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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…

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Visual artists are often mischaracterized as people who draw (no pun intended) from inspiration and talent; who just see the world differently and ‘lose themselves’ in the artwork and process. But just as is the case with the performing arts — and in athletics — inspiration and talent are th…

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How much does Aubrey Williams enjoy working at WCHL 97.9 The Hill? So much that she’s done it twice, the first time from 2003 to 2012, and the second time from 2016 to present. During Williams’ stint away from WCHL, she worked for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

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Film Fest 919 (FF919) founders Carol Marshall and Randi Emerman have been bringing award-winning cinema to the big screens of Orange County since 2018. Making a home at the Silverspot Cinemas, the dynamic duo was forced to pivot their business model amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As theaters cl…

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Hillsborough Cheer and Dance Co. has found its groove. The local small business recently took a group of girls ranging in ages from 5-years-old to 14-years-old, to Fort Mill, S.C., to participate in a competitive dance event. To say they rocked the dance floor is an understatement.

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Retreat with your Valentine to the Spring Haven Farm for hot cocoa and cuddling with goats. Tucked between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, this 10-acre farm is home to two Highland cows, six turkeys, four pigs, three rabbits, one donkey, 100 chickens, three dogs, 25 Guinea keets, three horses,…

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Who had bigger shoes to fill: Bill Guthridge or Aaron Keck? OK, so maybe that’s not fair to Keck, given Guthridge had the hugely unenviable task of filling the shoes once worn by legendary UNC Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith. But Keck is faced with the daunting job of filling the vacancy left by R…

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In a town like Hillsborough, which softly boasts a well-regulated army of storytellers, it’s a wonder there are any secrets left to be told. But they’re there, sometimes tucked into layers of wallpaper or behind a cabinet door that can’t be opened without the pry of a butterknife or flathead…

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It’s taken a while, but after almost 10 months of silence, Tony Lopez and Nathan Andrews are again cranking up the Volume in downtown Hillsborough, although they’re not yet able to go from level 10 to 11 just yet.

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Most industries and businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19 and all the restrictions put in place in hopes of curbing its spread. Local tourism is no exception, as shuttered points of interest, restaurants, entertainment events, and other means for attracting people and their money to the …

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The Cool Spring Downtown District worked in collaboration with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s staff to install “The Unity Bell”—a new, temporary art installation—on an art pad at the corner of Hay and Green streets on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Artist John Shoneman, who hails fro…

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A short tour of Allan Gurganus’ home offers a curious peek at the method by which he collects things. Busts, artwork, framed portraits and books, all placed perfectly, lovingly and with careless order. Gurganus’ latest book, “The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus,” is the writer’s sixth.…