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2020 has been a tough year for many in the Orange County community, but few have had to deal with the level of heartbreak that the affects of the coronavirus has thrust upon the area’s high schools seniors. But despite cancelled proms, sporting events, plays and music performances, this grou…

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Every Tuesday and Wednesday for around the past month, Sherita Cobb has hit the ground running as she makes her weekly trip to Sam’s Club to purchase huge quantities of food that will be taken to the Orange County Welcome Center where it will be sorted, bagged or boxed, and distributed to fo…

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As the COVID-19 crisis and its resulting shelter-in-place order stretch on, many small businesses that have been able to continue operation have managed to manipulate and restructure their business models. And while some report changes they may continue even after the pandemic has passed, mo…

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Matthew Hunt, Orange High School’s new principal, is 6’5” tall. Right after attending school at Williams College in Massachusetts, he played professional basketball overseas as a shooting guard for a team in Holland. Although he was dwarfed by the seven-footers he competed against, in normal…

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As restrictions put in place by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper are extended for weeks, parents struggle to keep their children entertained or on task with distance learning, all the while many of them are working from home. The complications of parents being stretched thin and in several different dir…

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Will Atherton is on his phone, pacing between the outdoor seating of Weaver Street Market. The morning is brisk and the specialty grocery store is busy, but in a fairly typical way for a Thursday in late winter. The sky was colorless and blank; the air tense and anxious with coronavirus fears.

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The Orange County Schools District has issued a request for donations of non-perishable food items. The school system is collecting food for families impacted by the recent closure of public schools because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are two locations for donations to be delivered. B…

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In a letter from Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder on the Orange County Schools website, the district announced Friday that it would close its doors starting March 16 to April 3. It is the first public school district in North Carolina to close as a result of the potential widespread outbrea…

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With a doctorate degree in educational administration, Carlos Ramirez readily took on the challenge of stepping into a principal role mid-school year at Cedar Ridge High. The son of Mexican immigrants who obtained a green card through the Bracero program, Ramirez grew up surrounded by agricu…

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With the recent daily concerns — and panic — over the Novel Coronavirus, it’s reassuring to know people like Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, are tirelessly working to find ways to help.

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Dr. Monique Felder is certain there are many fun and exciting things to do in Hillsborough and other parts of Orange County. She’s confident she’ll get back to tending a garden and running regularly for exercise. But for now, the Superintendent of Orange County Schools is determined and focu…

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Dr. Jonathan Klein stands poolside at the Orange County Sportsplex, beaming with pride at the echoing clamor of laughter, screams of joy and splashing coming from the dozens of second graders from Central Elementary. It’s hard to believe that Klein, who is constantly moving and speaks excite…

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School Resource Officers have come to mean much more than the presence of safety. The SROs often become crucial and participating parts of the school community, frequently becoming friends to the staff and students.

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It was a perfect way to start a Marvelous Monday. Dozens of students, parents, teachers and other members of the Orange County community took part in Walk to School day, a program geared to re-enforcing pedestrian safety, community building and exercise.

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In a matter of weeks, Tori Dalehite will hang up her shoes after another standout season of high school basketball. She will then lace up her cleats to begin practicing for her senior year of softball, one that will no doubt put the exclamation point on a remarkable career at Cedar Ridge Hig…

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Mt. Bright Missionary Baptist Church has organized a program through which they provide supplies to teachers at Central Elementary on teacher workdays. The program started because Pastor Dewey Williams learned about an education micro-grant opportunity. He had read that teachers spend over $…

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Local student Alina Santos Agua Hedionda, a Hillsborough resident who currently attends Guilford College in Greensboro, recently received a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience in California, along with a scholarship. 

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When Traci Barger arrived at an airport in Germany in June, she was immediately struck by a pleasant surprise. There waiting for her and the 12 other teachers from North Carolina selected to visit German schools, business and cultural sites were German group leaders standing outside the airp…

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Students signed career and internship agreements with regional companies on June 12 as part of the first-ever Orange County Schools (OCS) Career Signing Day, hosted jointly by the Hillsborough Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the OCS Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

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Orange County Schools (OCS) has announced its pick for the district’s first-ever chief equity officer after the Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve Dr. Dena Keeling for the role on June 4.

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The Orange County Board of Education (BOE) has named Dr. Randy Bridges as interim superintendent for Orange County Schools (OCS). 

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A Stanford Middle School teacher has been awarded a fellowship including a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching internship, stipend and professional development opportunities that will begin this summer.

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A joint Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and Orange County Schools (OCS) timeline reports that Cedar Ridge High School's principal and two school resource officers (SRO’s) waited to inform OCS district administration and OCSO command level staff of graffitied threats in a girls’ bathroo…

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Thanks to a new way of collecting data implemented by Orange County Schools (OCS) for 2018-19 school year, numbers on mental health services and enrollment in OCS have been released as of this month — which also happens to be Mental Health Month.

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Orange County Board of Education (BOE) members voted to allow public comment at a work session meeting on Tuesday, allowing residents to voice their thoughts on BOE changes and decisions.

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The Orange County Board of Education (BOE) is now taking applications for a new Orange County Schools superintendent, advertising the position in neighboring states including Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

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As another school day ended late Monday afternoon, Kelly Arnold returned to her car at Orange High School to find that her students had been paying close attention to the local Twitter feeds over the weekend.

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The family behind the Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy, a two-year-old barn event venue in Efland, have found a way to strike the perfect balance between wide open, airy surroundings, and intimate, cozy events.

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The Orange County Board of Education (BOE) elected Will Atherton as the new board chair in a 4-3 vote at a BOE meeting on Monday, replacing Brenda Stephens as chair three meetings before her term was officially up.

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Dr. Todd Wirt resigned as superintendent of Orange County Schools at an Orange County Board of Education work session meeting on Monday.

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On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 20, a group of students from Cedar Ridge High School representing ADAPT – Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team - came together for a Holiday Blitz event in Mebane.