Centerville, North Carolina

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Centerville, North Carolina
Town
Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.18500°N 78.11139°W / 36.18500; -78.11139Coordinates: 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.18500°N 78.11139°W / 36.18500; -78.11139
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Franklin
Established 1882
Incorporated May 25, 1965[1]
Dissolved TBA
Named for Central location of area between Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton.
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Margaret J. Nelms (D)
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 340 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 89
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 919 and 984
FIPS code 37-11560[2]
GNIS feature ID 0982946[3]

Centerville is a town in the rural northeastern corner of Franklin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 89 at the 2010 census, a loss of 10 persons from the previous count of 99 at the 2000 census.[4] There is no post office in Centerville, and thus no zip code; it simply uses that of Louisburg, which is located 12 miles (19 km) west. "Downtown" Centerville is centered on "the crossroads", which is the intersection of NC-561 and NC-58, and consists of two small old-fashioned country stores, one each on two of that intersection's four corners. Two sell gasoline (Arnold's and The Country Store), and one of those also sells diesel and kerosene (The Country Store). All two sell basic general store items, such as toilet paper, soap, household cleaning products, canned and boxed food, etc., as well as common convenience store items such as sodas, snack foods, cigarettes, beer, etc.

There's also a Dollar General, a muffler shop and a medical clinic.

Centerville has its own church (Centerville Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention), and volunteer fire department. There is no police department, so Centerville—like the surrounding unincorporated area—is patrolled by the Franklin County sheriff.

As is common in the rural stretches of eastern North Carolina, many of the houses in and around Centerville are quite old and in poor states of repair, and agriculture is the main use of land. Tobacco, soybeans, corn, and hay are the main crops.

Centerville includes many antique buildings from its heyday, including the now-defunct Serepta Church, a former Methodist church located at the intersection of NC-561 and Centerville-Laurel Mill Road.

At 0.28-square-mile (0.73 km2), Centerville is among the smallest incorporated cities in North Carolina. Nearby cities and towns of larger size include Louisburg (12 miles west on NC-561, population 3,111), Warrenton (17.5 miles north on NC-58, population 811), and Castalia (10 miles south on NC-58, population 340).

Perry School and Vine Hill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]

History[edit]

Centerville was established around 1882 and named for its central location between the towns of Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton.[7] It was incorporated in 1965, four years after the dissolution of the nearby town of Wood in 1961.[8][9]

Geography[edit]

Centerville is located at 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.18500°N 78.11139°W / 36.18500; -78.11139 (36.184980, −78.111252).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 123
1980 135 9.8%
1990 115 −14.8%
2000 99 −13.9%
2010 89 −10.1%
Est. 2015 92 [11] 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 89 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 93% White (83 persons), 3.5% Black (3 persons), and 3.5% other (3 persons).

Government[edit]

Unlike elected officials of other Franklin County municipalities (as well as the county itself) which have four-year terms, the mayor and three-member Town Council for Centerville are elected every two years.[13]

  • Mayor: Margaret J. Nelms
  • Councilwoman: Amy Denton
  • Councilman: Rex Foster
  • Councilman: Henry A. Nelms

Dissolution[edit]

On February 22, 2017, a bill was filed in the North Carolina General Assembly towards needed legislative approval for dissolution of the Town of Centerville back into Franklin County. The Centerville Town Council voted unanimously in the January meeting to dissolve the town charter due to lack of growth and financial issues for continuing on as a municipality.[9] If the bill is passed, the town will have 30 days to pay off its bills and liquidate its assets. Under the pending legislation, any remaining money will be given to Centerville Fire Department.[9] Senate Bill 122 (House Bill 198), regarding the dissolution of the Town of Centerville, is currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 878, Incorporation of the Town of Centerville, 1965 Session, Retrieved Apr. 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_P1&prodType=table
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/03/11 through 1/07/11. National Park Service. 2011-01-14. 
  7. ^ William S. Powell, The North Carolina Gazetteer: A Dictionary of Tar Heel Places, 1968, The University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, ISBN 0-8078-1247-1, Library of Congress Catalog Card #28-25916, page 98. Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Franklin County, North Carolina Communities, Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c WRAL Channel 5, Franklin County town dissolves charter, melts into county by Bryan Mims, February 23, 2017, Retrieved Apr. 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Franklin County Board of Elections (Your Elected Officials), Retrieved Oct. 7, 2015.
  14. ^ North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 198, List of Chamber Actions, Retrieved Apr. 11, 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2017&BillID=S122 North Carolina General Assembly, Senate Bill 122, List of Chamber Actions], Retrieved Apr. 12, 2017.
  • William S. Powell, The North Carolina Gazetteer: A Dictionary of Tar Heel Places, 1968, The University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, ISBN 0-8078-1247-1, Library of Congress Catalog Card #28-25916, page 98. Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.