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National Night Out returns this week

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A pair of National Night Out events are set to be held this week in Granville County.

The free annual event, which coincides with thousands of participating communities nationwide and aims to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention by enhancing the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, will take place in two locations Tuesday. The Creedmoor Police Department’s National Night Out is slated for 6-9 p.m. at South Granville High School, and the city of Oxford will hold its event from 5-8 p.m. at Oxford Orphanage.

National Night Out events attempt to bring back a true sense of community and includes activities focused on youth interaction, safety education and community spirit.

Activities guests can expect at Creedmoor’s event includes an inflatable obstacle course, climbing wall, impaired-vision golf cart course, several emergency vehicle displays, a visit from Duke Life Flight, and the Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department will be on-hand with water activities. Kids are encouraged to wear play clothes and bring a towel. Friendly competitions will pair police officers with kids for an obstacle course challenge, and the ever popular fifth annual doughnut eating contest will be held.

Free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and beverages are among concession stand offerings.

“National Night Out is a unique opportunity for the police department and our community members to bond and build relationships while having a little fun,” said Creedmoor Police Chief Keith King.

More than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world are involved in National Night Out. In all, more than 40 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

Volunteers are still needed for Creedmoor’s event. Those who would like to volunteer can call Angie Perry, event coordinator, at 919-764-1013 or email

Local Granville County restaurants and Granville County Crime Stoppers have partnered together to promote the annual “Night Out Against Crime” activities during August and October. The promotion has been dubbed “EAT OUT AGAINST CRIME”.

In an effort to support local law enforcement personnel and promote attendance at “Night Out Against Crime,” Crime Stoppers has endeavored to publicize and promote restaurants’ support of crime prevention using various flyers, posters, brochures and table tent cards at the restaurants. They also are encouraging families to share a meal before or after the “Night Out Against Crime” activities in their respective areas at one of the supporting restaurants. This promotion provides another opportunity to inform citizens of Community Watch.

The participating restaurants providing promotional and financial support are: Old South Restaurant, Subway, Bar B Que Barn, Lake Holt Marina and Home Plate in Butner; Finch’s Family Restaurant, and El Rio Mexican Restaurant in Creedmoor and Butner and George’s Restaurant, Hwy 55 Burgers and Shakes, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Tobacco Wood Brewery, and Family Diner in Oxford and Bojangles in Oxford and Creedmoor.

Butner and Stem will host its National Night Out festivities Oct. 1. Butner’s will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Butner Athletic Park, and Stem’s will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Stem Ruritan Park.