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Does it seem like people are drinking more than usual during this time? If it does, then you are right. While we have all been accustomed now to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are underlying effects of the stay-at-home orders. One of these is the take-out and delivery of alcohol. Because of th…

Orange County continues to offer mulch for sale at the landfill/disposal center on Eubanks Road at half price of only $12.50 per three cubic yard scoop.  We are now also selling compost for $30 per cubic yard. We load, you tarp. Delivery of mulch or compost in any quantity is available for $…

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In the midst of 2020’s tumult, I was brought to tears by the inspiring essay Congressman John Lewis wrote just before his death. I encourage you to read it. And, I feel compelled to help share his clarion call to our Nation. Indeed, we do need to “Redeem the Soul of our Nation.”

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In our front page story about Harold Russell, the Hillsborough-born scientist expresses dismay at the growing loss of trust the general public has in science and scientists. As is the case with everything today, the coronavirus is right in the thick of it. 

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Law enforcement agencies operate on federal, state, and local levels of government. They also operate in specialty areas, as is the case with park rangers; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents; and officers with the Transportation Security Administration. All are important, but the law enfo…

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The North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) adjourned on July 11, to reconvene on Sept. 2, 2020. Since convening in April of this year, the legislature has devoted most of its attention to addressing the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on all aspects of our daily lives, rightfully so. But as …

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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 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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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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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…

Recently I found myself at a high school basketball game, shooting pictures for one of our newspapers. It’s not my job, per se, but I’ve volunteered to do it when one of our sports writers has a conflict and can’t make the game.

It is a story of corruption that will stay secret, politicians who will need fewer votes to win, even dangerous communicable diseases that will spread faster as our best scientists struggle to fight them.

Data collection. Hit the snooze button, right? But let’s take a moment to consider how we make decisions. Is it based on feelings? Perceptions? If we want to have real insight and to make the best possible decisions, we must turn to facts and real evidence. That’s what data is. So, knowing t…

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IRAs can be an important tool in your retirement savings belt, and whichever you choose to open could have a significant impact on how those accounts might grow.

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I recently broke down and purchased a new vacuum cleaner. The one I had and cherished for over 20 years still worked, but was heavy and cumbersome to use.

Effective for cases heard after Jan. 1, 2019, the N.C. Child Support Guidelines have changed. The Guidelines are revised every four years by the N.C. Conference of Chief District Court Judges. You may know that for about the last 20 years, N.C. law has had Guidelines in place to set and modi…

All four local governments in Orange County have declared March 2019 as “Skip the Straw Month,” joining a growing movement across the country to reduce single use plastics of all kinds. To celebrate those resolutions and promote the effort to ”Skip the Straw,” Orange County Solid Waste Depar…

The rules of the General Assembly dictate that most bills for our biennial session be introduced before mid-April of 2019. I am ready to get to work and I would like to share a little bit about what my legislative agenda will be for 2019-2020. I will share a few ideas related to the five Hou…

Outdoor cats threaten birds and other wildlife and disrupt ecosystems, according to the American Bird Conservancy, the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist. Outdoor domestic cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species of birds, mammals and reptiles in the wild. The Int…

My independent contractor clients are sometimes surprised to find out that non-disclosure agreements (also known as a confidential disclosure agreements, and called “CDAs” in this article) can have traps. Some clients think a CDA merely says they won’t disclose the confidential information o…

Every month, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (OP) regularly writes a column in New of Orange as an educational service to the Orange County community about some aspect of youth substance use prevention. 

So much goes on in our lovely small town every day, it’s nigh impossible to capture every event, person, or organization of significance in the course of a year, even just the highlights. So with apologies for worthy events and people I’ve failed to include, here are a few thoughts about the…

Every year is a good year for country music, and 2018 was especially good. Here are five songs that achieved varying degrees of popularity this calendar year that you might enjoy. 

'Tis the season to drink eggnog, deck the halls, and laugh at the lawyers. Here are some of my favorite lawyer jokes and legal humor that have come my way this year. The intensity of the job of being a lawyer makes it important to be able to laugh at ourselves and to find humor in our chosen…

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I love the holiday season – the music, the energy, the bevy of activities that occur at this time of year. But most of all, I like the sharing and caring that takes place just because it is “the season.”

If I could have my way, every citizen would vote in every election. Although that may never happen, I still believe that we should make it as easy as possible for people to register and vote. That’s why I joined three other Democratic colleagues last week to introduce the Let North Carolina …

“The real mystery after half a century,” Wyndham Robertson says, “is why life at the top of large American corporations still seems so overwhelmingly male.”

Last month, a young lady lost her life while attending a Halloween party in Orange County. This is an absolute tragedy and our hearts go out to the family, friends and all those impacted by her death. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes this kind of event for a community to talk about the pote…

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Standing side by side holding hands, over 32 family members and friends formed an oblong, imperfect circle. The makeshift circle extended from the family room across the hall, jutted into the living room to the front door entrance. Charles, my brother in-law, tells all present to share a bri…

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While walking to my car I glanced at the bumper sticker that was on the vehicle parked next to my car. As I read it, it made me smile. The bumper sticker was bright and colorful hearts in the shape of North Carolina. The quote on it said, “Y’all means Everyone.” I had to agree. Y’all does me…

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign that is observed every year in October. In Orange County, this event to date has primarily been celebrated in the elementary schools. This year Tammy Havekost, Dept Chair of Student Support Servi…