Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron Street
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246

Contact: Buck Tredway
Communications Specialist
(919) 245-2126
Fax: (919) 644-0246

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Resumes March 2


Date: February 26, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788, recycling

The Orange County household hazardous waste (HHW) collection will resume Saturday March 2, 2002 at the Orange County landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill after a brief winter hiatus. The event is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to residents of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. This regularly scheduled event will continue to be held the first Saturday of each month until the end of 2002.

What better way to start spring cleaning than to remove hazardous materials that might be stored in your home and to dispose of them responsibly!  Citizens can bring paints, pesticides, automotive fluids (such as antifreeze, diesel fuel, gasoline, and brake fluid), batteries, cleaning chemicals, fluorescent lights, and other hazardous materials from their households to the collection. Wastes should not be mixed together but kept in separate, non-leaking containers with the original label intact whenever possible.  No radioactive, medical, or business wastes are accepted.

Household (dry-cell) batteries, automotive (wet-cell) batteries, used motor oil and oil filters do not need to be brought to the household hazardous waste collection. Save time in line by bringing these items to be recycled at any Orange County Solid Waste convenience centers. They are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7 a.m.-12.p.m. and 1.p.m.-7p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Many residents over the years have enjoyed the paint exchange at the household hazardous waste collection. The paint exchange offers free latex paint in good condition that has been diverted from the HHW collection.  The paint exchange will re-open during the March 2 HHW event, but will not have paint available to residents until the afternoon.  The paint exchange will be in full swing at the Saturday, April 6 collection, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Orange County Now Accepts All Batteries for Recycling at Convenience Centers


Date: February 26, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788,

Orange County residents can now bring any type of battery to any of the six Orange County solid waste convenience centers for recycling.  A special red, igloo-shaped bin has been placed at each center for collection of all types of dry cell batteries including those from hearing aids, cell phones, cameras, power tools, flashlights, toys and other battery-operated devices.  In addition to dry cell batteries, all the centers continue to accept lead-acid batteries such as those used for autos, boats, motorcycles and lawnmowers. 

The six centers are located throughout the County at Bradshaw Quarry Road, Eubanks Road, Highway 57, Ferguson Road, High Rock Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. They are all open the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7am to 5pm. And Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The centers are closed Wednesdays.

All of the batteries collected at Orange County recycling facilities will be processed for recycling.  During the recycling process, the batteries are separated by type, electrolytes are neutralized, metals are reclaimed for reuse, and plastic cases are shredded, melted, and used to make new battery cases.  Almost all parts of the battery are recycled, and the toxic materials are kept out of our landfills and our environment.

Rechargeable batteries can also be dropped off for recycling at Radio Shack stores and Lowes’ Home Improvement Warehouse in Chapel Hill and Home Depot in Durham.  Batteries are also accepted at the County’s monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on the first Saturday of each month at the Orange County Landfill.

Rob Taylor, Orange County Recycling Coordinator, said, “It has never been easier to recycle your batteries in Orange County.  Providing a recycling program for all types of batteries at a single location makes it simple for the public to help reduce the overall toxicity of the waste being buried at the Orange County landfill. According to the EPA, dry cell batteries account for 52 percent of the cadmium and 88 percent of the mercury found in the municipal solid waste stream.  People can also reduce the number of batteries they use by buying rechargeable ones.”

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N.C. Agriculture Commissioner to Keynote 4th Annual Agricultural Summit



February 14, 2002

Contacts:  Barry Jacobs, (919)732-4941, (919) 732-4384; Fletcher Barber, (919) 245-2050 (; David Stancil (919) 245-2590 (  

North Carolina Agricultural Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps will head the list of dignitaries and speakers at the 4th annual Orange County Agricultural Summit, to be held Tuesday, February 19th at the Schley Grange Hall at the intersection of Schley Road and N.C. 57 in northern Orange County. 

The 2002 Agricultural Summit will also feature a variety of topics of interest to the farming community. Representative Joe Hackney and speakers from the N.C. Farm Bureau and N.C. Department of Revenue will discuss changes in the State's Use Value taxation program for farms. County Commission Chair Barry Jacobs and other County staff will also speak to Orange County initiatives related to farming. 

A series of breakout sessions will follow, offering area farmers opportunities to learn about new and innovative agricultural techniques and receive information from other farmers about their  experiences with new operations.

The Orange County Agricultural Summit was first started in February 1998, and has been held each February since. Previous years have seen speakers on a variety of topics and points of view, from community-supported agriculture to value-added products produced on individual farms to conservation easements.

The Summit will begin with registration and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., and conclude (following a locally-catered lunch) at 1:15 p.m.

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Staples Stores will Accept Old Computers for Reuse and Recycling February 17 & 18


Date: February 13, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788,; Staples Stores

Staples, which operates more than 1,400 “superstores” for office supplies, will accept computer equipment for reuse and recycling at its stores nationwide this Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18 (Presidents' Day), according to a company press release.

Individuals and businesses can bring in their old computer equipment, including monitors and hard drives. There is no charge for this service. Through a partnership with Gifts in Kind International, computers will be refurbished and given to children's organizations in communities across the country. Computers that are unable to be rebuilt "will be recycled responsibly to generate reusable materials," according to the press release.

To find the locations of Staples stores, see their website at: Click on "Find a Store" at the top.  If you click on "United States" and give your city or zip code, it will find the closest stores, and will give their address and phone number.  To confirm store hours and whether they will accept a certain type of computer equipment (especially anything unusual), people can call the store directly.

People who bring in old computer equipment to Staples during this event can receive a $100 savings on a new computer with an Intel Pentium 4 processor, or $20 off a purchase of $100 or more for other Staples products purchased during those two days.

According to a Staples employee in Raleigh, only complete systems, consisting of a CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse, or a laptop computer, will be accepted. Individual components will not be collected at this event.

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Arabian Horse Auction is March 2


February 13, 2002

For more information: John Sauls, Orange County Animal Control,  919-245-2081;, or Donna King  919-245-2449;

Orange County Animal Control will sponsor an auction of nine (9) Arabian horses on Saturday March 2, 2002 at 10 am.  The auction will be held at The Central Carolina Holstein Association Barn located behind the Orange Grove Rural Fire Department in the Orange Grove Community at 6800 Orange Grove Rd., at Buckhorn Rd. in southwestern Orange County, 3.8 miles north of NC 54, and 8.3 miles southwest of Hillsborough. The auctioneer will be Mr. Phillip Walker of Hillsborough.

The horses include two (2) stallions, five (5) mares, a weanling stud colt and a weanling filly. All, but the two foals and a mare born in March 2000, are registered.

Orange County Animal Control seized the horses in October with a court order.  Since October the horses have been in the care of several concerned horse owners in Orange and Alamance counties and collectively have gained hundreds of pounds and have regained their health. The former owner was convicted of five counts of animal cruelty on December 20, and, on January 24, Animal Control was ordered to sell the nine horses at auction. The court specifically ordered Animal Control to conduct a screening process of potential bidders to attempt to assure that the horses will be sold to people who have the knowledge and ability to properly care for the horses. Note: You must be a current horse owner to participate.

In order to properly execute the court’s intentions, Orange County Animal Control requires those prospective auction participants to submit an application for approval by Animal Control. Animal Control may follow up with a phone call and/or a site visit to the prospective auction participants. Approved applicants will be notified by letter. Only pre-approved applicants will be permitted to participate in the auction.

  The application, as well as an information page and photos and descriptions of the nine Arabian horses may be found on the Orange County web page at

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Volunteer Service to Help with Taxes


February 12, 2002

For more information: Vicki Hill, RSVP, (919) 968-2056;

Taxes can be a real headache, but they don’t have to be. Once again, Orange County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is sponsoring VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a free income tax preparation service for low- to middle-income people of any age living in Orange or Chatham counties. Non-English speakers must bring an interpreter. Hospital and home visits for the homebound or disabled can be arranged.

VITA volunteers can provide assistance with Federal Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ plus North Carolina tax returns. From now until April 13, trained volunteers will prepare computerized returns and can provide free electronic filing. In cases involving complex or lengthy tax returns, they may refer clients to other professionals.

Preparers are specially trained and tested to deal with special schedules and topics such as child care, energy credits for the elderly, earned income, deductions and married couples. Last year more than 40 volunteers prepared 1,222 returns. 

Service in Orange County will be provided at the Chapel Hill Senior Center (968-2070), Carrboro Town Hall (968-2070) and the Whitted Building in Hillsborough (245-2000). Chatham County service will be at the Council on Aging (542-4512 - Ellen Brooks). As of today, all service is by appointment only except for walk-in service at Carrboro Town Hall (see Tuesday schedule). To make an appointment, contact the individual site. Refer to the schedule for details and a list of papers to bring. Even though a time slot might say “Appointments Only,” there might be space to accommodate someone without an appointment, depending on that day’s schedule.

RSVP VITA is sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) as part of the Orange County Dept. on Aging, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Corporation for National Service and the IRS.

RSVP VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
FREE electronic filing  & Computerized returns prepared for those eligible



Appointment Only

Appointment Only

Appointment Only



Chapel Hill Senior Center
400 A-1 S. Elliott Road
Galleria Mall
Chapel Hill 27514



Jan 31-Apr 11

Feb 1-Apr 12

 Feb 2- Apr 13


Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro  27510

Feb 5-Apr 9







Whitted Building-Dept. on Aging Conference Room
(Ground Floor below Library)
300 W. Tryon Street
Hillsborough  27278


 Feb 6-Apr 10



 Feb 2-Apr 13
Appointment Only

Chatham County
Council on Aging

365 Highway 87 North
Pittsboro 27312
919-542-4512 Ellen Brooks


Every other WED
Feb 6-Apr 10


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First Confirmed Case of Wildlife Rabies for 2002 
in Orange County




February  8, 2002


For more information: John Sauls, Animal Control Director, (919) 245-2081;, or Donna King, (919) 245-2449;


Orange County Animal Control has confirmed the County’s first case of wildlife rabies for the current calendar year and the first case since November of last year. For 2001 Animal Control confirmed 12 cases, eleven of which were raccoons and the other a fox. This year’s first case is a raccoon.


At about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, a man stepped out onto the back deck of his home and greeted his three dogs. Two hours later he did so again, but this time noticed a dead raccoon in the backyard. He then put all three dogs in their pens without touching them. He covered the raccoon and called Animal Control.


All three of his dogs were vaccinated against rabies and the owner has made arrangements to re-vaccinate them. State law requires that vaccinated dogs that have physical contact with animals proven to be rabid be re-vaccinated within 72 hours of that contact.


The dog owner did not specifically remember whether or not he had handled his dogs when he first greeted them at 2 p.m., nor could he be certain that the dead raccoon was not already in the yard at that earlier time. Thus, there was the possibility that the man had had contact with his dogs after they had contact with the raccoon, thereby allowing for the possibility, however remote, that the man had been exposed to the rabies virus by touching his own dogs. He was referred to a communicable disease nurse in the Health Department.


Orange County Animal Control will sponsor a $5 rabies immunization clinic on Saturday, February 23, at 1 p.m., rain or shine. There will be two locations: the parking lot beside the county courthouse in Hillsborough and the Northern Human Services Center on Highway 86 North in Cedar Grove. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Fractious animals should be left in the vehicle and the vet will vaccinate them in the vehicle. All pet owners in the county should assure that their pets’ rabies vaccinations have been properly registered with Animal Control.


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It’s not too Late to Vaccinate: Make time for a Flu Shot


February 8, 2002

For more information: Donna King, (919) 245-2449; or Pam McCall, RN, (919) 245-2428;

Flu Season is in full swing and Orange County is reporting its typical share of illness.   Influenza is a seasonal threat seen from October to March.  “It’s not too late to vaccinate” says Pam McCall, Communicable Disease Program Coordinator with the Orange County Health Department.

Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus.  Symptoms include fever, muscle ache, sore throat and dry cough.  Complications from the flu can include pneumonia and bronchitis, especially in older adults.

Influenza vaccine is the best prevention against the flu and will help reduce the risk of illness and death.   It only takes about two weeks after the shot to develop immunity. There can be side effects from any medication, the most common being soreness at the injection site.  Careful screening prior to receiving the injection is conducted to reduce possible allergic reactions and other complications.

The Orange County Health Department has been vaccinating our high-risk citizens during the fall months and is encouraging those of lesser risk to take the time to get a flu shot:

  • Healthy people between 50 and 65.

  • Household members that live with people 65 and older or with someone with a chronic medical condition.

  • Anyone else, including children, who would like to avoid getting the flu.

The Orange County Health Department has two convenient clinic locations to serve the public.  Appointments can be made at 300 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough (245-2400) or Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill (968-2022).

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Orange County Wins Statewide Award for
Deconstruction Project


Date: January 31, 2002

For more information: Wilbert McAdoo,  (919) 245-2625,

An Orange County program that deconstructed an existing county building instead of demolishing it was named one of the top county programs in the state for 2001 by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and will receive an Outstanding County Program Award. The winning programs were selected for superior innovation and collaborative efforts in the categories of General Government, Human Services and Public Awareness.


Fourteen programs were selected from nearly 100 entries. The “Deconstruction” program was one of four General Government programs to receive the prestigious award. The Association received nearly 100 entries in the three categories.


The program was nominated by Wilbert McAdoo, Orange County Director of Public Works. A framed certificate will be presented to the County at the Board of Commissioners meeting on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. The following is a brief summary of the program:


After Hurricane Fran and several other storms damaged an Orange County building beyond repair, the Orange County Public Works Department decided to “deconstruct” the building instead of demolishing it. Work began on the project March 7, 2001, and was completed in about two months.


Deconstructing the building meant that more materials could be salvaged for use in other projects, such as the flooring and framing lumber, which was used to replace damaged flooring and erect walls at a building recently acquired to house the Purchasing and Central Services

Department. Bricks from the deconstruction will be used in the construction of a new retaining wall at the Whitted Building in historic downtown Hillsborough.


Another benefit was that less waste was deposited into the county landfill. The project resulted in the recycling of more than one ton of white goods and nearly six tons of metal. The value of the materials recovered was $37,130.


The entire project cost was $37,929. It would have cost an estimated $50,000 to demolish the building. The project resulted in a net savings of more than $12,000, not including the value of the reusable materials.


Wilbert McAdoo states that “Without the leadership, vision and support of the Orange County Commissioners and County Manager this project would not have been a success.  Also, Robin and Pete Hendricks, Deconstruction Specialists, played a key role by providing the technical expertise in guiding us through this learning experience and making the project a reality.  I commend the Public Works staff for their dedication and hard work on this new initiative.  This award is dedicated to them for accomplishing such a noteworthy task,” said McAdoo.


This is the 10th year the NCACC has been sponsoring the Outstanding County Programs Awards. The intent is to recognize and share information with other counties about programs that involve a uniquely innovative process, solution or idea to address a county or multi-jurisdictional issue and/or to prevent a future problem from developing.


For more information on the “Deconstruction” program, contact Wilbert McAdoo, Orange County Director of Public Works, at (919) 245-2625. For more information on the Outstanding County Programs Awards, contact Todd McGee, NCACC Director of Publications, at 919-715-7336.


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No Change in Recycling for
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Date: January 18, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788,

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  If your recycling day falls on Monday, January 21, 2002 be sure to place you bin out the evening prior to collection or have your bin out to the curb by 7:00 a.m. as usual. 

Recently there have been delays due to snow, but Orange Community Recycling assures residents that recycling is back on track, and collections are being made according to the regular schedule. 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will also be open on Monday, January 21, 2002 for normal business hours, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Questions? Call Orange County Solid Waste Management at 968-2788 or email

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Curbside Recycling Collection Running Late due to Inclement Weather


Date: January 8, 2002

For more information: Orange Community Recycling, (919) 968-2788,

Orange Community Recycling (OCR) announced this week that curbside recycling routes for Carrboro, Chapel Hiill, Hillsborough and throughout rural Orange County are back on regular schedules.  However, due to snow accumulation and increased volume of materials, the recycling trucks are running behind schedule. 

OCR urges residents to put their recycling out on their regular recycling day by 7:00 a.m., but to be aware that their recycling may not be picked up until the next day.  If your recycling is not picked up on your usual day, just leave it at the curb and it should be picked up the next day. 

To make up for the interruption in the regular schedule, recycling trucks will also be running on Saturday, January 12, to be sure that all the recycling that should have been collected this week is picked up.  

Residents can greatly assist recycling efficiency by making sure their bins are at the curb the evening before the scheduled collection or by 7:00 a.m. the day of collection at the latest, and by not putting recyclables in any container other than a curbside bin, or a similarly shaped container such as a laundry basket or milk crate.  Do not put recyclables in a trashcan, or in plastic bags.

If you have any questions, call Orange Community Recycling at (919) 968-2788, or email

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Orange County Library to open at 11 a.m., Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5


Date: January 4, 2002

For more information: Brenda Stephens, (919) 245-2525,

The Hillsborough branch of the Orange County Library will delay its opening until 11 a.m. tomorrow in anticipation of a hard freeze tonight.

The delayed opening does not affect the McDougle branch of the library because it is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, call the library at (919) 245-2525.

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Human Relations Commission to Celebrate Human Relations Month in February

Activities, Exhibit and Contest Planned to
Mark Event


Date: January 4, 2002

For more information: Contact: Enrique Armijo , (919) 245-2253,

In celebration of Human Relations Month in February, the Orange County Human Relations Commission has planned a wide range of activities throughout the month that celebrate and appreciate the diversity of the Orange County community.

“It is important to recognize and value the ethnic and cultural richness that makes life in the United States so special,” said Jena Matzen, Chair of the Human Relations Commission. “Doing so here in Orange County helps us to learn about and better appreciate our neighbors, which in turn helps us to strengthen our communities.”

On Friday February 1, a Human Relations Month Kickoff will be held at the Century Center in Carrboro from 6 to 9 p.m. Invited speakers will offer their opinions and observations on the struggle for equal rights and the state of human relations in our community today. The musical group, Town Ensemble, and the choir of Iglesia Unida de Cristo will also perform.

On Saturday February 16 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Elementary School, the group Kiran will host a performance of South Asian music and offer cultural and historical information on South Asian countries such as Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Kiran is a collection of people dedicated to supporting and assisting women who are from South Asia and experiencing domestic violence. They will speak on the special circumstances and cultural struggles of these women.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Orange County Commission for Women.

The next Sunday February 24 at 1 p.m. at A.L. Stanback Middle School, the Commission will host its annual Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony. Originally established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony recognizes individuals and businesses that have worked to promote and foster better human relations among the diverse residents of Orange County. The Pauli Murray Human Relations Award commemorates the life and achievements of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray.


In addition, the Commission will host two ongoing events throughout Human Relations Month. The Commission will sponsor an art exhibit to be held at the Carrboro Public Library at McDougle Middle School in February, open to all artists who would like to explore the theme of human relations. An essay contest for youth grades 6 to 12 will also be held throughout the month, with winners to be announced at the Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony. For information on these two events, including guidelines for participation, please call (919) 245-2253.


Admission to these events is free and open to the public. At all events light refreshments will be served.


The Orange County Human Relations Commission is a volunteer advisory board within Orange County government that seeks to prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance, by means of education, persuasion, conciliation and enforcement. It also advises the Orange County Board of Commissioners with respect to matters relating to its purpose.


For more information on Human Relations Month, please call (919) 245-2250.


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Orange County Cancels All Curbside Recycling Collection for Friday January 4.

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 3, 2002

Contact: Orange Community Recycling 919 968-2788

Curbside recycling collection in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County rural routes has been cancelled for Friday, January 4 2002 due to inclement weather.

Residents whose curbside collection would regularly fall on Thursday January 3, would have received collection on Friday, January 4 according to the New Year's holiday schedule. That collection has been cancelled. No make up day is scheduled.

The holiday schedule will resume on Saturday, weather permitting. Residents whose collection day would ordinarily be on Friday January 4, will receive a special collection on Saturday January 5. Weather permitting, the regular schedule will resume Monday January 7.

If you have missed your curbside collection due to the holiday schedule change or bad weather, please bring your recyclable materials to a 24-hour Drop off site, or staffed convenience center when they reopen. For locations call 968-2788 or visit

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