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Sam Hampton, left, watches as Chef James Dutra puts the finishing touches on a dish, while Dutra’s wife, Lori, in the photo below, greets dinner guests.

From farm to fork

Love of kitchen brings home a fresh ‘Harvest’

his mother growing up. “My mom was a really good cook, but she didn’t like to bake,” Dutra said. “Our neighbor next door was a great baker. So I’d go over to her house, especially around Christmas, to watch her bake.” One of Dutra’s favorite TV shows back then was “The French Chef,” carried Chef James Dutra, owner of Oxford’s weekly on his local public television station Harvest Restaurant, didn’t find his way in New York. Each week into the kitchen by taking the traditional he’d try out a new recipe route of culinary school. In fact, he from the show. originally came to North Carolina from When he made the New York more than 30 years ago to decision to leave his pursue a master’s degree in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, hoping to find work as a career as a journalist, Dutra managed to talk newspaper reporter. his way into the kitchen Dutra got that job in journalism, of Francesca’s Dessert working both as a reporter and editor for Caffé in Durham to learn The Daily Dispatch in Henderson as well as for a newspaper in Florida. But a decade more about the restaurant world. From there, he into his newspaper career, he decided the moved on to work for time had come to change course. almost 10 years in the Dutra loved being in the kitchen with

kitchen of the Magnolia Grill in Durham, owned by chefs Ben and Karen Barker. The Barkers built a national reputation for their restaurant and both have been awarded the James Beard Award, the culinary world’s equivalent of an Oscar. Dutra left Magnolia Grill to help some Continued on page 7


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Hidden Treasure Cedar Creek features artists from Granville, the Tar Heel State and around the world


t’s easy to miss the entrance to Cedar Creek Gallery. The rustic sign and graveled entranceway blend easily into the surrounding landscape off Fleming Road near Creedmoor. Tucked beneath a stand of tall pines just minutes off Interstate 85, the gallery and surrounding studios are truly one of Granville County’s hidden treasures. Located just a few hundred yards off the road in the gallery’s main building are the works of more than 250 American artists who specialize in everything from pottery to blown glass, handcrafted jewelry to fabric art. More than a dozen of those artists are at work on a regular basis in the individual studios that surround the gallery. Sid and Pat Oakley started Cedar Creek Pottery and Gallery in 1968 on 10 acres of old tobacco fields. to sell only their own Sid had begun to work; however, as word learn the craft of of their shop spread making pottery so he and they began meeting could incorporate the other potters at craft craft as part of the fairs and festivals, treatment program their friends asked if for his patients at the they could sell their Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Butner, Doug LeRoy of Holly Springs takes a look through a kaleidoscope at Cedar Creek Gallery. He and wares at the shop as well. Sid saw the value where he worked as an his wife visit the shop on a regular basis. in community, so he occupational therapist. began selecting choice pots and promising potters to support Soon he and Pat were firing pots in a kiln on the back porch of them through the small, rustic retail space. their home in Butner and attending classes at the famed Penland Sid passed away in 2004 and the Oakleys’ daughter Lisa is School of Crafts near Asheville to refine their potting skills. now the guiding force behind the gallery. Lisa chose the art of The couple built a one-room cypress-sided studio and a kiln on their new property, followed later by a house. They’d intended glass blowing over pottery and produces her own original works

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as well as continuing said recently as she her father’s tradition sat in one of the of selling the work rocking chairs by of other artists. Her the gallery’s fireplace mother still lives where her dad often in the family home held court. “There’s across the parking lot a strong tradition of from the gallery and craft production in Morning Glory flowers bloom on a trellis at Cedar Creek, at top. Inside the gallery are a variety of North Carolina. It’s continues to produce items for the home and garden. her own pottery as really special to have well. Beautiful gardens something handmade surround the gallery and studios, the work of John Martin, who that still has a bit of the artist’s soul attached to it.” has worked at the gallery for two decades and also sells plants onA third of the artists who sell at the gallery are from North site from his nursery. Carolina, with 15 from Granville County. Twenty-five percent of “The gallery is a real treasure for Granville County and we’re Continued on page 11 very fortunate to have this kind of creativity on display,” Lisa

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Dedicated to quality

Granville health facility, services expanding

For more than 90 years, Granville Health System (GHS) has been delivering quality health care, close to home. To meet the community’s growing needs, GHS has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its patients work and live. Granville Health System has recently received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which names GHS as one of the top 100 Expansion is the key word for Granville Health System, from expanding health care services to growing facilities hospitals in the country. The hospital was also recognized organization’s history. Included was a new Emergency Department in 2012 as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality that has grown from 3,135- to 18,000-square-feet; expanded Surgical Measures, a recognition shared with a select group of other North Carolina hospitals such as Duke University Hospital, Rex, Services; a larger Laboratory Department; a new, larger lobby and admissions area; and additional patient and visitor parking. Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh Hospital. As Granville Health System moves forward, implementing “This recognition showcases the commitment made by our a long-term approach of strategic growth, the GHS Expansion board of trustees and medical staff to ensure that our patients Plan ensures the hospital will continue to deliver new health care receive the best care possible,” said L. Lee Isley, the chief technology and expand services throughout the area, Isley said. executive officer for Granville Health System. GHS also has been named one of the top hospitals in the In 2010, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina country when it comes to customer friendliness. designated the health system’s Granville Medical Center as a The Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. The of Healthcare Providers recognizes the “most customer-friendly recognition sets Granville Health System as a top provider hospitals” according to Ric Vincent Parr, president of AAHP. It for these orthopaedic services in the Triangle area, including Oxford, Henderson, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and the is designed to find America’s most customer-friendly hospitals based either on an extensive application process, or by a review surrounding areas. of a facility’s public communication and staff interaction with GHS was given this designation because it has demonstrated customers. Each year, AAHP evaluates approximately 400 a commitment to quality care, resulting in excellent overall hospitals. outcomes for patients who undergo knee and hip replacement “We are pleased to be the only North Carolina hospital procedures at Granville Medical Center. recognized as one of the top customer-friendly hospitals in the Granville Health System also received the Community Value country,” Isley said. Index five-star hospital award, placing GHS in the top 20% “This award certainly underscores the high level of quality care of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities they serve, while reinvesting back into their facilities provided by our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff.” Granville Health System is dedicated to quality, Isley said in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. — quality physicians and staff, providing the personal attention GHS is also positioning itself to accommodate the future patients deserve. medical needs of the community through the GHS Expansion ___________________________________________________________ Plan. A 32,000-square-foot construction project is the largest in the More info? Visit

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friends open a new restaurant in Durham with the idea that he would be a student of their mistakes, hoping to not repeat them himself. “I’d always sworn that I would never open my own restaurant, “ Dutra said. “I had seen how much work it took to own a restaurant and I wasn’t sure I wanted to work that hard.” But friends and coworkers he’d shared kitchens with over the years finally convinced him that it’s better to work for yourself in the restaurant business, so he took the plunge in April 2011, opening Harvest Restaurant in downtown Oxford. Dutra started out just serving lunch for the first month, hoping to work out some of the kinks before adding on a dinner menu. Now, the restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner on Friday and Saturday. At Magnolia Grill, Dutra learned the importance of sourcing ingredients for his menu from local producers and farmers. “The shorter the time from farm to table, the better the food tastes,” Dutra said. As a result, he’s built alliances with farmers throughout Granville County and the region, buying as many of the ingredients for his menu items locally as possible. His dinner menus feature locally grown pork and beef from Brinkley Farms and Rogers Cattle Company, and produce from S&H Farm and Sassafras Fork Farm. A local baker provides freshly baked sandwich rolls for the lunch menu. Local shitake TAMRA STALL,M.D. M.D. TAMRA H.H.STALL, mushrooms, farm-raised eggs and honey CRAIG A. HOFFMEIER, M.D. CRAIG A. HOFFMEIER, M.D. also grace the menu. Dutra has even been YVONNE E. BERSTLER, M.D. able to offer local wines from Rosemont CATHERINA M. CATHERINA M.BOSTELMAN, BOSTELMAN,M.D. M.D. Vineyards in nearby La Crosse, Va. ALLEN T. SMITH, ALLEN T. SMITH, M.D. M.D. The same dinner menu is offered Friday CHRISTINA KENYON M. O. RAILEY, BECK, M.D. M.D. and Saturday nights, but changes from TARA L. NEAL, F.N.P. M.D. YVONNE E. BERSTLER, week to week depending on what’s in CHRISTOPHER TARA NEAL, FNPOLIVER, P.A. season on local farms. Appetizers range in price from $7-10 and entrees are $16-22. Dutra’s wife Lori, an attorney in Oxford, Monday - Friday helps out as hostess at dinner, and the 8:00 am - 5:00 pm couple’s college-aged daughter is on call for Saturday special events. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Dutra admits there are times when he questions his sanity in deciding to open his own restaurant, but most days there’s no other place he’d rather be. “Our customers MAKE YOUR are great and the reception we’ve had has TOTAL FAMILY been wonderful,” he said. CARE ____________________________________

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Two adjacent locations in downtown Oxford: the gallery’s revenue comes from the sales Granville History Museum • 110 Court Street of Granville County artists. A permanent exhibit of the county’s history! Harris Exhibit Hall: 1 Museum Lane “Many of the craftspeople we represent Rotating exhibits every three months on science, history, art, or culture. have works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, The Corning Museum, Wed. – Fri. 10-4 The Mint Museum, and The Chrysler Sat. 11-3 Museum.” Lisa said. “Their works are in No Admission Charge 1528 Oak Hill Road the collections of heads of state, kings, Donations Welcomed Oxford, NC 27565 ambassadors and numerous corporations.” 919-693-9706 (919) 782-2888 Lisa admits the gallery has a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to the local population. “So many people in Granville County don’t even know we’re here,” she said. Ninety-five percent of the gallery’s customers come from outside the county, most from the Research Triangle area. “We have customers come from as far away Henderson Family YMCA as California.” 380 Ruin Creek Road • Henderson, NC • 252-438-2144 While she uses traditional advertising SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1980 including billboards, radio spots, printed • WELLNESS CENTER WITH CYBEX EQUIPMENT BRINDELL B. postcards and newspaper advertising, Lisa • INDOOR SWIMMING POOL • SAUNA • STEAM ROOM • HOT TUB • KIDS GYM ULL SIZE GYM • RACQUET BALL AND SQUASH COURTS • F is relying more on Facebook and e-mails • FITNESS CLASSES • NURSERY AND KIDS ZONE as a way to connect immediately with • YOUTH SPORTS SHERIFF • SUMMER AND AFTERSCHOOL CAMPS customers and get the word out about new offerings. GRANVILLE COUNTY “We have more than 1,700 followers on our Facebook page, which gives us a way to stay immediately connected,” she said. “When we have a new piece come into the gallery, I can send out a photograph that day on Facebook and say, ‘Hey, look at what’s new!’ ” The gallery hosts two open house events each year during the first two weekends of April and October. Visitors can see artists EXPERT GRAPHIC DESIGN WEBWEB and OFFSET EXPERT GRAPHIC DESIGN and PRINTING OFFSET PRINTING at work, watch as pots are fired in the kiln, walk through the gardens, and purchase and CONTINUOUS FORMS BOOK BOOK PUBLISHING CARBONLESS CARBONLESS and CONTINUOUS FORMS PUBLISHING items in the gallery. POLITICAL POSTERS & BROCHURES HIGH-SPEED COLOR COLOR and B&W IMAGERS POLITICAL POSTERS & BROCHURES HIGH-SPEED and B&W IMAGERS The gallery is also open seven days a • LETTERHEAD COMPLETE MAILINGMAILING SERVICES SERVICES • LETTERHEAD COMPLETE week (except for Thanksgiving Day and ENVELOPESENVELOPES Christmas Day). Every third year, the gallery sponsors the National Teapot Show, featuring both functional and conceptual teapot designs from artists throughout the country. More than 225 teapots designed from pottery, glass, metal, wood, jewelry and fiber are on display and for sale during the event, which usually lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Teapots range in price from $75 to $3,000, Lisa said. at THE MASONIC HOMEFOR FOR CHILDREN AT OXFORD at THE MASONIC HOME CHILDREN AT OXFORD The next show will be held in 2014. ÈääÊ œi}iÊ-ÌÀiiÌÊÊUÊ"ÝvœÀ`]Ê ÊÓÇxÈx ÈääÊ œi}iÊ-ÌÀiiÌÊÊUÊ"ÝvœÀ`]Ê

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Men on the Move hen and South Council. Mike All meet regularly McConand offer programs chie started his busion business-related ness two years ago, he topics. knew membership in Women in the Granville County Business meets Chamber of Commerce quarterly for lunch. would be important. Meeting sites “When I first alternate between started this, it was a the northern and way to get my business southern parts of before people,” said the county. Many McConchie, a business business-related coach. topics are covered When Faicia Elliott by speakers, but the moved back to the group also hears from area after a lengthy doctors, educators absence, she knew and local and state that membership government leaders. would help reintroduce Men on the Move her and introduce Networking opportunities abound for the members of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, meets every other her business to the from speed networking and chamber committee participation to popular community events like month for lunch community. the chamber’s Business After Hours and, above, Alive After Five. and a program on a “I’ve been gone business-related topics. from here for 30 years,” Elliott said. South Council is an arm of the chamber “Nobody knows me anymore.” Elliott is a and meets every other month. Programs are representative of Party Lite, the “number on business-related and community topics. one seller of home fragrances in the world.” South Council serves businesses in the Stories of the benefits of membership southern part of Granville County. in the organization are told across the Notices of the groups’ meetings appear spectrum of about 350 members of the in the chamber newsletter and via e-mail chamber that was founded in 1942. And in blasts. the stories, the organization’s impact on its “The more you get your face in the members and the community is evident. “You have access to a group of likeTo help make the case for joining minded can sell services to community, the better off you are,” Eddie Dickerson, manager of the School of the chamber, McConchie prepared an and purchase services from,” Muetzel said. orientation presentation for new and The access, or networking opportunities, Graphic Arts at the Masonic Home for Children, said. “Your face is your calling prospective members. The presentation is include serving on chamber committees, card. Exposure in the business community also open to long-time members “who have speed networking and Business Before is everything.” forgotten what the benefits are,” he said. Hours and Business After Hours. Dickerson, a co-founder with Muetzel The presentation points out that “I have participated in Business After of Men on the Move, said, “I try to hit there are marketing and networking Hours, which has given me exposure,” anything the chamber sponsors.” opportunities, membership recognition, Angela Allen, coordinator of Admissions Bill Allen, an Edward Jones financial education and other perks that include and Marketing for Universal Healthcare advisor, has met new clients and deepened representation of business interests at all of Oxford, said. “I’ve had several referrals relationships with others. “The bigger your levels of government and programs that are given to me. They say ‘I heard about you.’ network the better,” he said. Networking designed for and administered by members I always tell people you may not need me “takes a little bit of time and energy, but it’s of the small business community. now but you might later.” a good return on your effort.” Hal Muetzel of Express Employment About networking, Elliott said, “There’s The orientation presentation points to Professionals came to Granville County a lot of opportunity because there are so six years ago, and, he said, the day after many groups (in the chamber) with different marketing opportunities available only to he arrived he visited the Chamber of people. We’re always passing cards around.” Commerce. The groups include Women in Business, Continued on page 13

Granville chamber networking helps business build business

Granville Today 13 CHAMBER, from page 12 chamber members. There are the free listings in the chamber directory and on its website, with a free link to members’ websites. Members also have various opportunities to advertise on the website and in a monthly newsletter. Visitors to chamber offices in Oxford and Butner pick up business materials that members display at no cost. “A lot of people go to our website,” Muetzel said. “And they call the chamber and ask for a referral for a particular type of business.” “We’ve had several people who have looked us up on the website,” Jenny Rogers of Flow Master Plumbing said. “We value that.” On average, the chamber website gets 18,000 hits each month, according to Ginnie Currin, the organization’s executive director. Members also have exclusive access to the chamber-sponsored Alive After Five concert series. All concession vendors are chamber members. The chamber offices also field questions from businesses and tourists, according to Currin. “It’s so amazing to see that so many people want to come to visit or relocate,” she said. Recognition comes to members through articles in the monthly newsletter, awards at an annual membership banquet, a membership plaque and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new, relocated or renovated businesses. “If we have an impact, it is hopefully over a period of time ... making businesses stronger,” George Ritchie, chamber president and area manager for BB&T, said. The “three prongs” of the organization’s mission, Ritchie said, are in the areas of education, networking and mutual interests, and they’re “all designed to assist businesses in Granville County.” “Any community is better if it has a viable business community,” Ritchie said. The chamber is “about business and jobs, is the way I see it.” “You get out of it what you put into it,” Currin said. “We’re just cutting on the engine.” ______________________________________ More info on how to be a chamber member? Visit

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The North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest had Granville County residents and visitors dancing in the streets as thousands attended the popular September event. An award-winning hot sauce born in Granville County was the springboard for an annual statewide event that celebrates homegrown goodness.

Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout! Statewide contest brings thousands to Granville When Julia Overton discovered Granville County’s “hidden treasure,” the North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest was born. “Some customers came in and asked about Bailey Farms,” said Overton, who owns Stovall’s Gifts on Main Street in Oxford. But the county native was unaware of the company that had its beginnings in Granville in 1989. “Granville County,” Overton said, “is home to Bailey Farms, which is the largest pepper producer on the eastern seaboard. They also have an award-winning hot sauce.” Making her discovery, she set in motion an event that has grown from a few hundred visitors in 2007 to an expected 10,000 this year. And, while city and county officials can’t exactly measure the economic

impact of the festival, festival was the sixth they’re aware of the annual. increasing number The city had no objection to the inof visitors and the fant contest, Overton exposure Oxford and said, and a call to the Granville get because state Department of of it. Agriculture confirmed The first contest that no other hot sauce was held in Overcontest is held in the ton’s shop with state. about 20 vendors. “This is the perfect Now three of the city’s main streets are closed to accommodate visitors and place to host a statewide event,” Overton participants for the event that’s held on the second Saturday in September. This year’s Continued on page 15

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HOTTER, from page 14 said. “The city and Downtown Oxford (Economic Development Corp.) saw this as an opportunity.” Overton, who has served as the EDC’s interim director, said that “since the inception (of the contest) our entire community has come together.” The Granville Museum has a crafts show, the Granville Gardeners sell plants, the Recreation Department puts on a car show, Bailey Farms sponsors a pepper eating contest with a $300 prize, artist Dan Nelson creates the festival on canvas, local entertainers provide music, kids have activities and this year over 150 vendors “from the mountains to the coast” set up along the city’s streets. Among those vendors were about 60 sauce makers who competed in hot sauce and barbecue sauce contests, Overton said. The barbecue sauce competition is a recent addition to the festival. “After three years,” Overton said, “we added the barbecue sauce. It was a way for the festival to grow.” Prizes for the contest have grown, too. In addition to three $500 hot sauce prizes provided by Union Bank and Trust Co. — Meet the Heat (North Carolina’s hottest), Most Unique and Critics’ Choice — an additional festival sponsor enabled organizers to double to six the number of categories in the barbecue sauce contest, each with a $500 prize. The support of that sponsor, C.J. Iron and Metal of North Carolina, located in Granville, also helped defray the cost of judges from the N.C. Barbecue Society, making the contests sanctioned events for the first time. City and county officials have taken note of the popularity of the festival. “We’ve had several festivals, but none of them have attracted the people that this has attracted,” City Commissioner Danny Currin said. “We get people downtown that we wouldn’t get otherwise. People see Oxford and will come back.” “We’re excited about it,” said County Commissioner David Smith, who is the county’s liaison with the Oxford EDC. “Granville is rural,” Smith said, but close to Durham and Raleigh. “The exposure can help the county diversify.” The festival can mean a lot to sauce vendors, too. Alysa Walker of Beachwalkers LLC in Continued on page 20

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ranville County isn’t usually thought of as a “land of lakes,” but maybe it should be. The county’s 760 acres of lakes (not including small portions of Kerr Lake and Falls Lake that splash into the county from the north and the south) beckon water-lovers to boat, fish or just enjoy the view. Add in the other existing and planned recreation activities and expansions and Granville County and its municipalities become a year-round recreation center for residents and visitors. The largest of the lakes at 388 acres is Butner’s Lake Holt. Built in 1965, it is the primary water supply for most of southern Granville County. “Lake Holt is the hidden jewel of Granville County,” Mayor Tom Lane said. “It is a beautiful and inspiring lake that is not well known.” The lake is open year-round from sunrise to sunset for picnicking, fishing, boating and canoeing. Swimming isn’t permitted. The lake features a screened group picnic shelter and picnic tables around the public area. A public boat ramp and dock are available, and a few boat slips are for rent. “In the spring and the fall, the land around the lake is like a mountain lake,” Lane said. “The dogwoods and red buds are blooming in the spring, and the hardwoods are in full color during the fall. The tree that appears in the town logo is based upon one of the large maples located on the bank near the picnic shelter.” Oxford’s Lake Devin is rated by Field & Stream as one of the top two bass lakes in the state for small lakes. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the 197acre lake was a water source for the city, according to Mary Caudle, director of the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department. A boat ramp and fishing piers are available, Caudle said, and there’s a grant from the North Carolina Wildlife Commission for a future dock. The fishing piers are open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Swimming is not permitted. Creedmoor has been enjoying the 175-acre Lake Rogers since it was established in 1939. A boat launch and pier fishing give anglers access to the lake’s variety of fish, including bass, bream, bowfins/grindle, perch, carp, catfish and shad. The park at Lake Rogers boasts four shelters with picnic tables and available charcoal grills, playground, concession stand. Swimming isn’t allowed, but peddle and jon boat rentals are available on the weekends. Beyond the shores of the lakes, facilities and activities abound. With an 84 percent jump in population reported in the last census, Creedmoor this year created a Parks and Recreation Department and is on the lookout for lots for neighborhood parks. One such “pocket park” will open next year in one of the older neighborhoods, according to ScotContinued on page 19

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Granville Schools — on the move Granville County Schools is a school district on the move. In the past five years, student achievement data has seen a steady and marked increase in nearly every measure. Whether it is state end-of-grade or end-of-course tests, graduation data, dropout data, or SAT scores, the positive trends are sustained and substantial. Decisive and innovative leadership from the Granville County Board of Education and the superintendent’s office has created many exciting new opportunities for the students in the district to be engaged in their education. The district is now in its fourth full year of the first Early College High School, which last year was named as an “Honor School of Distinction,” with student achievement designated at “High Growth,” and 100% of students proficient on all state tests. By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, all high schools campuses were to be one-to-one wireless laptop environments at no cost to students. Technology across the district is extensive, with all campuses going

fully wireless. A growing number of middle and elementary schools are joining the technology push, too. Granville County Schools is the only district in the state that has its very own online learning program. Dubbed Granville Online, the Granville County Schools’ graduates benefit from decisive and innovaexciting new program offers online courses to tive leadership as they prepare to march into the working world. middle and high school foundation of reading ability for all students. students, designed and taught by Granville Finally, the Board of Education has County teachers. adopted a dynamic new program, Virtual The district has also pioneered an Alternative Center for Innovative Learning Enterprise International. It is a high school (CIL) School, which provides special credit entrepreneurship program and global business simulation in which students create and recovery, individualized instruction, and extensive online opportunities for struggling manage their virtual businesses. In all of these endeavors the district has middle and high school students. The district has also led an effort to stan- demonstrated courage and a willingness to make difficult decisions while exhibiting dardize curriculum and pacing throughout tenacity in executing plans and seeing them all grade levels and is championing a balanced literacy initiative to promote a strong through to their fruition.

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Helen Samuel of Oxford, seen here at her nursing pinning ceremony, found employment at a regional hospital.

Jobs ­– it’s the topic everyone is talking about, in Granville County and across the country. When it comes to helping people find jobs and helping to attract new jobs to our communities, one of Granville County’s key resources is Vance-Granville Community College. “Put simply, most students attend VGCC because they want to gain skills for employment or advancement,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the college’s president. “All of our programs, from short-term, job-specific training to university transfer programs, are designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals.” According to projections from the N.C. Division of Employment Security, VGCC provides students with credentials that prepare them to work in at least three of the occupations that will grow by the largest percentages in the state through 2018: Network Systems/Data Communications Analysts, Medical Assistants and Phar-

macy Technicians. In addition, area residents can train for many of the career fields that will likely see the fastest growth in the total number of jobs, from Nursing and Culinary Arts to Office Administration and Early Childhood Education. Recently, college officials have been focused on effectively guiding students into careers like these, through VGCC’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), titled “Advising in 3D: Dream, Design, Discover.” The long-term initiative, introduced in 2012, aims to improve academic advising and career planning so that students’ courses are directly tied to a plan to achieve their goals. One of the tools that will be used to implement the plan is VGCC’s Student Learning and Success Center, created in 2012 to bring together several different support services, including advising, counseling, career services, mentoring Continued on page 19

Granville Today 19 LAKES, from page 16 tie Wilkins, city Economic and Transportation Projects manager. Harris Park at Pecan Hill will feature playground equipment, a shelter and picnic tables. For its efforts, Wilkins said Creedmoor is the first North Carolina city to be designated a Playful City Community by KaBoom, a national program that partners with communities to provide places to play within walking distance of every child in America. The new park will join Battle Roberts Field, a baseball facility; the Creedmoor Gym and Activities Center; and a senior center in serving citizens. “Recreation beyond sports” is how Granville’s Park and Grounds Maintenance director describes Granville Athletic Park. The director, Jay Johnson, oversees the park’s 70 acres of features, including two baseball fields, five multipurpose/soccer fields, asphalt walking trails, amphitheater, playground, sports pavilion with basketball court and conference room, splash pool/ spray park and picnic shelter. “It’s recreation beyond sports,”Johnson said. “It’s family-oriented. In my opinion, it’s a great benefit for the community.” The county also maintains Wilton Slopes,

a park on Tar River with trails, picnic shelter, boat launch and fishing. Oxford’s Lake Devin is part of Lake Devin Park, which boasts a shelter; outdoor volleyball court; the Red Barn, a for-rent facility with kitchen and restrooms; and 2.5 miles of rugged nature trails and picnicking. In addition to playing fields with their amenities and indoor and outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, several of Oxford’s venues expand opportunities for recreation: There’s the tot lot at the Oxford Park Athletic Complex and the Rucker Park Family Pool. Rucker Park boasts a 25-meter lap pool. The Granville Street Park offers a toddler playground. Aerobic/dance and fitness rooms are available at the Oxford Recreation Complex, and the Skate Park welcomes skateboards and roller blades. Butner is completing work on a 20-acre park, Lane said. The Butner Athletic Park will have two baseball fields, a softball field and a multipurpose field for soccer and football. The new facility will join the city’s Gazebo Park with picnic area and playground; Soldiers Memorial Arena with three basketball courts and a volleyball court; and the D. Street Ballfield. In addition to these lakes and parks, there are 665 acres of Kerr Lake in Granville as well as 5,400 acres of Falls Lake.

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20 Granville Today HOTTER, from page 15 Shallotte came to the festival for the first time in 2011. At the end of the day, she had found a distributor for her product, “Get Sauced,” a mild barbecue sauce, and several stores to sell it. As she prepared for the next festival in Oxford, she said that six area Walgreens stores stock her sauce and another four might get on board. “There are a lot of people (at the festival) who actually see what they can add to their line,” she said. The Oxford event is “one of the best festivals I’ve been to in my life.” While the contest brings visitors and their dollars and recognition to the city, Overton sees another angle: “We, Oxford, are trying to make a difference one small town at a time. We should celebrate and support and acknowledge the people who are making products in our state.” And over the years what has she learned about hot sauce lovers? “They’ll try anything.” ______________________________________

Community events offer variety A variety of community events await Granville residents and visitors each year. Here’s a sampling: • The Grassy Creek Christmas Parade is the second Saturday in December. “It’s one of the biggest parades in this part of the country,” Pratt Winston, emcee for the parade, said. “It’s so big because all the towns around support it.” Thousands attend, Winston said. A recent parade — the 27th annual — featured about 100 floats and lasted two hours. Proceeds from the event pay for the operation of the Grassy Creek Community Center, according to Winston.

• Chicken Pickin’ Day is the first Saturday in June at Gazebo Park in Butner. A crowd estimated by police to number about 14,000 enjoyed a recent event — the 17th annual, according to volunteer Betsy Dixon. Butner Citizens Planning Ahead sponsors the event that includes a street dance the night before and a barbecue chicken cookoff on Saturday. • The Creedmoor Music Festival is the third Saturday in September. Ten groups representing bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, R&B and country music recently entertained on the city’s Main Street, according to Korena Weichel, the city’s administrative services director. The festival “brings some local talent by way of music to Creedmoor and showcases them,” she said. The city-sponsored festival has drawn up to 5,000 visitors a year over its 21year history. About 80 vendors dot the street, including food booths and arts and crafts.

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