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The company that owns the Collins Ridge site and vacant Daniel Boone Village near I-85 in Hillsborough met with members of the Town Council to test the waters on a plan for the development that would require rezoning the property.

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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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In the Feb. 12 issue of the News of Orange County, the newspaper incorrectly printed an arrest of Jacob Kendall and Mindy Sue Vaughan of Hillsborough in the Hillsborough and Orange County Reports on page 11. Kendall and Vaughan were, in fact, the victims of theft from  motor vehicle and repo…

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There are people who can watch a movie or TV show and accurately recognize classic and vintage cars that appear on screen. It’s even said actor Tom Hanks can pick out and name old manual typewriters used in movies. Jeannie Petterson can do this with cowboy boots.

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Managing the Orange County Detention Center is one of my most important responsibilities. While inmates are in the custody of the county, we provide for their safety, medical care, and transportation to and from court. We also feed them, and in this month’s Lowdown, I want to explain how we …

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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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You might find her walking with her daughter during an early morning school event, or marching to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community members in sub-freezing temperatures. Attend a town council meeting and you will again find her leading the group in discussions through the late …

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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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He will always be buried in the St. Matthews Episcopal Church Cemetery. That he owned and lived in the Ruffin-Roulhac House cannot be changed. But last week, in one remarkable event, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Carl R. Fox requested the removal of the portrait of former North Caroli…

When she was in the seventh grade, Emma Williamson fell in love with the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. She absorbed it and became very good at the game. Unfortunately for Emma, the feeling was not mutual among many of her schoolmates. In her eighth grade year, there wasn’t enough interest in th…

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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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About 200 Hillsborough residents stepped out into the brisk January air Monday morning to pay tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the 25th anniversary Northern Orange MLK Commemorative March. The crowd first gathered on the lawn of the Orange County Courthouse and were …

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. …