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Granville Briefs: Roaring ’20s casino night to raise money for veterans

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Ham and egg supper

There will be a ham and egg supper from 4:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Stem Ruritan Club. Plates are $9, eat in or take out. Proceeds go to the Scott Jackson Scholarship Fund. For more information call Peggy or Larry Jackson at 919-528-1389.

Tree planting

Editor's note: this event has been rescheduled for Feb. 28-29.

Tar River Land Conservancy’s second tree planting event will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, from 9 a.m. to noon at 831 Roberts Chapel Road, Stem.

Volunteers are needed to help plant hardwood tree saplings and shrubs on the Gantt and Hunter Tracts. No previous experience is necessary. Tree planting holes are predug. Wear weather-appropriate work clothes, work gloves and hat and bring water and a snack. TRLC will provide planting tools, extra gloves, water refills and snacks. Staff will also provide instruction on proper tree planting techniques. Families and groups are welcomed.

To register, email or call David Thomas at 919-496-5902.

Friends of Library sale

The Friends of the Library will hold a book sale at Thornton Library on Saturday, Feb. 8. Members are admitted at 10 a.m. and the general public at 11 a.m. Memberships are sold at the door. The event ends at 1 p.m.

All hardbacks are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents, and media will be 25 cents. During the last hour of the sale a bag of books will cost $1.

All proceeds go to support the library system. In 2019, the Friends of the Library gave more than $2,600 for library equipment and events.

Volunteers are needed to unbox the books Friday and box the unsold books Saturday. If you can help, please email Ed Neal at

SGCC Winterfest

South Granville Country Club will host Winterfest from 5-9 p.m. on Feb. 9 at 2539 Sam Moss Hayes Road, Creedmoor. Admission is $10 and is limited to 150 people. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

A vendor presale will be from 5-6 p.m. During that hour an all-you-can-eat chili/soup dinner is available for $5.

Homemade desserts, snacks, soft drinks, water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. A quarter auction will be held from 6-9 p.m.

Contact or calle Henry Price at 919-528-0003 for more information or to become a vendor.

Kitchen Table Conversation

Granville County Public Schools will host a “Kitchen Table Conversation” from 6-8 p.m on Feb. 11 at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

The purpose is to review and discuss the district’s Strategic Plan and critical topics related to the success of the schools. This event is open to the community.

2020 Census regional meeting

The Warren County Census Complete County Committee is sponsoring a 2020 census regional meeting for Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Warren County Armory Civic Center, 501 U.S. Highway 158 Business E., Warrenton.

The featured speaker is Marcus Bass, executive director of the N.C. Black Alliance. Other speakers include federal, state and local organizers and a census employment recruiter. Topics will focus on challenges in rural counties including confidentiality, financing and ways to count under-counted populations including seniors, the homeless, children and minorities.

Valentine fundraiser

Dogs Deserve Better Piedmont is raising money with a Valentine dinner and auction on Feb. 15. The event will be at Vino Oasi, 3200 Bliss Trail, Stem. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the quarter auction will be at 6:40 p.m.

Tickets for $10 include meal and an auction paddle. Additional paddles are $5. Wine, beer and nonalcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

Email or visit to order tickets.

Coggin’s Clinics

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center, has scheduled two Coggin’s Clinics for horse owners. Horses that are taken off the farm for horse shows, trail rides and other reasons should be tested for equine infectious anemia.

The Coggins Clinics offer this test at a reduced rate for horse owners. Testing in February will allow time for horse owners to get their negative test results back before the season for trail rides and horse shows begins.

The clinic will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and then 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Both clinics will be at Southern States Cooperative, 607 Hillsboro St., Oxford.

Call 919-603-1350 or email to make an appointment. Vaccinations for east/west equine encephalitis, flu/rhinovirus, rabies, West Nile virus and other diseases are also available for a fee.

Soup and chili fundraiser

Community United Methodist Church, 405 W. E St., Butner will host its annual All You Can Eat Soup and Chili fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m and 4-7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds to go towards their mission work.

Chips for Charity

Shepherd Youth Ranch in Creedmoor will hold a Roaring ’20s casino night Feb. 27 to raise money to help provide free therapy sessions to veterans at the new Veterans Living Center in Butner.

The Chips for Charity event will be 7-10 p.m. at North Hills Club, 4824 Yadkin Drive in Raleigh.

The adult-only event will include $5,000 worth of chips, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, raffle prizes, a cash bar and a DJ. Casino games include blackjack, poker, craps and roulette.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorship levels begin at $250. Silent auction items are still being accepted.

For more information, visit or call 919-480-1535.

FBCA Impact Scholarship

First Baptist Church Creedmoor and the FBC Academy are offering a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors in Granville County.

The FBCA Impact Scholarship applications are due March 2. Application forms can be requested by emailing

Applications require an essay, two letters of recommendation and a high school transcript. The award presentation will be March 28 during the Fun Run at South Granville High School.

Quarter auction fundraiser

Wilton Elementary will hold a quarter auction at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at 2555 N.C. Highway 96, Franklinton. The cost is $10 to enter and bid. Quarters are needed to play. Tickets are available in the school office. Concessions will be available with vendors featuring their products. Proceeds will benefit Wilton PTO which funds school supplies, recess equipment, teacher appreciation, events and more.

Free income tax services

Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Creedmoor has partnered with Internal Revenue Service to offer free tax preparation as part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the Granville area. This service is available to taxpayers who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers.

Trained and IRS-certified volunteers will be available until April 13.

Walk-in services are offered 5-8 p.m. Mondays at South Granville Branch Public Library on N.C. Highway 56 in Creedmoor; and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Richard H. Thornton Public Library on Spring Street in Oxford.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 919-528-2715. Appointments are held at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, 2197 Moss Hayes Road, Creedmoor.

Bring Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents, valid picture ID, all income information, a copy of last year’s tax return and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of your refund.

Drop off tax information at any of the above locations and come back later to finalize the return.

The program is seeking volunteers to help provide tax assistance in nearby communities. Training will start soon. For more details, please call 919-528-2715 and ask for Donnie Jones.