Press Releases

Police Station Groundbreaking to be Held Sept. 18

The Town of Garner will hold the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Garner Police Department headquarters at 912 Seventh Ave. (next to Wake County Southeast Regional Library) on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held in the grassy area behind the library and Town Hall. Parking is available at the library (908 Seventh Ave.) and Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.).

The $4.5 million police station is a major component of the Garner Bond Program approved by Garner voters in a special election in March 2013.

Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position

Tony Beasley, formerly the Town of Garner's economic development director, has moved into the inspections director position. He succeeds Sandy Teal, who retired after serving as inspections director for 25 years. Please see the news release for details.

Smith Completes NRPA Directors School Program

Rob Smith, assistant director with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, a two-year professional development training program for current and future leaders of parks and recreation agencies. Please see the news release for details.

Operation Medicine Drop to be Held Sept. 27

The Garner Police Department is having an Operation Medicine Drop on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in building B of Town Hall at 900 Seventh Ave.

The event provides a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. It also helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters.

Operation Medicine Drop is a program administered by Safe Kids North Carolina ( and the N.C. Department of Insurance.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Walter Myer with the Garner Police Department at (919) 773-6072 or

Next Friday Family Flick Scheduled for Sept. 5

Bring your blankets and chairs out to Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Friday, Sept. 5 and enjoy the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Friday Family Flick “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.”

Town Seeks Partners for Carnaval Latino

The Town of Garner seeks local food vendors, businesses, schools and performing artists to take part in its second annual Carnaval Latino.

The festival celebrates the Latin American community in Wake County and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center at 125 Avery St.

For information on how to be a part of this event, please contact Jill McAllister at or call (919) 661-4602.

GRA Announces Main Street Anniversary, National Accreditation

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

Public Works Director Helps Group Earn Honor

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

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.

Mercier Promoted to Communications Manager

Rick Mercier was named the Town of Garner's first-ever communications manager effective July 1. Please read the news release for details.

Town Departments Earn Safety Awards

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

PRCR Team Adds One Member, Promotes Another

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

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

Garner 101 Starts New Session Aug. 7

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

Symphony, 'Shuffle' in Store for July 3rd Celebration

The July 3rd Independence Day Celebration at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) is an evening of fun activities for the entire family. Festivities include live entertainment, tasty concessions, a kids’ adventure zone with inflatables, crafts and deejay, and the traditional performance by the North Carolina Symphony followed by the best fireworks display in the Triangle. This year, we'll also be leading a mass performance of the Garner All-America City Shuffle. Please see the news release for more details.

Garner PD Welcomes New Personnel

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 Officials Take Part in League's Town Hall Day

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

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.

DaRosa Named Public Works Employee of the Year

Ed DaRosa has been named the Town of Garner Public Works Department's Employee of the Year. Please see the news release for details.

Senior Center Gets Center of Excellence Recertification

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

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

Garner Earns Playful City Designation

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.

Town Hires New Assistant Town Engineer

The Town of Garner has a new assistant town engineer. Please see the news release for details.

Guns N Hoses Broomball Fundraiser Set for June 7

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

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.

Senior Health Fair Slated for May 14

Resources for Seniors and the Garner Senior Center are sponsoring their 24th annual Senior Health Fair—Living a Healthy Lifestyle on Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Senior Center gym (205 E. Garner Road). Several free health screenings are being sponsored by area health-care providers. Please see the news release for more details.

Nominations Being Accepted for Stevens Service Award

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

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

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

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

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.

All-America City Quilt Coming to Garner

The 2013 All-America City quilt will be on public display at various locations in Garner April 21-27. Please see the news release for details.

Garner Citizen, Downtown Project Honored by Main Street Program

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

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

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 to Hold Annual Egg Hunt on April 12

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 free 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.

Town Wins Three Statewide Communications Awards

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.

GPD to Hold Operation Medicine Drop Event March 22

The Garner Police Department is sponsoring an Operation Medicine Drop event at Garner Town Hall on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please see the news release for details.

Chamber Expo Slated for April 10

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

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

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

Garner to Work with Google on Possible Fiber Project

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.

Garner PD Completes Round of Hiring

The Garner Police Department recently welcomed three new members to its team. Learn more in the news release.

Town Making Progress on Police Station

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.

Job Search 'Boot Camp' in Garner Feb. 25

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

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

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

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

Town Manager Earns Credentialed Designation

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

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

GPD Holds Annual Shop with a Cop

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.

Garner Wins Statewide Award for Trick-or-Treat the Trails

Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has won the 2013 Innovative Program Award from the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association for its inaugural Trick-or-Treat the Trails event at White Deer Park in 2012. Please see the news release for details.

Downtown Garner Holiday Traditions Set for Dec. 6, 7

Downtown Garner's annual holiday traditions – Light Up Main and the Christmas Parade – will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7.

Light Up Main, featuring the lighting of the tree by Mayor Ronnie Williams and Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be 6 p.m. to 8p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. The tree will be lighted at 6:15 p.m.

The parade will be held the following afternoon starting at 2 p.m. This year's parade theme – "All-America Christmas" – celebrates Garner's selection as a 2013 All-America City. Garner's All-America City delegation will serve as grand marshals of the parade.

Please see the news release for more details.


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

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.

Officer Recognized for Crisis Intervention Work

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.

Operation Medicine Drop a Big Success in Garner

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

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.

Garner Earns National Award for Annual Financial Report

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

Garner to Hold Annual Veterans Day Observance

The Town of Garner and Garner Veterans Memorial Committee will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at an annual Veterans Day observance at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). Please see the news release for details.

Get Ready Now for Showcase of Talent Auditions

Auditions for the 2014 Garner Showcase of Talent will be held on Nov. 14. Please see the news release for details.

GTV11 Sets New Schedule for Broadcast of Council Meetings

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.

Please see the news release for more details.

Medicine Drop Event Set for Oct. 26

The Garner Police Department is hosting an Operation Medicine Drop 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. For more details, please see the news release.

Town's Fall Yard Waste Collection Begins Oct. 28

Please click the button below to see the schedule for the Town's fall unprepared yard waste curbside pickup. Note that old televisions and computer equipment will also be collected during these special pickups.

Garner to Hold Second Annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails

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.


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 Reminds Citizens about Yard Sale Rules

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

McCreery Gives Back to His Hometown

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.

Town Wins Statewide Communications Awards

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.

Life Sciences Equipment Maker to Locate in Garner

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.

Mobile Vendor Ordinance Goes into Effect Jan. 7

On Jan. 7, an ordinance goes 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.

Town Honors November Properties of the Month

The Town of Garner has named Barbara and Bill Goodwin of 2502 Cravenridge in the Dunhaven II subdivision winners of the November 2012 Residential Property Yard of the Month award. Azalea Skin Treatment Center, located at 501 Health Park Drive, earned the Commercial Property of the Month award. Doctor William S. Ketchum is proprietor of the center.

Signs Recognize McCreery, Honeycutt

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 Sale Set for Dec. 6

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. Please read the news release for more details.

Main Street Market Offers Shop Local Option during Holiday Events

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.

Leaf Collection Ongoing Through Feb. 28

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.

Photo Contest Entries to be Accepted Nov. 26-30

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.

Groundbreaking for Veterans Memorial Planned for Nov. 16

The groundbreaking for the Garner Veterans Memorial is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at the memorial site at Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road.

The Garner Veterans Memorial Committee and Town of Garner invite the public to join veterans, community, civic and business leaders as well as elected officials as ground is broken for this $500,000 memorial. The memorial will honor all veterans, particularly those Garner residents who died during a military conflict.

The Walkway of Honor, which is a part of the memorial, will contain memorial bricks to honor any veteran from anywhere, living or dead. Over 500 bricks have already been sold and will be placed in the walkway as part of the construction.

Eighteen memorial benches are also a part of the memorial and represent decades of peace. Nine of these have already been donated by businesses, individuals and civic groups to honor veterans in their organizations or businesses.

The general contractor for the project is McKenna Construction Co. of Morrisville. Representatives from McKenna will participate in the groundbreaking.

Anticipated completion of the project is spring 2013 with a formal dedication Memorial Day 2013.

For additional information on the groundbreaking, or on purchasing memorial bricks or benches, contact Faye Gardner at (919) 772-6440 or

Public Works Holds Annual Roadeo

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.