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Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 18, 2014) – 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.

Currently there are several openings for the Orange County Housing Authority.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

Orange County Housing Authority members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The goal of the Orange County Housing Authority board is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families in the County.  At least on member of the Board shall be a Section 8 holder.  Other board members may represent the following areas of interest:  real estate, development, affordable housing, municipal law and banking.

If interested in serving, apply at

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.






Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 5, 2014) - Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting schedule changes. 

The start time has changed for the Joint Meeting with the Mebane City Council, scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014 and will now start at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner with the meeting to start at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Mebane Municipal Building at 106 East Washington Street in Mebane.

The date for the Assembly of Governments Meeting has been changed FROM Thursday, November 20, 2014 TO Wednesday, November 19, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. 





County Spay Neuter Day

Media Contact

Sarah Fallin

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 224




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is working to combat pet overpopulation by hosting “Spay Neuter Day.”  

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  The purpose is to raise awareness and help to eliminate the need for euthanasia as a means of population control. 

For the event, Animal Services has partnered with Spay Neuter Assistance Program or North Carolina (SNAP-NC) to offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income. 

“Animal Services hopes events such as this, along with other longer-term programs developed by this department, will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in Orange County, and in turn help to eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.

Qualifying Orange County residents must sign up before Friday, September 19, 2014.

To register or determine if you qualify, please call Rachael Williamson at 919.942.7387 extension 223 or Sarah Fallin at extension 224.



County Moves Forward on Rogers Road

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the County can move forward with funding improvements slated for the historic Rogers Road community.

This, following the apparent conclusion of an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the opinion of the county attorney that the BOCC no longer needs to refrain from considering major expenditures for Rogers Road. 

While funding the improvements to the Rogers Road area is no longer inhibited by the EPA’s investigation, the County will be prudent in its actions, since the investigator’s decision is pending.

“The final decision of the EPA could substantially delay a project that may be no more risky than any other,” said County Attorney John Roberts. “The investigation remains open and proceeding with an appropriate level of caution is advised.”

According to the EPA’s investigator the agency is currently preparing its investigation report and decision letter and anticipates having a final resolution of the case shortly.


County Job Fair

Media Contact

Robert Gilmore

Human Services Supervisor

Orange County Dept. of Social Services

Phone: 919.245.2847





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 4, 2014)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking employers to participate in a Job Fair on Wednesday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m.

The fair will take place at the DSS offices located in Hillsborough Commons at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. The Job Fair is an opportunity to directly connect businesses with potential employees. The County is seeking participation from employers to make this a worthwhile and successful event for those in need of employment.

The Job Fair will be open to interested job applicants with a variety of skill sets, from entry level to experienced professionals. Orange County’s goal is to provide an atmosphere where each employer leaves with several qualified candidates for hire.

Booth space (including tables), parking, Internet access, and private offices for on-site interviews will be provided at no charge. There will also be access to a computer lab with 20 computers for applicants to complete employment application online.

A seminar and continental breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., detailing available federal tax incentives for hiring managers.  Additionally, a complimentary lunch will be included for participating employers.

Employers who are interested in participating in the Job Fair should contact Randy Haynes at 919.245.4343 or send an e-mail to  or John Cooley at 919.245.2821 or send an e-mail to

For more information about the Job Fair, please contact Robert Gilmore at 919.245.2847.



Rabies Clinics

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287



In Recognition of World Rabies Day

Orange County, NC (September 2, 2014)—The Orange County Animal Services Department is offering two low cost rabies vaccination clinics, during the last week in September, marking the eighth year for World Rabies Day. 

The low-cost clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations. 

World Rabies Day is on Sunday, September 28, and is sponsored by the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among other partner organizations.  The event is designed to raise global and local awareness about rabies and promote prevention efforts.

Orange County will offer two $10 clinics the week of World Rabies Day.  Both clinics will offer 1-year vaccinations and will be take place on the following dates:


Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Public Market House, 144 East Margaret Lane in Hillsborough

(Cash only for this clinic)       


            Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Orange County Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill

(Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for an additional $25)


Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Fractious animals should remain in the car and the vet will vaccinate them there. 

For more information about World Rabies Day, please visit 

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit /animalservices or call 919-942-PETS (7387).



National Emergency Preparedness

Media Contact

Kirby Saunders

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6135



National Preparedness Month


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 2, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services is recognizing Emergency Preparedness Month throughout September.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2012 National Survey, 46% of respondents believed that a natural disaster will occur in their community; however, nearly 70% of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise in the past two years.

As a proud supporter of National Preparedness Month, Orange County Emergency Services wants to share important information that will help residents be better prepared in case of a disaster.

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, community-based campaign designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Organizations will participate in hazard-specific drills, group discussions, exercises, etc.

Orange County Emergency Services has set the following goals:


  • Understand which disasters could happen in the community;
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage;
  • Practice drills and share information to better prepare your employees, affiliates, and the communities you serve; and
  • Participate in community resilience planning


To reach these goals, Emergency Services staff will host the following activities:

  • September 15 – Preparedness Booth from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Department of Social Services in Hillsborough


  • September 16 – Skywarn Weather Spotter Training from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the West Campus Office Building in downtown Hillsborough, room 004 on the ground level


  • September 22 – Pet Preparedness Seminar from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Animal Services Center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill


  • September 23 – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Orange County Emergency Services at 510 Meadlowlands Drive in Hillsborough


  • September 30 – National #PrepareAthon! Day – Social media exercise asking pet owners to take a #petselfie and hashtag #OCprep


For more information about National Preparedness Month and how to develop a plan, please visit

To request for a presentation to made to your group, please contact Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6100 or send an e-mail to



Aging Film Series

Media Contact

Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 2, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to explore the Heart’s Desire and to re-discover and re-invent itself through season four of the popular film series entitled, “Heart’s Desire: Films for Later Life. The series opens at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18.

The film series is hosted by Bolton Anthony, founder of Second Journey and a social change activist. He will be joined by Kay-Robert Volkwijn. She was born in South Africa and is a retired Presbyterian minister with an avid, lifelong interest in films.

The series opens with the Academy Award-winning Dutch film. This will be follow by two more films exploring the call in later life “To come home to who you really are.”

Antonia's Line- Thursday, September 18

Wadjda- Thursday, October 2

As it is in Heaven- Thursday, October 16.

The second trio of films celebrates “The dance of spirit in later life.”

Monsieur Ibrahim- Thursday, November 6

Gloria on Thursday, November 20.

Zorba the Greek- Thursday, December 4, starring Anthony Quinn.

The film series is free and open to the public – each showing starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

The series is sponsored in partnership with Second Journey.

For more information, please visit

To register, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.