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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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In her second virtual State of the Town Address, Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver reflected on the challenges and achievements of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the community’s work on striving for racial equity, and a new opportunity to engage in comprehensive sustainability plan…

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Many locals are pushing aside their grocery carts and subscribing to a farm-to-fork service. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) services have sprouted over the past year, with the growing demand for farm-fresh produce. CSA’s allow farmers to sell to the public directly, traditionally thro…

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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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Chapel Hill artist and illustrator Chloe Strauss is giving back to the community one greeting card at a time. With the desire to spread kindness, Strauss’s online greeting card company, Creature Camp Studio, opened in November of 2020. 

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COVID-19 has managed to wreak havoc on nearly every industry, business, and organization in Orange County. Most are still struggling to stay afloat; some are still waiting to get the green light to reopen. Real estate — commercial and residential — has managed to take the initial pandemic pu…

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Hillsborough has something new to smile about as it takes a step forward in innovation. The town welcomed a new dentistry practice that prides itself on its cool, modern approach to health care.

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It looks like a machine swiped right out of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” A giant dispenser, almost two stories high, feeding at least 10 shiny, silver canals that sort and drop colorful tiny, bear-shaped figures into bags to be sealed, labeled and stored for shipping. All around the …

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In the end, Buc-ee’s decided Efland Station wasn’t the right fit for its planned travel center. The Texas-based company had, for months, set its sights on an area of land off Interstate 40 near Efland, between Mebane and Hillsborough. But after pushback from community members who questioned,…

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After more than a year of intensive study and community conversations, BUC-EE’S has withdrawn its zoning application for the 104-acre Efland Station project after determining Orange County is not a suitable fit for the mixed-use development that would have included a hotel, restaurants, medi…

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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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Have you ever been to Efland? Probably not. That’s why it’s surprising that people from all over showed up to oppose Efland Station, a project that advances community goals that we have been working on decades. We strongly support it. 

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Hillsborough welcomes the stylings of Robin Turner and the Say Wear Boutique. The women’s clothing store can be found on Churton street next to the Hillsborough Habitat Restore. With a successful career in residential concrete, Turner has always dreamed of a life in fashion. “As a child, I w…

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GREENSBORO — The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently upheld the class action certification of a group of plaintiffs in Orange County, North Carolina, being represented by Brooks Pierce attorneys Matt Tynan and Bob King. This ruling allows the lawsuit, which could result in millions of d…

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If Hillsborough is a hotbed of talented writers, then Purple Crow Books is a hotbed of their works. Notched in a row of old storefronts on King Street in downtown, the little independent bookstore boasts the most complete collection of local authors, poets, storytellers and journalists withi…

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Hillsborough lost a remarkable person and one of the town’s leading and most respected writers. Harlan G. ‘Gee’ Coleman Jr. passed away Dec. 10, at his home. Coleman was a renaissance man of sorts, and is well known for his work as writer, editor, publisher and owner of, the News of Orange County. 

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In the classic animated holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown is ridiculed by his friends for choosing a sad, scrawny Christmas tree. This year, driven by record demand for real Christmas trees, Charlie Brown might have had to go without.

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Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a Hillsborough native and graduate of Orange High School, is receiving national praise for her contributions in discovering the Moderna vaccine, which was developed to fight COVID-19. One of the people heaping attention on her is the U.S.’ top infectious disease expert…

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Two things that haven’t changed in spite of the pandemic: The need to eat; and, the need to eat sweets. Jessica Ramsey and her husband, Walter, launched Ramsey’s Sweets LLC in July, just months into the COVID-19 crisis, and has enjoyed some success with helping customers find comfort.

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Bakova Gallery, a venue that combined cutting-edge artwork with its cocktail bar and event space, has closed its doors, and set its sights to re-open in Greenville, S.C., according to a statement released by the gallery’s owners.

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About 50 to 70 people gathered at the old Orange County Courthouse Saturday afternoon to protest the proposed Buc-ee’s travel center that is being planned for a site along I-40/85 in Efland. The group A Voice for Efland and Orange organized the event, which included several speakers who enco…

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The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce will release its 2020 Virtual Holiday Parade video on Sunday, December 6th at 4:00 p.m. The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the parade virtually this year in response to the current pandemic in an effort to keep the…

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The pandemic has forced many companies and practices to change the way they do business. Most of those changes are geared to reduce opportunities for direct contact with clients and co-workers, in the hopes that when the coronavirus has passed, workplaces will return to their previous and pr…

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Jennifer Warren learned to take service calls for her dad’s HVAC company when she was in middle school. She didn’t have much choice. The business was operated out of her family’s home in Efland, and Jennifer’s phone line was also used for the fax machine.

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For the past few years, the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth has presented the Responsible Alcohol Seller Award to a local business that has gone above and beyond to do its part in reducing access to alcohol by teens and underage community members. These efforts often inclu…

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Lace-up your tennis shoes and grab a face mask. Orange County gyms are navigating a new normal. Temperature checks, face coverings, and COVID questionnaires are among the new safety measures implemented at Orangetheory Fitness, Chapel Hill. “When members come in, an employee will greet them …

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If there ever was a symbol of perseverance, strength and heart, it may be the Colonial Inn, which has, dating back to it’s less-than-exact first years, weathered wars, depressions, recessions, hurricanes, boom times, closings, decay, questionable additions and, yes, a pandemic. Just notches …

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The table was nearly set for Nomad. The dishes were arriving, bar equipment was being installed. Potential hires were being interviewed and kitchen training was underway. “Coming soon” wasn’t just the perfect, albeit cliché headline for the restaurant set in a renovated movie house. It was t…

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Which is a tougher task: Describing a cheese’s flavor, or making it? A quick scroll of the Boxcarr Handmade Cheese offerings unfolds like a thesaurus for food. Words like scrumptious, beer-laden, bright, lusciously-creamy, malty, warming funk and smokey goodness pair with simply displayed ph…

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A year unlike any other, 2020 has been anything but ordinary. While businesses continue to battle COVID-19 restrictions, the Orange County Sportsplex navigates the unexpected by exercising caution and relying on creative solutions. 

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Nugget, a tiny furniture company that set up its offices and manufacturing at Bellevue Mill on Nash Street in 2018, has officially gotten too big and moved its headquarters and operations to Butner. Hillsborough will be able to say, “We knew you when…”

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“You improvise, you adapt, and you overcome.” The words made famous by Clint Eastwood have become the mission statement of 2020. The continued battle against COVID-19 has placed a heavy burden upon small businesses, and economic hardships continue to grow. But through adversity comes ingenui…

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Antonia’s Italian Cuisine is one of two restaurants listed on a class action lawsuit filed against the online and app-based food delivery service Grubhub. The Hillsborough restaurant has joined The Farmer’s Wife from Sebastopol, Ca., in taking legal action for Grubhub’s alleged use of names,…

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Physically speaking, and in reality right now, there is no floor for Cedar Grove Law ‘tiny law firm.’ Metaphorically and optimistically speaking, there is also no ceiling. Jonathan and Anna Williams launched Cedar Grove Law in September — on the Autumnal Equinox, to be exact — from their nea…

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Eryk Pruitt hasn’t mellowed. He’s just made a promise to himself to ease up on his complaints until next year if the state government eased restrictions on bars. Pruitt owns Yonder Southern Cocktails and Brew with his wife and business partner, Lana Pierce, and their smiles have been more fr…

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The Board of Orange County Commissioners approved the Research Triangle Logistics Park, also known as RTLP, by a 6-1 vote last night. Commissioner Renee Price was the lone dissenting vote. The board’s passage of a requested zoning atlas amendment for the development paved way for the approva…

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In the formalwear business, prom season is the equivalent to Black Friday, Christmas and New Year’s combined. More tuxedos, dresses, gowns, bowties, vests, cumberbuns and gloves are moved during March and April than in the next four months put together. January and February are spent ramping…

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COVID-19 has left many folks with hairdos doing a lot of don’ts. And even as hair salons have opened with restrictions, many people are still hesitant to venture out for a trim. Haven Salon in downtown Hillsborough is hoping to help some people brush aside those fears, and it’s collecting fo…

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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.