CHAPEL HILL – The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education presented the 2013 Educator of the Year award to Stephanie Willis on Wednesday.

As coordinator of Health Services, Willis worked closely with the Poe Center to implement, enhance, and institute programs and policies that support healthy behaviors in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.


The Chapel Hill Public Library asked local artists this year to help celebrate Banned Books Week by making trading cards inspired by banned writers.

Banned Books Week, which starts Sunday and lasts seven days, is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and to raise awareness of challenges to intellectual freedom.  Each day, a new card will be revealed and given away at the library.  The cards have facts about the book, the author, and the artist.

From a selection of 48 cards, a small jury including Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, selected the seven that will be presented during the week. The library will host an exhibition of all forty-eight entries to the project, and will also offer the cards for sale online. For more information on Banned Book Week click here.


The Orange County Parks and Recreation department invites Orange County residents to participate in three public input sessions to assist with updating the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

In recent months, nearly 850 residents completed a community needs assessment survey, giving the opportunity to present possible recommendations.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall in Hillsborough.

The following two meetings will be held at:

Efland Community Center, 117 Richmond Road, Efland NC on October 3.

Union Grove United Methodist Church, 6407 Union Grove Church Road, Hillsborough, NC on October 10.

For more information on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan click here.