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Granville County briefs: Vigil to pray for Australia, Iran

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Community prayer vigil

The Butner Church Council will host a community prayer vigil for Australia, Iran and the scenes of other ongoing world events at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The vigil will be at First Baptist Church of Butner, 200 West D St., in the Family Life Center. Contact Blaine Britt, 919-575-6606, ext. 2, for more information.

Granville County Democratic meeting

The Granville County Democratic Party will hold its January general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the small conference room of Thornton Library, 210 Main St., Oxford.

Direct questions to Chair LaHoma Romocki at

Bingo night

Falls Lake Academy will host bingo night from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Falls Lake Academy gym, 1701 E. Lyon Station Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is open to the community.

Beekeepers meeting

The Granville County Beekeepers Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Granville County Expo Center on N.C. Highway 15.

The program includes candle making at 5:30 p.m. ($5 charge or bring your own clean beeswax) and a 7 p.m. discussion about bee swarms and bait hives (bring your show and tell). For more information, email

Genealogical Society meeting

The Granville County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the conference room of the Thornton Library, 210 Main St., Oxford.

Allen Dew, webmaster for the society, will present “Beginning and Continuing Genealogy Research”. This will be an interactive discussion geared toward helping attendees become acquainted with family research.

Allen, a native North Carolinian, has lived in this area since 1975. He has done genealogy research for over 44 years and has published several books on family topics.

All GCGS meetings are open to the public, and visitors and guests are invited to attend.

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.

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.

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 Jan. 25 through 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.

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.