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On the cover This 2011 edition of Granville Today highlights the diversity of living in the vibrant County of Granville.
Chamber membership directory The center section has a handy guide with the complete listing of the membership of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.
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Vance-Granville Community College Culinary Technology students, in the photograph above, prepare garlic shrimp and soba noodle salads in the kitchen at the Masonic Home in Oxford. At right, VGCC Reba Bullock, college liaison shown on the far right side of the photo, talks with Granville Early College High School students on the grounds at the college’s South Campus between Butner and Creedmoor during a student orientation session.
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In recent years, Vance-Granville Community College has reflected on its proud past as it celebrated a 40th anniversary and faced the challenges of the present as enrollment hit new record highs in a time of economic uncertainty. At the same time, the college has been looking to the future. A recent planning process, which included gathering input from concerned citizens and business leaders, resulted in a new VGCC Strategic Plan. Granville County leaders played a key role in that process by participating in a forum at the college’s South Campus, located between Creedmoor and Butner. The participants discussed issues such as preparing students to compete in a global marketplace and what the college should do to support workforce and economic development for the area. “The goal of the planning process is to identify local economic, social, cultural and educational needs, and then to
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school systems, GECHS gives students a chance to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree (or up to two years of college-transferable credit) over five years, tuition-free. That is just one of the many opportunities develop educational solutions to meet those available to Granville County. South Campus needs,” said VGCC President Randy Parker. is the home of VGCC’s Radiography and “Through this process, we have formulated Human Services Technology programs, and new vision and mission statements and six the campus offers a variety of courses from new goals that will help lead the college in its Cosmetology to College Transfer (in which programming.” students earn the first two years of a fourAmong the needs of all the communities year degree). Either at South Campus, at othin VGCC’s four-county service area, the er locations such as Main Campus (between process of making sure that young people Henderson and Oxford) or online, Granville are ready, willing and able to go to college County residents can access VGCC’s numercertainly ranks high. One way to address that ous curriculum programs, in which students need is Granville Early College High School, work toward certificates, diplomas and a partnership between Granville County degrees. They can also take advantage of a Schools and VGCC. One of four such high Continued on page 14 schools operated by the college and local
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‘One size doesn’t fit all’ in Granville schools Variety of programs critical to learning
Dr. Tim Farley, Superintendent of Granville County Schools, has a teenage son to whom he refers often when discussing schools and education with his School Board or with the public. Whether the son likes being held up as an example or not, the fact that Dr. Farley has a child in the school system he runs has a bearing on his approach to the job. “I don’t want my own son to fail,” he says. “So why would I want yours to?” Perhaps this approach, and the fact that he himself likes to play video games, has prompted Dr. Farley to suggest to the school board that “classroom learning should be like a video game.” He continues by describing some of the game attributes he would desire, such as well organized material, immediate feedback, full engagement and a chance to try again. To those ends, Dr. Farley and his administrative team, with the backing of the Board of Education, have concentrated on providing a variety of programs. He frequently uses the motto, “One size doesn’t fill all.” Before Dr. Farley arrived on the scene about four years ago, Granville County Schools had already earned a reputation of being progressive, willing to try new ideas, leading the way in attempting to improve education opportunities in the county. For example, the county had been a recipient of grants that let it develop the “small schools” concept. The result is that today, there are two schools on each of the J.F. Webb and South Continued on page 22
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C •E •L •E •B •R •A •T •E G •R •A •N •V •I •L •L •E Granville County’s 58,000 residents are linked by a network of communities that spread across this 531-square mile region from tiny unincorporated Grassy Creek in the north to bustling Butner and Creedmoor in the south. The county boasts five incorporated communities where residents enjoy the quiet of Granville’s rolling countryside on the cusp of the state’s most vibrant technological, medical and industrial center — the Triangle region of North Carolina. Granville County, scarcely a half-hour away from the urban areas of Durham and Raleigh, has its own forward-looking industries, of course — from the state’s innovative Biofuels Center of North Carolina to the Revlon plant, but its small communities and rolling farmland give the county its distinctive flavor. Economic advances in Granville have only enhanced the small-town atmosphere enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. And nowhere is that more evident than in the many festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the county. Here’s a snapshot of some of Granville’s popular festivals: • Butner Chicken Pickin’, held on the first Saturday in June on Central Avenue at Gazebo Park, features a Chicken Pickin’ cooking contest, a street dance, and an antique car show that attracts as many as 200 antique and vintage automobiles. Scores of vendors line the street for the event. • Butner also joins the city of Creedmoor in sponsoring the Butner-Creedmoor Fireworks Display held on the July 4 weekend each year at Lake Holt on Old Highway 75. • The Creedmoor Music Festival is held on the third Saturday in September on Main Street. The event features vendors that offer a variety of arts, crafts and foods in a carnival-like atmosphere. Door prizes are given away from the main stage about every two hours. • The Grassy Creek Christmas Parade has mushroomed into a huge regional event in its 27 year history, says co-founder Pratt Winston. The parade takes place in the tiny Grassy Creek community on the second Saturday in December and stretches for more than a mile, with participants and floats from numerous nearby and distant communities, including some in Virginia, Winston said. The parade can take
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CELEBRATE, from page nine from one to four hours to make its way past spectators along Grassy Creek Road north of Stovall. • In Oxford, the North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest has caught fire. Held on the second Saturday in September, visitors sample hot sauces, beer and wine and music at the festival. And, yes, there’s a pepper-eating contest, presumably with local volunteer fire departments on standby. Visitors can watch North Carolina artist Dan Nelson as he creates a Festival on Canvas. The Granville County Museum is open with its “September Sensations Bazaar” as the Harris Exhibit Hall for the contest. The gardeners sale is a popular draw, and the festival offers scores of activities for children. • Stem, which is celebrating its centennial in 2011, is staging an event that features local roots music, food vendors, games and a variety of activities and events for people of all ages, according to Mayor Nancy Alford. • Stovall, in the northern reaches of Granville County, celebrates each year with a Stovall Day festival held in May. Mayor Janet Parrott said Stovall Day captures the essence of small-town America with a pieeating contest, music, food and displays of arts and crafts. • The Granville County Chamber of Commerce adds to the entertainment across the county with three Alive After Five concerts each year. Two are staged in Oxford and a third in either Creedmoor or Butner. The events, which run from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., feature beach music by bands such as the Embers, Chairmen of the Board, the Legends of Beach and the Castaways.
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‘New’ agribusiness cropping up
With some help from a grant, Doreathy Booth went into the seedless grape business in Granville County, harvesting as many as 2, 100 pounds in one summer.
From tobacco to tomatillos, Granville is growing goodness Agriculture is still very much a part of the landscape of Granville County, as local farmers continue to grow traditional crops like tobacco, soybeans, corn and wheat. But local farmers are also embracing a diverse variety of new crops and marketing strategies as well. Tobacco is still the largest agricultural cash crop in the county, said Paul Westfall, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Granville County Center. Between 3,300 to 3,500 acres of tobacco were grown in the county in 2009, even though the way in which tobacco is marketed has changed dramatically, he said. “Farmers now contract directly with the buyer, but it’s become harder and harder for farmers to get those contracts to grow tobacco,” he said. In addition to tobacco, Granville County farmers also produced approximately 3,400 acres of corn in 2009, along with
Bailey Farms specializes in fresh chile peppers. 3,600 acres of soybeans and 4,500 acres of wheat. Hay was produced on 12,000 acres in the county. Livestock operations are also still a part of the agricultural profile for the county. Five dairies operate in the county, Westfall said, in addition to farms raising 4,500 head of cattle for beef production. Bailey Newton of Triple B Farms and Doan and Bette Laursen from Goose River Farm are
two local producers of pasture-raised meats who are selling directly to consumers as well, Westfall said. The Granville County Cattleman’s Association promotes its role in the county’s agricultural community each year with its annual beef roast, held annually at the Granville County Livestock Arena on Cannady’s Mill Road. Held the third Friday of June each year, the association’s members roast 2,000 pounds of round roasts in an earthen pit at the arena, and serve it up with a baked potato and salad to more then 2,000 participants. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships that the association has endowed at Vance-Granville Community College and N.C. State University to assist students from Vance and Granville counties who want to pursue a degree related to agriculture.
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While many farmers continue to pursue traditional agricultural paths, other Granville County growers are striking out in new directions. With the rise in demand for locally and organically grown produce and meats, some farms are pursuing new products and marketing them directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets and other outlets, Westfall said. Farmer Doreathy Booth contacted Granville County horticulture agent Carl Cantaluppi in 2005 looking for a new crop that she could grow for her farmer’s market stand. Cantaluppi suggested seedless table grapes and went to work helping Booth find funding and assistance to get her new venture off the ground. Cantaluppi applied for and received a $15,000 grant from N.C. A&T State University to help Booth pay for start-up expenses. He suggested 14 varieties of grapes for her to try. Her first harvest in 2007 yielded 900 pounds of grapes which she sold for $3.50 a pound at the Durham Farmer’s Market, Canteluppi said. A hailstorm damaged the crop severely in 2008, but in 2009, she harvested 2,100 pounds of fruit. The new offering was a hit. “These are thin-skinned, seedless grapes that you can pop in your mouth like candy,” said Canteluppi. Canteluppi is also conducting similar trials with asparagus in hopes of attracting farmers to that high-value crop. The extension service’s 4-H program, which traditionally focused on agriculturerelated activities, is also changing with the times and branching out to embrace new areas of interest. Granville County 4-H conducts both summer programs and year-round programs, including four afterschool programs in Granville County that focus on agriculture, science and nature,w said Jamie Haddix, 4-H youth development extension agent. Keeping agriculture alive in the county will be dependent on attracting a new generation interested in returning to the farm, said Westfall. “There are very few young farmers coming into the county,” he said, “and a lot of our current farmers are aging out.” Many farming endeavors are expensive to finance up front, he added, which creates an additional hurdle for young farmers. “We need to find a way to get the next generation to come back to the farm.”
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Why should your business join the Granville County Chamber of Commerce? Your Chamber offers a number of valuable â€œmembers onlyâ€? benefits and services: â€˘ Free listing in Membership Directory â€˘ Free listing on the Chamberâ€™s web page, free link to your website plus have the opportunity to advertise using banner ads, business card ads, web page sponsor â€˘ Free display of business materials â€˘ Annual Business Expo (partnered with other area Chambers) â€˘ Monthly Chamber newsletter ads inserts (first-come first serve) â€˘ Sponsor Business Before or After Hours and Alive after Five concert series â€˘ Business Referrals â€˘ Newcomer/Visitor Information: The Chamber promotes its members to residents, tourists, and newcomers who visit or call our office each day â€˘ Membership Recognition â€˘ Newsletter articles â€˘ Annual Membership Banquet with Business Awards â€˘ Membership plaque â€˘ Ribbon Cutting ceremonies for new, relocated, or renovated businesses â€˘ Women in Business and the new Men in Business programs for growth and networking opportunities. â€˘ Business Before or After Hours make contacts and seek prospects â€˘ Opportunities created by serving on Chamber committees â€˘ Attending Chamber events â€˘ Government Affairs Forum guest speakers on current issues â€˘ South Council â€œlunch and learnâ€? â€˘ Community Involvement: Leadership Granville, New Teacher Breakfast â€˘ Collective representation of business interests in public matters at all levels of government. What individual businesses cannot do alone, they accomplish by working together through their local Chamber of Commerce. That is why we need YOU as much as you need the Chamber! â€˘ And a number of other great benefits! Contact us today at the Granville County Chamber of Commerce and let us help you grow your business! Get more details at www.granville-chamber.org.
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