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Growing up, James Maxey moved around a lot with his family. In each new town got to explore, Maxey would set out on his bike and find the nearest public library where he would check out every available science fiction anthology.

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Crafted: The Art of the Taco opens this week in Mebane. In this time of a pandemic, variants, supply chain woes, labor shortages, and construction demands, a portal opened just long enough to finally allow the restaurant’s owners to put the necessary pieces in place to begin serving burgers,…

Earlier this week, the 100 sheriffs of our state elected and installed me as the president of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA). Serving as the president of this group is a high honor and a tremendous responsibility, which I am only able to accept with the support of my family …

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If there’s one thing to be said about Dorothy Shanklin it’s that she sticks with a task. For 30 years, she worked at the Durham County Department of Social Services. A member of the Mount Bright Missionary Baptist Church, she directed its choir for 43 years. And, most impressively, she has w…

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For the second consecutive year, the Margaret Lane Gallery will host an exhibit of artwork created by residents at the Orange Correctional Center (OCC) in Hillsborough. This show is the result of a collaboration among the participating men at OCC, Alamance Orange Prison Ministry, EmancipateN…

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During its annual business conference, the sheriffs of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association elected Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood as the organization’s president today in Asheville. The mission of the NCSA is to protect, promote, preserve, and enhance the Office of Sheriff in N…

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Everyday, almost like clockwork, people in this area and beyond are treated to photos of simple objects and common places, taken in such a way that forces you to look closer and reconsider their place in your mind. Whether it’s a fresh-picked bouquet of wild flowers arranged with indifferenc…

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It’s one of the top questions on the minds of high school volleyball followers throughout the state of North Carolina. Can Cedar Ridge, the defending NCHSAA 3A state volleyball champions, make another run towards a second straight state title in 2022? 

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Hillsborough police have secured warrants for the arrest of a suspect in an incident of gunfire outside an apartment complex in Hillsborough in early July.

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After skipping out on the 2021 varsity football season - Cedar Ridge High School’s first in the recently-formed Central Conference - the Red Wolves are making a return to the Friday night lights in the fall of 2022. Multiple sources have indicated to the News of Orange that CRHS is returning…

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The fictional main character in Grant Hetherton’s first and just-released second book, is a journalist at the Hills-borough Gazette, a small newspaper in Hillsborough, N.C. Laura Chambers first sprang from Hetherton’s head to the pages of his mystery/thriller “Last Girl Gone,” in 2018, and n…

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people found deceased inside a vehicle on Rippy Lane just south of Hillsborough. They are William K. Flinn, 77, and Lisa N. Flinn, 71, both of Orange Grove Road. Deputies have notified their next of kin.

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Craig Lloyd doesn’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like Hog Day is going to finally get to run wild again in Hillsborough. And, in anticipation, he and the Hog Day Committee are looking for ways to raise the bar. Or should we say, “raise the bar-becue?”

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Orange County Sheriff’s deputies located two deceased people in a vehicle on Rippy Lane just south of the Hillsborough city limits this morning. Communications dispatched deputies to the area after receiving a call at 9:17 a.m., from a man who reported he shot his wife and was going to shoot…

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Toward the end of summer, if you find yourself more than two hours away in Gastonia, and you’re missing Hillsborough, do not fear. Just purchase a ticket to see the town’s minor league baseball team, the Gastonia Honey Hunters. There, at the team’s ballpark, you’ll be treated to a towering m…

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Orange High School can officially stake claim to one of the best athletic trainers in the entire state of North Carolina, as Emily Gaddy, Licensed Athletic Trainer and head Athletic Trainer at OHS, was recently named the Elton Hawley Athletic Trainer of the Year by the North Carolina High Sc…

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During a three-week trip to Ukraine this spring, Hillsborough resident Dave Jernigan bore witness to incredible beauty and unfathomable cruelty. Lush bucolic landscapes and the kindness of Ukrainians provided sharp contrast to the horrors of war. On a break from building a bomb shelter at a …

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Abbe Simon has no issue admitting she has a Type-A personality. The married, mother of two is a speech language pathologist, integrative health coach, and runs iCommunicare, through which she provides services to “clients and care partners impacted by neurological illness in order to maximiz…

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Physical trauma is the leading cause of death for people aged one through 46, and it accounts for 30% of all deaths. Many traumatic injuries can cause death within three to six minutes. However, on average, emergency medical service providers arrive on scene between seven and 14 minutes afte…

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The gripping, and sometimes jarring, images created by artist Brenda ‘Bren’ Govender can appear to be pulling away from darkness. Or being enveloped by it. The work by the native South African is part of her Fleeting Glimpses exhibit now at the Thomas Stevens Gallery in downtown Hillsborough…

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In September 1942, Pansy and her fiancé, Garland Louder, were in a hurry to be married. She was barely 20, and he barely 22, but the U.S. was at war, and Pansy’s man wanted to make sure he would have someone to come home to at the end of the war.

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Early Wednesday morning, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies located a man lying on Murphy School Road near Mt. Sinai Road yelling for help. He had multiple gunshot wounds.

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It’s a 90-plus-degree day, and Avery Earwood is talking with one of his employees about why the smaller of his two saw mills isn’t working properly. Even though the saws are in a covered area with a fan the size of a tractor wheel blowing on them, the air is weighted with humidity and sawdus…

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Did you see the March news about “Die Hard” actor Bruce Willis whose family announced the reason for his retirement as an actor? Did you read or hear about his condition called Aphasia and wonder what it was? 

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About three years ago, Melissa Jeffreys adopted a dog from a nonprofit called Fine Whines and Lickers. The dog was a sharpei mix, and Jeffreys and her husband enjoyed the experience so much, the two started helping the organization with adoption events and other volunteer duties. Soon she wa…

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It can be said that the t-shirt makers and screen printing companies had a love/hate relationship with the way the pandemic affected them. On one hand, schools closed, high school sports halted; recreation leagues paused; gatherings were limited; concerts silenced. All of that tore at the ve…

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A local track standout from Cedar Ridge High School recently concluded his collegiate career as one of the top high jumpers in the history of North Carolina Central University’s men’s track team. 

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Students at the Expedition School in Hillsborough got a taste of real-world business, and how to use those lessons to make a helpful impact in their community. Kids were prompted with the question, “How can we operate a successful business that enhances the wellness of our community?” 

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It’s been a big year for the Edwards boys, my two sons. My oldest became a dad for the first time, making me a granddad for the third; and my youngest, who got engaged in January, moved out and into his own place with his fiancé.

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Aaron Carter freely admits being a terrible student. He was a rebel in high school, “messed up” from time to time, got in a little trouble here and there. You’d never catch him with a book that didn’t have “Spark Notes” on the cover; he had no interest in Shakespeare, Hemmingway, Salinger, w…

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As he leans back in his chair just outside his garage workshop behind his brick home in Hillsborough, Ray McArthur can see the entirety of his classic-looking ‘Douglas’ motorcycle, standing at a lean on its kickstand; soft, brown leather tightly sewn over the cushion-less seat; glossy pea-gr…

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Telecommunicators dispatched information about a young child running down U.S. 70 near Holiday Park Road in Hillsborough at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office heard the radio traffic and happened to be nearby. Hillsborough Police Department officers…

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Hillsborough hasn’t had its own movie theater for decades, but local film lovers won’t have to travel far to gather for independent film this summer. Yonder, a downtown cocktail bar, is partnering with Carrboro Film Fest to host the Hillsborough Summer Film Series. The free, three-part serie…

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Ashley Hawkins has seen difficult times, had her life going down the wrong track, and hung around with the wrong crowd, at wrong places and times. Enough so, that she felt she couldn’t take care of her young daughter, Sophia. She asked her grandmother to take care of her, which she did.

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Hillsborough Police Officer Juan Duran is on the top level of a parking deck. He was there in response to a call about a man who was threatening to jump from the top floor. Officer Duran sees the man standing on the thick, concrete wall that wraps around the top of the building. He also sees…

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I awoke to a dark memory the day after the Uvalde murders. A few years ago I’d read a newspaper story titled, “Woman Killed By Falling Debris.” An architect, walking to work in Manhattan, on a cold, rainy Tuesday morning, found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A chunk of terra c…

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It may take a moment to get it, but then it starts to come together. Right now, and you’ll start to see John and Paul. There’s something in the way George’s face takes shape. Ringo is undeniable. It’s the Beatles as you’ve never seen them before, all together now. 

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Young kids talk a lot. Most parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles will tell you this. Those little mouths articulating all of those sounds, unfamiliar with pauses, talking through the exhale and the inhale. I remember, clearly, when my kids were small and strapped in their car seats, how …

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in late February, has sent millions of the country’s people pouring over its border with Poland, often with little more than can be stuffed in a bag. Their faces are drained of energy, color, and warmth; their eyes search for points of reference. All…

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Earlier this week in Greensboro, Senior United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. sentenced Larry Dwayne Hougom, 51, to 136 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. He will begin serving his prison sentence in July, which will be followed by a term of supervised re…

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The United States recognizes National Police Week annually; on May 13 the names of officers, deputies, and other law enforcement agents who died in the line of duty during the previous year are read aloud at a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the vigil, organizer…

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Investigator Kevin Stewart with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richard Carlton Neverson, 62, earlier this week after linking him to the breaking and entering of several convenience stores and the subsequent larceny of Newport cigarettes. Authorities from four other agencies also…

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Alex Otte, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), presented deputy Jared Greenlee with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) an Award of Excellence at its annual banquet last week night in Cary. Specifically, MADD named Greenlee Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year. This awa…