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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.

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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…