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ADDRESS BUSINESS NAME ......................................................................... PHONE NUMBER 946-H A-1 Travel Agency.................................................... 438-3552 946-H Advanced Therapeutic Massage ............................. 430-7020 941-A African Hair Braiding ............................................... 430-8700 946-A-2 All State Ins. (Jeff Ayscue) ...................................... 438-2299 945-B Angie’s Dance Academy ......................................... 438-5037 946-R B-1 Bingo ............................................................................................. 943-K-2 Beltone Hearing Center ....................................800-510-6200 943-O Boys & Girls Club Office .......................................... 430-1871 945-F Caring Hearts Health Services ................................ 436-0082 946-H Center of Attention Hair Salon ................................ 738-0555 946-F Children’s Developmental Service Agency ............. 430-3805 943-L,M Crawford Properties Office ..................................... 492-0185 946-G Dabney Drive Restaurant ........................................ 438-5643 943-H Daymark Recovery Services ................................... 431-0061 945-C Diana’s Tax Service ................................................. 492-9458 941-F Diamond Sweepstakes ........................................... 762-0042 946-B Direct General Insurance Agency............................ 433-0029 941-L Divine Styles............................................................ 430-0547 945-H Employment Security Commission ......................... 438-6129 941-I Family Preservation Services ................................. 438-4740 939-C Fastax ...................................................................... 433-9555 941-E Geter’s Barber College ........................................... 430-1633 941-K Great Cuts Hair Salon .............................................. 431-1005 941-D Happy Nails & Spa .................................................. 430-7700 941-G Healthy Treats.......................................................... 430-0893 946-S Henderson Business Center......................................438-3717

ADDRESS BUSINESS NAME ........................................................PHONE NUMBER 943-K2 Holly Hill Mobile Crisis .............................................................. 946-J Home Credit Corp. Office ..........................................433-8022 944-A Home Credit Inc.........................................................492-5599 945-I Home Town Hardware ...............................................492-3166 943- A,B K Discount Beauty Supply.........................................492-7483 943-J KARTS........................................................................438-2573 946-W Lincare Medical Supply.............................................433-8801 946-A Little River LP Gas Co. ...............................................430-0900 943-C Maxim Health Care Services.....................................492-6028 Mini Storage ..............................................................492-0184 945-A Nails To Tails Pet Grooming .......................................430-0570 941-H National Finance Co. .................................................436-2274 945-E NC Dept of Correction ...............................................430-1203 946-D NC License Plate Agency ..........................................438-3528 946-A-1 Parham’s Western .....................................................438-4614 946-Z Pete Smith Lube & Tire .............................................431-0497 941-B REW (Medical Uniforms, Tanning, Jewelry) ..............438-4031 939-A RHA Howell Supported Employment ........................430-0570 946-V Salon 31 ...................................................................438-3131 946-C Starting Over ............................................................430-6679 946-Y Steve Decillis, Attorney ........................................... 492-9982 946-P Sun Medical Supply ..................................................438-4360 946-X The Arc of NC ............................................................438-7627 946-H The Attic ....................................................................430-7020 946-A3 United Home Care .....................................................438-1030 946-U Vance County Tourism...............................................438-2222 945-G Vance Job Link Career Center ..................................438-7324 1

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AAA Gas & Appliance Co./Bowers & Burrows 12 Ahner Security ................................... 15 Beckford Medical Center...................... 14 CenturyLink ....................................... 20 Charles Boyd/Ruin Creek Animal ............9 City of Henderson ............................... 24 Collins Collision Repair Center...............8 County of Vance ...................................6 Crawford Properties/Crossroads..............1 Dabney Drive Animal Hospital ............. 22 Dot’s Hallmark .....................................6 Dr. Robert F. Allen ................................2 Express Employment Professionals ....... 22 For Your Occasion Party Rentals ........... 24 Forsyth’s Barbecue .............................. 22 Golden Skillet ......................................9 H.G. Reynolds Co., Inc. ........................ 24

Henderson Collegiate .......................... 24 Henderson Family YMCA ...................... 16 Henderson Marketplace/Chase Development ..3 Holiday Inn Express ..............................9 Joel T. Cheatham Insurance Agency ...... 15 Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation ... 20 KFC ................................................... 16 Maria Parham Medical Center ... Back Cover Mast Drug .......................................... 18 P&G Pet Care ...................................... 20 Paradise Family Dentistry .................... 18 Philips Optimum .......... Inside Back Cover Pinnell Insurance Agency ......................3 Premier Women’s Health ......................9 Prim Residential/Sprinkle Properties ... 12 Progress Energy ........... Inside Front Cover

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Range of Motion ................................. 24 Rick Edwards Electric .......................... 12 Satterwhite Point Marina..................... 16 Servpro .............................................. 15 Staffmark .......................................... 20 Ted’s Catering Service ......................... 12 Tony Hirst Builder............................... 18 Toyota of Henderson ........................... 22 Triangle North Corporate Park .............. 16 Vance Construction ...............................2 Vance County Farm Bureau ....................2 Vance-Granville Community College ..... 18 Vanco Outdoor Equipment ................... 24 Wake Electric Membership Corp. ............8 West Hills Veterinary Centre ................ 14 William L. Stark and Company ............. 14

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Run of the Mill Bill and Marie Craig had been toying with the idea of opening a bed and breakfast.

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Major step forward

• Pino’s Italian Restaurant

Maria Parham Medical Center makes moves to meet growing healthcare needs.

• Big Cheese Pizza • Springleaf Financial Services • Top Nails

Game-changer! Semprius brings game-changing solar power technology to Triangle North Vance hub site.

10 food stores

The Y — for life! Over 8,000 individuals have discovered the secret to a healthy life at Henderson Family YMCA.

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Lifelong education

Dr. Stelfanie Williams leads community college; Ronald Gregory leads public schools.

Beauty on grand scale Kerr Lake has it all: boating, skiing, fishing, camping, swimming and fireworks!

On the cover

Membership directory

Henderson & Vance County have much to offer as the cover photographs for this year’s edition of Envision Vance demonstrate. Here you’ll find a vibrant, diverse community of people who know the value of making Henderson & Vance County their place to live, work and play.

Who’s who in Henderson & Vance County? All of the Chamber’s members are here in the directory in the center of this edition. To find new members, go to www.hendersonvance.org. 3

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ill and Marie Craig had toyed with the idea of opening a bed and breakfast near their Bees’ Knees Country Store on Weldon’s Mill Road since the first day they moved south from Michigan to Vance County in December 2005. “The first time I came down from Michigan to look at the property, I went by the planning department and asked them if there would be any zoning issues with us opening a bed and breakfast if we decided to buy the land,” Bill said. It would take six years for that dream to become reality, but in December 2010, the Craigs officially opened the front doors and welcomed their first guests to the Run of the Mill Bed and Breakfast, located at 2250 Weldon’s Mill Road. Both retired school teachers, the Craigs originally came to the area to be nearer to their daughter, who had moved to Raleigh to pursue her career. “We knew if we were going to see her more than a few times a year, we’d have to move closer,” Marie said. They fell in love with the old Weldon’s Mill and the surrounding property. Bill was already an avid beekeeper, which provided him with plenty to do, but Marie knew she’d need more to fill her time in retirement than just volunteering and pursuing her interest in crafts.

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So, the couple set their sights on renovating the old country store on the property, both as living space and as a place to sell Bill’s honey, along with local crafts and other items. The Bees’ Knees Country Store opened in November 2006, offering used paperback books, jars of honey, cards, snacks, handcrafted soaps, candles, handmade jewelry, and a variety of other locally produced items. More than 30 vendors now offer their wares at the store. But the Craigs still had that dream of a bed and breakfast lingering in the back of their minds. In 2008, they began talking with contractors and decided the time was right to begin construction. “We loved the original part of the old farmhouse on the property and considered renovating it for the bed and breakfast, but all the builders we talked with advised against it, saying we’d spend more fixing it up than we would

Winter or summer, the Run of the Mill is a beautiful venue for vacationers looking for a quiet place.

starting from scratch,” said Marie. So they chose a beautiful spot atop the hill next to the mill instead and began construction. The three-story house serves as both living space for the Craigs and as the bed

and breakfast. Four rooms with private baths are available for guests, ranging in price from $95-140, depending on the room selected and whether guests arrive See B&B on Page 16

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County of Vance

Progressing Toward New Opportunities

County Commissioners ........................... 738-2120 County Administration ............................ 738-2001 Register of Deeds ................................... 738-2110 Tourism Promotion.................................. 438-2222 Animal Control ........................................ 492-3136 Economic Development .......................... 492-2094 Board of Elections................................... 492-3730 Cooperative Extension ............................ 438-8188 Solid Waste ............................................. 492-3036 Planning and Development ..................... 738-2080 Senior Center .......................................... 430-0257

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Social Services ....................................... 492-5001 Mental Health ......................................... 430-1330 Public Health .......................................... 492-7915 Tax Department ...................................... 738-2040 Soil/Water Conservation ......................... 438-5727 Veterans Service..................................... 438-4619 Sheriff’s Office ........................................ 738-2200 Fire/EMS ................................................. 438-6656 Emergency Operations (911) .................. 438-8264 Human Resources .................................. 738-2014 Information Technology .......................... 738-2025

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A new day in healthcare at Maria Parham MARIA PARHAM MEDICAL CENTER JOINS DUKE LIFEPOINT

“Our partnership with Duke LifePoint provides our hospital with new clinical and operational resources that will help us enhance our healthcare services to meet the growing news in our region.” Bev Tucker, M.D., chairman, MPMC Board of Directors

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aria Parham Medical Center has taken a major step forward in being able to meet growing healthcare needs. The local medical facility, after celebrating its 85th year of operation, officially joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare, an innovative joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc., and LifePoint Hospitals in October 2011 with an agreement between the MPMC Board of Directors and Duke LifePoint to jointly own and operate the center. “This is an exciting day for Maria Parham and our community,” said Bev Tucker, M.D., chairman of the MPMC MPMC has a team of more than 150 physicians and 700 clinical and support staff. Board of Directors, in making the announcement. “Our partnership with Duke LifePoint provides our hospital with new clinical and operational resources that will help us enhance our healthcare services to meet the growing needs in our region. We look forward to our future as part of the Duke LifePoint network.” Under the terms of the agreement, Duke LifePoint and The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is carMPMC have formed a joint venture to own and operate the rying forward the legacy of the Maria Parham Healthhospital. Duke LifePoint owns 80 percent of the joint vencare Foundation. ture and has committed to investing $45 million in capital The new charitable foundation and a $30 million improvements at the hospital over the next decade. cash endowment are part of the Maria Parham MediThe proceeds from the transaction — approximately cal Center purchase agreement with Duke Life Point. $30 million — are being used to create a locally governed TNHF Executive Director Val Short said the new charitable foundation that will fund programs and services to foundation’s goal is to help the community. meet community needs. “There are major health issues impacting our com“Maria Parham Medical Center is an ideal partner for munity,” Short said. “It would be our hope and misDuke LifePoint, and we are eager to expand our existing relasion to impact those diseases. Though it (the foundationship and work together with the hospital’s board, leadertion) will not be as a medical provider, we would be a ship, employees and medical staff to advance our shared healthcare promoter.” vision of improving healthcare in this region,” said Duke Last year, the Maria Parham foundation raised University Health System Executive Vice President William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D. “As part of Duke LifePoint, MPMC

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central North Carolina and southside Virginia. The hospital is fully accredited by both the Joint Commission, the College of will have access to additional resources American Pathologists and CMS. to better serve its patients today and into Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint the future.” venture of Duke University Health SysAs part of the agreement, Duke Lifetem, Inc., and LifePoint Hospitals, was Point and MPMC created a 10-member established to build a dynamic network of board with equal representation from both hospitals in North Carolina and the surorganizations. A separate hospital advirounding areas. The joint venture, which sory board consisting of physicians, local brings together LifePoint’s experience in community leaders, MPMC CEO Robert community-based hospital management Singletary and a representative from Duke and Duke’s world-renowned leadership LifePoint was also established. in clinical service, is strengthening and “We are very pleased to welcome Maria improving healthcare delivery by providing Parham to the Duke LifePoint network of community hospitals the clinical, quality hospitals,” said LifePoint Chairman and and operational resources they need to CEO William F. Carpenter III. “This joint grow and prosper. venture will not only provide the hospital Since the formation of the joint venture with new clinical and operational support, in January, Duke LifePoint Healthcare it also will help MPMC expand its recruit- has acquired MPMC, Person Memoing efforts and enhance the healthcare rial Hospital in Roxboro and the North services it offers to people in the region.” Carolina cardiac catheterization operations With a team of more than 150 physiof MedCath Partners, LLC, now known cians and 700 clinical and support staff, as DLP Cardiac Partners. Additionally, Maria Parham offers a wide range of serin October, Duke LifePoint signed a vices and the latest technology to meet the memorandum of understanding with its healthcare needs of the citizens of north first Virginia hospital. Continued from Page 7

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more than $100,000 from various fundraising activities, and one result was assisting with the acquisition of a linear accelerator radiation treatment system for the hospital’s cancer center. The foundation in the past also provided more than $50,000 in scholarships and funded three cancer center projects: genetic counseling for high-risk cancer patients plus breast cancer and lung cancer financial assistance for un- and under-insured patients. “This is the work of the Maria Parham foundation last year that set a stage for moving forward,” Short said. “A positive change is that this work will gain funding that we have never had in the past.” Foundation board members will look to provide scholarships for students and assistance to patients. Fundraisers, including an annual gala event, the foundation’s invitational golf tournament, a 5k run and several church-based events, are expected to continue.

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Chess — for all the ages Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church in downtown Henderson becomes the domain of knights, bishops, queens, kings and pawns. They come to life on the chess boards of the Henderson-Vance Chess Club, a group of local enthusiasts who like nothing better than spreading their love for one of the most mentally challenging of board games. Since its founding in 2006, membership in the club has grown to more than 30, including both adults and youth. Ninety percent of the members are certified through the U.S. Chess Federation, and most members participate in tournament play both regionally and nationally. The local club also sponsored eight tournaments in 2011. Three youth members of the club are also now listed in the top 100 student players in the state. “Chess is such an intriguing game,”

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If it’s Thursday, it must be “chess night” in downtown Henderson.

said Rudy Abate, president of the club. “Winning is not based on the luck of a roll of dice or the spin of a wheel. Playing is almost like going to battle.

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North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue welcomes Joseph Carr, Semprius president/CEO, right, to Vance County as retired HendersonVance Chamber President Bill Edwards looks on.

GAME-CHANGER! Semprius bringing green technology to Triangle North

Photovoltaic technology developed by Semprius, Inc., may be a “game-changer” for the solar energy industry, experts say, and Henderson and Vance County economic officials are banking on Semprius similarly being a “game-changer” for the local economy. With a commitment to create more than 250 jobs over the next five years, the Durham-based solar company is locating a manufacturing plant in Vance County. “This is a big day for Vance County, and this is a big day for North Carolina,” said North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue on a visit to Henderson in July 2011. “This company is on the cutting edge in the solar energy field, and we welcome them to North Carolina,

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the smart grid capital of the world.” State and local incentives for Semprius totaled $18.3 million. “Governor Perdue entrusted us to bring quality jobs to North Carolina, and we are going to do that,” Semprius President/CEO Joseph Carr said. Durham-based Semprius has located in Vance County next to Xerox, formerly ACS, in the Triangle North business park on the Vance-Granville counties line along Interstate 85. Construction work at the facility was part of an $89.7 million capital investment in the pilot plant. Carr said most of the hires, more than 200, will be for high-skilled manufacturing positions on the floor, See SOLAR on Page 11

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What does Semprius do? Semprius can build highly concentrated photovoltaic modules that combine tiny solar cells with low-cost, efficient optics to concentrate sunlight and multiply it more than 1,000 times. The solar cells are about the diameter of a dot made by a ballpoint pen. The company recently set a new world record for photovoltaic module efficiency, reaching 33.9 percent (active area), according to industry experts. “This is a significant milestone for Semprius and the entire PV industry,” said Scott Burroughs, vice president of Technology at Semprius. “For the first time, we have been able to convert more than one-third of the sun’s energy into usable electricity. This demonstrates how concentrated PV can leverage rapidly increasing efficiencies to continue driving down the cost of solar generated electricity.” “This is the culmination of our emphasis on bringing smart design to solar,” said Joe Carr, president/CEO of Semprius. “We looked carefully at each component of our module – cell, optics, enclosure and the manufacturing process – to develop a competitive solution that embodies high efficiency, performance and reliability.”

Semprius joins Xerox, formerly known as ACS, at Triangle North Vance off Interstate 85.

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and those jobs will be filled primarily from the local job market. Shortly before the announcement of the move to Vance, Semprius got a huge boost when industry giant Siemens acquired a stake in the company in June 2011. For Siemens, it was an early access to a highly promising technology for CO2free

power generation from solar energy. “Siemens will act as a strategic investor to help Semprius scale up its innovative technology to market maturity,” said Martin Schulz, vice president of photovoltaics in the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens. “The demand for Semprius products has tripled since the partnership with Siemens,” observed Bill Edwards, who See SEMPRIUS on Page 12

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recently retired as the president of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. Semprius is a major step forward for economic development in Vance County, economic development officials noted. Edwards, who Carr called a “utility player� in helping to locate Semprius in Triangle North, had this to say about why the company chose Vance: “I think we developed a close, working relationship with the company executives themselves, and we were able to get answers to their questions. “Vance County was able to build a level of trust and integrity with this company, and that’s how we were able to recruit them to stay in North Carolina,� the former chamber president said. It’s a major step forward for the county, noted Stuart Litvin, director of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission. “Vance County is moving beyond the past economies of the mills and the tobacco industry into this new era of advanced manufacturing and green technology,� Litvin said. “This sends a very clear message to the (N.C.) Department of Communities that Vance County and Henderson are very serious and have become more aggressive in working with companies to locate not only in Vance County but specifically within the Triangle North area. “We now have the opportunity to promote the area to similar types of companies in the green tech field that Vance County — along with VanceGranville Community College — can accommodate companies of this nature and will work with them in providing the workforce they need,� Litvin said. Edwards agreed. “I do believe that our best times are ahead of us,� he said.


Woody Caudle, executive director/chief executive officer of the Henderson Family YMCA, has exercise equipment to keep you healthy.

The Y: For Life!

HENDERSON BOASTS FULL-SERVICE YMCA SERVING NEARLY 8,000 INDIVIDUALS

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or more than 20 years, the Henderson Family YMCA has been one of the crown jewels of Vance County, providing area residents with a first-class exercise and fitness center while offering programs and services for all ages. “We are the smallest community in North Carolina to have a full service YMCA that includes a pool and gymnasium,” said Woody Caudle, who has served as executive director/chief executive officer for the YMCA for the past 13 years. He heads up a staff of 14 full-time and 75 part-time personnel who oversee the facility’s programs and services. On Ruin Creek Road in Henderson,

the Y serves Vance, Granville, Warren, Franklin and Person counties. “YMCAs do not compete with each other,” said Caudle. “The national YMCA organization designates a territory for each facility to serve, but each individual YMCA is governed by a local board of directors and determines the facilities and programs it will offer.” Dr. Marion Lark is the current chief volunteer officer for the local board, which includes 23 other local residents. The Henderson YMCA currently has 1,561 memberships, representing both family and individual memberships. “We estimate that we serve approximately 6,000 individuals as part of those

memberships,” said Caudle, pointing out that family memberships represent more than one person. When programs and services that are offered to non-YMCA members are included, Caudle projects the Y touches the lives of between 7,000 and 8,000 people in the community each year. The most popular programs offered by the Y are the after-school and summer camp programs for youth, the aquatics program, and the fitness and recreational programs for seniors. More than 100 students — from kindergarten to middle school — board Y See YMCA on Page 14 EN ISION

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buses at seven schools each afternoon to participate in the after-school program. While time is set aside for homework activities, the primary focus of the program is to get kids active and playing, not sitting in front of a television or computer, said Caudle. “With the rising concerns about obesity in children and the cutbacks in physical education classes, we want to make sure the youth in our after-school and summer camp programs are in the gym, in the pool, playing outside – active and on the move,” said Caudle. The Y’s aquatics program has also been an important focus for the organization from the beginning. “Because of our proximity to Kerr Lake, it was considered important from the beginning that we focus on teaching kids and adults how to be safe in the water,” said Caudle. Caudle himself teaches a special swim class for adults who are terrified of the water and never learned to swim. “Teaching a child or an adult how to save themselves from drowning is always our first priority,” said Caudle. For Caudle, if they also learn to enjoy swimming as a recreational and fitness activity, that’s just the icing on the cake. In addition to swim lessons, the Y staff members also lead water aerobics classes and provide the only lifeguard training course in the area. The growing number of seniors in the general population is having a significant impact on the Y as well. “Seniors are our fastest growing segment of members,” Caudle said. Through the Silver Sneakers program, offered by many supple-

GIRLS ON THE RUN PREPARES YOUNG LADIES WITH LIFE SKILLS What do training for a 5K event, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and being part of the community have in common? They’re all goals for participants in Girls on the Run, an after-school program sponsored through the Henderson Family YMCA that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The curriculum creatively incorporates training for a 5K with lessons that encourage third through eighth grade girls to develop essential life skills. “Through activities like running, playing games and discussing important issues, the girls experience the joy of simply being themselves,” said Julia Langston, who coordinates the program for the Y. During the 12-week program, the girls participate in lessons and activities that inspire them to be strong, contented and self-confident young women who choose a confident and healthy lifestyle. In addition, they gain physical strength and stamina by training to run/walk in the 5K event that gives the program its name. Each session is led by trained coaches who teach specific life skills to help the girls deal with peer pressure and build self-esteem and confidence. In its second year, Girls on the Run has grown to 75 participants and Langston is exploring expanding the program to Granville, Warren and Franklin. In Vance, sessions are held at three elementary schools in addition to a local athletics club and at the Y’s main facility on Ruin Creek Road. In addition to Girls on the Run, which targets girls in third to fifth grades, Girls on Track provides a similar program for sixth to eighth grade girls. The cost is $120 per participant, but scholarships are available. For details, contact Julia Langston at (252) 438-2144 or go to www.gotrvance.org.

mental insurance providers through Medicare, many seniors can receive a Y membership as part of their benefits. In addition to fitness programs targeted for seniors, the Y also offers field trips and recreational programs to meet the social needs of seniors. Caudle is proud of the Christian values and heritage that define the Y’s mis-

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Cycle North Carolina spins through Henderson When nearly 1,000 cyclists hit the road to spend a week riding from the North Carolina mountains to the coast, where do they eat, sleep, take a shower, or shop for extra energy drinks and Band-Aids? Cycle North Carolina, sponsored by N.C. Amateur Sports, took bicyclists on a 500-mile trek across the state in October 2011, starting at Elkin Municipal Park and ending at Heritage Park in Corolla. Henderson was one of eight communities across the state to host the bikers at the end of each day after they had completed an average of 60-80 miles. The Henderson Family YMCA headed up the effort to bring the cyclists to the area, and coordinated efforts to provide them with space to pitch tents, park shower trucks and RVs, enjoy a hot meal and soak up a little of the local culture. “This event was a really good complement to the Y’s mission,” said Woody Caudle, executive director and chief executive officer for the Henderson Family YMCA. “Hosting the riders provided great exposure to our area and promoted health and fitness.” The athletic fields surrounding the YMCA building on Ruin Creek Road were opened up for riders who wanted to pitch tents. “Some of the riders had

Visitors came to Henderson from 46 states as the Henderson Family YMCA played host to Cycle North Carolina.

family members following in RVs so we also provided a place for them to park and camp,” said Caudle. Other riders stayed in local hotels nearby. The Y facility itself was also open to accommodate the guests. “For that one evening, we had 1,000 visitors in our area representing 46 states,” said Caudle. He hopes that by

involving the Y in hosting such events, more people will become aware of the Henderson/Vance County area and possibly even considering moving to the area. “We heard lots of comments about how beautiful the area is and what a nice stop it had been for the riders,” Caudle added.

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during the spring and fall, but we had just as many visitors during the summer,” Marie said. The inn has been popular with guests from Raleigh and the Triangle area, as well as from the Washington, D.C., area, Bill added. “We’re about half way between Washington and Atlanta, so we provide a good stop-off point for visitors traveling along I-85 from the D.C. area,” Bill said. Guests at the inn can enjoy eating breakfast in the gazebo that extends

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dents in the chess club at Vance Charter School, and Abate has coached students at Pinkston Street Elementary School. In addition to enjoying the challenges “The school actually offered chess as one of the game themselves, the club has of the electives the students could choose also reached out into the community to to take.” promote chess and entice new players. While no scientific studies have Three members of the club are certified been done to prove the point statistias coaches by the U.S. Chess Federation, cally, Abate said that educators believe which provides them with the training that students who play chess do better to teach the game to others. in math and science classes because Club member Ray Hight coaches stu- their thinking and reasoning skills are Continued from Page 9

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and at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, eventually becoming the vice president for economic and community development at Central Carolina. That was the position she held at the time of her selection as VGCC’s chief executive officer, which followed a nationwide search. The president noted that the college takes the word “community” in its name seriously, making education accessible to all corners of the region by offering classes at four campuses, community locations and online. VGCC also collaborates closely with local public school systems to operate four innovative “early college” high schools, including Vance County Early College High School on the college’s main campus. Early College programs allow students to simultaneously complete both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree (or up to two years of college-transferable credit) over a five-year period, tuition-free. Other important college/community partnerships support economic development by developing an educated workforce and providing customized training to new and existing industries. Recent additions to VGCC’s offerings, such as a degree in Entrepreneurship and certificates related to Sustainability, respond to changing economic needs. “Vance-Granville has earned an outstanding reputation in higher education because we help students to reach their personal, academic and career goals, so they are prepared to compete in today’s global economy,” Williams said. “We are proud to see our alumni at work throughout the area.”

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The school system is in the second year of its 1:1 Initiative project which provides laptop computers to all high school students. In the first year, the project was funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation and provided laptop computers to all students in grades 9 and 10. This year, the program was expanded to include all students in grades 9-12 at the four local high schools. The project is now being funded by the school system. The initiative provides the laptop computers as another educational tool to enhance classroom instruction and assist students in completing assignments at home. It also gives students access to the Internet for additional educational resources and e-mail to communicate with teachers. Vance County Schools also has approximately 40 educators who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest certification possible for an educator.

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“I saw an opportunity to have an effect on the health of a larger number of people,” Dr. Roddy Drake said of his move to public health.

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the aged, blind and disabled population. To address the need of residents who don’t qualify for Medicaid assistance but still don’t earn enough to afford health insurance, Drake worked with the Rural Health Group, a non-profit, federally qualified community health center, to relocate one of their clinics to Henderson. The clinic’s staff is dedicated to providing primary medical care, dental care, and other health-related services to the region’s under-served population on a sliding-fee scale based on income. “Access to health care was really an issue when I took this position,” Drake said. “But many of our access-to-care issues have been addressed as a result of the partnerships that have been developed.” Drake was also focused on addressing the behavioral changes needed to reduce the three most prevalent chronic, lifestyleSee DRAKE on Page 22 ISION ance V

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related diseases in the local population — heart attack, stroke and cancer. “We saw a 21 percent decrease in acute heart attacks in the emergency room in the first year after the no-smoking ban went into effect,� said Drake. The Board of Health led an initiative in 2009 to ban smoking in county and municipal buildings and on public transportation. The health department expanded the regulations to declare its entire campus smoke-free, and the governor also signed legislation that same year banning smoking in restaurants. Other efforts have focused on health promotion activities, including a successful weight-loss challenge offered in conjunction with local hospitals, the YMCA and the county extension offices. He is also pleased the county’s teen pregnancy rate has seen a significant decrease. During his tenure, Drake has been active on the state level as well as recognized at that level for his contributions. He was named Health Director of the Year in 2008 by the N.C. Public Health Association and received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Eastern District of the N.C. Public Health Association in 1999. In addition to his duties as medical director, Drake has served as medical director for the local hospice organization, Community Home Care and Hospice. He collaborated with Maria Parham Medical Center and Granville Health System to obtain grants from the Komen Foundation to provide mammograms for women who could not afford them, and has also been named to serve on the board of the newly created Triangle North Healthcare Foundation Board. Drake credits the strong support he has received over the years from the local Board of Health and from the county commissioners in both Vance and Granville counties for helping to make his efforts a success. He’s also grateful to have worked with a strong administrative staff in his own department. “The cooperation I received on both the county level and from my staff has allowed me over the years to focus on the broader health issues where I could make a difference,� he said. “I am very grateful for that.�


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