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A “For Sale” sign was placed Wednesday on the property of the long-vacant and dilapidated Hillsborough Motor Lodge on U.S. 70. Fara Pourshariati is the listing agent with Fonville Morisey.

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When Josh Collins returned to Hillsborough a few years back to help his dad with health issues, he had just started his own business as a sort of one-stop brand marketing company in the hopes that he could develop a core of clientele that would pay for his blend his artistic and tech talents…

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If the walls at the Colonial Inn could talk, they would likely be gushing over all the changes, renovations and the anticipation of once again being the center jewel of King Street in Hillsborough. If the floors could talk, they might ask how anyone can walk as fast as Elise Tyler, the centr…

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A Zoom meeting with the Northern Orange NAACP and members of the Hillsborough community was hijacked Sunday afternoon, and interrupted with racist comments, videos and images. The meeting was abruptly ended, but not before the accounts of several people attending the Zoom meeting were taken …

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One could easily say that when Hillary MacKenzie took over as chair of the Orange County Board of Education, she was taking on the toughest job in the area. But, while MacKenzie may agree about the toughness of the task, she would likely argue that she is a member of a strong team that is up…

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Bob Burtman takes his seat behind a desk surrounded by and covered with a complex layout of keyboards, buttons, controls, readouts, levels, dials, cords, mics and switches. Burtman looks over it all, and then pulls a disinfectant wipe from a container and begins to meticulously and lightly r…

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Editor's Note: The interview with Will Atherton for this story was conducted prior to the Orange County Board of Education naming a new chair.

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In December of 2018, my wife brought home a Great Dane. Although, unless it’s a young puppy, one never really brings home a Great Dane: it moves in.

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With recent local temperatures tipping into the 90’s, the temperature in a stopped vehicle becomes even more deadly. Nationally, an average of 39 children die each year from heatstroke in cars, including record a record number of 53 deaths in 2018, and a near-record number of 52 deaths in 2019.

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Parents: If you’ve been struggling to keep your children entertained throughout the COVID-19 crisis, you’re about to get a lifeline thrown your way.

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We have recently experienced increased community interest in our use of body worn cameras, and I am glad to have this forum to tell you more about these important devices. 

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Turning farmland into a residential community is nothing new. Orange County, with its abundance of rural meadows and wooded acres has seen its fair share of land transformed into neighborhoods with driveways and avenues. It’s neighbor, Mebane, has become something of a boomtown, with complex…

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North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell has high praise for Orange County, and Hillsborough specifically, with regard to managing its money and reserves during COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic.

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Lindsley Bowen is glad to be back in her shop. As the owner of Carlisle & Linny Vintage Jewelry in downtown Hillsborough, she reopened her 600-square-foot store in hopes of seeing regular and new customers who were recently given permission to leave their homes after the shelter-in-place…

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In the early morning hours of June 2nd, dozens of citizens — mostly middle and high school students — equipped themselves with buckets of colorful chalk and turned the sidewalks along Churton and King streets into giant pieces of canvas. The participants drew pictures and wrote messages of p…

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A recent post on the Saratoga Grill’s Facebook page announced the return of the longtime Hillsborough favorite. Unlike many restaurants and other businesses entering a reopening phase of the COVID-19 world we live in, the Saratoga is coming back from the loss in February of one of its founde…

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On May 16th, a federal court judge granted a two-week temporary court order to allow North Carolina churches to reopen, although Governor Cooper’s guidelines limited indoor gatherings to no more than ten individuals. This week, we look at how two local churches handled the decision of whethe…

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On May 16th, a federal court judge granted a two-week temporary court order to allow North Carolina churches to reopen, although Governor Cooper’s guidelines limited indoor gatherings to no more than ten individuals. This week, we look at how two local churches handled the decision of whethe…

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As North Carolina has entered Phase 2 of it’s plan to “reopen” the state, the News of Orange County is also entering another stage. When the initial efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus were launched, and many businesses feared for their future, most community papers fell into doubt…

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Esther Booker was completely surprised. “I just cannot believe it,” she said as about 15 cars — some decorated with signs, streamers and balloons — slowly drove past Booker’s home.

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The radius is the line that runs from the center to the perimeter of a circle. When you have more than one radius, or radii, you begin to create wedges. When you put enough of those wedges together you get something that resembles a pizza. Kate Carroll, who opened a pizzeria in 2013 with her…

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In 2019, the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated 660 cases, an amount comparable to the prior year. 

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Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines recently announced its top sellers for 2020, and the top seller in Orange County is no stranger to being among the best in the area. Sarah Ellie Penny, a rising eight grader in Efland, sold 1,045 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to take the top spot, jus…

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Eleven weeks ago, on March 13th, I signed a State of Emergency declaration for Hillsborough due to the threat of COVID-19. Ten days later, I gave my first State of the Town address as mayor in an empty room, with only virtual connections to neighbors and constituents. Scarcely what I expecte…

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At the Hillsborough home of Charity Curley Mathews, it would not be unusual to wake up to the smell of steel-cut oats with chocolate chips or a cheese omelet with cherry tomatoes. What might seem unusual are the ones making the breakfast food: children ages 5, 7, 9 and 10 years old. Such is …

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The lights go down, the big screen illuminates. The smell of popcorn wafts through the air; the friction of straws sounding off as they’re pushed into plastic lids. More than 100 moviegoers sit tightly in their seats, sharing armrests with close neighbors for the next two hours.

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Scientific work on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is exploding in all directions with new discoveries. The number of scientific papers on these topics already surpasses 23,000. So too, the social, economic, and political developments at all levels are evolving at …

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office issued a press release Thursday afternoon stating that it is investigating a suspicious death at N.C. 157 and Wagner Dairy Road. The release said deputies arrived at the area around 9:30 a.m. in response to a call about a suspicious vehicle. A deceased male…

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Meredith Stephens has been a teacher in both Arizona and North Carolina. She has been an educator since 1991, and currently instructs students in the English department at Orange High School, teaching AP English Language and Journalism. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from …

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Sleeping in every morning as if it’s the weekend is something new to students around the world. Adapting to it is easy for most but it is not normal. We are used to getting up early and heading out the door to school before we can even fully wake up. 

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As a small business based in the event industry, Spiritus Communications was hit hard by the coronavirus, and has had to make rapid changes to restructure the way they deliver content, turning it into an opportunity to strengthen their weaknesses. In offering leadership training and speaking…

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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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A tractor trailer fire halted traffic on Interstate 85 for both directions near Exit 164 (Old N.C. 86) around noon Monday. The N.C. Highway Patrol quickly began blocking both directions of the interstate. Orange County Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene, as were members of th…

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WHUP announced today that half the proceeds from its annual spring fundraiser will be donated in support of Hillsborough service industry workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The WHUP 50/50 Event, which will run May 3-9, will help stoke the ongoing World’s Biggest Tip Jar campaign c…

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Woody Durham used to say, “Go where you go and do what you do.” I love this phrase and use it often. We “go” in lots of directions and we “do” lots of things as we collectively carry out the mission of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. 

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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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As nearly the entire human race continues to undergo differing versions of sheltering in place, finding some form of entertainment has nearly become an art form.

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Some of the most vulnerable people in Orange County are refugees who have settled here to escape persecution in their native countries and rebuild their fractured lives in our community. The Refugee Support Center (RSC) in Carrboro has made it its mission since July 2012, to offer them servi…

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As a journalist, I’m considered an essential employee. Early every weekday morning, I hit the highway to travel from Greensboro to Hillsborough. The traffic is thinner thanks to the state’s shelter-in-place rule.

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If you do social media, you’ve seen the shelter-in-place memes regarding potential weight gain from having to stay at home. “Before and After” photos traditionally used to reveal weight loss are being manipulated to show extreme weight gain. The “quarantine 15” has gained a level of legitimacy. 

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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…