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Before opening her own dance and yoga studio, Stephanie Woodbeck was in New York working on her associate’s degree in massage therapy. She was struck by a story one of her professors would tell about a butterfly, and how when it comes out of its chrysalis, its wings are wet and droopy, and i…

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Craig Lloyd continues to push the envelop for ways to get the most out of his family’s 800-acre farm. For two centuries, the land was just that: a farm. But over the last few decades, the Lloyd’s have shifted to holding events on the property. Some of them are more traditional, like the Tar …

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WHUP, the Triangle’s premier community radio station, will hold its annual on-air fall fundraiser from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, October 31. Re-dubbed the Fall Fund-a-Thon, the event will include special live music sessions by Asheville’s Anya Hinkle and others as well as guest DJ s…

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Local author Charity Matthews wants parents, grandparents, and guardians to encourage kids to do something that seems to fly in the face of common sense: play with your food. 

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Downtown Hillsborough’s second mural project has passed its final hurdle to becoming a reality. In the coming weeks, one dull, white, stucco side of the News of Orange County building will be transformed into a colorful tribute to Hillsborough.

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Where’s a good place in Chapel Hill to be stuck in traffic during warmer days? If you’re sitting at the light at the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and Eastgate Crossing, there’s a chance you’ll get to hear a live performance of some Led Zeppelin, or The Rolling Stones, Beatles, or maybe …

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Just before the pandemic brought nearly everything to a sudden halt, the Orange County Arts Commission held its grand opening for 11 artist studios at the Eno River Mills. The new space was an instant hit and filled up with local artists, despite the Covid shutdown. 

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The Hillsborough Arts Council’s (HAC) newest creative duo continues to inspire the local art scene. Gift Shop and Gallery Manager Mollie Thomas accepted her new role as Executive Director in early August, while Ivana Beveridge was officially welcomed as Marketing Director and Program Coordin…

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The Town of Carrboro has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Carrboro Music Festival. The festival was scheduled for September 25-26 at venues throughout downtown Carrboro.

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When Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Wallace was a young boy, he would stand between the knees of his brother, Johnny, and watch him try to figure out how to play an acoustic guitar. Jo Jo focused on his brother’s fingers as they were distorted and configured to make chords, paying no mind to the strumming. 

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Hog Day, a festival with a 37-year history in Hillsborough, has been canceled because of concerns over increasing Covid-19 cases. It is the second consecutive year the event has been done in by the pandemic. The festival was scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18.

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If you’re a fan of live and local music, you might want to set aside Aug. 21 for a full day of an eclectic mix of tunes. If you’re a fan of live, local music and authentic Mexican food, you’ll definitely want to set aside Aug. 21, and wear loose-fitting clothes.

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On a football practice field behind Orange High School, during what has been the hottest week of the year, about 60 members of the school’s marching band and color guard are standing, relaxed in casual clothes, distanced from each other, eyes forward, with instruments or flags at their side.

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A dance team from Hillsborough took part in the World Dance Championship in New Jersey in late July, placing in the top 10 of the junior novice-level division. More than 50 teams took part in the contest. 

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“Collective History: Stories of the Colonial Inn” is out and available for purchase. The book, which rolls out, from groundbreaking to grand re-opening, the history of the most recognizable building in Hillsborough, was written and compiled by Amanda Boyd.

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Even John Denver agrees, “Ain’t nothin’ in the world that I like better than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes.” Tomato connoisseurs gathered on the lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site on Saturday to enjoy the Heirloom Tomato Picnic & Tasting. Whit’s Ice Cream and Colonia…

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“Something to Say,” a new art exhibit at the Margaret Lane Gallery in downtown Hillsborough, features artwork from residents at Orange Correctional Center (OCC) in Hillsborough. Visitors are encouraged to come “hear” their messages, expressed through a range of mediums and styles, by artists…

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For about two years, toward the end of my high school career, I worked at a movie theater in Greensboro that mostly showed foreign, independent and arthouse films. The Janus Theater was owned by a man named Dr. Hammond Bennett, who became something of a pioneer in arthouse cinemas. He was a …

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In cinema, with few exceptions, the sequel is almost never better than the first; the remake is almost never better than the original. Since it reopened weeks ago after the pandemic restrictions on gatherings eased, the Chelsea Theater is proving to be one of the exceptions to the rule.

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Sia Yazdanfar talks like a person running out of time. But he will tell you he’s making up for lost time. A year ago, the Iran-born photographer, who called Hillsborough his second home, was maintaining a high level of frustration with not being able to return to his homeland. 

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A recent incident at a popular downtown Hillsborough hangout raised tensions and concerns about the presence of hate groups in the area, spurring the business owners to implement changes to address the issue.

Oscar Anderson Compton, 87, of Cedar Grove, peacefully departed this earth to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 9, 2021 with his wife and children by his side.

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There’s an evolution going on in the dark at Yonder Southern Cocktails and Brew on King Street in downtown Hillsborough. A writer has become a reader, and then a performer. Witnesses, crime, shady detectives, and shadowy settings thicken the room. Heroes are absent, but an audience is there,…

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With a folding table in one hand and a typewriter carefully grasped in the other, William Davis, better known as Endlesswill, creates an interactive poetry experience during Hillsborough’s Last Fridays Art Walk. Crowds gather to watch as Davis composes personalized poems from the inspiration…

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Hillsborough’s Last Fridays Art Walk has, over the more recent past, offered visitors a feast of creative talents — a buffet of arts, with music, visual and literary arts neatly portioned for the community and out-of-towners. Tour downtown’s half-dozen or so art galleries and then gather on …

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The 43 chapter titles of Steven Petrow’s book, “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old,” work well when read one after the other as a sort of “to-not-do list,” or bulleted reminders, that anyone within earshot will nod in agreement or chuckle knowingly. 

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As she takes the edge of paper between her fingers, Katie Hayes exhales. She’s at that moment where the hours of planning, drawing, carving, inking, rolling, and burnishing are fresh in her mind, while the anticipation, excitement, and satisfaction of creating a work of art are on even groun…

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The parking lot behind the Hillsborough Police Department was abuzz with activity Friday morning, as more than a dozen kids -- and a few of the police department's finest -- put their artistic talents to work painting stepping stones in one of the town's activities to celebrate Pollinator Week.

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Hillsborough’s community parks are now filled with the sound of music. Park-goers can enjoy the newly installed inclusive percussion play equipment at Gold Park and Cates Creek Park. A team effort on behalf of the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board, Public Space Division, Town Board, an…

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Quintana Stewart’s mask hides a beaming smile, but it’s impossible to miss her joy and excitement. Her quiet, introverted and, humble personality hide something else that would otherwise be hard to miss: confidence. 

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The crafted tastes of Botanist and Barrel’s natural southern ciders and wines are now being served in Asheville. Creating thirst-quenching beverages from their farm in Cedar Grove since 2017, the company is taking its talents westward. 

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The annual Hog Day Festival is a few months away, but its organizers are wanting to refresh the event’s t-shirts. And it’s calling on the community for help with the design. 

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The Lambda Literary Awards presented the first-ever Randall Kenan Prize at its Lammys virtual ceremony Monday. It was the first award announced for the event. Kenan won a Lambda Literary Award in 1992 for his short story collection “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead,” and served on the faculty of…

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At the home of Steven Burke and Randy Campbell, I walked from room to room as a giant, pressing my eyes against windows and through doorways, studying the interior contents of a house. Sometimes it’s easier to pull off the roof of the bowling ally to see its workers ready to set up pins; or …

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What’s black and white, and read all over? A newspaper. What’s soon to be black and white, blue, red, yellow, purple and, of course, orange? The News of Orange County building.

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Redcoats will once again march the streets of Hillsborough. The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough (AHH) is proud to host the 21st annual Revolutionary War Living History Day on May 8th. 

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With grilling season approaching, and as more people are vaccinated, cookouts are becoming more frequent and less of an intimate experience, and are more and more involving extended family and friends. It’s only a matter of time before skyward streaks of smoke begin popping up over neighborh…

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The words “Don’t Panic” are printed on a small paper sign taped to the wall on the way up the stairs to Tom Stevens’ new Suite 42. In case you’re not familiar with Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” ‘don’t panic’ is a reference to the series of sci-fi comedy books. It may…

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Covid has rendered prom season out of existence over the last two school years, but a group of Cedar Ridge High School parents have taken it upon themselves to offer seniors a prom experience, even if it’s with face masks and other pandemic restrictions.

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As Chair of the Hillsborough Garden Club 2021 Garden Tour, Valerie Blettner has her hands full. Recently, she has handled fundraising, setting up the participating gardens, scheduling artists, and arranging sponsor tables at the ticket pick-up location (which is her driveway). And now, she’s…

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To the untrained eye, participants at the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale look like kids and teens excited to show off the animals they raised. You could assume hundreds of hours went into feeding and caring for the cow, swine, goat, or sheep. We could give you the benefit of…

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A maverick is defined as “an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.” Going by that definition, The Maverick – an alternative country music station with frequencies covering most of Alamance County and, now, Mebane and Hillsborough – is properly named.

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Do you remember your first date? Do you remember what you did, where you went? Did you go to a movie or to dinner? Maybe you went to a concert, or a race. An upcoming exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum might help jar your memory.

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The price of gas has gone up. I know this well, as I fill up my car each week. I’ve seen on social media that the new administration is to blame, but presidents rarely have an effect on the price of gas. The recent gas price jump is likely more to do with the declining number of positive Cov…

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Squeezed between a couple of shops in a row on King Street in downtown Hillsborough, the tiny Tacos Los Altos just managed to get a little bit bigger. The popular Mexican restaurant just opened an expanded dining area and is waiting on the Orange County Health Department to give it the OK to…