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Jimmy Gooch of Butner, right, is sworn in as a Granville County commissioner Tuesday by board Chair David T. Smith, left. Holding the Bible was Vickie Smoak, wife of former Commissioner Edgar Smoak.

Gooch takes oath of office as Granville commissioner

OXFORD — Jimmy Gooch of Butner, right, was sworn in as a Granville County commissioner Tuesday by board Chair David T. Smith. Holding the Bible was Vickie Smoak, wife of former Commissioner …
Granville casts 20K ballots; early voting ends Saturday
With less than a week until Election Day, more than half of Granville County registered voters have cast their ballot. Early … Read More
‘Whites only’: Film crew’s sign catches downtown Creedmoor off guard
CREEDMOOR — A “Whites only” sign placed outside the Creedmoor Community Development Department on Saturday was a movie prop used … Read More
District won’t close elementary school for at least a year
BUTNER — Creedmoor and Wilton elementary schools will both remain open — for now.   The Granville County Board of Education, … Read More
Ashbee Standridge works on her ball handling skills Monday during a workout Monday. Standridge has also been practicing footwork to become a more complete player.

Down to business: Delayed workouts prepare Lady Firebirds for new season

CREEDMOOR — The girls basketball program at Falls Lake Academy is entering a new era, one without all-time leading scorer Julia Zupicich. The Lady Firebirds finished the 2019-20 with a 19-8 …
Principal Janita Allen
COMMENTARY

Granville Central High welcomes students back

Monday, Oct. 12 marked the first day students were able to return to our school building since March. Teachers and staff welcomed these students back on a staggered schedule. Many students were …
Michael McFadden holds one of the Blessing Bags the Butner Church Council usually hands out to the community for donations. Due to the coronavirus, the Council plans to give  gift cards instead of food to families in Butner and Stem this year.

Donations needed for Thanksgiving Blessing Bags

BUTNER — For over 20 years, the Butner Church Council has provided food at Thanksgiving for families in need in the Butner and Stem communities with its Blessing Bags.  The coronavirus …
The Creedmoor Police Department said it is investigating after this motorcycle was stolen from a home on South Main Street.

Motorcycle, scooter reported stolen from Creedmoor, rewards offered

CREEDMOOR — The police are seeking help from the public after a motorcycle was stolen from a home, then three days later a motor scooter was taken from another. The Creedmoor Police Department …
Cephas

Butner inmate gets 18 months for coronavirus escape

RALEIGH — An inmate who escaped the federal prison complex in Butner earlier this year, saying he was afraid he would die of the coronavirus if he stayed at the prison, will serve an additional 18 …
ELECTION 2020 CENTRAL

Butner-Creedmoor News rolls out 2020 candidate questionnaires

CREEDMOOR — The Butner-Creedmoor has begun publishing survey responses from local candidates running in this year's election. We will publish additional responses as we receive …

LETTER: Racial dog whistles, we hear them too

LETTER: Drain the swamp by defeating Joe Biden

Election may not be over on election night

Democrats may fall just short

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OBITUARIES
Claude Henry Widener Jr. OXFORD — Claude Henry Widener Jr., 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home, Oxford.
Sylvia Tucker Taylor Dec. 23, 1945 — Oct. 18, 2020 CREEDMOOR — Sylvia Tucker Taylor died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home, Oxford.
Vernon Shane Jenkins HENDERSON — Vernon Shane Jenkins, 44, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at Maria Parham Health. He was born in Durham County to Vernon James and Diane Stell Jenkins of Creedmoor. Mr. Jenkins was …
Autis Thomas Cooper Jr. ROUGEMONT — Autis Thomas “A.T.” Cooper Jr. passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, after an extended battle with cancer and other health related issues. A.T. was born in Nash County to the late …
Roy W. Callis OXFORD — Roy Wayne Callis, 67, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at his home. Born in Granville County, he was the son of Frank Hays Callis and Ettie Bet Preddy Callis. Roy was employed …
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Crime News
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Report: Man had 23 pounds of pot in car

CREEDMOOR — Granville County deputies charged a Durham man with drug trafficking last month after finding more than 23 pound of marijuana in his car, according to an arrest report. Detective …
Butner Public Safety Director James G. Champion, left, looks on as Mayor Terry Turner signs proclamations designating Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week and October as 2020 Crime Prevention Month.

Police hopeful hit-and-run suspect will come forward

BUTNER — Authorities investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident last month said they are still looking for the person responsible.  “We are hoping the person will do the right …
Kyree Thames

Creedmoor police charge man in woman’s shooting death from March

CREEDMOOR — Authorities said they have charged a man with manslaughter in the shooting death of his girlfriend earlier this year after a six-month review of the evidence.  A grand jury …

Police release name of Butner hit-and-run victim

BUTNER — Authorities have identified the 43-year-old woman who died last week after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Camilla Washington was out walking near her home on West B …
SPORTS
THE WAKE WEEKLY NEWS
Sheriff: Louisburg man to be charged with murder after father’s strangling LOUISBURG — Authorities have accused a Louisburg man of strangling his father Friday, a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.  The suspect, Xavier Vishal …
Local virus numbers trending down; Louisburg nursing home reports new outbreak RALEIGH — New reported cases of COVID-19 in Wake and Franklin counties are trending downward, state statistics show.  However, a Franklin County nursing home has reported a new …
Wake, Franklin schools consider returning elementary students RALEIGH — The Wake County school board will discuss reopening options at its Wednesday meeting but doesn’t expect to make a decision until next week. Gov. Roy Cooper gave elementary …
Best of the Best winners revealed at drive-in show YOUNGSVILLE — The Wake Weekly’s annual Best of the Best contest winners were announced Thursday in a drive-in reveal show.  The event, socially distanced with attendees tuning in …
The Wake Weekly rolls out questionnaires with 2020 candidates WAKE FOREST — The Wake Weekly has begun publishing survey responses from local candidates running in this year's election. We will publish additional responses if we receive …
OPINION COLUMNS
Weekly Devotional: Born of the Spirit John 3:8 (ESV) “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Abraham …
Sparks fly in state treasurer debate RALEIGH — The person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local employees, for starters — is not an appointee …
Don't mistake moderators for censors With so-called censors like these, who needs publicists? Facebook and Twitter are under the microscope for suppressing links to an unverified news story alleging Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden …
Justice in selecting judges Perhaps the most overlooked elections, ranking just slightly ahead of Soil and Water Conversation District commissioners, are those of judges. This year, our judicial elections may be among the most …
For election coverage, newspapers get my vote There is more content available today about the upcoming election than likely in any previous cycle. While we could fill this page with media sources that have some type of information about the …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LETTER: Driving impaired kills

Last year, North Carolina lost 35 people during the week of Halloween, and nine of those deaths were caused by impaired drivers who were drunk, high or under the influence of some other mind-altering …

LETTER: Is Gooch a questionable leadership choice?

LETTER: Presidential character a job requirement

LETTER: Tell school board not to close Wilton Elementary