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.


September 2014


Solid Waste News Releases

Health Department News Releases



Orange County News Release - Archive


Commissioner Completes Leadership Program

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 29, 2014)—The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is pleased to announce Orange County Commissioner Renee Price successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training class.

The course is offered by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in conjunction with the NCACC and the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

ALC is a weeklong, residential program designed to help municipal and county elected officials understand the broader challenges of governing, build personal leadership abilities, and learn how to lead and act collaboratively. Participants also receive individualized leadership coaching after completion of the course.

“The Advanced Leadership Corps is very comprehensive and an excellent resource for anyone serving in public office. I highly recommend this training to other elected officials,” said Commissioner Price. 

“This program is about supporting the leaders in our communities and providing them with some insight on how to engage with partners and constituents to achieve shared goals,” said NCACC executive director David F. Thompson. “There’s not a lot of training that can prepare you for the demands of public office. Programs like this one are designed to give commissioners the skills needed to resolve problems and to be effective leaders in their communities.”

The program, funded in part by Prudential Retirement, is in its second year and has trained 36 municipal and county elected officials from across the state.

The leadership skills developed through ALC are designed to encourage commissioners to become better leaders in their home counties, promote more engagement in the work of the Association, and inspire participants to seek higher public offices.


Falls Prevention Program

Media Contact

Mary E. Fraser, DSW

Aging Transitions Administrator

Orange County Department on Aging






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 26, 2014)–Orange County is recognizing North Carolina Fall Awareness Week, which takes place September 22 - September 27.

One third of all persons over the age of 65 will fall each year.  According to the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among North Carolina citizens 65 years of age and older. 

Falls and the fear of falling can lead to depression, hopelessness, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence.  Fortunately, injuries from falls are largely preventable.  

The Orange County Department on Aging and Orange County Emergency Services are working together to implement an initiative aimed at addressing and preventing falls among older adults and disabled residents called Stay Up and Active.

 “This innovative program is designed to connect older adults to the services and resources they need to safely age in their homes”, said Janice Tyler, director of the Orange County Department on Aging. 

“Each year, 1,000 Orange County residents call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as the result of a fall,” said Jim Groves, director of Orange County Emergency Services. “Falls can cause a hip fracture or traumatic brain injury after which the individual may need to be placed in a skilled care facility.”

Residents who call 9-1-1, due to a fall or who are screened as being high risk of falling, will have the opportunity to receive a follow-up screening conducted by Orange County Paramedics.  They can also be referred for further evaluation and services through the Department on Aging.  Department on Aging services may include home safely education, home modifications, counseling, in-home services, referrals for healthcare or other resource referrals. 

The purpose of these services is to prevent further falls from happening.  EMS has screened more than 450 adults older than 60 as being “at-risk” and has been in touch with more than 70 of them for additional follow up.

For more information, please contact Kim Woodward at Emergency Services at 919.245.6133 or Mary Fraser at the Department on Aging at 919.968.2087.



Spirit of Holidays

Media Contact

Deborah J. Taylor, Extension Agent

Family and Consumer Sciences

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2055






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 24, 2014)—Orange County Cooperative Extension Services (CES) invites the community to the 20th anniversary celebration of its annual holiday program entitled, The Spirit of Elegant Holidays 2014. This year’s theme is “Best of the Best: 20 Years of Favorites!”   

With assistance from a committee of volunteers, the program will take place twice on Thursday, October 23, at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Hillsborough United Methodist Church, located at 130 W. Tryon Street. 

This year’s program will highlight 20 years of hosting this volunteer-driven program in Orange County.  Many of the favorite recipes and favorite crafts from the last 20 years will be showcased along with some new recipes, crafts and decorating ideas.  Volunteers who have worked with the program throughout the 20-year period will be recognized. 

Participants will have an opportunity to taste a mouthwatering array of dishes that will include hors d’oeuvres, side dishes, soups, breads, and desserts.  There will also be a special category of food gift ideas and food ideas for youth. 

During the final segment of the program, participants will be able to view crafts and listen to a presentation describing the items on display, all of which are reflective of a variety of experience levels.  Many of the craftsmen will be on hand to talk with participants at the conclusion of the program.

Pre-registration is required to be eligible for the reduced fee.  The early registration fee is $7.00, if paid by Thursday, October 9.  Afterwards, the fee will be $10.00. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Participants will also receive a copy of the program booklet or CD with instructions for the recipes, crafts, gifts, and decorating ideas, as well as recipes for all food items presented. 

In addition, the booklet will contain helpful information on ingredient substitutions, food safety during power outages, home safety tips during the holidays, and helpful tips for use of everyday items in creative and unexpected ways.


Make checks payable to Orange County CES, and mail to the following address:

NC Cooperative Extension

P.O. Box 8181

Hillsborough, NC  27278

Online register is available at holidays14

Registration can also be done by phone at 919.245.2050, or in person by visiting the CES offices located at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call Deborah Taylor at 919.245.2055.



Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 23, 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. 

There are openings on the Orange Unified Transportation Board for representation from the Cheeks Township, Cedar Grove Township, an economic development advocate, a planning advocate, a bicycle transportation advocate and a pedestrian access advocate.

The Orange Unified Transportation Board provides information and comments on major transportation issues.  The Board also provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in Orange County, including identifying and prioritizing the county’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding.  The Board assists in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan. 

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.



Fraud Seminar

Media Contact

Beverly Shuford
Information & Benefits Specialist

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4274 or 919.245.2023

Zhenzhen Yu, Social Worker

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4275





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 22, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to a free seminar entitled, “Don’t be a Victim of Financial Fraud, be Money Smart.”

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), “Older Adults are prime targets for financial exploitation,” which can result in, ‘the loss of the ability to live independently, decline in health, broken trust, and fractured families’.” 

Attendees will learn important information and tips for identifying and preventing fraud, identity theft and other types of elder financial exploitation. They will also receive a free participant/resource guide, Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Financial Exploitation, published by the FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.

The seminar will include presentations by the following experts in the field of consumer protection:

Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director
Victims and Citizens Section
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's Office

John Maron, Director
Investor Education Program

NC Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division

Stephanie Bias, Coordinator
Senior Medicare Patrol

NC Department of Insurance

Admission is free, however, participants are encouraged to register in advance. Contact the location of your choice to register.

Seminar Dates and Locations


Seymour Center - 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call 919.968.2070

Wednesday, October 2, 2014 (Presentation in Chinese)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call the Chinese Helpline 919.259.0232

Central Orange Senior Center - 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call 919.245.2015




Shred-a-Thon Event

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 19, 2014)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons at the end of October. This event is in cooperation with University Mall, local law enforcement and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

Orange County residents and small businesses (including those in the Town of Chapel Hill within Durham County), and local government employees who work for the County or the Town of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, October 23

University Mall, at Estes and Willow Drive in Chapel Hill. 

For safety reasons, this service will be “park and walk up” only!  Carts will be available however if you can bring your own hand-truck or cart it may be useful if you have more items than you can carry.


  • Saturday, October 25 
    Hampton Pointe 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Site, behind Home Depot, Hwy 86 in Hillsborough.  This service will be a “drive through.”

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or five large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip per person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-Thon, such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks or other electronic media.  Incidental paper clips or staples are OK. The shredded paper will be recycled, so we want to keep it clean!

Shredding takes place on-site in full view of the person delivering paper. 




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.