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In light of COVID-19, the 4th annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out has gone virtual, and statewide! The Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council are excited to kick off Paint it NC Plein Air Paint-outstarting Wednesday, October 7 and running through Tuesday, Octo…

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WHUP 104.7 FM, Hillsborough’s own local radio station, announced today that half the proceeds from its annual fall fundraiser will be donated to support Orange County musicians who have been most affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Proceeds from the WHUP 50/50 Event, which will run October 12…

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In the Broadway musical Hamilton, there’s a line that is repeated throughout that refers to how the retelling of events and peoples’ lives is often out of your hands. “You have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells your story.” It’s a notion that makes Amanda Boyd, Visitor Services Coor…

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The Efland Seafood Festival is back on, albeit smaller, under the name Seafood Feast and not exactly as originally planned. Billed as a seafood, music and outdoor festival, COVID-19 cancelled the April 18 event that was planned for the Efland Ruritan Club.

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While it’s usually considered a good thing to “go down in history,” recently the Orange County Historical Museum has just been down. Closed late last year because of water damage, and then having to keep the doors locked because of COVID, the museum finally has good news as it has announced …

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Randall Kenan, an award-winning author and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill has died. The cause of his death has not been released. He was 57. 

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Carlos Gonzalez Garcia has a talent for making something beautiful from broken things. While that could be describing his work as a world-class mosaic artist, it also describes his hope to keep together his dream of opening NCMOSAIC, a school where Garcia will teach the art of mosaics at the…

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There’s a common belief that today’s youth suffer from a short attention span — that they’re unable to focus on one task for more than a few moments. Maggie Hales blows that idea to pieces. 18,240 pieces, to be specific.

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When Josh Collins returned to Hillsborough a few years back to help his dad with health issues, he had just started his own business as a sort of one-stop brand marketing company in the hopes that he could develop a core of clientele that would pay for his blend his artistic and tech talents…

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If the walls at the Colonial Inn could talk, they would likely be gushing over all the changes, renovations and the anticipation of once again being the center jewel of King Street in Hillsborough. If the floors could talk, they might ask how anyone can walk as fast as Elise Tyler, the centr…

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Bob Burtman takes his seat behind a desk surrounded by and covered with a complex layout of keyboards, buttons, controls, readouts, levels, dials, cords, mics and switches. Burtman looks over it all, and then pulls a disinfectant wipe from a container and begins to meticulously and lightly r…

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Parents: If you’ve been struggling to keep your children entertained throughout the COVID-19 crisis, you’re about to get a lifeline thrown your way.

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A recent post on the Saratoga Grill’s Facebook page announced the return of the longtime Hillsborough favorite. Unlike many restaurants and other businesses entering a reopening phase of the COVID-19 world we live in, the Saratoga is coming back from the loss in February of one of its founde…

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The radius is the line that runs from the center to the perimeter of a circle. When you have more than one radius, or radii, you begin to create wedges. When you put enough of those wedges together you get something that resembles a pizza. Kate Carroll, who opened a pizzeria in 2013 with her…

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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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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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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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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.

Rising Gulf Coast Records recording artist Diana Rein brings her 2020 Queen Of My Castle Tour (named for her most recent album) to Hillsborough, performing at Nash Street Tavern, 250 S. Nash St., Thursday, March 12.

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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…

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There are people who can watch a movie or TV show and accurately recognize classic and vintage cars that appear on screen. It’s even said actor Tom Hanks can pick out and name old manual typewriters used in movies. Jeannie Petterson can do this with cowboy boots.

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Hillsborough is getting ready to expand its palette. Late next month, Nomad will open in downtown on King Street, offering a global dining experience unlike anything else in the area. 

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After Charles Womack, publisher of YES! Weekly and Jamestown News, lost his brother, Hillsborough resident Patrick Womack, to cancer this August, he wanted to immortalize Patrick’s memory and his passion for music. So, Charles and his family set up a musician scholarship fund in Patrick’s na…

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The Orange County Historical Museum has been closed indefinitely due water damage from a recent storm, it was announced December 18 by the Museum’s Board of Directors.

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This month Katherine Cheek stepped down after 38 years as president of Schley Grange. David Latta, a teacher at Orange High School and leader in the Northern Orange agricultural community will take over as Schley Grange President in January.  

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 30th  Annual Pauli Murray Awards, which are presented annually to an Orange County youth, adult, and business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights fo…

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The Walmart Community Grant Program has awarded the Orange County Rural Alliance (OCRA) Meals on Wheels $3,500 in grant funds. These funds will be used to further the goals of the OCRA Meals on Wheels Program in Orange County. On the morning of Tuesday, December 10, Hillsborough Store Manage…

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Hillsborough's annual Bill of Rights Day Community bell-ringing event started back in 2012 and this marks the eighth year it will occur, the only place in the nation that celebrates Bill of Rights Day in such a fun meaningful way. Instead of speeches, Bells will ring all over Hillsboro for a…

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Last week at Leland Little Auctions, Victoria Browning Wyeth, the only grandchild of acclaimed painter Andrew Wyeth, shared a bit of her late grandfather, whom she calls her “favorite person,” with the Hillsborough community. Ahead of the auction of several important Andrew Wyeth paintings o…

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Like many other people, Jim and Linda Smith have loved music for most of their lives. What separates them from others, though, is their ability to play instruments, a talent that led to the creation of their band High Fall Risk just a few years ago.

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The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck are pleased to present paintings by outsider artist “Chicken Man” Ernest Lee at the Alexander Dickson House in Hillsborough, NC. “Chickens! In the Visitors Center” is a new collection from the legendary folk artist whose “funky chic…

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Charity Mathews is a local cookbook author living in Hillsborough. Her most recent work ‘Kid Chef Junior Bakes, was released on the week beginning Oct. 21. Some of the recipes included in the book include hot fudge lava cakes, easy peasy peach cobbler, and more. We talked with Mathews last w…

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On a warm autumn morning this past Saturday, around 50 artists from the Triangle area gathered at UNC Hospital’s Hillsborough Campus for Artist Appreciation Day, organized by the Hillsborough Farmers Market. Early in the day, the October sun lit up painted gourds, hubcap art, and handmade je…

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At a Board of Orange County Commissioners meeting on Oct. 15, the Board approved a project to bring an affordable art studio space to the Eno River Mill in Hillsborough. The project brings together a partnership between the Orange County Arts Commission, the Gold Family and Hedgehog Holdings.