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Tally Ho honored with governor, commissioner accolades

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OXFORD — Tally Ho First Baptist Church of Stem was the recipient of both state and county honors during the Granville County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.

The church, headed by Rev. Eddie Nutt since 2012, received a 2019 Governor’s Award for outstanding volunteer service and a plaque and approved resolution by the county board for its volunteer efforts.

“Moments like this are the reason that I’m proud to live in Granville County,” said Deborah Ferrell, volunteer services director for Central Regional Hospital and county coordinator for the Governor’s Award.

Services recognized during the presentation included multiple efforts at Butner’s Murdoch Center such as monthly birthday celebrations for men in Unit 1 of Beacon Cottage, as well as cookouts and Thanksgiving and Christmas events in the venue. Specifically, a “hometown” mission to transform and beautify the chapel courtyard and Woodside Cottage.

“I have a special place in my heart for Tally Ho and Stem having been born and raised just two miles from there,” said board vice chair David Smith before reading the board’s resolution and presenting the commemorative plaque.

Rev. Nutt relayed a biblical parable to explain his church’s mission.

“Jesus went to his disciples and said, ‘Thank you for feeding, clothing me, seeing men when I was in prison.’ And the disciples asked, ‘When did we do this?’ And Jesus said, ‘When you’re these things to the least of these, you’re doing it unto me.’ And that is our church’s drive to reflect Him in not only this mission field, but only mission fields as well.”

After the presentation, the board’s actions included approving $40,000 in relocating a full-size train caboose onto the grounds of Harris Exhibit Hall in Oxford. The caboose would be part of an exhibit of the Tillotson Train Depot and also may see use as a birthday party venue for children.

The board also approved for $11,099 to go to the purchase of outdoor musical instruments for Granville Athletic Park’s sound garden.

In planning matters, the board approved sending a text amendment to the county planning board concerning temporary use of the South Granville Country Club by Senior Services until the Creedmoor Gymnasium project is completed. The text amendment, characterized by County Manager Michael Felts as a step in the process, is expected to be taken up by the planning board at their May meeting.

In appointments, Commissioner Timothy Karan was reappointed as county representative to the Granville Greenways Advisory Council. Karan’s current term would have expired Thursday.

The next regular meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 U.S. Highway 15 S., Oxford.