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Missing Orange County woman found alive

The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced Friday morning that Maryanne Rosenman, 75, who had been missing for more than two days, was found alive by search crews. She was found in a drainage ditch in a heavily wooded area between her home and where she was last seen by a motorist.

Orange County Emergency Services – Emergency Management Division and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) coordinated the intensive search effort that involved more than 300 people from more than 30 different agencies. Rescuers concentrated in the area near her home.

“Seventy-five percent of dementia patients are found within 1.2 miles of their last known point and ninety-five percent are located within 5.1 miles," said Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Kirby Saunders.

Search personnel had to deal with rugged terrain that included ravines with drops greater than fifty feet, thick briars, high heat and humidity, thunderstorms and copperhead season, said Saunders.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood thanked the agencies that provided personnel and assets. Helicopters and drones were used in the search, but the thick tree canopy limited their effectiveness.

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Help Orange County Animal Services Clear the Shelter

It’s finally here! Our biggest adoption event of the year!
Join Orange County Animal Services as we CLEAR THE SHELTER on Saturday, August 17th, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Orange County Animal Services (1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516). All adoption fees will be waived on this day!
NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country (including us!) to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. Through this highly publicized event, more than 250,000 pets have found their forever homes since 2015. More information here:
Check out our Available Pets and hurry in to find your new best friend! 

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Passmore Center Book Club welcomes A.J. Mayhew

Join the Passmore Center Book Club members as they host A.J. Mayhew who will talk about her book, "The Dry Grass of August," a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.

The free event will be held Wed., Aug. 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Passmore Center. Please register by Wednesday, Aug. 21, by calling (919) 245-2015.

Public Transportation seeking input on mobility on demand service

Orange County Public Transportation is studying the feasibility of an Uber/Lyft  style “mobility on demand” program. OPT is seeking public input on how they would like this service to operate. Please fill out a brief survey to indicate your interest in this service.

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Board of Elections seeking feedback on proposed precinct changes

To improve the Election Day voting experience for Orange County residents, the Board of Elections is considering several changes to precinct lines in Orange County.

"Pursuant to Session Law 2019-16, the Orange County Board of Elections has taken up an offer from the North Carolina State Board of Elections to evaluate our current precincts lines and make recommendations to the State Board of Elections for any changes," said Jamie Cox, Orange County Board of Elections Chair. "As a county where a majority of our voters cast their ballots during the One Stop Early Voting period, we want to use this opportunity to make sure that our precincts are drawn in a way that provides the most convenient experience for our voters while optimizing use of public resources. We want to make sure that changes are beneficial without being overly disruptive.

"We are committed to conducting this process in an open, transparent way, and hope to hear the thoughts of as many stake-holders throughout the county as possible to ensure all voices are heard."

The Board of Elections will host a public forum on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at elections headquarters (208 S. Cameron Str., Hillsborough, NC 27278). Board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The proposed changes are available on the Orange County website and may impact numerous precincts. Public comment will be accepted until noon on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

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