CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County Emergency Services announced Thursday it will receive an $83,000 FEMA grant to support emergency medical services.

It’s called the “Assistance for Firefighters Grant” (AFG) which state Rep. David Price supported.

The grant allows the County to purchase advanced equipment that will keep first responders safe while transporting patients. The County plans to purchase eight “power lift” stretchers, which have battery-powered hydraulic lifts that raise and lower patients with the touch of a button.  The new equipment is expected to reduce repetitive lift injuries and worker’s compensation claims.

For more information about the hydraulic lift stretcher, please contact Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6100.


Schools across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district have selected their Teachers of the Year, representing the best in teaching at each school.

The honorees will be recognized May 17 at Carrboro High School; the District Teacher of the Year will be named also.

CHCCS will also recognize staff members who are retiring, as well as staff awards, teaching chairs and years of service.

Elementary Honorees: 

Emily Moorman, fourth grade teacher, Carrboro Elem.; Megen Vesser, Kindergarten teacher, Ephesus Elem.; Kris Swanson, Kindergarten teacher, Estes Hills Elem.; Suzanne Stokes, first grade teacher, FPG Elem.; Candace White, third grade teacher, Glenwood Elem.; Pam McAllister, third grade teacher, McDougle Elem.; Becky Springer, art teacher, Morris Grove Elem.; Nidhi Cash, ESL teacher, Rashkis Elem.; Hannah Stang, third grade teacher, Scroggs Elem.; and Sherry Norris, health/PE teacher, Seawell Elem.

Middle School Honorees:

Mimi Collins, ESL teacher, Culbreth MS; Nicky Stewart, math teacher, McDougle MS; Michael Harris, social studies teacher, Phillips MS; and Mackenzie Casey, health/PE teacher, Smith MS.

High School Honorees:  

Mark Kadlecik, health/PE teacher, Carrboro High; Stephen Blackwell, social studies teacher, Chapel Hill High; and Michelle Michaels, exceptional children’s teacher, East Chapel Hill High.

Ticket Information: 

– Tickets are $5 per person.

– Tickets may be purchased from the Human Resources Department at Lincoln Center by calling 919-967-8211, ext. 28230.


The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels is having a make-up “Mayors for Meals” featuring Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton and Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt.

They’ll both deliver meals Friday, April 19 between 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Mayors for Meals” is a part of a national Meal on Wheels campaign that was supposed to happen earlier this year, but was delayed due to scheduling conflicts.

The Chapel Hill chapter of Meals on Wheels says now is the time to raise awareness for its programs. The group reports it has experienced a 36-percent increase in demand for services over the past 3 years. The organization does not receive state or federal funding, and supplements 68-percent of total meal costs through private grants and donations. Weekly volunteers drive 39,000 miles annually and pay for their own gas.

Follow this link for more information.