Year in Review: Looking back at 2021
CREEDMOOR — While 2021 was not all about COVID-19, it still played a prominent part of our news cover...
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CREEDMOOR — While 2021 was not all about COVID-19, it still played a prominent part of the news coverage. 2021 will be remembered as the year the city of Creedmoor and the Volunteer Fire Department battled about funding and battled with one another in the boardroom; and the year that the Board of Education weighed all options and listened to the community before developing a true plan for the future.
This year is coming to a close and many would like to forget some events from 2021, but the following are a few highlights from our reporting.
2021 started out with a bang in Butner with one person being shot in the leg and bullets flying into houses and vehicles. Butner Public Safety later arrested a 17-year-old for an attempted armed robbery that led to the shooting.
The community was introduced to Stanley, Town and Country Hardware’s cat. Stanley protects the store day and night and loves to have shoppers stop in to give him a treat.
COVID-19 created havoc with athletic schedules with many sports overlapping. Granville Central was playing basketball and winning while South Granville’s volleyball team advanced to the state playoffs.
Granville County Public Schools continued with remote learning through March because of the coronavirus.
During the second week in January, Granville Medical Center and the Granville-Vance Health Department began giving shots to adults 75 and older.
Contract negotiations between the city of Creedmoor and the volunteer fire department stalled because the department’s formal financial audit had not been completed.
Falls Lake Academy’s volleyball program continued to dominate 1A competition in the state playoffs with a 3-0 win over Riverside-Martin.
South Granville advanced in the 2A volleyball playoffs with a 3-1 win over East Duplin.
Vikings varsity basketball routed Warren County with a 117-14 win. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association no longer keeps a largest margin of victory record because of the sportsmanship initiative.
April Parker, a social worker and program coordinator with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Central Regional Hospital, was honored in January with the John R. Larkins Award. The award recognizes commitment to justice and equality in the workplace and in the community.
Judy Cheek was appointed to the Butner Town Council during a special meeting in January. Cheek replaced Jimmy Gooch, who resigned his seat to fill the late Edgar Smoak’s seat on the Granville County Board of Commissioners.
Creedmoor commissioners approved the changes to the layout plans for Brames Crossing, a 171-home subdivision, planned for development on Moss Hayes Road.
DeYonna Brodie, from South Granville, was named the Northern Carolina Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the year for Volleyball. Erica Wammock was named the Coach of the Year for the conference.
Creedmoor commissioners approved Gerald C. Smith’s contract to become the new city manager in March. He will take home an annual salary of $155,000, per the terms of his contract. Including benefits, bonuses and reimbursements, the city is budgeting a total of $207,620 to spend on Smith in his first year on the job.
COVID-19 vaccinations continued even though they were in short supply.
Basketball continues with South Granville and Granville Central battling for the top spot in the conference.
Firebirds’ soccer heats up and ties the Vance Charter Knights 1-1 in below freezing temperature to open the season.
Anthony Andrew Renuart was shot and killed after an 18-hour standoff with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and Granville County deputies. Renuart was being charged with one count of first-degree statutory sex offense, four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of disseminating obscenities to a minor. Agents also had a warrant to search property on suspicion that child pornography was being made.
Lauren Baker, a senior volleyball player at Granville Central, signed to play for the Wake Tech Eagles. Granville County Public Schools set up COVID-19 testing sites at Butner-Stem Middle School and the Mary Potter Center of Education in Oxford.
An ice storm hits Granville County leaving 2,000 without power for several days.
Mildred Goss was recognized for 20 years of service to the city of Creedmoor on the Planning Board on Feb. 11. GCPS students took top honors at virtual enterprise competition. South Granville’s Adrenaline Rush team took top spot, while J.F. Webb’s Acelt finished second. South Granville’s Carvana team finished in third place.
Granville Central and South Granville advanced in the basketball state playoffs.
Austin Proctor, Chase Teal, Gracey and Macey Sammons earned North Central volleyball All-Conference honors for Falls Lake Academy.
Claire Yancey from Granville Central signed to attend William Peace University and play softball for the Pacers.
COVID-19 vaccinations were given at the Creedmoor Community Center.
Susan Dickerson Satterwhite, 58, of Stem, was arrested and charged with three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; two counts of selling or delivering methamphetamine; three counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the sale of controlled substances; possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Satterwhite was issued a $125,000 secured bond and held at the Granville County jail.
The Butner-Creedmoor News won eight journalism awards in an annual statewide competition.
Judges awarded the Butner-Creedmoor News in areas of design, photography and feature reporting in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2020 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest. Sports editor Amanda Dixon earned seven awards, including six for her news writing and sports photography.
Former Granville County employee Ernestine Howard was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an honor reserved for those demonstrating exemplary service to the state and to their community that is above and beyond the call of duty.
Katie Haynes and Emma Haynes represented Granville County in the 2021 state Miss United States Agriculture and Miss Teen United States Agriculture competition.
Creedmoor’s interim City Manager Mike Turner was recognized for his efforts that were above and beyond what was expected of him in his role.
Terence Harcum was named the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Player of the Year. Harcum now plays for Appalachian State University.
Commissioner Georgana Kicinski was censured and had her access to city hall limited by Creedmoor’s Board after an altercation with an employee.
Emerson Thompson earned North Central girls basketball Player of the Year and her father and coach earned conference Coach of the Year.
Authorities arrested the driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian last year with his SUV, then fleeing the scene. Carlos Santino Barbee, 31, is facing one count of felony hit-and-run resulting in death, according to Butner Public Safety. On Sept. 22, 43-year-old Camilla Washington was struck and killed by a vehicle while she was walking near her home
on West B Street, police said.
County Commissioners suggest they would not support spending $30 million to renovate G.C. Hawley Middle School. The county board suggested the school board look at closing schools and consolidating students.
Paige Strickland, standout for the South Granville softball team, signed to attend Francis Marion and play for the Patriots.
Bobby Pettiford, standout for the South Granville Vikings, decommitted from Louisville and committed to play basketball at Kansas.
Anaya Cooper and Tyler Coley were named Granville Central’s Homecoming Queen and King.
Terence Harcum and Emily Ragan were named Mr. and Ms. Panther.
Mithil Patel was named South Granville’s Homecoming King and Stori Carroll was named Homecoming Queen.
Katerina Pendergrass earned All-American honors in women’s wrestling at Ferrum College in Virginia.
Central Regional Hospital union protested for hazard pay and increased staffing in April. Worker cited COVID-19 issues related to their demands.
Creedmoor’s board backed away from renovating the city-owned property on Park Avenue in favor of expanding city hall.
The Butner Community Association hosted its Beautify Butner Day in late April. Volunteers from Granville Early College, Falls Lake and Murdoch Developmental Center worked along side Butner residents to clean up the streets in the area.
Creedmoor finally opened its crown jewel, the community center, in April.
The facility contains a rentable ballroom, open gym, indoor track, exercise equipment, computer lab, fitness rooms and other recreation amenities inside and outside.
Granville Central’s softball program completed the sweep over Louisburg with a 15-11 win in the last conference meeting between the two teams.
The Board of Education ramped up its discussion of school closures, but no decisions were made.
GCPS announced its teacher and principal of the year. G.C. Hawley Middle School career and technical education teacher Samala Dawson-Robinson is the district’s 2021 teacher of the year. Tar River Elementary School’s Courtney Currin was picked by the school board as principal of the year.
South Granville Water and Sewer Authority approved a rate hike for its customers.
Falls Lake Academy’s teachers and staff celebrated field day with a Kentucky Derby theme. Many of the teachers participated by wearing inflatable unicorn costumes.
Contract negotiations between the county commissioners and Creedmoor’s board delayed the opening of the senior center portion of the community center. Several weeks later the two boards agreed on a contract that opened the doors to the seniors.
Bobby Wheeler, mayor of Creedmoor, called for board unity. He went on to add that communication would be the key to their success.
Carolina Coops relocated a portion of its production facility to Bunter. The move will create 500 jobs over the next five years.
South Granville’s softball program was headed to the state championship after wins over Eastern Randolph and Currituck.
The Lady Vikings fell short in their quest against West Stanley for the title.
Ed Mims was named the 6th district Omega Man of the Year of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Granville Central’s Mario Mendez signed to play soccer at University of South Carolina Summter and Jovani Carmen signed to play soccer at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Kalvin Johnson signed to play football at Hampden Sydney College.
Falls Lake’s Jackson Beck signed to basketball at Converse College and Keyon Green signed to play baseball at William Peace University.
Keenan Coley from Oxford Prep signed to play basketball at Warren Wilson College.
Granville Early College High School was the first to graduate. Sarah Elliott, valedictorian, said, “We will enter an uncertain world still trying to figure out how to restore normalcy as the pandemic recedes.”
Roxanne Blackburn received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service was awarded to for her work with Granville County Animal Control as an animal rescue coordinator.
Granville county’s administration and human resources offices moved to 104 Belle St., Oxford.
Gwendolyn Howard Russell of Granville County received the Community Merit Award from the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In honor of Older Americans Month, the Rotary Club of South Granville County distributed more than 100 senior care packages to older adults in the community in May.
Granville Central’s wrestling team won a tri-meet with matches against Roanoke Rapids and South Granville.
Falls Lake Academy’s Nathan George was killed in a car crash. Students and friends held a candlelight vigil to honor the teen. Two other classmates were injured in the crash.
Creedmoor’s board and the volunteer fire department continue to be at odds, this time over ownership of the ladder truck that has been ordered.
Falls Lake Academy, Granville Academy, South Granville, Granville Central, and J.F. Webb all hold graduation exercises. There was also a drive-thru graduation.
Creedmoor’s board approved a $3.8 million budget and reverse plans on slashing funds to the fire department.
William “Bill” Birdsong, a former member of the Butner Town Council who was still active in public service, died.
Butner adopts $7.3 million budget without a tax increase.
Granville Central took the top spot in baseball away from the Bunn Wildcats with an 11-3 win.
School board members continued to struggle with what to do to offset a $1.7 million budget shortfall. The board listed multiple ideas but could not settle on any one idea.
SGWASA began working on its strategic plan with over 30 items on the list.
T&T Creative Group donated two desktop computers to the South Granville Senior Center.
The town of Stem approved its $830,250 budget at its first in person meeting since March 2020.
The Granville County Museum offers historical treasures for the community with exhibits featuring education, arrowheads, military displays and farming stories.
Granville County expected to receive $11 million in virus relief funds.
The GCPS Book Bus was rolling through the communities for children to get a book and grab a snack.
Ellain McGhee Brooks was recognized as a charter member of the Oxford Henderson alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Granville Central rolls through baseball playoffs with wins over East Wake Academy and Voyager.
The Board of Education turns to the public for ideas for options on how to make GCPS more attractive for students.
Beekeepers buzzed around the Granville County Expo Center for fifth annual Bee Jubilee.
Roberts Chapel hiking trail opened near Stem. The trail is 1.5 miles long and was constructed by volunteers.
Granville Central’s quest for a state title in baseball ends with Perquimans taking a 3-1 win.
The Granville County Sheriff ’s Office, Granville County Public Schools and the Southern Ministerial Alliance announced a partnership to focus on improving safety, building trust and encouraging preventative strategies in law enforcement for Granville County citizens. The five-week program will help develop a plan to address safety for children, students and seniors in southern Granville County, identify the challenges and problems within the communities, and seek ways to engage and improve community involvement.
Kevin Ferrell was named principal of South Granville High School.
Legendary coaches Jackie Day and Ronnie Thomas retire from coaching. Day coached the South Granville softball team and Thomas coached the track and field team.
The Hope House opened in Oxford. The house is a place of transition for women that have gone through rehabilitation.
Stop signs are slated to be installed at the intersection of Hester Road and U.S. Highway 15.
The Granville County Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced it has hired Lauren Bennett Roberson as executive director.
City of Creedmoor reverses direction on fire department funding again rescinding its motion to fund the department for three years voting instead to fund for one year.
Creedmoor Commissioners Del Mims and Neena Nowell announce they would not seek reelection.
SGWASA launched a customer feedback form on its website.
Granville County celebrated its 275th anniversary in grand style with an event held at Granville Athletic Park.
Granville County opened the third phase expansion of Granville Athletic Park with tennis courts and sand volleyball courts.
Parents, former students and community leaders spoke out at a public hearing about closing and consolidating schools.
Toni Anne Wheeler from Granville County Museum gave a history lesson to students from First Baptist Academy.
GCPS delayed a school consolidation vote again.
Quilters at the South Granville Senior Center made and gifted quilts to those undergoing treatment for cancer.
The city of Creedmoor and the fire department finally agree on funding.
The Granville County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection with a shooting last month that injured another man and his 4-year-old daughter. Ashton B. Grissom, 30, turned himself into authorities on Aug. 3 and was issued a $350,000 secured bond.
The Jenkins Family patriarch, Elijah Jenkins Jr., turned 104 on Aug. 12.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association realigns conferences. South Granville, Granville Central and Webb become the 2A portion of the Northern Lakes Athletic Conference. Southern Durham, Carrboro, Vance County and Durham School of the Arts make up the 3A portion of the conference.
Falls Lake Academy and East Wake Academy become the 1A portion of the Super Six Conference. Research Triangle, Franklin Academy, N.C. School of Science and Math and Raleigh Charter make up the 2A portion of the conference.
Butner-Stem Elementary School teachers were excited to see students return to the classroom.
A divided school board asks for another consolidation study. The new option, proposed by school board member Amanda LaBrecque, involves converting Mount Energy Elementary School into a K-8 facility. The school would also be the new home for the Leader In Me program, currently featured at Wilton Elementary School.
High school athletics returned to a normal schedule after seasons were scrambled earlier this year because of COVID-19.
Michael D. Waters, the district attorney representing Granville, Franklin and surrounding counties, is now a registered Republican. Waters ran as a Democrat when he last won election in 2018, according to the Granville County Board of Elections.
First Baptist Church Academy in Creedmoor celebrated its 20th anniversary in August.
The city of Creedmoor and the volunteer fire department are at odds again because of a problem with the first check after the contracts were signed. The city failed to pay the proper amount to the department.
Micah Wilkerson led South Granville to a 20-2 win over Orange High. Wilkerson rushed for 128 yards.
Granville Central and Falls Lake battled on the pitch in a torrential downpour. Falls Lake swam to a 2-0 win over the Panthers.
Coronavirus infection rates reached an eight-month high in late August when five deaths had been reported.
Deon Patrick Bobbitt was found guilty in Granville County Superior Court earlier this month after a trial on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated felony death by vehicle, DWI, driving while license was revoked, careless and reckless driving. Bobbitt, who in 2018 drove south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 before crashing head-on into another car causing driver’s death, will spend at least 15 years in prison.
County and school board officials held a joint meeting to discuss redistricting and review the preliminary maps.
Granville County Clerk of Court J. Yancey Washington says he has left the Democratic Party and will run as a Republican in next year’s election.
Oxford Prep opened its volleyball season with a 6-0 record.
N.C. Teacher of the Year Eugenia Floyd toured Tar River Elementary and Butner-Stem Middle school as part of a statewide campaign to promote public education and school teachers.
Artwork submitted by Brim Royster, a student of J.F. Webb has been selected by the National Association of Counties to be included in a 2022 calendar distributed nationwide.
Fireworks were held at Lake Holt during the Labor Day weekend.
Mayor Bobby Wheeler proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Creedmoor. Amanda and Cory Stafford joined Wheeler at city hall for the reading of the proclamation. The Staffords lost a daughter, Mikaila “Roo”, 3, to cancer in 2019. Her siblings wore gold “Roo’s Crew” T-shirts to the event.
The Murdoch Developmental Center Foundation awarded three $1,000 scholarships to area students. Mavis Jones, Demetrius Faulkner and Shalondra Brown each received funding for their college goals, calling all three “very deserving applicants.”
More than 120 years ago, a new train station in town injected Creedmoor with new life, offering an easy way to transport crops, people and the mules the region was known for. The Seaboard Train Depot still sits on Elm Street but lies unused. Many say the window to preserve its history is shrinking. The Granville County Historical Society is looking for partners on its quest to save and restore the building.
Creedmoor’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commission defined its mission: “Our mission is to foster and advocate for an environment where all people can find representation and solidarity in community policies, programs, and initiatives.”
Charles Page, a former firefighter, showed his appreciation to the fallen firefighters in New York with a mobile display. The rail buggy has a plaque naming each firefighter who died, along with other memorabilia.
The Hot Sauce Festival brought hundreds of people from all over the state to Oxford for the one-day event, which included a hot pepper eating contest.
Creedmoor’s board of commissioners regular meeting in September was beset with disagreement and personal attacks as two commissioners clashed over each other’s responsibilities and ethics. Commissioners Ed Mims and Georgana Kicinski frequently spoke against one another throughout the meeting. Mims accused Kicinski of dishonesty and exceeding her authority, while Kicinski sought to overturn a motion the board made in March that limited her access to city hall, calling that motion illegal.
Granville Central and Vance County have both struggled this volleyball season and were looking for that first win. A series of calls in the fourth set, including a yellow card leveled against a Panther coach, helped push the Vipers to a controversial 3-1 victory.
Butner, Creedmoor and Stem hosted the Mountains to the Coast bike tour. More than 800 cyclists spent the night in southern Granville County.
The South Granville Water and Sewer Authority Board approved spending up to $150,000 for a hydraulic water system model. The model will help predict water system pressures, flow rates, water age and chlorine levels in the SGWASA water distribution system, officials said.
The Creedmoor Community Center provided the backdrop for a celebration honoring outgoing city Commissioner Del Mims. In 2014, Mims became the first woman of color elected to the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners. Later, she became the first woman to serve as the city’s mayor pro tem. Her term ends this December and Mims announced she is not running for reelection.
Granville County residents aged 90 and above were honored last week at the annual Nifty Nineties celebration at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. For the second year, the celebration was drive-thru only. Despite the rain, more than 40 local adults ranging in age from 90 to 101, and their guests, attended.
Terry Hobgood was named the new public information officer and grant development specialist for Granville County government.
For two days in October, the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association brings a bit of the past to a field in Butner. The Association’s Harvest Festival brings out youngsters wanting to see the tractors and the young at heart who share stories about working in the fields. This year’s festival, held Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2, was no exception.
Kayla Savage was crowned homecoming queen and Micah Wilkerson was christened homecoming king during halftime at South Granville High School’s Oct. 1 football game.
Police say thieves cased the Christian Faith Center’s warehouse, then returned two days later and loaded a moving van with more than $40,000 in stolen goods.
Polk Correctional Institution is no more. The state formally turned a page on the history of the prison, shedding its name and adopting a new one: Granville Correctional Institution.
Families lined up on Main Street in Creedmoor to watch the return of the annual Fireman’s Day parade. For many kids who attended, it was a dream to watch different types of fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles roll by with lights flashing and sirens blasting. The candy tossed from vehicles sent every kid scrambling to fill a bag with a wide assortment.
Isabella Foley was named the 2021 Creedmoor Fire Queen. She is the daughter of Matt Foley, assistant chief of Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department.
Creedmoor commissioners voted to reprimand fellow board member Georgana Kicinski for a second time by a 3-2 vote. She had earlier been censured by the board by unanimous vote on March 10. The new vote came after commissioners viewed a video of Kicinski visiting city hall on Aug. 11. Kicinski said she visited city hall that day to place her home on the police watch list while she was on vacation, which she could only do in person.
But other officials said that in doing so, Kicinski violated a previous mandate the board passed back on March 10, which prohibited her from going to city hall unless she was meeting the city manager or attending a board meeting.
The board of education continued to deliberate what to do about school closings and consolidations.
Falls Lake Academy recognized its volleyball seniors; Morgan Watkins, Kyla Wilson, Shannen Phelps, Halie Carroll, Izzy Foley, Rebecca Goswick and Morgan Newton.
Granville Central recognized volleyball seniors Jada Green and Hannah Lynch.
Families rally around Tar River Elementary School and convince the school board not to close the facility.
Granville Central High School crowned its homecoming king, Kanye Owens, and homecoming queen, Allison Iliffe.
The animal shelter celebrated its one-year anniversary. Matt Katz, animal services manager, presented commissioners with a request for two additional animal control officers and a liaison between the sheriff’s office and animal control.
South Granville used the 12th annual Vikings Kick Cancer Pink game on Oct.15 as a showcase for its offense and defense, routing the Carrboro Jaguars 55-0.The Pink game recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honors the late Cynthia Twisdale, a teacher at South Granville. During halftime activities, the HOSA-Future Healthcare
Professional club invited all cancer survivors to come to the field to be recognized.
In a show of sportsmanship, Panther and Vikings seniors joined to celebrate senior night together.
Granville County Sheriff Charles R. Noblin Jr. resigned his position as the county’s top law enforcement officer. The announcement came as news broke of new charges against former Granville Sheriff Brindell Wilkins and three former deputies.
Paul Thomas Keith, 71, was arrested by the Granville County Sheriff’s Office, according to warrants obtained by the Butner-Creedmoor News. He is charged with eight felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child.
Officers said they have launched an investigation after finding four men with gunshot wounds, including two who were in a car involved in a police chase. Butner Public Safety responded to the Twin Circles Mobile Home Park on East C Street. Officers arrived to find two men, aged 18 and 21, had been shot multiple times. Granville Emergency Medical Services took them to a hospital.
The school board indicates it may close Tar River Elementary School.
South Granville recognized its senior football players prior to the game against Webb. Ian Lipsey, Malachi Batchelor, Jaydon Crabtree, Zamari Mangum, Micah Wilkerson, Jarrod Lyons and Noah Kilgore.
Granville Central honored its soccer seniors prior to the start of the Carrboro match. Enrique Martinez, Kanye Owens, and Edward Ceja received gifts and photos from the coaching staff.
Internal review claims more wrongdoing by former Sheriff Brindell Wilkins and former deputy Sherwood Lee Boyd.
The school board voted 5-2 to merge South Granville and Granville Central High Schools and redistrict some students to Webb. G.C. Hawley would move to South Granville’s campus.
The election results are in, and there were no surprises. Republicans Robert Way and Emma L. Albright will be seated on the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners in December, replacing seats held by Commissioners Del Mims and Neena Nowell, who declined to run for reelection.
Mayor Bobby Wheeler won reelection with 90% of the vote beating out 17 write-in votes.
In Butner and Stem, the incumbents all won reelection unopposed. That included Butner Mayor Terry Turner and town council members Thomas Lane and Michael Branch. Judy Cheek won her first election after being appointed to fill a vacant seat on the board. Stem Mayor Case Dover and commissioners Susan Cope, Kevin Easter and Frank N. Shelton III all earned another term.
Granville Tourism Development Authority Director Angela Allen has completed a three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College, earning certification as a Travel Marketing Professional.
Several South Granville High School students made it clear that they do not support closing the school next year. Many students said they were upset by the Board of Education’s decision on Nov. 1 to consolidate South Granville and Granville Central into one new school at the start of next school year. Many held a peaceful protest during lunch periods Wednesday to air their feelings and frustrations.
Granville Central honored its seniors prior to the start of the final home game against South Granville: Isaiah Sasser, Ryan Johnson, Andrew Higgs, and Ashton Applewhite. Kanye Owens, Shi’Quon Smith, Corey Baird, Uriah Crosson, and Ramaud Harris.
South Granville honored its soccer seniors during halftime activities on Wednesday night.
Courtney Williams was named the Northern Lakes Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Year. Williams, a junior, finished her season with 308 kills, 34 aces, 162 blocks, 78 digs, 155 assists, and 160 serve receives.
Granville County Public Schools says it has started work on consolidating Granville Central and South Granville high schools, even as local officials and community members lambaste the school board’s decision to close both schools.
Granville County records 100th death from COVID-19.
A second city commissioner has now been formally reprimanded by his peers following an alleged argument with a city employee. The Creedmoor Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to censure fellow board member Ed Mims. Another Creedmoor commissioner, Georgana Kicinski, has been censured twice by the board in the last year. A censure is a formal statement of disapproval, but carries no legal weight. Mims remains on the board.
Butner-Stem Middle School finished the soccer season undefeated. The 2021 Butner-Stem Middle School soccer team includes Hunter Hautz, Mario Herrera Balleza, Peyton Williams, Carlos Cardona, C.J. Briggs, Joel Tavera-Garcia, Joel Chavez, Alex Jimenez Cruz, Jose Salazar, Luisangel Madrigal Morales, Regi Carpenter, Michael Craanen, Van Perez Jenkins, Edwin Ortiz, Darvin Flores, Jahn Nunez, Bryan Ruiz-Guerrero, Erwin Galvan-Orozco, Andrew Flores, Braeden Greenup, Christian Martinez Gomez, Yandel Palacios, Christopher Gonzalez-Palacios, Bryan Inestroza Meza, Derek Langley, Edwin Campos Nunez, and Joan Vanegas Perez.
The Pecan Hill community honored four for lifetime achievements. This year, lifetime achievement recipients were Willie E. Mitchell, Lucille Bailey, Lottie Flemming Hall and Barbara W. Washington. The Granville County School Board voted to “redo” a public hearing on the high school consolidation.
Redistricting maps approved by commissioners and school board members.
The town of Bunter held its annual Veterans Day celebration with Justin Rees, 27, and Marshall Dixon, 90, being the youngest and oldest veterans in attendance.
Kameron Allyn Bryant, 20, was arrested and charged on Nov. 3 with first-degree murder of Jan Kevin Carrion-Narvaez, 19, misdemeanor stalking and harassing phone calls. He was also charged with probation violation.
South Granville’s hopes of extending its football season past the second round of the 2A playoffs died as the Nash Central Bulldogs stole a close game from the Vikings. The final score was 13-6.
Savannah Thompson, Keith Gardner and Megan Ellis each signed their letter of intent to extend their athletic career beyond high school. Thompson signed to play softball with NC Wesleyan, Gardner signed to play baseball with Coppin State University and Ellis signed to play softball with NC A&T University.
Board members voted to remove Commissioner Ed Mims’ censure at the special called meeting on Nov. 15. The censure took place during the Nov. 1 meeting, after the board was made aware of an altercation between Mims and a city employee that happened in 2020. A verbal complaint against Mims was filed by the employee and handled internally by Mike Turner, interim city manager.
Area Congregation In Ministries requested donations of meat to feed families in need.
39 speak against merging schools at South Granville High School. Current student, alumni, former teachers, coaches, and community leaders speak out against the School Board’s decision to merge South Granville and Granville Central High Schools.
Former Creedmoor resident, James Spurling had a concourse level of Kenan Stadium on the UNC campus named for him.
The new state budget appropriates $35 million to South Granville Water and Sewer Authority. This significant appropriation from the legislature will help fund upgrades to the wastewater collection system.
In a unanimous vote, the Granville County School Board changed its plans to merge Granville Central and South Granville high schools. Board chair David Richardson, who made the original motion to consolidate the schools on the South Granville campus, rescinded that original motion. The schools will remain separate and on their current campuses. The change in plans came after an uproar from residents who wanted the high schools to stay separate.
Although a new plan was submitted that would make all county elementary schools K-6, the board has not addressed the $1.7 million budget deficit that created the discussions around closures and mergers.
The board also approved a study for the closure of G.C. Hawley Middle School with the intent to move those seventh and eighth graders to Butner-Stem Middle School.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Creedmoor and Butner Christmas parades.
The Board of Education approved local salary scales that increase the pay for substitute teachers and bus drivers to try to offset the shortages in both areas. The new rate is $123 per day for licensed substitutes and $105 per day for unlicensed subs. Bus drivers would see a starting rate of $15 per hour and top out at $16.66 per hour.
The Granville Tourism Development Authority was recently recognized with a Gold Award in Community Relations by the N.C. Travel Industry Association. The TDA earned the top honor for its virtual “Gathering in Granville County” campaign, a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Butner-Stem Elementary School reopened it playgrounds with new equipment in place. The pre-K though first grade playground now has new climbing equipment with climbing bars and stepping pods. Older children enjoy the new slides and climbing bridge.
County residents along Will Suitt Road and the Northside community are upset about a proposed Algal floway facility. After hearing Jonathan Baker’s presentation and his attempt to answer the commissioners’ questions, the county board voted unanimously to table any further discussion about the proposed Algal floway facility until he has better answers and support from residents in the Northside community.
Gary Band, a veteran journalist who’s led newspapers in four states has been named editor of The Wake Weekly and Butner-Creedmoor News.
Creedmoor’s board makes swift changes after new commissioners are sworn in. The board appointed Kechia Brustmeyer-Brown, mayor pro tem for 2022 and Emma Albright for 2023.
The new board also removed Ed Mims from the SGWASA Board and appointed Robert Way to that position.
The HOSA Future Health Professionals club at South Granville High School has been working on an Angel Tree project. They have “adopted” students in need at the school and have been buying presents for them. They broke up into five teams and bought as many items as possible on each student’s wish list. HOSA sold deep fried Oreos at home football games this season to raise $650 dollars to fund this project.
Ta’ida Tucker poured in 30 points as the Lady Warriors defeated Granville Central 63-56.
The Panthers outlasted Webb 65-59 in the varsity contest later that night.
John Blackwell Hardy, III has been appointed Granville County Sheriff by the Board of Commissioners to fill the remainder of an unexpired term ending Dec. 5, 2022. The Board of Commissioners initiated an application process to fill the position following the resignation of Sheriff Charles Noblin on Oct. 27, 2021. Hardy was appointed at a Special Called Meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 20. He assumed all duties and powers of the position following the administration of the Oath of Office on Dec. 21.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church held its live nativity scene on Dec. 18. Hundreds of people drove through and viewed the live nativity.
County Commissioners recognized Jennifer Adcock for her volunteer work with Wreaths Across America.
Tractor Supply held its ribbon cutting on Dec. 18.
Basketball tournaments returned this year with Granville Central hosting a girls tournament and South Granville hosting a varsity tournament. Players and spectators were required to wear mask.
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