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From the day it first opened its doors in August 2019, the owners of Hillsborough Cheer and Dance knew the location on Churton Street wasn’t ideal for the studio, but it would have to do. For years, before and after Hillsborough Cheer and Dance began offering classes, Dorothy O’Neill has bee…

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Kent Murray has probably seen more Hillsborough residents and their families dressed in their Sunday best over the last 40 years, than many churches see in that span of time. Seen more tie straightening, hair fussing, and re-application of makeup than any high school prom or wedding. And he’…

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The theater group from Orange High School, under the direction of Blake Wilson, attended the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) Festival Nov. 5, 2021. It came away with several group and individual acting awards, among eight other North Carolina schools that participated that day:

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Town parks will remain closed today due to weather conditions. Hillsborough police advise the community to stay home and off the roads. Potentially high winds are expected to arrive around noon and could bring down trees and power lines.

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With a significant storm that could result in treacherous travel conditions and widespread power outages from several inches of snow and/or accumulations of ice, Orange County Chair Renee Price declared a state of emergency for the county on Saturday. The declaration becomes effective immedi…

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A Hillsborough father and son who are operating two separate businesses out of the same space are preparing for expansion. Levi Stecker owns CreativEdge, a laser cutting and parts fabrication company, and his father William Stecker owns Alchemy Identity, which produces metal cut art as high-…

When Edward Holmes decided to sell his successful Cruizers Convenience stores, the North Carolina native who grew up in Pittsboro turned to his longtime business partner, Rich Levin, to help write the next chapter in their business career.

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Bluestem, the first conservation burial ground in the Piedmont, will open in February on a picturesque piece of property on Hurdle Mills Road in Cedar Grove. Bluestem co-founders, Jeff Masten and Heidi Hannapel, will place the property under a conservation easement to be held by Eno River As…

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Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a four-part series that profiles Hillsborough natives who are doing remarkable work in the fields of science.

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Countdown to Christmas! Unlike last year —locked in and shutdown — I planned to fly to see family in New Jersey and Connecticut. I’d wrapped and packed my gifts, and had my United app ready for check-in. Like many friends—both here and far—I’d taken a covid-19 test as part of my trip prep. “…

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BREAKING: I’m two years in at the News of Orange, and I still love this job and this area of the state. I’m planning on staying for a while, but I’m not planning to write a self-congratulatory column about it each year. But, for now, I’d like to draw attention to some of the differences I’ve…

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This year, my wife and I will experience what we’ve experienced for several years now: Getting to bed at a reasonable hour on Christmas Eve. All of our kids are grown, and only one still lives with us. Another thing we’ll get to do is sleep in. No one coming into our bedroom to wake us up, e…

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The homes of people’s dreams come in all sorts of sizes and styles. Imagine a modern mountain home, with giant windows and panoramic views. Maybe a fully renovated historic farmhouse, with a wraparound rocking-chair porch. Or, perhaps a hip, industrial-style loft apartment in the downtown of…

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Hurdle Mills native Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was recently named one of Time magazine’s heroes of the year. This was just the latest recognition for Corbett, who was one of the lead immunologists credited with developing an mRNA-based vaccine for Covid-19. Orange County has beamed with pride for…

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Leading up to their appearance at the WRAL Invitational in Knightdale this past weekend, the Cedar Ridge High School wrestling team challenged Eastern Alamance in a home Central Conference dual team match the evening of Tuesday, December 14 in Mebane. The Red Wolves put it all together for a…

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If you read the story about the ongoing shortage of cut Christmas trees in Hillsborough, you’ll learn the situation will likely be around for the next few years. There’s been a bit of a joke about how decorating for the holidays is starting earlier and earlier. This now seems like a worthwhi…

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Looking for a Christmas tree to help celebrate the holidays? If you wait too long, you may be out of luck. 

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Hurdle Mills native Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was this week named one of Time magazine’s heroes of the year. This was just the latest recognition for Corbett, who was one of the lead immunologists credited with developing an mRNA-based vaccine for Covid-19. Orange County has beamed with pride fo…

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If it’s a Thursday evening, and you find yourself on West King Street within about half a block of Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew, there’s a good chance the from-another-time sound of Katharine Whalen’s voice and her jazz band will reel you closer to the bar. Her sound is unmistakable,…

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Sally Greene, who serves as the Democratic commissioner-at-large on the Orange County Board of Commissioners, last weekend announced through a press release her campaign for re-election. The full announcement follows:

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In 1980, at the age of 11, I got my first Rubik’s Cube. The 3-D puzzle was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture named Ernő Rubik, and was originally called the “Magic Cube.” By 1981, sales of the colorful, carpal tunnel-inducing toy were in the hundreds of m…

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Phil Harvey,founder of adult retail giant Adam & Eve and Washington, D.C.,-based family planning charity DKT International passed away Thursday evening, at his home in Maryland. He was 83. 

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If you’ve raised teenage boys, you’ll understand the bathroom is not a place they apply much attention or effort, especially when it comes to putting dirty clothes in the hamper. So, it might have come as a surprise when the Hillsborough Exchange Club turned to Mason Meyer, a senior at Cedar…

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I consider myself a creative type. I believe I’m pretty good with my hands. And, most importantly, I’ve watched quite a few baking shows. Not only do I feel capable of entering the Homes For the Holidays Gingerbread Competition, I’m confident I can participate without embarrassing myself.

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The second-annual Homes For the Holidays Gingerbread Competition kicks off this week, and the entries may be coming to a business near you. Nineteen businesses in downtown Hillsborough have volunteered space in their windows to display 29 sweet creations built by locals. The number of partic…

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For the past year and a half, students in Evan Mitchell’s advanced theater class have been frustrated with not being able to have live audiences for performances because of restrictions put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Even in the fall, when it looked as though the pandemi…

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Missing person cases typically involve people who run away, wander off, get lost, or deliberately disappear. We rarely work a true abduction or kidnapping case, but such a situation is always possible. People should call 911 immediately if they discover a loved one missing. It is a myth that…

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An image of Hurdle Mills native Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, is on display at the Smithsonian as part of the institution’s 175th anniversary. The Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian is reopening for the first time since 2004, with a wide-ranging multidisciplinary show called “Futures,”…

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With several key COVID metrics increasing, Orange County will continue its indoor countywide mask mandate. The mandate applies to anyone 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status.

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It looks like Hillsborough is potentially getting a new grocery store. Winston-Salem-based GEMCAP Development has submitted plans to build an Aldi grocery store on 2.66 acres of land at N.C. 86, next to the Sheets complex. GEMCAP’s plan is going through the Special Use Permit process, and co…

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Ashley Ward has spent much of her professional career in community work as it pertains to public health, especially the impacts from climate extremes. Much of her job has revolved around helping communities navigate federal policy and use science and research to improve decision making. Thes…

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If you can pick them out, whether on the highway, in the neighborhood, or at a charging station, electronic vehicles still get sideways glances and head shakes from a lot of other drivers. Gas-fueled automobiles are far and away more popular, but electronic vehicles, or EVs, are more frequen…

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Before opening her own dance and yoga studio, Stephanie Woodbeck was in New York working on her associate’s degree in massage therapy. She was struck by a story one of her professors would tell about a butterfly, and how when it comes out of its chrysalis, its wings are wet and droopy, and i…

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When she originally came to Efland Cheeks Global Elementary School as a teacher, Kelly Parks was seeking a change of pace, and potentially looking to get out of teaching altogether. What she found at the school was both revitalizing and unexpected.

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Cedar Ridge High School’s volleyball squad headed to Raleigh Saturday for the NCHSAA 3A state championship match against North Iredell looking to bring home the school’s first-ever state title. Mission accomplished, as the Red Wolves won a thrilling four set match against the Raiders to comp…

My office is undergoing a systematic shift in how we envision our service to Orange County. This change is represented by a new organizational chart, one that places the employees working closest with the public at the top. This is a visual representation of my belief that the deputies and s…

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Cedar Ridge High School’s volleyball team justified its No. 1 ranking in the NCHSAA 3A East Regional playoffs Tuesday evening by sweeping No. 2 seed Greenville Rose on its home court in Hillsborough, securing the Red Wolves’ place in the NCHSAA 3A state championship match.  

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Craig Lloyd continues to push the envelop for ways to get the most out of his family’s 800-acre farm. For two centuries, the land was just that: a farm. But over the last few decades, the Lloyd’s have shifted to holding events on the property. Some of them are more traditional, like the Tar …

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Orange High School’s varsity football team concluded its 2021 football season Friday night with a home game in Auman Stadium against Eastern Alamance. The Eagles had clinched the Central Conference regular season championship the week before with a victory over Northwood, and came to Hillsbo…

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help locating 16-year old Jessica Shambley. Jessica lives in Efland and was last seen late Thursday morning leaving Cedar Ridge High School in a silver 2012 Ford hatchback. The license plate number is RCR-5913. Those who know he…

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WHUP, the Triangle’s premier community radio station, will hold its annual on-air fall fundraiser from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, October 31. Re-dubbed the Fall Fund-a-Thon, the event will include special live music sessions by Asheville’s Anya Hinkle and others as well as guest DJ s…

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Orange High School’s women’s tennis squad made its way to Fayetteville the afternoon of Tuesday, October 26 for a second round state playoff matchup at Cape Fear. The Panthers stunned Wilson Fike on October 22 in the first round of this year’s NCHSAA 3A state playoffs, and headed to Fayettev…

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Local author Charity Matthews wants parents, grandparents, and guardians to encourage kids to do something that seems to fly in the face of common sense: play with your food.