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Justin Paynter fills out the paperwork to file for Oxford Commissioner. Tonya Burnette, Director of the Granville County Board of Elections, watches closely as he completes the necessary paperwork to become a candidate. Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Candidates slowly trickling in during filing period

OXFORD — The filing period for the November municipal elections began last week, but there has not been a rush of candidates to file for election, according to Granville County Board of Elections …

Black bear sightings reported across county

OXFORD ­— Over the past two months, residents of the area have reported sightings of black bears. Reports have come in from the vicinities of Will Suitt Road, Westbury Drive, Tall Pine …
Retiring DSS Director Lou Bechtel is pictured with Granville County Commissioner/Board Chair Zelodis Jay. Contributed photo

Bechtel retires from Department of Social Services

OXFORD ­— Social Services Director Lou Bechtel recently retired after many years of service to Granville County government. Bechtel became DSS director in June 1999 and has spent the …
Vance-Granville Community College Chief of Police Sean Newton, right, receives the keys to a donated vehicle from Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. Contributed photo by VGCC

Police vehicles donated to VGCC

HENDERSON — Officials from Vance and Granville counties recently approved the donation of surplus law enforcement vehicles from their respective fleets to the Vance-Granville Community College …
Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Sparks fly at Granville Fourth of July celebration

BUTNER — Granville residents enjoyed an evening of fellowship, food and fireworks during the annual Fourth of July Celebration held July 3 at Lake Holt in Butner. The city of Creedmoor and town …

Church News

Tally Ho Missionary Baptist Church Tally Ho Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual Women’s Day service on Sunday at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Marrow, president of …

Granville Community Briefs

The Butner Church Council food pantry at Community United Methodist Church, 507 W. E St., Butner is open on Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. The pantry serves anyone in need in the …
OBITUARIES
Thomas Claron Jackson CREEDMOOR ­­­— Thomas Claron “Tom” Jackson was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina on Jan. 20, 1953. He passed away July 3 at Duke Hospital from complications of a severe heart …
Billy Earl Wilkins STEM — Billy Earl Wilkins, 82, longtime resident of Stem, passed away Saturday, July 6. Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Wilkins family. Online condolences can be made to …
Jonathan Scott Whitley CREEDMOOR ­— Jonathan Scott Whitley, 34, a longtime resident of Butner, passed away Saturday, July 6. Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Eakes Funeral Home in …
Anne Laura Braxton CREEDMOOR — Anne Laura Braxton, 91, a lifetime resident of Creedmoor, passed away Saturday, June 29 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham. She was born June 21, 1928, in Granville County to the …
Charles David Enloe BUTNER — Charles David Enloe, 90, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away Sunday, June 30. Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Eakes Funeral Home in …
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UPDATE: Town now says public emails to cost at least $15K YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials estimated The Wake Weekly would have to pay a fee of about $70,000 before the town could comply with a public records request the paper made this month. Legal …
Ex-officer loses appeal accusing town of wrongful firing RALEIGH — An appeals court judge ruled this month that the town of Wake Forest did not violate state law when it fired a former police officer after the officer submitted a workers’ compensation …
Franklin County Sheriff’s Reports The following is a list of arrests made July 3-9 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. All information is from public law enforcement records. July 3 • Robert Stevens Kinton, 22, of …
Wendell opts not to regulate Airbnbs WENDELL — A divided board of commissioners Monday voted not to adopt new regulations that would have limited what areas of town short-term home rentals such as Airbnbs would be allowed. The 3-2 …
Wendell rings in Independence Day WENDELL — The town of Wendell charmed residents and visitors with its July Fourth celebration last week. The parade kicked off at 10:30 a.m. and was followed by a ceremony at the Town …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SGWASA and Kerr Lake Regional Water reports

To the Editor, Each year by July 1, water authorities must provide customers with a Consumer Confidence Report on the quality of water they produced for the previous year. These are required by …

Amazed at amazement

To the Editor, After listening to the minutes of the most recent South Granville Water & Sewer Authority meeting held June 11, I can sum up my reaction in one word: Amazed. That also …

Granville County: Enjoy these last good days

To the Editor, Although an argument can definitely be made that mankind is approaching its last few days, this is not what I refer to in my headline; rather, I speak of saying “goodbye” and …

Highway or SGWASA robbery?

To the Editor, “Excessive profit or advantage derived from a business transaction.” This is the definition of “highway robbery.” Now examine the following: According to data retrieved …

Come to the rescue

To the Editor, This writer served as a Creedmoor commissioner from December 2013 to December 2017. From the middle of 2016 and throughout 2017, the former mayor found himself in a …