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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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Last week was huge for Boomerang, a nonprofit program in Orange County that provides support to students in times of crisis and beyond. The program, since 2006, has assisted more than 300 students, helping them to manage challenges, develop coping skills and increase resiliency and independe…

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Cup-A-Joe’s says it’s open and welcomes your business. But you’ll need to leave your personal containers at home. The Orange County Health Department yesterday advised the popular coffee shop to end its practice of allowing customers to bring their own mugs or travel cups to be filled by its…

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When it was finally able to raise the curtain, the 30 or so members of the Orange High School Drama Club were uncertain if its efforts to raise money benefitting Haiti would be successful.

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Her next big stop will still be the softball fields at UNC-Greensboro. However, when she is able to participate with the Spartans softball team has been delayed.

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It’s the last Friday of the month, and the muffled sounds of rock and rap music can be heard as art gallery hoppers approach the Bakova Gallery at the corner of King and Churton streets in downtown Hillsborough. Through large, arched historic windows, soft, bright lights illuminate art lover…

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What is your educational background? My educational background is Master of Business Administration 2014 with distinction and Master of Science Performance Improvement 2016 with distinction both from Grantham University. 

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What is your educational background? BA in Biology from University of Virginia, graduated Phi Beta Kappa; MS in Chemistry from Montana State University; MS in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina

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What is your educational background? I received my Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, and my Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University; in addition, I attended Colgate Rochester Divinity School in the Master of Arts program. 

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What is your educational background? I graduated from Smith College with B.A. in Economics and studied international economics during my junior year abroad in Switzerland. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden. I earned a Master’s in Social …

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What is your educational background? I went to Duke for undergrad and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical engineering.  I then studied medicine at UNC and earned an MD and also a Masters in Public Health.  My residencies were in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. 

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The annual Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce Awards gala kicked off with flash and sparkles, as more than 100 members and guests donned outfits matching the Roaring 20’s theme. Women wore flapper dresses, sequins, pearls and feather boas, while men sported double-breasted pinstr…

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When neighbors began walking past their house to catch a whiff of the first batches of rosemary crackers, baked in the modest basement of their home in Cornwallis Hills, Kevin Mason and Jennie McCray knew that they had something special. What originated as a resolve to create healthy vegan b…

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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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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…