — The two people on board a small airplane that made an emergency landing in a field near Oxford on Sunday suffered only “very minor injuries,” a spokesman for the N.C. Highway Patrol said.

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HENDERSON — Cities and towns in the Tri-County area will offer opportunities for children to celebrate Halloween this year. But it will be with cautions, albeit not as strict a set of them as last year.

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HENDERSON — Shifting from educating the Tri-County about nutrition to becoming actively involved in COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts was a natural transition for the Green Rural Redevelopment Organization.

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HENDERSON — When Tracy Madigan moved to Henderson with her family in the early 1970s, “everything” was downtown. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native frequented Rose Gin and Supply Co. for horse tack and frequently ran into familiar faces on the street while out on the town.

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WARRENTON — A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, area hospitals and health care providers are “still in the thick of it” when it comes to the repercussions of caring for those who develop serious cases, Maria Parham Health’s CEO Bert Beard says.

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HENDERSON — Warren County Schools remains the only Tri-County area school system to implement a vaccination requirement for its teachers, staff and students.

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HENDERSON — Penny Collins grew so wary of making the daunting left turn onto N.C. 39 from the U.S. 1 South off-ramp that earlier this month she filed a formal request with the N.C. Department of Transportation for a traffic light to be installed.

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HENDERSON — Public health officials say five more Tri-County residents have died because of COVID-19 in the past week or so, raising the death toll associated with the virus to 216 people since the start of the pandemic.

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HENDERSON — McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center will offer five shows in the 2021-22 McGregor Live! season series.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Commissioner Gordon Wilder is part of a statewide task force that’s supposed to help create a training program to help new board chairs or commissioners in the state’s 100 counties learn how to “lead effectively” during public emergencies.

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HENDERSON— Vance County Schools announced Friday K-5 Literacy Coordinator Amber Hines as a participant in the N.C. Department of Public Instruction initial cohort of educators that will serve as Rethink Education facilitators.

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HENDERSON — Aimed at promoting children’s reading and health, the StoryWalk Project originated in Vermont 14 years ago before expanding to all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.

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HENDERSON— Henderson native Leah Hinton, now based in New York, released her new R&B pop single “Away” Friday. A lyric video and official music video will follow in the next few weeks.

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HENDERSON — Dr. Shauna Guthrie’s patients tend to be caught off guard when they call the main phone number listed for Sunflower Direct Primary Care and Guthrie actually answers the phone herself. One patient recently texted Guthrie to let her know that they would be late, and much to their s…

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HENDERSON — The Turning Point Community Development Corporation and Oasis of Hope Ministries are hosting a Community Fall Festival Oct. 22. The event is from 5-7 p.m.

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WARRENTON— The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board and NC Works will be hosting a regional job fair in Warren County on Oct. 14, at the Warren County Recreation Complex from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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OXFORD — A man who was involved in a shooting at the Oxford Food Mart has to serve a seven-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a judge ruled.

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HENDERSON — The Henderson Dispatch has moved to fill key leadership positions at the paper.

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HENDERSON — Uniting Our Community has postponed a golf tournament fundraiser at Kerr Lake Country Club that had originally been scheduled for Oct. 9.