Press Releases

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.





Mercier Promoted to Communications Manager
7/7/2014

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
7/7/2014

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
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 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.





Symphony, 'Shuffle' in Store for July 3rd Celebration
6/13/2014

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
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 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.





DaRosa Named Public Works Employee of the Year
6/2/2014

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
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 attached 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.





Town Hires New Assistant Town Engineer
5/23/2014

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





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.





Senior Health Fair Slated for May 14
5/1/2014

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
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.





All-America City Quilt Coming to Garner
4/11/2014

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
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 to Hold Annual Egg Hunt on April 12
3/27/2014

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 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
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.





GPD to Hold Operation Medicine Drop Event March 22
3/12/2014

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
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.





Garner PD Completes Round of Hiring
2/14/2014

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





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.





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 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
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 details and a link to the application.





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.





Garner Wins Statewide Award for Trick-or-Treat the Trails
12/6/2013

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
11/25/2013

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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





Garner to Hold Annual Veterans Day Observance
10/23/2013

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
10/23/2013

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
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.

Please see the news release for more details.





Medicine Drop Event Set for Oct. 26
10/11/2013

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
10/10/2013

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
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.





Be a Part of Garner's Night Out on Oct. 1
9/12/2013

The public is invited to celebrate Garner’s Night Out, an event to kick off Crime Prevention Month, on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road), shelter 1 (the large shelter on left). October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating crime prevention,while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism and creating safer, more caring communities. Please see the news release for more details.





Old Habits to Close Out Music off Main Season
9/11/2013

The sixth season of the Music off Main Downtown Concert Series concludes Thursday, Sept. 19 with Old Habits playing their unique blend of Southern roots and bluegrass music on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.) from 6-9 p.m. This FREE show is a part of a regional effort to promote and support the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards and expo coming to Raleigh Sept. 25-28.

Music off Main will also feature Rock Star Canvas artist Eric Schreffler during the Old Habits show. Schreffler has been featured on “Tarheel Traveler” and creates art while listening to music. He will paint while Old Habits performs at Music off Main, and the artwork will be available for auction that evening. You can also see his work in the GPAC Lobby Gallery which is open Monday through Friday from 1:30pm until 5:00 pm. For more information about Schreffler, visit www.rockstarcanvas.com.





First-Ever Carnaval Latino to be Held Sept. 21
9/10/2013

Garner’s first-ever Carnival Latino will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center, located at 125 Avery St.

*** El primer Carnaval Latino de la ciudad de Garner se celebrara el dia de Sabado 21 Septiembre 2013 en el jardin de centro de arte de la ciudad (Garner Performing Arts Center), localizado en la calle Avery #125.





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.





'The Avengers' Next Friday Family Flick Sept. 13
8/27/2013

The Town of Garner's next free Friday Family Flick at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) is Sept. 13. We will screen "The Avengers." There is also family camping that night ($12 per family for Garner residents, $15 per family for non-residents). You can register for camping at THIS LINK. Please click the button below for a news release for more details.





Enroll Now in Garner 101 Citizens Academy
8/22/2013

Garner residents are cordially invited to participate in the Town's first-ever Garner 101 Citizens Academy. Please see the news release for details.





Public Safety Agencies to Square Off on Ice for PAAL
8/1/2013

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. Please see the news release for details.





Town Seeks 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. Please see the news release for details.





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.





Media Invited to Meet Garner PD's New Public Information Officer
7/2/2013

The media are invited to meet and speak with the Garner Police Department's newly appointed public information officer. Please see the media advisory 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 attached news release for details.





Garner Plans for All-America City 'Recognition Week'
6/28/2013

Garner is looking forward to a busy All-America City “recognition week” starting on Monday. Please see the media advisory 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.





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.





Garner, Symphony Gear Up for July 3 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.





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.





Music off Main Concerts Start 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.





Friday Family Flicks/Camping Planned for May, June
4/18/2013

Please click on the button below for a news release with details about the upcoming Friday Family Flicks events in May and June at the Town of Garner's Lake Benson Park.





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.





Garner Veterans Memorial Dedication Set for May 4
4/12/2013

The Garner Veterans Memorial Committee and Town of Garner are proud to announce that the dedication ceremony for the Garner Veterans Memorial will be held Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the memorial site at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road).

On Friday, May 3, the Rand’s Mill Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and Town of Garner will hold a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial starting at 7 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend both events. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner Named All-America City Finalist
4/4/2013

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.



Town 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.





Lake Benson Boathouse Opens for Season
3/14/2013

Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) opens for the 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. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Sets Schedule for Special Spring Trash Collection
3/11/2013

The Town has set its spring schedule for collection of unprepared trash and yard waste. Please see the news release for details.





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.





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 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.





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.





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

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.





Garner 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 Holds 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.





Winners Announced in Garner Photo Contest
12/21/2012

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is pleased to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Garner, Great Place to Be Photography Contest. Please see the news release for more details and a look at the Best in Show entry.





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.





Mobile Vendor Ordinance Goes into Effect Jan. 7
12/18/2012

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.





Holiday Solid Waste Schedule
12/17/2012

The Town of Garner will not have solid waste pickup on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of 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 Wins Statewide Arts 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.





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.



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.





Town Honors November Properties of the Month
12/4/2012

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
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 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. Please read the news release for more details.





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.





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.





Light Up Main Brightens Main Street on Nov. 30
11/2/2012

Enjoy terrific local entertainment, food and refreshments, children’s arts and crafts and the countdown to the tree lighting led by Mayor Ronnie Williams on downtown Garner’s Main Street on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Among the big attractions will be the North Pole’s most prominent residents as well as real snow on Main Street. There will be live entertainment all evening. Please see the news release for more details.





Deputy Clerk Completes Certification Coursework
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.





Christmas Parade on Dec. 1; Deadline for Entries Nov. 19
11/1/2012

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. Please see the news release for more details. Note that the deadline for applications for parade entries is 5 p.m. Nov. 19.





Groundbreaking for Veterans Memorial Planned for Nov. 16
10/18/2012

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 faye@garnerchamber.com.





Town Names Properties of the Month
9/28/2012

The Town of Garner has named Pam and Mike Gordon of 166 White Deer Trail in the Autumn Oaks subdivision winners of the September 2012 Residential Property Yard of the Month award. Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc., Station 1 (503 W. Main St.) won the CommercialProperty of the Month award. Please see the news release for more information and photos of the winners.





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.





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 Trick-or-Treat Event
9/21/2012

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. Please see the news release for more details.





Police Report Increase in Scooter, Moped 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. Please see the news release for more details.





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.





Town Recognizes August Properties of the Month
9/10/2012

The Town of Garner has named William and Sharon Burke of the Glens at Bethel subdivision winners of the August 2012 Residential Property Yard of the Month award. The Applebee’s restaurant at 1165 U.S. 70 won the Commercial Property of the Month award.





Garner Police Plan Event for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Meds
8/28/2012

On Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Garner Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Garner Town Hall at 900 Seventh Ave. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Click the button to view a news release with more details.





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. Click the button for a news release with more details.





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.





Rescued Owls to be Released at White Deer Park
8/16/2012

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. Note: Date of event indicated in news release is different; event was rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 due to weather.





Town, NCDOT Plan Open House on Roundabouts
8/10/2012

The Town of Garner and 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.

Click the button below for a news release with more details.





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.





Cops, Firefighters to Square Off in 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. Click the button below for a news release with details.





Town Names July Properties of the Month
8/6/2012

The Town of Garner has named Jon and Sheryl Wheeler of 107 New Dawn Court in the Rosemoor subdivision winners of the July 2012 Residential Property Yard of the Month award. Davis Landscape, located at 60 Rupert Road, earned the Commercial Property of the Month award. Click the button below for a news release with details and photos.





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. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





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.





Nominations Being Accepted for James R. Stevens Award
7/19/2012

Nominations are being accepted for the 24th annual James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. The 2012 recognition event on Aug. 25 will celebrate 24 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 by clicking on the button below, or from the Garner Chamber of Commerce or Garner Town Hall. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, Aug. 3.





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.





Town Names June Properties of the Month
7/3/2012

The Town of Garner has named Rick and Gayle Hines of 1402 Claymore Drive winners of the June 2012 Residential Property Yard of the Month award. Rapid Response Family Care, located at 220 U.S. 70 West, was named Commercial Property of the Month.





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 see the attached news release for 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). See the news release for details.





Garner Police 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.





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.





Town Sets Schedule for Solid Waste Pickup Around July 4
6/12/2012

The Town's Public Works Department has released its solid waste collection schedule changes due to the July 4th holiday. Please click the button below for the schedule.





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 on 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.





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 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 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. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





Quintet Brings Classic Jazz Sounds to Garner
4/19/2012

The Durham-based John Brown Quintet and The Groove Shop played for 225 enthusiastic music lovers on Friday, April 13 at the Garner Performing Arts Center as part of the GPAC’s new It’s Showtime! series. The series resumes on Aug. 24 with a performance by down-home comedian James Gregory.

“Angel” sponsors of the series are Capital Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge of Garner, United Arts Council, Wingate by Wyndham and the News and Observer. “Star” sponsors are Batey’s Carpets, Inc, International Minute Press and CORE Properties. Prime Smokehouse and Modern Woodmen are “Friend” sponsors.

For more information about the series or to purchase tickets to upcoming shows, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com or phone (919) 661-4602.





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



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

The Town of Garner has hired its first-ever management analyst/internal auditor. See the news release for details.





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.





Town to Co-sponsor Event on Foreclosure-Prevention Program
3/23/2012

The Town of Garner’s Economic Development Department, in cooperation with Telamon Corp., 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.

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





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

The Lake Benson boathouse in Garner is now open for the season. Boat and canoe rentals are available through October. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





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.





Spring Yard Waste Collection Schedule Announced
3/3/2012

Please reference the route schedule below for the dates of the spring unprepared yard waste collection.

If your collection day is on: your unprepared yard waste
must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on:
Monday (red & gray routes)Monday, April 2
Wednesday (orange & white routes)Monday, April 2
Thursday (purple & yellow routes)Monday, April 9
Friday (brown route)Monday, April 9
Friday (blue route)Monday, April 16
Tuesday (green, gold & tan routes)Monday, April 16


During the SPRING unprepared trash and yard waste clean up, residents can place trash, some bulky waste items and up to four rimless tires behind the curb for collection. NO appliances or hazardous wastes will be collected (computers and televisions will be collected, however). NO waste produced by any commercial tree service or other commercial activity/paid services will be picked up. Household items and yard waste to be collected can be placed behind the curb up to ONE WEEK prior to the designated MONDAY for your route.





Nature Center Needs Help Naming Snake
3/1/2012

White Deer Park Nature Center needs your help naming its new corn snake. Click the button below for a news release with contest details and photos of the snake.





Town to Co-sponsor Presentation on State Foreclosure Program
2/29/2012

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. Click the button below to view a news release with more details.





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 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.





Spring Eggstravaganza Planned for March 31
2/21/2012

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, live music, nature activities, games, inflatables, arts and crafts, food vendors and, of course, our annual egg hunt. Please see the attached news release for more details.





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 Committee to Make Major Announcement on Feb. 21
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 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
2/17/2012

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





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.





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.





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.





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.





Town Names December Properties of the Month
12/21/2011

The Town of Garner honored Susan Arnett of 596 Coalyard Drive in the Tunbridge subdivision as the December 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month winner. White Oak Crossing shopping center was named the Commercial Property of the Month winner. Illinois-based Inland American Retail Management is manager of the shopping center.





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 MLK Committee Schedules Annual King Event
12/16/2011

The Garner Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration Committee is pleased to announce the annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium), located at 742 W. Garner Road.





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.





Town Honors November Properties of the Month
12/16/2011

The Town of Garner honored Craig Waby of 213 Hutchins Drive in Thistle Park as the November 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winner. The McDonald’s at the corner of Timber Drive and Benson Road was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner. The restaurant’s proprietors are Doris and Fred Huebner. The winners were honored recently at a Town Council meeting.





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 Rings in Holiday Season 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. Click the button below for more details.





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.





Town Honors October Properties of the Month
11/4/2011

The Town of Garner has honored Dianne and Al Dimillio of 106 Brookwynd Court in the Breezeway East subdivision, and Stacy and Ulanda Caroway of 1315 Stapleton Drive in the Foley Station subdivision, as the October 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. The Country Cupboard Texaco, located at 1825 U.S. 70, was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner. The business’ owner is Ricky Liles.





Halloween Fun in Garner
11/3/2011

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department hosted the White Deer Monster Dash 5K, Trick-or-Trot Family Fun Run and Goblins in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 29.





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.





Tickets Go on Sale Nov. 1 for New Performing Arts Series
10/28/2011

The Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium), or GPAC, and the Town of Garner are excited to announce that season tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the new It’s Showtime series, which kicks off in February with a performance by a beloved veteran comedian.

Season tickets are $70 for all four shows. The price of the season tickets includes one free beverage of choice per show and priority seating for the Feb. 11 Garner Showcase of Talent at GPAC. Tickets for individual shows in the series go on sale Dec. 9.





Town to Have Opening Ceremony for Greenway on Oct. 31
10/27/2011

The Town of Garner will have an opening ceremony for the South Garner Greenway on Monday, Oct. 31. See the media advisory for more information.





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.





Town Announces Fall Waste Cleanup Schedule
10/17/2011

The Town of Garner is gearing up for its 2011 fall unprepared yard waste cleanup. Click the button below for a news release with details.





Greenway Opening on Oct. 31 to Include Trick-or-Treating
10/11/2011

The Town will hold an opening ceremony for the South Garner Greenway on Monday, Oct. 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include a ribbon cutting and trick-or-treating along the trail. Click the button below for a news release with more details.





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.





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.



Town Snares 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.





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 the button below for details, or call (919) 773-4442 for more information.





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.





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.





Monster Dash to be Held Oct. 29
9/2/2011

The Town of Garner announces the annual “White Deer Monster Dash and Family Fun Run,” to be held on Oct. 29. Click the button for a news release with details, including how to register.





Town to Have Storm Debris Collection 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. Click the button below for a news release with details.





Fantasy to Perform in Final Downtown Concert 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.





Town Names Properties of the Month
8/26/2011

The Town has named the August Properties of the Month. Click the button below for the news release.





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.



Chamber Conference to 'Plug in the Future'
7/25/2011

Last year, the Garner Chamber of Commerce introduced a new half-day conference focusing on the town’s economic prospects. This year’s enhanced "Plug in the Future" conference, to be held Aug. 11 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, will address business and quality-of-life issues through panel discussions and presentations from local experts. Click the button below for details.





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.





Town Selects July Properties of the Month
7/21/2011

The Town of Garner has announced Joseph and Margaret Maxwell of 478 Waterville St. in the Eagle Ridge subdivision as the July 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. Tripps restaurant, located at 1428 Garner Station Blvd., was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner.





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.





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.





Strategic Behavioral Health to Break Ground in Garner
7/13/2011

Memphis, Tenn.-based Strategic Behavioral Health will break ground on a state-of-the-art, 92-bed treatment facility on Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at 3200 Waterfield Road in Garner’s Greenfield South Business Park.





Music Off Main Concert on Thursday
6/27/2011

Spare Change plays in the next installment of the Music Off Main concert series on the back lawn of Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road) Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. The event is free. Click the button below for more details.

People wanting to learn the "flash mob" dance moves for the July 3rd celebration at Lake Benson Park will have a chance to practice them with the Senior Center's Nancy Hulbert Thursday between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Off Main concert. To view an instructional video for the dance, CLICK HERE.





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.). To view an instructional video that teaches the flash mob dance, CLICK 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.





Town Produces Scotty Map, Video
6/6/2011

The Town of Garner has created a visitors map listing eight points of interest for fans of 2011 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery. The points of interest include Garner Magnet High School, Lowes Foods on Aversboro Road and Lake Benson Park. The maps are available online at www.garnernc.gov; printed color copies can be obtained at Town Hall.

The Town has also released its promotional video of McCreery’s “American Idol” hometown visit on May 14. The video, with a run time of 6 minutes and 45 seconds, can be viewed at www.garnernc.gov and also on WTOG, the Town’s public, educational and governmental channel (channel 11 for Time Warner customers and channel 99 for U-verse subscribers).





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.





Downtown Concert Series Kicks Off June 9
5/27/2011

The FREE Music Off Main Downtown Concert Series kicks off Thursday, June 9 with the Back 'n Time Band. See the attached news release and visit www.downtowngarner.com for more information.





Town Honors Properties of the Month
5/27/2011

The Town of Garner recently announced Regan and Denise Orgeron of 196 Cinder Cross Way in the Bingham Station subdivision as the May 2011 Residential Property Yard of the Month Award winners. Fidelity Bank, located at 919 U.S. 70, was named the Commercial Property of the Month Award winner.





Public Works 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.





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.





Dog-Tethering Ban Goes Into Effect; Exemption Still Possible
5/2/2011

An ordinance amendment outlawing tethering of dogs went into effect on May 1, but dog owners have until July 1 to take advantage of a one-time opportunity to apply for “grandfathered” permission to tether their pets. TO ACCESS A TETHERING EXEMPTION FORM, CLICK HERE.





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.



Garner to Host Mother's Day 5K/10K Race
4/18/2011

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.





'Spring Eggstravaganza' Rescheduled to Sunday, April 17
4/15/2011

The Parks and Recreation Spring Eggstravaganza festival at Lake Benson Park has been rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The Garner Litter Sweep and Big Sweep at the park are still tentatively scheduled for Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. If it is raining Saturday morning, those events will also be canceled.

The egg hunt schedule on Sunday is as follows: children 2 and under will be at 2 p.m.; ages 3-5 will be at 2:15; ages 6-8 will be at 2:30.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 773-4442.



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 Hatches New Spring Festival
4/8/2011

Garner’s Parks and Recreation Department has hatched a major new festival at Lake Benson Park to celebrate spring. The inaugural Spring Eggstravaganza, to be held Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., combines the Town’s popular annual egg hunts with a dazzling range of activities and entertainment for people of all ages. The festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Garner Litter Sweep and Big Sweep. Activity and entertainment zones then come alive at 10 a.m., with the egg hunts to follow starting at 11.





Spring Cleanup Trash Collection Continues Through April 18
4/5/2011

The Town of Garner’s spring unprepared trash and yard waste collection continues through April 18. During this special spring cleanup, residents can place trash, some bulky waste items – including electronics – and up to four rimless tires behind the curb for collection. See the news release for a schedule of pickup dates and more information.

If you are normally collected on: Your Unprepared Yard Waste
must be at the curb by 7:00 am on:
Monday (Red & Gray Routes) Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday (Orange & White Routes) Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday (Purple & Yellow Routes) Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday (Brown Route) Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday (Blue Route) Monday, April 18, 2011
Tuesday (Green, Gold & Tan Routes) Monday, April 18, 2011






April 15 Proclaimed '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 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.





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.





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.





'Red Route' Bill Advances in House
3/15/2011

The state House Transportation Committee on March 15 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 was expected to vote on the legislation the following day.





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.





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.





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.





Town to Hold 'American Idol' Viewing Parties
2/11/2011

The Town is organizing "American Idol" viewing parties on Wed., Feb. 23, and Thurs., Feb. 24 from 7-10 p.m. to show support for Garner's own Scotty McCreery. WQDR 94.7 personalities Mike Wheless and Marty Young will host the events at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road). Additional viewing locations will be Avery Street Gymnasium (125 Avery St.) and Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road).





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.





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.





Mayor to Sign Black History Month Proclamation
1/27/2011

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams will be signing a Black History Month Proclamation on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road).



Lonesome River Band to Perform at Garner Historic Auditorium
1/26/2011

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. for an evening of bluegrass with the Lonesome River Band and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road). The Lonesome River Band is celebrating over 25 years as one of the most influential acts on the bluegrass scene. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, click here.





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.





Town Earns Budget Award
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.





Landscaping Materials 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.





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.



New Year's Eve Concert a Rousing Success
1/7/2011

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.





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 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.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Rick Mercier at (919) 773-4418 or by email at rmercier@garnernc.gov.



Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to be Held Jan. 13
1/3/2011

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.





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.





Garner MLK Event Slated for Jan. 16
12/30/2010

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.





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.





Ring in New Year with Bluegrass Bash
12/28/2010

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve celebration at Garner Historic Auditorium (742 W. Garner Road) with the bluegrass music of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. Opening for the headliners will be the Dennis Cash Tribute to the Carter Family. Hors d’oeuvres and party favors will be provided in the lobby of the auditorium. There will also be a cash bar with wine and beer.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and will go until we usher in 2011. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the auditorium at (919) 661-4602, Jordan Entertainment at (919) 779-5672 or by clicking here. All major credit cards are accepted.





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

Click below for a news release on the award winners in this year's Garner Christmas Parade.





Town Improves School Zone Safety
12/17/2010

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. Click the button below for a news release.





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.





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.





Butterball, Garner Agencies to Distribute Turkeys to Needy
11/19/2010

Butterball is teaming up with Community of Hope Ministries, Garner Area Ministries and the Town of Garner to distribute free turkeys to 250 needy area families on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Garner (601 St. Mary’s St.; also accessible by Benson Road near U.S. 70 interchange).





Town Announces VIP Award Winners
11/17/2010

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.





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.





Town, Citizens to Honor Veterans at Nov. 11 Event
11/11/2010

The Town of Garner and the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee invite the community to gather and honor those who have served and are currently serving our country at the second annual Garner Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, located at 1600 Aversboro Road.

The program starts at 11 a.m., with the Garner Magnet High School Symphonic Band performing a patriotic mini-concert starting at 10:30 a.m. The band will also perform the national anthem during the ceremony.

Keynote speaker for the event will be state Rep. Grier Martin of District 34. Rep. Martin served in Afghanistan in 2002-03 and still serves in an Army Reserve airborne unit based at Fort Bragg. He was recently selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel.

Over 650 people attended last year’s inaugural celebration, making it one of the biggest Veterans Day events in the Triangle area.

“Not everyone can serve, but everyone can be patriotic,” said Faye Gardner, vice president of the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee. “And our community is a very patriotic community.”

Mayor Ronnie Williams and Garner Veterans Memorial Committee President Harold Annis will speak at the event. The Rev. Dr. Harvey Whaley, senior pastor at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, will do the invocation. Ret. Army Maj. Gen. Charles Scott will serve as master of ceremonies.

Dave Kamphuis and Dana Stephenson Christopher will perform patriotic songs, while Tim Stevens and a cast including Jimmy Stevens, David Hagwood, Ann Jones, Greg Flowers and Scott Honeycutt will offer a special performance titled “Tribute to a Native Son Hero.”

The color guard of the Army Reserve’s 340th Psychological Operations Company will handle posting and retirement of the colors, and Tom Kirles will play “Taps.”

The Garner Veterans Memorial Committee is working to erect the Garner Veterans Memorial at the town’s Lake Benson Park. The memorial will honor dozens of Garner-area veterans who have died in combat dating back to the Civil War.

For more information about the memorial, contact the committee at VET@garnernc.gov or at P.O. Box 560, Garner, NC 27529, or visit www.garnerveteransmemorial.org.

For more information about the Veterans Day event, call the Garner Parks and Recreation office at 919-773-4442.

Click on the "View Article" link below to view the program for the event.





Town: Expressway Route Through Garner Would Be Devastating
11/8/2010

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.





Town to Hold Nature Festival at White Deer Park Nov. 6
11/3/2010

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.

See the attached news release for more details.





Town Statement on GVFR, Inc. alleged embezzlement
10/28/2010

Town of Garner officials on Oct. 27 expressed satisfaction that the State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office had completed their initial work in the case of the alleged embezzlement of nearly $400,000 from the independent, non-profit Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc.

Authorities have charged former GVFR, Inc. employee Amy McKinley Moore with two class C felonies: larceny by employee and obtaining money by false pretenses. Garner Police had turned the investigation over to the SBI, which recently concluded its probe.

GVFR, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for fire and rescue services in the Town of Garner and much of the outlying rural areas surrounding Garner. It does receive over 54 percent of its funding from the Town of Garner, with the remainder coming from Wake County.

Under the terms of a new service contract between GVFR, Inc. and the town, three members of the department’s six-member board of directors will be appointed by the town. GVFR, Inc. has also agreed to hire an independent bookkeeper, conduct more regular audits, adopt an anti-nepotism policy, open up its monthly board meetings and make quarterly reports to the Town Council.

For more details, click below to read a news release.





Boy Scouts Lend a Hand with Garner’s “Big Sweep”
10/18/2010

The Town of Garner held its “Big Sweep” clean-up event on October 2, 2010. The “Big Sweep” event is held annually and volunteers help clean up waterways, lakes and streams in the area. This year, approximately 65 boy scouts and leaders gathered at Garner’s White Deer Park to assist and serve the community by participating in the clean-up effort.





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.





$75,000 Grant Awarded for South Garner Greenway
10/6/2010

The Town of Garner was recently awarded a $75,000 grant for the South Garner Greenway which is the first greenway for the Town of Garner. With construction to begin early 2011, the one mile greenway will connect multiple neighborhoods, elementary schools, local businesses, and existing parks, as it increases opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.



Mercier Joins Town of Garner as New PIO
10/6/2010

The Town of Garner has selected Rick Mercier as its new Public Information Officer. Mercier is presently serving as Editor of The Clayton News-Star, a weekly community newspaper located in nearby Clayton, NC. He will begin work on October 18, 2010 and replaces Michelle Howell, Garner’s first PIO, as she transfers to the Town’s Information Technology Department as IT Specialist.





Residential & Commercial Property Award Winners for Sept. 2010
9/13/2010

The Town of Garner recently presented the September Residential Property of the Month Award to Edward and Pauline Moss of 407 Summers Walk Circle. The Commercial Property of the Month Award was presented to Douglas Ball of Ball Rentals for his property located at 1411 Aversboro Square.





PENSKE Ground Breaking to be Held at Greenfield Business Park
8/10/2010

The Town of Garner and Penske Truck Leasing announces the company’s plan to build a state-of-the-art full service truck leasing, contract maintenance and commercial and consumer truck rental facility in Greenfield South Business Park on Waterfield Drive. Slated for a January 2011 opening, it is expected to employ around a dozen associates. 





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.





Garner Senior Center Celebrates its 20 Year Anniversary
7/1/2010

On July 8, the Garner Senior Center will celebrate its 20th Anniversary of service to the Garner Community. Since its opening, the Garner Senior Center has provided a variety of physical, social, leisure and educational opportunities for older adults. The Senior Center has over 2500 registered participants and offers over 150 classes and programs each month, along with clubs, trips and special events.





Call for Applications is Underway for Vacant Positions on Town Boards & Commissions
6/16/2010

The Town of Garner would like to offer you the opportunity to get involved in your community. Two Town Boards and Commissions have current position vacancies that need to be filled. Interested candidates need only to complete an application to serve and appointments will be made by Garner’s Town Council. Current vacant positions are available on the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Commission.





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.





Construction Will Begin on the Timber Drive Extension 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.





Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Program for Town Residents
3/11/2010

Telamon Corporation’s Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Program is being offered to families in the Town of Garner and other municipalities in Wake County who are facing mortgage foreclosure and default.





Garner Unveils Transportation and Streetscape Plans at Open House
3/3/2010

After almost exactly one year, the Town of Garner is ready to unveil both its Transportation Plan and Streetscape Design for Downtown to its public. Both plans are in their final stages, and will





The Town of Garner Announces New Educational Group Programs at White Deer Park
2/2/2010

The Town of Garner is pleased to announce that White Deer Park is now offering educational group programs. Garner Parks and Recreation Staff at White Deer Park have been working to





Weatherization Program Offered by Wake County
11/24/2009

Homeowners Needing Help with Weatherizing their Homes May Qualify for Referral to a New Wake County Program



New Residential and Commercial Property Improvement Program
10/5/2009

The Town of Garner is implementing the “Garner Residential and Commercial Improvement Program”. The program is designed to help preserve and enhance the value of the residential and commercial properties in Garner. Monthly, Town staff will determine a winner in both residential and business/commercial property categories using a point system and pre-determined criteria.