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

Contact: David Hunt
Information Specialist
(919) 245-2126
Fax: (919) 644-0246

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May/June 2006

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June 12, 2006

Contact: Felicia McLean-Torry, Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2884  

Orange County Updating Special Needs Registry in Preparation for Hurricane Season

The Orange County Department of Social Services is currently accepting applications for inclusion in the Disaster Special Needs Registry in preparation for hurricane season.

The registry is a confidential database maintained by the Department of Social Services and used to contact individuals with special needs who may need assistance in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or ice storm. 

The program will assist county staff in providing information vital to the safety and well being of registered individuals prior to or during a disaster.  Items in the database include contact information and health requirements.  Registered participants may be directed toward a facility or shelter that is most suited to meet their needs or provided with other arrangements for their care and safety.  The program will assist emergency services personnel and volunteers in providing support when time could be critical. 

Eligibility for the registry is determined on a case-by-case basis, and is not guaranteed.  Generally, those eligible do not require hospital care but may need assistance beyond what is provided in a standard Red Cross Shelter.  This may also include individuals who are homebound. 

Individuals with any of the following should consider submitting an application:

§         Minor health or medical conditions which require observation or monitoring ordered by a physician

§         Contagious health conditions requiring minimal precautions or isolation

§         Chronic conditions requiring assistance with activities of daily living, but not hospitalization

§         Medication and vital sign monitoring with professional assistance

§         Mental health or developmental problems that could not be handled by Red Cross Shelter Staff

Participation in the Disaster Special Needs Registry is voluntary and individuals will only be included with their permission.  Individuals on the registry decide whether to accept assistance and/or remain responsible for themselves in the event of a disaster.

For more information, please contact Felicia McLean-Torry at the Orange County Department of Social Services (919) 245-2884.

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June 12, 2006

Contact: Monica Evans, Orange County Board of Commissioners Office (919) 245-2125  

Orange County Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for volunteers serving Orange County.

This marks the 28th anniversary of the program that showcases North Carolina’s most dedicated residents.  Through the years, Orange County residents have proven their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering with local agencies and organizations. 

Categories for nomination include individuals, families, businesses, or groups.

Nomination forms are available at the Orange County Board of Commissioners Office.  For a form by email or fax please contact Monica Evans at 919-245-2125 or .

All forms must be completed and turned in by Friday, July 7, 2006.

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June 9, 2006

Contact: Rod Visser, Assistant County Manager (919) 245-2300  

New Elections Director Appointed

The Orange County Board of Elections has appointed Barry Garner to serve as Elections Director.  Garner will begin work on Monday, June 26, 2006.

Garner has a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University in Political Science.  He has more than eleven years of elections administration experience, including the positions of Research and Education Director and Computer Consultant with the State Board of Elections.  He will be leaving his post as Deputy Director for the Durham County Board of Elections, a position he has held since 2001.  In that capacity he administered the 2004 presidential elections, in which Durham County had its highest voter turnout in history.  Garner is a North Carolina certified Elections Administrator. 

The Board of Elections is comprised of Melvin Beasley, Chair, and Members Billie Cox and Bill Monroe Knight.  Chair Beasley said,  “Barry Garner brings significant experience and knowledge to this position.  All the Board members are looking forward to working with him.”

“I am honored and excited to work with such a great team of Board members and staff as the Director of Elections for Orange County,” Garner said.  “This is the best job in the world, because elections officials are the protectors of democracy. Voting today is perhaps more meaningful than it has ever been in our lifetimes. When terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, they intended to strike a blow against our democratic system and our freedom. There is perhaps nothing more central to the democratic system than voting.  I want the voters of Orange County to know they can come to a clean, safe, and friendly voting site and cast a secret ballot for or against the candidate of their choice and know that their vote will be honestly counted and reported,” Garner added. 

Garner replaces Carolyn L. Cates who retired after 35 years of service. 

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May 3, 2006

Contact: Susan Brown, Orange County Public Libraries (919) 918-7387  

"Check Out" County Libraries

On Saturday, May 20th, area residents are invited to come into one of the four libraries in the Orange County Public Library system and check out what they have to offer.  Each library will host book sales, family activities, and prize drawings in an effort to raise awareness of and support for the OCPL system.

The OCPL system comprises the main library in Hillsborough, the Cedar Grove Branch Library, the Carrboro Branch Library, and the Carrboro Cybrary.  While most county residents may be aware of individual locations, many do not realize that these branches operate as a system, offering access to a network of recreational reading materials, information tools, and opportunities for lifelong learning.  Brenda Stephens, OCPL director, hopes that residents from across the county will use this day to discover or re-discover the rich resources the libraries offer.  Stephens says, “Whether folks are looking for the hottest bestseller, a story time for their toddlers, help with homework, free Internet access, or just a quiet spot to read the newspaper, we want them to know that the Orange County Public Libraries have something just for them.”

The Friends of the OCPL system will also use this day to raise awareness of their activities and attract new members.  The Friends group advocates at the county level for increased library funding, while also supporting individual branch libraries by sponsoring programs and collections. OCPL Friends are sponsoring many of the day’s events and representatives will be at each location for a county-wide membership drive.



The two Carrboro branches are not only planning a full slate of activities, they are also providing a way to go between the two with free shuttle bus service for this special day.  On board the shuttle will be storytellers to entertain kids of all ages while they travel between Carrboro’s two public libraries. Library staff members hope that after waking up at their favorite coffee shop and grabbing fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market, Carrboro residents will hop aboard the shuttle and see what’s on tap:

Carrboro Cybrary

100 N. Greensboro St.

(Inside the Century Center)


10:00 am – 2:00 pm

-          Book Sale from 10 am - 2 pm

-          Acoustic Music by Tad Dreis at 10:00 am

-          Carrboro trivia challenge   

-          Tours and  demonstrations

-          Refreshments and prize drawings


Carrboro Branch Library

900 Old Fayetteville Road

(Inside McDougle School)


10:00 am – 2:00 pm                      

-          Fiction Book Sale from 10 am - 2 pm

-          Children's time w/ Trish Miller at 11:00

-          Bluegrass with Guilty Pleasures at 12:00

-          Clay Pig craft time at 1:00 (Ages 6-12)

-          Refreshments and prize drawings                               



Residents of Hillsborough and Cedar Grove will have plenty to check out in their area as well.   The Friends group in Hillsborough is a very active one and they are excited about hosting their annual spring book sale in conjunction with other library festivities.  At the Cedar Grove Branch, attendees can enjoy refreshments and tour the facility, which is notable for its bilingual staff.  The branch is managed by a native Spanish speaker who is happy to assist the Latino community with their informational needs.  Here’s what library lovers in the northern parts of Orange County can check out:

Orange County Public Library Headquarters

300 West Tryon Street

(Inside the Whitted Building)


9:00 am – 5:00 pm

-          Friends Book Sale from 9-5pm

-          Children’s program at 11 am

-          Refreshments

-          Prize drawings every two hours


Cedar Grove Branch Library

5800 NC Hwy 86N

(Inside the Northern Services Center)


10:00 am -2:00 pm

-          Library Open House & Tours

-          Refreshments

-          Promotional Giveaways

For more information about the May 20th events or to find out more about Orange County Public Libraries, contact your local OCPL branch.

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May 1, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Cates, Orange County Supervisor of Elections (919) 245-2351  

2006 Primary Election Results

Orange County elections results for the May 2, 2006 Primary will be posted on the Internet. 

Results will be available in real time at the County’s web site by simply clicking on “What’s New” from the County’s home page

The direct link for election results in Orange County is listed below:

Results of absentee and one-stop ballots will be available as soon as the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

Election returns posted on the County’s Internet site are unofficial. Official returns will be available from the Board of Elections on Tuesday, May 9, 2006.

Also, the voter registration statistics have been updated for the registered voters in Orange County for the May 2, 2006 Primary.  Statistics include party affiliation, gender, and race, listed by precinct at the link below:

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Recreation and Parks 


May 1, 2006

Contact: James Hester, Orange County Recreation and Parks, (919) 245-2660  

Auditions for "Just So"

Orange County Recreation and Parks and the Orange Community Players will hold auditions for the theatrical performance of “Just So”, a musical based on tales by Rudyard Kipling.

Auditions will be held at the Central Recreation Center, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough on May 9, 10, 11 and also on May 16, 17.  Auditions will be held from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm each night in 10-minute blocks.  Call 919-245-2660 to reserve a time slot.

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