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Tri-County Tourism

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Thursday, September 30, 2011

Wilson: tourism in Vance County is steadily growing The economy has been hit hard the last few years, particularly in Henderson. Yet, Nancy Wilson says the tourism industry is thriving. “We hear some negative (feedback) from our locals,” said Wilson, executive director of the Vance County Tourism Development Authority. “But visitors love this town. We get so many great comments from visitors that it overpowers the negative.” Wilson only has to point to the annual car show as proof. The 10th annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine and East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame will take place in historic downtown Henderson Oct. 14-16. The attraction of this event extends nationwide. “If you Google ‘nostalgia drag

David Rockwell, racing,’ you’re author of “The probably going Ramchargers” to find our site,” (about a group of said Wilson, goChrysler engiing on to say that neers who built each installment their own race of the event gets cars during the progressively big60s and 70s). A ger each year. In book signing has addition to the been scheduled vintage vehicles for Saturday; that will be on books will be display, some of available for the top driving purchase during legends will be the weekend. on hand. Nancy Wilson In all, 11 mem“They have so bers of the club much history,” will be at this year’s event. she said. In conjunction with the car Among the attendees at show, the Corbitt Truck Show this year’s induction will be and Reunion, sponsored by the Tom Hoover, considered the Corbitt Preservation AssociaGodfather of the Hemi, and

tion, is entering its second year alongside the car exhibit. In 2003, a year after its first independent show resulted in low attendance, the Corbitt exhibition was invited to join the car show. Wilson cited how interested tourists are to learn about the history behind the event. “It’s good exposure,” she said. “People would (otherwise) never know that the Corbitt plant was here in Henderson.” Scheduled events are not the only things luring tourists to Vance County. As winter approaches, Wilson is quick to point out that despite Kerr Lake being a seasonal attraction, some area parks are open all year long. Hunting, camping and fishing continues

throughout the cold months. For instance, besides leisurely fishing that occurs year-round, the N.C. Bass Federation State Tournament is coming up Oct. 6-7. “And this time of year is beautiful,” she said. Another positive aspect of the county’s tourism industry is the convenient placement of some of the various hospitality properties available to visitors, both for the industry and the tourists themselves. “We are so fortunate that we sit on the side of Interstate 85,” she said. Both business and leisure travelers frequently stop in Vance County during trips simply “because we are visible” Please see VANCE, page 15

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Rockwell, Hoover among ‘Ramchargers’ members to receive lifetime achievement awards Several members of the Ramchargers — a group of engineers who worked under Chrysler who decided to build their own race cars during the 60’s and 70’s — paved the way for Dodge racing to achieve dominance over Ford during that same time period. Lifetime achievement awards will be given to 12 of the members during the hall of fame and awards ceremony at this year’s East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame. A pair of members, David Rockwell, author of the book, “Ramchargers,” and Tom Hoover, Godfather of Chrysler’s 426 Hemi Engine, are spotlighted here.

David Rockwell At age 5 David had become in-

volved with soapbox derby cars, eventually building go-karts and later disassembling and reassembling (with various degrees of success) several cars. By his mid-teens he began an association with the Ramchargers, with whom he worked and raced for over a decade. “I was the Ramchargers ‘Boy Friday,’ and it was an experience of a lifetime,” said Rockwell. “Around the shop I swept the floor and washed parts while jumping at being involved with practically everything else. On the road I did my share too — truck driving, between rounds maintenance, mixing nitro, packing parachutes, picking lanes, spreading rosin and seeing that the car got to the line on time.” Rockwell raced from 1963 to

1969 and then from 1974 to 1978 with the Ramchargers Super Stocks, Gassers, Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters. He also participated with Paul Gentilozzi’s Dodge sponsored Pro Stock and Trans Am programs. More recently, Rockwell founded Kart Kinetics, an original design kart racing component company, winning several World Karting Association Championships. Rockwell graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. and is currently an adjunct professor of clinical psychology at the university. He also maintains a full-time psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice in East Lansing, Mich. Along with his wife, Mary, and sons, Christopher and

Jeffery, Rockwell resides in Michigan.

Tom Hoover Chrysler engineer Tom Hoover is best known for the 426 Hemi engine, but his first Chrysler factory racing success was the Slant Six Hyper Pak, which he developed as Chrysler’s first race program coordinator. The engine blew away the competition on the Daytona road course in 1961. Before that Hoover won the C Gas title at the 160 NHRA Nationals in Detroit, driving a 1958 Plymouth powered by a strangelooking 392 cubic inch Chrysler Hemi. The engine’s weird intake manifold turned the left bank differently than the right bank. One side of the manifold had

long runners for high torque and the other had short runners for high horsepower. Nobody but Hoover would have done that, but it worked. Hoover is one of the original Ramchargers, the group of Chrysler engineers that built the famous “High and Mighty” gasser that astounded the 1959 NHRA Nationals. It was a 1949 Plymouth business coupe powered by a 354-cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi. The club went on to dominate the early days of super stock drag racing in its Dodge Max Wedge with the distinctive red ad white Ramchargers logo on its doors. This was all before Hoover even thought about the number 426. Please see SPOTLIGHT, page 10

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Vance County Fair Contact: 252-226-0551 1427 E. Andrews Ave. Henderson

Now through Oct. 8 Kerr Lake Autumn Art Show Location: Vance-Granville Community College Hall Gallery — Building 7, Sponsored by: Kerr Lake Arts Society Contact: Leigh Brigham, (252) 492-5281

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The American Institure of Architects Triangle Sect A tour of residential architecture: This self-guided tour is an opportunity to experience the benefits of working with an architect by seeing first-hand how tailored solutions can meet the housing needs of the rapidly evolving Triangle region. This year’s emphasis is on sustainable home design. Visit www.aiatriangletours. com for more information.

Epsom Lions Club Pancake Supper Liberty Christian Church, Epsom Contact: Miriam Falkner, (252) 438-6053

Oct. 4 Cycle North Carolina Day 3 of the ride, Mebane to Henderson Host location: Henderson YMCA Contact: (919) 361-1133

Oct. 6 N.C. Bass Federation State Tournament Registration and Meeting, Henderson Convention Center Host Motels: Holiday Inn Express (252) 438-6300, Jameson Inn (252) 430-0247, Sleep Inn (252) 433-9449, Hampton Inn, (252) 492-3007

N.C. Bass Federation State Tournament Henderson Point, Kerr Lake Host: Vance County Tourism Development Authority (252) 438-2222

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Oct. 14 “Show, Shine, Shag & Dine” and the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Barbecue Cookout 1-6 p.m. Southern-style barbecue cookout for East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and Show, Shine, Shag & Dine. Sponsored by: Vance County Tourism Development Authority $5 cover charge per plate Location: Satterwhite Point, Kerr Lake, I-85, exit 217 Contact: (252) 438-2222 ext. 21 or 1 (866) 438-4565 7-9 p.m. Host Motels Reception at Hampton Inn, (252) 492-3007; Holiday Inn Express, (252) 438-6300; Jameson Inn, (252) 430-0247

For car show and drag racers reunion 7-10 p.m. Cruise around town on your own and Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre.

Oct. 15 Car Show and Hall of Fame Pre-events 7:30-11 a.m.: Registration for 1976 and older antique/classic cars and nostalgia drag cars. Registration $25 for judged cars. Non-judged cars $20. Dash plaques to first 400 cars. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Show & Shine, vendors, entertainment, DJ and awards 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Entertainment by: Keith Henderson, Illusions of the King and “Koto” the famous DJ will be playing Carolina Shag and beach music for all his fans. Drag racers, antique and classic car collectors, writers, photographers, track operators and fans reunite for a weekend full of cruising, bench racing, scrapbook viewing and a trip down memory lane. No spectator admission fee Location: Historic downtown Henderson, I-85, exit 214, follow signs. Host and Sponsor: Vance County Tourism Dept. (252) 438-2222 or 1 (866) 438-4565, or Saturday Evening: 7:30-10 p.m. Cruise around town on your own Corbitt Truck Show, Historic Downtown Henderson

Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: William Street Sponsored by: Corbitt Preservation Association Host: Vance County Tourism Dept. (252) 438-2222 or 1 (866) 438-4565 Part of the Show, Shine, Shag and Dine antique/classic car show

Oct. 15-16 Carolina Sailing Club Championship Series Henderson Point, Kerr Lake — Guest Sailors are always welcome

Oct. 16 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and Reunion 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet drag race icons who participated in the sport of drag racing in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Open to the public — everyone is invited to attend. No admission fee. Drag cars displayed, scrapbook viewing, bench racing and autograph signing, 12:30-3:30 p.m. 12:30-3 p.m. East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation, Bret Kepner, Master of Ceremony 3-4:30 p.m. Photo session and reception Location: Vance-Granville Civic Center, I-85, exit 209 Host and Sponsor: Vance County Tourism Dept. 1 (866) 438-4565;

Oct. 22-23 Lightning Sailboat Regatta Location: Henderson Point, Kerr Lake Where Dixie and the Southeast meet to compete. Contact: Jolene Rasmussen, Contact: (919) 732-5410

Oct. 31 Downtown Henderson Merchants Trick-or-Treat 4-5:30 p.m., Trick-or-Treat with downtown merchants along Garnett Street with live entertainment, free face painting, balloon sculptures, cotton candy and popcorn. For children 12 and under and accompanied by a parent.

Nov. 29: Light the Night in Downtown Henderson Location: In front of the First United Methodist Church, Garnett Street, Historic Downtown Henderson. Contact: (252) 430-5734. A lighting ceremony for the downtown Christmas lights will take place at 6 p.m., including musical presentations and a short address by the mayor to be followed by pictures with Santa.

Dec. 4 Downtown Henderson Christmas Parade A traditional start to the official holiday season in our beautiful historic downtown, (252) 430-5734


Tri-County Tourism

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Thursday, September 30, 2011

Vance County Tourism: All Tourism offices/ visitors centers


(252) 492-3007

Ambassador’s Inn & Suites (I-85 exit 215) (252) 492-1126

Vance County Tourism Development Authority 946-T West Andrews Ave. in Henderson, N.C., 27536 (252) 438-2222 or (866) 4384565 Web: or e-mail: vctourism@gloryroad. net Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Parks Office 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, N.C., 27537 e-mail: (252) 438-7791

Hillside Farms Log Cabin (3180 Stagecoach Road) (252) 438-7918 or 430-4321 Holiday Inn Express (I-85 exit 212) (252) 438-6300

Budget Host Inn (I-85 exit 215) (252) 492-2013

Jameson Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 430-0247

Cardinal Motel (US 1) (252) 492-1148

Kerr Lake Inn (I-85 exit 215) (252) 492-7003

Econo Lodge (I-85 exit 215) (252) 438-8511

Knights Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 492-4041

The Guesthouse at Burnside Plantation (252) 438-7688

LampLight Inn Country Bed and Breakfast and Cabins

Hampton Inn (I-85 exit 212)

(I-85 exit 220, Flemingtown Road) (252) 438-6311 Pearl’s Place (Nutbush) (252) 438-4767 or 432-0264 Run of the Mill Bed & Breakfast (252) 492-9599 Satterwhite Point Marina Cottages (I-85 exit 217) (252) 438-4441 Scottish Inn (I-85 exit 215) (252) 438-6172 Sleep Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 433-9449


Recreation Adventure Island Miniature Golf (252) 492-9888 Aycock Recreation Complex (252) 492-9400 Carolina Lanes Bowling (252) 492-1112 Henderson Main Street Program (252) 430-5734 Henderson Parks & Recreation Department Director (252) 431-6093 Henderson Rec Players

Pastor of Hospital Visitation: David Barnett Pastor of Senior Ministries: Tony Broome Pastor of Music & Congregational Care: Rhonda Pulley Church Secretary: Jeanene Clopton

ChuRCh MiniStRieS DiReCtoRY CHURCH EDUCATION Sunday School Children’s Church (ages 2-11) Equipping the Saints Night Royal Rangers (Boys Ministry) Adult Discipleship Nursery & Toddlers Mpact (Girls Ministry) Youth Refuel Service (13-19) Friday 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting River of Life Recovery Fellowship

Other Activities Men’s Fellowship Promise Keepers Morning Circle Helping Hands Ministry Young at Heart Ministry W.M. Ministry Sisters in Service Instruments of Shining Hope All God’s Children Hope Support Group Ministry My Sister’s Keeper Painting by Faith


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VANCE COUNTY TOURISM: ALL One summer, one fall production (252) 431-6091 Kerr Lake Country Club (252) 492-1895 Marketplace Cinema Six theatres (252) 438-9060 Nazkarts Go karts, arcade and fun center (252) 433-8111

Skateeum Roller skating (252) 492-5033 Tobacco Farm RV Camp (Flemingtown Road) (252) 438-6311 or (877) 2220100 Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center (I-85 exit 209) (252) 492-2061 YMCA (252) 438-2144

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre (252) 438-6959


Saddlerock Farm Horseback riding lessons, hay rides, rented horses for guided trail rides (252) 430-4755

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area (252) 438-7791

Visitors center, fishing piers, picnic areas, seven tot lots, 700 campsites, 21 boat ramps, 13 picnic shelters, three community buildings Satterwhite Point Marina and Cottages (I-85 exit 217) (252) 438-4441 Cottages, dry stack, sales and slips, gas, store Steele Creek Marina and Campground (I-85 exit 214 onto Highway 39 North) (252) 492-1426 Wet slips, mooring sites, waterfront campsites with and without electric, hot showers, dump station, four launching ramps, gas, store)

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Shopping Country Market Shopping Center Crossroads Shopping Center Dabney Drive Dabney Exchange Dabney West Shopping Center Downtown Henderson, Main Street Henderson Mall Henderson Marketplace Shopping Center Henderson Square Shopping Center Northside Plaza Vance Square

Antiques Downtown Antiques (207 S. Garnett St.) (252) 431-0860



Phil’s Past & Present Shop (252) 438-3494

Local attractions The Bees’ Knees Country Store at the Old Weldon’s Mill 2250 Weldons Mills Road (252) 492-9599 Greystone Rock Quarry 6969 Greystone Road (252) 438-3161 Henderson Institute Museum Corner of Beckford Drive and W. Rockspring Street Wed and Sat 1 to 4 p.m. (252) 430-0616 PLEASE SEE THE BASICS, PAGE 9

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Kittrell Confederate Cemetery (E. Chavis Lane, Kittrell) (252) 438-2222


Historic Downtown Henderson Self-guided tour (252) 438-2222

Miss Lou’s Quilting Studio (4733 Raleigh Road) (252) 492-6469 Paddle Trail (252) 438-2222 Piedmont Birding Trail (252) 438-2222

Homegrown, Handmade Trail (252) 438-2222

Convention centers; meeting facilities

John H. Kerr Dam (252) (434) 738-6143 Kerr Lake State Recreation Area (252) 438-7791

Ambassador Inn & Suites — Exit 215, I-85, Henderson. Lodging and meeting/banquet facilities to accommodate your

group from 10 to 200. Available to host groups, weddings, conventions, family reunions, parties, dinners, meetings and business needs. Restaurant and sports bar on site. Six miles from Kerr Lake. Continental breakfast, wireless internet service, satellite TV, outdoor pool, outside electrical hook-ups, parking for buses, trucks and boats. Other restaurants nearby. Contact: (252) 492-1126.

terwhite Point. Each building has a large fireplace, kitchen, tables, chairs, patio, charcoal grill and ice maker. Each building can accommodate 100 people seated for reunions, parties, meetings, retreats, and business needs. No alcohol allowed. Contact: (252) 438-7791.

Community Buildings, Kerr Lake State Recreation Area — 6254 Satterwhite Point Road

H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library offers meeting rooms for the use of groups and citizens, regardless of their affiliation or beliefs. The meeting rooms are available for groups or individuals to conduct organizational or program meetings, seminars, study groups, planning ses-

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sions, training programs, and related activities. Meeting rooms include: 1. The Vance County Farm Bureau Room — seats 100 2. The Board Room — seats 20 Contact: (252) 438-3316. Vance Granville Community College — Civic Center — Exit 209, I-85, Henderson A 9,480 square foot multipurpose facility located at the Vance-Granville Community College. Rented to accommodate weddings, parties, family reunions, meetings, retreats, conventions, business and sport expo’s. No alcohol allowed. Contact: Tommy Nowell, facilities director, (252) 738-3416.

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What to do when looking to acquire a hunting license

Tourists and locals gathered in droves for last year’s edition of the Show, Shine, Shag & Dine and East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame.


When the time came and Chrysler President Lynn Townsend wanted an engine that could win in NASCAR, Hoover was the guiding force for the 426 Hemi. He worked with the product planners and the engineers to develop the engine in time for the 1964 Daytona Speed Week. The Hemi dominated qualifying and Richard Petty won the 500-mile stock car race in a 426 Hemi-powered Plymouth. Hoover remained at the center of racing development at Chrysler, helping Dodge and Plymouth Hemi dominate through the golden ages of Super Stock and Factory Experimental and into the Pro Stock era. Education/career history • 1953 — Bachelor of science with honors, Juniata College • 1955 — Master of science in Physics, Penn State University • 1955 — Hired by Chrysler Engineering, Detroit, Michigan • 1957 — Master of science in automotive engineering, U of M (Chrysler Institute)

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• 1957-1959 — chief engineer and manager, Chrysler drag race programs • 1979-1983 — manager, Locomotive Diesel Engine Lab and Performance Group, General Electric; Erie, Penn. • 1983-1987 — Engineering manager, United Technologies Diesel Systems: Springfield Mass. • 1993 — Retired to Pennsylvania • 1994-2004 — Fully retired • 2009 — resides in Roanoke, Va. Awards and achievements: • Known as the “Godfather” of Chrysler’s 426 Hemi Engine • Lead Chrysler engine race seminar speaker for 15 years • Hosted muscle car long-lead Chrysler press previews for 15 years • Called “Engineering Genius/ Soul” of Chrysler racing program by Car and Driver Magazine • Won “Ollie” Award from Petersen Publishing as major technology contributor to drag racing • Holds nine U.S. patents for piston engine systems • Various racing “Hall of Fame” (Ramchargers) • Plymouth Chrysler 392 won “C” Gas in 1957

List of 2011 award recipients Lifetime Achievement Award-Ramchargers • Thomas T. Coddington • Hartford (Mike) Buckel • Jim Thornton • Dick Maxwell (Posthhumous) • Dick Jonese • M. Barnes Daniels • Gary Congdon • Thomas M. Hoover • David G. Rockwell • John P. Wehrly • Pete McNicholl • Dick Skoglund Inductees • Pat Bilbow (Posthumous) • Francis Butler • John and Beth Collins • Bud DeBoer • Bobby DiMino • Susie Koffel • Clem LaChance • Steve Reyes • Mike Valerio • Arlen Vanke Wally Parks Motorsports Statesman Memorial Award • Ernie Schorb Ronnie Sox Memorial Award • R. Jack Ashley Woody Andrew Memorial Award • The Gusler Racing Family Spirit of Drag Racing Award • “Hemi” Fred Ristagno

Before applying for a license, determine where you will be hunting and which species of animals you hope to hunt. Different animals typically require different permits. The requirements to secure a hunting license vary depending on where a hunter lives. Different states, counties and even countries have their own rules, and hunters must adhere to these specific rules in order to secure their licenses in time for hunting season. As different as rules can be from state to state, there are certain ways hunters can make the licensing process go more smoothly regardless of where they live. • Determine which type of hunting you will be doing. Before applying for a license, determine where you will be hunting and which species of animals you hope to hunt. Different animals typically require different permits, so hunters can do themselves a favor and expedite the process by pinpointing the animals they hope to hunt before applying. • Determine how licenses are issued. Depending on where you live, your state or municipality might have a website

detailing each step of the licensing process. If not, visit a nearby sporting goods or outdoor shop and ask a member of the shop’s staff if they can help with the process. An outdoor shop is often a great source of information and is likely to make the process much easier to understand. • Determine if you’re eligible for any discounts. Some hunters are eligible for discounts, while others might be charged more. Many states offer discounted rates to their own residents and might even extend those discounts to seniors, youths and military personnel. However, many states charge out-of-state hunters more. Do some research ahead of time to determine your eligibility for discounts or if your status will garner more fees. • Buy only what you need. Hunters who can only get out to hunt for one day should only seek a one-day license. Such licenses are less expensive and available for many different types of hunting.





Leisure time activities: things to do and see while in Henderson • Adventure Island — Indoor/outdoor recreation facility that offers miniature golf, lazer tag bumper boats, batting cages, indoor arcade, gameroom and a playmaze. Call for hours of operation. 1211 Coble Blvd. (252) 492-9888 • Aycock Recreation Complex — full size gymnasium, 25 yard indoor pool 1/12 mile indoor walking track, weight room and outdoor walking tracks. Call for hours and fees. 305 Carey Chapel Road. (252) 492-9400 • Bees Knees Country Store — consignment shop featuring handmade local craft items. The shop owners are also beekeepers offering fresh honey gathered form the hives at their adjacent farm. Call or operation hours. 2250 Weldons Mill Road. (252) 492-9599. Visit www.beekneescountrystore. com for more information. • Carolina Lanes — 12 lane bowling alley. Call for hours of operation. 85 US 158 Bypass. (252) 492-1112. League play may interrupt some playing times. • Confederate Cemetery — A N.C. Civil War Trails Historic Site. The final resting place of 52 Confederate soldiers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. All soldiers buried here died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel which had been converted into a military hospital during the Civil War. Self guided tour. Chavis Lane, Kittrell. (252) 438-2222. • Downtown Antiques — Browse through a store full of beautiful antiques for sale. 207 Garnett St. (252) 431-0860. • Greystone Quarry — Stone from tis quarry was used to construct the

State Capitol and numerous other government buildings and highways. Work was done by hand until the first steam-powered plant was installed in 1885. Breathtaking views from an overlook at the top of the steep cliffs. 6969 Greystone Road. • Henderson Square Shopping Center — Strip shopping center located between Exits 212 and 213 off I-85. Retail merchants include JCPenny, Belk’s, Dollar Tree, Bath & Body Works, Super Walmart and numerous shoe stores and specialty stores. 200 N. Cooper Drive. • Heritage Trail Historical Walking Tour — self-guided walking tour of the Historic Downtown District of Henderson. Listed on the National Register. See varying styles of architecture and noteworthy examples of distinctive styling of their particular construction era. A driving tour of county historic sites is included. Map and Brochure available at the Vance County Tourism Office, 946T West Andrews Ave. (252) 438-2222. • Interiors & Gifts Too — Gift shop, collectibles, decorative home accessories, candles and potpourri, bath and body items. 133 S. Garnett St. (252) 4387166. Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. • Kerr Lake Country Club — 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Putting green, driving range and pro-shop. Non-metal spikes required. Semi-private. Green fees accepted. 600 Hedrick Drive. (off Satterwhite Point Road.) (252) 492-1895. • Kerr Lake State Recreation Area — 50,000 acre lake that straddles the

border of North Carolina and Virginia. Over 800 miles of shoreline. Enjoy fishing boating, skiing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking and bird watching. Day use areas with children’s tot lots and picnic tables with adjacent grills. Seven parks on the N.C. side of the lake. A visitors center providing information on the park and its history is located at the parks office at 6254 Satterwhite Point Road. (252) 438-7791. • Simply Wood — Husband and wife team. He’s a wood artisan and she’s a quilt maker. He produces beautiful wooden salad bowls, wooden vases and wooden candy dishes. She makes quilts from baby size to king size. 1376 Old Watkins Road. (252) 438-4902. By appointment only. • Marketplace Cinemas — Six-screen theatre offering the latest new releases. Call for times and show schedule. 907 S. Beckford Drive. (252) 438-9060. • Miss Lou’s Quilting Studio — Operates in a restored 1917 rural General Store. From hand quilting to using a quilting machine and frame you can learn the latest techniques or historical methods of quilting. Quilting books and supples as well as beautiful quilts for sale. 4733 Raleigh Road. (252) 492-6469 Monday/ Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Wednesdays; 1st and 3rd Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Nazkarts — Family fun center. Go carts, arcade and game room. 203 N. Cooper Drive. (252) 433-8111. Call for hours of operation. • Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre — One of the few remaining drive-in theatres in NC. Originally

opened in 1949. Family entertainment under the stars. 3336 Raleigh Road (U.S. 1 Business South). (252) 438-6959. Friday-Sunday nights, show starts at dusk. Spring through Fall. • Sachs Woodcrafts — Hand turned wooden bowls, platters, cutting boards and other unique custom pieces. 529 St. Andrews Church Road. (252) 438-3413. Monday-Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Skateeum — Roller skating rink. 1248 Coble Blvd. (252) 492-5033. Call for hours of operation and weekly specials. • St. James Episcopal Church — Erected a short time before the Civil War. The minister at that time, Rev. M. M. Marshall,

presided at the burials of the soldiers who died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel Hospital. Corner of Main & Williams Street, Kittrell. • St. Johns Episcopal Church — The only remaining colonial Anglican church building in the Diocese of N.C. It is also the oldest frame church in N.C. and the 4rd oldest church standing in N.C. today. No active congregation. Jct. of N.C. 39 North and Stagecoach Road., Williamsboro. Open to visitors each Sunday from June to October, 2-5 p.m. • Supply Line Country Market — locally owned country market with the atmosphere of a farmers market. Carries a wide variety of fresh fruits and

vegetables. Also offers a selection of N.C. grown and produced products such as honey, jams and jellies, nuts and N.C. wines. Good selection of imported beers and wines. Custom made gift baskets, flowers and a gift shop for special occasions. 235 Raleigh Road. (252) 438-2836. • The Peanut Roaster — Utilizes N.C. grown peanuts to produce some of the best tasting snacks in the industry using old family recipes. The manufacturing facility along with an adjoining retail store/ gift shop is located here. 394 Zeb Robinson Road. (252) 431-0100. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m-5 p.m.

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A variety of tastes and styles are available at privately run restaurants and national chains throughout the Tri-County 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. 492-8084. 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, noon9 p.m. Credit cards: MasterCard, VISA. ABC permits: none. China King — 383 Raleigh Road. (252) 433-8088. Featuring Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonesestyle 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: TuesdayThursday, 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) 492-0090. 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 Steakhouse — Marketplace Shopping Center, 901 S. Beckford Drive. Casual. Serving “healthy Japanese food” including fresh-made 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. Specializes in items

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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, Take-out. Credit cards: Visa, MC. Middleburg Steak House — U.S. 1 North & I-85 at Middleburg, Exit 220. 492-7088. Steaks, seafood, salad bar. ABC permits: Beer and wine; setups available. Credit cards: MasterCard, VISA. Nunnery-Freeman Barbecue — Norlina Road. 438-4751. Dinner plates featuring barbecue pork, fried chicken, seafood,

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Tri-County Dining Guide 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, sandwiches. 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, SmartEating choices. Permits: All. Soul Delicious — 1502 Raleigh Road. Regular menu includes soul food and homecooking (meat loaf, cube steak, ribs, pork chops, chitterlings, pig’s feet, home-style 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 soup to Mongolian beef. For the less internationally minded, sandwiches and burgers are 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 char-grilled 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 Dabney 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,

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TRI-COUNTY DINING GUIDE 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., 438-7172. 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 — 1011-109 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. 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. 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. • Wendy’s — 900 Linden Ave. Delivery services: Domino’s Pizza — 125 Broad St. 693-8001.

Warrenton/ Warren County Midway Cafe and Grill — 195 U.S. 158 Business, Warrenton. 257-1180. Featuring home-style meals and home-made 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. Madefrom-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. 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) 456-0855. 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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FROM PAGE TWO to them on the highway. Besides activities for those who enjoy the outdoors, social gatherings (usually held indoors) are a popular draw as well. Wilson noted that family reunions are big business around these parts; some families, from far and wide, have been arranging these events for more than 50 years. Out-of-towners also find the area a great place to stage weddings. Facilities on Kerr Lake and special meet-

ing facilities, such as the Vance-Granville Civic Center, see frequent usage for these occasions. In addition, Kerr Lake has three community buildings — at Henderson Point, Satterwhite Point and Bullocksville — each having a capacity of 75100 people; alternately, the grounds can be used for functions. Two bed and breakfast inns — Lamplight Inn and Run Of The Mill — provide even more options for visitors. Wilson mentioned the fact that county taxes do not figure into the tourism industry in this area. The services provided by

Navigating a boat is much like driving a car. Safety lessons and courses can make the captain of the vessel a better sailor. Handling a boat properly and safely is something that comes with practice. Safety courses can make boating more enjoyable for all involved. Many organizations offer boating courses. Private companies, state agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard may have a safety course a boater can join. These courses will cover a variety of aspects on general boating and safety procedures. They often involve hours of classroom instruction. There may be a test at the end of the course and a certificate of completion issued. Some courses may be given right on a boat, offering first-hand experience. Browsing the course description can

the tourism development authority are funded solely by an occupancy tax collected from area motels. This influx of outside money, in addition to funding the activities of the tourism department, can only help the local economy. “Every dollar that a visitor spends is a new dollar spent in this county,” she said. And due to the success of the industry, the tourism department has plans of its own. Land has already been purchased for a new visitors’ center and hall of fame just off I-85, exit 215 southbound.

yield information as to which type of course is being offered. An advantage to taking a boating safety course is that some insurance companies, much like they do with drivers who complete defensive driving courses, will offer a discount to boaters who successfully complete a recognized course in boating safety. One of the main advantages to completing a boating safety course is that it can help a person save lives. Research indicates that in Florida alone 85 percent of boating fatalities involve boaters who have not taken a boating safety course.

Some states now mandate individuals complete a safety course before they are allowed to operate a water vessel. Boating safety courses will cover a host of topics, including basis boat operation. Other topics include: • seamanship • navigation • general safety • personal flotation devices • first aid and emergency protocol • rules of the open water • water survival techniques • weather safety • responsible boating It’s important to find a

Handling a boat properly and safely is something that comes with practice. Safety courses can make boating more enjoyable for all involved. reputable class for boating safety. One backed by the USCG can offer the up-todate information boaters may need. Visit the USCG online at to find a listing of recommended courses.

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