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The Cool Spring Downtown District worked in collaboration with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s staff to install “The Unity Bell”—a new, temporary art installation—on an art pad at the corner of Hay and Green streets on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Artist John Shoneman, who hails fro…

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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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North Carolinians who are 65 years of age or older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. North Carolina moved into phase two of the COVID vaccine distribution as of Jan. 14. The North Carolina Health and Human Services announced the revised version of the vaccination rollout prog…

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A short tour of Allan Gurganus’ home offers a curious peek at the method by which he collects things. Busts, artwork, framed portraits and books, all placed perfectly, lovingly and with careless order. Gurganus’ latest book, “The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus,” is the writer’s sixth.…

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The pandemic may have done the one thing to Dr. Millicent Rainey that two retirements couldn’t: Keep her out of a classroom. That, coupled with a recent surgery, kept her from participating in this year’s Northern Orange Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration March, which was converted to a pa…

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The morning air was chilly and breezy, but the sun was bright and the smiles were wide as cars lined up in the parking lot near N.C. 70 and Churton Street to take part in the Northern Orange MLK Day parade. Members of area organizations and churches decorated their cars, vans and buses with …

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I was 13-years-old and on a family vacation to Disney World when I first realized that access to health care was a privilege and not a right. That when disaster strikes, when you’re the most vulnerable you’ve ever been, when your life could be at stake, you could be turned away.

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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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Hillsborough welcomes the stylings of Robin Turner and the Say Wear Boutique. The women’s clothing store can be found on Churton street next to the Hillsborough Habitat Restore. With a successful career in residential concrete, Turner has always dreamed of a life in fashion. “As a child, I w…

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The Orange County Historical Museum is seeking assistance with its upcoming exhibit, “Date Night: Orange County Fashion, Food, Music, and Fun.”  It is looking for clothing, photographs, and objects related to dating from 1900 to 1999 throughout the county.

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The results of the Gingerbread Competition have been announced, and the winner is: the Hillsborough community. The fundraising contest registered 680 total votes and pulled in $3,200 for the Community Giving Fund’s Housing Assistance program.

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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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The Board of Commissioners in Hillsborough, Monday night voted to pass an ordinance offering broad protections to members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. The vote makes Hillsborough the first municipality in the state to pass LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections in recen…

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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…

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to North Carolina! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in March 2021.

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To say 2020 was a challenging year would be a bit of an understatement. And to add insult to injury, as the year wrapped up and we begin another, we see a pandemic that is getting worse, not better, after ten long months and even as vaccines begin. We see our neighbors and beloved local busi…

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January 6 marks one year for me as Managing Editor at the News of Orange County. In the 12 months prior to my arrival, the paper had seen four different editors, although one of them — Adam Powell — was keeping the ship afloat until I started. He returned to his duties as Editor at the Meban…

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Last night, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a large tent on the property at 1021 Palmers Grove Church Road, the site of the Palmers Grove Community Center. Once on scene, they found approximately 100 people attending a New Year’s Eve party. Following an investigat…

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If you enjoy a good understatement, how’s this one? This year has been difficult.  However, despite the pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, and in many ways because of them, there have been upsides. For example, we are working with other components of the justice system and involved s…

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New Year’s Eve is traditionally the busiest night of the year for illegal celebratory gunfire. Not only is it illegal, it is dangerous, and can be fatal.

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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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The number of larceny from a motor vehicle incidents in Hillsborough jumped in December, including 10 reported incidents on Dec. 9 at the Patriots Pointe Apartments. Not since September, when the Hillsborough Police Department responded to 20 calls, has the number of reported automobile brea…

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Volunteers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office donned their elf hats and joined Sheriff Blackwood in the toy section of Walmart for its annual Shop With A Sheriff. The holiday tradition gathers toys for Orange County children and families. The shopping spree is made possible through spon…

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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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A group of eight tractors and two trucks paraded around parts of Hillsborough Saturday, to celebrate the efforts of a group of former and current Orange High School students, who collected food for 50 Orange County families in need.

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Residents and employees at long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout Orange County prepare to receive Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this week. The second COVID vaccine to be approved this month, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna's COVID vaccine on December 18…

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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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Three weeks ago I looked out my living room window and – much to my surprise — saw big fat snowflakes dancing downward from the clouds. Unpredicted by the weather service, the snow felt like a Christmas miracle, since even a 30-minute squall is rare this early in central North Carolina. With…

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“What do you want for Christmas?” For much of my life, I’m somewhat ashamed to say, my answer to that question has come from a place in my brain that enjoys material things. This year has cast a whole new light on what I find valuable and precious. This is a sign of maturity, and I’m glad I’…

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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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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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Local entrepreneurs are sponsoring a Gingerbread Competition in Historic Downtown Hillsborough to spread cheer over the holidays and promote donations to a local fund to prevent community members from being displaced during COVID-19 and financial insecurity.

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The University of North Carolina Medical Center (UNC) is one of 11 North Carolina hospitals prepared to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. On Dec. 11, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and …

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A former Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy died Saturday at his home in eastern Guilford County after being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, where Master Corporal Deputy Sheriff Norman Daye worked for the last 16 years. 

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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.