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Major medical manufacturer coming to Mebane, Orange County

A major medical manufacturing facility will be built in Orange County, bringing as many as 600 jobs to the region within 10 years. Orange County, the State of North Carolina and the City of Mebane announced the successful recruitment of Medline on Thursday, two days after the Board of Commissioners approved a local performance-based incentive offer to Medline in a special Public Hearing on Sept. 10.
Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline is a privately held healthcare business that manufactures and distributes more than 550,000 medical supplies to healthcare providers across the continuum of care, such as hospitals, surgical centers, physicians, critical care clinics, extended care facilities, pharmacies and EMS first responder agencies. Following a competitive site search across central North Carolina and surrounding states, Medline selected a property located within Orange County’s designated Buckhorn Economic Development District along West Ten Road, with plans to establish a regional distribution center.
Over the next five years, the company will invest an estimated $65.3 million to build a state-of-the-art 1.2 million square foot distribution center that will be automated with an intelligent robotic inventory control system and have an extensive array of solar panels installed on the roof. The building will be built to energy efficient LEED standards that meet the guidance of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility will initially create 250 new full-time jobs that will provide health, educational and retirement benefits. At full capacity by year 10 and thereafter, Medline anticipates the new Orange County operation will boast as many as 600 jobs.
“We are excited to see Medline Industries select our location, choose to invest here and bring these important new jobs to Orange County,” said Penny Rich, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “On behalf of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, I want to thank the company for its’ commitment to partner with us, and for their confidence in our community as an ideal location in which to live and work. They will add to our excellent quality of life.”

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Orange County to host community yard sale on September 28.

Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Jerry M. Passmore Center invite the public to a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

It is going to be HUGE! Join us for this multi-vendor yard sale and come prepared to find those hidden treasures you thought were gone forever.

The sale will take place in the front parking lot of the SportsPlex and Passmore Center, located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

The event is FREE to the public. Vendors can reserve spaces for $15.

If you would like to purchase a space for the upcoming yard sale or if you have additional questions, please contact Alicia Reid at 919-418-0032. You may also pick up a vendor application at the Passmore Center or online at
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Animal Services to hold annual Dog Swim on Sept. 22

Orange County Animal Services will hold its annual Dog Swim on Sunday, September 22, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Heritage Hills Pool in Chapel Hill.

This marks the 15th year of the Dog Swim.  Admission is $10.00 for Orange County dogs and $15.00 for dogs from other counties. Proof of residency is required. Admission is free for dog owners, however donations are encouraged.

Prior to entry, dogs must be current on vaccinations, not in season, and leashed.

The Heritage Hills Pool is located at 621 Yorktown Drive in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information or directions, please call Cooper Hatch at 919.932.4965 or send an e-mail to    
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Library card sign-up month promises time with local authors

The Orange County Public Library announces a new twist on National Library Card Sign-up Month. Anyone who signs up for or renews a library card between September 1-30, will be entered into a drawing to have tea with Lee Smith or an ice cream sundae with John Claude Bemis. Existing cardholders may enter the drawing if they bring a friend to the library to get a card. Come to any of our three locations to get a library card or to save time, begin the process online.

Winners will be announced early October. Times for tea and ice cream sundaes with the authors are slated for late October-early November.

Residents of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Orange and Person counties may get a free library card at the Orange County Public Library. If you live in a county other than those listed, but work for Durham Tech, Orange County Government, Town of Carrboro, Town of Hillsborough, or UNC Health Care, you may also get a free library card. All staff of both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools are entitled to get an educator account with the Orange County Public Library.

The Orange County Public Library has three locations to serve you. The Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. The Carrboro Branch is located inside McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill. The Cybrary is located at The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro. Free parking is available at all library locations. For library hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit the library’s website.
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