Orange County home page

News Releases

Orange County, North Carolina

 

Media Contact: Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs, 919.245.2302. 

Click here to receive e-mail notifications when a news release is posted.

 

January 2013

 

Solid Waste News Releases

Health Department News Releases

 

 

Orange County News Release - Archives

 


Library Provides Tax Forms

Media Contact

Anne Pusey, Head of Information Services

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2534

apusey@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PROVIDES TAX FORMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 1, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library makes federal tax forms available to the public each year. 

The Library is providing paper copies of the most widely used federal forms and instruction booklets.

From February 1 - April 15, all Library locations will offer free printing (up to 10 pages) for tax forms not available as a paper copy, including state tax forms. Printing costs beyond the first 10 pages will be charged at the Library’s standard rate of $0.15/page.

Federal tax forms are available online at http://www.irs.gov/

State tax forms are available at http://www.dor.state.nc.us/forms/ 

To request a paper copy of North Carolina tax forms, please visit  http://www.dor.state.nc.us/request/

 

###


Animal Services Valentine's Special

Media Contact

Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERS VALENTINE’S SPECIALS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 31, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Center will be reducing adoption fees, by nearly half, for adult cats and dogs as well as select kittens and puppies.

The special rates will be valid during the entire month of February in recognition of the Animal Services Department’s annual Valentine’s Adoption Event.   

In the spirit of this heartfelt holiday, Animal Services is encouraging potential adopters to fall in love with one of the many wonderful animals in Orange County in need of a loving home! 

All adult cats and select kittens will have a reduced adoption fee of $50, and all adult dogs and select puppies will have a reduced adoption fee of $60.  To sweeten the deal a little more, the adopted animals will be fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked! 

For more information about this and other Animal Services events, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices to view photos and descriptions of adoptable animals. The animals can also be seen in person at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

###


Free Movie Series Rescheduled

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEYMOUR CENTER RESCHEDULES FREE MOVIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 29, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is announcing a change in the schedule for the series of free Second Journey feature films, playing at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center.

The inclement weather on January 17, resulted in the cancellation of Central Station. The 1998 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31.

The final film, Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14.

If time permits, audience discussion will follow each of the movies.

The film series is free and will take place at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

###

 


Focus Group - 4H Youth Development

Media Contact

Sheronda Witter, Extension Agent

Orange County 4H Youth Development

Office: 919.245.2057

Cell: 919.218.3084

sheronda_witter@ncsu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY 4-H INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND FOCUS GROUP 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 29, 2013)—The Orange County 4-H is hosting a Focus Group, which the public is encouraged and invited to participate.

The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at the Orange County Center and dinner will be served. 

The purpose of the Focus Group is to identify the needs of youth in Orange County (Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough). Data gathered from the focus group will be used to develop programs for kids ranging in age from five to 19-years-old. 

The Orange County Center is located at 306 Revere Road, Suite E, in Hillsborough.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Sheronda Witter at 919.245.2057.

###

 


Library Half Day Operations

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Main Library

919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR HALF DAY: FEBRUARY 8

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)–The Orange County Main Library and the Orange County Cybrary Branch will close from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8. This will allow staff to devote time to developing the Library’s strategic plan.

The strategic plan will include input shared by the public, during a series of public input sessions and the results of an online Community Needs Assessment survey conducted in October of 2012.

For more information about the strategic plan, please contact the Main Library at 919.245.2525.

 

###

 


Library Literacy Bags

Media Contact

Mary Shaver, Youth Services Librarian

Orange County Main Library

919.245.2532

mshaver@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY OFFERS
COMMON CORE LITERACY BAGS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)–The Orange County Main Library is now offering literacy bags that support the Common Core Standards.

Common Core State Standards, now used in all Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools, set clear educational standards in English language arts and math for students in Kindergarten through high school.

These standards describe what students should know in each grade and are designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills expected in college and the global workforce. Teachers and school administrators lead the implementation of the Common Core. These new standards ensure that all students get a consistent education, even if they move to a new school anywhere in the United States.

Each of the New Common Core Literacy Bags contains 10 carefully chosen books on a theme. These bags of books are designed to support informational text, enhance exposure to literary nonfiction and vocabulary, and make cross curriculum connections.

New Common Core Literacy Bag themes include, but are not limited to: Maps, Rocks and Minerals, Time and Money, Skeletal and Muscular System, Magnetism and Electricity, and Ecosystems.

The Library offers 90 literacy bags, including bilingual bags with books in English and Spanish.

A complete list of the Literacy Bag themes, along with a title list of the books each bag contains, is available at the Children’s Services Desk.

For more information, please call 919.245.2532 or visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/literacybags.asp

 

###

 


Annual Agricultural Summit

Media Contact

J. Michael Lanier, MBA

Agricultural Economic Development Agent

NC Cooperative Extension

mlanier@co.orange.nc.us

919.245.2063

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND
15TH ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)–The Orange County Cooperative Extension is inviting the public to attend the 15th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, at Schley Grange Hall in Hillsborough.  Afternoon activities will include an optional tour of the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center.  Farmers throughout Orange County are encouraged to attend.

Topics will include Historic Farms in Orange County; the Orange County Farm Heritage Project; Agri-Tourism in Orange County; the PLANT program and Breeze Farm Incubator; Direct and Wholesale Opportunities for Poultry and Livestock Producers; Farm Financing Alternatives; and an Update of Agricultural Legislation.

The afternoon tour of the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center in Hillsborough will include a demonstration of the new vegetable and fruit wash and grade line and fruit grinder and juicer.

Schley Grange Hall is located at 3416 Schley Road in Hillsborough. The admission fee is $10, which includes a catered lunch by The Pig, which is located in Chapel Hill. Barry Jacobs, Chair of the Board of Orange County Commissioners will deliver the Welcome at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 8:35 a.m. 

For more information or to register, please visit www.orangecountyfarms.org  or call Beverly Shuford at 919.245.2510.

 

###

 


BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130    

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 28, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following changes in their 2013 meeting calendar. 

On January 24, 2013 the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the following changes in the 2013 meeting calendar for the Board. 

 

  • The location of the February 12, 2013 BOCC work session was changed FROM the Southern Human Services Center TO the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron St., Hillsborough. 

 

  • The March 12, 2013 BOCC Work Session was changed FROM the Link Government Services Center TO the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. 

 

  • The BOCC Regular meeting on December 17, 2013 was changed TO December 10, 2013.  This meeting will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, N.C.

 

The webpage link for the most current meeting schedule is linked below.

http://www.orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/bocc2013.asp

A single page color calendar for 2013 BOCC meetings is linked below. 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/bocc2013c.pdf

 

###

 


 

Weekend Operations Update

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY SATURDAY OPERATION CHANGES DUE TO

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 26, 2013)– The Orange County Main Library, Orange County Cybrary Branch and Carrboro Branch will NOT open on Saturday, January 26, but will resume regular operating hours on Sunday, January 27.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing the Solid Waste Convenience Centers will resume operations at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26. The Orange County Landfill and the Hazardous Household Waste Collection will open at 9:00 a.m.

Urban Curbside recycling routes were not completed yesterday. If your collection was missed, please leave your bins out and curbside collection will resume today. Rural Curbside recycling routes were completed yesterday as scheduled.

 

###

 


Operations Update

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated 1:15 p.m.


ORANGE COUNTY OPERATION CHANGES DUE TO

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the following changes to operations. The administrative offices will close and employees will be sent home at 1:00 p.m., due to the Winter Weather Advisory and current precipitation.

Orange County will experience snow and sleet mostly north of Interstate 85, measuring half an inch. The low temperatures will contribute to a greater likelihood of accumulation and impacts.  

The Orange County Courthouse closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25.

The Little River Regional Park will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday,January 25. The County has cancelled all recreation programs tonight and on Saturday, January 26, from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will continue to operate its dialysis routes on schedule.

The Central Orange Senior Center will open at its regular time at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, but the Seymour Center will open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The Orange County Main Library, Orange County Cybrary Branch and Carrboro McDougal Branch will open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, and will resume regular operating hours on Sunday.

The Animal Services Department will operate during regular business hours from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, but the rabies clinic is canceled tomorrow. It is rescheduled for Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers, the Orange County Landfill and the Hazardous Household Waste Collection will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. These services will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday January 26, weather permitting.

Urban Curbside recycling routes were not completed on Friday. If your collection was missed, please leave your bins outside and collection will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26. Rural Curbside recycling routes have been completed as scheduled.

All other County offices will re-open and resume regular business hours on Monday,

January 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For a list of disaster preparation tips, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at http://www.readyorange.org

The latest weather advisory updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

###


 

County Offices Close Early

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY CLOSES OFFICES EARLY DUE TO

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will close and employees will be sent home at 1:00 p.m., due to the Winter Weather Advisory and current precipitation.

The County offices will re-open and resume regular business hours on Monday, January 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orange County will experience snow and sleet mostly north of Interstate 85, measuring half an inch. The low temperatures will contribute to a greater likelihood of accumulation and impacts.  

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will continue to operate its dialysis routes on schedule.

The Orange County Animal Services Department has rescheduled tomorrow’s Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

For a list of disaster preparation tips, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at http://www.readyorange.org

The latest weather advisory updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 

###


 

Rabies Clinic Canceled

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmoratto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES CANCELS RABIES CLINIC

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2013)--The Orange County Animal Services Department is cancelling the Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic scheduled for tomorrow, due to the black ice expected for the morning, which could make driving conditions hazardous.  

The clinic is being rescheduled for Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.

###


 

Winter Weather Advisory

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135    

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARES FOR

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 24, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is preparing for and monitoring a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from noon on Friday, January 25, through midnight on Friday.

An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.

Orange County will experience snow and sleet, beginning late in the afternoon. Accumulation will be mostly north of Interstate 85 and measure less than half an inch. The temperatures prior to the storm will contribute to a greater likelihood of accumulation and impacts.  

Emergency Services is coordinating with the County Departments and community partners to ensure vital services to the public are not interrupted. The preparation includes testing generators, ensuring the County fleet is ready to respond to any events/incidents, placing volunteers from various agencies on standby, and coordinating preparedness activities with the municipalities, university and UNC Hospital system.

T

he County’s Asset Management Services and Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation are working in conjunction to apply brine to the driveways, walkways, parking areas of all critical County facilities.

For a list of disaster preparation tips, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at http://www.readyorange.org

The latest weather advisory updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

###


 

County Two Hour Delay

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPERATE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY DUE TO

WINTER STORM WARNING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 17, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the administrative offices will operate on a two hour delay on Friday, January 18.

Due to the Winter Storm Warning that could result in two to four inches of snow in Orange County tonight and tomorrow morning, offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. will open at 10:00 a.m.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will operate its dialysis routes tomorrow, regardless of the weather. OPT will plan for a regular day, until further notice. The dialysis buses will also operate on Saturday, January 19, and Monday, January 21.

The latest updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.  

###


Winter Storm Service Changes

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO MODIFY/MAINTAIN SERVICES DUE TO

WINTER STORM WARNING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 17, 2013)–Orange County is announcing  changes to some services in preparation for a Winter Storm Warning that could result in two to four inches of snow in Orange County tonight and tomorrow morning.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will operate its dialysis routes tomorrow, regardless of the weather. OPT will plan for a regular day, until further notice. The dialysis buses will also operate on Saturday, January 19, and Monday, January 21.

The Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation is canceling all activities scheduled for this evening, due to the snow warning.

Animal Services will be open until 7:30 this evening.

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period.  

###

 


Winter Storm Warning

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES PREPARES FOR

WINTER STORM WARNING

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 17, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department is preparing for and monitoring a Winter Storm Warning that could result in two to four inches of snow in Orange County tonight and tomorrow morning.

Emergency Services is coordinating with the County Departments and community partners to ensure vital services to the public are not interrupted. The preparation includes testing generators, ensuring the County fleet is ready to respond to any events/incidents, placing volunteers from various agencies on standby, and coordinating preparedness activities with the municipalities, university and UNC Hospital system.

“As the winter season progresses, we strongly encourage residents to make sure they have at least a three-day supply of essential items for each member of their household,” said Chief Frank Montes de Oca, director of Orange County Emergency Services.

Prepare an emergency kit and store it in a convenient place known to all family members. The supplies should be placed in containers or bags that are durable, waterproof and portable, in case of evacuation or relocation to an emergency shelter.

To assist with preparation, residents should consider storing the following items in their home or vehicle as part of an emergency kit:

EMERGENCY KIT CONTENTS

 

  • Battery-operated or wind up radio
  • Flashlights and new batteries
  • Drinking water (one gallon/person, per day), stored in clean plastic containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Canned food, manual can opener and cooking fuel, such as sterno
  • Medications and prescriptions and contact information for family physicians
  • Special food and supplies for infants, elderly, diabetics, pets, etc.
  • First-aid kit and first-aid manual
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pillows, sheets, blankets, toilet paper, feminine products, paper towels, etc.
  • Cards, books, small games, toys, road maps, plan for animals and pets
  • Clothing, rain gear, water proof shoes, extra glasses or contacts
  • Credit cards, cash, extra set of car keys, insurance policy, and other documents
  • Photo ID, List of important family information, style and serial numbers of medical devices, such as a pacemaker

 

For more disaster preparation information, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at http://www.readyorange.org

###

 


Library Black History Month Events

Media Contacts

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2536

jarnold@orangecountync.gov  

Mary Shaver, Youth Services Librarian

Orange County Main Library

919.245.2532

mshaver@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 17, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library is celebrating Black History with special events for all ages. Visit the library in February to check out books, movies and more that you can take home to celebrate Black History Month. 

Community Read

The book entitled, “The Emancipation Proclamation” by John Hope Franklin, was selected by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The public is invited to at the Main Library for a discussion of the book with special guest speaker Dr. Reginald Hildebrand of UNC on Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Use your library card to request a copy of the book online at http://bit.ly/ocplcatalog

Special Events

African Folktales a Bright Star Theatre production that presents exciting tales traditionally passed down by word of mouth. The event will take place at the Main Library at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

With imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation, these stories bring to life the vastness of the African landscape and a variety of clever animals, and include valuable character-education themes. Celebrate world cultures, literature and the art of storytelling with these tales from across the African continent. Ideal for all age groups.

Experience the story of Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery in 1818, but would eventually become a best-selling author, lecturer and leader fighting for the end of slavery and equal rights for all. The event will take place at the Main Library at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. The Bright Star Touring Theatre will present the 45-minute play followed by a question and answer session. The show is geared toward students in grades two and up as well as adults.

 

Visit the Carrboro Branch Library to hear the tale of John Henry at this special story time with Miss Elizabeth.  The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23. Story times at the Carrboro Branch Library, which is located inside the McDougle Middle School, are designed for children ages five and younger and their parents or caregivers.

 

Family Movie at the Main Library will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27. The film tells the true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who in the 1960s was only six when she helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. She was the only black girl at the school, and she eventually broke down a century-old barrier forever, a pivotal moment in the civil-rights movement. This movie was made for TV, not rated.  While the titles of movies cannot be posted online, details are available if you call the Library at 919.245.2536.  See you at the movies!

For more information or to view the library’s complete schedule of events, please visit bit.ly/ocplevents

###

 


Rabies Case

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REPORTS FIRST POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 17, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department receives its first positive rabies result of the year from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded 12 positive cases.

Unlike the majority of rabies cases seen by the County, a goat tested positive in this case. The report originated earlier in the week when a resident in the vicinity of Brookhollow Road and Bane Road in Efland noticed strange behavior from one of his two pet goats. The goat owner called his veterinarian and a decision was made to euthanize the animal and send it to the State Laboratory for testing.  Results of the positive were received on Wednesday, January 16, The information was shared with Animal Services and the Department of Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over livestock matters throughout the state.

A communicable disease nurse from the Orange County Health Department has been in contact with the goat owner to discuss post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies.  They are also seeking to contact others who could have had contact with the rabid goat over the last few weeks.  While it is less likely that animals in the goat family would bite and spread the disease as easily as carnivorous species, residents or visitors to the Efland area that may have been in physical contact with this goat should still see their doctor or contact Cathy York, RN, a communicable disease nurse with Orange County’s Health Department to have an assessment. She can be reached at 919.245.2343.

The deceased goat was of the Lamancha breed and is described as a black and white female.  A second goat has been seen by a Department of Agriculture Veterinarian and has been placed on a six month quarantine for observation. 

 

 

2012 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The first low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, January 26.  The clinic will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

For more information, please visit www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices or call 919.942.PETS (7387).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within five days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for six months at the owner’s expense
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
  • Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your home even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

                                                       ###

 


Volunteer

Media Contact

Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2013) — One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is recruiting volunteers for the following advisory boards:

(1)  Adult Care Home   Committee           Three vacancies: At-Large

(2)  Advisory Board on Aging                    Two vacancies: At-Large                  

(3)  Affordable Housing Advisory Board      Four vacancies: At-Large

(4)  Animal Services Advisory Board           One vacancy: Non-Municipality

(5)  Carrboro Board of Adjustment             One vacancy: ETJ Resident

(6)  Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment          One vacancy: ETJ or JPA Resident

(7)  Commission for the Environment         Three vacancies: At Large

(8)  Human Relations Commission             Two vacancies: 1 Carrboro,  1 At-Large

(9)  Mebane Board of Adjustment               One vacancy: Orange ETA

(10) Nursing Home Committee                   Four vacancies:  1 At-large, 3 Nursing Home Admin.

(11) Orange County Board of Adjustment      Two vacancies

(12) Orange County Housing Authority          One vacancy: At-Large

(13) OC Parks & Recreation                         Three vacancies: 1 Cheeks Township, 1 Little River Township, 1 At-Large

Please visit the Orange County Web Site at www.orangecountync.gov/boards/apply.asp to see a complete list of Advisory Boards and vacancies.  You may complete an application online or download an application.  For additional information, contact the office of the Clerk to the Board:

Jeanette Jones at (919) 245-2125, (jjones@orangecountync.gov)  or

Donna Baker at 245-2130,  (dbaker@orangecountync.gov).

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

###


 

Free Movies in January

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEYMOUR CENTER TO SHOW FREE MOVIES IN JANUARY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 11, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is partnering with Second Journey to show free feature films at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center.

The next movie event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, featuring Central Station, a 1998 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

The final film, Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31.

If time permits, audience discussion will follow each of the movies.

The film series is free and will take place at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

###

 


MLK Holiday Observance

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES IN OBSERVANCE OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 9, 2013)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Monday, January 21, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Tuesday, January 22, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, exceptions apply to the following County departments or services.

Library

The Orange County Main Library and the Orange County Carrboro Branch Library and Orange County Cybrary will be open during regular hours on Saturday, January 19, and on Sunday, January 20. However all three locations will be closed on Monday, January 21.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule.

Parks

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area will be open from 8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed.

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes on Monday, January 21.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

The Orange County Solid Waste Administrative Office, located at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, the Orange County Landfill and the Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on January 21.

There will be no change in the curbside recycling schedule.  If your normal recycling day is on Monday, January 21, please place your bins at the curb before 7:00 a.m.

  

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

###

 


 

Economic Development Web site Award

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEB SITE RECEIVES
INTERNATIONAL AWARD

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 9, 2013)–The Orange County Economic Development (OCED) Department hired Red House Group in mid-2011, to design its Web site, which took several months to complete.

The marketing, Web and interactive design firm is the recipient of a Silver W3 Award for its creation and development of the OCED site, coining the theme: Grow in Orange, NC at http://growinorangenc.com/

Red House Group’s OCED submission was among more than 3,000 award entries for the program that is now in its seventh year. The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the Web, and the program is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms.

“The dynamic design and user-friendly navigation of the Web site is precisely what the County needed to assist existing and potential business prospects in obtaining key information to pinpoint, among other things, Orange County’s incentives and business stats,” said Steve Brantley, director of Orange County’s Economic Development Department.

Red House Group was charged with creating a site that increased the awareness of Orange County and its attributes as a coveted business location. The County’s numerous amenities were compiled and organized into a comprehensive resource that is intuitive and visually appealing. Navigating the site, visitors are able to search categories for information specific to their interests including:

  • Location – Maps of the triangle region and the state
  • Growing Business – Statistics on business, labor, workforce, and agriculture
  • Sites & Buildings – Relocation and expansion resources
  • Livability – Education, arts & culture, healthcare, and transportation

 

About (www.w3award.com):

The W3 Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, & Mobile Apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Simply put, the W³ is the first major Web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

 

For more information about economic development opportunities in Orange County, please visit the Web site or call the administrative office at 919.245.2325.


###

 


Juried Art Exhibit

Media Contact

Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2529

atullos@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY SEEKS ENTRIES FOR JURIED ART EXHIBIT


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 8, 2013)—The Orange County Main Library invites artists who either live or work in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Person, Chatham, Durham, or Wake Counties to participate in the Library’s Juried Art Exhibit, this summer.

The submission deadline for this exhibit is on Friday, February 1, 2013. The theme for the summer 2013 exhibit is entitled, “Dig Into Reading,” which is also this year’s theme for Summer Reading in Public Libraries. 

For complete details and submission instructions, please visit the Library’s Web site at http://www.orangecountync.gov/library/CallForArtEntries.asp

###

 


LAUNCH Chapel Hill

Media Contact

Andrea Tullos, Assistant Director

Orange County Public Library

919.245.2529

atullos@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                        LAUNCH CHAPEL HILL: CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS


CHAPEL HILL, NC (January 7, 2013)—Community entrepreneurs and startup ventures are encouraged to apply through Jan. 28 for admission to LAUNCH Chapel Hill, a laboratory for entrepreneurs or “venture lab” located at 321 W. Rosemary Street.

LAUNCH Chapel Hill is a best-in-class venture lab and co-working space for students and residents of Chapel Hill.  The incubator model helps entrepreneurs to develop ventures from early stage efforts into self-sustaining enterprises. This venture is made possible by the collaboration of the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC- Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

LAUNCH provides the following key benefits:

1. Practical training events and networking opportunities
2. Subsidized rent and services for those in need
3. Mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs
4. Industry contacts and fundraising assistance

LAUNCH celebrates a culture where its members are surrounded and inspired by other entrepreneurs. The objective is to provide candid and actionable feedback, where true grit and short learn cycle times mix effortlessly.

LAUNCH provides business services, such as marketing, accounting and legal at preferential or pro bono rates. Accepted ventures are paired with business mentors in the community and gain access to valuable contacts in the UNC, Chapel Hill and Orange County relationship economy.

Interested entrepreneurs can obtain an application, skim the LAUNCH Chapel Hill Fact Sheet, visit the venture lab, and learn more about the available resources at www.launchchapelhill.com or by contacting Bobby Funk at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at bobby@downtownchapelhill.com

 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill Fact Sheet

What: LAUNCH Chapel Hill, a laboratory for entrepreneurs or “venture lab,” continues Chapel Hill’s tradition of innovation and big ideas. It will attract start-ups and encourage growth in Chapel Hill. It is the first joint government venture of its kind.  The attractions for start-up companies include low-rent space, coaching/mentoring/programming support from UNC faculty and staff, networking opportunities, and fundraising assistance.

Where: 321 W. Rosemary St., in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill’s business district

When: Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for admission by Jan. 28, 2013. Facility expected to open in spring 2013. 

Who: This is a collaborative venture made possible by the efforts of the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC- Chapel Hill, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. Experienced mentors from UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and other UNC departments will meet with venture founders and teams to help them succeed.

Another entity – 3 Birds marketing-communications company – is part of the synergy making this exciting business development happen. 3 Birds outgrew its space at 321 W. Rosemary St. making room for the new venture lab to set up in the 3,500 square foot facility. 3 Birds then expanded to the newly remodeled office space at 505 W. Franklin St. above the recently opened Topo Distillery and will continue to play a supportive role in LAUNCH Chapel Hill.

How: Interested entrepreneurs who wish to apply, visit the lab space, or learn more, visit us at www.launchchapelhill.com LAUNCH Chapel Hill provides three key benefits: 1. Street smart training events and networking opportunities; 2. Subsidized rent and services for those in need; 3. Mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs as well as industry contacts and fundraising assistance

Background: The University and the Town agreed that their existing partnership in the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership was the right vehicle for managing this initiative. The Partnership serves as the property manager in LAUNCH. Three years of funding  for the space comes to the Partnership from the Town’s Downtown Tax District ($105,000), the County’s ½ cent sales tax earmarked for economic development ($140,000), and 3 Birds marketing-communications company ($30,000 in cash and a value of $30,000 in in-kind services).   Rental payments from tenants will also support the cost of the space.

Program management is provided by the UNC-Chapel Hill through the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

3 Birds will offer services that will include developing a program to expose and mentor youth in the community to technology and innovation possibilities. It also would include working with the Town to consider ways the 3 Birds technology solution may be applied to general Town information services or more focused innovation-economic development efforts.

 

Contacts for Media:

Town of Chapel Hill: Catherine Lazorko, 919.969.5055 clazorko@townofchapelhill.org

UNC-Chapel Hill: Susan Hudson, 919.962.8415 susan_hudson@unc.edu

Orange County: Carla Banks, 919.245.2302 or cbanks@orangecountync.gov

 

Contact for Interested Applicants:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership: Bobby Funk, 919.967.9440 or bobby@downtownchapelhill.com

 

###

 


Human Relations Forum

Media Contact

James E. Davis, Jr.

Civil Rights Specialist

Phone: 919.245.2487

housinghumanrightscd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO HUMAN RELATIONS MONTH FORUM


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 4, 2013)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission will kick-off  Human Relations Month with a forum in celebration of the 150TH Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The public is invited to attend the forum, which will take place on Sunday, January 27, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, located at 100 North Greensboro Street, in Carrboro.

The theme of this year’s forum is: The Emancipation Proclamation and Equality Today.

The Commission is honored to have Dr. Freddie Parker, a professor of history at North Carolina Central University and Reverend Lavisha Williams of St. Joseph CME Church as the esteemed panelists.

The honorable Judge Beverly Scarlett of the Orange County District Courts will serve as

the forum’s moderator.

Prior to the forum, Lynn and the Monarchs will perform at 2:30 p.m. A Reception will immediately follow the Panel Discussion.  

For more information about this and other events planned during Human Relations Month, please call 919.245.2487.

###


Revaluation Sales Online

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TAX OFFICE MAKES REVALUATION SALES PUBLIC

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 4, 2013)— The Orange County Tax Office has posted all 2012 qualified market sales on the County’s Web site in an effort to promote public involvement with the County’s impending property tax revaluation. 

The records can be viewed by clicking on the Departments tab, selecting the Tax Administration option then access the link entitled, ‘Revaluation.’ 

While the bulk of sales occurring in 2012 will not be used for the 2015 revaluation, this effort is a starting point. The tax office will update the Web page each month with the latest qualified sales. 

“We are putting our best foot forward and making a diligent effort to perform this revaluation in a collaborative effort with the public.  Successful property tax revaluations do not involve just the Tax Office,” said Dwane Brinson, director of the Orange County Tax Office. 

“We want to capitalize on our educated and astute public by making the 2015 revaluation interactive, encouraging public input throughout the process,” added Brinson.

North Carolina requires counties, by law, to perform a property tax revaluation at least every eight years.  Approximately half the counties have adopted a more frequent schedule.  Orange County’s last revaluation took effect on January 1, 2009, and the next one is scheduled for January 1, 2015. 

State law prohibits counties from adjusting real property tax assessments in a non-revaluation year, up or down, unless the property underwent a physical change. 

Orange County real estate may have experienced changes since January 1, 2009, and the Tax Office plans to work with realtors, business professionals and citizens to establish a clearer, more accurate picture for the new tax assessments, effective in 2015.

For information about the revaluation process or accessing the market sales, please call the Tax Office at 919.245.2100.

###

 


Tax Bills & Tax Listings

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT TAX BILLS

AND TAX LISTINGS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 2, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office is announcing that state law provides that the last day to pay property taxes at par, excluding registered motor vehicles, is on January 5. 

 If January 5th falls on a weekend or non-business day, the law allows taxpayers to pay at par through the following business day.  This year, taxpayers are able to pay at par through Monday, January 7, 2013. 

Tax bills remaining unpaid after January 7, 2013, will be assessed interest in accordance with state law.  Additional interest shall apply to any unpaid bills each month thereafter until paid in full. 

 To review property tax bills and other property tax records, please take advantage of the County’s online services at www.orangecountync.gov 

 Taxpayers may also contact the Tax Office at 919.245.2725 or send an e-mail to revenue@orangecountync.gov

 

Each year, during the month of January, North Carolina property taxpayers must list any personal property owned.  Orange County recently mailed tax listing forms to all real property and personal property owners in the County. 

Items such as boats, boat motors, business equipment, airplanes, etc. must be listed annually on this listing form.  In addition, taxpayers owning real property (house or land) must list any improvements made to the real property on this annual form. Improvements to real property may include adding a deck, room addition, new house, etc.  

State law also requires those in possession of other taxpayers’ property to provide an annual list to the tax office by January 15.  For example, the owner of a mobile home park would need to provide the tax office a list of all tenants in the mobile home park, or the owner of a marina listing all boats stored at the facility, etc. 

For more information, please contact the Tax Office at 919.245.2100 or send an e-mail to tax@orangecountync.gov

###