December 14
​Give a Pet a Home this Holiday Season

Gift certificates now available, adoption special starts Dec. 16

Is there a special person in your life who would love a new pet? Perhaps the thought of giving a homeless pet a home fills you or someone you know with holiday joy? No matter what your gifting plans are this year, the Wake County Animal Center has ways you can make these wishes come true.

Gift Certificates
For the first time, gift certificates are available for purchase at the Wake County Animal Center. Gift certificates can be purchased for any dollar amount and redeemed within a year for the adoption of a pet from the center. This is the perfect gift for the person in your life who wants to pick out a new pet. Any amount left over after the adoption will be donated to the Wake County Animal Center.

The certificates are not just great gifts for the holidays. They are available year-round for birthdays and other special occasions. Buy one today at the Wake County Animal Center.

Home for the Holidays Adoption Special
As you make your list this holiday season, there are pets in Wake County in need of the ultimate gift—a home.

During the Home for the Holidays Adoption special, which runs from Dec. 16 until Dec. 22, cats and dogs six months and older will be available for adoption at the following rates:

  • Dogs – $25
  • Cats – Name your price

Adult cats and dogs make great pets because they have already developed their personalities and behaviors. If a cat or dog is coming from a foster home, potential owners will also know more about what the pet is like in a home environment.

Pet Sponsorship
Looking for another way to help the homeless animals of the community? Consider sponsoring a pet. As a sponsor, you can help a pet at the Wake County Animal Center find a new home by prepaying a portion of their adoption fee.

Learn about other ways you can help the Wake County Animal Center on our website.

About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.

To learn more about the Wake County Animal Center and animals available for adoption, visit www.wakegov.com/pets and follow the center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovPets.

December 13
Wake County Register of Deeds Charles P. Gilliam Issues Statement on the Indictments Announced by the District Attorney



Wednesday, December 13, 2017
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045


Raleigh, NC – Over several days in January 2017, some Register of Deeds staff members conducted an ad hoc audit and investigation of suspect transactions. Staff members determined that money was unaccounted for, calculated amounts missing, collected evidence, and presented a report to Wake County management at the end of January.

The subsequent investigation by official authority supplied additional information and confirmed that the gravamen of what was reported in January was correct.

If this ad hoc audit had not been initiated money probably would still be walking out the courthouse door today.

What was done in the past is in the past. As long as I am here, this past shall not be prologue.

Yesterday’s indictments are exemplary of a statewide problem. Theft by public officials occurs far too often. We must be vigilant in every city, town, school system and county and step up efforts to audit, verify and root out dishonesty.

Click here to download the press release

December 12
​Wake County EMS and Local Doctors Work Together to Care for Fallen Seniors

Study shows new protocol would reduce unnecessary ambulance transport

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury for adults aged 65 years or older who are treated in emergency departments across the country. Residents of assisted living facilities who fall may not be seriously hurt, but policies still require them to be transported to the emergency department. These patients may face unnecessary risks in the emergency department, such as exposure to infection.

Wake County Emergency Medical Services partnered with Doctors Making Housecalls to study whether people who experience simple falls in an assisted living facility can be safely treated without ambulance transport.

Over a 43-month period, specially trained paramedics determined that 66 percent of fall patients in the study would receive a visit from a primary care doctor within 18 hours instead of being taken to the emergency department. Ninety-eight to 99 percent of the patients who were not transported to the hospital and treated at the assisted living facility received safe, appropriate care.

“We found that we could safely reduce EMS transports for some fall patients, which serves them better and is more patient-centered care,” said Dr. Jefferson Williams, deputy medical director at Wake County EMS and the primary study author. “With the right arrangements in place, this type of partnership can benefit assisted living residents, their primary care group and the EMS system alike.”

Primary care physician groups that are interested in learning more about the protocol used in the study and potentially adopting it for their organizations should contact Wake County EMS.

The findings of the study have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

December 05
Wake County Register of Deeds Office Files Official First and Second Assumed Business Name in NC Under New Secretary of State System



Monday, December 4, 2017
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045


Raleigh, NC – With a NC General Statute change that took effect on December 1, 2017, Wake County Register of Deeds Deputy Director, Luther Snyder, and ROD IT Systems Administrator, Al Whitehouse, successfully recorded their individual “Assumed Business Names” through the Wake County Register of Deeds office to the NC Secretary of State’s new central database. On the morning of Dec. 1st Mr. Snyder recorded first with his assumed business name, “Snyder Interactive” and Mr. Whitehouse was second with his assumed business name, “Peak City Design”.

Luther Snyder Assumed Name Filing.JPGWake County Register of Deeds, Charles P. Gilliam states, “Now, there can be a single filing in our office for $26 that covers as many counties as desired, including the entire state. Previously it was necessary to file in each NC county where business was being conducted and pay multiple $26 fees. This is a great new convenience, not only to business in the Wake County area, but also to businesses across the state. I am proud to announce the assumed name filings process is working correctly in our office.”

North Carolina law now requires companies (Corporations, LLC’s, and limited partnerships) that engage in business under an assumed name to file a certificate with a register of deeds in the county in which the person or entity engages in business.

The assumed names can be filed at Wake County Register of Deeds office. Visit our web page: http://www.wakegov.com/rod/business/Pages/default.aspx for the new forms and more details.

Certificates of assumed names filed under the prior law will expire December 1, 2022. Anyone desiring to engage their business in the state under an assumed name after that date must file an assumed business name certificate in the new form. The new certificate names, and amendments to and withdrawals from are transmitted into a statewide, publicly available, central database maintained by the NC Secretary of State. A single registration can be effective for multiple counties. The database can be accessed here: www.sosnc.gov/abn/search.

Click here to download the press release

December 04
​Wake County Board of Commissioners Elects Chair, Vice Chair

Each will serve a one-year term in these leadership roles

The Wake County Board of Commissioners has new leadership. At its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 4, the board elected Jessica Holmes as its chair and Sig Hutchinson as its vice chair.

Holmes and Hutchinson were both elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014, and Hutchinson served as chair of the board in 2017. Each will serve a one-year term in these new leadership roles.

“I’m honored to lead this dedicated group of commissioners as we work together to tackle important issues in our community,” Holmes said. “I look forward to spending the next year making progress on many fronts, including behavioral health, food security, affordable housing and education.”

The Wake County Board of Commissioners is made up of seven members elected by voters countywide. The commissioners enact policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, and adoption of the annual budget.

The current board has established eight strategic goal areas and objectives to help guide the county’s funding decisions, project prioritization and resource usage: Community Health; Economic Strength; Education; Great Government; Growth and Sustainability; People, Arts and Culture; Public Safety; and Social and Economic Vitality.

Learn more about the Wake County Board of Commissioners and view upcoming meeting schedules and agendas at wakegov.com/commissioners.

November 29
​Wake County Awarding Grants to Reduce Commercial Waste

Applications accepted now through Dec. 13

Approximately 37 percent of the trash buried in the South Wake Landfill in Fiscal Year 2017 is made up of commercial waste. As the region continues to grow, Wake County is helping organizations fund projects that will reduce the amount of commercial waste that ends up in the landfill.

Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division is currently accepting applications for the Commercial Waste Reduction Grant Program. Commercial, industrial, institutional and non-profit agencies looking to increase their waste prevention efforts and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills are encouraged to apply.

Through the grant program, organizations can apply for up to $10,000 to fund innovative commercial waste reduction projects. A maximum of $40,000 will be awarded through this program from the county. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Proposed projects must focus on waste prevention or recycling in Wake County. Awarded grant funds cannot be used for repayment of existing debt, payment of overhead, legal fees or other uses that do not focus on reducing waste.

To learn more and apply for the grant, visit the Wake County Waste and Recycling website.

About the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.

November 29
​Neighbors Help Neighbors Stay Warm this Winter with Warmth for Wake

The coldest months of the year are upon us, and Wake County’s most vulnerable residents may not have the resources to heat their homes. The Warmth for Wake program is looking for volunteers and donations to help neighbors stay warm as the temperatures drop.

In partnership with the North Carolina Banking Association, the Wake County Warmth for Wake program encourages people to help by:

Delivering Firewood: The program provides free firewood deliveries to households that can use it to offset their gas or electric heat consumption.

Donating Heaters: The program provides new and gently used heaters to households lacking another heat source.

Warmth for Wake runs from October to March, but the program is reaching its most critical time for volunteer and donation assistance.

Interested volunteers and donors can learn more about Warmth for Wake here.

For more information, contact Denise Kissel at denise.kissel@wakegov.com or 919-212-7083.

November 29
​Celebrate the Holidays at Wake County Parks

Sample of programs available at Wake County Parks in December

Cider and holiday crafts are just a few of the things awaiting park visitors during the month of December. Each month, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space hosts programs that give visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, park history and much more. The following is a sample of the programs scheduled this holiday season.

Discovery Table: Beavers
Saturday, Dec. 16, 1–3 p.m.
Crowder District Park
Visiting Crowder Park? Stop by our free discovery table to learn about beavers. Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.

The Ingalls’s Long Winter
Friday, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m.–noon and 2–3:30 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Learn what “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family had to do to survive one especially long winter, and find out how they celebrated Christmas. Taste an old-fashioned peppermint candy stick and bring home a homemade holiday craft. Participants are welcome to dress up in their best pioneer outfit. The program fee is $6 per child and open to children ages 7 years and older. Preregistration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Nature Lab: Kids Get Holiday Crafty
Friday, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Bring your kids to the park for a day of crafting and nature while you take advantage of a few more hours of holiday shopping. The crafts your child creates will make great keepsakes or gifts for Christmas. Send a lunch, water bottle and holiday spirit. We will provide a snack, music and all the supplies. The program fee is $16 per child and open to children ages 6 to 10 years old. Preregistration is required. This has become a holiday tradition at Harris Lake County Park, so please register early. Meet at the Park Office. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

Family Wildlife Series: Green and on the Scene
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2–3 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Do you think winter time means everything is dried up, dull and dreary? Think again! Join Blue Jay Point park staff for an outdoor adventure, hunting winter plants and trees that are green and on the scene. The program fee is $1 per person, and the event is open to all ages. All participants must be independently mobile or in child backpacks. No strollers, please. Preregistration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook

November 22
​Give a Shelter Cat a Home

Wake County Animal Center at capacity for cats

The cat floor at the Wake County Animal Center is currently full, and Wake County is encouraging people to open their hearts and homes to a new pet.

Seventy cats are on the center’s adoption floor, and another 66 are in foster care waiting for homes. The center has taken in approximately 30 cats in the last three days alone.

During the month of November, cats aged 8 years and older are available for adoption on a name-your-price basis. All animals ready for adoption can be viewed on the center’s online adoption gallery.

The center also relies on volunteer foster parents to temporarily care for animals in their homes. If you are interested in learning more about fostering a pet, visit our website.

Owners who are thinking about surrendering their pet to the shelter should consider other options first, including waiting until the shelter is not full. Although the center makes every effort to save the animals in its care, animals surrendered may be euthanized for health, temperament or space. Due to limited shelter space, the center can only accept animals from Wake County residents.

About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center, located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh, is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.

Visit wakegov.com/pets/adoptions for more information on adopting from the Wake County Animal Center. 

November 20
​East Regional Library Closed for Renovations

Library expected to reopen spring 2018

Book lovers in Knightdale and eastern Wake County will soon be able to enjoy a newly renovated library.

Wake County closed the East Regional Library in Knightdale on Sunday, Nov. 26, for renovations. Book return ended Friday, Dec. 8. The renovated library is expected to reopen in spring 2018, weather permitting.

East Regional Library first opened to the public in 1999. Its renovations will go beyond new carpet, fresh paint and new furnishings. The conference room will be expanded to create an adult programming room. The stage in the youth programming room will be removed, giving the library more flexibility and usable space for youth programs. More electrical outlets will be installed, allowing customers to have more places to plug in laptops and charge their cell phones.

During construction, library users are encouraged to visit any of the other 20 library branches open within the Wake County Public Library System. The closest full-service library to this area is Southeast Regional Library in Garner. The closest large community library is Richard B. Harrison Library in Raleigh.

The expansion project is a part of a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2007 to build, expand, renovate or repair libraries. As part of this bond program, Wake Forest Community Library is currently closed for expansion, and planning for a new Morrisville Community Library is underway.

For more information on the renovation project, visit the project website, or contact Senior Library Manager for Facilities Terri Luke or Regional Library Manager Brandy Hamilton.

To learn more about events, programs, branch locations and hours, as well as other services available at Wake County Public Libraries, visit our website.

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