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Skywarn Spotter Training Class

Media Contact

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014)—Orange County and the National Weather Service office in Raleigh will be hosting a Skywarn Spotter training class this fall.   

This training will take place on Tuesday, September 16, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the West Campus Office Building in Room 004.  

Skywarn is a program designed to train volunteers to identify and report severe weather to local weather offices.  The information received from residents adds value to alerts that are issued by the local forecast office, such as severe thunderstorms or flash flood warnings, and it helps residents to take more timely and appropriate actions when severe weather strikes.  

This training is FREE and open to the public. No pre-registration is required and there are no prerequisites for the class.  Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.  

The West Campus Office Building is located at 131 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough.

For more information about Skywarn, please visit



Health Department Achievement Award

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014)–Orange County is proud to announce the Orange County Health Department and Board of Health have been named a 2014 Achievement Award Winner by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the County’s Smoke-Free Public Places policy.

The NACo Achievement Awards program recognizes counties from across the United States for innovations that modernize county government and increase services to residents. There are 21 categories and applications are judged on their own merits, not against other applications. Orange County received its award for the implementation of one of the nation’s most comprehensive smoke-free public places policies in the nation.

“We are thrilled with this award. It is wonderful that Orange County is being recognized as a national leader in the quest for healthier communities,” said County Manager Bonnie Hammersley.

Orange County’s smoke-free public places rule prevents smoking on sidewalks, at bus stops, and in other public places – both indoor and outdoor. The goals of the rule are to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke and provide an environment that is supportive of smokers who want to quit.

To assist in these goals, the rule was implemented in conjunction with new, robust tobacco cessation support services for County employees and residents, which include: free evidence-based tobacco cessation group classes for residents and County employees; free individual counseling by a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for County employees; free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for those who receive any of the cessation services; and promotion of the QuitlineNC.

Hazards of Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco use and secondhand smoke remain the leading causes of preventable illness and death in North Carolina and the nation. Research indicates that, during active smoking, outdoor levels of secondhand smoke may be as high as indoor levels and may pose a health risk for people in close proximity.

For more information about tobacco cessation support services, please contact the Orange County Health Department at 919.245. 2480.




Media Contact

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130 or Thom Freeman 919.245.2125




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 21, 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 openings on the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. 

The committee works to maintain the intent of the Adult Care Home Residents’ Bill of Rights for those residing in licensed adult care homes.  The members of this committee also promote community involvement and cooperation with these homes to ensure quality care for the elderly and disabled adults.  This board has an initial one-year training term with subsequent eligibility for three additional two-year terms.  There are currently openings for an Eno Township resident representative and an At-Large representative. Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

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

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 16, 2014)— The Orange County Board of Elections will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at 11:15 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive public input on the One-Stop Early Voting hours and locations for the 2014 General Election.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

For more information, please call the Elections office at 919.245.2350.



Master Gardener Classes

Media Contact

Carl Matyac, Director

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2050






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 10, 2014)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting applications for its Master Gardener program. This is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about growing plants or is interested in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, or lawns.

Master Gardener is a horticulture program, designed to provide horticultural training for selected home gardeners. Master Gardener is a title given to individuals who receive 40 hours of in-depth horticultural training from County Extension Agents and in return, agree to devotee 40 hours of volunteer service to assist local county Extension programs.

Master Gardener training will take place at the Orange County Extension Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in September thru January 2015.

Training will cover topics, such as basic plant botany and physiology, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, turf management, interior plants, pest control, basic landscaping and identification, and usage of common landscape plants.

After completing the training, Master Gardeners answer phone calls in the Extension office, troubleshoot plant problems, build community gardens, hold plant clinics at farmers markets, and work with youth in 4H.

There is a limited number of openings in the class. Applications are being accepted at the County Extension office until Friday, August 1.  The program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, please contact Carl Matyac at 919.24502051 or send an e-mail to



Library: Financial Education Series

Media Contact

Anne Pusey

Adult and Teen Services

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2534





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 9, 2014)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Library, in partnership with the Compass Center for Women and Families, is pleased to announce the Financial Education Series will resume in July with the three-part AARP Foundation Finances 50+ series.

The AARP series—which is free and open to all ages—will kick-off on Thursday, July 17, with Your Finances: Where You Are, Where You Want to Go and How to Get There.

This first workshop establishes the foundation for the three-part program. Obtain a realistic assessment of your financial standing, set goals and learn about budgeting. Each participant will receive a workbook with simple, easy-to-apply ways to make measurable progress toward your financial goals.

On Thursday, August 21, the second workshop entitled, Taking Control of Credit and Debt, is dedicated to helping assess credit and debt, while offering guidance for improving credit scores and paying down debt.


The series concludes on Thursday, September 18, with Building and Protecting Your Assets. This workshop will cover a variety of topics, such as how to save more money, how to prepare for retirement and how to safeguard against identity theft.

All classes will be held on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Advance registration for the series is required, with preference given to those able to attend all three sessions. To register, please call 919.245.2536.

For more information about this workshop and other library services, please visit



County Offers CERT Training

Media Contact

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 7, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services reminds residents that the next disaster cannot be predicted, but being prepared is the key! 

All neighborhoods should be ready. Emergency Services is hosting a comprehensive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course.  The nine week training will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 23. 

The course is offered free of charge to those who live in Orange County, and all course materials will be provided.  The training will be held at the Orange County Emergency Services office located at 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. All residents are encouraged to participate, but those younger than 18-years-old, must obtain parental or guardian permission to attend this important and valuable training.

The Orange County CERT program teaches residents basic skills on how to deliver emergency response in their neighborhood for the first 72 hours following a disaster. These residents are encouraged to form a community-based team that will be able to work together in times of disaster. 

Topics covered in the CERT Basic Course include:  disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medical operations, along with several other important modules designed to assist communities in disasters.  Anyone who lives in Orange County is encouraged to become part of the Orange County CERT program.

Along with acquiring valuable skills to use in local communities, team members will also have the option to participate in volunteer opportunities around Orange County. Following the basic course, additional training will be made available to those who want to advance their skills. CERT members also have opportunities to participate in meetings, disaster simulations and drills with others in the community.

For more information about this training, please visit and click on the CERT Program link on the left side of the page. This features the training calendar, enrollment forms, etc. 



Early Voting Site

Media Contact

Tracy Reams, Director

Orange County Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 1, 2014)—The Orange County Board of Elections is announcing qualified Orange County residents who wish to vote early in the July 15, 2014, Second Primary Election, may do so at the Board of Elections office located at 208 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough. 

There is a countywide Democratic election for Sheriff and a Republican election for U.S. House District 6.

The Board of Elections office will open for one-stop voting on Thursday, July 3, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The office will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of the July 4th holiday.  The office will reopen for early voting on Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 12.  The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On Election Day, July 15, all polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Voters who voted a Republican or Democratic ballot in the May Primary must vote the same party ballot in the Second Primary. 

Any registered Republican, Democrat or Unaffiliated voter who did not vote in the May Primary may vote in the Second Primary, if eligible to do so.  Democrats and Republicans must vote the ballot of the party with which they are registered.  Unaffiliated voters may choose.

Any voter who voted a Libertarian ballot or a Non-Partisan ballot in the May Primary is not eligible to vote in the Second Primary.

For sample ballots, candidate lists and other election information, please visit\elect or call the Board of Elections at 919.245.2350.