Sports Briefs

November 8, 2013 

Orr steps up at Chapel Hill Parks & Rec

Jim Orr, assistant director of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, will take over as interim director Jan. 1.

Orr will replace retiring director Butch Kisiah until the town hires a permanent replacement. Orr will be more than a caretaker and will keep the work of improving facilities and services going, Town Manager Roger Stancil said in an email to the Town Council.

Before coming to Chapel Hill in 2010, Orr was the director of the Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Department and also worked for the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department. He has managed private and nonprofit recreation facilities and programs as well.

Deer season opens

Orange County Animal Services is preparing for hunting season for deer by promoting awareness of the legal requirements and responsibilities of using dogs and guns to hunt deer.

The season opens on Saturday, Nov. 16, and ends on Jan. 1.

Using dogs to hunt deer is lawful in northern Orange County – specifically, the portion of the County north of Interstate 85.

Hunters, residents and landowners all have rights and responsibilities. Responsible conduct by all parties can minimize conflict and ensure public health and safety during the upcoming gun hunting season. One responsibility is that written permission must be obtained to hunt on someone’s private property.

For more information about deer hunting with dogs in Orange County, please visit

A sample written permission form provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission is available online at

UNC lacrosse shows support for Hatchell, Vs. Cancer

The Vs. Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support pediatric oncology research, partnered with the UNC Chapel Hill men’s lacrosse team to hold a head-shaving event on Saturday.

Members of the lacrosse team, who raised more than $15,000 through pledges for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, shaved their heads at Rams Head Plaza, just outside Kenan Stadium, prior to the homecoming football game against the University of Virginia. They also wanted to show their support for Sylvia Hatchell, the UNC women’s basketball head coach, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

In addition to benefiting the Vs. Cancer Foundation, half of all proceeds raised are to be donated locally to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We are so thankful for the members of the men’s lacrosse players, coaches and staff at UNC Chapel Hill for joining us in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Chase Jones, founder of the Vs. Foundation and a survivor of brain cancer. “Through this event we are not only able to raise funds and awareness to help the children at Lineberger, but we are able to show our support of Sylvia Hatchell and her fight against cancer.”

The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving kid’s lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. For more information, please visit or call 336-209-2187.

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