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Tri-County bids welcome to our new neighbors Welcome home! Are there two sweeter words? Whether you’ve been gone away for months or just had a long day at the office, “Welcome home” means you’re back among friends. You’re in safe surroundings. Hopefully, you know that feeling of being welcomed home. And hopefully, that’s the feeling you have now that you’ve decided to call the Tri-County area your home. You are now among friendly folks. The people who call Vance, Granville and Warren counties their
home are among the greatest people you’ll ever meet. And opportunities abound for you to find a job or find a place to relax — whatever your desires may be. The advertisers in this Newcomer’s Guide and our staff at The Daily Dispatch want to make your move to Henderson, Oxford, Warrenton, or any of the other smaller communities in our area a smooth process. Therefore, we have attempted to gather for you the vital information you need to get your lights, gas, water and telephone services turned on; to get your
driver’s license; to contact your child’s new school; and do so much more. In this guide, you’ll find information on the history of the community and famous people from our area. We have a list of churches that are eager to welcome you to their congregations. You’ll also find information about health care, cultural opportunities, restaurants and other activities in the Tri-County area. We’ve attempted to cover as much as we could in this space, but don’t forget that part of the excitement of moving to a new area is dis-
covering as much as you can for yourself. If you discover something you think should be included in the next edition of the Newcomer’s Guide, please don’t hesitate to let us know. You’ll notice that the advertisers in this guide cover an ever-larger area beyond the Tri-County, including Franklin County and southside Virginia. We thank all of our advertisers for their support of the guide, and we encourage you to support them as the ones who can provide the goods and services you need while making your
home in this area. You’ll run into folks who were born here and have lived here all their lives, others who have just recently moved in, and some who left for a while and have come back. Whether you were born here and are returning or you are arriving for the first time, we invite you to make this your hometown. After you get settled in, we encourage you to get involved and to join us in making our communities even better places to live! Our best to you and yours!
A brief (local) lesson on the history of the area Originally a part of the state of Virginia, the TriCounty area became a part of the state of Carolina when King Charles II of England redefined the state lines in 1665. Granville County was formed in 1746 and named in honor of John Carteret, the Earl of Granville, who owned the Granville District. Today, Granville County is bounded by Vance, Wake, Durham and Person counties, in addition to the state of Virginia. The present land area of the county is 530 square miles and the estimated population in 2009
was 57,639. The first county seat was called Granville Court House, but in 1748, the location became unsatisfactory. It was ordered that the courthouse be located on a branch of the Tar River called Tabb’s Creek. Oxford become the county seat in 1811 and was incorporated in 1816. Warren County was formed in 1779 and named in honor of Joseph Warren, a soldier from Massachusetts who fell while fighting at Bunker Hill. Today, the county is bounded by Northhampton, Halifax, Franklin and Vance counties, in addi-
tion to the state of Virginia. The present land area is 428 square miles and the estimated population in 2009 was 19,425. The act establishing the county specified that the first court be held at the courthouse of Bute. It also provided that subsequent courts were to be held at a place decided upon by the justices of the peace until a courthouse could be erected. Commissioners were named to select a site at the center of the county, purchase land and have the courthouse, prison and the stocks erected. In 1779, another act was
passed establishing Warrenton. This act provided that the courts were to be held at the home of Thomas Christmas until the courthouse was built. Warrenton is the county seat. As the area now known as Vance County prospered in the mid-to-late 1800s, the idea of creating a separate county surfaced. After original legislative efforts to name the new county as “Gilliam” and later as “Dortch” failed, the N.C. General Assembly established Vance County on May 5, 1881. The act directed the county commissioners to
select a site in Henderson for the erection of the courthouse. Vance County was formed from parts of Granville, Warren and Franklin counties. It was named in honor of Zebulon Baird Vance, a member of Congress, governor of North Carolina and a United States senator. Vance County is bounded by Warren, Franklin and Granville counties, along with the state of Virginia. The present land area is 244 square miles and the estimated population in 2009 was 43,056. Henderson is the county seat.
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A few things to know to help you get started Who do I call to get my phone set up? Where do I go to get my gas hooked up? When is trash pick-up? What do we recycle? These are just a few of the questions that face new residents. Here’s a guide to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions:
Telephone service Local telephone service is available through CenturyLink. Anyone wishing to set up a residential phone account may call (252) 977-9011. To set up a business account, call 1-(800) 786-6272. Other important numbers can be found inside the front cover of the local telephone book, which is available for residents new to the area at the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce, 414 S. Garnett St.
Electrical service In Vance, Granville and Warren counties, Progress Energy provides this utility. Call (800) 452-2777 to request service. No deposit is required if the customer has a good credit record with another utility. If a deposit is required, it is based on an average two months’ bills for the residence. The deposit is refundable, with interest, after 12 months if all bills are paid on time.
Next-day start of service is provided unless construction is required. Wake Electric also provides utilities in some areas of Vance and Granville counties. The company can be reached at (800) 4746300. Parts of Warren County are also served by Halifax Electric Membership Corp. Customers may call the Warren County office for the company at (252) 2573900.
Water/sewer service To have service connected within the City of Henderson, go to the city’s Water Billing and Collections Office at City Hall, 134 Rose Ave., Henderson. You will need to provide the following information: • One form of picture identification such as a driver’s license, work identification card, etc. • If you rent, a rent deposit receipt and your landlord’s name and address. • Your telephone number. • A $20 non-refundable account set-up fee (this fee will be charged each time you move from one residence to another). In addition, effective Nov. 1, 2011, a deposit will be required. The cost will vary depending on which type of service you receive. • Your Social Security number. Your water meter will be
read each month. Any collections office personnel will be able to tell you when you can expect your bill. Here’s the contact information for the other town and municipal water/sewer departments in the TriCounty area: • In Oxford, go to the city hall, 300 Williamsboro St., or call (919) 603-1100. • In Warrenton, go to the town hall, 119 E. Market St., or call (252) 257-3315. • In Norlina, go to the town hall at 101 Main St., or call (252) 456-3325. • In Macon, residents who wish to be included in water/sewer district 2 should contact Macon Robertson, county public works director at (252) 257-3645. • In Stovall, call (919) 6934646. • In Middleburg, call (252) 492-6104.
Household trash/ yard waste collection In Vance County, an annual solid waste household user fee is assessed to the owner of each residential unit in Vance County. The revenue generated from these fees is used to pay for the disposal of household trash produced by the residents of Vance County, including the municipalities of Henderson, Kittrell and Middleburg. These fees do not pay for the disposal of commercial, industrial or
institutional waste. All residents of Vance County who have paid the annual solid waste household user fee are allowed to take household trash to any of the manned solid waste convenience centers in Vance County. The county also provides recycling containers for aluminum, cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, used motor oil and brown, clear and green glass at these sites. Construction and demolition debris is prohibited. The county further prohibits the disposal of commercial, industrial or institutional waste at any of the manned solid waste convenience centers. Trash pickup is also available. County trash and recycling sites are located at: • Warrenton Road at U.S. 1 Bypass • N.C. 39 North at the old Vance County Landfill • Gun Club Road near the intersection of Dabney Road • Tungsten Mine Road in Townsville • Old Aycock School on Vicksboro Road • North Chavis Road in Kittrell • Drewry, near the Drewry Volunteer Fire Department • Brodie Road near the intersection of County Home Road The sites are open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. MondaySaturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Items
can be recycled at any of the manned convenience centers. In Henderson, householdgenerated trash will be collected at curbside on regularly scheduled garbage collection days. Yard trash will be collected one day each week. Special pick ups of yard waste exceeding the city’s regulations can be arranged by contacting the Public Works Department/ Sanitation Office at (252) 431-6116. In Oxford, call (919) 693-8669 for information on waste collection. In Warren County, a number of sites are located throughout the county for garbage collection. Sites are located at Eaton’s Ferry, Warrenton-Ridgeway Road, Afton, Arcola, Five Forks, Macon/Vaughn, Inez, U.S. 1/Wise and Drewry. For hours and more information on public works in Warrenton, call the town hall at (252) 257-3315. Many sites also accept some recyclable items. The county landfill is located off Baltimore Road in Warrenton and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In Norlina, Warrenton and Macon, garbage collection is provided to residents within the town limits. The town of Middleburg contracts with a private waste hauler to provide Please see GET STARTED, page 6
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residential waste disposal services. Curbside pickup is available once a week. All commercial and industrial waste generators must contract with a private hauler for waste collection. In Kittrell, residents are required to take household trash to one of the manned solid waste disposal convenience centers in Vance County. All commercial, industrial and institutional waste generators must contract with a private waste hauler for waste collection.
Gas service Public Service Company of North Carolina (PSNC) is the local provider of natural gas. Contact the company at (877) 776-2427. The company will need your name, address and the date you want service to begin. Try to give the company as much notice as possible. PSNC has a flexible system of establishing credit for its customers. You can establish credit with PSNC if you: • Own the property that will be served or other real estate within the same county. • Can furnish a satisfactory credit report that can be quickly and inexpensively checked. • Ask a PSNC customer with a good credit history to be your guarantor, meaning that person
would guarantee the amount of your cash deposit. • Make a cash deposit. Several area companies also offer propane gas service. Check the yellow pages of the telephone book for a current list of propane companies in the area.
Recycling Henderson residents are urged to recycle in an effort to conserve landfill space and to help ease the burden on natural resources. Recyclables will be collected every other week and all city residents will be provided an 18-gallon recycling bin. Recyclable materials include: • Newspapers and inserts • Glass bottles and jars • Aluminum and metal cans • Plastic soft drink bottles and milk bottles
Internet providers For those seeking Internet access, local companies providing access include: • NCOL: (252) 492-4317 • Vance Net: (252) 430-0058 • Time Warner Cable: (252) 556-6011 • CenturyLink: (866) 2281362 (residential); (800) 786-6272 (business)
License plates When moving to North Carolina from another state, you must register your motor vehicle at the expiration of the time granted by reciprocity
agreements between North Carolina and your prior state of residence (usually 30 days) or when gainful employment is accepted, whichever occurs first. Outof-state residents moving to North Carolina should obtain a North Carolina driver’s license prior to registering a vehicle. To register your motor vehicle, you must furnish the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles with the title (unless the title is in the possession of a lienholder) and a valid registration card from the state of prior registration. All new residents of the state must pay a title fee of $35 and a registration fee of $20 for private passenger automobiles in order to obtain a license plate and validation decals. License plate fees for other types of vehicles are based upon plate classification. When registering a vehicle where the title is held by a lienholder (usually a bank or finance company), you must furnish the lienholder’s name and address. The Division of Motor Vehicles will provide a form to be mailed to the lienholder requesting release of the title for North Carolina registration purposes. All liens must be declared in the order of their priority. After registering your vehicle and paying the appropriate fees at any license plate agency, you will be assisted in applying for a certificate of title, registration plate (validation stickers
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showing month and year of expiration) and a registration card. The registration card must be carried in the vehicle at all times, and the license plate must be displayed as required by law. For vehicle registration purposes, state law requires you to furnish the Division of Motor Vehicles your residential address. You may use a post office box address in addition to the physical location of your residence. In Vance County, the N.C. Motor Vehicle License Plate Agency’s phone number is (252) 438-3528. The office is located at 946-D W. Andrews Ave. In Granville County, the auto registration and license agency is located at 143 Old Warehouse Square in Oxford. The phone number is (919) 6937821. Driver’s license office locations and hours can be obtained by calling (919) 693-6128. Warren County residents must obtain their auto registration and licenses at the Henderson agency. Driver’s licenses can be obtained during limited hours at the Warrenton driver’s license agency. Call (252) 257-2005 for hours and location or use the Henderson office.
Driver’s license Information on how to obtain or renew a North Carolina driver’s license can be found at the local N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles office at 1080 Eastern Blvd. The N.C. Highway Patrol is
also located in this building. The number for the driver’s license division is (252) 438-8930. New residents have 60 days after establishing residence to obtain a North Carolina license or learner’s permit. A new resident, 18 years or older, applying for a Class C license is required to take the written test, traffic signs recognition test and a driving test (if the examiner deems it necessary). A driver’s handbook to help prepare for the test is available at the local N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles office, which will provide all of the rules and information needed to obtain a new license. You may also register to vote or make changes to your current voter registration while applying for a North Carolina driver’s license.
Voter registration After you have been a resident of the county for 30 days, you may register to vote. In Vance County, you can contact the Board of Elections by telephone at (252) 492-3730, or register in person at 300 S. Garnett St., Henderson. In Granville County, the Board of Elections is located at 120 Williamsboro St., Oxford, (919) 693-2515. In Warren County, you can register at the Board of Elections office at 309 N. Main St. in Warrenton, (252) 257-2114.
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Tri-County Dining Guide
Editor’s note: While we update this listing regularly, it is not possible to check with each restaurant for every publication. If you have a change or information on a new restaurant, call the newsroom at (252) 436-2833.
A variety of tastes and styles are available at privately run restaurants and national chains throughout the TriCounty area. Following is a listing of restaurants in Vance, Granville and Warren counties, with a brief description of each.
Henderson/ Vance County 220 Seafood Restaurant — 1812 N. Garnett St. 4928084. Fresh seafood, chicken,
barbecue. Children’s plates. Credit cards: VISA and MasterCard. ABC permits: none. Angela’s Grill — 2684 Raleigh Road. Sandwiches on select bread, grilled pork chops, grilled chicken, fish cake, chicken salad, bologna burgers and hamburgers. Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant — 1520 Dabney Drive. (252) 438-8080. Szechuan, Peking, Hunan, Cantonese cuisine and sushi bar. American cuisine, children’s and dietetic plates available. Daily full-time buffet. Credit cards: All major credit cards. ABC permits: All. Big Cheese Pizza — Marketplace Shopping Center. (252) 492-4500. Pickup only. Pizza, salads, subs. Chester’s — 1208 E.
Andrews Ave. (inside the BP Station), Henderson. (252) 430-6444. Specializes in fried chicken, sandwiches, wraps, potato wedges, vegetables and their famous field corn. Chex Truck Stop & Restaurant — I-85 at Fleming Road, Middleburg. (252) 492-5189, (252) 492-6833. Full menu. Breakfast served 24 hours. Daily breakfast bar, 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Dinner, noon-9 p.m. Credit cards: MasterCard, VISA. ABC permits: none. China King — 383 Raleigh Road. (252) 433-8088. Featuring Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese-style dishes; dine in or carry out. Lunch buffet 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Credit cards accepted. ABC permits: none. China Kitchen — 511 E. Andrews Ave. (252) 492-4150.
Featuring Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan-style cooking. American dishes available. Credit cards: none. ABC permits: none. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store — 1002 Ruin Creek Road, (252) 431-9111. Country cooking. Breakfast available all day. Credit cards: All major. Cuz Seafood — 7630 N.C. 39 Highway, Henderson, (252) 572-2656. Serving brunch and dinner: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Dabney Drive Restaurant — 946-G W. Andrews Ave. 4385643. Full menu. Credit cards: none. ABC permits: none. Denny’s — 1524 Dabney Drive. 438-4800. Weekly specials. Credit cards: All major.
ABC permits: none George’s Restaurant — 210 N. Garnett St., (252) 4920090. Open daily serving lunch and dinner: pizza, pasta, subs, chicken, salads and more. Golden Corral Family Steak House — 103 N. Cooper Dr. 438-3660. Breakfast bar Saturday and Sunday. Steaks, seafood, chicken, potato bar, “super bar” of salad, vegetables, desserts. Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Am. Express. ABC permits: none. Golden Skillet — 444 Dabney Drive, 492-4040. Featuring chicken, barbecue, seafood, sandwiches, vegetables and desserts. Credit cards: MasterCard/Visa. Checks accepted. Ichibar Japanese SteakPlease see DINING, page 8
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house — Marketplace Shopping Center, 901 S. Beckford Drive. Casual. Serving “healthy Japanese food” including freshmade sushi, plus a variety of appetizers, soups and lunch and dinner entrees, plus a cocktail bar. Dining area accommodates more than 100 guests, with smoking and non-smoking areas. Credit cards: Yes. ABC permits: All. J&J Fish & Chicken — 1202 E. Andrews Ave., (252) 431-0060. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Food and drink specials, senior specials. Eat in or take out. Jessica Charles Restaurant — 200 S. Garnett St., Henderson, 430-0069. Special-
izes in items from the grill, sandwiches and a variety of salads, with separate items for children ages 12 and under. The restaurant also offers wine, beer and mixed drinks. Mayflower Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar — 201 N. Cooper Dr., 738-2393. Specializing in Seafood, including Greek & Italian specialties. Full bar. Oysters on the half-shell. Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant — 1601 Ruin Creek Road, 438-6062. Authentic Mexican cuisine. Dine-in, Takeout. Visa, MC accepted. Middleburg Steak House — U.S. 1 North & I-85 at Middleburg, Exit 220. 4927088. Steaks, seafood, salad bar. ABC permits: Beer and wine; setups available. Credit cards: MasterCard, VISA. Nunnery-Freeman Barbe-
cue — Norlina Road. 438-4751. Dinner plates featuring barbecue pork, fried chicken, seafood, Brunswick stew. Credit cards: none. The Olde Place — N.C. 39 (Townsville Road). 438-4770. Featuring seafood, steak beef ribs, chicken, sandwiches and a vegetable bar loaded with fresh, home-cooked vegetables. Banquet facilities and party planning services. Reservations recommended. Credit cards: None. Permits: Beer. Pino’s Italian Restaurant — 901 S. Beckford Drive (Marketplace) 438-1341. Homemade pizza, subs, salads, pastas. Chef’s daily specials. Credit cards: All (includes check cards). ABC permits: Beer and wine. Pizza Hut — 160 North Cooper Drive 433-6040. Pizzas, pasta dishes, salad bar, sand-
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wiches. Lunch buffet. Credit cards: All major cards. ABC permits: beer. Pizza Inn — 1250 Coble Blvd. 492-2144. Pizzas, pasta dishes, salad bar, sandwiches. Credit cards: All except Discover. ABC permits: Beer. Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ — 100 Exchange St. (Dabney Exchange); 492-3655. Barbecue, fried chicken and seafood. Skipper’s/Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q — Norlina Road. 438-5228. Dinner plates featuring chicken, pork, barbecue, Brunswick stew, fish. pork, barbecue, Brunswick stew, fish. Daily specials. Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard. Ruby Tuesday — 101 Exchange St. (Dabney Exchange); 492-6243. Menu includes steaks, pasta, chicken, burgers, Smart-Eating choices. Permits:
All. Soul Delicious — 1502 Raleigh Road. Regular menu includes soul food and home-cooking (meat loaf, cube steak, ribs, pork chops, chitterlings, pig’s feet, homestyle vegetables and desserts). Cooks and staff are volunteers; all profits support the ministries of the Rock of Prayer and Deliverance Church. Time-Out Sports Pub & Cafe — Parham Road at I-85. 492-1126. Northern-style menu. Appetizers, sandwiches, salads. Credit cards: All major cards. ABC permits: All. Village Kitchen — 919 S. Beckford Drive, Henderson. (252) 738-9998/9999. Wide assortment of Chinese dishes, from egg rolls to shrimp with lobster sauce, from wonton please see DINING, pAGE 9
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FROM PAGE EIGHT soup to Mongolian beef. Sandwiches and burgers are also available. Waffle House — 1135 Ruin Creek Road; 431-9102, and W. Andrews Ave. (Crossroads Shopping Center). Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily. Wimpy’s — 419 Raleigh Road Henderson. 430-1766. Specializing in chargrilled burgers and fries, in addition to home-cooking. Fast-food restaurants: • Arby’s — 403 Raleigh Road (adjacent to Dabney Shopping Center) • Bojangles (two locations) — 1518 Dabney Drive and Cardinal Shopping Center, 1425 E. Andrews Avenue • Burger King (three locations) — 1817 N. Garnett St., 391 Raleigh Road, 565 Ruin Creek Road • Chick-fil-A, 200 Trade Street (in Dab-
ney Exchange) • Moghadass Subway Inc. — 1520 Dabney Dr. • Subway — 1417 E. Andrews Ave. and 1400 N. Garnett St. • Hardee’s — Dabney Drive • Kentucky Fried Chicken (two locations) — 130 Raleigh Road, 1553 Dabney Drive • McDonald’s (three locations) — 1695 Dabney Drive, inside Walmart on Cooper Drive, and at the Cardinal Shopping Center, U.S. 1 at the N.C. 39 exit • Sunrise Biscuit Co. — 333 N. Garnett St. • Taco Bell, 1737 Dabney Dr. • Carver’s Family Restaurants (two locations) — 1620 N. Garnett St. and Raleigh Road • Wendy’s — 1516 Dabney Dr. • Biddie’s Grill (home of Jerry’s Hot Dogs) — 1155 E. Andrews Ave., 4387172. please see DINING, pAGE 11
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FROM PAGE NINE Delivery services: • Domino’s Pizza — 119 Raleigh Road, 438-2727 • Papa John’s Pizza — 1526 Dabney Dr., 431-1999 • Pizza Hut — 433-6040.
Oxford/ Granville County 96 Buffet — 913 Linden Ave. (N.C. 96), (919) 603-0486. Located inside the Regency Inn. Hibachi Buffet — 1011109 Lewis St., Oxford, (919) 603-1811. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mazatlan of Oxford — 705 Lewis St. (919) 603-0001.
Authentic Mexican cuisine. Milano’s — 127 Williamsboro St.; (919) 693-6444; Pizza, Italian entrees. House of Ribeyes — 102 Roxboro Road Oxford; (919) 693-9282. Menu includes steak, seafood and chicken. Nightly specials. Credit: Visa, MasterCard. Permits; beer and wine. George’s Oxford Village Family Restaurant — I-85, Exit 202 and 204 (104 Industry Dr.) (919) 603-3760. Pizza, subs, pasta and salad. Zerdo’s Family Restaurant — 5593 Tabbs Creek Road; (919) 603-6175 (location of former Tony’s Restaurant). Menu includes Middle Eastern cuisine, subs, pizza, pasta, steaks, sandwiches, soup and salad bar. Open daily. Indoor and outdoor dining. Pizza Hut — 907 Linden Avenue, Oxford. 693-4696.
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Pizzas, pasta, salad bar, sandwiches. No checks accepted. Credit cards: VISA, Master Card, American Express. ABC permits: Beer. Rumors Bar & Grill — 130 Main St.; 693-5300; pizza, burgers, specialty wings.
• Wendy’s — 900 Linden Ave. Delivery services: • Domino’s Pizza — 125 Broad St. 693-8001.
Fast-food restaurants: • Burger King — 825 Linden Ave. • China Wok — 412 Granville Corners. 690-8501 • 15 North Take-out — 935 College St. • Hardee’s — 220 Hillsboro St. • Kentucky Fried Chicken — 527 E. Industry Dr. • McDonald’s — Granville Corners Shopping Center • Subway — 913 Linden Ave. • Sunrise Biscuits — 128 Williamsboro St. • Taco Bell — 525 E. Industry Dr.
Midway Cafe and Grill — 195 U.S. 158 Business, Warrenton. 257-1180. Featuring home-style meals and homemade desserts. Credit cards: none. ABC permits: none. Clem’s Place — U.S. 1 South, Norlina. 456-2407. Dinner plates featuring barbecue, fried chicken, seafood, Brunswick stew. Made-from-scratch desserts. Credit cards: none. ABC permits: None. Milano’s Pizza — Main St. Warrenton. 257-5800. Pizza, subs and a variety of Italian food. Credit cards accepted.
Warrenton/ Warren County
ABC Permits: none. Newt’s Grill — 112 Madison St., Warrenton. 257-0663. The Hardware Cafe — 106 S. Main St. Warrenton. 257-2779. Southern City Grille & Restaurant — 137 S. Main St., Warrenton. 257-1306. Open daily. Full menu featuring breakfast, home-cooked meals, vegetables, daily specials. Credit cards accepted. Whistle Stop Café — 123 Hyco St., Norlina. (252) 4560855. Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Fast-food restaurants: • The Burger Barn — E. Macon Street, Warrenton; • Hardee’s — U.S. 158; Subway — E. Macon Street, Warrenton • Burger King, 117 U.S. 158, Norlina.
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Getting the best education for your child within the Tri-County Schools in all three area counties are focused on providing students with a meaningful educational experience that prepares them for the challenges of the 21st century.
Vance County Schools Vance County public schools are working on ensuring progress in statewide end-of-grade testing scores and student writing by making staff development a focal point. Faculty members have spent time in workshops to make sure teachers — and students — are on the same page, ensuring the student learning is on target with the N.C. Standard Course of Study. The focus is on helping children who are below grade level as well as those who
are high performers. Those needing to register new children for school should contact the school in their district. If you are not sure which district you reside in, contact the Vance County Schools central office at this number: (252) 492-2127. The public schools in this county can be reached at: Aycock Elementary Carver Elementary Clarke Elementary Dabney Elementary New Hope Elementary Pinkston Street Elementary E.M. Rollins Elementary L.B. Yancey Elementary E.O. Young Elementary
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Zeb Vance Elementary Eaton-Johnson Middle School Henderson Middle School Northern Vance High School Southern Vance High School Vance County Early College High School Western Vance High School
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Vance Charter School Growth and good state rankings continue for students at Vance Charter School. The school in past years has been named a N.C. School of Excellence. Enrollment at and interest
in the school continues to grow. More than 350 students are enrolled in grades K-8. Small class sizes, a family atmosphere that requires parental involvement, and the lack of tuition and fees make the school attractive to students and their parents. Any North Carolina resident may apply to attend any charter school in the state. Enrollment is by lottery. The lottery for new admissions each school year generally takes place in February. For more information, call (252) 431-0440.
Henderson Collegiate Henderson Collegiate is a new please see EDUCATION, pAGE 13
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charter school that opened in Henderson in August 2010 with only fourth-grade students. Additional grade levels will be added each year. The school will focus on reaching students from low-income families and will offer a college preparatory curriculum. Plans are to add a grade each year until the school offers grades four through eight. Race, income, and prior academic success are not considered or asked about when enrolling at Henderson Collegiate. The school’s mission is to empower students with the academic skills, social experiences, and love of learning necessary for them to shape their own destinies, attend the college of their choice, and become world-changing problem solvers. For further information, call (252) 578-7053 or e-mail HendersonCollegiate@gmail.com
A Guide Tar River Elementary Mary Potter Middle School West Oxford Elementary Tar River Elementary Wilton Elementary Creedmoor Elementary Butner-Stem Elementary Stovall-Shaw Elementary Northern Granville Middle School G.C. Hawley Middle School Butner-Stem Middle School J.F. Webb High School South Granville High School Granville Central High School Granville Early College High School J.F. Webb High School of Health & Life Sciences South Granville High School of Health & Life Sciences South Granville High School Center For Innovative Learning
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Granville County Schools
Warren County Schools
Educators in Granville County have had plenty to celebrate in past years, with solid results in the state end-of-grade test rankings and progress for several schools in the federal No Child Left Behind program. The Granville County public schools’ central office can be reached at (919) 693-4613.
Warren County serves more than 3,000 students in its six schools and pre-kindergarten center. The system’s jewel may be the Space, Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace (SEMAA) Academy, located at Warren County High School. The high tech lab, funded by NASA, offers a variety of sciencerelated experiences for both middle and high school students. Warren County Schools central office can be reached at (252) 257-3184.
The public schools in this county can be reached at: C.G. Credle Elementary Mt. Energy Elementary Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary
(919) 693-9191 (919) 529-0586 (919) 693-8935
The public schools in this county can be reached at: Pre-kindergarten Handicap Program
Newcomers Hawkins Education Center Mariam Boyd Elementary School Northside Elementary School South Warren Elementary School Vaughan Elementary School Warren County Middle School Warren County High School Warren Early College High School Warren New Tech High School
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munity from a Biblical worldview. Crossroads educates children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Call (252) 431-1333 for more information or visit www.ccscolts. org.
Kerr-Vance Academy provides a curriculum for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade focused on an intensive liberal arts, college preparatory program in an atmosphere where ethical values are stressed. Facilities include a primary center, lower school, two middle school/high school buildings, a cafeteria, two gymnasiums and sports fields. The phone number is (252) 492-0018. For more information, visit www. kerrvance.com.
(252) 257-3767 (252) 257-3695
(252) 257-3751 (252) 257-4413 (252) 738-3598 (252) 257-3767
Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Charter School Warren County also has its first charter school, the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Charter School. The school, which educates more than 100 students, offers the state’s Standard Course of Study with an emphasis on Native American culture. For more information about the school, call (252) 257-5853.
Private Schools The Tri-County area has four private schools — Kerr-Vance Academy, Crossroads Christian School and Victory Christian School, all in Vance County; and Norlina Christian School in Warren County.
Crossroads Christian School Crossroads Christian School is located at 583 Old County Home Road in rural Vance County, just south of Henderson. Crossroads Christian School partners with parents to develop the whole child by providing a challenging academic environment in which to prepare men and women who serve Christ and their com-
Norlina Christian School Norlina Christian School strives to provide a first class learning environment that is marked by academic excellence, athletic programs, extracurricular activities, and a strong commitment to Biblical teaching. The school is a collegeprep school with special programs for academically gifted as well as academically at risk students. The school also offers year-round sports. The school can be reached at (252) 456-3385.
Victory Christian School Victory Christian School, 475 J.P. Taylor Road in Henderson, is affiliated with Victory Baptist Church and offers instruction in grades K-12. The school offers a Christian curriculum that challenges the students to high academic standards. A sports program for the junior and senior high boys and girls is offered. For more information, contact the school at (252) 492-6079.
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Some fast facts on our local towns Henderson Henderson is named for Leonard Henderson, who was Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and son of Judge Richard Henderson, known as the father of the state’s law schools. The current population of Henderson about 16,000.
Kittrell When the railroad was built around 1838, George Kittrell gave the land for the station. He refused the honor of having the station named for himself, but gave the honor to his young son. Kittrell is the resting place of 52 Civil War soldiers from the states of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. All of the soldiers buried in the cemetery died at the Kittrell Springs Hotel where they were treated during the war.
Townsville First called Lynesville in recognition of the fact that James Lyne had a store between the railroad and the Episcopal church, Townsville received its current name when the Roanoke railroad was built around 1855. Joseph Townes of Montpelier donated land for the station, which was named in his honor.
Williamsboro The Indians in the area originally named the Wil-
liamsboro area “The Lick,” meaning a good hunting or meeting place. So many hazelnuts were found along a nearby stream bank that it was named “Nutbush” in early colonial records. In 1772, Judge John Williams of Montpelier gave the land to his son-in-law, Col. Robert Burton, who changed the name to Williamsboro in honor of the judge.
Epsom Epsom sits in the southern edge of Vance County on the Vance/Franklin county line. For many years, the area was called Duke’s Store since Simon W. Duke had a store there. The local residents decided to ask that the store be designated as a post office. Other nearby places already had “Duke” in the name, so another name was needed. Talking in the store one day, a local physician noticed a package of Epsom salts on the shelf. “Let’s name it Epsom,” he said, “as the word means ‘healthy,’ and this place is so healthy.”
Oxford Samuel Benton was Granville County’s representative to the State Assembly in 1761 when he purchased 1,000 acres of land and built a plantation home known as “Oxford.” In 1764, the Assembly ordered that the area be known as the county seat and Benton gave one acre of land where the courthouse was to be built. Not until 1811 did the Assembly give
authorization for the county to purchase 50 additional acres around the courthouse from Thomas Littlejohn, and begin to lay out the town and sell lots. The town was incorporated in 1816. The current population of the town is 8,600.
Stovall Stovall is the heart of rural Granville County. The town lies about 10 miles north of Oxford and 10 miles south of Clarksville, Va. Originally called Sassafras Fork, the town was situated along the Seaboard Railroad line. It was named for John W. Stovall who gave the railroad the right-of-way.
Warrenton During the fourth year of the American Revolution, the town of Warrenton was established by the North Carolina Provincial Congress. Warrenton has a rich revolutionary and antebellum history which is well preserved. Many homes have been beautifully restored. The Warrenton Academy was chartered in 1786, the Falkener School for Ladies in 1800, and the Mordecai School in 1809, making Warrenton a hub of early educational activity in the area. The town’s population is 800.
Macon Macon is the smallest incorporated town in Warren County. In the 1880s, the town’s name was changed to
honor Nathaniel Macon, a prominent county native who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
the seaports at Portsmouth, Va., and Norfolk, Va. A former railroad dining car now serves as a railroad museum in the town.
Norlina, located just south of the Virginia state line, sits on land that was part of a grant to an early John Langford for his service in the Revolutionary War. The town is named for a combination of “North” and “Carolina.” A descendent of Langford sold five acres of land in Norlina to the Richmond, Petersburg and Carolina Railroad for the building of a depot at the juncture of the Seaboard Air Line Railway and the Raleigh-Gaston Railroad. Being a railroad juncture, the town grew rapidly. The population of the town was at its peak just before and during the time of World War II with the railroad playing an important part in the war effort by providing transportation for the troop trains to
The Hawkins family cut Middleburg out of the woods around 1860. The settlement was “middle way” between Raleigh and Weldon, giving the town it’s name.
Ridgeway Located in Warren County, Ridgeway was named after the ridge followed by the railroad. The town is best known for its cantaloupes, which are honored annually during the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival held the third Saturday of July in the heart of downtown Ridgeway. Before the advent of the interstate highway system, the town shipped cantaloupes up and down the East Coast along the busy U.S. 1 corridor.
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Quality health care is just around the corner The Tri-County area is fortunate to have excellent health care resources to care for the medical needs of area citizens. Private physician practices, home health-care agencies and specialized health-care companies are located throughout the area. Medical centers and hospitals that serve the region include:
Maria Parham Medical Center
Maria Parham Medical Center is the region’s health care leader. Fully accredited by JCAHO and the College of American Pathologists, Maria Parham has combined the qualities necessary to offer the best in community medicine — physicians representing a wide range of specialties, highly trained nurses and clinical specialists, and the latest technology. Maria Parham has the region’s largest and most comprehensive Emergency Department staffed by Board Certified emergency physicians. It offers you the leading Maternity Center in the four county area and the only Special Care Nursery. I has the largest and most advanced Intensive Care and Progressive Care Services, with 20 patient rooms equipped with the very best in technology and staffed by specially trained nurses and physicians. It also has the region’s only CARFaccredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. To complement these inpatient rehab services, Maria Parham also offers state of the art physical, occupational, and speech therapy on an outpatient basis. Advanced technology is fea-
tured in Maria Parham Medical Center’s Radiology & Digital Imaging Department. With two CT scanners, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and a Women’s Diagnostic Center, no other hospital in the region can provide this level of care. Surgical Services is another area that has invested in the latest minimally invasive technology and sophisticated equipment. With five operating rooms and a large GI Suite, Maria Parham provides you with surgical options and expertise comparable to larger, academic facilities. Other services offered include cardiac catheterization, sleep studies, cardiovascular services and the region’s only accredited Respiratory Care Department. The Oncology Center at Maria Parham offers both Medical and Radiation Oncology programs and is affiliated with Duke Medicine. Maria Parham Regional Home Health offers nursing and rehabilitation services, including an at-home, web-based telemetry service for patients — greatly reducing emergency visits for its cardiac and respiratory clients. Providing the very best in health care to a community demands more than just quality patient care in a hospital setting — it also means answering the needs of the people it serves. Maria Parham Medical Center has joined forces with Vance-Granville Community College to provide one of the most innovative medical simulation labs in the state. It has also responded to the needs of new nurses by opening only the second NETT-U (Nursing Education Transition Telemetry Unit) in the United States.
Granville Health System For more than 91, years Granville Health System has built its success on consistently delivering quality health care to the community and has been the proud recipient of several awards, recognitions and designations from several of the nation’s leading health care ratings organizations, including: • Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Excellence — Blue Distinction® is a program that recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality. GHS has demonstrated a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for GHS patients who undergo knee and hip replacement procedures. • The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers named Granville Health System one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for its commitment to good citizenship and community service. • Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital — This ranking system places GHS within the top 20 percent of hospitals in the United States in providing financial value to their communities and using financial resources efficiently for reinvesting back into the provision of health care at the facility. These recognitions represent Granville Health System’s commitment to high-quality care standards and quality improvement, as well as a strong dedication and commitment to excellence in caring for its patients and
their families. Moreover, these awards validate that GHS patients are receiving the most effective medical care as outlined by national best practice standards. The GHS Expansion Plan is a response to the present and future health care needs of its expanding and aging community. The Plan is a 32,000 square foot expansion and renovation project — the largest in its history — one that will allow the health system to keep pace with technology and safety requirements, as well as face major local challenges.
Franklin Regional Medical Center Franklin Regional Medical Center is a 70-bed, acute-care facility located in Louisburg. As the only hospital in Franklin County, it is small enough to offer extremely personalized care, yet big enough to provide clinical excellence. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Franklin Regional offers a wide variety of services: a 24-hour emergency department, intensive care, acute inpatient medical and surgical care, telemetry/ progressive care, same-day surgery, diagnostic imaging, a comprehensive laboratory and a therapy center. In 2009, Franklin Regional Medical Center became an affiliate of Novant Health, a North Carolina not-for-profit health care system, and has since been nationally recognized for its extraordinary contributions to health care, as well as its success in permeating a customerfocused culture of service excellence. Franklin Regional’s top priority is providing high
quality care to patients and their families. Franklin’s expert staff continually pursue the highest standards; for instance, Franklin Regional’s diabetes program and team achieved national recognition for their quality patient care from the American Diabetes Association. Through its extreme commitment to patient safety, its pain management program and its highly trained staff, Franklin Regional Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional quality care, at a level that exudes pride among its staff, patients and communities. Additionally, Franklin Regional has a wide network of primary care and specialist physicians available to provide high quality health care in a convenient setting. Its physicians and hospital staff are your neighbors and community partners, and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for their patients. For more information concerning physician and physician offices, please call Franklin’s One-Call Scheduling office at (919) 497-8410. For more information on Franklin Regional Medical Center, please visit www.franklinregional.org or call (919) 496-5131.
Community Memorial Healthcenter Community Memorial Healthcenter in South Hill, Va., is a community-owned nonprofit hospital that is dedicated to being the leader in health services for the south central region of Virginia and portions of northern North Carolina, including the Tri-County area. The hospital offers quality state-of-the-art health care in a convenient, friendly setting.
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Come on out and support the arts Support for the arts in the TriCounty area is strengthened by the efforts of local arts councils, societies and associations.
For more information on the arts council, contact Alice Clark Sallins at (252) 767-4579 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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Vance County has a long tradition of support for all areas of the cultural arts. The Vance County Arts Council serves as an advocate for all the arts, artists and arts organizations in the area. Through partnerships with other arts organizations, the arts council co-sponsors a variety of events and programs, including the Imagination Art Station, a summer arts program; A Very Special Art, a program for exceptional children; an annual Youth Art Show, which any student in Vance County can enter and compete for prizes; “Holiday on Vance Square,” the arts council’s annual Christmas show held on the first Thursday in December; an annual Black History Month program; and special arts programs for the Hispanic community. The council opened an art gallery in downtown Henderson in October 2010 to provide a place to showcase the work of local artists. Located at 233 S. Garnett St. in the Rosemyer Corp. building, the gallery is open on weekends and showcases the work of a different artist each month. The arts council also hopes to offer classes and educational programs at the gallery in the near future. The arts council is also the local distributing agency for grass-roots funds from the N.C. Arts Council. The council distributes state monies to local organizations for arts activities. With these funds, as well as local government support, membership fees and fund-raising proceeds, the council sponsors and co-sponsors arts activities in the schools and the community.
Theatre has been a part of Granville County for more than 60 years with notations about locally produced plays appearing in newspaper archives from the 1930s. Granville Little Theatre, a completely volunteer community theatre, was organized officially through the efforts of the Granville Arts Council in the spring of 1978. In its first year of existence in 1979, four full-length plays were produced. The theater group produces four to five productions each year. For more information on upcoming productions, go to www.granvillelittletheatre.com.
Henderson Rec Players The Henderson Rec Players is a local drama program celebrating its 37th year of theater excellence. Two shows are performed each season ó a musical production during the summer months and a comedy or drama production in the fall. Summer performances are held in the auditorium of E.M. Rollins Elementary School and the fall performance is held in the auditorium at Vance-Granville Community College. The HendersonVance Parks and Recreation Department provides funding for the theater company, which welcomes anyone interested in community theater to join in its productions.
Community Concert Association The Henderson Community Concert Association was organized
in 1984 and presents a full slate of concert events each year. Each annual series includes from three to five concerts, which are held in the VanceGranville Community College Civic Center. The Henderson Community Concert Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization, providing world-class artists to Henderson and the surrounding area. A special mission of the HCCA is to expose local children to exception live performances by offering outreach programs in the schools. For further information on purchasing season tickets, call (252) 492-2954.
Kerr Lake Art Society The Kerr Lake Art Society, a group
of area artists and visual arts enthusiasts, has been active in the area for more than 40 years. The mission of the group is to encourage the work of local artists and to provide opportunities to display their work, as well as promoting artistic and cultural awareness in Vance and surrounding counties. Over the years, the Kerr Lake Art Society has sponsored art classes, workshops, children’s art shows, sidewalk art shows and other events. Two major annual projects are the Kerr Lake Spring Art Show and the Autumn Arts Juried Art Show, which is co-sponsored by Vance-Granville Community College. For more information on the Kerr Lake Art Society, call Lelia Brigham at (252) 492-5281.
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Phone directory for the Tri-County area Vance County County Government: Clerk of Superior Court County Manager and Commissioners Animal Control Planning and Development Child Support and Enforcement Agency Cooperative Extension Service District Court Judges Economic Development Commission Board of Elections Emergency Services/ Business calls Emergency Management Agency Finance Office Health Department
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Municipal Governments: City of Henderson (all departments) Aycock Recreation Center Police (Business calls) City Manager/City Council Fire, Rescue (Business calls) Public Works City of Middleburg
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Other Agencies/Organizations: Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce (252) 438-8414 H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library (252) 438-3316 Vance-Granville Community College (252) 492-2061 U.S. Post Office (Henderson) (252) 492-8771
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So, where do I find some fun? Opportunities for fun and fitness can be found at numerous sites in the TriCounty area: • Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, features a 50,000-acre, man-made lake with campsites, picnic areas, boat ramps, fishing, hiking trails and community buildings and picnic shelters for rent. Over 800 miles of wooded shoreline offers visitors a wide variety of fun-filled outdoor activities. • The Henderson Family YMCA at 380 Ruin Creek Road, Henderson, offers a
variety of athletic and wellness activities. The YMCA also offers a children’s after-school program and summer camp programs. • The Aycock Recreation Center complex at 307 Carey Chapel Road in Henderson offers a heated indoor pool, indoor walking track, fitness equipment and a full-size gymnasium with six goals. Water aerobics and swimming lessons are available. The facility’s spaces can also be rented for parties, meetings and events. Outdoor facilities at the complex include four lighted baseball/softball fields and a soccer/football
field. Annual events sponsored by the recreation department include an Easter egg hunt, fall festival and theatrical performances by the Henderson Rec Players. • Fox Pond Park, the largest of Henderson’s city parks, has ball fields, play areas, picnic shelters, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, nature trails and an outdoor amphitheater. • Golf enthusiasts can hit the greens at Kerr Lake Country Club, 600 Hendrick Drive, Henderson, (252) 492-1895, which offers an 18-hole semiprivate course. Thorndale Country Club, 105 W. Quail
Ridge Road, Oxford, (919) 693-7404, is a private club offering a nine-hole course. The Henderson Country Club has an 18-hole private course open to members only. • For games and amusements, Adventure Island on Coble Boulevard offers the area’s only indoor/outdoor multi-attraction amusement center with a miniature golf course, batting cages, game room, Lazer tag and bumper boats. • The Marketplace Cinema shows newly released movies every week. The theater also offers a Critic’s Choice series of “art” films,
and a special series for children and families throughout the summer. • The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, 3336 Raleigh Road, Henderson, is one of only a few remaining outdoor theaters in the state. The theater offers family-oriented seven days a week during the summer months and on weekends in the spring and fall. • Bowling fun is available at Carolina Lanes, located on the U.S. 158 Bypass in Henderson. • The Skateeum, located at 1248 Coble Blvd., offers the area’s only roller skating rink.
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Notable people from the Tri-County area The Tri-County area has been home to many notable citizens throughout its history. From town namesakes to military leaders, from educators to government leaders, and from writers to performers, the list of those who have achieved a name and reputation beyond the boundaries of their home counties is impressive.
Gerald Alston As an R&B enthusiast will attest, the name Gerald Alston has always been synonymous with soul, elegance and sophistication. Born and raised in Henderson, where both his mother and father sang gospel music, Alston was raised on the gospel music he heard in church and at home (his uncle, Johnny Fields was one of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama). Enroute to a college degree as a pre-med student with a music minor, the fates intervened and Alston left college to join The Manhattans as lead singer. After 16 years with the group, Alston left to pursue a solo career in 1987. But he continues to sing with The Manhattans. In 2003, the group released its first studio album in 15 years. The group celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2004.
Braxton Bragg Gen. Braxton Bragg was born in Warren County in 1817. He graduated fifth in the class of 1837 at the U.S. Military Academy and made his name a household word as a Confederate general during the Civil War. In March 1862, he marched his forces to Corinth, Miss., while in command of the Second Corps of the Confederate Army, where he participated in the movement against Gen. Ulysses
S. Grant at Shiloh, Miss. In this famous battle, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston fell, and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard succeeded to the general command while Bragg was promoted general and assigned to the command of the Army of the Mississippi. After the evacuation of Corinth, the troops retired to Tupelo, Miss., where Beauregard, on account of illness, turned command over to Bragg and left for Mobile, Ala. Beauregard was relieved of duty and Bragg was appointed as his replacement. Bragg was then in command of all of the Confederate forces arrayed against the federal invasion of the area between the Mississippi River and the city of Atlanta. On the last day of 1862 he launched a vicious attack on the Union forces left at Murfreesboro, Tenn., but failed to carry though his success on following days. Later, Bragg was appointed as an advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his staunch supporter, and maintained an office in Richmond. Ineffective in the position of quasi commander-inchief, he was dispatched to North Carolina in the waning days of the war, surrendering near Durham Station in 1865. For a time after the war he served as Alabama’ chief engineer and then settled in Galveston, Texas, where he died in 1876 while walking down the street with a friend.
Tiny Broadwick Between 1908 and 1922, Granville County native and Henderson resident Tiny Broadwick made more than 1,100 parachute jumps from hot air balloon and airplanes, thrilling audiences at fairgrounds all across America and earning herself a place in aviation history. On June 21, 1913, she became
the first woman ever to parachute from an airplane, a feat that landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records. She also helped usher in a new era in aviation safety by demonstrating a parachute to the U.S. Army in 1914. Broadwick is considered one of the founders of modern day sport parachuting. Her parachutes are in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., and in the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Born Georgia Ann Thompson on a Granville County farm in 1893, Tiny was the youngest of seven girls and weighed only three pounds at birth, giving rise to her nickname. Falling crop prices forced the family to move to Henderson, where there was work in a cotton mill. At the age of 15, Georgia saw Charles Broadwick’s World Famous Aeronauts parachute from a hot air balloon at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh. With her mother’s permission, she soon joined the traveling show, quickly becoming the sweetheart of crowds around the country. For the sake of decorum, Broadwick adopted her as his daughter. In 1913, pioneering aviator Glenn L. Martin took tiny up in a biplane over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Calif., where, at a height of 2,000 feet, she released herself from a trap seat, becoming the first woman ever to parachute from an airplane. Her final years were spent traveling to aviation conventions and visiting family back in her hometown. She died in 1978.
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cus on the education of African Americans led her to begin a school near Greensboro in the early 1900s. Born in Henderson, Brown was a northerneducated granddaughter of former slaves. She returned to her home state as a teacher in 1901, and the following year established the Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, near Greensboro. The African-American school evolved from an agricultural and manual training facility to a fully accredited, nationally recognized preparatory school. More than 1,000 students graduated during Brown’s 50-year presidency. She died in 1961. Ten years and three
administrations later, the school closed. In 1982, Maria Cole, a niece of Brown’s, visited friend and schoolmate Marie Gibbs of Greensboro. Together, they returned to the campus where both had been students and expressed a joint desire for recognition of Brown’s social and educational contributions. They contacted other alumni and met with the N.C. Division of Archives and History to explore the idea of restoring the site of the school. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historical Foundation Inc., a non-profit society, was founded. In 1985, the foundation and others convinced the state’s legislators to appropriate $400,000 for land acquisition and initial restoration of the Palmer campus. The site is now a memorial to Brown and
is linked to the larger themes of African-American education and women’s history in North Carolina and the South. The restored campus contains a dozen 20th century buildings, ranging from houses to dormitories built between the 1920s and the 1960s. Archeological remains of the Alice Freeman Palmer building, the center of the campus, also survive.
Jason Brown Jason Brown graduated from Northern Vance High School and is a starting offensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. Brown was a star center at the University of North Carolina before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2005 draft. In 2009, Brown signed a five-year deal with
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Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis Jr. has spent his life as an African-American civil rights and religious leader. He was born in Oxford in 1948 and was a youth coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In the late 70s, he was one of 10 men wrongly imprisoned after leading a Wilmington, N.C., demonstration. A minister in the United Church of Christ, he headed that denomination’s Commission for Racial Justice (198593). In 1993, he was appointed as director of the NAACP. Controversy surrounding his
leadership and his handling of sexual harassment and discrimination charges led to his dismissal the following year. In 1994-95, he was the director of the Million Man March in Washington. In 1997, he became a Black Muslim and changed his surname from Chavis to Muhammad.
Richard Henderson Richard Henderson was a lawyer and Superior Court judge in North Carolina from 1768-1773 and was also a member of the North Carolina State Legislature. He was a pioneer and colonizer in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, and organized what became known as the Transylvania Land Company, which please see NOTABLE, pAGE 25
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made treaties with the Cherokee Indians. Henderson hired Daniel Boone as an advance agent to blaze a trail through the Cumberland Gap. He died in Granville County on Jan. 30, 1785. The town of Henderson was actually named for Richard Henderson’s son, Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, who was an outstanding colonial jurist and native of Henderson.
Ben E. King Ben E. King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson, is perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me,” a U.S. top 10 hit in both 1961 and 1987, and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group The Drifters. Nelson was born in Henderson and moved to Harlem at the age of nine. In 1958, he joined a “doo wop” group called The Five Crowns. Later that year, The Drifters’ manager fired the members of the group and replaced them with The Five Crowns, who had performed several engagements with the Drifters. Nelson co-wrote the first hit by the new version of the Drifters, “There Goes My Baby” (1959). He also sang lead, using his birth name, on “Save the Last Dance for Me”, a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; “Dance With Me;” “This Magic Moment;” “I Count the Tears;” and “Lonely Winds.” King only recorded ten songs with The Drifters. In 1960, he left The Drifters after failing to gain a salary increase and what he felt to
be a fairer share of the group’s royalties. At this point, he assumed the more memorable stage name Ben E. King in preparation for a successful solo career. Remaining on Atlantic Records, King scored his first solo hit with the ballad “Spanish Harlem” (1961). “Stand by Me” was his next recording. Written by King along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Stand by Me” was voted one of the “Songs of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America. “Stand by Me,” “There Goes My Baby,” and “Spanish Harlem” were named as three of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll” and were all given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, as well as “Save The Last Dance For Me.” In the summer of 1963, King had a top 30 national hit with “I (Who Have Nothing),” a song that reached the Top 10 on New York’s radio station, WMCA. Currently, King is active in his charitable foundation, the Stand By Me Foundation. He has been a resident of Teaneck, N.J., since the late 1960s.
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson (1937 April 24, 1995) was an American actor known particularly for his roles reflecting rural life. Born in Henderson, Jackson wished to be an actor and moved to California working as a shipping clerk but was contracted to Warner Brothers where he appeared saying one line in the Andy Griffith film “No Time for Sergeants.” He soon appeared in the syndicated American Civil War drama “Gray Ghost” and on the Warner Brothers Televi-
sion series “77 Sunset Strip” starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and opposite James Garner in the TV series, “Maverick.” When Jackson read that Warner Brothers was going to produce a 1964 ABC television sitcom, “No Time for Sergeants,” he wrote directly to Jack Warner saying that he was the best choice for the role and asked Warner to examine a certain “Maverick” episode as proof. Ten days later, Jackson was told to come to the studio to test for the role. Jackson won the role over several actors, including the better known Will Hutchins, a Warner Brothers Television contract star who formerly played the sympathetic Sugarfoot and also had been in the “No Time for Sergeants” film. With film roles for “hillbillies” drying up, Jackson began working on-air in radio in 1968 while also acting in a number of motion pictures and doing guest roles in television series. In the 1980s, Jackson worked for a radio station in Las Vegas and briefly played non-country music on KMPC, Los Angeles. In 1992, he appeared in the pilot film, “Casino.” Jackson died of heart failure.
Nathaniel Macon Nathaniel Macon was a representative and senator from North Carolina. He was born near Warrenton. Macon attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and served in the Revolutionary War. He served in the State Senate and was elected to the first Continental Congress, but declined to serve. He did serve in the second through the 12th Congresses, and was elected
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Speaker of the House of Representatives for the seventh through the ninth Congresses. Macon left the House when he was elected a Republican senator. He served as a senator from December 1815 through November 1828. He was an unsuccessful candidate for vice president of the United States in 1825. He died at Buck Spring near Macon in Warren County in 1837, where he is buried.
Fred Owens The voice of Broadway actor Frederick B. Owens is more recognizable that his face. The Henderson native has made a successful career of doing voice over work for cartoons and commercials. Owens has starred as a principal member of the cast of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” on Broadway and as Caiaphas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Owens also has an impressive series of television parts to his credit, including guest roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims’ Unit,” “Ed,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” and “Swift Justice.”
John Penn John Penn represented North Carolina at the Continental Congress and was one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. While born in Virginia, he moved to Granville County in 1774, where he established a law practice and soon became a gentleman members of the political community. He was elected to attend the provincial Congress in 1775 and elected to the Continental Congress the same year, where he served until 1780. He declined a judgeship in his native state
due to declining health, but returned to the practice of law in his retirement. He died at the age of 48.
Reynolds Price was born in 1933 in the Warren County town of Macon. Price is a novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. His first short stories were published in Duke’s student literary periodical, Archive. The well-known Southern author, Eudora Welty, helped Price get his first books published, sending one of his early stories to her own publisher. His books include “Kate Vaiden,” “The Tongues of Angels,” “The Great Circle” and “The Good Priest’s Son,” an account of a 9/11 experience. Price began teaching at Duke shortly after completing a Rhodes Scholarship in the late 1950s. Price was a favorite of former President Bill Clinton, who invited him to the White House early in his first term. Price also wrote the lyrics to two songs by James Taylor, “Copperline” and “New Hymn.” Price has received numerous literary honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 memoir, “Clear Pictures.”
Sam Ragan Often called North Carolina’s “literary godfather,” Sam Ragan was for more than 50 years one of the state’s leading men of letters. The newspaper editor who gave legendary news anchor Please see NOTABLE, page 26
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David Brinkley his first reporter’s job in Wilmington was also the North Carolina Poet Laureate. As North Carolina’s first secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources and first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council, Ragan helped make the arts in his home state accessible to a wide and varied audience. Born in Granville County, Ragan started writing poetry in grade school. After a stint in San Antonio, Texas, as a reporter, Ragan returned in 1941 as the state editor for The News and Observer in Raleigh where, in 1948, he began writing his trademark
column, “Southern Accent.” Except for three years of service in the Army, he remained at The News and Observer as executive and managing editor until 1968, when he purchased the Southern Pines weekly newspaper, The Pilot. He continued to publish The Pilot until his death, continuing to write “Southern Accent,” a column which featured poems, anecdotes and literary criticism, along with social commentary. The oldest and longest running column in the United States, it was read in 43 states and 24 foreign countries. Ragan, the poet, published six collections of verse, two of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes, and four works of nonfiction. Ragan was appointed as the state’s Poet Laureate in 1982.
Emmy Award-winning television journalist Charlie Rose entered the news field in 1974 when he became the managing editor of the PBS series, “Bill Moyers’ International Report.” He later worked with Moyers on two other series, “Bill Moyers’ Journal” and “USA: People and Politics.” From 1984 to 1990, he anchored “Nightwatch,” the CBS television network’s late-night interview series, and won for himself what some observers have described as a cult following for the in-depth conversations that have since earned him a reputation as “the best interviewer around today.” Rose was born in Henderson in 1942. He earned a law degree from Duke University
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syndication for the show and moved his broadcast studio to Washington, D.C. After two years, CBS hired him in 1983 to anchor “Nightwatch,” an interview program aired in the early morning hours five days a week. After a stint as anchor of another program, Rose approached WNET, the PBS affiliate station in New York, about airing an interview show. Syndicated nationally since 1993, the show currently airs on 215 PBS affiliate stations.
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in Oxford where he was born. After college and Army service in WWII, he began writing poetry in 1943-44. In 1945, nine of his poems were published in a single issue of Lyric, a Roanoke, Va., magazine. He continued to write sporadically until this marriage to a widow with a young son in 1947. â€œI suddenly realized that I had to get serious,â€? he would later say, and he began producing as many as 15,000 words a week, writing newspaper articles, essays, poems and short fiction. He sold an estimated 8,0000 short pieces to North Carolina newspapers, including The News and Observer and The Pilot in Southern Pines.
Over the next two decades, he published 11 more books. In the last two years of his life, despite kidney failure that required weekly dialysis, he continued to produce articles, short stories, editorials and â€œThad Stemâ€™s Ark,â€? a collection of essays, poems and a story. His home state honored him with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1974.
Zebulon Baird Vance Vance County is named for North Carolina political figure Zebulon Baird Vance. Vance was a Democrat and member of the North Carolina State Legislature in 1854. He served as a U.S. House representative from North Carolinaâ€™s 8th District from 1858-61. Vance
served as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and became governor of North Carolina from 1862-65 and from 1877-79. He served as a U.S. senator from 18791894. He died in office in 1894.
James Edwin Webb James Edwin Webb was born in 1906 in the Tally Ho community of Granville County. He was the second administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), serving from 1961 to 1968. Webb came to the position after a long career in public service in Washington, D.C. Under his direction at NASA, the agency undertook the goal of President John F. Kennedy to land an American on the moon before
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Ruth Russell Williams Internationally-known folk artist Ruth Russell Williams was born in 1932 in Towns-
ville. The daughter of sharecroppers, she started painting after her four children left for college. â€œI got lonesome, so I started dabbling. I didnâ€™t know I had talent. I was just doing something to entertain myself,â€? Williams said. She would see her work exhibited numerous times, purchased for nationally televised programs, and one piece, â€œOutdoor Baptism,â€? appeared on the cover of the Smithsonian magazine. The majority of Williamsâ€™ paintings involve storytelling, with scenes like picking plums and grapes, eating watermelon, playing baseball and gossiping. She single-handedly developed a regional, national and international reputation through an annual art exhibition held at her own home in the Williamsboro community. She died in 2010.
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