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Wake County

College Undergrads, High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Conservation Scholarship

Students across Wake County majoring in natural resource fields are invited to apply for a 2023–2024 Careers in Conservation Scholarship by NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation. This merit-based scholarship awards $1,000 per student per school year. Those awarded a scholarship can re-apply for another $1,000 the next year.

Influx of Animals Endangers Animal Center’s Six-Year Record of Avoiding Euthanasia for Space

For six years, the Wake County Animal Center has avoided having to euthanize any animals because of lack of space. Now, another flood of stray and surrendered pets is pushing the shelter over capacity and putting that record in jeopardy. As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of dogs in the facility is 87 on the adoption floor and 61 in the non-public room. That's more than the number double-sided runs available and it's forced the center to revert to single runs.

Wake County Shares Top Tips to Stop Trashing the Holiday Season

Did you know Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day than any other time of year? In fact, every person creates about 36 more pounds of waste in December, the same as throwing away seven computer monitors! All that holiday decorating, cooking and gifting means unnecessary waste can pile up at the landfill and harm the environment. So our Wake County Solid Waste team is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing 12 easy tips to spend more time with loved ones and less time filling up the trash can!

Play Virtual Bingo to Celebrate America Recycles Day, Win Prizes

Looking for a free game that’s fun for the whole family? Curious to learn what happens once our garbage and recycling leave the curb? Interested in local resources to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?

Residents Invited to Help Shape New Wake County Nature Preserves

Residents interested in helping to guide the preserves’ development can attend one of two community meetings. Drop in any time to find out what’s possible and share your thoughts on what you’d like to see – from horseback riding and mountain biking to hiking and birding. Conceptual designs will be available to view, and staff and consultants will be on hand to answer any questions

Wake County Public Health Identifies County’s First Case of Monkeypox

Wake County Public Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in our county. This is the third confirmed case of the virus in North Carolina. The patient is currently isolating at home and Wake County staff are working with them on contact tracing. No additional information about this resident will be disclosed.

Wake County Opens Cooling Stations to Offer Relief from Extreme Heat

With the heat index expected to top 100 degrees this week, Wake County is opening temporary cooling stations for those who don’t have a place to seek relief from soaring temperatures. The cooling stations opened July 6 and offer residents a safe reprieve through Friday evening.

Wake County Animal Center Needs Your Help to Avoid Euthanizing Dogs

The Wake County Animal Center needs your help to free up space in our kennels, or we could have to put down dogs. "We don't want to euthanize for space and this plea is to make our community aware of the urgent need," Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico said. "There are only so many kennels and we need YOUR help!"

Wake County Opens Cooling Stations to Protect Residents from Extreme Heat

With heat index values expected to reach triple digits this week, Wake County is opening temporary cooling stations for those who don’t have a place to seek relief from soaring temperatures. The cooling stations will open today and offer residents a safe reprieve through Friday evening when the heat wave is predicted to subside.

Make a Splash at the Library this Summer

Dive into great books and unique experiences with Wake County Public Libraries! This year’s Summer @ the Library theme is “Oceans of Possibilities,” and the program is overflowing with activities for the whole family.
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NCDHHS Announces New Online Bed Registry

Hundreds of people in North Carolina each day are waiting inside hospital emergency departments for behavioral health care. One reason is that a real-time list of operational beds isn’t available, which makes it difficult to connect people in emergency departments to care in more appropriate settings. To address the growing behavioral health crisis, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is today launching a new tool to help hospitals and other providers quickly find an open bed where people can get the behavioral health treatment they deserve.
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