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Lake Rogers bench sponsorships

The city of Creedmoor Parks and Recreation Committee is seeking people interested in sponsoring benches at Lake Rogers Park. The new bench sponsorship program will allow community residents and businesses to leave a message on park benches that will be installed on new hiking trails.

Each sponsorship is $350 and includes a plaque with a unique message for park visitors. The benches are 6 feet long, constructed from a durable powder-coated frame and long-lasting recycled plastic.

To make a gift, call 919-764-1013 or email

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.

Coggin’s Clinics

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center, has scheduled a 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 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 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.

Blood drive

American Red Cross will have a blood drive Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m at Granville Central High School, 2043 Sanders Road, Stem.

Granville Gardeners meeting

Granville Gardeners will have its monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Granville County Expo Center, 4185 U.S. Highway 15, Oxford. Guests are welcome. This month’s topic is “Vertical Gardening: Doing More with Less” presented by master gardener Rick Woynicz. The Granville Gardeners meet on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, email

Black history showcase

West Oxford Elementary students will present a black history showcase at 5 p.m on Feb. 27 at 412 Ivey Day Drive, Oxford. The event will be followed by a Motown concert at 6 p.m. Hot dog suppers will be for sale.

Democratic Party general meeting

The Granville County Democratic Party’s regular monthly meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the small conference room at Thornton Library, 210 Main St., Oxford.

For questions, contact Chair LaHoma Romocki at

Forest management webinars

The Granville County N.C. Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of webinars for forest landowners. An upcoming webinar will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the extension center, 125 Oxford Loop Road, Oxford.

The topic will be “Launching Your Woodland Legacy: Intact, In Forest, and in Family Ownership”.

For more information or to register, contact extension director Paul Westfall at 919-603-1350 or

Chips for Charity

Shepherd Youth Ranch in Creedmoor will hold a Roaring ’20s casino night Feb. 27 to raise money to help provide free equine therapy sessions to veterans at the new Veterans Living Center in Butner. The nonprofit pairs rescued horses with those who have experienced trauma or loss.

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. Prizes will be given out for the best ‘20s costume

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

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

Tree planting

Due to weather, Tar River Land Conservancy’s second tree planting event was rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, 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.

Free rabies vaccines

Granville County Animal Control will offer free rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29. at Gazebo Park, 416 Central Ave., Butner.

North Carolina law requires all owned dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age, and that rabies vaccinations should be kept current.

One-year vaccinations will be available for dogs and cats over this age requirement. To receive the three-year vaccination, pet owners must bring a paper certificate provided by the pet’s veterinarian showing a previous shot was administered. All cats must be in a carrier and all dogs must be leashed. Vaccinations will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions, please contact the Granville County Animal Shelter at 919-693-6749.

‘Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook’

The film “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” will be screened at 4 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 29 in the cafeteria of the Mary Potter Center for Education, 488 Taylor Street, in Oxford, followed by a panel discussion.

This documentary focuses on voter suppression though the Civil Rights era through today. One of the activists featured will be Rosanell Johnson Eaton, the great-granddaughter of slaves, who was born in Franklin County in 1921.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Rev. W.S. Darby at 919-690-6444, Rev. G. Latta at 919-939-9026, or Rev. J. Paschal at 919-475-6960.

This is not a school-sponsored event.

FBCA Impact Scholarship

First Baptist Church Creedmoor and the FBC Academy are offering $500 scholarships 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.

Coffee with a cop

Every month members of the Creedmoor Police Department, elected officials and other members of the city staff get together with citizens over a cup of coffee to discuss what’s happening in the community. The next Coffee with a Cop will be at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at the Owl House Café, 209 North Main St.

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.

First Fridays in Creedmoor movie night

First Fridays in Creedmoor will present a free screening of “Toy Story 4” at 6:30 p.m on Friday, March 6 at Creedmoor Elementary School, 305 E. Wilton Ave.

The event is free. Concessions sales will benefit the Creedmoor Elementary School PTA.

For more information, contact Creedmoor Parks and Recreation at 919-764-1013 or email

Democratic Party precinct organization meeting

The Granville County Democratic Party will host a precinct organization meeting from 2-4:30 p.m on Saturday, March 7 in the large conference room at Thornton Library in Oxford, 210 Main St., Oxford

This central meeting is for precincts that don’t have a local gathering.

For questions, contact Chair LaHoma Romocki at

Drumline, winter guard ensembles

Granville County combined schools 2020 drumline and winter guard indoor ensembles will host a friends and family performance at 4 p.m. on March 7 at South Granville High School in the gymnasium. Indoor drumline will present “Siegfried” and the winter guard will present “Overthinker”. Admission is free.

Women Who Make a Difference

The League of Women Voters of Granville County is recognizing its 2020 Women Who Made a Difference award honorees, Helen Corrin Amos and Teresa Baker, at an award luncheon and program on March 14.

This year’s program marks 100 years since the league’s founding and the passage of the 19th Amendment. Anita Earls, associate justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker.

The event will be 12-2 p.m. at Oxford Methodist Church, 105 W. McClanahan St. Oxford. For tickets, visit

Book donations

Friends of the Library are accepting book donations for its sale. Items accepted include hardback and paperback books, audiobooks on CDs, music CDs and DVDs. Items can be dropped off at any of the Granville County Branch libraries.

Items not accepted include Readers’ Digest condensed books; encyclopedias; travel guides; textbooks; magazines; VHS and cassette tapes; medical, legal and computer materials older than five years; government reports; pamphlets; binders; equipment and training manuals; and books that are falling apart or have mold, mildew, food stains or insect infestations.

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.