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For many, the new year begins with resolutions to eat less and exercise more. But for Southern States Cooperative and its customers, 2020 kicked off with a campaign to collect as much food as possible…for shelter animals. The drive succeeded in collecting 7,500 pounds of pet food that will b…

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There’s nothing unusual about an animal shelter employing fund-raising events and adoption fairs to help with the costs of caring for stray and surrendered animals. But when the Orange County Animal Services received nearly 60 dogs — three of them pregnant — rescued from a puppy mill in Chap…

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Hillsborough is getting ready to expand its palette. Late next month, Nomad will open in downtown on King Street, offering a global dining experience unlike anything else in the area. 

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While Jonathan and Diane Faucette recount calls they have received that changed their lives, the grandparents of nine are waiting for another call that will again bring about change: news of the impending birth of their 10th grandchild.  

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The Efland Fire Department has recently purchased an important new tool to aid its mission of saving lives during times of emergency and helping prevent tragedies. The acquisition of two brand new LUCAS chest compression devices will help Efland’s Fire officials be significantly more prepare…

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At Monday evening’s Mebane City Council meeting, much of the discussion centered around two parcels of vacant agricultural land along West Ten Road in Orange County, across the street from Medline’s recently-approved 1.2 million square foot medical distribution facility. 

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A home fire between Christmas and New Year’s Day in Mebane tragically claimed the lives of two local residents, the Mebane Fire Department confirmed to the Enterprise. 

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After Charles Womack, publisher of YES! Weekly and Jamestown News, lost his brother, Hillsborough resident Patrick Womack, to cancer this August, he wanted to immortalize Patrick’s memory and his passion for music. So, Charles and his family set up a musician scholarship fund in Patrick’s na…

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This month Katherine Cheek stepped down after 38 years as president of Schley Grange. David Latta, a teacher at Orange High School and leader in the Northern Orange agricultural community will take over as Schley Grange President in January.  

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On the evening of Tuesday, December 17, the historic old Courthouse along Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough was the scene of a flurry of activity. The night before a historic House of Representatives vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a large group of approximately a hundred local…

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I, Jean Hamilton, filed December 12, for Orange County Commissioner, District 1.  I am running because I believe commissioners must listen and understand the needs and values of the whole community; work respectfully and collaboratively with other elected officials; use our financial and nat…

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The Orange County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the BOCC meeting room in the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.  The agenda included the items below.  The following is a brief summary of the Board actions.  This summary should no…

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The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Dec. 9. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes.

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 30th  Annual Pauli Murray Awards, which are presented annually to an Orange County youth, adult, and business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights fo…

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The Walmart Community Grant Program has awarded the Orange County Rural Alliance (OCRA) Meals on Wheels $3,500 in grant funds. These funds will be used to further the goals of the OCRA Meals on Wheels Program in Orange County. On the morning of Tuesday, December 10, Hillsborough Store Manage…

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office assisted the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the afternoon of Thursday, December 12 with an operation in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot in Chapel Hill, where two suspects were arrested. A third suspect fled the scene, striking t…

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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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Hillsborough's annual Bill of Rights Day Community bell-ringing event started back in 2012 and this marks the eighth year it will occur, the only place in the nation that celebrates Bill of Rights Day in such a fun meaningful way. Instead of speeches, Bells will ring all over Hillsboro for a…

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Last week at Leland Little Auctions, Victoria Browning Wyeth, the only grandchild of acclaimed painter Andrew Wyeth, shared a bit of her late grandfather, whom she calls her “favorite person,” with the Hillsborough community. Ahead of the auction of several important Andrew Wyeth paintings o…

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Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation and RiverStreet Networks will be working on a pilot program to enable the expansion of high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved areas in our local rural communities. This effort could become a model for providing much needed high-speed i…

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Dr. Amy Fowler, current vice chair for the Carrboro-Chapel Hill City Schools (CHCCS) Board of Education, has announced that she is running for the Orange County Board of Commissioners At-Large seat, representing both District 1 and District 2.

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On December 5, 2019, veteran trial attorney Lamar F. Proctor, Jr. filed as a candidate for District Court Judge, Seat No. 3 (Bryan seat), in Orange and Chatham counties.  Proctor has more than 20 years of experience as both a prosecutor and public defender.

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The International Chimney Corporation (ICC) has begun repairing the iconic Cone Fabrics smokestack at the Granite Mill Property.  The smokestack was built in the 1940’s. Its purpose was to vent the four enormous boilers in the adjacent Boiler House; the Boiler House was built in the 1920’s. …

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Joshua Lewis McDougald, 31, faces a felony charge for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury following a shooting that occurred Saturday morning, November 9, in the 2700 block of NC 86 North.  The location is approximately 4 miles north of downtown Hillsborough.

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Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) are continuing to investigate a homicide on Paul Lane, just off Coleman Loop Road. Deputies responded to the area at approximately 11:30 yesterday morning after a nearby resident found the victim lying in the yard and called 911.

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On a cold Saturday morning on Carl Drive in Chapel Hill, a group of local activists and clergy gathered to remember a bitter moment in the town’s past. The event being memorialized was in remembrance of Manly McCauley, an 18-year-old African American man who was lynched near what is now Carl…

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On Monday, November 11, 2019, local trial attorney Noah Oswald announced his candidacy for District Court Judge in Orange and Chatham County.  Noah is a graduate of Orange High School and a local graduate of NCCU Law School. He is currently serving the community on the Orange County Affordab…

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The John M. Link, Jr., Government Center will close to the public at the close of business on Friday, Nov. 22, due to unexpected repairs. Several Orange County departments will relocate to other county facilities or temporary office space while the building is addressed. Effective, Monday, N…

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested 17-year-old Alex Massey today for communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property. Massey, of Hillsborough, is a junior at Cedar Ridge High School.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners convened to make an appointment to the Planning Board, approve funds for an economic development project, provide an update on the Commissioner appointment process and more.

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When the results stopped pouring in on Tuesday night, it was the Democratic incumbents who were left with reason to celebrate in Hillsborough. Jenn Weaver, who ran unopposed, replaces Tom Stevens as the mayor of Hillsborough after serving two years as mayor pro tempore and six years as a Tow…