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Granville briefs: Domestic violence walk to light candles for survivors

Posted on October 20, 2021

Updated on October 21, 2021

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Medicare enrollment assistance

Granville County Senior Services is offering free assistance for residents participating in Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plans for 2022. A trained counselor with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will be available to assist Granville County residents who would like to review or make changes to their Medicare plan.

Open Enrollment is the one time of year to make changes to your Medicare plan. To make an appointment for a free counseling session to review or make changes to your Medicare plan, call the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930. The Granville County Senior Center is at 107 Lanier St. in Oxford.

Operation Medicine Drop

On Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Creedmoor Police Department, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy and the Vance Granville Community College Pharmacy Technology Program, will provide the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Operation Medicine Drop helps to prevent substance abuse, accidental poisonings and theft of medications. Community members are urged to bring their unneeded medications to Creedmoor Community Center, at 116 Douglas Drive, and aid ensuring proper disposal occurs. This service is free, and no questions are asked of the citizens who participate.

COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with Green Rural Redevelopment, Oxford Housing Authority, and Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc., is sponsoring a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Oxford Housing Authority, 101 Hillside Drive, Oxford.

The clinic is targeting youth from 12-17; however, it’s open for any age. Parental consent is required for ages 12-17. The first 25 to roll up their sleeves will receive a $25 gift card and accompanying parent or guardian will receive a $25 Food Lion Gift Card. The vaccinations will be administered by GRRO.

For more information, email

Military History Show

For the sixth year, the Henderson-Oxford Airport will be the site of the Military History Show presented by Harry Coombs and the Granville County Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission to a wide variety of displays of military history. Military reenactors, displays, uniforms, equipment, weapons, vehicles and other military historical articles will fill the field adjacent to the main hangar. Helicopter rides by Flight Solutions year will be back.

The show is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Veterans Affairs Committee of Granville County. For more information or to donate or sponsor, contact Harry Coombs at 919-691-7697.

We ask that all attendees wear masks as they enter the gate to insure everyone’s safety.

Operation Medicine Drop

The Oxford Police Department is participating in the 2021 fall Operation Medicine Drop campaign through Oct. 23. Citizens may bring expired medicines to the police department, 204 E. McClanahan St., for disposal between Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The department cannot accept liquid meds or needles.

Cluck ‘N Shuck

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Cluck ‘N Shuck at the Granville Expo Center on Friday, Oct. 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available. Call 919-693-6125 if you are interested.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Central Regional Hospital, 300 Veasey Road, Butner, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Town center open houses

The town of Butner planning department will hold two open houses for residents to discuss the town center (along Central Avenue from Town Hall to Interstate 85) and redevelopment of the adjacent John Umstead site.

The first meeting is Oct. 27, followed by a second on Nov. 10. Both are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Butner Town Hall Camp Butner Room. Visit for more information.

Domestic violence walk

Families Living Violence Free will host its domestic violence walk “In Their Shoes” event at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, at its office at 211 W. Antioch Drive, Henrahand Cottage, Oxford.

It will be a short walk and candle lighting honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence, in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


New Hope Granville’s annual Trunk-or-Treat will be drive-thru this year, from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Betts & Son Funeral Home parking lot. Please stay in your car and wear a mask.

The event is sponsored by New Hope Granville Youth Council Ministry with the Rev. James Isaac III.


Trick-or-treating is again planned for Main Street in downtown Creedmoor, this year on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

The event will be contained between Lyon Street and Park Avenue. The Creedmoor Police Department will be closing Main Street between this intersections starting at 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Creedmoor Police Department and several downtown merchants.Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Oxford United Methodist Church, 105 W. McClanahan St., Oxford, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Free mulch

Free mulch is available at the Oxford Landfill until Oct. 30. Pickup times are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. Check in at the weigh scales and staff will coordinate the loading of mulch.

The Oxford Landfill is at 6595 Landfill Road in Oxford. For more information, contact Jason Falls at 919-691-0928.

Comprehensive plan

The city of Creedmoor is developing an update to its comprehensive plan, which strategizes its goals for the future.

Residents are invited to fill out an online survey, available through the end of the month, to give their views on the city’s future.

Visit to view updates on the project.

Oxford Preparatory School open enrollment

Applications for new student enrollments for the 2022-23 school year will be available at on Nov. 1.

Oxford Preparatory School invites families of prospective students to an information session and tours on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. for lower school students and 6:45 for upper school students. Oxford Prep is at 6041 Landis Rd. in Oxford.

To be considered for a potential lottery, all applications must be submitted online by Jan. 10. Afterward, applications will be placed at the end of the waiting list as determined by the lottery.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford will host a Powerful Tools for Caregivers series next month. This six-week series gives caregivers the skills they need to take care for themselves while caring for someone else. Participants will learn how to manage emotions, reduce stress, and cope with caregiving issues and demands.

The free series begins Nov. 2 and will be held each Tuesday through Dec. 7 both in-person and virtually. In-person sessions will be 10-11:30 a.m. and the virtual option will be 1-2:30 p.m. Sessions will be led by Austin Caton, Family Caregiver Specialist and Susan Tucker, Aging Assistant with the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging.

To register, call the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930.

The Granville County Senior Center is at 107 Lanier St. in Oxford.

Veterans recognition event

Granville County Senior Services and Amedisys Home Health and Hospice will honor local veterans with a drive-thru veterans recognition event on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 2-3 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford.

Veterans of all branches are invited to attend this event to honor their service to the United States. The Granville County Senior Center is at 107 Lanier St. in Oxford.

All veterans in attendance will receive a free goody bag and participate in a pinning ceremony from the comfort of their own vehicles. Veterans who would like to attend are encouraged to call the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930.

Animal shelter closures

Granville County Animal Services will be holding staff development training each month on the third Wednesday, and the animal shelter will be closed to the public during training days. Future dates are Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. The new Granville County Animal Shelter is at 515 New Commerce Drive in Oxford and can be reached at 919-693-6749.

Tobacco referendum

The Granville County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Granville County Cooperative Extension Office, 125 Oxford Outer Loop Road, Oxford. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The referendum is held to let tobacco growers decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1991, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support tobacco research and education. The assessment is 10 cents per 100 pounds of tobacco.

The funds, about $250,000 annually, are collected at buying stations by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the Tobacco Research Commission to research and extension projects for tobacco at N.C. State University.

For more information, call 919-603-1350.

Fall collection event

Granville County on Nov. 20 will hold its Fall household hazardous waste and recycling collection event. It will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center.

Accepted items include electronics, scrap metal, paint, household chemicals, pesticides, outdated prescriptions, paper for shredding, books and more. Contact Teresa Baker, Granville County’s recycling and sustainability coordinator, at 919-725-1417 or with questions.

Creedmoor Farmers Market

The Creedmoor Farmers Market will be open Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion building, 50 Legion St., Creedmoor. The season runs through Nov. 25.

The market has available vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods, pine furniture, arts and crafts. Vendors who sell all homemade or self-grown items can participate. Call 919-528-1767 for more information.

Christmas chili cook-off and play

Shepherd Youth Ranch invites people to bring their favorite chili to share at the ranch, 3017 Brassfield Road, Creedmoor, from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. The best chili will get a prize. There will also be a new Christmas play.

Grief Share

First Baptist Church Butner is hosting a communitywide “Grief Share” support group from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening through Dec. 7. No cost to attendees. It’s held in the Family Life Center of the church, 200 W. D St., Butner.

The course work and group may be helpful to anyone suffering from the effects of grief, rather recent or has been awhile.

Coats for Kids

The second annual Coats for Kids drive from Drug0Free Coalition will run through Dec. 11. Donations can be dropped off at 912 College St., Oxford, and at 120 Hillsboro St., Oxford.

The goal is to collect 200 new coats, hats, scarves and gloves for kids and teenagers. For cash donation, make checks out to Drug-Free Coalition of Granville County, Inc. or send to $TeamDFC with Cash App.

Thank a Vet

The “Thank A Vet” program provides discounts when shopping at local businesses and service providers. This free service is available through the Granville County Register of Deeds office, where an ID card is issued that can be used for veterans who register, or have already registered, their DD-214 forms.

For a list of participating businesses or for more information about this program, contact Kathy Taylor, Register of Deeds, at 919-693-6314 or

Anniversary coins

To mark the 275th anniversary of Granville County, souvenir coins for sale. These heavyweight metal keepsakes are $5 and feature an engraved image of the 275th anniversary logo, with the iconic Granville County Courthouse on the flipside. To buy a coin, call 919-603-1308 or visit for more information.


If interested in delivering meals to local seniors, giving your time at the Granville County Animal Shelter or assisting with local activities and projects, check out volunteer opportunities with Granville County Government at

Domestic violence order help

Families Living Violence Free can help Granville County residents with help filing a domestic violence protective order. Call 919-693-3579 to speak with an advocate who can help with planning and completing the order. Callers can also apply for free legal representation.

Granville County GOP

The Granville County Republican Party meets monthly on the third Thursday. Contact or find Granville County Republicans on Facebook for more information.

Community Treasure Chest

Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Creedmoor welcomes all to its Community Treasure Chest facility filled with new to used clothes and shoes of all sizes and household goods. Coats, dresses, pants, suits, tops, blankets and other items are available in men’s and women’s sizes. All items are free.

Due to the pandemic, call the church at 919-528-2715 for an appointment.

Crisis hotline

The Families Living Violence Free 24/7 domestic violence crisis hotline is operating during the pandemic. Call 919-693-5700 for English or 919-690-0888 for Spanish. The center encourages people to call if they love or live with someone hurting or threatening them, putting them down or controlling their every move.

Families Living Violence Free also offers individual counseling, safety planning and case management for survivors of domestic violence of sexual assault.

Trained advocates provide confidential one-on-one counseling, which allows clients who are (or have been) victims of domestic violence and sexual assault an opportunity to begin the healing process.

Butner Alcoholics Anonymous

The Butner Alcoholics Anonymous support group meets in person at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Educational Building of Community United Methodist Church, 405 W. E St.

For more information, call Wayne at 919-339-7092.

Virtual story time

Virtual story time with the Granville County Library System is held every Monday at 2 p.m., during which an age-appropriate story is presented to toddlers and preschoolers. Visit for more details.

Teen Cuisine 101

Teens can learn to cook with Teen Cuisine 101, provided through the Granville County Library System. Learn how to make healthy meals that taste good and are good for you. Available monthly on Thursdays through the library’s website, Facebook page and YouTube.

Visit for more details.

Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas is available monthly online through the Granville County Library System. Learn the Scratch programming language that can teach kids how to code their own animations, games and online simulations while learning how to think creatively and reason systematically.

Contact Amy Carlson at 919-693-1121 or at to learn more.

Rabies vaccines

Rabies vaccines are available at the Granville County Animal Shelter for dogs, cats and ferrets three month or older. This service is available by appointment from noon until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for $6. North Carolina law requires that all owned dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.

The Granville County Animal Shelter is located at 515 New Commerce Drive in Oxford. Call 919-693-6749 for more details.

Register of Deeds

The Granville County Register of Deeds has a wide variety of documents available to the public, including deeds dating back to 1746, the same year that the County was founded. Those interested in local history or in researching their ancestry or family property are encouraged to contact the Register of Deeds at the Granville County Courthouse, 101 Main St. in Oxford. Call 919-693-6314 for more details about services provided.

Supportive Friends for Grieving Parents

Supportive Friends for Grieving Parents meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Stem Ruritan building, 3595 Old N.C. Highway 75 in Stem. This is for parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

There is no cost to participate in the support group. For more information, please call 919-308-4979.

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