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With several key COVID metrics experiencing a drastic increase since the end of June, Orange County will reinstate its indoor countywide mask mandate effective 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The mandate will apply to anyone 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status.

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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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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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The Hillsborough Rotary Club (HRC) proudly inducts Hilary Verville as president. The two-year Rotarian who served as President-elect the past year now steps into the shoes of preceding president Rick Ashby. Verville, who has been a dedicated Blue Devil for the past 14 years, holds a Master’s…

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Hillsborough resident Matt Karatz loves his 2005 Ford Mustang convertible. He knows every inch of his car, and has meticulously maintained it over the years. But about a year ago, when it came time to give the car a bath, Karatz rolled his dashboard dice on a just-opened business toward the …

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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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It seems almost cartoonish to think about, but bears really do go after honey when they get the opportunity. David Bailey, who owns and operates Bailey’s Bee Supply in Hillsborough, builds what he calls “bear-proof trailers” to set in areas north and south of Hillsborough for weeks at a time. 

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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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Tara Harper is a local business owner who knows a thing or two about helping a person dress for success. In fact, she can make that person the dress to be worn in pursuit of success. She can also make that dress for the prom or a wedding. Give her her a couple of months, and she can make a t…

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How tough can it be for women to be successful in business? Consider this: Emilee Collins switched from a successful career in residential real estate — a sector popular with women — to the male-dominated commercial real estate side so she could better balance her professional role with her …

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On Monday, the Mebane City Council approved a rezoning request that paves the way for the redevelopment of the ABC Store on US-70 heading into the city.

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On April 16, a post on Haven Salon’s Facebook page announced it was closing, effective immediately. “A pandemic and industry changes have made it abundantly clear that it is time to wrap things up and move forward,” the post said.

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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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It’s happening. For the most part. Cup-A-Joe’s is again opening its doors to the public, for the first time since closing them because of COVID-19. Soon, the daily sight of bleary-eyed socially distanced customers staring intently at a table, waiting for their comfort-in-a-cup and a whiff of…

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Julian Foster has a small business with a fleet of five cars unlike almost any other. One of the cars is a 1952 Rolls Royce Wraith; two others are 1957 Rolls Royce Princesses; another is a 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud; and the last — Foster’s favorite — is a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle. The fleet…

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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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At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce found itself in unfamiliar territory. With businesses shut down for the foreseeable future, and the future for many of those businesses suddenly unclear, the organization whose very core is hel…

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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…