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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

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.

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.

Forest management webinars

The Granville County N.C. Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of Webinars for forest landowners. Upcoming webinars will be Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 at the extension center, 125 Oxford Loop Road, Oxford.

Topics are “More Than Timber: Income Opportunities for Non-Timber Forest Products” on Feb. 20 and “Launching Your Woodland Legacy: Intact, In Forest, and in Family Ownership” on Feb. 27.

Both will be from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, contact extension director Paul Westfall at 919-603-1350 or

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friends and family performance

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 recognize its 2020 Women Who Made a Difference award honorees Helen Corrin Amos and Teresa Baker at an award luncheon and program on March 14. 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.

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.