Welcome to Piedmont Online; a free community based blog and e-paper serving the north central piedmont of North Carolina. For a free copy of the e-paper version, send a request to gillclopton@outlook.com

Adcock Remembered

Former principal and Vance County Schools superintendent Wayne Adcock has received a permanent seat in the auditorium where he spoke to many Henderson Jr High students. The facility, which was originally part of Henderson High School, was renamed this week in honor of the much loved educator who passed away in 2020.
Before leading the school system, Adcock was principal at several schools, the longest tenure being at Henderson Jr. High.
Adcock’s widow and his son John were at the ceremony, as were many officials and former students and teachers who were impacted by Mr. Adcock.

Keeping History Alive

Mark Pace and Isaac Green discuss ideas for upcoming events at Thornton Library’s local history room in Oxford. Green is planning a project on the history of Jubilee Hospital (pictured below). If anyone has information, stories, or pictures to share, contact him through this e-paper (gillclopton@outlook.com)

Remember When

Jubilee Hospital, shortly after opening in it’s new Beckford Drive location.

For local photography services in the Creedmoor area, contact Madison Primm through Piedmont Online (gillclopton@outlook.com)

CCS Takes Wins On Homecoming

John “JJ” Henderson Jr slams home one of several dunks he had in the nightcap at Crossroads Christian school’s Homecoming games. The Colts swept all 5 games against the Community Christian Cyclones of Wilson.
The varsity boys fell behind early but quickly took control and cruised to a 95–49 victory. The win was the 47th for Crossroads head coach Scottie Richardson. Earlier in the week, he became Crossroads’ all time wins leader in basketball.
In the girls’ game, the Colts put together one of their best efforts and over powered Community Christian 50–22.
Footnote: there is a Charles L Coon School in Wilson that was once a high school. Cyclones was their mascot, and they also wore purple. Coon, also known as Wilson High School, often played Henderson High before splitting into Fike and Beddingfield.

Vipers Split With Carrboro

The Vance County Vipers girls’ team picked up a critical win over Carrboro to remain in contention for a conference championship. The win was much needed after a close loss to DSA earlier in the week.
The Vipers face two more important games at home this weeek when Granville Central and Southern Durham pay a visit.
The boys were not as fortunate, narrowly missing an upset that would have shaken up the conference standings.

OPS Girls Split Games

Oxford Prep’s girls experienced some of everything over the past week: a win, a loss and a postponement.
Early in the week, the Griffins defeated Henderson Collegiate 41–25. The following night, OP fell to a solid Granville Central team 46–33 in a game that was closely contested.
Friday night’s game at Roxboro Community school was called off due to snow.
Photos by Sandy Huff

Former Educator Dies

Ronald Gregory, former teacher, principal and superintendent in Vance County schools, passed away last week at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He was 80 years old.

GVC Wins Gold

The Granville Volleyball Club Heat won the 15U gold medal at a tournament this week in Greenville. (photo courtesy of Fred Collier Jr)

Lillian Owens and Ryan Adcock (above) were elected Queen and King during Crossroads Christian School’s Homecoming ceremonies. Below are freshman representatives Thomas Shah and Abby Taylor, and sophomores Will Alston and Hailey Grissom. In the bottom photo are all the senior court members. (photos by Gill Clopton)

Another 3!

McKenna Snively, shown in this photo from November, and her North Raleigh Christian Academy teammates lit up the scoreboard at Cary Academy for 41 first quarter points, going 9 of 11 from 3 point range. McKenna and Madison Mims scored 18 points each in the victory and Imani Lester added 15 as every NRCA player scored in the 75–33 victory. The Knights are undefeated in conference play headed into the final two weeks.

Things Are Looking Up

Vance Co. coach Sheila Gill instructs her team during their victory over Carrboro. Things are beginning to fall in place for both Viper teams, and they could each be a threat come tournament time.

Athletic Director Joe Sharrow said that despite their record, Vance County still has two good basketball teams. Fans who have seen the Vipers play will most certainly agree.

Prior to this season, lifelong friends Anderson Boyd and Abby Taylor had found themselves on opposite sides of the basketball court. This year both girls are finally teammates at Crossroads Christian School. In the photo on the left, Anderson and Abby apply pressure to a Community Christian player during the Colts’ Homecoming victory.

Senior Night….

… Coming Soon To A School Near You

Photo Gallery

photo by Sandy Huff

Where Are The Boys?

Something you may have noticed about Piedmont online is that there aren’t as many pictures of boys’ sports as there are of girls. There are several reasons for that.
Piedmont Online evolved from two ongoing projects: Remember When and Little Girls Dream Too. The latter was mainly a series of sports blogs and stories that focused on female amateur sports.
And why not?… sports stories about the guys come a dime-a-dozen. The idea was to shine a light on the incredible young athletes who were being left behind. After all, little girls dream too.
But we’d still like to include the boys in our sports section. Over time, I hope to build a good working relationship with the boys teams. But the entire process is being delayed by a disability. Student photographers are helping provide pictures of the boys’ games, but they are students… they already have a very busy schedule and taking pictures of a ball game isn’t exactly a priority.
Meanwhile, feel free to contribute any pictures or stories you may have about the young men in our area.

Don’t forget; the plate to sale to benefit Trista Newcomb is now scheduled for Saturday, Feb 5, at Chase City American Legion.

Members of the Oxford Prep Concert Choir are seen performing the National Anthem during the Tri-M induction ceremonies. Tri-M is the nation’s only national honor society for student musicians. (photo by Sandy Huff)

News, It Is A-Changin;

Like Grandma used to say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I never was much for listening to Grandma. I was more like Pa; let’s fiddle with it a little bit and see if we can make it better.
My success rate is roughly the same as Pa’s, and that isn’t bragging. But sometimes you do have to fiddle with things and iron out the wrinkles.
Over the next few weeks you’ll see some gradual changes in Piedmont Online. We’re going to try using different designs and maybe add a couple of new features.
Our publisher offers us fantastic designs to work with and we have really enjoyed making the e-paper version of Piedmont Online. But the e-paper comes with a price tag and a large time requirement. According to readers, it’s also not very phone friendly. Us old timers don’t like to admit it, but we’re living in the days where everything has to be phone friendly.
So bear with us while we make this e-paper the best it can be.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store