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More than 100 Orange County Schools parents and students gathered at the old Orange County Courthouse to rally against proposed mandated Covid-19 vaccines for employees and middle and high school students who plan to participate in athletics, cheerleading, chorus, theater, and band activities.

Prevention works, but what does it look like? You lock your doors. You schedule doctor and dentist visits. You exercise and eat healthy foods. You apply sun protection when outside. If you have a baby or toddler, you “baby proof” your home. If you have guns, you secure them. These are all ex…

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This is likely the first time the word ‘trichotillomania’ has ever appeared in the News of Orange. It might also be the first time many of the paper’s readers have seen or read the word. Cana Gerald, a rising ninth grader in Orange County, has not only seen and read it, but she can spell ‘tr…

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Even the most optimistic high school staff members will say, come June, they are ready to escape the halls, classrooms and, yes, the students, for a much-needed break. Which is why it seems odd that as the Orange High School staff blissfully hits the exits, Jason Johnson can’t wait to get back in.

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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. 

I will soon become a third-generation graduate of Orange County Schools. My mother graduated in 1996 and my grandmother in 1972. I have grown up hearing stories that detail the troubling circumstances they had to endure while attending school here because of a lack of attention towards the l…

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A familiar face is returning to Orange High School as principal. Jason Johnson, who led the school from 2012 to 2016, was picked to take over for Matthew Hunt, who is stepping down. Johnson is currently the Executive Director of Student Support and School Improvement with Orange County Schools.

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At the Eagles convenience store at Hampton Pointe Boulevard in Hillsborough, three Orange High School teens are in the refrigerated room where there are stacks of cans and bottles of alcoholic drinks on display for purchase. They stare at the assortment of hard lemonades, hard ciders, and sp…

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Did you know that bats are the only flying mammal? There are about 1,000 kinds of bats in the world, from the very small Bumblebee Bat in Thailand to the Flying Fox bat in Central and South America. Bats live in every part of the world except Antarctica. 

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Redcoats will once again march the streets of Hillsborough. The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough (AHH) is proud to host the 21st annual Revolutionary War Living History Day on May 8th. 

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Verville Preservation is paying homage to Orange County cemeteries. Husband and wife duo Michael and Hilary Verville restore and help maintain the headstones that mark our loved one’s final resting place. “Cemeteries are places where people remember their loved ones,” explained the Vervilles…

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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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Visual artists are often mischaracterized as people who draw (no pun intended) from inspiration and talent; who just see the world differently and ‘lose themselves’ in the artwork and process. But just as is the case with the performing arts — and in athletics — inspiration and talent are th…

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Almost one year ago to the day, Orange County Schools Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder was at the Welcome Center with a room full of staff members, making phone calls and developing a plan for closing the school district ahead of the pandemic. She knew only to be calm and measured as she pr…

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Orange County Schools teachers and other staff members got to roll up their sleeves, get in line and get their shot last week in the parking lot at Orange High School. The district partnered with Hillsborough Pharmacy and UNC Health to provide COVID-19 vaccines. OCS employees who registered …

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Charles Whitson Stanford was a dairy farmer and my grandfather.  His daughter Jean Stanford Mann lives at the home place now.  I am his first grandchild, and therefore the oldest in my generation of his 14 grandchildren, 10 of whom still live in Orange County.  His last 18 years were my firs…

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Feb. 10 that childcare workers, educators and school personnel in pre-K through grade 12, including private and charter schools, will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine beginning Feb. 24. Other frontline essential workers listed in Group 3 will become eligible M…

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The ribbon has been cut, and the sparkling new addition at Cedar Ridge High School is finally finished. All that’s needed to make the building complete is students. Whenever it is deemed safe enough for high school students to resume in-person classes, the J-Wing will make for an awesome “we…

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Last Wednesday, the Cedar Ridge High School Red Wolves and Orange High School Panthers took to the rolling Northwood cross country course in the challenging Conference meet. Unlike previous years, where teams were automatically entered the Regional race, the Conference meet is a qualifier fo…

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The Cedar Ridge High School volleyball team finished its season undefeated at 8-0, and is the Big 8 Conference Champions. Let’s never mind that eight games is about 15 fewer games than a normal season. COVID-19 is to blame for that. The playoff-bound Fighting Red Wolves, like each other high…

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Orange County has something to rally around this week as Cedar Ridge High School’s Varsity volleyball team will play today in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs. The Fighting Red Wolves finished their season undefeated at 8-0, and was the Big 8 Conferenc…

Note: A Word From the Youth is a monthly feature in the News of Orange that will provide a forum for Orange County high school students to express opinions and thoughts, and interact with the community.

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Having a sheep in the classroom offers a unique educational experience—at least that has been the case for students in Kris Ritz’s 7th grade class at the Emerson Waldorf School. Because the 7th grade outdoor classroom is located on the Farm, the school’s flock of Leicester Longwool sheep fel…

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Twenty-one people, including past and present university students, are facing federal charges from an investigation into the sales of drugs on or near college campuses in North Carolina. Matthew Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of N.C.; Robert Murphy, Special Agent in charge of …

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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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Nothing says “Fall” like piles of fragrant, colorful leaves that are so inviting for kids and dogs to jump into. As days grow shorter, homeowners get the urge to do a fall cleanup, cutting back spent flower stalks and bagging or blowing leaves to the curb awaiting the giant truck vacuum. Man…

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The Orange County Health Department is echoing the words from the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in urging residents to forgo traditional Halloween activities because of concerns for spreading COVID-19.

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It’s not often that breast cancer is overshadowed by another health crisis, but such is life in pandemic times. But what should never take a backseat where breast cancer is concerned is the importance of screening and prevention. 

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When Jacklyn Krohn and her husband moved to North Carolina, it was supposed to only have been for two years. But the Nebraska native said they fell in love with the area and, 16 years later, is solidly ensconced in Orange County, recently being named Executive Director of Orange County Opera…

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Orange County Schools, like all other school systems across the state and nation, is navigating a perilous start of the school year unlike any its ever experienced. The task is seemingly insurmountable and difficult at every turn. It’s likely the first time every player in education — studen…

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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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When the Orange County Schools district announced the school year would be online for at least the first nine weeks, longtime Orange County resident Craig Lloyd was already working to find a way to help his youngest daughter who was entering the eighth grade. Lloyd had been mulling the idea …

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One could easily say that when Hillary MacKenzie took over as chair of the Orange County Board of Education, she was taking on the toughest job in the area. But, while MacKenzie may agree about the toughness of the task, she would likely argue that she is a member of a strong team that is up…

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Editor's Note: The interview with Will Atherton for this story was conducted prior to the Orange County Board of Education naming a new chair.

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Meredith Stephens has been a teacher in both Arizona and North Carolina. She has been an educator since 1991, and currently instructs students in the English department at Orange High School, teaching AP English Language and Journalism. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from …

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Sleeping in every morning as if it’s the weekend is something new to students around the world. Adapting to it is easy for most but it is not normal. We are used to getting up early and heading out the door to school before we can even fully wake up. 

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2020 has been a tough year for many in the Orange County community, but few have had to deal with the level of heartbreak that the affects of the coronavirus has thrust upon the area’s high schools seniors. But despite cancelled proms, sporting events, plays and music performances, this grou…

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Every Tuesday and Wednesday for around the past month, Sherita Cobb has hit the ground running as she makes her weekly trip to Sam’s Club to purchase huge quantities of food that will be taken to the Orange County Welcome Center where it will be sorted, bagged or boxed, and distributed to fo…

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As the COVID-19 crisis and its resulting shelter-in-place order stretch on, many small businesses that have been able to continue operation have managed to manipulate and restructure their business models. And while some report changes they may continue even after the pandemic has passed, mo…

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Matthew Hunt, Orange High School’s new principal, is 6’5” tall. Right after attending school at Williams College in Massachusetts, he played professional basketball overseas as a shooting guard for a team in Holland. Although he was dwarfed by the seven-footers he competed against, in normal…

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As restrictions put in place by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper are extended for weeks, parents struggle to keep their children entertained or on task with distance learning, all the while many of them are working from home. The complications of parents being stretched thin and in several different dir…