Local briefs

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Sixth rabies case confirmed in Orange
ORANGE COUNTY — Orange County Animal Services has received its sixth positive rabies test result of the year for a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.  The county recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.
On Saturday, Carrboro residents spotted a raccoon in their driveway. They called Animal Control to have the raccoon picked up and tested for rabies. Their dog did have contact with the raccoon before Animal Control removed it, and both parties involved briefly touched their dog afterward before washing their hands. 
The dog involved in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina’s rabies laws. 
A communicable disease nurse from the Orange County Health Department has contacted the owners to assess their risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the residents handling their own dog.

Candidate forum canceled
DURHAM – A forum for school board candidates that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.
The forum, sponsored by the Sanford Journal of Public Policy (SJPP) and Duke Education Law and Policy Law, was canceled after questions arose about the invitations that went out to candidates. 
At least two candidates – District 3 candidate Deborah Bryson and District 2 candidate Jimmy Doster – said they did not receive invitations to participate in the forum, which only included candidates in Districts 2 and 3.
Peter McElroy, one of the student organizers, said the failure to send all candidates invitations was an oversight and not an attempt to exclude any of the candidates.
He said the student groups would cancel the forum, which was scheduled to take place at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Spring Fling for MS

DURHAM – A Spring Fling for Multiple Sclerosis will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Ruritan Club, 301 Stallings Road.
Sponsored by the Go-Go Gang, which was been participating in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in North Carolina for the past five years, the event will include vendors, face painting and balloon animals, a bounce castle from 10 a.m. to noon and raffle prizes. For information, email adf919@gmail.com.

Wine tasting to benefit Dispute Settlement Center
CARRBORO -- The Dispute Settlement Center’s eighth annual wine-tasting fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Southern Season’s cooking school. The fundraiser benefits the center’s youth programs, which teach healthy conflict resolutions skills to young people.
In addition to supporting the oldest and most prominent mediation center in the state, guests will have the opportunity to taste eight splendid wines supplied by Southern Season. There will be cheese and hors d’oeuvres for accompaniment, as well as impressive raffle prizes and a silent auction featuring gift certificates supplied by local businesses. 
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 929-8800, emailing jpotts@disputesettlement.org or by PayPal at www.disputesettlement.org.

Hamm to headline Order of the Golden Fleece anniversary
CHAPEL HILL -- The Order of the Golden Fleece, the oldest university honorary society of its kind in the nation and the most prestigious at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will celebrate its 110th anniversary the weekend of April 11-12. 
The order will host a gathering of distinguished alumni for a series of lectures and panel discussions focused on important issues affecting the university, including Carolina’s role as a major research institution, the value of a liberal arts education, maintaining UNC’s effectiveness and affordability in view of significant and ongoing reductions in state funding, and the appropriate balance between athletic success and academic integrity.
The reunion begins with soccer star Mia Hamm (Class of 1994), who will deliver the Frank Porter Graham Lecture on Excellence at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Great Hall of the Student Union.
Chancellor Carol Folt will address the reunion at a breakfast on Saturday morning, which will be followed by panel discussions at the Carolina Inn moderated by “The Voice of the Tar Heels” Woody Durham, Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence Jim Leloudis, Vice Provost Steve Farmer, and former chancellor James Moeser.

Guided tour explores Hillsborough history
HILLSBOROUGH -- Discover the history of Hillsborough on a one-hour guided walking tour at 2 p.m. April 4.
The tour departs from the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located in the late eighteenth century Alexander Dickson House – headquarters of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston in April 1865 – at 150 E. King St.
Throughout the year the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough offers a variety of guided walking tours, including on the second Saturday of each month and by appointment. Special: tickets for 4/4 tour are only $4; children under 12 are free. For information, call the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 919-732-7741.