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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Orange County Libraries Offer History Events

Orange County, VA - The Orange County Public Library System is highlighting its rich history this fall as part of its new experiential adult reading program, titled “Read & Explore,” that will be conducted from September 1st through October 17th.

Wednesday, September 2nd - Historical Event at the Main Library - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Historian Lynn Rainville’s program, “God's Acre: Protecting African American Cemeteries,” focuses on the fascinating history of African-American cemeteries in central Virginia. Lynn Rainville earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern anthropology and archaeology in 2001. For twenty years, she taught anthropology and archaeology at various colleges and universities, including Dartmouth, University of Virginia, and Sweet Briar College. For the past decade, she dedicated most of her time to studying historic African-American cemeteries and enslaved communities on antebellum plantations, including 200 years of African-American history at Sweet Briar. She is currently working as a public historian on World War I projects.

Friday, September 11th - Historical Event at Ellwood Manor - Grounds Open at 12:00 NoonTour of Ellwood, a circa 1790 plantation, with a rich Civil War heritage, sponsored by the Wilderness Branch Library. Bring a picnic lunch, if you wish, and a camp chair! There will be a fascinating lecture by accomplished scholar and speaker Dr. Chris Mackowski on Stonewall Jackson at 1:30 p.m. Guides will then lead tours of the Manor House, walking trails, and gardens. Be sure to bring sturdy footwear to walk the trails. This event is being held in partnership with the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. Ellwood Manor is operated by the National Park Service.

Wednesday, September 23rd - Historical Event at the Main Library - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Civil War Relic Hunting. Join Robert (Bob) Painter, head of the Rapidan River Relic Hunters Association, to learn about metal detecting for Civil War relics in the area. Bob has led a number of organized digs on historic sites in the local area. The Rapidan River Relic Hunters Association (RRRHA) was formed in June 2011 with the goals of, "preserving our history with integrity and remembering the Civil War soldiers with honor." The club headquarters is located in the East Orange Ruritan Building in Unionville, Virginia.

Friday, September 25th - Historical Event at the Woods Center - 7:00 p.m.Dr. Peter G. Rainey, Chairman of the Civil War Study Group, accomplished speaker, author, and amateur historian, will present a lecture titled, “CMR: Culpeper Mine Run Road with Battle of the Wilderness.” This event will take place at the Woods Center in Lake of the Woods, located at 108 Fairway Drive. Light refreshments will be provided by the Wilderness Friends of the Library group. The event is being held in partnership with the Civil War Study Group, and is sponsored by the Wilderness Branch Library.
Orange County Public Library, 146A Madison Road, Orange, Virginia 22960

Wednesday, September 30th - Historical Event at the Main Library - 7:00 p.m.Presentation on Orange County History. Frank Walker is presenting, “The Inside Track on Tracks Through Time,” a program going behind the scenes of the making of the Orange County Rail Fan brochure and the sharing of cool facts that didn’t make the brochure. Frank is a former farmer and retired lawyer who founded a historical tourism company. He is also the author of “Remembering: A History of Orange County, Virginia” and active in many area heritage associations. This event is sponsored by the Orange Friends of the Library group.

Wednesday, October 14th - Historical Event at the Gordonsville Branch - 7:00 p.m.
Viewing of Documentary Film. Phil Audibert will screen his short documentary on the history of Orange County and speak about the film. Phil is an author (Local Folks-Sketches of Orange County Personalities), a professional musician (two traditional Irish bands), and freelance photographer and writer. In the past, Phil has been a beef farmer, a ski instructor (Level II), a B&B operator, an editor, and a radio news director.

These events are free to attend and open to all adults. No registration is required.For more information, please contact Katie Hill, Library Director, at (540) 661-5444 or khill@orangecountyva.govRead on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Orange County Libraries Offer Artistic Events

Orange County, VA - Get creative at your local library!

The Orange County Public Library System has partnered with the Community Outreach Program through The Arts Center in Orange to offer Maker workshops as part of its new experiential adult reading p...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Announces Upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy

The Citizens’ Police Academy, sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, will be held each Tuesday night from September 22, 2015, through November 24, 2015. The majority of the programs will be held at Locust Grove Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 9...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces 100 New Jobs in Orange County

Governor McAuliffe Announces 100 New Jobs in Orange County
~Aerojet Rocketdyne to invest $11 million to expand manufacturing operation~

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) will invest $11 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Orange County. The company produces propulsion systems and operates a technology development center and laboratories for solid propulsion, and test facilities for rocket motors and air-breathing propulsion systems. The expansion is anticipated to create 100 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Growing the aerospace industry in Virginia is an essential element of diversifying and building the new Virginia economy, and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s success in Orange County over the past decade is a testament to the Commonwealth’s pro-business environment. Aerospace is one of America’s advanced industries, and today’s announcement is another indicator that Virginia is a significant player in this growing sector.”

“This expansion by one of Virginia’s existing corporate citizens is another vote of confidence in the competitive business environment in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I offer my congratulations to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Orange County, whose stellar workforce, great quality of life and best-in-class infrastructure is contributing to the company’s growth and expansion.”

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership with Virginia for the past few decades and are pleased to be able to expand our facility in Orange County,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “It’s an honor to be here today to celebrate this milestone and further demonstrate our commitment to being part of the economic development of the region.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Orange County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $300,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Orange County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“This is thrilling news for Orange County,” said Lee Frame, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “Aerojet Rocketdyne’s decision to choose their Orange County campus for expansion is a testament to Orange County and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highly educated workforce and pro-business environment.”

“Aerojet Rocketdyne has been a wonderful corporate citizen for Orange County,” said Winston Sides, Chairman of the Orange County Economic Development Authority. “From a selection of 14 other facilities in multiple states, we’re honored they chose Orange County for their expansion, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth here.”

“I am pleased to learn that Aerojet Rocketdyne has decided to make additional investments in Orange County, and with that bring 100 new jobs to our local economy,” said Senator Bryce Reeves. “Job growth and economic development are vital to the long-term strength of our Commonwealth, and I am glad that Orange will be the recipient of this investment. I am thrilled at the work the General Assembly has done to support policy initiatives that allow businesses to invest in our Virginia economy and support further private sector growth. I applaud Aerojet Rocketdyne for their work, and I look forward to witnessing the further development in the region."

"Creating jobs and opportunity in the Commonwealth is a top priority for state and local elected officials,” said Delegate Ed Scott. “I appreciate Aerojet Rocketdyne's selection of Virginia and Orange County for this important expansionRead on...

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

County Begins Publishing Board of Supervisors Action Agendas

The County of Orange is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing Action Agendas on the website for all Board of Supervisors' Regular Meetings, beginning with the April 14, 2015 meeting. Action Agendas will be posted on the County's website by close of business on the Friday following the meeting date.

The intent of the Action Agendas is to provide citizens and interested parties with a brief overview of all actions taken at the meeting.

For additional information regarding the Action Agendas, please contact the County Administrator's Office at (540) 672-3313. Action Agendas can be viewed using the left-hand link on the County's homepage at www.orangecountyva.govRead on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2014

Free Blood Pressure Screening

Free blood pressure screening at Orange Pharmacy every first and third Monday of each month from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Posted on: September 19, 2014

Reassessment Notice

Recently, Orange County began conducting its 2016 Reassessment of real estate. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, this reassessment requires all real estate in the County be assessed at 100% of fair market value. Current sales information will be compared and reviewed throughout the reassessment process to arrive at the fair and equitable market value for residential, commercial, industrial, and exempt properties.

Over the coming months, a team of experienced data collectors, called appraisers, from the County’s reassessment firm (Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group, Ltd.) will be visiting every property to gather the necessary information to complete the reassessment. They understand that in many cases the homeowner will not be home at the time of the visit. In these cases, the appraiser will leave a yellow door hanger card. The purpose for the visit and the reassessment phone number will be listed on the door hanger card. When someone is home, the appraiser will ask general questions about the property. For example: When was the house built? What is the heating source? Does the basement have any finish? Each property will receive a walk around inspection, checking measurements and noting any physical changes or improvements to the property. The overall goal of the reassessment team is to inspect the exterior of each home or business. Local law enforcement and the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office have each appraiser's photo and vehicle description on record for reference.

Following the data collection and property visits, a new value will be established for each property effective on January 1, 2016. It will replace the property’s current value. Notices of this change will be mailed to every property owner in Orange County between October and November, 2015. In the event of a disagreement over the reassessment, property owners will have three (3) different appeal processes to dispute the new proposed value: Reassessment Appeal, Board of Equalization Appeal, and Court Appeal.

Please contact the Orange County Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at (540) 672-4441 with questionsRead on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

County Reassessments Begin This Week

Orange County recently engaged Wampler-Eanes Inc. to conduct the 2015 Reassessment of all real estate within the County. Property Owners can expect to see representatives from Wampler-Eanes conducting assessments beginning this week and lasting through a...Read on...