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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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

When thinking of a pollinator garden, you might imagine a field of wildflowers blooming in the full sunlight. But if you have nothing but shade in your yard, can you still attract pollinators? Yes, you can! There are plants that tolerate different degrees of shade, and there are quite a few …

I write today to respond to the claims made by Graig Meyer that appeared in the News of Orange on July 11. I appreciate having the chance to respond to his monthly articles he writes here in the News of Orange. When needed I will continue to respond. 

Orange County’s Education and Outreach Coordinator Muriel Williman has gone off to summer camp up in Efland this month, but it’s not vacation. For four consecutive Mondays she’ll have taught campers at Efland Cheeks Community Center about waste reduction, recycling and composting. Muriel rep…

We have just completed our budget process and approval for our operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year. During the process of building the budget and communicating with the public, it became clear that there were some misconceptions regarding how charter schools are funded in Orange County. 

Bryse Wilson (2016 graduate, 2016 4th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, currently of the Mississippi Braves of the AA Southern League): “I wouldn’t be where I am in my baseball career had it not been for his leadership and coaching.” 

It happens every year. After a slow start, one that makes me wonder if anything will ever happen at all, in comes the rain and my garden turns from meager to magical overnight. Bursting with zucchini, spinach, yellow squash, lettuce and every fresh herb I can think of, our late May bounty is…

Across our state, the number of unintentional medication and drug overdoses and overdose deaths has been rising…and Orange County is no exception. In the past year, Orange County EMS administered Naloxone (an overdose reversal medication) 80 times. While this is good news, because that means…

Last summer my momma laid in the yard for one hour bleeding profusely as she waited for emergency services to help transport her to the hospital. she suffered broken teeth, multiple lacerations, bruises and a concussion. While angered, I wasn’t surprised because just 21 years ago my mother-i…

Excitedly, I opened the padded manila envelope that had come in the mail. Wanting to get a more accurate pulse rate when participating in my aerobic classes, I had splurged and purchased a heart rate monitor. It was 2002, and little did I know how this would impact me and my heart health ove…

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It may have set the record for the longest net cutting in basketball history.

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The 2018 Session of the General Assembly will begin at noon on May 16 and should wrap up around June 30. This is a “Short Session” year, as is every even-numbered year.