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You could call it a life-changing event that was caused by the way in which someone else chose to have their body handled after death. About a year ago, Hunter Beattie and his wife were working on a renovation of a house near a cemetery. While Beattie was taking a break from the project, he …

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Due to technical problems, the Nov. 16 issue of the News of Orange will be delayed. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this week's paper to our subscribers and customers as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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Were he alive today, W.D. Sykes Jr. would tell you the same thing about himself that he said for 35 years as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and for the nearly two decades after he retired: He’s just an ordinary man, an ordinary American.

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Excitement is building and noticeable progress is being made at the future site of Eno River Brewing, as the developers released plans and renderings of what will be Hillsborough’s first full-service brewery since Mystery Brewing closed in 2018.

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Take a quiet walk in the woods, especially during the fall, and listen to your own existence among the trees and their pieces under your feet: the snapping of branches, the crunching of leaves. Like nature’s alarm system, the sound of your own steps are often followed by the sound of escapin…

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When you see a law-enforcement vehicle race by with lights on and sirens blaring, do you wonder where it is going? Do you enjoy police shows on television and wonder if they are realistic? Are you intrigued by radios, body-worn cameras, and forensic science?

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelly Brandon Long, 41, of Hurdle Mills, and charged him early this morning with four counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill. The arrest followed an investigation into a rolling road rage situation that began …

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsborough Police Department are working tonight to sequence events in a possible rolling road rage incident in which a bullet grazed a child traveling in the back seat of his father’s car.

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On Halloween in 1973, my mother sent me out trick-or-treating as one of her movie idols, Charlie Chaplain. I don’t recall what my two older sisters dressed up as, but I remember only a few minutes before we set out to fill our pillow cases with candy, I didn’t have a costume at all. My quick…

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This year’s version of Hillsborough’s now-annual gingerbread house celebration will be one for the books. Now in its third year, the event that matches engineering, architecture, baking, and the candy section at Target, is back with a few changes.

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In Hollywood and politics, a ‘fixer’ generally is someone who makes problems go away, sometimes through means that can be shadowy. In regular-person reality, though, a fixer is someone like Jim Sholler, who spent 27 years with Fidelity Investments, not so much fixing problems, but more like …

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On paper, it looks like something from in the future. But to Jodi Bakst, the driving force behind a potential ‘net-zero’ neighborhood in Orange County, the development should be something North Carolinians see more frequently, and in present times.

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Yep Roc Records, the independent record label based in Hillsborough, is celebrating 25 years in business this year. Twenty-five years of signing and representing lesser-known musicians. Twenty-five years of watching its artists achieve audience growth and exposure. Twenty-five years of strik…

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When weather events, like Hurricane Ian, blow though the area leaving thousands in the dark, one group of professionals is immediately thrust into the spotlight: Lineworkers. You’ll see the Duke Energy trucks weaving through debris to get close to areas needing repairs; the bucket trucks ext…

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“A big, empty box that we want to fill with things that people in West Hillsborough want, and need, and enjoy,” is not the answer you would expect when asked to describe the Eno House, a century-old Methodist church on Eno Road, a short distance from the business end of Nash Street. But that…

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We stood looking out the living room window at the source of the smoke that our youngest son had brought to our attention a few minutes earlier by yelling, “What’s on fire?” There was no emergency, but we all were somewhat stunned to see our landlord in her pajamas, sitting on an old milking…

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It’s nearly impossible, right now, to open your eyes and not spy a business desperate for workers. “We’re hiring,” has virtually replaced “Welcome to (fill in the blank)” as a greeting. And so, when Orange County Animal Services launched a campaign with the words ‘Cats seeking employment’ sh…

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My mother taught me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all. Bernard Meltzer, the former radio host of a long-running advice call-in show, went farther down this path when he said, “Before you speak, ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is…

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About a year ago, Katie Murray did the equivalent of standing in front of an empty canvas and describing the work of art she hoped to create. Sure, there will be changes, sacrifices, revisions, unexpected compromises, but in the end, would the finished piece resemble what was originally set …

Invasive, non-native trees seem to be making the news lately.  Recently, the state of South Carolina passed legislation that will ban the sale of Bradford pears, starting in October, 2024, and offers a “bounty” of a free native sapling to any resident who shows proof they have removed one fr…

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In a weird way, the last half-decade has been a boon for Bingo, as in the now-popular phrase, “I didn’t have (fill in the blank) on my Bingo card, but here we are.”

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In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, a tractor trailer carrying chickens struck an overpass on I-85 near Hillsborough, then overturned and burst into flames. By the time the fire was extinguished by the Orange Rural Fire Department, the trailer was badly damaged, the truck’s cab was compl…

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Has there ever been a more enduring partnership than the one between people and flowers? Consider the most traditional times flowers stand by us: birth, birthdays, recoveries, weddings, anniversaries, death. Nothing is more reliable. Greeting cards get points for effort, but even those can r…

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Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood announced this afternoon that the investigation into the deaths of Devin Clark, 18, and Lyric Woods, 14, led authorities to seek a juvenile petition against a 17-year-old for two counts of first-degree murder. Juvenile court personnel with the Division…

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Orange County deputies responded to western Orange County this afternoon after two men reported discovering a pair of bodies just after 3 p.m., near a power-line easement. The men were riding four-wheelers checking trail cameras.

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A Hillsborough man was arrested today, Sept. 16, and a juvenile is in secure custody related to the fatal shooting of a teenager in June in Hillsborough.

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The Orange County 4-H group known as the Backroad Sharp Shooters once again performed well at the Central Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament held in late August, in Ellerbe. North Carolina has three 4-H regions, and Orange County is in the central division. Top performers — individuals …

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Finally, after two years of cancellations because of the pandemic and its restrictions, the Hog Day Festival is ready to run wild through the streets of downtown Hillsborough. Started in 1983, the festival is the oldest continuing barbecue festival in North Carolina. Because the event receiv…

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Imagine sending your child or grandchild to school without the basic resources she needs to succeed. That’s the hard decision many Hillsborough families face as they strive to provide a good breakfast and nourishing snacks along with notebooks and binders. 

Orange and Cedar Ridge’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made their way to Lake Cammack in Burlington on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 31 for the first Central Conference track meet of the 2022 season. Orange men’s team dominated the field, claiming six of the top seven spots and …

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From deep within the abyss of decadent frustration and a pandemic, something unexpected, wonderful, and yummy came forth. More or less.

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It’s always a big plus when you’re able to follow a passion into a career. But what if you have more than one passion and you’re still able to merge them into a business plan? Well, saddle up. You’re about to find out.

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The Eno River Academy varsity volleyball team has gotten off to a tremendous start to the 2022 fall season, as the Bobcats began the year with six straight victories. Led by head coach Meagan Kimbrough, a former star volleyball player at Person County who won two state championships during h…

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A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the fatal shooting of a young man in June in Hillsborough.

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The Orange County Historical Museum recently named Catie Atkinson as Site Manager, a post that was last held by Tanya Day, who took a position with Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill. Atkinson is from Orange County, and was raised on the Orange County side of Mebane, attending Hillsborou…

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Authorities arrested Uriel Garcia Garcia, 32, of Durham, in Statesboro, Ga., this afternoon in connection with the August 19 murder of Ulises Guadalupe Vasquez.

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call this morning at the 200 building at 405 Thomas Burke Drive, just outside the Hillsborough city limits. Upon arrival, they located a 26-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds. Although deputies rendered aid, …

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Coming off a disappointing 2-8 season in 2021, Orange High School’s football program is starting over with new leadership this season. Moving on is former head coach Van Smith, who made the decision in March to retire after 30 years of coaching and teaching. It was a difficult decision for t…

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The Orange County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Orange County. The case has been in direct communication with the Orange County Health Department communicable disease team and has been referred to isolate per recommendations set forth by the Centers fo…

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Locally, it might have been one of the worst-kept secrets, but the speed and distance at which news travelled that Hillsborough-based Wooden Nickel would officially open its second location in downtown Mebane only emphasized the town’s hunger for quality dining options.

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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.