The Vance County Department of Social Services is asking the community to “Give from the Heart” through its Christmas Cheer Program in support of our foster children. Please determine how you can help make Christmas a great time for these very fine boys and girls. Thanks to the DSS staff for the special effort that is exerted in making our foster children feel wanted and loved.
Visit http://hendersonparks.weebly.com to offer your opinion about Henderson-Vance County Parks and Recreation Department. Go to the tab labeled YOUR OPINION COUNTS.
Youth Basketball Registration. Alan Gill, Director of the Recreation and Parks Department, reminds everyone that registration for basketball for boys (ages 5-15) and girls (5-13) is set for Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Aycock Recreation Center. Insurance and registration is $35 per child ($25 for those who played other sports this year) and $60 for non-residents. For more information, call 438-2670 or 438-3948.
The Vance County Water System has been activated within Phase 1A which is the Sandy Creek Township. Residents that have signed up for county water are able to make connection in those areas where waterlines have been installed. To begin the process of connecting, residents should contact Envirolink, Inc. which is the company that will be handling the County’s operation and maintenance of the system. Envirolink can be contacted at 252-235-4900. Once contacting Envirolink and setting up a water account, residents should consult with a plumber and contact the Vance County Planning and Development Department for a plumbing permit. For further information and complete connection steps, please visit the County water webpage at http://www.vancecounty.org/county-water-system-2/
Rabies Vaccination Clinic. The next clinic will be held in Drewry on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Rabies vaccinations are $5 each.
Forever Families. According to Social Services Director Antonia Pedroza and her staff, the Department of Social Services will honor adoptive families and celebrate Adoption Awareness Month on Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m., at the Vance County Courthouse. The Honorable J. Henry Banks will present certificates to adoptive families and help administer the pledge. The public is invited to attend the program which includes release of balloons.
The Vance County Appearance Commission plans to recognize the most outstanding N.C. Adopt-A-Highway groups in Vance County at the January meeting of the Vance County Board of Commissioners.
In order to do so, we want to urge all local Adopt-A-Highway groups to be sure to record their efforts after each roadside pickup by completing the necessary information on the website of the North Carolina Department of Transportation at www.ncdot.gov.
Our Appearance Commission also wants to encourage any interested groups, families or individuals who would like to become a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program to visit the state website or call 1-800-331-5864 for more information about adopting a highway or submit an application online from the website.
Adopt-A-Highway groups play a major role in helping to keep our county’s roadsides clean. We hope groups already participating in the program will continue their efforts and that additional citizens will join us to improve the appearance of Vance County!
By becoming a Guardian ad Litem, you can pair with an attorney advocate to ensure that a child’s best interests are represented in court. Many children are victims of abuse, neglect, etc. and are at the mercy of a complex network of lawyers, social workers, judges, etc. who may not have time to provide direct attention that each child needs. Find out how you can serve as one child’s voice in court by contacting Wynona Thomas, GAL Supervisor, at 430-5121 or Wynona.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Social Security Statement. Did you know that you can now access your Social Security information online? The Social Security Administration has a new website feature which allows an individual to set up a personal page and access it at any time. It provides an online version of what used to be mailed out annually, estimates of future retirement benefits, lifetime earnings to date, and the total Social Security and Medicare taxes paid. How do I start? Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement and answer a series of questions to verify your identity, then create a user name and password.
North Carolina’s new vehicle Tag and Tax Together program was designed to collect vehicle property taxes along with registration renewals and to conveniently pay them together.
If the address on your vehicle registration is current, you will receive a statement that lists both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Vehicle owners will receive this statement about 60 days prior to their vehicle’s registration expiration.
Beginning in 2013, your annual vehicle inspection, registration renewal and vehicle property tax will be due the same month each year. Only one payment – made either in person, online or by mail – is required to pay both the annual tag and tax for your vehicle (Inspection fees are still paid to the inspection station).
Go to NCDMV “Tag and Tax” Program for further information.