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It wasn’t the opening it was supposed to have, but after two years in the making, the Eno River Farm officially opened in late March of this year. And although its existence has been muffled by the pandemic, there is excitement about the farm and plans to expand its offerings.

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Dan Rockaway is used to a lot of sounds coming from the playgrounds of his child development center on Davis Road in Hillsborough. At any given moment during the week, the sound of children laughing and screaming lifts and fades into the trees surrounding the place.

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Carolina Donor Services recently announced plans to build and relocate to a 58,000-square-foot facility on 9.7 acres in Chapel Hill. The company will move from its current space in Durham. Carolina Donor Services spent $2.3 million for the site at 1720 Millhouse Road.

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Terra Equity Inc., which is a division of Louisville, Ky.,-based Barrister Commercial Group, on July 15, submitted a plan for the development of a large piece of property in Hillsborough between I-40, Old N.C. 86 and Davis Road.

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It’s one of the most recognized buildings in Orange County. With its white, cinderblock facade featuring a painted farm face-off between a rooster and a bull, the structure draws attention and curiosity from locals, passersby and Instagrammers.

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Gerald Scarlett points to a small cemetery just outside the front door of his house that sits near the end of his driveway running for a half mile from Old Highway 86 near Davis Road.

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A “For Sale” sign was placed Wednesday on the property of the long-vacant and dilapidated Hillsborough Motor Lodge on U.S. 70. Fara Pourshariati is the listing agent with Fonville Morisey.

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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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North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell has high praise for Orange County, and Hillsborough specifically, with regard to managing its money and reserves during COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic.

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Lindsley Bowen is glad to be back in her shop. As the owner of Carlisle & Linny Vintage Jewelry in downtown Hillsborough, she reopened her 600-square-foot store in hopes of seeing regular and new customers who were recently given permission to leave their homes after the shelter-in-place…

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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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As North Carolina has entered Phase 2 of it’s plan to “reopen” the state, the News of Orange County is also entering another stage. When the initial efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus were launched, and many businesses feared for their future, most community papers fell into doubt…

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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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Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines recently announced its top sellers for 2020, and the top seller in Orange County is no stranger to being among the best in the area. Sarah Ellie Penny, a rising eight grader in Efland, sold 1,045 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to take the top spot, jus…

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The lights go down, the big screen illuminates. The smell of popcorn wafts through the air; the friction of straws sounding off as they’re pushed into plastic lids. More than 100 moviegoers sit tightly in their seats, sharing armrests with close neighbors for the next two hours.

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As a small business based in the event industry, Spiritus Communications was hit hard by the coronavirus, and has had to make rapid changes to restructure the way they deliver content, turning it into an opportunity to strengthen their weaknesses. In offering leadership training and speaking…

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A tractor trailer fire halted traffic on Interstate 85 for both directions near Exit 164 (Old N.C. 86) around noon Monday. The N.C. Highway Patrol quickly began blocking both directions of the interstate. Orange County Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene, as were members of th…

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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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If you do social media, you’ve seen the shelter-in-place memes regarding potential weight gain from having to stay at home. “Before and After” photos traditionally used to reveal weight loss are being manipulated to show extreme weight gain. The “quarantine 15” has gained a level of legitimacy. 

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Nearly every major industry — and many smaller ones — have been adversely affected by the coronavirus and the efforts put in place to “flatten the curve.” But according to Chad Collins, owner of Collins Design Build, the construction industry is in good shape to weather the storm.

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The annual Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce Awards gala kicked off with flash and sparkles, as more than 100 members and guests donned outfits matching the Roaring 20’s theme. Women wore flapper dresses, sequins, pearls and feather boas, while men sported double-breasted pinstr…

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When neighbors began walking past their house to catch a whiff of the first batches of rosemary crackers, baked in the modest basement of their home in Cornwallis Hills, Kevin Mason and Jennie McCray knew that they had something special. What originated as a resolve to create healthy vegan b…

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The company that owns the Collins Ridge site and vacant Daniel Boone Village near I-85 in Hillsborough met with members of the Town Council to test the waters on a plan for the development that would require rezoning the property.

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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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At Monday evening’s Mebane City Council meeting, much of the discussion centered around two parcels of vacant agricultural land along West Ten Road in Orange County, across the street from Medline’s recently-approved 1.2 million square foot medical distribution facility. 

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Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation and RiverStreet Networks will be working on a pilot program to enable the expansion of high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved areas in our local rural communities. This effort could become a model for providing much needed high-speed i…

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Downtown Hillsborough has a new music school, and, although the grand opening of the school isn’t until August, the Bull City Music School’s Hillsborough doors are already open for voice, piano, strings and other music lessons.

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Tyceson Mills and Jessica Smith, the husband and wife team behind a new local business, MealSmith, provide hand crafted, locally sourced and globally inspired meals to-go. 

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Mary Lopez Carter and her husband David Carter did their research before they opened the Carolina Hemp Hut, a new purveyor of CBD products in Hillsborough, and it shows in the early success of their business. 

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The Hillsborough Orange County Chamber of Commerce will mark this year’s summer solstice with an imaginative brunch on June 23 that will celebrate strides currently being made in local agriculture.

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When James and Lenora Crabtree built a cabin in Hillsborough in 1937 the couple surrounded the structure with a bustling farm that included chickens, pigs and corn. 

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When Brooke Erceg and Ryan Creery met at the University of Northern Iowa, Erceg was studying industrial psychology and communications, Creery had graduated with an art degree and was making music and the two were used to suffering through Iowa’s long, often below-freezing winters.

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Steve’s Garden Market in Hillsborough has a new partner in charge and new local beers on the way, but the market’s doors will stay open and the store will still sell all the same meats and local goods as it has since the beginning.