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Garner: A Great Place to Be
12/31/2014

Learn more about why Garner is a great place to live, work or raise a family; click below to get the facts on our All-America City's quality of life.





Garner Technology Center a Premier Shovel-Ready Site
12/13/2014

With almost 100 acres adjacent to Interstate 40, the Garner Technology Center is the premier industrial site in Wake County. Businesses here will enjoy easy access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States with significant clusters in the areas of technology, life sciences, smart grid and advanced manufacturing. Please click the button below to read an information sheet with details and contacts.





GRA Announces Main Street Anniversary, National Accreditation
7/23/2014

Garner’s Main Street Program, managed by the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), announced today that it has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach. This is the fourth consecutive year the Garner has received this accreditation.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.”

The accreditation was presented at the July 22, 2014, Town Council meeting by Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the North Carolina Main Street Center. A program of the NC Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development, the NC Main Street Center works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization.

GRA also released its 2013-2014 Main Street Program Report, including a Five-year summary of the local program’s economic impact on Garner. Since joining the Main Street Program in 2009, Garner’s downtown district has seen public investments of over $2.5 million and private investments totaling over $1.6 million. Other impacts of the program include 41 net new jobs created, 9 net new businesses opened, 7 buildings renovated and 4 facades improved. During the past five years, volunteers have contributed over 1,020 hours to the program valued at $23,782. The full report can be read by clicking the button below and can also be found at downtowngarner.com.





Public Works Director Helps Group Earn Honor
7/21/2014

Town of Garner Public Works Director Paul Cox played a key role in helping the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association earn coveted recognition. Learn more by reading the news release.





Garner National Night Out Planned for Aug. 5
7/15/2014

The Garner Police Department, in association with The National Association of Town Watch and Target, announces that the 31st Annual National Night Out against crime will be held on Aug. 5. Over 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will join forces to promote police-community partnerships, safety and neighborhood unity. This year the Garner Police Department will once again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at White Oak Crossing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





July Newsletter Now Available
7/15/2014

Learn about the Police Department's annual report, the status of a bond-financed sidewalk project and the Towne Players' upcoming show in this month's award-winning Garner Update newsletter.





Town Departments Earn Safety Awards
7/7/2014

Several Town of Garner departments were recently honored for their safety records. Please see the news release for details.





No Solid Waste Collection on July 4
7/5/2014

There will be no solid waste collection in Garner on Friday, July 4. Friday routes will receive service on Saturday, July 5. There will be no other schedule changes that week.



PRCR Team Adds One Member, Promotes Another
7/3/2014

The Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has had a new member join its team, while another staff member has received a promotion. Please read the news release for details.





Tim Stevens Wins Service to Garner Award
7/2/2014

Please see the attached news release about the recipient of the 2014 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award.





Garner 101 Starts New Session Aug. 7
6/16/2014

The Garner 101 Citizens Academy starts up another 10-week session on Aug. 7. To learn more, please see the news release, or contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.





June Newsletter Now Available!
6/12/2014

Learn about the Town of Garner's July 3rd Independence Day Celebration as well as the Town's latest accolades in the June edition of the award-winning Garner Update newsletter.





Garner PD Welcomes New Personnel
6/11/2014

The Garner Police Department has recently added four new members to its team, including one sworn officer, a records manager and two services officers. Please read the news release for details.





Garner Magnet High Featured in National Magazine
6/9/2014

The May 2014 edition of Principal Leadership magazine, a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has a nice feature article about Garner Magnet High School. To read a printable pdf version of the piece, please visit THIS LINK.



Garner Officials Take Part in League's Town Hall Day
6/5/2014

Town of Garner officials participated in the North Carolina League of Municipalities' Town Hall Day at the General Assembly on June 4 in Raleigh. Please read the news release for details.





Next Movie/Camping Night June 13 at Lake Benson Park
6/4/2014

Join us for the Friday Family Flick and camping night scheduled for June 13 at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road). We'll be showing "Monsters University" at 8:30 p.m. The movie is free and does not require registration. Camping is $12 per family for Garner residents and $15 per family for non-residents. To register for camping, please visit THIS LINK. To learn more, please click the button below to see a news release about the event.





Senior Center Gets Center of Excellence Recertification
5/29/2014

The Garner Senior Center was recertified as a Center of Excellence by the State of North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services on May 23. The designation was the result of a five-year process that involved documenting achievement in five different operational areas: outreach and access to services; programs and activities; planning, evaluation and input from older adults; staffing and operations. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Accepting Applications for July 3 Food Vendors
5/28/2014

The Town is accepting applications for food vendors for the July 3 Independence Day Celebration. Please see the news release for details.





Garner Earns Playful City Designation
5/28/2014

Garner has been named a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Please see the news release for details.





Memorial Day Closings and Solid Waste Collection Schedule
5/21/2014

Town offices and indoor facilities will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Also, there will be no solid waste collection in Garner on Memorial Day. Collection will be one day later than usual for all routes next week. For more information, please contact the Town of Garner Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Nominations Accepted Through June 15 for Stevens Service Award
5/21/2014

Nominations are being accepted through June 15 for the 2014 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. Please click the button below for a news release with more details as well as a nomination form.





Memorial Day Observance to be Held at Veterans Memorial
5/20/2014

Garner's annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. near the Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road). The program includes:

Mayor Ronnie Williams-speaker
Savannah Richmond-will perform songs
2012 Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt-to sing "Star Spangled Banner"
Color Guard-Garner Magnet School JROTC
Tyrone Kiaku, Garner Magnet High School-bugler

The public is welcome to attend this event.



Town Seeks Volunteers for July 3 Celebration
5/20/2014

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for Garner’s Annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road).

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist town staff in a number of ways, including helping with kids’ crafts, bingo and participating in setup and cleanup work.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. They may be asked to work shifts of two to four hours and are usually required to stand for those periods (heavy lifting should not be required). Volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt, one meal and a parking pass for Lake Benson Park (based on availability).

Registration deadline is June 20. To get involved, contact Jill McAllister at (919) 661-4602 or by email at jmcallister@garnernc.gov.



Guns N Hoses Broomball Fundraiser Set for June 7
5/15/2014

The Garner Police Athletics and Activities League (PAAL) is hosting its third annual Guns N’ Hoses Broomball Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 at the Garner Polar Ice House (103 New Rand Road). This year the event will feature teams from public safety agencies and local public schools.

There will also be a Public Safety Day in conjunction with the event where families can see public safety displays, get educational materials and enjoy fun activities for kids. The event starts at noon, and games between the teams start at 1 p.m., culminating with a championship game in the evening. Please see the news release for more details.





Volunteers Help Keep Garner Green and Clean
5/15/2014

In conjunction with Gov. Pat McCrory’s proclamation of the biannual state cleanup period, the Town of Garner sponsored its combo Spring Big Sweep and Litter Sweep on Saturday, May 3. Zone Captain Kendrick Mayes and Co-Zone Captains Kelsie Engelhard and Jaclyn Rametta organized volunteers who covered approximately 200 acres, filling 35 bags of trash from eight different sites across Garner. The combined weight of everything collected was 445 pounds. The effort was made possible by 100 volunteers who contributed the equivalent of 200 staff hours, saving the Town $4,510.



Budget News, Movie Night and More in May Newsletter
5/12/2014

Learn all about what's going on in your hometown this month in the Garner Update citizen newsletter from the Town of Garner.





Movie/Camping Night May 16
5/9/2014

Enjoy watching "Despicable Me 2" on a 30-foot outdoor movie screen at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Friday, May 16. The free Family Flick begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs. Refreshments will be available.

Family camping at the park will follow the movie that night. Advance registration is required. You can register HERE.

A second movie/camping night, featuring a free screening of "Monsters University," will be held at Lake Benson Park on Friday, June 13.



Learn More About Early Voting Locations
5/6/2014

There are no early voting locations in Garner for the May 6 primary, but there are locations in other parts of Wake County. Learn more at THIS LINK.



Nominations Being Accepted for Stevens Service Award
5/1/2014

Nominations are being accepted for the James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award through June 15. Please click the button below for a news release and nomination form.





Town Unveils Proposed FY 14-15 Budget
4/30/2014

The Town Manager’s Office has released its recommended operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15. Public hearings on the budget are scheduled for the Town Council regular meetings on Monday, May 5 and Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. The Council has also planned a special budget work session on Wednesday, May 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Please see the news release for a summary of the proposed budget. The recommended budget can also be found online.





GPD Earns National Reaccreditation
4/25/2014

The Garner Police Department has earned its seventh accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and formally received its CALEA certificate of advanced meritorious accreditation at the April 22 Town Council meeting. Please see the news release for details.





GPAC Hires New Staff Member
4/25/2014

Jill McAllister joined the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department on April 15 as the events and box office coordinator. Please see the news release for details.





Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Slated for May 3
4/22/2014

Garner residents are asked to help keep our All-America City clean during the Town’s annual Spring Big Sweep/Litter Sweep. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). Please see the news release for details.





Town Seeking Citizens for Board, Committee Vacancies
4/11/2014

The Town of Garner appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether you’re interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities for you to volunteer to share your time and talents.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee: This committee provides recommendations to the Town Council with regard to recreation services, facilities and fee policies. This committee meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Board of Adjustment: Applications are being accepted for an appointment to the Board of Adjustment for one regular position for citizens that reside within Garner Town limits AND for one regular position for citizens that reside within Wake County limits. The board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. to hear and decide appeals from any order, decision, requirement or interpretation made by the land-use administrator or other administrative officials in the carrying out or enforcing any provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance and to hear and decide applications for special use permits, special exceptions and variances.

The deadline for all applications is Monday, April 28, 2014. You can email, fax or mail your application. Email address kmoffett@garnernc.gov, fax number 919-662-8874 or mail to: Town of Garner, 900 Seventh Avenue, Garner, NC 27529 Attn: Kimberly Moffett. For more detailed information, please visit this page. You can download the application at this link. For more information, you can also contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456.



April Newsletter Now Available
4/11/2014

Awards, new development projects and more in this month's award-winning Garner Update citizen newsletter. Click the button below to read all about your hometown.





Garner Relay for Life to be Held April 25
4/8/2014

The Garner Relay for Life event will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road). The event, one of the biggest of its kind in the state, will run until Saturday morning and raises funds for the American Cancer Society to further research efforts. For more information about the event, including how you can contribute and get involved, please visit the Garner Relay for Life webpage.



Garner Citizen, Downtown Project Honored by Main Street Program
4/7/2014

Elmo Vance was named a Main Street Champion, and a downtown Garner pop-up shops project was awarded Best Retail Promotion by the North Carolina Main Street Program on April 1. Please see the news release for details.





Garner Named One of NC's Most Affordable Places
4/7/2014

Movoto, a California-based online real estate brokerage, has ranked Garner the sixth-most affordable place in North Carolina in a blog post published April 7. The company looked at 83 places in the state that have a population of at least10,000 and ranked them based on food and utility costs, median home price, unemployment rate, adjusted median income and other miscellaneous costs. Please see the news release for more details.





Finance Department Wins Award for Annual Report
4/4/2014

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Town’s Finance Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Garner’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. It is the 24th consecutive year that the Finance Department has earned the honor. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Garner Gears Up for Spring Eggstravaganza
3/28/2014

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will have its annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road. The ever-popular egg hunt will be held promptly at noon.

The festival will also feature entertainment, games and crafts, food vendors and a visit by the Easter Bunny. The rain date is Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the event website.



Town Wins Three Statewide Communications Awards
3/25/2014

The Town of Garner has won three Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City & County Communicators, matching the total it won in the organization’s awards competition last year.

The Town won first-place honors in the category of marketing tools-best use of promotional item for its All-America City video featuring Scotty McCreery, and in the category of communication technology-electronic external newsletter for the Garner Update e-newsletter. The Town also won second-place honors in the category of printed publications-brochure for its 2013 bond program informational brochure.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Lake Benson Boathouse Opens for Season
3/14/2014

Lake Benson boathouse opens for the season on Saturday, March 15. Saturday hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Through June it will also be open on Fridays and Sundays noon-7 p.m. In July and August, the boathouse will drop the Friday hours but pick them back up in September and October.

Jon boats without motors are $4 per hour or $20 per day. Jon boats with motors are $10 per hour or $40 a day. Canoes are $5 per hour. Seniors get half-price rates on full-day rentals of jon boats. It's a CASH-ONLY operation.

There's FREE fishing from the dock.

The boathouse is located at 975 Buffaloe Road. The boathouse phone number is (919) 662-5703.



Learn about Hometown Showdown and More in March Newsletter
3/11/2014

Stay connected to your hometown by reading the Garner Update newsletter. Please click the button below to read the March 2014 edition.





Garner Gears Up for Spring Eggstravaganza
3/6/2014

Garner's annual Spring Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, will be held at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ever-popular egg hunt will start promptly at noon. Please see the flier for more information, or call Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources at (919) 773-4442.





Chamber Expo Slated for April 10
3/6/2014

The Garner Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Garner, is preparing to host its eighth annual Business and Consumer Expo on Thursday, April 10 at Garner United Methodist Church (201 Methodist Drive). Taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Expo will be a powerful business-to-business and business-to-consumer showcase providing local businesses with a full day dedicated to promoting their brands. In addition, consumers will have the opportunity to learn about local Garner businesses and the services offered. Please see the news release for more details.





Job Search Boot Camp a Success
2/27/2014

The Town of Garner and North Carolina Housing Finance Agency held a Job Search Boot Camp on Feb. 25 at Garner Performing Arts Center with about 150 participants in two sessions.





Masters of Soul to Bring Motown Sound to Garner
2/26/2014

Masters of Soul bring the greatest hits from the legendary Motown era to Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at garnerperformingartscenter.com.





Garner to Work with Google on Possible Fiber Project
2/19/2014

Google announced on Feb. 19 that Garner is on a short list of municipalities working with the tech giant to explore the possibility of installing its Google Fiber TV service and ultra-high-speed broadband network, which provides Internet service 100 times faster than what is generally available today in the United States. Please see the news release for details.





Get the Latest Information About Town Bond Program
2/14/2014

To learn the latest about the status of the projects that make up the Town of Garner bond program, citizens can now go online at garnerbonds.com to read the most recent status report.



Town Making Progress on Police Station
2/7/2014

The Town of Garner continues to make progress on building a new police headquarters. The architects for the project, ADW Architects, have completed design/development drawings and are moving forward with construction drawings. Attached is a news release about the project as well as two artist renderings of the planned building.





Read All About Your Hometown in Citizen Newsletter
2/7/2014

Learn about the new town engineer, the award won by the Garner Veterans Memorial and great upcoming shows at GPAC in the latest edition of Garner's citizen newsletter.





Job Search 'Boot Camp' in Garner Feb. 25
2/6/2014

The Town of Garner is partnering with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to hold a free job search "boot camp" on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). There will be two boot camp sessions that day starting at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please see the attached news release for details.





Garner Native Promoted to Town Engineer
2/5/2014

Garner native Tony Chalk will have the opportunity to serve his hometown in a new capacity. Chalk last week accepted the Town’s offer to serve as town engineer. He was promoted from assistant town engineer following the retirement of former town engineer Frank Powell. Chalk’s promotion was effective Feb. 3. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Garner Eagerly Awaits Mortimer's Groundhog Day Prediction
1/23/2014

Mortimer comes to Garner’s White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) to make his annual prediction on Groundhog Day (Sunday, Feb. 2) during a fun afternoon of activities from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our friendly, clairvoyant critter will reveal his prediction to Mayor Ronnie Williams at 3 p.m.

A special feature of this year’s Groundhog Day celebration will be the release of some rescued and rehabilitated birds. People planning to attend the event can go to the White Deer Park Facebook page to request to be selected to release birds. Please see the news release for more details.





GPAC Offers Full Slate for Black History Month
1/23/2014

Please see the news release for details about the events scheduled at Garner Performing Arts Center starting Feb. 1 to celebrate Black History Month.





Mayor Delivers Annual State of the Town Address
1/22/2014

A video of Mayor Ronnie Williams' State of the Town address can be found at THIS LINK. Please click the button below for the full text of the speech.





Public Informational Meeting on Indoor Rec Center Project
1/15/2014

The Town of Garner will hold a public informational meeting on the Town's indoor recreation center project at Garner Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Please click the button below for a flier with more details.





Veterans Memorial Wins Award from Architectural Association
1/15/2014

The Garner Veterans Memorial has won a Design & Manufacturing Excellence award from the Architectural Precast Association. Please click the button below for an article about the award.

The Town of Garner wishes to congratulate Garner resident Mon Peng Yueh, the primary designer of the memorial; Thomas Sayre, the artist who contributed the earthcast sculptures that are part of the memorial panels; and the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee, who oversaw the project to fruition.

The memorial was one of the three main projects featured in Garner's winning All-America City campaign.





Keep Up with What's Happening in Garner!
1/15/2014

Get details about Groundhog Day at White Deer Park, Garner's MLK observance and Black History Month events at GPAC in this month's citizen newsletter.





Town Manager Earns Credentialed Designation
1/13/2014

Garner Town Manager Hardin Watkins recently received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is now one of over 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. Please see the attached news release for details.





Sign Up Now for Citizens Police Academy
1/10/2014

The Garner Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy, which begins in March. Please see the news release for more details and a link to an application.





Mortimer the Groundhog to Make Annual Prediction in Garner
1/7/2014

Join Mortimer for Garner's annual Groundhog Day celebration at White Deer Park. Please see the flier for details.





MLK Observance Set for Jan. 19 at GPAC
1/7/2014

Garner Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
Free admission

Join the greater Garner community for the fourth annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Charles Weldon Brooks, long-time pastor of Poplar Springs Christian Church on Old Stage Road, will be the headliner at this year's celebration.

The theme for this year's Dr. King remembrance is "One Nation, One Dream, We're Better Together." There is no charge for the event, but organizers are asking attendees to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to replenish the pantry shelves at Garner Area Ministries.



Marketing Efforts Ramp Up for Garner Technology Center
1/2/2014

The Garner Economic Development Corporation's efforts to redevelop the Garner Technology Center site (formerly the location of the ConAgra Foods plant) continue, with an aggressive marketing campaign officially getting under way with an open-house event at the property on Dec. 11. To learn more, read recent news coverage in the News & Observer and IndyWeek, and watch this presentation on the Town's YouTube channel.



GPD Holds Annual Shop with a Cop
1/2/2014

Nine local families, including a total of 36 children ranging from infants to high school students, enjoyed a brighter Christmas thanks to the Garner Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event held Dec. 14-15. Please see the news release for details.





RFP for Audit Services
1/2/2014

The Town of Garner has issued a request for proposals for audit services. Please click the button below for details.





S&P Boosts Garner's Credit Rating
1/1/2014

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised its long-term rating on Garner's outstanding general obligation (GO) debt by one notch to AA+ from AA. The action reflects S&P's "view of the Town's consistently strong financial performance and very strong budget flexibility." To read the S&P report explaining its decision, please click the button below.





Participate in Public Survey for Hazard Mitigation Planning
12/6/2013

Wake County is working together to become less vulnerable to natural disasters, and you can do your part to help by completing and mailing in this survey. Please click the button below to find the survey.





The December Newsletter is Here!
12/5/2013

Parade and tree-lighting information and more in this month's Garner Update citizen newsletter. Check it out here.





Trash Pickup Changed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/30/2013

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 28. That week, the Thursday routes (purple and yellow) will be worked on Friday, Nov. 29. Friday's routes (blue and brown) will be worked on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday routes will be worked on schedule that week. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



GARNER NAMED ONE OF TOP FIVE CITIES OR TOWNS IN NC
11/21/2013

Just a few months after being named an All-America City, Garner has earned another enviable accolade. Movoto, a San Mateo, Calif.-based real-estate brokerage frequently cited by major news organizations, has named Garner one of the top five cities or towns in North Carolina. Please see the news release for details. Movoto's full report can be found at THIS LINK.





Garner Public Information Officer Wins Statewide Awards
11/19/2013

Garner’s public information officer, Rick Mercier, won two Excellence in Communications Awards from the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers at its annual seminar on Nov. 14 in Chapel Hill. Please see the news release for details.





Public Meeting on Indoor Rec Center to be Held Nov. 25
11/19/2013

There will be a public meeting on the Town's planned indoor recreation center on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). Please see the flier for details.





Grand Opening of Lake Benson Park TRACK Trail on Nov. 26
11/18/2013

EVENT CANCELED
Over the past few years, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program has been installing a network of kid-friendly hiking trails called TRACK Trails in communities throughout North Carolina. The program has installed more than 50 TRACK Trails across the country.

Kids in Parks and the N.C. Recreation and Park Association will celebrate the grand opening of the Town of Garner’s TRACK Trail at Lake Benson Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. at the trail head by the shelter #1 parking lot. A guided hike will follow. Please see the news release for more details.



Police Holding Special Olympics Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A
11/8/2013

The Garner Police Department, with aid from the NC ALE and NC SBI, will be hosting a Cops On Top event at the Chick-Fil-A Garner Towne Square location (2720 Timber Drive) on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. Cops on Top is an event to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes in North Carolina.

For these two days, law enforcement members will be camped out on the roof of the Chick-fil-A to raise money. On Friday, volunteers will be there from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday they will be present from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. On Saturday, a GPD police car, a GPD firetruck and an SBI bomb truck will be on display. Also, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, GPD officers will be offering a safety check of child safety seats at no cost to parents. Please join us in supporting a great cause.



Officer Recognized for Crisis Intervention Work
11/7/2013

Garner police Officer Steven Doak was recognized Oct. 31 for being the Garner Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year and one of Wake County’s CIT Officers of the Year. Please see the news release for details.





Fitness Event Planned for Nov. 23 at Lake Benson Park
11/7/2013

Come on out for the Dance and B'Fit event on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Lake Benson Park. Please see the flier for details.





Public Meeting on Hazard Mitigation Plan Nov. 21
11/7/2013

Wake County and its municipalities are joining together to develop a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan and are seeking input from the public. There will be a project kickoff meeting open to the public on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in Raleigh at the Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., Room G31. Please see the notice for more details.





Read the November Newsletter Here!
11/7/2013

The November Garner Update citizen newsletter can be read by clicking the button below.





Town Seeking Applicants for Veterans Advisory Board
11/6/2013

The Town is seeking applicants for a new Veterans Advisory Board. The board will be composed of seven at-large members, at least four of whom will be honorably discharged veterans. This board may make recommendations concerning issues related to Town policies that affect veterans and will operate as a link between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways to honor and recognize the service of area veterans.

Meeting dates and locations have not yet been established. For application or questions, please contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456 or kmoffett@garnernc.gov.



November Events at White Deer Park
11/5/2013

Discovery Days: Exploring Earth’s Landforms
White Deer Park Nature Center
Thursday, Nov. 7
10am-noon
(Ages 6 & Over) Homeschoolers and students who are tracked out are invited to the Nature Center for FREE discovery games and hands-on experiments. Enjoy exploring science and nature at self-guided stations. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes in Discovery. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Toddler Nature Time
White Deer Park Nature Center
Thursday, Nov. 14
10am-11am
(Age 2-3) Discover the natural world through stories, games, crafts, and short hikes. Please dress for the weather. An adult must accompany children at all times. Garner Resident: $5, Non-Resident $7 Preregistration required: SIGN UP HERE.

Movie Discovery Days: Schoolhouse Rock! Earth
White Deer Park Nature Center
Thursday, Nov. 21
10am
(Ages 6 & Over) Watch a FREE kid-friendly movie that explores the theme of the previous Discovery Day. Movie details will be available at each Discovery Day. Take home a Discovery Sheet of fun activities to extend your learning experience. An adult must accompany children at all times.



Operation Medicine Drop a Big Success in Garner
10/30/2013

The Garner Police Department collected over 27,000 dosage units of expired and unwanted medications on Oct. 26 at its fall Operation Medicine Drop event. Please see the news release for details.





Police Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment
10/25/2013

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Sunday, November 3, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Garner Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Brandon Zuidema announced today.

Verification by the team that the Garner Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, stated Chief Zuidema.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session November 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Garner Chamber of Commerce located at 401 Circle Drive in Garner.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (919) 773-4432 on November 4, 2013 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Garner Police Department, 900-C Seventh Ave. Local contact can be made with either Accreditation Manager Dana Clay or Sgt. Scott Crawford at (919) 772-8810.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Garner Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Early Voting in Garner Starts Oct. 28
10/23/2013

Early voting days at the Avery Street Recreation Center Annex (210 Avery St.) for the Nov. 5 Town Council election are as follows: Monday–Friday, Oct. 28–Nov. 1, 3–7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information, visit the Wake County Board of Elections early voting webpage.



Garner Earns National Award for Annual Financial Report
10/23/2013

Garner's Finance Department has again earned recognition for its comprehensive annual financial report. Please see the news release for details.





Operation Medicine Drop Event on Oct. 26
10/23/2013

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medications take-back event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Town Hall, Building B in the Council Chambers. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. More information about Operation Medicine Drop can be found at ncsafekids.org or by calling Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 773-6072.



GTV11 Sets News Schedule for Broadcast of Council Meetings
10/16/2013

The Town of Garner’s public, educational and government channel, GTV11, has established a new permanent schedule for broadcast of its previously recorded Town Council meetings. The new schedule is as follows:

Thursdays: 1 a.m., 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 1 a.m., 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.

The most recent Town Council meeting will be aired during these times. The most recent meeting can also be viewed on demand on the homepage of garnernc.gov. Older meetings can be viewed by going to garnernc.gov/government/towncouncil.aspx.

GTV11 can be seen within town limits and in certain other locations outside town on Time Warner Cable channel 11 and on AT&T U-verse channel 99. The channel is not available on satellite television.

Time Warner Cable recently started broadcasting GTV11 in digital format only. To be able to view the channel in digital-only format, some Time Warner Cable customers may need to order a free digital adapter from the company. For more information, or to order a digital adapter, visit twc.com/digitaladapter, or call Time Warner Cable customer service at 1-855-286-1736.



Register Now for Showcase of Talent Audition
10/16/2013

Mark your calendar - Garner Showcase of Talent auditions are Nov. 14. Start practicing now, and you can get your start at Garner Performing Arts Center just like Scotty McCreery. The show is open to all performers who have a connection to Garner. Registration deadline is Nov. 11.

For a complete set of rules as well as an audition registration form, visit garnerperformingartscenter.com or call (919) 661-4602.



Garner Plans Veterans Day Observance
10/14/2013

The Town of Garner and Garner Veterans Memorial Committee will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at a Veterans Day observance at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic mini-concert by the Garner Magnet High School symphonic band, followed at 11 a.m. by a program featuring guest speaker Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Steve L. Muro, soloists Dana Stephenson and Dave Kamphuis and the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus from Aversboro Elementary School. Join other veterans, community leaders and elected officials to honor veterans on Veterans Day.



Garner to Hold Second Annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails
10/9/2013

Garner will hold its second annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails at White Deer Park on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Trick-or-treaters can collect treats from local community organizations and businesses at this free event.

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking local businesses and organizations to volunteer their time and provide treats for the popular event. Last year’s Trick-or-Treat the Trails drew thousands of people and won a prestigious statewide award. Please see the news release for details.





NCDOT to Hold Meetings on 540 Southeast Extension
10/9/2013

NCDOT will be holding three open-house meetings on the 540 Southeast Extension Oct. 14-16. Details on those meetings are as follows:

Mon., Oct. 14, 4–7 p.m.
Wake Tech Community College
Student Services Building
Rooms 213/214
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh

Tues., Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m.
Barwell Road Community Center
Gymnasium
3935 Barwell Road
Raleigh

Wed., Oct. 16, 6–9 p.m.
Holly Springs High School
Cafeteria
5329 Cass Holt Road
Holly Springs

For more information on the 540 Southeast Extension, visit the NCDOT web portal on it. Please note the contact information at the bottom of that webpage. You can phone the project hotline or use the "contact us" form to register your comments with NCDOT.



Fireman's Day to be Held Downtown Oct. 5
10/3/2013

Garner's annual Fireman's Day in downtown Garner (Main Street) will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The parade will start at 2 p.m. There will be a live burn demonstration at 3 p.m., followed by a performance by the band Honey starting at 4 p.m. For more information, visit garnerfire.com.



Trick-or-Treat the Trails, Fireman's Day and More in Newsletter
10/3/2013

The October Garner Update citizens newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read all about your hometown!





ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
9/30/2013

Please review the notice below to view the advertisement for the U-5520 - US 70 / JONES SAUSAGE ROAD (SR 5220) / WHITE OAK ROAD (SR 2547) improvements project.





Find Out More about Voting in Upcoming Elections
9/24/2013

Learn more about how to vote in the fall school board, school bonds and Town Council elections at THIS LINK.



Town to Host NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Event Sept. 25
9/18/2013

The Town of Garner will host an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at Thompson Road Park (550 Thompson Road). Register at nflppk.com.



Fall 2013 Litter and Big Sweep Planned for Oct. 5
9/10/2013

Garner's Fall 2013 Litter and Big Sweep will be Saturday, Oct. 5. Registration will be 8:30 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). To pre-register (which is encouraged) or for more information, contact Jaclyn Rametta at (919) 773-4421 or jrametta@garnernc.gov.



Labor Day Solid Waste Schedule
9/8/2013

There will be no solid waste collection on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. All routes that week will receive service one day later than usual. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



September Newsletter is Now Available
9/3/2013

The September citizen e-newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read it.





New Hours of Operation for White Deer Park Nature Center
8/30/2013

Effective Sept. 1, White Deer Park Nature Center will have new hours. They will be as follows:

April-September: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
October-March: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.



Check Out Nature Center Discovery Days Schedule
8/30/2013

White Deer Park Nature Center's Discovery Days and Movie Discovery Days schedule for October through March has been finalized. Click the button below to check out the full schedule and the topics to be covered.





League of Municipalities Publication Features Garner
8/29/2013

Southern City, a bimonthly publication of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, has an excellent feature on Garner's All-America City campaign in the July/August edition. Please click the button below to read the article.





NCDOT: US 401 Northbound Closure Planned at US 70/NC 50 Sept. 6-8
8/28/2013

The following is a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation:

The N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the U.S. 70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401 south of Raleigh will require the closure of northbound U.S. 401 the weekend of Sept. 6-8.

The contractor will be setting girders and installing decking for the new bridge, so the closure is needed for safety reasons. It will be in place from 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 through 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

Motorists will have a very short detour, turning right on Mechanical Boulevard, and then left to get back on U.S. 70/N.C. 50 toward Raleigh.

Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville was awarded a $3 million contract to replace the 61-year-old bridge, which is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means it is still safe for travel, but has been in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced, and that it was built to design standards no longer used for bridges.

The new bridge will have a higher clearance height over U.S, 401, and there will be wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the bridge. It will be on a new location just west of the current bridge, eliminating the need for an offsite detour unless specific phases of the project require the closure of the highway.

The new bridge is expected to be in place by Dec. 1, with additional vegetation work completed by May 30, 2014.

Because of the traffic volume through this intersection, almost all the work has been done at night. No lane closures are allowed on U.S. 401, U.S. 70 or Mechanical Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The exceptions are when the roadway needs to be closed for safety reasons because of the work being done, and those closures can only take part on weekends.

This replacement project is part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide. For more information on this plan, visit our Bridge Improvement Program webpage.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

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MikeMickXer to Play Next Music off Main Show Sept. 5
8/28/2013

The Music off Main Downtown Concert Series continues Thursday, Sept. 5 with a show by MikeMickXer. Concerts are free and are 6-9 p.m. on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center. Please see the news release for more details.





MikeMickXer to Play Music off Main Show Sept. 5
8/21/2013

Come on out to the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.) on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the next installment of the free Music off Main downtown concert series. MikeMickXer will play its blend of rockabilly, reggae, R&B and funk for a show that will keep everyone on their feet. Bring your chairs or blankets, but coolers are not allowed. Food and beverages available for purchase.



Read the August Newsletter Here!
8/6/2013

The August e-newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read it.





Garner Plans Carnaval Latino Sept. 21 on GPAC Back Lawn
8/2/2013

Come and celebrate our community’s diverse Latino cultures at Garner’s Carnaval Latino on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.) on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for the multicultural community throughout the Triangle to experience the traditional and contemporary varied Latino cultures through food, music, dance and art.

Taste an assortment of delicious Latino foods in one location! Then burn off those extra calories by dancing to different musical Latino styles from live bands, and participating in a Zumba party or belly dance led by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's own instructors.

This FREE event is fun for the entire family! No alcohol or pets are permitted.

For more information, including how your organization can be involved in the event, please call (919) 773-4458.



Town Seeking Applicants for Advisory Boards
7/30/2013

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Garner's Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and a vacancy on the Planning Commission.

The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee needs to fill one unexpired term vacancy. This committee serves in an advisory capacity with the Town of Garner in planning, coordinating and directing of programs and activities at the Garner Senior Center. Committee members must be eligible to participate in senior activities by being at least 55 years of age. The committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road).

The Planning Commission needs a member who resides outside the Town limits and within Garner’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The commission is an advisory body to the Town Council and makes recommendations regarding land use, zoning and development. Experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping or other fields related to urban design or appearance is helpful, although not required. The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.).

To download an application form, visit garnernc.gov/Forms/Administration/BoardApplication.pdf. For more information, contact Deputy Town Clerk Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456.



Public Safety Agencies to Square Off on Ice Aug. 24
7/25/2013

The Garner Police Athletic/Activities League (PAAL) will be hosting its second annual Broomball Fundraiser at the Garner Polar Ice House (103 New Rand Road) on Saturday, Aug. 24. Doors will open at 1 p.m., and ticket holders (including those purchasing tickets at the door) can take advantage of open skating from 1:15-2:45 p.m. Broomball games will begin at 3 p.m. and will involve a “round-robin” tournament involving Garner PD, Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue and two other area public safety agencies.

Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12; children under 5 are free. There will also be a silent auction and 50-50 raffle, and you’ll have the chance to meet Stormy and the Storm Squad from the Carolina Hurricanes. All proceeds go to PAAL to support programming for at-risk youth in the Garner area.

Tickets may be purchased at Garner PD Administration at 900 Seventh Ave. or at the door the day of the event.



CHECK OUT SPECIAL EDITION ALL-AMERICA CITY NEWSLETTER
7/12/2013

The July citizen newsletter (special All-America City edition) is now available. Click the button below to read it.





Garner PD Completes Round of Hiring
7/10/2013

The Garner Police Department has recently sworn in four new officers. Please see the news release for details.





Garner Moves Independence Day Celebration to Friday, July 5
7/2/2013

Due to expected inclement weather, the Town of Garner has rescheduled its Independence Day celebration at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) for Friday, July 5. Please see the news release for details.





Camp Kaleidoscope Offers Summer Fun
6/28/2013

School may be out for the summer, but Camp Kaleidoscope is just beginning. This summer day camp sponsored by the Town of Garner Parks,Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is based at the Avery Street Recreation Center, located at 125 Avery St. Please see the news release below for more details.





Solid Waste Schedule Changes for July 4 Holiday
6/26/2013

Due to the Independence Day holiday on July 4, Thursday routes (purple and yellow) and Friday routes (blue and brown) will receive service one day later than usual the week of June 30-July 6. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



GARNER NAMED ALL-AMERICA CITY
6/16/2013

The National Civic League has named Garner one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013. Read the Town's news release by clicking below.





Town to Collect Storm Debris Starting June 20
6/14/2013

In response to the storm of June 13, 2013, the Town of Garner will be conducting a special one-time cleanup of unprepared storm-related yard waste generated as a result of the storm. Pickup will begin on Thursday, June 20th on the Red and Grey (Monday) solid waste routes and continue in sequence until one pass of the entire Town has been made. In order to provide prompt service town-wide, there will be no backtracking. Cleanup will run continuous so Public Works has the opportunity to go to the next day’s colored route if they finish the previous route early. Therefore, all residents are encouraged to have debris at curb by June 20th to reduce the risk of being missed. Please note the following: • Place unprepared storm- related yard waste at the curb for pickup. • Routine weekly prepared yard waste service will continue as normal. See Town website or your recycling calendar for details on how to prepare properly. • Contractor generated debris is not eligible for pickup per Town Code. • Pickup is for yard waste only- no construction or demolition debris. • Call Garner Public Works at 919-772-7600 for any questions and latest schedule information. • The schedule will vary according to volume, please be patient. Storm debris cleanup will be limited the week of July 3rd (July 1-5).



June Citizen Newsletter Now Available
6/13/2013

Read the June citizen newsletter by clicking the button below.





Garner, Symphony Gearing Up for July 3rd Celebration
6/10/2013

Join the Town of Garner and the North Carolina Symphony on July 3 at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) for Garner’s annual Independence Day celebration. Please see the news release for details.





Public Works Names Deans Employee of the Year
5/30/2013

Alonza Deans has been named the 2013 Public Works Employee of the Year for the Town of Garner. The award announcement was made last week at the Public Works Department’s annual cookout, which is held during National Public Works Week. Please see the news release for details.





Town Reminds Citizens about Yard Sale Rules
5/21/2013

The Town has issued a reminder about rules governing yard and garage sales and related signage. Please see the news release for details.





RECOMMENDED FY2013-14 BUDGET NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
5/20/2013

Peruse the Town of Garner's recommended annual operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 (which starts July 1) at THIS LINK.



Read the May Garner Update Citizen E-Newsletter!
5/18/2013

You can read all about the great things going on in Garner by clicking the button below.





Memorial Day Week Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes
5/17/2013

There will be no solid waste collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. All routes will receive service one day later than usual the week of May 27-31. If you have questions, please call (919) 772-7600.



McCreery Gives Back to His Hometown
5/15/2013

It was Scotty McCreery Day in Garner on May 14, and McCreery – who took time off from his busy schedule to return home – marked the occasion by giving back to his hometown in several ways. Please see the news release for full details.





Garner K9 Units Bring Home Awards
5/9/2013

The Garner Police Department's canine units recently won several awards and finished first as a team in a certification event held in Holly Springs. Please see the news release for more information.





Volunteers Openings for Garner’s July 3rd Celebration
5/3/2013

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for Garner’s annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 3 at Lake Benson Park.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist Town staff in a variety of ways to help make the event successful including arts and crafts, games, balloons, setup/cleanup and more. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and meal. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, June 24. To get involved, contact Nicole Sweat at (919) 773-4441 or nsweat@garnernc.gov.



Music off Main Concerts Kick Off May 9
4/25/2013

The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA) is pleased to announce the lineup and schedule for the sixth season of the Music off Main Downtown Concert Series. This season will feature a diverse mix of artists who all have roots in Garner and the Triangle area. Performances will include country and rock from Amanda Daughtry, rockabilly and reggae from MikeMickXer, Motown and r&b from The Band Heartbeat, dance and top 40 from Honey and Southern roots music and bluegrass from Old Habits.

The season begins on May 9 with Amanda Daughtry who grew up in the Garner area and now calls Nashville her home. All shows are free and are on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center. They are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more details, please see the news release.





Police Seek Citizen Participation in Online Survey
4/12/2013

The Garner Police Department is seeking input through a survey posted online as part of its efforts to receive reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Citizens are encouraged to take the survey and provide the Police Department feedback on its performance, competency of agency employees, perception of officers’ attitudes and behaviors, concerns about safety and security in Garner, and recommendations or suggestions for improvement. You can take the survey at THIS LINK.



Town Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission
4/11/2013

The Town of Garner Planning Commission needs members who reside outside of the Town limits but within Garner’s extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). This committee requires some candidates to have experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping, the arts or other fields related to urban design or appearance. The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. To download an application, please visit THIS LINK. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456.



Town Launches Citizen Request Software with Mobile App
4/10/2013

The Town of Garner is pleased to launch "garner info," a new civic engagement tool enabling citizens to stay in touch with the Town. Through this new, easy-to-use service, citizens have access to important Town information, can submit service requests, report issues, and track their requests online and via your mobile phones. The tool is powered by the software company PublicStuff.

Citizens will be able to submit service requests from a free mobile app and soon also from garnernc.gov. Here’s how the service request tool works:

1. See something that needs to be fixed like a pothole, broken street signs or lamps, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, illegal trash dumping, etc.?

2. Submit a service request including your location and even a photo via your iPhone or Android device or via the website. You can also submit requests using any mobile phone that has internet access and SMS text messaging.

3. The relevant Town staff members receive the request and resolve the problem quickly and efficiently.

The Town will also provide information on events and more through the app. To download the app, go to publicstuff.com/iphone/garner-nc for Apple devices or publicstuff.com/android/garner-nc for Android devices.



April Newsletter Now Available Online
4/9/2013

Read the latest Garner Update newsletter by clicking on the button below.





Sidewalk Design Request for Qualifications
4/3/2013

The Town of Garner wishes to engage a qualified firm to provide professional engineering and surveying services for miscellaneous sidewalk construction projects around town. Please click the button below for further information.





GARNER NAMED A FINALIST FOR ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARD
4/3/2013

Garner has been selected by the National Civic League as one of 20 finalists for the 2013 All-America City Award. The All-America City Award has been described as the Nobel Prize for civic accomplishment. In mid-June, a contingent from Garner will go to Denver to compete to be one of the 10 localities that earn the honor this year.

To read a news release from the National Civic League announcing the selection of the finalists CLICK HERE.



Chamber's Business and Consumer Expo Slated for April 11
3/27/2013

The Garner Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo 2013 will be held Thursday, April 11 at Garner United Methodist Church (201 Methodist Drive). The expo will be a powerful business-to-business and business-to-consumer showcase, providing local businesses a day of promotion as well as consumers the opportunity to experience the best that Garner has to offer.

This year, doors will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission to the public is free. For questions or more information, contact Denise Nowell at (919) 772-6440 or dnowell@garnerchamber.com.

More details can also be found at THIS LINK.



Learn More About Foreclosure Prevention Fund
3/27/2013

Learn more about the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund by clicking on the button below and by visiting ncforeclosureprevention.gov.



Garner Wins Statewide Communications Awards
3/26/2013

The Town of Garner has won three awards in the North Carolina City and County Communicators 2013 Excellence in Communications competition, which is open to local governments throughout the state. Please see the news release for more details.





Official Garner Bond Referendum Results
3/19/2013

For official results of the March 12, 2013, Garner bond referendum, please visit THIS LINK.



RFQ for Town Hall/Police Station Project
3/18/2013

Please click the button below to view the request for qualifications for the Garner Town Hall and police station project.





Lake Benson Boathouse Opens for Season March 15
3/14/2013

Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) opens for the 2013 season Friday, March 15. The boathouse will operate on Friday afternoons noon-7 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays noon-7 p.m. through the end of October. Friday operations will be suspended during July and August.

Although no private boats are allowed on the lake, the Town offers rental boats for visitors, and there is free fishing from the boathouse dock. Boats without motors are $4 per hour, or a daily rate of $20. Boats with motors are $8 per hour, or a daily rate of $40. Canoes rent for $5 an hour. Life jackets are provided at no extra cost.

For more information, contact Stephanie Shaffer at sshaffer@garnernc.gov or (919) 661-6892.



March Newsletter Available
3/11/2013

The March 2013 citizen e-newsletter is now available. Read it here.





Spring Unprepared Trash and Yard Waste Collection in April
3/6/2013

Learn more about the Town's spring unprepared trash and yard waste collection by clicking on the button below for information and a pickup schedule.





Pick Up Free Tree on N.C. Arbor Day March 15
3/6/2013

Celebrate N.C. Arbor Day on Friday, March 15 by planting a tree. Come to White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up your tree and planting instructions. Then take it home to plant in your own yard! Free trees will be available all day, while supplies last.



Medicine Drop Event Scheduled for March 23 in Garner
3/5/2013

Learn more about a medicine drop event noon to 3 p.m. on March 23 at the Garner Kroger (2680 Timber Drive).





Life Sciences Equipment Maker to Locate in Garner
2/20/2013

UltraPure Systems, Inc., a Puerto Rico-based firm that builds equipment for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, will open an office and fabrication facility in Garner’s Greenfield North Business Park in the coming weeks.

The Garner facility, to be located in an existing space at 600 Greenfield Parkway, Suite 650, will have about 50 employees – composed of engineers and skilled craft – in the first year, UltraPure Systems President and CEO Cesar Roca said. It will become headquarters for the firm’s North American operations. Please see the attached news release from the Town of Garner for more details.





'Charlotte's Web' Coming to GPAC March 9
2/20/2013

“Charlotte’s Web,” a play based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White, will be performed at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on March 9 at 11 a.m. by the acclaimed Theatreworks USA. The production, directed by Rob Barron, is recommended for audiences ages 5 and up. Please see the attached news release for more details, including ticket information.





Garner Adds Two New Officers to Police Force
2/18/2013

The Garner Police Department has added two new officers – Andrew David Bauer and Kevin Ronnie Murray. Both officers were sworn in earlier this month. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Storytelling Festival Set for Feb. 23
2/14/2013

The 10th Annual Garner Storytelling Festival will be held 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at North Garner Middle School (720 Powell Drive). The event will feature Donna Washington, Hawk Hurst, Chuck Killian, Dr. Terry Ledford and over 60 Garner-area elementary students. The festival is hosted by Garner Media Specialists, Garner Educational Foundation and the Wake County Southeast Regional Library.

Sponsors are McDonald's (D&L Huebner LLC) and Target Stores with additional support provided by many GEF sponsors via Cooks for Books sponsorships. For more information, visit garnernc.gov/GEF/storytellingfestival.htm or call the library at (919) 662-2263.



Spring Eggstravaganza Set for March 23 at Lake Benson Park
2/12/2013

Come celebrate at Garner’s FREE Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with the egg hunt starting at noon) at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road).

See a live concert by Billy Jonas, participate in nature activities, play games and enjoy fun inflatables, cool arts and crafts, delicious food vendors and so much more. Be sure to bring your camera to have a picture taken with the Easter Bunny before the egg hunt.

Please keep your furry friends at home since no pets are allowed during this event. Volunteering opportunities are available.

For more information about this event or to volunteer, please call (919) 773-4442.



February Newsletter Now Available
2/7/2013

Please click the button below to read the February edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter.





Town Earns Treat for Halloween Event
2/6/2013

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department was given the Rising Star Award from the N.C. Association of Festivals and Events on Jan. 28. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Plans Public Meetings on Bonds Feb. 20, 27
1/31/2013

The Town of Garner has scheduled two open house-style meetings in the runup to the March 12 municipal bond referendum. The first is Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). The second is Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). Please see the news release for more details.





Mayor Delivers State of the Town Address
1/23/2013

Please click the button below to see the full text of Mayor Ronnie Williams' State of the Town address, delivered at the Jan. 22 Town Council meeting.





Downtown Garner Newsletter Now Available
1/18/2013

The new Downtown Garner newsletter from the Garner Revitalization Association is out. Read it HERE.



Mayor Williams Selected to Lead CAMPO
1/18/2013

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams was elected on Jan. 16 to be chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CAMPO) governing body, the Transportation Advisory Committee. Please see the news release for more details.





Cooks for Books Slated for Jan. 31
1/15/2013

What do WRAL’s Sports Anchor Mandy Mitchell, WTVD’s Sports Anchor Jen Daniels, and NBC 17’s Sharon Delaney and Sports reporter Todd Gibson have in common?

They are ALL competing in the Garner Educational Foundation's 3rd Annual "Cooks for Books" Battle of the Chefs fundraising event in Garner on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Garner TV and Appliance (875 U.S. 70).

Funds raised through this event will support GEF’s literacy enrichment programming for students in the Garner area -- primarily the SCOR volunteer reading program and the Garner Storytelling Festival, which will be held this spring at North Garner Middle School in partnership with the Wake County Southeast Regional Library.

This year’s contest will feature some terrific matchups. The 2013 cooking teams are:

WRAL: Sports Anchor Mandy Mitchell paired with Empire Eats' Chef John Scarangella at The Raleigh Times Bar

WTVD: Sports Anchor Jen Daniels paired with Chef Joey Yarnell at Cantina 18

NBC 17: Sharon Delaney and sports reporter Todd Gibson - paired with one of our 2012 Champions, Chef David Baysinger from Eschelon Hospitality's Cameron Bar and Grill

The event will be a hors d’oeuvres /cocktail party from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. featuring guest appearances by celebrity cooks from all three media networks. Chef Elise Johnson, the spokesperson for BJ’s Warehouse and author of You Never Cook Alone, will be back to judge this year.

Organizers have a theme this year -- "Cooks for Books-Game On" The chefs have been asked to prepare their best "Game Day" meal/appetizer.

Three live kitchens will be in operation at Garner TV with competition between the three networks and their restaurant partners on a signature entrée of their choice. Attendees will have the chance to sample and vote on the entrees, as well as enjoy other tasty complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Each popular vote for an entrée will cost $1, and attendees may vote as many times as they would like. There will be awards for the popular vote and an official judge’s vote coordinated by the NC Chefs Academy.

In addition, area businesses, non-profits, schools and individuals are invited to submit a signature dessert for judging in the 3rd Annual "Garner -- It's a SWEET Place to Be" Dessert Challenge. Cost for contest entry is $25. Please contact Amy White at the information below if interested in submitting an entry.

Tickets are available at Garner TV and Appliance, Bingham Law Office OR through any Garner Educational Foundation Board member.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

Special VIP Passes are available this year for $40 per person. The VIP pass includes a one-hour exclusive meet and greet with the chefs and TV personalities from 5:30–6:30 at the Cooks for Books event.

Sponsorships are available. Please contact Amy White for more information.

Contact Information:

Amy White
Chair, Cooks for Books Fundraiser
Garner Educational Foundation
PO Box 581
Garner, NC 27529
garnernc.gov/GEF
singforHim@nc.rr.com
(919) 201-1211




Garner Moves Forward with Plans for March 12 Bond Referendum
1/15/2013

The Town of Garner is moving forward with plans for a bond referendum on March 12 as the Wake County Board of Elections sets key dates for the upcoming vote. Please see the news release for details.





Human Resources Analyst Earns Certification
1/10/2013

Town of Garner Human Resources Analyst Kimberly Storey recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources. Please see the news release for more details.





Blood Drive at Senior Center on Jan. 18
1/10/2013

There will be a blood drive at Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) Friday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. You can schedule an appointment at THIS LINK. Walk-ins on the day of the drive will also be accepted.



Mobile Vendor Ordinance Goes into Effect Jan. 7
1/7/2013

On Jan. 7, an ordinance will go into effect requiring most types of mobile vendors to obtain a permit from the Garner Police Department before doing business inside Town limits.

The Garner Town Council unanimously approved the measure at its Dec. 3 meeting. The ordinance is intended to protect public safety – especially the safety of children – in the neighborhoods and areas that mobile vendors frequent.

Click the button below to view a news release, a graphic illustrating what types of vendors are subject to the ordinance and a copy of the ordinance itself.





January Citizen Newsletter Now Available
1/5/2013

The January citizen newsletter is now available. Please click the button below to read it.





Town Selects New Finance Director
1/4/2013

The Town of Garner has tapped Zebulon’s current finance director to assume leadership of the Town’s Finance Department. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner Gears Up for Groundhog Day
1/4/2013

Will Mortimer the Groundhog predict six more weeks of winter, or is there an early spring right around the corner? Find out Mortimer’s prediction for 2013. Join us at Garner's White Deer Park Nature Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 for our Groundhog Day festivities. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner's MLK Remembrance to be Held Jan. 20 at GPAC
12/31/2012

Please join the greater Garner community for the third annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Rd.) beginning at 4 p.m. The theme for this year's Dr. King birthday celebration is "One Community, One Nation, One Dream." Mayor Ronnie Williams will be our host. Nationally known educator and civil rights advocate Dr. Dudley E. Flood will be the keynote speaker, and Steve Daniels with ABC11 Eyewitness News will be master of ceremonies.

The program includes musical selections from the East Garner Middle School Choir and The Hall Sisters. Additional speakers include the Rev. James Ferry, pastor First Presbyterian Church of Garner; Latino activist Erica Torres; Garner Magnet High School Student Government Association President Samone Oats-Bullock; Mayor Williams; the Rev. Elmo Vance of Garner Concerned Citizens United; the Rev. Joseph Lovelace, interim pastor, Wake Baptist Grove Church, Garner; Dwight Rogers of the MLK Celebration Committee and Garner High Coach Eddie Gray.

Dr. King, an ordained Baptist minister, is the only African-American honored with a national holiday. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. King was felled by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. Had he lived, Dr. King would have turned 84 on Jan. 15, 2013.

Each attendee at the celebration is asked to bring non-perishable or canned good items to be donated to Garner Area Ministries.

For more information, contact:

Dr. James Ferry, Co-Chair (jim@firstpresgarner.org)
Dwight Rodgers, Co-Chair (919.601.5372)



Solid Waste Schedule Changes for Upcoming Holidays
12/31/2012

The Town of Garner will not have solid waste pickup on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

During those two weeks, Monday routes will be worked on schedule; other routes will receive service one day later than usual.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Garner Police Hold Annual Shop with a Cop Event
12/21/2012

The Garner Police Department held its annual Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 16 at Kmart on Fayetteville Road. The primary sponsor of the event was TT&E Iron and Metal of Garner. Please see the news release for more information.





Garner Police Have Free Gun Locks Available
12/20/2012

With many people likely getting firearms as Christmas gifts this year, the Garner Police Department would like to remind citizens that it has gun locks that are available free to the public. Citizens can stop by the Police Department’s main station at 900 Seventh Ave. to pick one up.

State law requires that gun owners store weapons in a manner that makes them inaccessible to unsupervised minors.

To view one of the locks, visit THIS LINK.

For additional information, visit THIS LINK, or contact the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.



Town Hires New Recreation Admin Specialist
12/19/2012

Marcelle Williams has been selected as the recreation administration specialist for the Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Williams brings over 15 years of parks and recreation experience in administration, supervision and management. For more details, please see the news release.





Garner Earns Statewide Award for Theater Camp
12/13/2012

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has received a North Carolina Recreation & Park Association Arts and Humanities Award recognizing the collaborative efforts of the Town of Garner and Towne Players of Garner to offer a summer theater camp program. It is the second consecutive year that the department has won the award.





Public Asked to Participate in Holiday Events Surveys
12/12/2012

Garner's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is asking for participation in three surveys about the Town's holiday events in order to continue improving those events. The surveys are for the following (please click on the hyperlinks to go directly to the online survey forms):

Light Up Main

Garner Christmas Parade (spectators survey)

Garner Christmas Parade (parade participants survey)

Surveys will be accepted through Dec. 31. We thank you in advance for your time.



UPDATE: Roundabout Project Completion Date Pushed Back Again
12/7/2012

The latest target date for completion of the roundabout project at Vandora Springs and Buffaloe roads is Dec. 14 (pending good weather), according to NCDOT.

NCDOT says the reasons for moving the completion date from the original Nov. 17 to Dec. 14 are difficulty turning off a City of Raleigh water line and an overly optimistic schedule for project completion.

The Town of Garner is a financial partner in the project but is not responsible for design, construction or construction management. There are penalties of $400 per day for late completion in the contract between NCDOT and the private contractor working on the project, Triangle Grading & Paving.

Residents who wish to contact NCDOT directly can call David Moore at (919) 250-4202 or e-mail him at dbmoore@ncdot.gov.



Donors Pledge Memorial Brick Sales Match Up to $30,000
12/6/2012

Local anonymous donors have pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $30,000 in memorial brick sales for the Garner Veterans Memorial. The matching challenge was effective Nov. 16, the date of the groundbreaking for the memorial, and will remain in effect until the matching $30,000 challenge is met.

Memorial bricks may be purchased in honor or in memory of any U.S. military veteran who is now serving or has ever served, living or dead. The veteran does not need to be a resident of Garner to have a donated memorial brick in the Walkway of Honor.

Over 500 bricks have already been donated and inscribed and will be a part of the Walkway of Honor for military veterans at the memorial. With a construction budget of $500,000, over $430,000 has been raised to date. An additional 300 brick donations, with matching funds from these most generous donors, would complete the fundraising.

The memorial, located at Lake Benson Park, honors all veterans, is educationally interactive and will be listed among the must-see places of interest for area and regional visitors.

The memorial is scheduled to be completed spring 2013, and the dedication will be no later than Memorial Day. For information about purchasing a brick, contact Faye Gardner at faye@garnerchamber.com or (919) 772-6440, or visit the memorial website at www.garnerveteransmemorial.org to print an order form.



The December Citizen Newsletter is Here!
12/6/2012

Find out what's going on in your hometown by clicking on the button below. You can sign up to receive the newsletter for free by e-mail by going to this LINK.





TT&E Donates $5,000 to Garner PAAL
12/5/2012

TT&E Iron and Metal, Inc., a Garner-based recycling company, has donated $5,000 to the Garner Police Athletic and Activities League (PAAL). TT&E President Ronnie Thompson was recognized for his company’s gift at the PAAL Board of Directors’ November meeting. Please see the news release for more details.





Signs Recognize McCreery, Honeycutt
11/28/2012

Woodgraphics of Raleigh has crafted and mounted new signtoppers that honor two young hometown heroes to the Welcome to Garner monument signage at town limits on eastbound and westbound U.S. 70. Please see the attached news release with photo.





On the Mend Crafts Sale Set for Dec. 6
11/26/2012

On the Mend, the annual holiday craft sale at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road), will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On the Mend volunteers make and donate quality handmade items to hospitals, same-day surgery facilities, nursing homes and to many others in need locally. The holiday gifts for sale are made with the same “TLC” and quality and are sold at reasonable prices. Items for sale will include pillows, quilts, stockings, bags, dishcloths, afghans, dolls and more.

There will be a raffle for a queen-size quilt at the sale. Tickets will be $1 apiece or $5 for six tickets. There will also be refreshments.

For more information, contact the Senior Center at (919) 779-0122.



Main Street Market Offers Shop Local Option during Holiday Events
11/21/2012

The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), Garner’s downtown revitalization organization, is offering local artists and entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their products during the holiday shopping season. GRA is "popping up" the Main Street Market in an empty storefront on Main Street during the town’s holiday events next weekend. Please see the news release for more details.





It's Showtime! Season Kicks into High Gear at GPAC
11/20/2012

The 2012-13 It's Showtime! series at Garner Performing Arts Center continues on Dec. 15 with two shows, including an evening performance by Bill Leslie and Lorica. See the news release for details. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit garnerperformingartscenter.com.





Leaf Collection Ongoing Through Feb. 28
11/19/2012

From Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, the Town of Garner provides curbside loose leaf collection. This fall and winter, loose leaves will be collected biweekly following the recycling schedule for solid-waste customers.

Customers are asked to put leaves at the edge of the street, behind the curb and away from mailboxes and storm drains. Leaf piles must be free of stones, bricks, branches and other solid objects. Heavy volume or weather may cause delays in pickup.

For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Great Place to Be Photo Contest Entries to be Accepted Nov. 26-30
11/19/2012

The Town of Garner is once again seeking photographs that capture the essence of our community and highlight its people and places in the annual A Great Place to Be photography contest.

Judges will be accepting entries in two categories: Garner and The Rest of the World. Selected images will be displayed at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). Entries will be accepted Nov. 26-30 at the center.

For a complete set of rules and an entry form, please call Rob Smith at (919) 773-4438 or go to THIS LINK.

A reception featuring contest submissions will be held Dec. 11 at the Senior Center.



Solid Waste Collection Schedule Altered for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/16/2012

The Town of Garner’s solid waste collection schedule will be altered next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Thursday purple and yellow routes will be worked on Friday, and the Friday blue and brown routes will be worked on Saturday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday routes will be worked on schedule.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Broadway Voices Gets Under Way Dec. 1
11/13/2012

The 2012-13 Broadway Voices series at Garner Performing Arts Center kicks off on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with David Burnham, who will perform his "Mostly Broadway" program.

Burnham has starred in multiple Tony Award-winning productions such as "Wicked," "The Light in the Piazza" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Burnham first gained national acclaim when, after a two-year search, he was named as the replacement for Donny Osmond in "Dreamcoat." In addition to performing his Broadway numbers, Burnham will help ring in the Christmas season with some of his favorite holiday tunes.

For more information on the series, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.garnerperformingartscenter.com/BroadwayVoices.asp.



November E-newsletter is Now Available
11/5/2012

The November edition of the Garner citizen e-newsletter is out. Please click the button below to read it. You can sign up to receive the e-newsletter for free each month via e-mail by subscribing at THIS LINK.





Deputy Clerk Completes Coursework for Certification
11/2/2012

Deputy Town Clerk Kimberly Moffett has completed the coursework necessary to become a North Carolina-certified municipal clerk. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Light Up Main Slated for Nov. 30
10/31/2012

Enjoy brilliant local entertainment, food and refreshments, children’s arts and crafts and the countdown to light the tree led by Mayor Ronnie Williams on downtown Garner's Main Street on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be visitors from the North Pole and real snow on Main Street. Some of the featured activities will include:

* Local entertainment all night on the Main Stage
* Refreshments
* Children's arts and crafts
* Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus

The event is sponsored by the Town of Garner, the Garner Revitalization Association and downtown businesses. Parking is available on Pearl Street, Main Street and at the Garner Baseball Complex. For more information, please call (919) 773-4442.



Garner Christmas Parade Scheduled for Dec. 1
10/31/2012

Grab a front-row seat and join the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department as marching bands, floats, classic cars, Santa Claus and many other entries make their way through downtown in the annual Garner Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. This year’s parade theme is "Christmas Past and Present."

General parking will be available at Garner Recreational Park and the Garner Senior Center.

For a parade entry application, visit www.garnernc.gov/Forms/Parks%20and%20Recreation/2012_Garner_Christmas_Parade_Application.pdf. The deadline for receipt of applications at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources office at Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.) is 5 p.m. Nov. 19.

For more information about this event, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.



GPD to Resume Explorer Program; Meeting Set for Oct. 23
10/16/2012

The Garner Police Department is starting its Explorer Program back up and will hold an interest meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Garner Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.).

The Explorer Program is a worksite-based program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who would like to pursue a career in law enforcement or learn more about law enforcement. The program has meetings twice a month. The meetings involve, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)
- vehicle stops
- K-9 demonstrations
- hostage negotiation
- touring 911 Center
- FBI
- SBI
- courtroom tour
- building searches

For more information, contact Det. Amy Miller at (919) 773-6079 or at amiller@garnernc.gov.



Veterans Day Observance to be Held at GPAC
10/8/2012

A Veterans Day observance is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). Reuben Young, secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, will be keynote speaker. The Garner Magnet High School symphonic band will perform patriotic music starting at 2:30 p.m.



Strategic Behavioral Health to Have Open House on Oct. 19
10/5/2012

The new Strategic Behavioral Health center in Garner's Greenfield South Business Park will have a ribbon cutting and community open house on Friday, Oct. 19. The ribbon cutting program will begin at 10 a.m. with the ribbon cutton to occur at 10:45 a.m.; the open house is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is located at 3200 Waterfield Drive. For more information, contact (919) 773-1029 or openhouse@strategicbh.com.



Trick-or-Treat the Trails in White Deer Park
9/28/2012

The Town of Garner's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is having its first-ever Trick-or-Treat the Trails at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





Sign Up Now for Showcase of Talent Auditions
9/27/2012

It's time to unleash your talent! Auditions for the 2013 Garner Showcase of Talent (alums of the show include Scotty McCreery and 2012 Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt) are Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Applications are available at www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

For more information, contact GPAC Manager Debbie Dunn at (919) 661-4602.



Town Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission Spot
9/27/2012

Applications are now being accepted for a position on the Planning Commission. This commission needs members who reside outside of the Town limits and within Garner's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the Town Council and makes recommendations regarding land use, zoning and development. Experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping or other fields related to urban design or appearance are helpful, although not required.

The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

For an application, go to www.garnernc.gov/Forms/Administration/Application_Bd_Comm.pdf, or contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456 or kmoffett@garnernc.gov.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 5.



White Deer Park Has Full Slate of Activities in October
9/27/2012

The Town of Garner's White Deer Park has plenty in store in October:

Oct. 4: Sneaky Spiders Discovery Days – Homeschoolers and students who are tracked out are invited to join us for self-guided science and nature activities. An adult must accompany students at all times. Drop in from 10 a.m.-noon Ages 6-12. Free.

Oct. 6: Big Sweep/Litter Sweep – Volunteers are needed to clean up the watershed and shore of Lake Benson. You will get a T-shirt or tote bag, breakfast, and the satisfaction of making the world cleaner and healthier! Please register in advance by calling Stephanie Shaffer (919-661-6892, or sshaffer@garnernc.gov). You may also register onsite at the White Deer Park Nature Center on the day of the event. 8:30 a.m. Free.

Oct. 11: NEW! Toddler Nature Time – Discover the natural world through hikes, stories, and crafts. Dress for the weather. An adult must accompany children at all times. Pre-registration is required. 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 2-3. $3/Garner resident; $5/nonresident.

Oct. 14: Super Spiders Family Program – Discover the amazing life of spiders and why they are not so scary after all, then spin a "webby" wonderful craft. Dress for the weather. An adult must accompany children at all times. Pre-registration is required. 2-3 p.m. Family program. $5/family, Garner resident; $7/family, nonresident. Location: Lake Benson Park, Shelter #1.

Oct. 18: NEW! Movie Discovery Day – Watch the movie "Creepy Creatures" and get a sheet of fun activities to do at home! An adult must accompany students at all times. 10 a.m. 70 minutes. Ages 6-12. Free.

Oct. 24: Preschool Nature Nook – Enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. 10-11 a.m. Ages 4-5. $5/Garner resident; $7/nonresident.

Oct. 31: Trick or Treat the Trails – Put on your costume and trick or treat your way around our one-mile loop trail. Garner area community organizations will be passing out treats. An adult must accompany children at all times. Overflow parking at Lake Benson Park. 3-6 p.m. Free.

All programs meet at the park’s Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Pre-register for programs in person at the park or online at THIS LINK.



Crime Analyst Wins Award for Work
9/24/2012

Garner Police Department crime analyst Lauren Norman was recognized by her peers on Sept. 11 when she was awarded a second?place prize for a threat assessment bulletin at the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) annual training conference in Henderson, Nev. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Seeks Business Support for Community Trick-or-Treat Event
9/19/2012

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will be holding its first-ever community trick-or-treating event on Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road).

The department is seeking local businesses to volunteer their time and provide treats for the event. This is a great (and free) opportunity to not only be a part of the Town's newest event but also to create awareness about your organization or business among local residents. Halloween falls on a teacher workday for the Wake County Public School System, so the Town expects a large turnout.

For information about participating in this event, contact Nicole Sweat at (919) 773-4441 or nsweat@garnernc.gov.



Police Issue Warning about Moped and Scooter Thefts
9/19/2012

Since the beginning of June, there has been a dramatic increase in motorized scooter and moped thefts in the Town of Garner, police say.

So far this year, Garner police have responded to 13 reported motorized scooter or moped thefts. Of these 13 reports, 11 have occurred since June 1. This is a significant increase in motorized scooter and moped thefts compared with the same period last year.

A big challenge to police when recovering a stolen two-wheeled vehicle is that the victim does not have a record of the serial number of the vehicle, making it difficult to find and return the vehicle to its owner.

Police urge owners of two-wheeled vehicles to write down the serial numbers on their vehicles, take pictures of their vehicles and lock them securely when parked.

If there is a secure structure available to place the vehicle in overnight, such as a garage or storage closet, it is best to keep the vehicle there.

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 911 to report it immediately.



Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on Oct. 6
9/17/2012

The North Carolina Housing Coalition will conduct a foreclosure prevention workshop on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Solid Rock Ministry International, Southeast Campus, 410 Lord Berkely Drive, Raleigh from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will be provided and will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Topics to be covered will include:

Legal Aid of NC
• Foreclosure Prevention

NCHFA – NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund
You may qualify for help if you are:
• Job searching
• Improving job skills
• Employed but need to catch up on your mortgage payments

Down-payment assistance programs
• City of Raleigh up to $20,000
• Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) up to $5,000

Free counseling assistance
• Credit counseling
• Foreclosure prevention counseling

If you or someone you know may benefit from attending this workshop, please go to the NCHC website at www.nchousing.org, or contact Brenda Parrott-NCHC at bparrott@nchousing.org or by phone at (919) 827-4494 for more information. Registration is required. This workshop is free and open to the public.



Planning Department Employees Achieve Professional Milestones
9/14/2012

Two employees in the Town of Garner’s Planning Department have recently achieved major professional goals. Debby Connelly, senior administrative support specialist in the department, completed 22 weeks of training through the Office of State Personnel and Wake Technical Community College. Jason Brown, enforcement planner with the Town, has passed the comprehensive planning examination of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Please see the news release for more details.





ROAD REMINDER: Vandora Springs-Buffaloe Intersection to be Closed
9/12/2012

NCDOT's roundabout project at Vandora Springs and Buffaloe roads began on Wednesday (Sept. 12), and the intersection will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles starting Monday (Sept. 17). Signed detours will be in place using Old Stage Road, Woodland Drive and Timber Drive. To help traffic flow, a permanent traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Woodland Drive and Old Stage Road. The Vandora Springs-Buffaloe intersection is expected to reopen by Nov. 16, with the project finishing five days later.



Fall Litter and Big Sweep Scheduled for Oct. 6
9/12/2012

Garner's Fall 2012 Litter and Big Sweep are planned for Saturday, Oct. 6. Registration is 8:30 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). Cleanup supplies and free breakfast will be provided. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jaclyn Sumner at (919) 773-4421 or jsumner@garnernc.gov.



Country Artist Gene Watson Coming to GPAC on Oct. 5
9/11/2012

Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band come to Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Watson has scored over 72 charted songs, including 23 Top Tens and six No. 1 hits over his 40-year career. Knowledgeable country music fans point to Watson as one of the genre’s best ballad singers, in the same league as icons George Jones, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin and others who are the standard bearers for honest, traditional country music.

General seating for the show is $28. VIP seating is $33. For tickets or more information, visit garnerperformingartscenter.com or call (919) 661-4602.



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9/4/2012

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NCDOT Awards Contract for Roundabout Project
8/30/2012

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $624,187 contract to convert the intersection of Vandora Springs and Buffaloe roads in Garner to a single-lane roundabout. The project, awarded to Triangle Grading & Paving Inc. of Burlington, is scheduled to start Sept. 12, with the intersection closing on Sept. 17.

NCDOT and the Town of Garner worked together on the project planning, and the town is paying a share of the cost.

The roundabout will have a single 18-foot lane and is being installed to alleviate traffic-safety problems at the intersection, especially turning movements. The work means the intersection to be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. A signed detour will be in place using Old Stage Road, Woodland Drive and Timber Drive. To help traffic flow through the detour, a permanent traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Woodland Drive and Old Stage Road.

The intersection is expected to reopen by Nov. 16, with the project finishing five days later.

(Please click the button below for a brochure about roundabouts.)





County Commissioner Candidate Forum Scheduled for Sept. 20
8/28/2012

WakeUP Wake County and the League of Women Voters of Wake County will hold a nonpartisan Board of Commissioners candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). For more information, visit THIS LINK.



Garner Sets New Date for National Night Out
8/24/2012

The Garner Police Department, in partnership with Target Stores of Garner, will be hosting National Night Out on Oct. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Target at White Oak Crossing shopping center, located at 1040 Timber Drive East. This is the alternate date for National Night Out in Garner since the original planned date was rained out.

National Night Out is celebrating its 29th annual event, which promotes police-community partnerships, safety and neighborhood unity. This nationwide celebration involves over 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities across the United States.

The Garner Police Department, Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc., and Wake County EMS will be at Target to provide crime-prevention and injury-prevention tips. There will be activities for the kids as well as voter registration, all sponsored by Target and other local businesses.

Residents are also encouraged to support National Night Out by turning on their outdoor lights in recognition of this event.

For more information, contact Officer Josh Stroud at (919) 661-6978 or by e-mail at jstroud@garnernc.gov.



Garner Police Department to Promote Three Officers
8/23/2012

The Garner Police Department will hold a promotion ceremony for three officers on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). The department will also unveil and issue its new badges on that day. For more details, click the button below.





NCRR Newsletter Features Garner
8/23/2012

The N.C. Railroad Co.'s most recent electronic newsletter, Rail Lines, features a nice article about Garner. You can read it at http://www.ncrr.com/category/news/.



NCDOT NEWS RELEASE: Work on Hammond Road to Start This Weekend
8/22/2012

Crews resurfacing U.S. 70 in the Garner area as part of a $6 million N.C. Department of Transportation improvement project will be switching over to the next phase of the work this weekend by starting the resurfacing of a section of Hammond Road.

Work on 4.2 miles of U.S. 70 between I-40 (exit 306) and the Hammond Road/Timber Drive intersection is expected to wrap up this Friday morning, weather permitting, when all lanes are re-opened about 6 a.m. Then on Friday night, workers will begin resurfacing Hammond Road from Timber Drive to I-40 (exit 299) in Raleigh, covering 2.6 miles.

Because Hammond Road is a busy commuter route, on weekdays all work will be done at night with no lane closures or restrictions allowed on Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The project is scheduled to wrap up by Nov. 21.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter (for more information, go to www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter). Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.



Rescued Owls to be Released in White Deer Park Aug. 24
8/21/2012

Come and see three rescued barred owls that will be released at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) on Friday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. After the release, rehabilitators will answer questions and display non-releasable birds.

The three birds were taken in as owlets by the nonprofit animal rehabilitation organization CLAWS, Inc. The owls will be released in the field beside the Nature Center.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, contact White Deer Park at (919) 661-6982.



Family Movie and Camping Night Slated for Sept. 7
8/10/2012

Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) is the scene for the Town of Garner’s Friday Family Flicks movie featuring Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Family camping is also an option that night. Go to THIS LINK to register for family camping. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Garner PAAL Plans Guns N Hoses Broomball Fundraiser
8/9/2012

The Garner Police Athletic and Activities League, or PAAL, will host a broomball fundraiser at the Garner Polar Ice House on Saturday, August 25 at 3 p.m. The event features a broomball game between Garner police and Garner firefighters.

The fundraiser will also include a silent auction with Carolina Hurricanes memorabilia, gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants, and other items. The Hurricanes’ mascot, Stormy, as well as the Storm Squad will be on hand.

Tickets are available at the Garner police station at 900 Seventh Ave., the Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue station at the corner of the Main Street and Benson Road or at Polar Ice House at New Rand and Main the day of the game. Ticket costs are $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 or $25 for a family ticket.

The cost of the tickets includes a free ice skating session at the rink from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Garner PAAL currently is involved with two after-school youth programs and is actively working to expand that to all secondary schools in the coming year.

Garner PAAL is a 501(c)(3) organization; all proceeds from the event will go directly to programming for area youth.

For more information about the Garner PAAL, contact Sgt. Mike McIver at mmciver@garnernc.gov or at (919) 772-8810.





Public Open House on Roundabout Slated for Aug. 22
8/9/2012

The Town of Garner and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a public open house from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road) to provide residents with information about the upcoming project to convert the intersection of Vandora Springs and Buffaloe roads to a single-lane roundabout.

The tentative construction schedule calls for the intersection to be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles from about Sept. 17 to Nov. 16. A detour in place will use Old Stage Road, Woodland Drive and Timber Drive.

Residents may attend the informal open house any time during the hours listed above. Town of Garner and NCDOT representatives will display maps and be available to answer questions about the project, its design and the planned detour. Please note that there will be no formal presentation.

A map indicating the location and design of the project will be on display at the open house, and brochures about roundabouts and how to drive through them will be available.

NCDOT will manage the roundabout project and has worked with the Town in its planning. The roundabout will have 18-foot travel lanes with mountable interior curbs and will be designed to accommodate passenger vehicles as well as large trucks. The purpose of the project is to alleviate traffic-safety problems at the intersection, especially turning movements.

For general questions about the project or open house, please contact the Garner Planning Department at (919) 773-4449. For technical questions about the project, please contact NCDOT Resident Engineer David Moore at (919) 250-4202.



Police See Uptick in Larcenies from Unsecured Vehicles
8/1/2012

Over the past month, there has been an increase in items stolen from unsecured vehicles in the Town of Garner.

According to police reports taken during July, over 60 percent of larceny-from-vehicle victims said their vehicles were unsecured at the time the theft occurred, said Lauren Norman, a crime analyst with the Garner Police Department.

Items commonly targeted are purses, GPS systems and small electronics. Vehicles have been targeted while in both residential and commercial areas throughout the town.

Please remember to secure your vehicles at all times. As we enter the back-to-school shopping season, please lock your vehicles, roll up windows and close convertible tops while out shopping. If you must leave items in your vehicle, try to hide them from plain view.





Towne Players Present 'The Little Mermaid Jr."
8/1/2012

The Towne Players present Disney's "The Little Mermaid Junior" Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). For more information, visit www.towneplayers.org.



Town Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission
7/27/2012

Applications are now being accepted for a position on the Planning Commission. This commission needs members who reside outside of the Town limits and within Garner's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the Town Council and makes recommendations regarding land use, zoning and development. Experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping or other fields related to urban design or appearance are helpful, although not required.

The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

For an application, go to www.garnernc.gov/Forms/Administration/Application_Bd_Comm.pdf, or contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456 or kmoffett@garnernc.gov.



Garner to Take Part in National Night Out
7/25/2012

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER; A NEW DATE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED.

The Garner Police Department, in partnership with Target Stores of Garner, will be hosting National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Target at White Oak Shopping Center, located at 1040 Timber Drive East. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Chamber Connect Conference Set for Aug. 9
7/18/2012

This year, the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s third “Plug in the Future” CONNECT conference addressing Garner’s economic prospects will include presentations on economic forecasts, transportation, infrastructure and education. The half-day conference will be held Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom at 225 New Fidelity Court from noon until 5 p.m., with reception and dinner to follow.

For more information about, or to register for, the “Plug in the Future” conference, contact the Garner Chamber of Commerce at (919) 772-6440 or visit www.garnerchamber.com.





James Gregory Comes to GPAC Aug. 24
7/16/2012

Veteran comedian James Gregory, dubbed the “Funniest Man in America,” brings his down-home humor to the Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m.





Garner Police Welcome New Officer
7/13/2012

Shaun Christopher Curry was sworn in as Garner’s newest police officer on Thursday, July 12, in a ceremony at town hall.





Program and Reception to be Held July 22 for Miss North Carolina
7/13/2012

There will be a free program and reception for Miss North Carolina 2012 Arlie Honeycutt on Sunday, July 22 at 4 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). The program starts at 4 with reception to follow. Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP no later than Thursday, July 19 by e-mailing jbass@garnernc.gov or calling (919) 773-4406.



Police Implement New System to Target Crime, Crash 'Hotspots'
7/9/2012

The Garner Police Department has implemented its new Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS), an operational model that uses the integration of location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. The first "hotspot" that police will focus on under this model is the Fayetteville Road corridor. To learn more about the approach and why the Fayetteville Road corridor was selected, visit www.garnernc.gov/Departments/Police/DDACTS.aspx.



Economic Development Director Graduates from OU Institute
6/29/2012

Town of Garner Economic Development Director Tony Beasley became a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) recently at the OU/EDI session held in Oklahoma City, Okla. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Garner's Population Growth on Par with Nation's Tops
6/29/2012

The Census Bureau’s 2011 Population Estimates, released on June 28, showed that Garner had a population growth rate of 3.28 percent between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011.

According to the Census Bureau’s estimate, Garner’s population grew from 25,745 in April 2010 to 26,589 in July 2011. The Town’s population growth puts its growth rate slightly ahead of Raleigh’s and Cary’s. Those Triangle municipalities were two of the country’s 10 fastest-growing among cities with populations of 100,000 or more in 2010.

Garner’s population has grown by 50 percent since 2000 and by 76 percent since 1990.



Celebrate Nation's Birthday in Garner on July 3
6/22/2012

Join the Town of Garner on Tuesday, July 3 for its 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road).

Enjoy entertainment, tasty concessions and fun activities for the entire family including a kids’ adventure zone with inflatables and crafts. The Air Force’s 916th Air Refueling Wing will make a special appearance with a KC-135R Stratotanker.

Sit back, relax and listen to Garner’s own Rozlyn Sorrell sing the national anthem with the North Carolina Symphony. The orchestra will then perform a full Independence Day concert. At the performance’s conclusion, the best fireworks show in Wake County will light up the sky.

Gates at Lake Benson Park open at 5 p.m. Shuttles will depart from Bryan Farm (1832 New Bethel Church Road) beginning at 5 p.m. Handicap-accessible parking will be available at Lake Benson Park.

Guests are reminded that no pets are allowed at this or other Town-sponsored special events. Exceptions apply for trained service animals.

For more information about this free event, visit GarnerNC.gov/July3rdCelebration.aspx or call (919) 773-4442.



N.C. Symphony Releases Program Details for July 3 in Garner
6/21/2012

The North Carolina Symphony performs its traditional free Independence Day concert with fireworks at Garner’s Lake Benson Park on Tuesday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Click the button below for a news release with details about the symphony's festive program.





Garner K9 Units Earn Statewide Recognition
6/21/2012

The four canine units of the Garner Police Department attended the state dog trials in Waynesville on June 7-8 and received certification as well as several awards. Click the button below for a news release with details.





Consultants Propose Alternative Routes for 540
6/20/2012

The Town of Garner, Regional Transportation Alliance and EDGE4/Wake County Economic Development program have partnered to engage a respected Washington, D.C.-based environmental policy firm, Dawson & Associates, to offer viable alternative corridors for the southeast extension of the 540 Triangle Expressway. The consulting firm has produced two new routes, the plum and lilac, that it has submitted for consideration to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

To view a map that includes the plum and lilac routes, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the issue, visit the Regional Transportation Alliance webpage about 540.



Town's GTV11 to Have 'World Premier' of 'Water Tower Town' Video
6/20/2012

Scotty McCreery's new video for "Water Tower Town" is done and will be available to the world starting Friday,June 22. YouTube is doing a special promotion starting Friday through the weekend. On Monday, the video will debut on Vevo.com. CMT and GAC may also start showing the video the week of June 25.

But guess who's going to get a jump on all of those media outlets? You guessed it -- GTV11!

That's right -- our government access channel (11 on Time Warner, 99 on AT&T U-verse) will have the "world premier" on Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m. We'll show the video tomorrow 4-7 p.m. each hour at the top of the hour. We'll do the same 10 p.m.-midnight.

On Friday, we'll be showing the video 4 p.m.-midnight every hour at the top of the hour and doing the same on Sunday. On Saturday, we'll show it 4-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight at the top of each hour.

It's a really fun video for all y'all from Garner. There's a lot you'll recognize. ENJOY!



Music off Main Concerts Welcome New Art Market
6/12/2012

Jim Quick and Coastline perform this Thursday evening on the back lawn of the GPAC. Show time is 6 p.m. The free concert is part of the Music off Main series.

A new addition to this year's series is the Art off Main art market. At this year's concerts, we will be showcasing local artists and craftspersons who will be displaying and selling their works. Here's who will be featured at Thursday's show:

Heather Lee – graphic arts and photography
• Sharon Prue – wool and silk wearable art
Ed Hudson – painting
Brenda Taylor – pottery
Carrie Jones – jewelry
Jo Cici – painting and handmade greeting cards
Victor Boba – abstract painting
Doug Kowalczyk – container gardens



Town Seeking Volunteers for July 3 Celebration
6/12/2012

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for Garner’s 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist town staff in a number of ways, including helping with kids’ crafts, balloon giveaways, bingo and participating in setup and cleanup work.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Registration deadline is June 25. To get involved, contact Nicole Sweat at (919) 773-4441 or nsweat@garnernc.gov.



911 Hangups Place Burden on Police
6/11/2012

With the recent implementation of 10-digit dialing for local calls, there has been a sharp increase in 911 misdials. Please exercise care when you are intending to dial the area code 919 and not the emergency number 911. Careless dialing can delay responses to people in need.

Misdials and hang-up calls related to 10-digit dialing are slowing 911 call handling times and overtaxing operators receiving calls. On a conventional telephone and many internet-based devices, once you dial 911 - even in error - there is no turning back; your call will automatically be routed to the 911 dispatch center.

The misdials are also overtaxing local law enforcement agencies. Garner police, for example, have seen more than a threefold increase in 911 hangups since 10-digit dialing was introduced.

If you accidentally dial 911, stay on the line and tell the operator what happened. DO NOT HANG UP. Hanging up will result in the needless dispatch of a law enforcement officer to your home or business. These officers would otherwise be available to respond to real emergencies.



Assistant Town Manager Completes Leadership Institute Program
6/6/2012

Garner Assistant Town Manager Rodney Dickerson last month completed an intensive weeklong leadership program designed for top local government management. The course – the Senior Executive Institute’s Leadership Institute – is sponsored by the International City/County Management Association and the University of Virginia. Please see the news release for more details.





Jim Quick & Coastline to Perform Free Show June 14
6/6/2012

Jim Quick & Coastline, who play the "music of the South" with influences of country, blues, soul, beach and Southern rock, perform in the second installment of the 2012 Music Off Main series on Thursday, June 14 from 6-9 p.m. All shows are on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.) and are free. Bring your chairs or blankets, but coolers are not allowed. Family-friendly food and beverages will be available for purchase.





GRA Receives National Accreditation
6/6/2012

The Garner Revitalization Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center for the second consecutive year. Please see the news release below for more details.





Garner Participates in Special Olympics Torch Run
6/1/2012

Garner Police Department personnel, along with members of Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc., and others in the community, participated in the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 31. The Torch Run’s Flame of Hope was carried along U.S. 70 in Garner for nearly three miles then passed on to the Raleigh Police Department.





Garner PAAL Program Wraps Up Successful First Year
5/30/2012

The Garner Police Athletic/Activities League wrapped up its inaugural program at East Garner Magnet Middle School on May 29. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Public Works Holds Annual Roadeo
5/29/2012

The Public Works Department held its annual Roadeo competition on May 24, and several employees snagged trophies for their efforts in various events. Click the button below for a news release and photo.





Parsons Named Public Works Employee of Year
5/25/2012

Angela Parsons has been named the Town of Garner Public Works Department’s Employee of the Year for 2011. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Recommended FY2012-13 Operating Budget Now Online
5/25/2012

The town manager office's recommended annual operating budget for upcoming fiscal year 2012-13 is now available online at www.garnernc.gov/Publications/Finance/2012_2013%20Recommended%20Budget.pdf.



Garner Police Department Names Officer of the Year
5/15/2012

Officer Brian Lawrence has been named the Garner Police Department's Officer of the Year. For a news release from the department, CLICK HERE..



NBC-17 Broadcasts Live from White Deer Park Nature Center
5/10/2012

NBC-17's Phil Sanchez and Bill Reh broadcasted live from the Town of Garner's White Deer Park Nature Center on May 9. To watch segments from the broadcast, visit www2.nbc17.com/yourtown/garner/.



Transit Meeting Set for Thursday, May 10 at Town Hall
5/8/2012

WakeUP Wake County and the Capital Area Friends of Transit are co-hosting a public informational forum about Wake County’s proposed transit plan and its relevance to Garner and surrounding communities on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Garner Town Hall, Building B (900 Seventh Ave.). Bus and commuter rail plans for Garner specifically will be highlighted. A panel of experts — including Mayor Ronnie Williams — will share how the plans will affect the Garner area. For more information, visit www.capitalareafriendsoftransit.org.





Towne Players to Produce 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'
4/30/2012

The Towne Players of Garner announce a change in their current season lineup. Coming Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the Towne Players will present Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr."

When selecting shows for the current season, Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr." was a first choice among the Towne Players Board of Directors and Towne Players Artistic Director Beth Honeycutt, but performance rights were not available at the time the 2012 season was announced. But Music Theatre International, the rights holder, recently made performance rights available, enabling the Towne Players to be one of the first groups in the Triangle area to produce the show.

Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr." replaces "Willy Wonka Jr." on the schedule.

Auditions for Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr." are open to people ages 12-18 years old and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8 at the Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). People auditioning should prepare a song and expect to read cold from the script.

For additional information, contact the Towne Players at auditions@towneplayers.org or call the Towne Players information line, (919) 779-6144.



Over 150 People Take Part in Garner Litter Sweep, Big Sweep
4/26/2012

Approximately 150 people met at White Deer Park Nature Center then spread out to take part in Litter Sweep cleanups and the Big Sweep along the shores of Lake Benson on April 21. Another 20 or so residents of Sheldon Place, Brownstone Village, Avery Park and Tiffany Woods subdivisions participated in the Litter Sweep by cleaning up their own neighborhoods.

The Town of Garner, N.C. Department of Transportation, Wake County and Chick-fil-A sponsored the Garner cleanups.

The Town organizes the Litter Sweep and Big Sweep each spring and fall in conjunction with the governor’s proclamations of statewide cleanup periods.



White Deer Park Wins 'Stewardship' Award
4/25/2012

Garner's White Deer Park has racked up another honor - a GOLD Stewardship Development Award from the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program. The park and LEED Gold-certified Nature Center were cited for their greenways, interpretive trails, harvested rainwater and numerous green building features. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Town Official Completes Municipal Administration Course
4/23/2012

Town of Garner Human Resources Specialist Kimberly Storey has graduated from the 2011-2012 municipal administration course of the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Please click the button below for a news release with details.





Garner Wins Statewide Award for Scotty Homecoming
4/20/2012

The Town of Garner was among 19 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the fourth annual North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards, presented recently in Chapel Hill as part of the organization’s annual spring conference. Garner won a first-place award for the Scotty McCreery "American Idol" homecoming last May. Please see the news release for more details.





Litter Sweep/Big Sweep Slated for April 21
4/20/2012

In conjunction with Gov. Bev Perdue’s proclamation of the biannual state cleanup period, the Town of Garner is pleased to sponsor the Spring 2012 Garner Litter Sweep and NC Big Sweep on Saturday. April 21. We are excited about the opportunity to strength our community bonds, reinforce our hometown pride, and be involved in keeping the Garner streets and waterways beautiful. The Town is encouraging all members of the community to participate. This is an excellent way to give back to our community.

If you or your group has already adopted a stream or street, members are encouraged to come and clean their assigned areas on the same day. Volunteers who do not already have an assigned street or waterway will be grouped and assigned an area the day of the event. All volunteers will be provided with supplies such as bags, vests and gloves to wear during the cleanup and/or a T-shirt or reusable tote bag for participating in the event.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at White Deer Park in the Nature Center for both the Litter Sweep and the Big Sweep on Saturday, April 21. All supplies will be handed out during registration and participants will be provided breakfast and water. Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Jaclyn Sumner at (919) 773-4421 or jsumner@garnernc.gov for the Litter Sweep or Stephanie Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or sshaffer@garnernc.gov for the Big Sweep. Please feel free to contact either of them if you have any questions or would like more information.

Thanks for your interest and participation in helping to keep Garner Clean and Green! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 21!





Town of Garner Notice of Board and Commission Vacancies
4/19/2012

Applications are being accepted for vacancies on the Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board and the Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The Town of Garner appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether you’re interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities for you to volunteer to share your time and talents.

The Planning Commission will need to fill three vacancies. This commission needs members who reside outside of the Town limits and within Garner’s Exterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). This committee requires some candidates to have experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping, the arts or other fields related to urban design or appearance. This commission meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at Town Hall.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee will need to fill three vacancies. This committee provides recommendations to the Town Council with regard to recreation services, facilities and fee policies. This committee meets every third Monday at 6:00 P.M. at Town Hall.

Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee will need to fill three vacancies. This committee serves in an advisory capacity with the Town of Garner, Resources for Seniors and Meals on Wheels, in planning, coordinating and directing of programs and activities for senior citizens. Committee members must be eligible to participate in senior activities by being at least 55 years of age. This committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9:00 A.M. at the Garner Senior Center.

The deadline for all applications is Monday – May 7, 2012. You may email, fax or mail your application. Email address kmoffett@garnernc.gov, fax number 919-662-8874 or mail to: Town of Garner, 900 7th Avenue, Garner, NC 27529 attention Kimberly Moffett.

For more detailed information you may visit our website at www.garnernc.gov
And follow the following links; Government and Town Boards & Commissions

You may download the application from the website:http://www.garnernc.gov/forms/administration/application_Bd_Comm.pdf

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Kimberly Moffett at 919-773-4456



Garner Relay for Life to be Held April 27
4/13/2012

This year's Garner Relay for Life is Friday, April 27 starting at 6 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. For more information or to get involved, visit CLICK HERE.



Early Voting Starts at Garner Site on April 27
4/13/2012

Early voting for the May 8 primary elections starts on April 27 at the Avery Street Recreation Center Annex (201 Avery St.) and other locations. For more information, visit www.wakegov.com/elections/earlyvoting/default.htm.



Town Hires Management Analyst/Internal Auditor
4/12/2012

Kady Everard will be joining the Town of Garner as management analyst/internal auditor beginning on April 16.

Everard previously served as budget and management analyst for the City of Thornton, Colo., a metropolitan Denver community of 117,000 people. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and mathematics from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.

She is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Colorado City & County Management Association and Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Everard also has worked for Great Education Colorado, a grassroots organization focused on increasing investment in education.

As Garner’s first management analyst/internal auditor, Everard will be involved in budget preparation, financial and operational analysis and special projects, all of which she has been involved with in her previous position with the City of Thornton. This is a new position in the Town Manager’s Office.

Everard was selected from a pool of 67 candidates from across the United States following a thorough screening process.



Technology Spring Clean Planned for April 21
4/9/2012

WingSwept’s fourth annual Technology Spring Clean will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). The free event is a safe way to dispose of computers and other electronic equipment. Hard drives are removed and securely shredded prior to being sent off to be recycled. For more information about what you can drop off to be recycled, visit www.wingswept.com/recycle or call (919) 779-0954, ext. 131. Co-sponsored by the Town of Garner.



Chamber Business Expo on Thursday, April 12
4/9/2012

Come out to the Garner Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive. The Expo provides a great combination of business-to-business and business-to-consumer networking opportunities. Make connections, support local businesses and enjoy a captive audience of vendors, attendees and Town and chamber staff for a whole day. Nearly 100 area businesses will be participating. THE EVENT IS FREE. Co-sponsored by the Town of Garner.



Town Council to Hold Special Meeting April 16
4/9/2012

The Town Council will have a special meeting on Monday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Click the button below to view the agenda.



Downtown Arts Meeting Scheduled for April 23
4/9/2012

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Garner Revitalization Association invite local artists and creative professionals to attend a networking meeting on Monday, April 23 at the Garner Performing Arts Center located at 742 W. Garner Road.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and networking followed by a brainstorming and discussion session from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Both of our organizations are working to grow the impact of the arts on the local economy. To do this effectively, we need your help to understand:

• Who our local artists are and what they create
• What resources artists need to create, exhibit, perform or sell more of their works
• Ideas for events, promotions, markets and other ways to increase awareness of the arts
• Ideas for collaborations between artists and the business community to spark economic development

The session will be facilitated by Beth Yerxa, Executive Director of Triangle ArtWorks, a non-profit organization working to ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region.

All artists are encouraged to attend, including visual artists, performing artists, photographers, creative professionals, hobbyists and anyone interested in helping grow the arts in the Garner community.

Registration for the meeting is requested. Please visit www.downtowngarner.com to register or contact John Hodges at (919)773-4402 or downtowngarner@nc.rr.com if you have questions or need assistance with registration.



Spring Eggstravaganza Planned for March 31
3/31/2012

Spring has sprung! Come celebrate with us at our Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31 at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) starting at 10 a.m. There will be entertainment, inflatables, arts and crafts, food vendors and, of course, our annual egg hunt.

Be sure to bring a camera and get a picture with our giant bunny before the egg hunt, which will be held promptly at noon.

Here’s a schedule of the planned activities:

Starting at 10 a.m.: inflatables, photos with bunny, crafts, kite flying
10:30 a.m.: Seona McDowell concert
11:15 a.m.: Magic show
Noon: Egg hunt (2-12 years old)
12:30 p.m.: Seona McDowell

For more information on McDowell, visit her website at www.seonamcdowell.com. For more information on the Spring Eggstravaganza, call (919) 773-4442.



Senior Center Offering Array of New Classes
3/28/2012

There's a whole slate of new activities starting up at the Garner Senior Center. To view fliers about them, click the button below. To go to the registration page, CLICK HERE.





Town to Host Event on Foreclosure-Prevention Program March 26
3/26/2012

The Town of Garner Economic Development Department, in cooperation with Telamon Corporation, is sponsoring a presentation on the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 900 Seventh Ave.

Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.

The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund helps North Carolina homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage due to job loss or other temporary financial hardship. If a person’s goal is to obtain employment that will allow them to keep their home, it can provide temporary assistance to pay the mortgage while the person searches or trains for a new job. The fund assists qualified persons at no cost.

The fund offers zero-interest, deferred loans up to $24,000 to cover mortgage and related expenses for up to 24 months. People who live in one of the 50 counties with the highest unemployment may be eligible for up to $36,000 over 36 months. A person may also use the loan to bring their mortgage current.

Persons who may be interested in attending the presentation are those who are:

• unemployed through no fault of their own or are earning less than they have in the past;
• facing a temporary financial hardship, such as a divorce, serious illness or the death of a co-signer.

To be eligible, a person must also:

• need assistance with payments for their principal residence, which must be located in North Carolina;
• have satisfactory mortgage payment history prior to their job loss or financial hardship;
• demonstrate an ability to resume their mortgage payment once assistance ends and
• be a legal resident of the United States.

Handouts will be available after the presentation.

If you have questions concerning this event, please contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at rbuie@garnernc.gov or at (919) 773-4446.



Scholarship Available for Special Education Teacher
3/20/2012

Through the Garner Educational Foundation, the Caroline Ball Family Fund, Inc. is sponsoring a scholarship to assist a teacher currently working in special education or a prospective teacher majoring in special education. Application deadline is April 1. Click the button below to see a flier with more details.





Lake Benson Boathouse Now Open for Season
3/16/2012

Lake Benson boathouse is now open for the season. Here is schedule information:

March 16-June: Fridays noon-7 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.
July-August: Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.
September-October: Fridays noon-7 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.

For additional information about the boathouse, CLICK HERE.



Police to Hold Operation Medicine Drop on March 24
3/16/2012

The Garner Police Department will host an Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Garner Town Hall (900 7th Ave., building B). Operation Medicine Drop offers the public a secure way to dispose of medications. Citizens can safely dispose of expired, unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and keep them out of the wrong hands. Please bring medicines in their marked containers to assist police. Operation Medicine Drop cannot accept biohazard materials. For more information on this topic, please visit www.ncsafekids.org. For more information on this particular event, contact Officer J. Stroud with the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.



Technology Spring Clean Slated for April 21
3/13/2012

WingSwept is holding its annual Technology Spring Clean on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). It's a great way to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics. Click the button below for more details.





Town Launches Signtoppers Program
3/9/2012

The Town of Garner’s Economic Development Department recently rolled out its new signtopper program. The signs, which identify neighborhoods and feature the town logo, are mounted to the top of existing street signs in Garner communities. They’ve been installed so far in the Avery Park community and Brownstone Village community. For more information about the program, including how to order the signs for your neighborhood, contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or by e-mail at rbuie@garnernc.gov.





Contact Town to Help Organize Neighborhood Group
3/9/2012

Neighborhood associations help address community issues and concerns. The Town of Garner can help you organize a neighborhood watch group or neighborhood association, or reestablish one that is no longer functioning.

For more information, contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.



White Deer Park Added to N.C. Birding Trail
3/8/2012

White Deer Park has joined its neighbor, Lake Benson Park, as Garner’s second location on the North Carolina Birding Trail. Click the button below to read a news release with details.





Help Us Name Nature Center's New Slithering Resident!
2/28/2012

White Deer Park Nature Center has a new addition! We’d like to welcome … um, we’d like to welcome our corn snake! (Click the button below to see photos.)

The problem is, she doesn’t have a name. Yet. So we need YOUR help! We’d like you to suggest a name for the snake! A panel of (snake-loving) judges will review all suggestions and pick the most appropriate and creative name.

If your name is chosen, you will receive a free White Deer Park T-shirt and have your picture made with the (currently nameless) snake! Here are the rules:

1. You must be 12 or younger to participate.
2. No "people" names will be accepted. (We know how tempting it may be to name the snake after your Aunt Gertrude, but we’re setting some limits. Aunt Gertrude will understand.)
3. Your submission MUST include the following: a. your name; b. your age; c. your address; d. your phone number; e. your parent(s)' name(s)/guardian name(s); f. your suggested name for the snake; g. a brief explanation of why you think the snake should get the name you suggested. (Be creative! Our snake-loving judges like creative answers!)
4. Email your submission to Stephanie Shaffer (sshaffer@garnernc.gov), bring it by the Nature Center in person or send it snail mail to:

Stephanie Shaffer
White Deer Park Nature Center
900 7th Avenue
Garner, NC 27529

5. All entries must be received by March 30. We’ll announce the snake name (and winner of the contest) during the first week of April.

Good luck!





Town Issues Reminder about Rules for Yard Sale Signs
2/27/2012

Yard and garage sales are allowed at a residence, church or school without a permit as long as the event is taking place on private property and the goods for sale belong to the owner or tenant of such property. All signs must be located on private property; there is no permit required if the following criteria are met:

• Signs may not be erected more than two weeks before the event and shall be removed not later than three days after the event.
• Signs shall be placed no closer than 10 feet back from the curb line or edge of pavement.
• Signs shall not be placed on any existing official governmental signs, including legal notices, identification and informational signs and traffic, directional or regulatory signs.
•Signs shall not be placed on any utility poles, trees on public right-of-ways, or street medians.
• Signs shall not exceed three feet in height and nine square feet in total area.

The Town of Garner has a pro-active enforcement program that includes weekend sign sweeps. In order to avoid the confiscation of your signs, please follow the regulations listed above. If you have any questions about yard sales or signage, please contact Enforcement Planner Jason Brown at (919) 773-4429.



Mid-Day Rotary Club Donates $3,000 to Garner PAAL
2/24/2012

The Garner Mid-Day Rotary Club presented a $3,000 check to the Garner Police Athletic and Activities League during the club’s regular business meeting on Feb. 21. The Garner PAAL will now be able to purchase two computers, shirts, a gaming system and sporting equipment thanks to the contribution.





Tax Help Available Through AARP
2/23/2012

Assistance with preparing tax returns is available through AARP at the Town's Avery Street Annex (201 Avery St., behind the Garner Performing Arts Center) Tuesdays from noon-6 p.m. and Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. It's first come, first served (no appointments).



Health Fair Slated for March 7
2/23/2012

Resources for Seniors and the Garner Senior Center are sponsoring their 22st annual Senior Health Fair – "Healthy Choices" on Wednesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. This year's health fair will be in the Senior Center Annex. We invite you to come out and learn more about the decisions you can make today to set the stage for a healthier tomorrow.

Several free health screens are being sponsored by area health care providers. Among those offering free health screens are Kroger pharmacy, glucose screens and medication checks; Intrepid - blood pressure checks; Ear Masters will provide ear wax scans. NC Prevent Blindness and Garner Family Eye Care will provide vision screens. All screens are no appointment necessary.

Representatives from Hospice, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) as well as state health agencies and providers will have booths. Information on making Healthy Choices while aging in place through home organizing, home modifications and home health care can also be found at some of our vendor tables. Other vendors, such as Arthritis Association and AARP will be presenting services and available volunteer opportunities for seniors.

According to Janet Harrison with Resources for Seniors, "We tried to find a variety of vendors to offer a broad look at living and staying healthy in today’s world."

Attendees will have multiple opportunities to win door prizes.



Garner Storytelling Festival Scheduled for March 10
2/23/2012

The ninth annual Garner Storytelling Festival will be Saturday, March 10 at North Garner Middle School (720 Powell Drive, Garner). The free storytelling festival (1 p.m.) in the afternoon for the entire family is presented by the 11 GEF schools in collaboration with the Garner Educational Foundation and the Wake County Public Library—Southeast Regional Branch. The primary sponsor for the event is McDonalds, with additional sponsorship by the Wake County School System, the Town of Garner, a Target stores grant, Chick-fil-A and Barnes and Noble.

The professional storytellers for the 2012 Festival will be Susanna and Timmy Abell, Willa Brigham, John Golden and Cyndi Morgan. Students from the 11 Garner-area schools will be featured as storytellers and poets alongside these professional storytellers. Further information on the festival and the free, registration-required morning (8:15 a.m.) educator workshop by the Abells is posted on www.garnernc.gov/GEF/storytellingfestival.htm and is available at each of the Garner schools and the Wake County Southeast Regional Library (662-2263). WCPSS personnel are to register on eSchools for either half-day (SRN 281091201) or full day (SRN 291091202).



Lake Benson Boathouse to Open March 16
2/22/2012

Lake Benson boathouse will open next month. Here is schedule information:

March 16-June: Fridays noon-7 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.
July-August: Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.
September-October: Fridays noon-7 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays noon-7 p.m.

For additional information about the boathouse, CLICK HERE.



Blood Drive to be Held March 6 at First Baptist Church
2/22/2012

There will be a Red Cross blood drive at First Baptist Church of Garner (601 St. Mary's St.) on Tuesday, March 6 from 2:30-7 p.m. Call the church office at (919) 772-1772 to make an appointment or for more information. Donors will be automatically entered in a drawing for a pair of roundtrip airline tickets.



County Commissioners Pledge $50,000 to Veterans Memorial
2/21/2012

The Garner Area Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc. on Feb. 21 announced that the Wake County Board of Commissioners had approved a pledge of $50,000 toward the future Garner Veterans Memorial, to be built in Lake Benson Park in Garner.





Veterans Memorial Committee to Make Major Announcement Tuesday
2/20/2012

The Garner Area Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc. will make a major announcement at the site of the future Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Click the button below for a media advisory with more information.





Garner's Main Street Program Wins Pair of Awards
2/17/2012

The Garner Revitalization Association announces two awards presented to Garner’s Main Street program at the N.C. Main Street Awards Banquet held on Jan. 26 in Clayton. Magdy Saad was recognized as a Main Street Champion, and the owners of 110 E. Main St. were recognized for their façade rehabilitation.





Town Announces February Properties of the Month Winners
2/17/2012

The Town has announced the February 2012 Properties of the Month. Click the button below for a news release with details.





G Squad Wins Talent Competition
2/16/2012

Congratulations to the Garner G Squad for winning first place in the Seniors Got Talent showcase. To view the videotaped announcement of the squad's award, CLICK HERE.



It's Showtime! Series Kicks Off on March 17 - WATCH VIDEO HERE!
2/16/2012

The Garner Performing Arts Center's It's Showtime! series kicks off on March 17 with a show by mentalist Craig Karges. CLICK HERE to watch a promotional video about the series. For more information, call GPAC at (919) 661-4602 or visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.



Nature Center Featured in Canadian Magazine
2/13/2012

The fall 2011 issue of Wood Design & Building, published by the Canadian Wood Council, contains a nice article (with beautiful photos) about White Deer Park Nature Center. Click the button below to view the article as it appeared in the magazine.





Town Wins Award for Budget Document
2/9/2012

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has presented the Town of Garner the association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Town’s fiscal year 2011-12 budget. It is the second consecutive year that the Town has earned the honor.





Police Offer Tips to Prevent Thefts from Vehicles
2/9/2012

Beginning late last week, Garner police noticed an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles in residential areas throughout town. While detectives follow leads, police urge residents to prevent further theft by:

1) removing all valuables from vehicles;
2) locking vehicle doors;
3) reporting suspicious activity.

No particular neighborhood or type of vehicle has been targeted, but none of the victims in the most recent thefts have reported forced entry. Locking vehicle doors combined with removing valuables should prevent most theft. If you should see anything suspicious in or around cars, please call 911 to report it.



Mayor Issues Black History Month Proclamation
2/1/2012

Read the mayor's Black History Month proclamation by clicking the button below. Mayor Ronnie Williams signed the proclamation at an event at the Garner Senior Center on Feb. 1.





Garner Showcase of Talent to be Held Feb. 11
2/1/2012

The annual Garner Showcase of Talent at the Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 with two shows – an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Admission is free. See the news release for more details.





Town Employee Wins Photo Award
1/31/2012

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is proud to announce that one of its employees has received a Photo of the Year award from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events and the South Carolina Festival and Event Association in their 2011-12 Excellence Awards competition. Please see the attached news release for more details as well as the award-winning photo.





Town Council to Have Special Meeting on Feb. 1
1/30/2012

The Town Council will have a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall for the purpose of having a discussion with officials from the Triangle YMCA.



MADD to Honor Garner Police Officer
1/30/2012

MADD will hold its annual award banquet on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Center located at North Hills. During this ceremony Garner Police Officer Brian Lawrence will receive the award for Eastern Underage Prevention Hero. This award goes to officers who go above and beyond their job requirements to prevent underage drinking in their communities.

Officer Lawrence is highly involved with the students and staff at Garner Magnet High School. He works year-round on driving awareness programs including seatbelt usage, underage drinking and texting while driving.

Officer Lawrence has been a police officer for eight years and is currently assigned to the traffic enforcement division of the Garner Police Department.



James Gregory Show Rescheduled for Aug. 24
1/26/2012

The James Gregory concert scheduled for Feb. 3 as part of the Garner Performing Arts Center’s It’s Showtime! series has been rescheduled for Aug. 24 due to a minor medical situation. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Mayor to Proclaim February Black History Month in Garner
1/25/2012

Mayor Ronnie Williams will proclaim February to be Black History Month in Garner at a ceremony at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. After the mayor's proclamation, there will be special entertainment provided by The Branchettes, “Mae” Perry and Wilbur Tharpe, who have been performing together for 39 years singing “old-time” gospel.



Town Responds to I-540 Alternatives Report
1/23/2012

The Town of Garner has issued a formal response to an "alternatives report" on the I-540 Triangle Expressway southeast extension submitted by the N.C. Turnpike Authority/NCDOT to federal regulatory agencies earlier this month. To read the Town's response, click the button below.





Mayor's State of the Town Address
1/19/2012

Mayor Ronnie Williams delivered the annual State of the Town address at the Jan. 17 Town Council meeting. To read the speech, click the button below.





Council to Hold Special Meeting on ConAgra Redevelopment Plan
1/19/2012

The Garner Town Council will hold a special meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). Representatives from the Sanford Holshouser Group will present an overview of the ConAgra Redevelopment Plan. Following the meeting, there will be an open house at the Senior Center for the public to receive information and offer feedback on the draft plan. That meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Sign Up for Citizens' Police Academy
1/18/2012

The Garner Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Citizens' Police Academy. This is your opportunity to learn how our Police Department works, to meet officers who work in your community and to learn more about what it means to be a police officer in Garner today. To learn more, or to register, visit THIS LINK.



Garner Resident, Broadway Voices Earn Arts Honor
1/18/2012

Garner resident Tim Stevens was recently honored by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for his efforts to create the Broadway Voices series. See this news release on the Garner Chamber of Commerce website for more details.



GEDC Schedules Open House About ConAgra Site
1/17/2012

The Garner Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) has scheduled a public open-house meeting on Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) for the purpose of sharing information and receiving citizen feedback on a draft redevelopment strategy for the site of the former ConAgra Foods manufacturing plant on Jones Sausage Road in Garner. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner Cooks for Books Slated for Jan. 31
1/4/2012

The second annual Cooks for Books, a fundraiser for Garner Educational Foundation literacy programs, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Garner TV and Appliance. Tickets ($25 each or two for $40) entitle the holder to complementary food provided by local eateries and one free drink as well as samplings from the competing celebrity cooks and the dessert contestants. Tickets are being sold by GEF Board members. Information on being a sponsor or ticket purchase information are available from event chair Amy White at singforhim@nc.rr.com.



Christmas and New Year's Solid Waste Schedule
12/26/2011

Town of Garner Solid Waste Schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

All garbage and recycling services will be worked on schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Please have your rollouts curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your normal route day. If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 772-7600.



Town Announces Winners of Photo Contest
12/21/2011

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is proud to announce the award recipients in the Fifth Annual Garner: Great Place to Be Photography Contest. The contest was open to local photographers and featured two categories: Garner and The Rest of the World.

Garner category:
First Place: “The Lake” by Katie Farnug

The Rest of the World category:
First Place: “Sri Lanka Stick Fisherman” by Robert Flint
Second Place: “Hopeless Prisoner: Eldoret, Kenya” by Lorna Brooks
Third Place: “Nags Head after the Storm” by Robert Flint

Contest entries are on display in the Garner Performing Arts Center lobby (742 W. Garner Road) through the month of January. The exhibit also includes works from area youth who attended the 2011 Digital Photography Summer Camp sponsored by the department.





Garner PAAL to Launch New After-school Program in January
12/20/2011

The Garner Police Athletic/Activities League will start a new after-school program beginning on Jan. 12. The program will meet at Avery Street Recreation Center and will run from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays. All students who participate in the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources after-school program are eligible to participate.

For a news release about the new program, CLICK HERE.



Draft Wake County Transit Plan Available Online
12/19/2011

The Town of Garner on Dec. 15 hosted a meeting about the Draft Wake County Transit Plan. To view the plan, visit THIS LINK.



Town Plans New Year's Eve Bash
12/16/2011

Treat yourself to a New Year’s Eve celebration at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) with the bluegrass sounds of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, with festivities continuing through midnight. Hors d’oeuvres and party favors are included in the price of the show.





Timber Drive Extension Opens
12/13/2011

The Timber Drive extension connecting N.C. 50 and White Oak Road has opened 10 months ahead of schedule. Click the button below for a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation.





Town Celebrates Holidays with Pair of Events
12/9/2011

The Town of Garner rang in the holiday season with two great events in its historic downtown on Dec. 2 and 3. Click the button below for more details. For photos, visit our Facebook page.





Town to Host Transit Plan Presentation
12/8/2011

Wake County Manager David Cooke and Triangle Transit Director David King will make a presentation in Garner’s Town Council chambers on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. on the just-completed Draft Wake County Transit Plan.

The plan is derived from a bus plan and rail analysis prepared by numerous stakeholders and is based on a conservative set of financial and growth rate assumptions. The goal of the plan is to connect Triangle municipalities, employment centers, universities and colleges and the airport.

The Town of Garner would receive two new commuter rail stations and greatly enhanced bus service if the plan is fully implemented. One rail station is proposed at Greenfield, and one is proposed in downtown Garner near the Garner Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact the Town of Garner Planning Department at (919) 773-4449.



Towne Players Announce 2012 Season
12/8/2011

The Towne Players of Garner, one of the Triangle’s premier community theater groups, has announced its 2012 lineup. The first production will be “Driving Miss Daisy” starting on Jan. 20, followed by “Father of the Bride” in April, “Willy Wonka, Jr.” in August and “Arsenic and Old Lace” in October. Season membership packages are on sale now. They’re $35 for adults, $25 for students and seniors. Special packages including 16 flex passes and an opening-night reception with cast start at $150. All performances are at the Garner Performing Arts Center. For more details, visit www.towneplayers.org or call (919) 779-6144.



Light Up Main to be Held Friday
11/28/2011

Join the Town of Garner on Main Street on Friday, Dec. 2 for the Town’s annual Light Up Main event. The festivities get started at 6 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony and will continue until 8 p.m.

Some of our featured activities will include:
• Local entertainment all night on the main stage
• Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus
• Children's arts and crafts
• Art display by the Artists' Guild of Greater Garner
• Hot cocoa, cider and cookies
• Face painting and snow courtesy of Polar Ice House
• Street magician and balloon artist
• Food by the Chick-fil-a and Alpha Barbershop (fish sandwiches and turkey legs)
• Customized Christmas ornaments at Grafixhouse
• Paint your own Christmas ornaments at Ceramics in the Buff
• Fresh Christmas wreaths from Garner Optimist Club

The event is sponsored by Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, the Garner Revitalization Association and downtown businesses. Parking is available on Pearl Street, Main Street and at the Garner Baseball Complex.

Click the button below for an event schedule and map.





Christmas Parade Slated for Saturday
11/28/2011

Join us downtown on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. for Garner’s annual Christmas Parade. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner will be parade marshal.

This year's parade route will begin at St. Mary's Street and Avery Street, turn onto Main Street, turn onto New Rand Road, turn onto Garner Road and continue back to Avery Street.

Parking will be available at Garner Recreational Park, Garner Senior Center, North Garner Middle School, Main Street, Pearl Street and the Garner Baseball Complex. Restrooms will be available at the Avery Street Gym and the Garner Senior Center. The parade is produced by Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

After the parade, head down to Polar Ice House at the end of Main Street for Free Skating Admission and Skate Rental from 1-3 p.m. Get your ticket at the tree lighting or during the parade.

For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.



Wells Fargo Donates History Mural to Town
11/10/2011

Wells Fargo recently completed the conversion of the Garner Wachovia branches to their new format. One of the elements in many of their new locations is a mural including early 20th-century photos from the communities where they are located. The result of their efforts in Garner is a beautiful mural that can be seen in the Wells Fargo branch on Fifth Avenue in Forest Hills shopping center.

In appreciation of the Town’s efforts to provide photographs for the project, Wells Fargo agreed to the Town’s request to produce a duplicate mural to be displayed in the Historic Depot in downtown Garner. The Garner Revitalization Association hosted an informal dedication of the mural at the Depot on Nov. 9.

For a short video of the dedication, CLICK HERE.





Garner Receives Safety Award from AAA
11/3/2011

The Town of Garner has been named a 2011 North Carolina Outstanding Traffic Safe Community by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. Garner was among the top five municipalities with populations between 10,000 and 30,000.





Curbside Loose Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 1
11/1/2011

Curbside loose leaf collection begins Nov. 1 and runs through the end of February. Pickup follows the biweekly recycling schedule. Please put leaves at the curb and not in the street where they can clog storm drains. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 772-7600.



Greenway Opening on Oct. 31 to Include Trick-or-Treating on Trail
10/31/2011

The Town of Garner is proud to announce the completion of the South Garner Greenway, a 10-foot-wide paved trail one mile in length that connects Timber Drive near Buckingham Road to the trails at White Deer Park.

The Town will hold a grand opening event for the greenway on Monday, Oct. 31, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the greenway from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be followed by trick-or-treating along the trail from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes for the festivities. Pedometers will be given to adults while supplies last.

Parking and trail access will be in White Deer Park, located at 2400 Aversboro Road.

For more information about the greenway or the event on Oct. 31, contact Park Supervisor Stephanie Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or by email at sshaffer@garnernc.gov, or the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.



Position Open on Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
10/27/2011

There is currently a vacancy on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. This volunteer position requires members to be eligible to participate in senior activities by being 55 years of age or older. The committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center. This appointment would fill a position with an unexpired term of June 30, 2012. For an application, please contact Deputy Town Clerk Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456.



Christmas Parade Applications Due Nov. 14
10/26/2011

Would you like your organization or business to be in the Garner Christmas Parade on Dec. 3? You can get an online application form HERE.

Completed applications must be received by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department by 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. You can also pick up an application in person at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources office in Building B at Town Hall. For more information, call (919) 773-4442.



Broadway Voices Tickets Now on Sale
10/20/2011

Last year's inaugural "Broadway Voices" season was a sellout hit, and the Town and Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again to bring it back to the Garner Performing Arts Center. Season tickets are on sale now at THIS LINK. See all three shows for only $75.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming season:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
Ashley Brown, who originated the title role in "Mary Poppins" on Broadway.

Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. (time is tentative)
Susan Egan, who headlined on Broadway as the title character in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and won critical acclaim as Broadway's longest-running Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."

Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m.
J. Mark McVey, who is currently starring as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary of "Les Miserables." McVey returns to "Broadway Voices" for an encore performance with his wife, Christy Tarr-McVey, in an evening featuring some of Broadway's greatest duets.

For more information on the "Broadway Voices" series, contact the Garner Chamber of Commerce at (919) 772-6440 or info@garnerchamber.com, or Garner Historic Auditorium at (919) 661-4602.



Veterans Day Event to be Held at Aversboro Road Baptist
10/18/2011

The Garner Veterans Committee, Inc. and Town of Garner are proud to sponsor the 2011 Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road in Garner. Join local VFW and American Legion Posts, veterans and their families and civic and community leaders as they honor those who have served and continue to serve our country in the military at home and abroad.

The speaker for the event is Brig. Gen. Elizabeth D. Austin, the N.C. National Guard’s first female general. The Garner Magnet High School Symphonic Band will perform a mini-patriotic concert in honor of all veterans starting at 10:30 a.m.

Other participants in the event are Garner resident and former Miss North Carolina Dana Stephenson and the First Baptist Church of Garner Men’s Quartet. Local Scout troops have been invited to participate in the celebration. The 340th Psychological Operations Company will post the colors.

This is a free event and everyone, especially veterans and their families, is invited to join in this celebration.



Town Hires New HR Director
10/17/2011

Mary Beth Manville will be joining the Town of Garner’s senior management team as human resources director beginning Nov. 7.

Manville is currently the human resources manager for the Town of Morrisville, where she has split human resources director duties with a colleague for about five and a half years of her eight years with the municipality.





Canadian Performers Coming to Garner for Free Show
10/17/2011

On Monday, Oct. 24, five Canadian artists from the Nova Scotia region will perform in a historic performance in Garner – fittingly, in the Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium). This program will be free and open to the public, and it starts at 7 p.m. Click the button below for a news release with more information.





Auditorium Gets New Name, New Website, New Look
10/7/2011

Change is in the air at the arts venue formerly known as Garner Historic Auditorium – starting with a new name. Click the button below for a news release with details.





Town Honors September Properties of the Month Winners
10/6/2011

The Town of Garner has honored Babashola and Linda Cambell of 100 Kimeo Way in the Ashton Place subdivision as the September 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. Outback Steakhouse at 845 U.S. 70 West was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner. The restaurant’s proprietor is Courtland Spencer.





Garner Police Plan Medicine Dropoff on Oct. 29
10/3/2011

The Garner Police Department will hold a medicine dropoff on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Target at White Oak Shopping Center, 1040 Timber Drive E. The dropoff enables people to safely dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Please use this opportunity to help prevent the accidental poisoning of children. For more information, contact Officer Stroud at 919-661-6978 or jstroud@garnernc.gov.



Programs Offer Help to Those Facing Foreclosure
10/3/2011

The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund offers help to those who are in danger of losing their homes. Click the button below for details on the fund and on other free resources available to those facing foreclosure. For further information, contact Town of Garner Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov, or Donna Ryder with Telamon Corporation at (919) 239-8157 or dryder@telamon.org.





Town Partners with County to Promote Housing Program
10/1/2011

The Town of Garner is partnering with Wake County to promote the county’s Elderly and Disabled Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program is designed to help people 62 and older – as well as disabled individuals or families – improve the quality of their homes. The client doesn’t have to be the homeowner. The total property value as assessed by Wake County Revenue may not exceed $150,000, and the property must be the primary residence of the applicant. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 for eligible repairs.

For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, click the button below; or contact Town of Garner Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or Arlene Vinson with Wake County Human Services at (919) 856-5906.





Towne Players to Present "Harvey" in October
9/27/2011

"Harvey" is the classic story of Elwood P. Dowd, who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and others on occasion also). After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.

Shows are at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road) on Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and also on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door and are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more receive admission for only $8 each.

Group leaders are encouraged to call ahead to (919) 779-6144. By calling ahead, the tickets for the group can be set aside for a quick and convenient experience at the box office. The group leader should collect payment from group members and check in at the group sales table with one check or all the cash from the members. Groups are encouraged to come early since there is no reserved seating.

Visit www.towneplayers.org for more information.



CARFIT Comes to Garner Area
9/26/2011

The nationally recognized CARFIT safety inspection program is coming to the Garner Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CARFIT is a courtesy safety inspection conducted by trained volunteers and jointly sponsored by AARP, AAA and AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association).

CARFIT was developed with senior drivers in mind. As we age, some of the things we took for granted in our youth may become more difficult to accomplish. This is especially true with respect to safely driving a motor vehicle.

Problems with mobility, reach, agility, strength, range of motion, hearing and vision may require a new assessment of our relationship with our car. We must also consider how we interface with our vehicle’s safety systems such as safety belts, air bags, head restraints and mirrors.

For order drivers it is important we pay attention to how well we and our car "fit" together. Instead of thinking about how we get into the driver's seat, we should view it as how well we wear our car and how well it fits before we get on the open road.

At the CARFIT event, the professional inspectors will complete a 12-point checklist that will evaluate the fit you enjoy with your car, and they will fine tune that fit for optimum safety by making suggestions and adjustments as you proceed through the inspection. When a need for medical or therapeutic action is indicated, the inspectors will attempt to refer you to the proper type of professional to help ease your problem.

Every participant should show up for the event driving the vehicle they normally drive with such things as seat position, safety belts and mirrors adjusted the way they normally are for driving.

An inspection takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and appointments will be scheduled 20 minutes apart. Please be on time. Each participant will receive the original of the annotated checklist. A copy is kept by CARFIT and is not shared with any person, group or organization without the consent of the participant.

Event Date: Oct. 10
Cost: FREE
Place: Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road
Specifics: Enter parking lot from west entrance and stay right as you follow the yellow signs. Follow the directions of the event staff.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments at 20-minute intervals.
Call for reservations: (919) 661-6894



Students Can Serve on New Advisory Committee
9/23/2011

Students in 11th and 12th grade can apply to serve in a newly open position on the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Board Committee.

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in local government and in adding real-world experience to their college applications. Students must reside within Garner Town limits; be able to serve for one year (October 2011 – June 2012); attend 6 p.m. meetings on the third Monday of each month and be recommended by a school administrator, teacher or Town of Garner employee, committee or Town Council member.

Application forms are available online HERE or at 900 7th Avenue, Garner, NC 27529. Students must submit their applications to the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department no later than Friday, Oct. 7.

For more information, visit www.GarnerNC.gov or call (919) 773-4442.



State Representatives Plan Town Hall Meeting on Redistricting
9/22/2011

Garner-area state Reps. Rosa Gill, Darren Jackson and Deborah Ross are hosting a town hall meeting at Garner Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.) on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions and hear constituent concerns regarding the 2011 General Assembly sessions and the proposed redistricting maps for Garner-area House Districts. Reps. Gill, Jackson and Ross encourage everyone who is interested to attend. For more information, contact Angela McMillan at (919) 733-5974.



BusinessWeek Ranks Raleigh as Best City in Country
9/22/2011

The Raleigh metro area (that includes Garner) got another top ranking -- this time from BusinessWeek. To see the article, CLICK HERE.



Town Wins Award for 'Broadway Voices'
9/21/2011

The North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association (NCRPA) has presented the Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department with the 2011 Arts and Humanities Award in the Class III Division for communities with populations 25,000 to 74,999. The award recognizes the most innovative and effective arts and humanities programs of NCRPA leisure service agency members.

This year’s award was presented to the department in recognition of the collaborative efforts of the Town, Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and arts advocates to bring the first successful season of “Broadway Voices” to Garner.

Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Turnpike Authority to Hold Triangle Expressway Trot 5K
9/20/2011

The N.C. Turnpike Authority will hold the Triangle Expressway Trot, a 5K run/walk and Family Fun Day, on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the trot will benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the official partner of the race.

The Triangle Expressway Trot will take place on the newly constructed Triangle Parkway portion of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina’s first modern toll road, near the intersection of Hopson Road and Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park. The event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. The kids' 100-yard dash will follow at 3 p.m., free of charge.

Race participants are encouraged to register online at http://triangleexpresswaytrot.com/. Early registration is $20 and will take place through Oct. 20. After Oct. 20, the registration fee will be $30. On-site registration will be available beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the race.

The community is invited to participate in this family-friendly event at no cost to get a sneak peek at the new toll road before it opens to traffic. 96 Rock will be providing entertainment, and children can make friends with some of our area’s favorite mascots, bounce in jumpy castles and explore the exhibition vehicles on display. Parking will be available at the Keystone parking lot located at 430 Davis Drive.

The first phase of the Triangle Expressway, known as the Triangle Parkway, is scheduled to open to traffic in December 2011. The second phase, to Holly Springs, is scheduled to open in late 2012.

Tolls will be collected electronically, eliminating the need for toll booths. Customers may purchase an electronic sticker transponder, called NC Quick Pass, for $5 to begin saving up to 35 percent on tolls. Overhead high-speed cameras will capture the license plate information of drivers without transponders and bill them by mail.

The NC Quick Pass transponders go on sale on Oct. 11 at www.ncquickpass.com or at the NC Quick Pass Customer Service Center at 200 Sorrell Grove Church Road, Suite A in Morrisville. More details about the Triangle Expressway Trot and Family Fun Day are available at http://triangleexpresswaytrot.com/

For additional information on North Carolina Turnpike Authority and toll road projects, visit www.ncturnpike.org



Non-profit, Civic Groups Sought for Goblins in the Park
9/16/2011

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is looking for civic and non-profit organizations to get involved with Goblins in the Park – our biggest fall event – on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. Participating organizations have a chance to win $500. Click HERE for an entry form.





Malpass Brothers to Play Garner Historic Auditorium on Sept. 24
9/16/2011

The Malpass Brothers, Christopher and Taylor Malpass, will be performing a concert at Garner Historic Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., just a couple weeks after returning from a four-day international festival performance in Northern Ireland.

The brothers perform a variety of traditional country music that include covers of great songs by the likes of Johnny Cash, Earnest Tubb, Faron Young, Hank Williams, Sr., Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard and many more.

Christopher and Taylor have been touring as an opening act for country music legend Merle Haggard the past three years. The boys have released a new album on the Hag Records, Inc. label, after recording with Haggard's band, The Strangers, in California. The music video to the cover song on the album, "Memory That Bad," is currently airing on the cable music television channel CMT Pure. The video has been in the top-12 on CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown for five consecutive weeks, reaching as high as No. 7.

Garner Historic Auditorium is located at 742 W. Garner Road (Old Garner High School) in historic downtown Garner.

For more information about the concert, visit the Malpass Brothers website at www.malpassbrothers.com/tickets or call Brent Hood at (919) 920-5079.



White Deer Park Wins Statewide Award
9/14/2011

The Town of Garner’s White Deer Park has taken home the Outstanding Project Grand Award in the N.C. Forest Service’s 2011 North Carolina Urban Forestry Awards.

Award recipients were recognized at the N.C. Urban Forest Council’s 2011 Annual Conference Awards Banquet on Sept. 13 in Charlotte. The annual awards honor municipalities, organizations, businesses and individuals for outstanding work that protects and enhances community forests and raises awareness about the importance of urban forestry projects.

Click the button below for a news release.





Rabies Clinic to be Held Sept. 17 at Lake Benson Park
9/13/2011

The Garner Police Department's Animal Control, in partnership with Ansede Animal Hospital, SPCA of Wake County and the Wake County Animal Shelter, will host a rabies vaccine and microchip clinic Saturday, Sept. 17.

The event will take place at Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road, and will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rabies vaccinations will be available for $5 (cash only), and microchips will be available for $10 (cash only).

Please ensure that all dogs are on leashes and all cats are in carriers while you are at this event.

North Carolina state law requires dogs and cats to have current rabies vaccines. If left untreated, rabies can be fatal to humans and animals in almost all cases. Rabies post-exposure treatment for animals and humans is costly, time consuming and painful. The cost of obtaining these services at this clinic is significantly less than at a veterinarian's office or animal hospital.

Animals with microchips are much more likely to be returned to their owners if lost because veterinarians and shelters have scanners that readily identify owners and phone numbers for the pet.

If you have questions about this clinic, contact Judi Lowry, Garner's animal control officer, at (919) 772-8810.



Town Plans Fall Cleanup Events
9/2/2011

The Town has fall cleanup events planned in the coming weeks, including the Garner Litter Sweep and local N.C. Big Sweep event on Saturday, Oct. 1. Click the button below for details.





ConAgra Gives Town $2.5 Million for Community Center
9/2/2011

The Town of Garner on Aug. 31 received a check from ConAgra Foods for $2.5 million – funds that are intended to be seed money for a future Town of Garner community center. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Street Improvement Work to Begin Around Town
8/31/2011

Residents will soon see road crews resurfacing Town-maintained streets in North and South Garner. The $374,000 project will improve 2.1 miles of streets in Town and will take about two months to complete. The Town Council on Aug. 16 awarded the project to Tarheel Asphalt and Sealcoating of Raleigh. The winning company's bid was approximately 12 percent below the Town engineer's estimate. The Town had planned to spend $423,000 to repave the streets.



Town to Collect Storm Debris Starting Sept. 12
8/30/2011

The Town of Garner will be conducting a one-time sweep of residential areas to pick up and dispose of storm-related yard waste debris beginning Monday, Sept. 12. All materials intended for disposal should be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. that morning.

Residents are encouraged to use their regular weekly prepared yard waste services for pickup. However, if additional assistance is required due to size or volume, the Town will pick up unprepared yard waste at the curbside during the one-time sweep. This special pickup is for yard waste only, and there will be no back-tracking. Note that, in accordance with Town ordinance, contractor-generated debris is not eligible for either the special pickup or regular weekly collection.

Residents who take advantage of the regular weekly yard waste collection are reminded to follow certain rules. Limbs, hedge clippings or shrubs less than 1 1/2 inches in diameter should be tied in bundles not exceeding 4 feet in length or placed in clear plastic bags or a reusable container no larger than 32 gallons in size. There is a 60-pound weight limit for each bundle, bag or container.

Limbs larger than 1 1/2 inches in diameter need not be tied but should not exceed 4 feet in length and 60 pounds per piece. They should be placed with the large ends toward the street.

All yard waste debris should be placed behind the curb.

Residents are also reminded of the scheduled unprepared yard waste pickup coming at the end of October. The schedule can be found on customers’ recycling calendar or HERE.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 772-7600.



Mural Signing and Artist Reception to be Held Sept. 9
8/30/2011

The Garner Revitalization Association invites the public to attend a mural signing and artist reception to celebrate the Downtown Garner Baseball Mural Project and Garner artist Vince Wood on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ballinger Building, located at 404 E. Main St.

The mural signing and dedication will be at 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and view other works by the artist from 5:30 to 7.

Click here to RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Additional parking will be available at Wake Baptist Grove Church at 300 E. Main St. and behind the Masonic Lodge at 406 E. Main St.

Reception space is provided by About Face II.



Fantasy to Perform in Final Music off Main Show of Season
8/30/2011

Fantasy will perform in the final installment of the free Music off Main Downtown Concert Series on the back lawn of Garner Historic Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Click the button below for a news release on the event from the Garner Revitalization Association.





'Broadway Voices' Series to Return to Auditorium
8/26/2011

Last year's inaugural "Broadway Voices" season was such a hit that the Town of Garner and Garner Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again to bring it back to Garner Historic Auditorium. Season tickets go on sale in October. Be watching for details on www.garnerchamber.com -- last year's season was a sellout.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming season:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
Ashley Brown, who originated the title role in "Mary Poppins" on Broadway.

Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m.
Susan Egan, who starred in the title role on Broadway in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and won critical acclaim as Broadway's longest-running Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."

Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m.
J. Mark McVey, who is currently starring as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary of "Les Miserables," returns to "Broadway Voices" for an encore performance with his wife, Christy Tarr-McVey, for an evening of some of Broadway's greatest duets.



Garner to Have 9/11 Service
8/26/2011

There will be a 9/11 observance service on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Garner (601 St. Mary’s St.). The program will be in the sanctuary, with refreshments in the Christian Life Center.

Secretary Reuben Young, who heads the state's Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Poole will speak. A bag piper will perform "Amazing Grace" as participants pay tribute to emergency responders and to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Scotty McCreery's version of "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" will be played, and a combined police/fire color guard will present colors. All citizens and emergency personnel are invited.



Town Names Properties of the Month
8/26/2011

The Town has named the August Properties of the Month. Click the button below for details.





Garner G Squad Looking for Members
8/23/2011

The award-winning Garner G Squad is looking for men and women who are 55 and older and are members of the Garner Senior Center. Some dancing ability, rhythm, coordination, time, commitment and ability to learn and perform various routines are required.

This will not be a line dance company -- it's more hip-hop dance. Routines will be choreographed for senior amateurs with limited experience and talent. There will be a fee involved for hip-hop shoes, travel, costumes and entry fees. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:45-5 p.m. Goal performances are the Senior Games, Golden Jubilee, Light Up Main and the Garner Christmas Parade.

The initial meeting for those interested is Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). All are welcome. If interested, please call the Senior Center at 779-0122, or contact Nancy Hulbert for more information at nhulbert@garnernc.gov or 661-6893.



Vacancy on Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
8/10/2011

There is currently one vacancy on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. The position requires members to be eligible to participate in senior activities by being 55 years of age or older. The committee meets bi-monthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center. This appointment would fill a position with an unexpired term of June 30, 2012. Please contact Deputy Town Clerk Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456 for an application.



Downtown Mural Project Gets Under Way
8/9/2011

The Garner Revitalization Association has announced the launch of an exciting public art project in downtown Garner. Click the button below for details.





Chamber Accepting Nominations for Summit Awards
8/8/2011

The Garner Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through Aug. 19 for the 2011 Summit Awards. Click the button below for more information.





Jim Quick & Coastline Come to Garner Aug. 18
8/8/2011

The Music off Main Downtown Concert Series returns to Thursday night for the Aug. 18 show featuring Jim Quick & Coastline. Click the button below for details.





Stevens Award Banquet Set for Aug. 20
8/5/2011

The 24th annual James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award Banquet will be held on Aug. 20 at Aversboro Road Baptist Church. This year's event will be a luncheon and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The 2011 award winners are Lucile Stevens and Jim Ferry. The public is invited to attend this event as we honor this year's recipients. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased for $10 at the following locations:

Garner Town Hall, 900 Seventh Ave., (919) 772-4688
Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive, (919) 772-6440

The James R. Stevens Award was established in 1988 by a group of Garner-area citizens in cooperation with the Town of Garner and the Chamber of Commerce to recognize special individuals who offer years of dedicated service to Garner.



Artists' Guild Exhibition at Garner Historic Auditorium
8/4/2011

The Artists' Guild of Greater Garner has a free exhibit of paintings in the Front Lobby Gallery of the Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road). The exhibit will be up through September.



Forbes Ranks Area as Tops for Business, Careers, Families
8/4/2011

Forbes magazine has ranked the Raleigh area -- including Garner, a mere 10 minutes from the capital city's downtown -- as the No. 1 Best Place for Business and Careers. It is the fourth time in the past five years that the area has been ranked No. 1 in this category.

Forbes also ranked greater Raleigh as the No. 1 place for families with young children, the No. 2 place for young professionals and No. 2 on its list of the Next Big Boom Towns in the United States.

With low businesses costs (18 percent below the national average) and the second-highest net migration rate in the United States over the past five years, it's no wonder that Forbes has showered these accolades on the Raleigh area.

The area's local university presence -- including North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill -- helps fuel local growth in the area. The area receives a strong boost from these three elite schools, which contribute to a smarter labor force (42 percent of Raleigh's population have a college degree).

The Best Place for Business and Careers rankings look at the 200 largest metro areas in the United States. Forbes looks at 12 metric relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and project economic growth. Also included are quality of life factors such as crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities and number of highly ranked colleges in the area.

Garner contributes significantly to the Raleigh area's spectacular business climate and superior quality of life. For more information about why Garner is a great place to live and do business, contact Economic Development Director Tony Beasley at (919) 773-4405.

To see the Forbes coverage, CLICK HERE.



Town Earns Recognition Again for Annual Financial Report
8/3/2011

The Town’s Finance Department has once again earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. It is the 22nd consecutive year that the Town’s Finance Department has won the honor for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Marcey Hubbell, the Finance Department’s purchasing manager, was given an award of Financial Reporting Achievement by the association for having been the person primarily responsible for preparing the town’s financial report.



Town Seeks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day
8/2/2011

More than 180,000 people at over 2,000 sites throughout the United States are expected to volunteer to help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands as part of the 18th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This marks the first year that the Town of Garner will participate in this national event. Volunteers will meet at White Deer Park on Sept. 24 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Projects will include removal of invasive plants, trail maintenance and litter pick-up.

For more information, or to pre-register, contact Park Supervisor Stephanie Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or by email at sshaffer@garnernc.gov.



GRA, Garner Main Street Program Get National Accreditation
7/22/2011

The Garner Revitalization Association and Garner Main Street Program have received national accreditation from the National Main Street Center. The accreditation recognizes the achievement of 10 performance standards and other required criteria as evaluated by the North Carolina Main Street Center in partnership with the National Main Street Center. Click the button below for more details.





National Softball Tournament Coming to Town July 23-29
7/20/2011

The Garner Optimist Club and Town of Garner will host an opening ceremony Sunday, July 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Benson Park for the 2011 East Zone PONY National Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament.

With 226 teams coming to Wake County for the national tournament, up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the opening ceremony. There will be magicians and face painters, as well as appearances by Ronald McDonald, Mimi the Clown, Muddy the Mudcat, the Chick-fil-A cow, the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard and the Garner Police Department Color Guard.

Also included in the event will be food vendors, Pelican’s Snoballs, necklace and bracelet vendors, softball equipment vendors and Central Park Band’s Casey Coats, who will sing the national anthem.

There will be a parade of teams at 6 p.m. Teams are coming from New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, Minnesota and Canada.

The opening ceremony is a free event.

Games will be played July 23-29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at South Garner Park and Garner Recreation Park. Garner will host 116 12U games during the week.

Single-day passes to games cost $8 for local residents (identification required) and $15 for non-local residents. Week-long passes also are available at the gate for $50.

The Garner Optimist Club would like to thank the Town of Garner's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Public Works Department for all of the time and effort put into the opening ceremony.

Click the button below to read a letter to residents concerning traffic matters during the tournament.





New Rand Road to be Closed for Week Starting July 22
7/19/2011

UPDATE: The closure of New Rand Road has been moved up a day. The road now is expected to be closed July 22-29.

The following is a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation:

The N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing New Rand Road in Garner to through traffic for one week, starting Saturday, July 23. The closure is needed to complete construction of the New Rand Connector between Bainbridge Circle and Bournemouth Lane, which is part of the Timber Drive Extension project.

The closure is scheduled to be in effect through Saturday, July 30, weather permitting. At that time, motorists will be shifted onto the new alignment of the connector road.

Sections of New Rand Road north of Bainbridge Circle and south of Bournemouth Lane will remain open to local traffic only, but motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible.

A marked detour route will be in place during the closure:

•Motorists travelling west on U.S. 70 will continue to N.C. 50 (Benson Road) and go south to Timber Drive.

•Motorists travelling east on Timber Drive will turn north on N.C. 50 to get to U.S. 70 East.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter (for more information, go to www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter). Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.



Next Free Downtown Concert on July 29
7/19/2011

Johnny White & The Elite perform in the next installment of the Music Off Main Downtown Concert Series Friday, July 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concerts are held on the back lawn of Garner Historic Auditorium. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Strategic Behavioral Health Breaks Ground on Garner Facility
7/18/2011

Strategic Behavioral Health on July 18 broke ground on a 92-bed mental-health facility in Garner's Greenfield South Business Park. Click the button below for a joint news release from the Town and Strategic Behavioral Health.





Nominations Being Accepted for Service to Garner Award
7/12/2011

Nominations are being accepted for the 23rd annual James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. The 2011 recognition event will celebrate 23 years of honoring individuals who have made notable contributions to the Town of Garner.

The Service to Garner Award is presented to individuals in recognition of their contributions and service to the Town of Garner. The award was established in 1988 and named in honor of James R. Stevens. He was the first recipient. Mr. Stevens was a Garner alderman spanning the 1960s and 1980s. He was also active in civic organizations and Garner United Methodist Church.

Nominees should have made contributions to the town over a period of years. Previous winners have been elected officials, town officials, members of the clergy, civic leaders and others who have unselfishly given of their time, talents, money and energy.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Garner Town Hall or from Tim Stevens, tim.stevens@earthlink.net. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, July 29.



Scotty Signs Attached to Garner Gateway Signs
7/8/2011

New signs mounted to the Town of Garner gateway signs on the westbound side of U.S. 70 near the intersection with Auburn Knightdale Road and the eastbound side of U.S. 70 near Mechanical Boulevard read: “Home of 2011 American Idol Scotty McCreery.” The signs, which went up earlier this week, were created and presented to the town free of charge by WoodGraphics of Raleigh. Click the button below to view one of the new signs.





Town Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for July 4th
7/4/2011

Monday's (July 4) red and gray routes will be worked on Tuesday, July 5.

Tuesday's green, gold and tan routes will be worked on Wednesday, July 6.

Wednesday's white and orange routes will be worked on Thursday, July 7.

Thursday's purple and yellow routes will be worked on Friday, July 8.

Friday's blue and brown routes will be worked on Saturday, July 9

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Revised Animal Control Ordinance
6/29/2011

The Town has drafted a revised Animal Control Ordinance, which will be on the agenda for the Aug. 1 Town Council meeting. The proposed changes to the ordinance should have no significant impact on the typical pet owner. They have been put forth simply to make the ordinance more usable while providing clarity and consistency.

To read the draft revised ordinance with revisions in red and marked-out sections denoted, CLICK HERE. To read a “clean” version of the draft with revisions included, CLICK HERE.



'CMT Insider' Features Garner
6/28/2011

The television program "CMT Insider" was in town recently to shoot a segment about Scotty McCreery's hometown. The segment aired this weekend and can now be seen online by CLICKING HERE.



New Law to Ban Computer Equipment, TVs from Landfills
6/27/2011

Computer equipment and televisions will be banned from disposal in North Carolina landfills as of July 1, following a law passed last year by the General Assembly.

Session Law 2010-67 bans from landfill disposal computer equipment, which includes laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners and peripherals such as mice and keyboards. Other components of the law are designed to create recycling opportunities for discarded electronics across the state and to place significant responsibilities on electronics manufacturers to help fund and create those opportunities.

For more details, click the button below to read a news release from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The News & Observer has also published this informative article about recycling electronics.





Town Council Adopts Budget for FY2011-12
6/27/2011

The Town Council unanimously adopted the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12 at its June 21 meeting. To view the budget ordinance, which includes a summary of anticipated expenditures and revenues, click the button below.





Discovery Bags Teach Kids about Nature
6/22/2011

White Deer Park, the newest Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facility, is expanding its educational outreach with 10 nature-themed Discovery Bags.

The bags contain games, crafts, books and nature study equipment such as insect-catching nets, magnifying lenses and identification guides. Visitors may check out a Discovery Bag from the front desk of White Deer Park Nature Center, located at 2400 Aversboro Road. Reservations are not required, and use of the bags is free.





Town Set for July 3rd Celebration
6/22/2011

Celebrate our nation’s birth a day early on Sunday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Garner’s Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road.

The Town’s free annual celebration features a performance by the North Carolina Symphony starting at 8:30 p.m., followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30. This year, the band Liquid Pleasure, which plays a mix of Motown, beach music and other tunes, will perform starting at 5:30 p.m.

As part of the National Recreation and Parks Association’s “Rock Your Park” promotion, the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is organizing a “flash mob” during the celebration (between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.).





Penske Celebrates Garner Grand Opening
6/17/2011

Penske on June 17 celebrated the grand opening of its new leasing, rental and maintenance facility in Garner's Greenfield South Business Park. To see the company's blog posting from the event, click here. To view the news release, click the button below.





June 23 Board of Adjustment Meeting Canceled
6/17/2011

The Garner Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 23 has been canceled. The next meeting is set for Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, located in Building B of the Town Hall complex. The meeting is open to the public.



Boathouse to Hold Instructional Open Houses
6/15/2011

Are you interested in using a canoe or pedal boat but don’t have any experience? Visit Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) for a free open house and give one of these activities a try. Lake Benson is a great place for you, your friends and family to enjoy the outdoors.

Open house dates and times are as follows:
Saturday, June 18: 9-11a.m.
Saturday, June 25: 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, June 26: 2-4 p.m.

For more information, call (919) 661-6892.



Police Seek Public's Help in Solving Burglaries
6/14/2011

The Garner Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in solving a recent series of residential burglaries. Read the GPD's news release here.



Town Announces June Properties of the Month
6/10/2011

The Town of Garner has announced Robert and Eileen Crew of 118 Meadow Oak Lane in the Breezeway South subdivision as the June 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. Golden State Foods’ Garner distribution center, located at 1400 N. Greenfield Parkway, was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner.





Inaugural Police Officers' Ball to be Held June 17
6/10/2011

The Garner Police Department Auxiliary (GPDA) is holding its inaugural Police Officers’ Ball on Friday, June 17 from 8-11 p.m. at the historic Rand-Bryan House at 2518 Benson Road. Semi-formal dress is suggested.

Tickets are $50 per couple, $30 per individual. Proceeds from the event will support the GPDA Benevolent Fund and the Garner Battered Women’s Shelter.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Judy Benitez at the Police Department at (919) 772-8810 or by email at garnerpda@gmail.com.

The GPDA would like to thank its gold-level sponsor for the event, TT&E Iron and Metal.



Campaign Filing Information Available Online
6/7/2011

The election season is coming up, and campaign filing information is available on the Wake County Board of Elections website. Here is the link to the information: www.wakegov.com/elections/candidates/6candidateinfo.htm



Downtown Concert Series Kicks Off Thursday
6/7/2011

Join us this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. as Garner’s own Back 'n Time Band kicks off the fourth season of the Downtown Concert Series. The Back 'n Time Band has something for everyone, performing a wide variety of music including beach, country, blues, jazz and Motown.

The concert series has a new home this year just off Main Street on the Back Lawn of the Garner Historic Auditorium. Parking is available at the auditorium main entrance at 720 W. Garner Road and throughout the Avery Street campus located at 125 Avery St.

Bring chairs or blankets but no coolers, please. Local vendors, including Moe's Southwest Grill and Garner Baseball Concessions, will be on site with a variety of family-friendly food and beverage offerings. Beer and wine will also be available. Come out and enjoy dinner and live music on the lawn.

Music off Main Downtown Concert Series 2011 Schedule
Thursday, June 9 – Back 'n Time Band
Thursday, June 30 – Spare Change
Friday, July 29 – Johnny White & the Elite Band
Thursday, Aug. 18 – Jim Quick & Coastline
Thursday, Sept. 8 – Fantasy






Town Seeks Board of Adjustment Applicants
6/6/2011

The Town is currently seeking in-town applicants for a vacancy on the Board of Adjustment. The Board hears and decides appeals from any order, decision, requirement or interpretation made by the land-use administrator in carrying out or enforcing provisions of the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and hears and decides on applications for special exceptions and variances. The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Interested parties may contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (919) 773-4456 for an application.



Garner Historic Depot Needs Your Vote
6/2/2011

The Garner Historic Depot needs your vote to win a $25,000 preservation grant. See the news release for details, or visit www.downtowngarner.com.





White Deer Park Offers Nature Discovery Bags
5/27/2011

Garner’s White Deer Park is proud to announce the unveiling of its first series of interactive nature Discovery Bags. Each bag features a different nature theme and contains items such as games, books, field guides and hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy while at the park. All activities in Discovery Bags are self-guided and can be checked out by an adult for free during the Nature Center’s operating hours (Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.) but must be returned the same day.

Come check out all of the amazing things to discover at White Deer Park. For more information, contact Park Supervisor Stephanie Moody Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or by email at sshaffer@garnernc.gov.



Music Off Main Concerts Kick Off June 9
5/27/2011

The Music off Main Downtown Concert Series begins in June at its new location — just off Main Street on the back lawn of the Garner Historic Auditorium, located at 742 W. Garner Road. The Garner Revitalization Association and Garner Parks and Recreation Department are joined by a number of generous sponsors to bring an exciting lineup of live music, great food and lots of fun. Visit www.downtowngarner.com/musiconmainstreet.htm for links to sponsors, directions and other information.

The series kicks off on June 9 with Garner’s own Back n Time Band playing the best in beach, blues, country and much more. The rest of the concert series lineup is as follows: June 30 - Spare Change; July 29 - Johnny White and the Elite; Aug. 18 - Jim Quick & Coastline; Sept. 8 – Fantasy.

Shows are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold at the concerts.



Sign Up Now for Garner Summer Camps
5/27/2011

Register now for Camp Kaleidoscope, Garner Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camp program. The 10-week camp is based on the Avery Street campus and uses the recreation center and annex. The camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade.

Parents can register on a weekly basis at a rate of $75 for residents and $98 for non-residents. Multi-day specialty and preschool camps are also available this summer. For more information or to register, call (919) 890-7301 or click here.



Lake Benson Boathouse to Open Memorial Day Weekend
5/24/2011

The Lake Benson boathouse opens for the season on Friday, May 27 at 7 a.m. This year there will be jon boats, pedalboats and canoes available for rental. The boathouse will be open through Labor Day weekend on Fridays and Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m. For rental rates and other additional information, click here.



Public Works Department Names Employee of the Year
5/23/2011

Travis McDonald has been named the Town of Garner Public Works Department’s Employee of the Year for 2010.





FEMA Website Provides Information on Disaster Relief
5/20/2011

Residents affected by the April 16 tornadoes can find out more about seeking disaster relief by visiting this link on the FEMA website.



Rabies Clinic at Park Canceled
5/12/2011

Due to the possibility of a homecoming parade and concert in honor of Garner’s own “American Idol” contestant Scotty McCreery, a rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Benson Park has been canceled. However, Ansede Animal Hospital has graciously agreed to provide $5 rabies shots at its clinic on South Wilmington Street in Raleigh for the rest of May. Call (919) 661-1515 to schedule an appointment to have your animal vaccinated.



Work on Greenway to Begin Soon
5/6/2011

The South Garner Greenway linking White Deer Park to recently completed sidewalks along Timber Drive should be completed this fall.

The Town Council will select a contractor to do the project sometime later this month, and construction should begin in mid-June. The estimated cost of the greenway — which will consist of 2,200 feet of 10-foot-wide asphalt path and a 200-foot boardwalk bridge at the north end of White Deer Park — is $285,800. The project will be built with Town funds and state grant money.

The greenway will connect with the sidewalks along Timber Drive about 500 feet west of the intersection with Buckingham Road.

To view a map of the greenway, click the button below.





Memorial Day Event to be Held at Lake Benson Park
5/4/2011

The Garner Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc., and Town of Garner will hold a Memorial Day observance at the future site of the Garner Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Monday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m.





Council Schedules Public Hearing on Infrastructure Financing
5/3/2011

The Town Council of the Town of Garner, North Carolina (the “Town”) has decided to pursue the financing of the purchase of water and sewer capacity in the City of Raleigh Combined Enterprise System and the funding of general improvements and renovations to the Town’s public works facility (together, the “Project”) pursuant to an installment financing agreement, as permitted under N.C.G.S. § 160A-20, which may be in an amount of up to $4,000,000.

A public hearing on the proposed installment contract financing and refinancing shall be held at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Meeting Room, Garner Town Hall, Building B, Garner, North Carolina on May 17, 2011. Click the button below to view the full notice for the public hearing.







Lake Benson Boathouse Schedule Takes Shape
5/3/2011

The Lake Benson boathouse is tentatively slated to be open Fridays-Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Boat rentals will be available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call Park Supervisor Stephanie Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or email her at sshaffer@garnernc.gov.



Award-winning Nature Center Featured in Trade Magazine
4/27/2011

There's a great article in the May issue of The North Carolina Construction News about White Deer Park Nature Center, which was recently awarded a 2011 Southeast Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, a cooperative venture of the major North American wood associations. The center won in the category of "green building."





Domino's Supply Center Named Commercial Property of Month
4/27/2011

The Town of Garner recently announced the Domino’s Pizza North Carolina Supply Chain Center at 3100 Waterfield Drive in Greenfield South Business Park as the April 2011 Commercial Property of the Month Award winner.





Council's May Work Session Rescheduled
4/25/2011

The Town Council work session scheduled for May 31 has been moved to May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, located in Building B at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda will be available sometime the week before the meeting at www.garnernc.gov or from the town clerk's office. For more information, contact the town clerk's office at 773-4406 or by email at jbass@garnernc.gov.



Town Announces April Yard of the Month
4/25/2011

The Town of Garner recently announced Douglas and Michelle Best of 166 Bonica Creek Drive as the April 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners.





Speed Limit Lowered on Sections of Aversboro, Buffaloe Roads
4/21/2011

The N.C. Department of Transportation has lowered the speed limit to 35 miles per hour on Garner’s Aversboro Road between Timber Drive and Buffaloe Road and also outside town limits on Buffaloe Road all the way to Vandora Springs Road.





Town Council Work Session Canceled
4/20/2011

The Town Council work session scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 has been canceled. The next Town Council meeting will be a regular session on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, Building B. The meeting is open to the public.

An agenda will be posted sometime the week before the meeting at www.garnernc.gov. It will also be available from the town clerk’s office at Town Hall, Building A. For more information, contact the town clerk’s office at (919) 773-4406 or by email at jbass@garnernc.gov.



Towne Players' 'The Red Velvet Cake War' Continues This Week
4/18/2011

The Towne Players will perform "The Red Velvet Cake War" on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. and also on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road).

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette - could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics will make you wish your own family reunions were this much fun. For ticket information, click here.



Town Shares Tips on Fertilizing Lawns
4/15/2011

Join Town of Garner Stormwater Engineer Jaclyn Sumner as she shares tips on how to maintain your lawn while also protecting water quality.

To view the informational video, click here.



Garner to Host Mother's Day 5K/10K Race
4/12/2011

The Caroline Ball Family Fund presents the Catch Me If You Can 5K/10K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day) in Garner starting at 7 a.m.

The race will start on Aversboro Road at Aversboro Square then proceed down Timber Drive and through local neighborhoods before crossing Aversboro Road back to the finish line. The run is a flat, fast course and is walker friendly.

Late registration and packet pickup is from 5:30-6:30 a.m. at Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar in Aversboro Square (1411 Aversboro Road). The 5K/10K Run/Walk starts at 7 a.m. The Kids Fun Run is slated for 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

The top finishers in the 5K and 10K events will receive Wii gaming systems. All other top male and female finishers in their age group will receive gift cards from The Athlete's Foot. iPods and gift certificates will also be awarded as door prizes.

Proceeds from the race will be used to support research in Down Syndrome at Duke University Medical Center, raise awareness about Down Syndrome, provide scholarships to special education teachers and aid a secondary education program for adults with Down Syndrome.

For information about registration costs or to register, click here.



Garner Recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month
4/11/2011

The Town of Garner has declared April to be Autism Awareness Month. Click the button below to read the Town's proclamation, presented to Tracey Sherriff, CEO of the Autism Society of North Carolina, at the April 4 Town Council meeting.





Town Proclaims April to be Fair Housing Month
4/11/2011

The Town of Garner has declared April to be Fair Housing Month. Click the button below to read the proclamation, presented to citizen Helen Phillips at the April 4 Town Council meeting.





Garner G Squad Golden Again
4/8/2011

For the second year in a row, the Garner G Squad has won a gold medal in the Raleigh Wake Senior Games Large Dance category. The G Squad is a hip-hop dance troupe sponsored by the Garner Senior Center and is coached by Nancy Hulbert. This senior dance group, comprising dancers ages 56 to 73 years young, performed to “Telephone” by Lady Gaga.





Town Hall to be Closed April 22
4/7/2011

Garner Town Hall will be closed April 22 for the Good Friday holiday. It will reopen Monday, April 25, at 8 a.m. Waste collection service will be unaffected by the Good Friday and Easter holidays.



Parks and Recreation Offering Spring Break Camp
4/5/2011

The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a spring break camp at Avery Street Recreation Center for children in grades K-7 the week of April 18-22 from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be park visits, arts, crafts, games, scavenger hunts, open gym time and more. Cost is $75 for residents, $98 for nonresidents. Campers will be expected to bring their own lunch and afternoon snack. For more information, contact Amy McClain at 890-7301.



April 15 Declared 'Paint the Town Purple' Day
4/4/2011

Mayor Ronnie Williams has proclaimed Friday, April 15 as “Paint the Town Purple” Day to show support for Garner Relay for Life, scheduled to be held at Lake Benson Park later in the month.

Citizens are asked to wear purple on April 15 to show support for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society and to generate excitement and commitment for the Garner Relay for Life, which will be on April 29.

Garner Relay for Life, now in its 13th year, has a goal of reaching the $2 million mark in total funds raised since its inception in 1998.

Relay for Life is the 24-hour signature fund-raising event of the American Cancer Society that celebrates cancer survivorship and focuses attention on the fight against cancer.

Click the button below to read the mayor's proclamation. For more on Garner Relay for Life, click here.





Town Hires New Auditorium Manager
4/1/2011

Debbie Dunn has been selected as the new Garner Historic Auditorium manager. Ms. Dunn currently serves as the associate director of performing arts at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, Johnston Community College (JCC), and has over 10 years of theater development and management experience. Her first day with the Town will be April 11.





Garner PD Receives Reaccreditation
4/1/2011

The good news keeps on coming in Garner. The Town’s Police Department received its sixth reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) on Saturday, March 26 at the international organization’s spring conference in Bethesda, Md. It is one of only 26 municipal police departments in the state to have the accreditation.





Planning Department Posts New Garner Census Data
4/1/2011

The Town's Planning Department has recently posted demographic data for Garner from the 2010 Census and from the Census Bureau's 2007-09 American Community Survey. To view the data, click here.



Town Announces March Properties of the Month
4/1/2011

The Town of Garner recently announced Charles and Janet Purser of 102 Oldefield Lane as the March 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. The Commercial Property of the Month Award was given to North State Bank, located at 835 U.S. 70.





Company to Bring 250 Jobs, $12 Million in Investment to Garner
3/28/2011

Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC of Memphis, Tenn., announced on March 28 that it will build a new residential behavioral center in Garner, representing an investment of over $12 million and more than 250 new jobs. Strategic Behavioral Health President Jim Shaheen said in making the announcement that the recent removal of the Red Route option for I-540 through Garner lifted the final impediment blocking his company’s investment in the Garner community.





Town to Announce New Investment, 250 New Jobs
3/25/2011

The Town of Garner will hold a news conference on Monday, March 28 at 11 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers (Building B at Town Hall) to announce a major economic development that will bring $12 million in new investment and 250 jobs to Garner. Click the button below to view the media advisory.





Town Launches 50-and-Over Softball League
3/22/2011

The Garner Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the start of the 2011 adult softball season and the debut of the Master’s Division. This new league is designed for players ages 50 and over. It features four teams and will play games on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Creech Road Elementary School Park field.





Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting 'Red Route'
3/18/2011

Gov. Bev Perdue on Friday signed into law a bill that prevents the N.C. Turnpike Authority from studying or building any route for the I-540 Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension that is north of the "orange" protected corridor. The law effectively kills the "red route" through Garner.





N.C. House Passes 'Red Route' Bill
3/17/2011

The N.C. House on Thursday by a 115-1 vote passed a bill that would prohibit the N.C. Turnpike Authority from studying or building the I-540 Southeast Extension “red route” through Garner. The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate on March 9. Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to sign the bill into law, possibly as soon as Friday.





WingSwept Organizing Electronics Recycling Event
3/15/2011

There will be a free electronics recycling event in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 951 Heather Park Drive (at the corner of Aversboro Road and Heather Park Drive). Drop off computers, wire, printers, scanners, fax machines, hard drives, telephones, digital cameras and more. Hard drives are securely shredded prior to recycling.

Over 27,000 pounds of technology was securely recycled due to the Spring Clean events in 2009 and 2010, and the 2010 event was named Triangle Business Journal's Green Action Program of the Year.

The third annual Technology Spring Clean is presented by WingSwept and supported by the Town of Garner, Triangle Business Journal, Triangle Recycling, Garner Chamber of Commerce, International Minute Press, S&A Cherokee, Jones Insurance, Timeless Promotionals, Garner Citizen, Turner Farms Self Storage and McDonald's.

For more information, call (919) 779-0954, ext. 131.



'Red Route' Bill Advances in House
3/15/2011

The state House Transportation Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed a bill that would prevent the I-540 Southeast Extension “red route” from being built and from being studied any further. The full House is expected to vote on it tomorrow.





Red Cross to Honor Parks and Rec Employee for Life-Saving Action
3/14/2011

The American Red Cross will honor Parks and Recreation staff member Donnie Woods Wednesday, March 16 from 5:45-6 p.m. at Avery Street Recreation Center (125 Avery St.) for his heroic, life-saving actions last spring.





Mayor Declares March 14-18 American Legion Week
3/14/2011

Mayor Ronnie Williams signed a proclamation declaring the week of March 14-18 to be American Legion Week in Garner. View the proclamation by clicking the button below.





March 14-20 Declared Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
3/14/2011

The Town Council has declared the week of March 14-20 to be Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. To view the proclamation, click the button below.





Congresswoman Ellmers Blasts Red Route on House Floor
3/10/2011

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District, spoke out against the I-540 "red route" in remarks made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9. Click below to see a news release from Ellmers' office. The release includes a link to video of her making her remarks.





Raleigh Says Lake Levels Will Fluctuate
3/8/2011

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities and Parks and Recreation Departments are aware that there will soon be an increase in the number of people using area lakes for recreation purposes and would like to issue notice to visitors of the potential for changing water levels at Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson, the departments said in a news release. Both lakes are currently being used as additional water sources for Raleigh and its surrounding service areas.





Country Music Star Talks About Scotty McCreery
3/8/2011

Country music star Josh Turner recently called in to WQDR-94.7 in Raleigh to talk with the morning show hosts about Garner’s own Scotty McCreery, a top 13 finalist on “American Idol.” Listen to Turner’s conversation with the deejays and come out to this week’s “Idol” viewing parties on Wednesday from 7-10 at Garner Historic Auditorium and Thursday from 7-9 at Anfesa’s (behind Garner TV & Appliance near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Yeargan Road).

WQDR (Part 1)     WQDR (Part 2)




"Red Route" Media Coverage And Other Resources--UPDATED MARCH 7
3/7/2011

What follows are links to some of the recent television, radio and newspaper coverage of the proposed I-540 "red route" that would divide and devastate Garner. Some of the coverage also relates to the "pink route." Below the news links are other resources for citizens wanting to learn more about the routes and make their voices heard.

Week of Feb. 27
News & Observer (letter to the editor), "Routes to Lost Jobs"
WRAL-TV, "Bills Filed to Block Possible Highway Through Garner"
News & Observer, "Bill Bans Red Route, Which Stevens Says Already Hurts Garner"
NBC-17, "Lawmakers Introduce Senate Bill to Protect Garner"
Garner Citizen, "Lawmakers Aim to Prohibit I-540 Red Route"
Garner-Clayton Record, "DOT: We Won't Build Red Route"
Garner Citizen, "Committees Formed to Handle Red Route Options"

Week of Feb. 20
News & Observer, "DOT Allays Garner's Fears"

Week of Feb. 13
Garner Citizen, "Garner Looks for Outside Help with Red and Pink Routes"

Week of Jan. 16
News & Observer (blog), "Reviled Red Route in Garner Still Under Consideration for Now"
WRAL-TV, "Turnpike Authority Can't Rule Out Proposed 540 Route"
NBC-17, "Proposed 540 Red Route Still on Map"

Week of Jan. 9
WTVD-11, news report
NBC-17, "Proposed 540 Route Wipes Out Penske Facility"
WNCT (Wilmington), "Uproar Over Proposed 540 Route Continues"

In connection with this coverage, Penske on Jan. 14 issued this statement through the company's blog.

Week of Jan. 2
News & Observer, "Garner Protest May Kill One Route"

Week of Dec. 19
Garner-Clayton Record, "Church Rallies Against Route"

Week of Dec. 12
Garner Citizen, "Still Fed Up with Red Route, Garner Residents Protest Outer Loop's Pink Route"
WRAL-TV, news report
WRAL-TV, news report

Week of Nov. 28
Garner-Clayton Record, "Outer Loop Will Likely Spare Garner"
Garner News, "Garner Continues Battle Against Red Route"

Week of Nov. 21
WUNC (radio), news report (interview with N.C. Turnpike Authority Chief Engineer Steve DeWitt)
Garner News, "Garner Residents Fight Red Route"

Week of Nov. 14
NBC-17, "Many Garner Residents Say No to Proposed Route Change"
WRAL-TV, news report
WRAL-TV, news report
WTVD-11, news report
Carolina 14, "Turnpike Authority to Remove Garner from 540's Path"
News & Observer, "Mussel Has Few Friends in Garner"
News & Observer, "Tussel Over a Mussel"
News & Observer, "Garner Goes All Out to Stop Red Menace"
"Bill LuMaye Show", Interview with Mayor Ronnie Williams
Garner Citizen, "Talk of Scrapping I-540 Red Route at Meeting But No Guarantees"
News & Observer, "Seeing Orange"

Nov. 4-13
Garner Citizen, "I-540 Red Route Through Garner Alive Amid Protests"
News & Observer, "Proposed Turnpike Paths Might Hurt Mussel or Hurt Garner"
Carolina 14, "Turnpike Authority Narrows 540 Southeast Extension Options"
WTVD-11, news report
NBC-17, news report

Earlier coverage
Garner Citizen, "Possible I-540 Routes Include One Through Garner"
Garner-Clayton Record, "Garner: Don't Change I-540 Route"
WRAL-TV, news report

Other Resources
* To make your voice heard on the red route (or pink route), contact the N.C. Turnpike Authority at 1-(800) 554-7849, (919) 510-4377 or by email at southeast@ncturnpike.org. The agency's website is at www.ncturnpike.org.

* To read the letter the Town sent to the N.C. Turnpike Authority on Oct. 20 outlining its arguments against the red route, click here.

* To hear the audio of the Nov. 17 town meeting about the red route at Garner Historic Auditorium, click here. For the transcript, click here.

* For updates about the red route and other issues affecting Garner, sign up for a free subscription to the town’s e-newsletter. The town also now has a Facebook page. To visit it, click here.

* To view Bruce Wittman’s documentary about the “red route,” click here. Mr. Wittman has also made a supplemental segment about Springfield Baptist Church's fight against the red and pink routes. To see that, click here.

* Mr. Wittman and his son also have a Facebook page devoted to the red route. Find it here.

* UNC-Chapel Hill student Shannon Coffey, a Garner-area resident, put together a fine news segment about the "red route." To view it, click here.

* For background on the Endangered Species Act, visit here.



Legislation Banning 'Red Route' Introduced in General Assembly
3/3/2011

Democratic and Republican state lawmakers representing Garner introduced legislation in the General Assembly this week that would effectively prohibit the Triangle Expressway’s southeast extension from being built along the “red” corridor.





White Deer Park Nature Center Wins Regional 'Green' Award
2/15/2011

White Deer Park Nature Center has earned a 2011 Southeast Wood Design Award from WoodWorks in the “green building” category for its sustainable and eye-pleasing design, WoodWorks announced on Feb. 15 at an awards ceremony at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh.





Event to Recognize Nature Center's LEED Gold Certification
2/15/2011

To recognize White Deer Park Nature Center’s LEED Gold Certification, granted recently by the U.S Green Building Council for the facility’s numerous environmentally friendly design and construction features, the Town of Garner is holding a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, located at 2400 Aversboro Road.





Documentarian Releases New Red Route Video
2/14/2011

Local video documentary producer Bruce Wittman, owner of Eagle Video Productions, has made a short segment on the I-540 red route and how it would affect Springfield Baptist Church. It is a companion piece to his 15-minute documentary that has been shown at community informational meetings and on WTOG (channel 11 for Time Warner customers and channel 99 for ATT U-Verse subscribers).

To view the new segment, click here.

To view the original 15-minute documentary, click here.

The Town has compiled a comprehensive media coverage/resources page on the red and pink routes. To go to it, click here.



Town Council to Hold Planning Retreat Feb. 17-18
2/11/2011

The Garner Town Council will hold its 2011 Planning Retreat at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road) on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the town clerk's office at (919) 773-4406 or at jbass@garnernc.gov.



Public Hearing on Budget Scheduled for Feb. 22
2/9/2011

A public hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room at Garner Town Hall (900 7th Ave., Building B) to receive input from the public regarding items for the FY 2011-2012 Town of Garner budget.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to present oral or written comments. Handicapped persons needing assistance or aids should contact the town clerk’s office at 773-4406 or by email at jbass@garnernc.gov prior to the meeting.



Mayor Pro Tem Behringer Honored as 'Main Street Champion'
2/3/2011

Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Behringer has been honored as a 2010 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in Shelby. Behringer was selected for this special recognition by the Garner Revitalization Association in appreciation of her exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process.





Teens Organizing Golf Tourney to Benefit Veterans Memorial
1/31/2011

Miss Garner 2011 Zelle Brown and Garner Outstanding Teen Lauren Hitchings are seeking sponsors and players for an April 27 golf tournament at River Ridge Golf Club that will benefit the planned Garner Veterans Memorial. To participate in the tourney, contact Harold Garner at 349-8559 or send an email to hrgarner@hotmail.com.

For more information about the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee or about the memorial, contact the committee at vet@garnernc.gov or visit www.garnerveteransmemorial.org.



Birding Volunteers Needed at Town Parks
1/28/2011

Several volunteers are needed to help monitor the bluebird trails at Lake Benson and White Deer parks. Get your exercise while interacting with nature and helping maintain our bluebird population. No experience necessary. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joye Stephenson, Wake County coordinator for the N.C. Bluebird Society, at (919) 773-1927 or by email at jazinnias@yahoo.com.



James Strickland to Retire after 31 Years with Town
1/28/2011

Garner Parks and Grounds Supervisor James Strickland is retiring at the end of January after 31 years with the Town’s Public Works Department. Strickland is well known and well respected around Garner and beyond for his dedication to keeping Garner’s ballfields in stellar condition.





Cooks for Books Event to Benefit Garner Educational Foundation
1/27/2011

Sample terrific food and beverages while supporting the Garner Educational Foundation and its literacy enrichment programs at the Cooks for Books "Battle of the Chefs" event on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Garner TV & Appliance at 875 U.S. Hwy. 70. Special guests are WRAL's Brian Schrader and Lisa Prince, "My Carolina Today"'s Elise Johnson and WTVD's Angela Hampton. Tickets are $25 per person and $40 per couple and are available at Garner TV & Appliance, The Garner Citizen office (1401 Aversboro Road, Suite 104) or from any Garner Educational Foundation board member. For more information, contact Amy White at (919) 201-1211 or by email at singforHim@nc.rr.com.



Garner to Take Part in Tennis Night in America
1/25/2011

The Garner Recreation and Parks Department’s coaches and staff invite residents to join them for the USTA Tennis Night in America on Tuesday, March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at South Garner Park (100 Leary Drive).

Adult players will have the opportunity to meet the department’s coaches and staff, learn about lessons, network with other local players and provide input for future tennis programs.

Youth players will also have a chance to meet coaches and staff as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations with new, age-appropriate equipment. Young players and their parents or guardians can also learn about the USTA’s QuickStart Tennis program, geared toward players ages 10 and under.





Pets No Longer Allowed at Town-Sponsored Special Events
1/21/2011

For purposes of public safety, the Town of Garner is no longer allowing guests to bring pets to Town-sponsored special events. Exceptions apply for trained service animals. The policy went into effect on Jan. 1.

It is still permissible to bring pets to Town parks so long as they are not present at a Town-sponsored special event and so long as the animals are kept on a leash and under control at all times.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 773-4442.



Garner Economic Development Corporation Formed
1/21/2011

A new non-profit corporation named the Garner Economic Development Corporation has been formed to accept the donation of the ConAgra facility and site when ConAgra closes down and leaves Town later this year. Click the button below to read a news release.





Celebrate Groundhog Day at White Deer Park
1/21/2011

The Garner Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Groundhog Day celebration featuring Mortimer the Groundhog on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road).

The highlight of the event will be at noon, when Mortimer will share his prediction with Mayor Ronnie Williams about how much more winter we can expect.

“Mortimer was a huge hit last year, which is why I made an effort to get him this year too,” Park Supervisor Stephanie Shaffer said.

The furry prognosticator will be joined by some other of his animal friends from the rescue group CLAWS (www.nc-claws.org). Shaffer said she expects a prairie dog, lizard, tortoise and bird or two to attend the event with Mortimer. The animals will be on site during the entire event, but most will take a rest break in their cages when everyone pauses for Mortimer to make his prediction.

Children can also enjoy some groundhog-related crafts and activities during their visit to the Nature Center, Shaffer said.

“Our main goal is education,” she said. “Most people have never seen a real groundhog up close. CLAWS brings animals that we ordinarily wouldn’t have a chance to interact with.”

For more information about the event, contact Stephanie Shaffer at (919) 661-6892.



Valentine’s Dance for Teens and Adults with Disabilities
1/21/2011

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to enjoy a community Valentine’s Dance for teens and adults who have intellectual and physical disabilities on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Garner Civitan Club, located at 1005 Poole Drive. Admission and food are free. DJ Brooks Bristow will provide the music. Garner residents who need transportation may contact Able to Serve at (919) 779-5545 to schedule a ride.

The dance is sponsored by Able to Serve, the Town of Garner and Garner Civitan Club. Able to Serve is a faith-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving Wake and Johnston counties. Able to Serve creates opportunities for individuals with special needs to be active and successful in the community through service learning programs that create a full circle of success by facilitating interaction with individuals and the community. Able to Serve also organizes shared learning events that help community and faith-based organization provide quality services for people with developmental disabilities.

To RSVP for the dance or for more information, call (919) 779-5545. Attendees can also RSVP by calling the Garner Senior Center at (919) 779-0122.

Able to Serve can be found on the Web at www.abletoserve.org.



WCPSS to Have Reassignment Meeting Thursday at Garner High
1/19/2011

The Wake County Public School System is having a reassignment meeting at Garner Magnet High School Thursday night at 6 p.m. If you want to speak, pre-register online at http://www.wcpss.net/news/2010_dec17_public_hearings/ or register on-site at the school tomorrow between 5 and 5:45 p.m.



Town Adopts Fair Housing Act Ordinance
1/18/2011

On Dec. 21, 2010, the Garner Town Council adopted procedures regarding requests for reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act within the Town of Garner and its planning jurisdiction. The text amendment ordinance can be found at the following link: http://www.garnernc.gov/Publications/Planning/Fair Housing Ordinance.pdf.

All persons interested in or affected by the above ordinance are invited to inquire with the Town of Garner Planning Department at (919) 773-4449 for the application procedures or general information. Additional information is available during regular office hours from the Planning Department at Garner Town Hall.



Garner's First-Ever MLK Celebration Draws Over 500
1/18/2011

An overflow crowd of more than 500 people attended Garner’s first-ever celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Garner Historic Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 16.

With a theme of “Rooted in Love – Grounded in Nonviolence,” the event highlighted the civil rights giant’s teachings and work as well as the progress made since the end of legal racial segregation.

The keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. David C. Forbes, pastor of Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh and a civil rights activist who worked with Dr. King. He discussed the theological and philosophical underpinnings of King’s activism.

Portia White Reese (Garner Senior High School, Class of 1970) spoke of losses and gains in the African-American community since integration, while 84-year-old Helen Phillips, a member of Garner Concerned Citizens United, spoke of life during the Jim Crow era of legal discrimination.

Eddie Gray, a social studies teacher and boys’ varsity basketball coach at Garner Magnet High School, spoke of the virtues of diversity in educational settings and in the larger society.

Community activist Dwight Rodgers offered an inspiring dramatic re-enactment of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Vandora Springs Elementary School Choir and Garner Magnet High’s Die Meistersingers livened up the celebration with several musical selections.

Look for the celebration to be broadcast soon on WTOG (channel 11 for Time Warner customers and channel 99 for ATT U-Verse subscribers). To view the event program, click the button below.



Town Earns Award for Budget
1/14/2011

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has presented the Town of Garner the association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Town’s fiscal year 2010-11 budget.





GRA Develops Plan of Work for Downtown
1/14/2011

The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA) has completed a strategic planning process resulting in a Plan of Work to guide the organization’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Click the button below to read the news release from the GRA.





Garner MLK Event Slated for Jan. 16
1/14/2011

The Town of Garner and Garner Concerned Citizens United are holding an inaugural event celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road). Keynote speaker for the event, which has the theme “Rooted in Love – Grounded in Nonviolence,” will be the Rev. Dr. David Forbes Sr., founding pastor of Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh. Attendees are asked to bring at least one nonperishable food item to be donated to Garner Area Ministries.





'Pine Straw' Ordinance Takes Effect Feb. 1
1/12/2011

Under a Town ordinance that goes into effect Feb. 1, no pine straw or other highly combustible landscaping materials may be put within 10 feet of commercial or multifamily buildings with combustible exterior construction.





Census Releases American Community Survey Results for Garner
1/12/2011

Click the button below to view the Census Bureau's 2007-2009 American Community Survey for Garner. It contains a wealth of demographic data on our town.





Winter Youth Basketball League Tips Off
1/11/2011

Garner Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Youth Basketball League tipped off Saturday, Jan. 8 at Avery Street Recreation Center. The Opening Day Ceremony featured Richard Scott of the Garner Flames AAU Basketball Program. He challenged players and parents to have fun during the season and create a supportive environment that encourages everyone to do their best.





Senior Center to Host Blood Drive
1/11/2011

The Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

People can sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org. Click on “Enter a Sponsor Code” on the left side of the homepage and enter the code "13158."

All donors are automatically entered into a drawing to win a pair of roundtrip Delta Air Lines tickets.

For more information, contact Senior Center Director Torrey Blackmar at (919) 779-0122 or at tblackmar@garnernc.gov.



Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to be Held Jan. 13
1/11/2011

The sixth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, Jan. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Christian Life Center at First Baptist Church, located at 601 St. Mary’s St. Guest speaker will be Pat Watkins, a local businessman and former Major League Baseball player. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Jan. 10 to the town clerk’s office at (919) 773-4456 or by e-mail at jbass@garnernc.gov.



MLK Day Schedule for Town Facilities and Services
1/7/2011

Town offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. The Garner Senior Center and the Nature Center at White Deer Park will also be closed.

Avery Street Recreation Center will have a special youth open gym on that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free program for youth ages 6-17.

All trash and recycling collection will be worked on schedule.



New Year's Eve Celebration a Rousing Success
1/6/2011

Garner was a great place to be … on New Year’s Eve! The Town rung in 2011 with critically acclaimed bluegrass acts Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. They were joined by opening act The Dennis Cash Tribute to the Carter Family. The next bluegrass concert at Garner Historic Auditorium will be Saturday, Feb. 26 when the Lonesome River Band comes to town. They will be joined that evening by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. For tickets, click here.





Mayor Delivers State of the Town Address
1/4/2011

Mayor Ronnie Williams delivered the annual State of the Town address Monday evening during the regular meeting of the Town Council. Williams reflected on the Town's accomplishments and challenges at the end of the year and provided a preview of what to expect in the coming year. Click the button below to read the prepared text of the address.





Garner PD's Shop with a Cop Program Aids Local Families
1/3/2011

The Garner Police Department’s Explorers Post organized its fourth annual Shop with a Cop campaign this past holiday season. The Shop with a Cop program assists area families enduring hardships during the Christmas season. This year, the program assisted 11 families who not only shopped for needed items but also enjoyed a Christmas party that included food, fun and Santa Claus. The Explorers Post also assisted another 10 families with various donations.





Towne Players to Perform at Garner Historic Auditorium in January
12/29/2010

The Towne Players will perform "Moonlight and Magnolias" at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road) on Jan. 14-15 and 20-21 at 8 p.m., and on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.





Wigal to Retire After More Than 28 Years with Town
12/28/2010

Will Wigal, services supervisor over fleets and facilities maintenance in Garner’s Public Works Department, is retiring at the end of the year after more than 28 years with the Town. The Town held a retirement ceremony and party for Wigal at the Public Works building on Dec. 15 and presented him with a plaque recognizing him for his long tenure.





Garner Honors Its First Town Manager
12/22/2010

Garner's first town manager, Arnold Aiken, was recognized at the Dec. 21 Town Council meeting. Click the button below for a news release and photo.





Facade Grant Helps Historic Building Get Makeover
12/21/2010

The Town of Garner and the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA) are continuing their mission to enhance the appearance of the Downtown Central Business District through the Façade Grant incentive program. The latest project is the installation of awnings on the Henry Bryan Building at 111 W. Main St. Click the button below to view a news release that includes "before" and "after" photos of the historic building.

Property owners in the Central Business District who are interested in the Façade Grant Program should contact John Hodges at (919) 773-4402 or at downtowngarner@nc.rr.com.





Town Honors Parade Award Winners
12/20/2010

The award-winning entries in this year's Garner Christmas Parade were as follows:

* Craig Smith and the Glory Riders Horse and Saddle Club, which earned the Mayor's Award.
* Cub Scout Pack 391, which won for best overall theme. The Scouts followed the parade's general theme, "Twelve Days of Christmas."
* Garner Magnet High School Marching Band, led by Chris Serina, which won best marching unit.
* The DanZe Zone, which took top honors for best-themed float. The DanZe Zone's theme was "Peppermint."
* The Ice House, which won for best-themed truck with trailer.

Click on the button below for a news release with photos.





Town Improves School Zone Safety
12/20/2010

Town of Garner Public Works crews recently finished installing school zone speed-limit signs with flashing lights in front of four Wake County public schools located within town limits. The project was undertaken at the urging of a local citizen. Click the button below for a news release about the Town's efforts to improve safety in school zones.





UNC Student Produces News Segment About "Red Route"
12/17/2010

UNC-Chapel Hill student Shannon Coffey, who hails from the Garner area, recently produced a news segment about the proposed I-540 "red route" for one of her journalism classes. To view it, click here.



Holiday Schedules for Town Offices and Solid Waste Collection
12/15/2010

Town of Garner offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 27, in observance of Christmas and on Friday, Dec. 31, in observance of the New Year's holiday.

However, all of the Town of Garner's garbage and recycling services will be worked on schedule for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Residents are asked to have their rollouts curbside by 7 a.m. on their normal pickup days. For more information on solid waste collection, contact the Public Works Department at 772-7600.



Great Gift Ideas from White Deer Park Nature Center
12/14/2010

Check out these great gift ideas from the Town of Garner: White Deer Park T-shirts for $12 (sizes XS-XL, made from recycled materials) and collapsible water bowls for pets for $8. The items are available at the White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road), which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Click the button below to view images of the items.





Town Council to Hold Special Closed Session on Dec. 16
12/13/2010

The Garner Town Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 in the Council Meeting Room. The meeting will be a closed session regarding economic development pursuant to N.C. 143-318.11(a)(4).



Garner Featured in Wake Living
12/13/2010

Wake Living magazine recently published a nice article about Garner. To view it online, click here.



New Fire/EMS Station Opens
12/2/2010

Wake County and the Town of Garner held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Garner Fire-Rescue and Wake County EMS Station, 125 Spaceway Court, Garner, on Dec. 1. The public was invited to tour the facility immediately following the ribbon cutting. For the news release, click below.





Town Council to Consider Rezoning Request, UDO Amendment
12/2/2010

PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Garner Town Council at 7 pm on Monday, December 6, 2010, in the Town of Garner Council Room to consider the following applications:

General Use Rezoning Request: Z-10-01 – GFR Properties, LLC is requesting a change in the current zoning Office & Institutional (O&I) to Multi-family 2 (MF-2) general use. The site is located on Poole Drive and can be further identified as Wake County PIN 1710 37 4934. (Click the button below to view a map for reference.)

UDO Text Amendment: UDO-10-04, Article 3 – The Town of Garner Planning Department is requesting a text amendment to the Town of Garner Unified Development Ordinance regarding a proposed change to establish procedures regarding requests for reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act within the Town of Garner and its planning jurisdiction.

All persons interested in or affected by the above application are invited to attend the hearing and offer relevant facts in evidence. Additional information is available during regular office hours from the Planning Department at Garner Town Hall. Handicapped persons needing assistance or aids should contact Judy Bass, Town Clerk prior to the meeting at 773-4406.





Butterball, Town, Local Agencies Partner to Get Turkeys to Needy
11/23/2010

Butterball teamed up with Community of Hope Ministries, Garner Area Ministries and the Town of Garner on Nov. 23 to distribute free turkeys to 250 needy area families. The event was held in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Garner.

Renowned barbecue pit master Ed Mitchell initiated the Butterball turkey donations through his work at The Pit restaurant in Raleigh. Mitchell helped distribute the turkeys in Garner. Mayor Ronnie Williams was on hand representing the Town.

“This has truly been a team effort,” Butterball CEO Keith Shoemaker said. “We are thankful for the opportunity to join with Ed and the Town of Garner to recognize the valiant efforts of several outstanding nonprofit organizations helping to meet the needs of those less fortunate every day.”



Garner Police to Hold Athletic League Meeting Dec. 7
11/23/2010

The first meeting of the Police Athletic League’s Advisory Board will be Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the East District Police Station (120 E. Main St. downtown). The meeting is open to the public. The PAL is a youth crime prevention program that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to build trust and understanding between police officers and youth. To go to the PAL Facebook page, click here.



Audio, Transcript from Nov. 17 "Red Route" Meeting Now Available
11/23/2010

The full audio and transcript from the Nov. 17 town meeting on the I-540 "red route" is now available. To hear the audio, click here. To view the transcript, click the "View Article" button below.





Light Up Main Slated for Dec. 3
11/22/2010

Enjoy fantastic local entertainment, food and refreshments, Santa’s workshop with children’s arts and crafts and the countdown to light the tree led by Mayor Ronnie Williams in downtown Garner on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m.





WRAL's Ken Smith to Serve as Christmas Parade Grand Marshal
11/22/2010

WRAL-TV news anchor and reporter Ken Smith will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Garner Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 10 a.m.





Town Honors New Projects for Design
11/19/2010

The Town of Garner Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Town Council, is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2010 Visual Image Program Awards. A presentation of the awards occurred Tuesday, Nov. 16 during the regular Town Council meeting. Click the button below to read the news release.





Over 1,000 Citizens Attend Meeting on 540 "Red Route"
11/18/2010

The Nov. 17 informational meeting about the proposed I-540 Southeast Extension "red route" through Garner drew over 1,000 people. Many were unable to enter the auditorium.

The meeting will be broadcast periodically on WTOG (channel 11 for Time Warner customers; channel 99 for AT&T customers). To view the entire Nov. 17 town meeting online, click here.

To hear audio of the entire meeting, click here. You can also click the button below to view the transcript of the meeting.

At the meeting, the Town once again reiterated its main reasons for opposing the "red route." The Town argues that the route would:

* tear apart 13 Town of Garner neighborhoods: Lakewood, Heather Hills, Breezeway, Vandora Pines, Camelot, Breezeway West, Breezeway East, Summers Walk, Van Story Hills, Heather Ridge, Heather Woods, Forest Landing and the Village at Aversboro. It also cuts through Brookwood in Unincorporated Wake County.

* impede development of Greenfield South Business Park, thereby harming the town’s tax base and ability to create jobs for citizens.

* split and disconnect the town just as U.S. 70 did.

* have negative water quality impacts on Lake Benson, which is a source of our drinking water.

* encroach on White Deer Park; obliterate George W. Bryan Nature Park; wipe out a portion of the South Garner Greenway (a fully designed and funded project slated for construction next year); negatively impact a property designated as a site for a future aquatics facility and/or community center and sunder a property purchased by the YMCA.

* fail to provide adequate access to the U.S. 70 Clayton Bypass.

* wreak havoc on the town’s long-term comprehensive growth plan – and render some of the town’s infrastructure investments useless.

To make your voice heard on this issue, contact the N.C. Turnpike Authority at 1-(800) 554-7849, (919) 510-4377 or by email at southeast@ncturnpike.org.

Resources

For more information, sign up for a free subscription to the town’s e-newsletter. Click on the plus sign next to “Community Resources” (which is under “Quick Links”) on this website, then click on “Citizen Newsletter.”

The town also now has a Facebook page. Find it using the search term “GarnerNC”.

To view Bruce Wittman’s documentary about the “red route,” click here.

Mr. Wittman and his son also have a Facebook page devoted to the “red route.” Find it using the search term “Stop the 540 Red Corridor”.

Mr. Wittman's powerful documentary is being aired periodically on WTOG.







Town Announces November Properties of the Month
11/16/2010

The Town of Garner recently announced Johnson and Blessing Uwa of 101 Monabreeze Way in the Breezeway subdivision as the November 2010 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. The Commercial Property of the Month Award was given to Raleigh Pediatric Associates at 1405 Timber Drive East.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams and Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie presented the awards to the winners. The winners will also be honored at an upcoming Town Council meeting.

For a news release and photos of the winners, click the button below.





New Documentary on I-540 "Red Route" Released
11/16/2010

There's an outstanding new short documentary (run time just over 15 minutes) by local documentarian Bruce Wittman about how the I-540 "red route" would devastate Garner. Click here to view it -- and don't forget about the informational meeting about the route Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road).



Town: Expressway Route Through Garner Would Be Devastating
11/11/2010

The N.C. Turnpike Authority on Nov. 4 narrowed its list of possible primary routes for the southeast extension of the 540 Outer Loop to two, with one of them cutting a six-lane swath through Garner just north of Lake Benson that would be severely detrimental to the Town’s future growth and quality of life.

One of the remaining proposed routes, the “orange route,” would pass south of Garner through a corridor that has been off-limits to new development since the mid-1990s when the state Department of Transportation designated it as its preferred path for the expressway. But environmental regulators in Washington say the route could threaten the habitat of the dwarf wedge mussel, which is on the federal endangered species list.

As a result of those environmental concerns, the Turnpike Authority must consider alternate routes. The agency announced on Nov. 4 that it had eliminated alternate routes that would have passed through Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, but the “red route” through Garner remains an option.

“The red route would be totally devastating to the Garner area,” Town Manager Hardin Watkins said. “It’s extremely disappointing that the Turnpike Authority, at the behest of Washington regulators, is considering putting the interests of a few tiny mussels ahead of the interests of the people of Garner.”

Town officials say the “red route” would directly and adversely affect 13 Garner neighborhoods: Lakewood, Heather Hills, Breezeway, Vandora Pines, Camelot, Breezeway West, Breezeway East, Summer’s Walk, Van Story Hills, Heather Ridge, Heather Woods, Forest Landing and the Village at Aversboro.

The route would also severely damage the Town’s primary industrial recruitment area, Greenfield South Business Park, thereby hurting Garner’s tax base and ability to provide quality jobs for its citizens, Town leaders said.

The Garner option impedes on the northern edge of White Deer Park, which features a “green” environmental education center, trails, picnic shelters and playgrounds. The route also obliterates the George W. Bryan Nature Park and will obstruct and wipe out a portion of the planned South Garner Greenway leading from Timber Drive to White Deer Park.

In addition, the “red route” would adversely impact the Town’s 35-acre Timber Drive Park property, designated as a future site of an aquatics facility and/or community center.

“Are seven dwarf mussels more important than tens of thousands of human beings?” asked Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Behringer. “Yes, the mussel is on the endangered species list, but what contribution does it make to the lives, well-being and quality of life of citizens in our area as compared to the disruption of 13 neighborhoods, three parks – one of which is more environmental friendly than any other in the state – and the sustainability of one of the county’s largest municipalities?”

“Endangered species are important – but so are people,” Mayor Ronnie Williams said.

Town leaders pointed out that the “red route” could have negative water quality impacts on Lake Benson, arguing that any spill from a roadway disaster would drain directly into the lake, which is a source of drinking water for area residents.

Town officials also criticized the “red route” for once again disconnecting the Town.

“U.S. 70 split the Town of Garner and literally divided the Town into two sections in the 1950s,” Watkins said. “The community has been striving to recover from this poor planning since that time. Garner cannot afford to be divided again.”

Councilman Ken Marshburn said Town officials expect to work closely with state and federal authorities “to insure that the interests of the Town of Garner are protected.”

“This is a classic case where the Town government and its citizens speak with one voice,” Marshburn said. “We cannot accept consideration of a transit route that has the potential to destroy communities, park systems and even our water supply.”

The town and community leaders hope to hold a public meeting on the proposed extension route through Garner sometime soon.

The Turnpike Authority is expected to make a final decision about the route by 2012.

To view a map showing the impact of the red route on Garner, click the button below.





Broadway Voices Series Kicks Off on Dec. 4
11/10/2010

The Town of Garner, the Garner Chamber of Commerce and the Garner-Clayton Record are proud to present the Broadway Voices series, which kicks off 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road) with a performance by J. Mark McVey.

McVey has performed the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” 2,000-plus times, more than any other performer in the world. He has also toured with famed composer Marvin Hamlisch as a featured soloist and performed with orchestras such as the North Carolina Symphony and Boston Pops.

The other shows in the series are Stephanie J. Block, best known for starring as Elphaba in the Broadway smash “Wicked," on Friday, March 4, and Craig Schulman, who has played lead roles in “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Jekyll and Hyde,” on Saturday, May 7.

Season tickets are $50 for all three shows. They can be purchased at the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall, the Senior Center, the Avery Street Recreation Center, White Deer Park or online at www.garnerchamber.com and www.garnernc.gov (for the latter, go to the Parks and Recreation page and look under "Events").

Other sponsors of the series include S&A Cherokee, Ed Ketron, Lonnie Hedrick and David Beeler of Edward Jones Investments, Ruggero Piano, F&D Huebner dba McDonald's, Capital Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Jones Insurance Agency.

For more information, contact the chamber at 919-772-6440.

Broadway Voices Series.





Loose Leaf Collection Under Way
11/5/2010

The town is providing loose leaf collection to residents from Nov. 1 until the end of February. Leaves will be collected biweekly following the recycling schedule. Put the leaves at the edge of the street, behind the curb and away from mailboxes and storm drains. Make sure that leaf piles are free of stones, bricks, branches and other hard objects. Heavy volume or inclement weather may cause delays. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 772-7600.



Rufus Avery Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Service to Town
11/4/2010

After 19 years of service to the Town of Garner at the Garner Senior Center, Rufus Avery has retired. Avery, 88, has been a loyal employee assisting with custodial and janitorial tasks during the day since 1991.

“Rufus has been a part of our lives at the  Garner Senior Center since it was first built,” the center’s supervisor, Torrey Blackmar, said. “He will be dearly missed as a town employee but is still a big part of our Senior Center family.”

Avery was given a plaque in recognition of his service at the Nov. 1 Town Council meeting.



Follow the Town on Facebook
11/1/2010

The Town of Garner now has a Facebook page. Click on the Facebook icon on the lefthand side of our website's homepage (just above "Quick Links") to view the Facebook page. If you're logged on to Facebook, you can click "Like" while on our Facebook page and become a follower.



Nature Festival to Mark Park Anniversary Nov. 6
10/29/2010

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for White Deer Park’s 2010 Nature Festival and help celebrate the park’s one-year anniversary.

Visit the park (located at 2400 Aversboro Road) and enjoy activities for all ages. There will be live animal exhibits from the Piedmont Wildlife Center, a snake exhibit courtesy of Alex Hagwood with the N.C. Museum of Natural Science, hands-on science experiments led by park staff and a variety of arts and crafts activities.

Children’s activities will include nature bingo at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., “act like an animal” races at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and nature games at 12:30 p.m.

There will also be displays and exhibits by the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, the Clean Water Education Partnership, N.C. State University entomology students, local master gardeners, Bluebirders of Wake County and local artist Annie Runyon. Dottie Bottle from The Recycle Guys will be on hand, too.

Visitors to the park that day can receive free loblolly pine seedlings.

Located on a 96-acre site adjacent to Lake Benson, White Deer Park is a predominantly passive park that is sensitive to the local environment and preserves wildlife habitat. The park provides educational opportunities at its Nature Center and serves as an example of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

“We want folks to be able to learn while they’re here,” says park supervisor Stephanie Shaffer.

The Nature Center, which has had 11,000 visitors during its first year, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The building is the only “green” nature center in the Carolinas. Its environmentally friendly features include geothermal wells, a rainwater collection system, natural lighting and ventilation, reused wood flooring and local building materials.

The famed White Deer, preserved in a glass case at the center’s entrance, is available for viewing whether the building is open or not.

“Kids love to see her. Adults love to see her. She’s a neat icon here,” Shaffer said.

The park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. It has five shelters with grills available for rent.

For more information about the Nature Festival, the Nature Center or the park, contact Shaffer at 661-6982, or visit www.GarnerNC.gov.



Residential & Commercial Property Award Winners for Oct. 2010
10/12/2010

The Town of Garner recently presented the October Residential Property of the Month Award to Robert and Marissa Schiffman of 406 Waterville Street in Eagle Ridge Subdivision. The Commercial Property of the Month Award was presented to Jerry Coleman, owner of Chick-fil-A at 2720 Timber Drive in the Garner Town Square Shopping Center. Mr. Coleman credited the landscaping company, Grounds Control, for the beautiful landscaping and hard work they contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the Chick-fil-A property.





The Garner G-Squad Brings Home the Gold!
10/8/2010

On Friday, October 1, the Garner G-Squad danced their way to the gold medal in the North Carolina Senior Games. The team is comprised of members of the Garner Senior Center and they competed in the Silver Arts large group dance category. After outperforming eight other regional winners from around the state, judges selected the team to win the highest honor, the gold medal.





Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension Information
10/4/2010

The NC Turnpike Authority presented information to the Garner Town Council at their September 28 Work Session regarding the Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension and how it relates to the Garner area. More information can be found on the NC Turnpike Authority web site at http://www.ncturnpike.org/projects/southeast/documents.asp or you can click on "View Article" below to view documentation presented at the meeting.(Adobe .pdf format)





Garner can Refer Homeowners to Emergency Grant Program
7/27/2010

The Town of Garner is now referring Garner residents to Wake County’s Emergency Grant Program. This program is offered to low-income residents that are in need of emergency repairs to their home.





Garner Receives Gold Level Safety Recognition Award
7/12/2010

The North Carolina Department of Labor Spring Safety Awards Banquet was held on June 11 in Raleigh. Paul Cox, Director of Public Works, attended the ceremony and accepted two awards on behalf of the Town. The Planning Department received a Gold Level Certificate of Safety Achievement for the 24th consecutive year, along with a Gold Level Certificate of Safety Achievement Award for the entire Town.





Garner Moves Forward with its Desire to Become More Bike-Friendly
7/6/2010

Like many other local communities, Garner is moving forward with its desire to become more bike-friendly. The Town of Garner’s Transportation Plan suggest that bicycling is an effective way to get around many areas of town. However, it also notes the need for Garner to develop a system of greenways and roadways that are suitable for pedestrians and bicycling. Implementing the Town’s vision for a Bikeway Plan for the Garner community will take time, but the installation of “Share the Road” signs certainly helps move Garner forward in the process of becoming more bike-friendly.





Flag Pole Installed at Site of Garner Veterans’ Memorial
6/28/2010

At Lake Benson Park, on May 31st, the Town of Garner, Garner Veteran’s Committee, American Post #232 and VFW Garner Post #10225 joined with local civic and community leaders, residents, veterans and military families to pay tribute to those fallen heroes who gave all in service to our country. Attendees gathered at the new lighted flag pole at the site of the future Garner Veteran’s Memorial at Lake Benson Park.

The lighted flagpole was made possible through the efforts of Tim Stevens, S&D Buildings, Bobby Fowler of Fowler and Sons, David Pruitt of David Pruitt Electric and Town of Garner employees. The Town of Garner, Garner Veteran’s Committee, American Post #232, VFW Garner Post #10225, and local civic and community leaders, have been very supportive of the efforts to build a veteran’s memorial at the site to honor Garner veterans who died in service to our country.

For more information on the memorial, visit www.garnerveteransmemorial.org.



Garner Receives Grant Money for Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades at Town Facilities
6/16/2010

Governor Bev Perdue recently announced Garner as a recipient of $23,987, to be awarded as part of the federal Recovery Act for energy efficiency block grants. A total of $4.9 million in additional funds were awarded to 58 projects in 52 local governments to help save on utility and fuel bills and to create jobs. The grants mark the last distribution of money from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program in North Carolina, for a total of about $11.9 million awarded to 104 local governments, public school systems and community colleges. Out of the overall total, $7.2 million was awarded to local government agencies and $6.3 million to public schools and community colleges. The grants program is administered by the North Carolina Energy Office, part of the state’s Department of Commerce, to encourage energy conservation and economic investment in counties, municipalities, community colleges and public schools.

“Investing in green energy and creating green jobs is one of my top priorities,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “These federal recovery funds will create jobs, reduce energy consumption and save taxpayers money on county and municipal utility bills.”

The Town of Garner submitted its grant proposal for energy efficient lighting upgrades for Garner Town Hall and the Public Works Facility. The total cost of the project is $32,715, less projected Progress Energy rebates of $8,728, bringing the total amount requested in grant money to $23,715.

As part of the grant, the Town also requested funding for HVAC upgrades to Town Hall at a cost of $117,085, less projected Progress Energy incentives and Town of Garner budget funds for a total of $42,633 in leveraged funds. The total amount requested for the upgrade was $74,452, however funding for this project was not awarded.

Along with energy efficiency upgrades, the grant’s purpose was intended to leverage jobs, therefore, the Town will soon seek bids from contractors who would to like complete the project. Terms of the grant require that the lighting upgrades be completed in 150 days.



D.E. Benton Water Treatment Plant Begins Operations
5/6/2010

On April 29th, the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department began providing drinking water from the new D.E. Benton Water Treatment Plant to 450,000 utility customers. With a gradual start up before reaching full production, over 2,950,000 gallons of drinking water flowed from this newest Public Utilities facility to the Town of Garner service area and beyond.

This represents the culmination of over 10-years of planning, evaluation, permitting, design and construction to ultimately provide a second potable water treatment facility with a capability to producing up to 20 million gallons per day of safe, clean, drinking water for City of Raleigh customers. The source of water for this treatment facility is the Swift Creek Lake system of Lakes Benson and Wheeler. The plant can supply the Town of Garner Service through a separate 24-inch water line and provide water directly to the City of Raleigh through a 48-inch, 8-mile waterline.

Treatment Process:
The treatment process used at the new Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant begins with adding ozone to the raw water and ends with ultraviolet disinfection and chloramination. Suspended solids is coagulated with ferric sulfate, settled in a solids contact clarifier, and gravity fed through a two-stage filtration system. The filtered water is then disinfected with both ultraviolet light and chloramines before it is stored in a 5-million gallon, on-site storage reservoir. From the storage reservoir, water is pumped directly to customers in Raleigh and Garner.



Downtown Garner Farmer's Market will Plan for 2011 Launch
5/5/2010

The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA) had planned to launch a Farmers Market in Downtown Garner this spring to feature local produce and products. Unfortunately, a lack of farmers, vendors and volunteers has forced GRA to postpone the launch of the market to next spring. “We think the farmers market will be a great way to bring people to Downtown Garner” said GRA Executive Director John Hodges. “We are disappointed that we could not launch this spring, but more time is needed to recruit enough vendors and volunteers to make the market successful.”

Planning for the market will continue through the summer and an organizational meeting will be held in the fall. Vendors and volunteers who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact the GRA office at 773-4402 or by email at downtowngarner@nc.rr.com.



Garner Town Council Adopts Historic Downtown Garner Plan
5/1/2010

At the Garner Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 20, the Council voted to adopt the Historic Downtown Garner Plan.

This plan is the result of over twelve months of work by the consultants, town staff, steering committee, key stakeholders and citizens. The Historic Downtown Garner Plan has successfully accomplished its three objectives

1. Facilitate a market-based planning approach to enhance the Downtown Area;

2. Create a community-based vision to guide the character of future development in Downtown Garner and;

3. Develop an Action Plan to guide GRA and the Town of Garner over the next 10 years including public investment and phasing strategies.

It is important for the community to understand that the designs and configurations shown in the plan are concepts that are subject to change based on many factors including funding, market conditions and land availability. While elements depicted in the plan may change, the underlying framework, implementation principles and action plan gives Garner a sound roadmap for the revitalization of its Downtown.

Click Here to view the plan. (Adobe .pdf format)



Construction of the Timber Drive Extension Will Begin this Summer
4/15/2010

The Town of Garner was recently updated on the status of the Timber Drive Extension project. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials confirmed completion of the final construction plans, receipt of all needed permits, and that all right-of-way issues have been settled.