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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…

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On our family walk last weekend, we crouched down to the forest floor to catch the clean scent of the mayapple flowers just beginning to bloom along the Eno River. Near those mayapples, a United States Geological Survey river gauge transmits online data so you can monitor the river’s rise, p…

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For many people, the coronavirus and sheltering in place has cast new light on people, activities and everyday conveniences we may have been taking for granted. It’s also helping people gain new appreciation for what’s getting us through this difficult and often challenging time. While Netfl…

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In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, I have been thinking a lot about sacrifice. At a scale we haven’t seen in decades, people are putting their lives on the line and placing their futures on hold to benefit the public good. How does that sacrifice change us?

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The novel coronavirus is causing a novel upheaval in our lives. Even Ben Franklin’s statement “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” no longer holds true. April 15th will roll around and taxes will not be due, neither state nor federal taxes. They’ve both b…

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Nearly every major industry — and many smaller ones — have been adversely affected by the coronavirus and the efforts put in place to “flatten the curve.” But according to Chad Collins, owner of Collins Design Build, the construction industry is in good shape to weather the storm.

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There are outbreaks of COVID-19 at two long-term care facilities in Orange County, occurring at PruittHealth – Carolina Point and Signature HealthCARE at Chapel Hill. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases. Orange County has a total of 81 cases of COVID-19.

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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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Last week we began in earnest to adopt individual-level behaviors to protect our community from the novel coronavirus. We’ve come a long way. The new habits are working themselves into our daily routine - rigorous hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, and increasing our social distance. (Right?…

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Imagine waking up early on a Saturday morning, to the sound of your spouse coughing and blowing her nose. The coughing began the day before and was passed off as being “just allergies,” but this morning, a fever has joined the party.

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Spring beauty abounds. Birds swirl around bird feeders and sing from the trees. I’ve had ample weeding time in the garden lately. I’ve stopped most errands. No more driving kids to school. I’m heeding the message to stay home to help protect our community from the explosive spread of COVID-1…

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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…