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Its building is almost as nondescript as the packaging for many of the products that are distributed from the company’s 86,000-square-foot warehouse. And seeing the company’s name on the sign in front of the building and its 10-acre site might still leave you scratching your head.

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Our Hillsborough community, and all the communities touched by Beau Bennett — namesake and head chef for Beau’s Catering — has a hole in it the size of Beau’s heart, which was mighty big. Beau’s unexpected death due to an intracranial brain hemorrhage on October 8 has the many people whose l…

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Often overlooked in the ordeal of in-person schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic has been the role of the school nurse. For every teacher, bus driver, principal, and custodian who has had to do temperature checks, wear masks, and ask inquisitive questions about a student’s health, there’s …

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Steven Jude Samulski liked his nephew’s business plan for a pick-your-own farm so much that he provided much of the startup funds and the land to get the venture rolling. Keegan Czesak’s plan also involved providing produce for local vendors, and the construction and operation of the market …

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Are you craving thick milkshakes? Cook Out may be coming to your rescue, but it may take a while. According to Orange County public records, the property at 102 Millstone Drive in Hillsborough was purchased by Cook-Out Hillsborough Road Inc. The buyers paid $331,000 to buy the property from …

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I am proud of my hardworking staff. Collectively, we strive to provide ethical, efficient, modern law enforcement to Orange County, and we focus on building relationships and providing excellent service. That hardworking staff includes our remarkable K9 unit, and I am excited to introduce th…

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Where’s a good place in Chapel Hill to be stuck in traffic during warmer days? If you’re sitting at the light at the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and Eastgate Crossing, there’s a chance you’ll get to hear a live performance of some Led Zeppelin, or The Rolling Stones, Beatles, or maybe …

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Steve Bailey will tell you his favorite thing about the programs offered by the Josh’s Hope Foundation often starts with a not-so-favorable reaction from the people coming to the 43-acre farm just outside of Hillsborough.

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Just before the pandemic brought nearly everything to a sudden halt, the Orange County Arts Commission held its grand opening for 11 artist studios at the Eno River Mills. The new space was an instant hit and filled up with local artists, despite the Covid shutdown. 

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, working with a multi-county strike team, arrested a suspect this evening in connection with a breaking and entering and assault that occurred earlier today on Longwood Drive, a street slightly northwest of the Chapel Hill city limits. They ar…

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Kathleen Ferguson is totally cool with standing out in a crowd. Her fiery red/orange hair would catch anyone’s eye. In fact, it’s part of her strategy for earning respect in sometimes dicey situations. For example, when she first settled in Hillsborough, her neighborhood had a reputation for…

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Perry Howell, 31, of Hurdle Mills for the late-March theft of two HVAC units from the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club. 

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On Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough will gather to host a “Training for Making Change” workshop. It’s open to the community and is intended to “equip attendees with tools for organizing for tangible change.”

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It’s almost cliché to ask someone who has made it to their 100th birthday what their secret is to a long life. Their answers are almost as common — clean living, exercise, a daily shot of whiskey. Marie Torian, who celebrated her 100th birthday in August, gave an honest and humble response t…

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The Wooden Nickel, a popular and long-time establishment on Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough, is considering expanding into downtown Mebane. 

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On Sept. 15, 2021, staff accepted for review a non-residential Zoning Compliance Permit (ZCP) application and site plan proposing the development of the Efland Industrial Park. The project case number is SPR21-0006. The plan is for 886,240 square feet of light industrial/warehousing space.

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The Hillsborough Arts Council’s (HAC) newest creative duo continues to inspire the local art scene. Gift Shop and Gallery Manager Mollie Thomas accepted her new role as Executive Director in early August, while Ivana Beveridge was officially welcomed as Marketing Director and Program Coordin…

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The Orange County School Board met Monday evening to discuss potential changes and challenges facing the district and students as a result of the pandemic. It also received recommendations from the Orange County Health Department and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on whethe…

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The Town of Carrboro has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Carrboro Music Festival. The festival was scheduled for September 25-26 at venues throughout downtown Carrboro.

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Hillsborough has seen some fantastic high school sports teams roll through the area. This year, one group has stood out from the rest. The Cedar Ridge Volleyball team has been a dominant force, generating interest in the program’s varsity team. The squad, which is 7-0 so far this season, has…

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It’s a memory seared into our brains. The News of Orange County reached out to several current leaders in community services that were most affected by the events of 9/11/01, to get their thoughts on that tragic day, what it has meant to their careers, and what they feel looking back. 

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When he was 13-years-old, Kirby Saunders was riding bikes with a friend on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. As someone stepped into his path, Saunders quickly squeezed the brakes to avoid a collision. He tumbled onto the pavement, hit his head and saw his future.

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It’s a memory seared into our brains. The News of Orange County reached out to several current leaders in community services that were most affected by the events of 9/11/01, to get their thoughts on that tragic day, what it has meant to their careers, and what they feel looking back. 

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When Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Wallace was a young boy, he would stand between the knees of his brother, Johnny, and watch him try to figure out how to play an acoustic guitar. Jo Jo focused on his brother’s fingers as they were distorted and configured to make chords, paying no mind to the strumming. 

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Hog Day, a festival with a 37-year history in Hillsborough, has been canceled because of concerns over increasing Covid-19 cases. It is the second consecutive year the event has been done in by the pandemic. The festival was scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18.

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It’s a memory seared into our brains. The News of Orange County reached out to several current leaders in community services that were most affected by the events of 9/11/01, to get their thoughts on that tragic day, what it has meant to their careers, and what they feel looking back. 

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It’s a memory seared into our brains. The News of Orange County reached out to several current leaders in community services that were most affected by the events of 9/11/01, to get their thoughts on that tragic day, what it has meant to their careers, and what they feel looking back. 

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The Labor Day weekend starts tomorrow. The federal holiday officially exists to recognize the US labor movement, and Americans traditionally view the weekend as a celebration of the unofficial end of summer. Unfortunately, the Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest weekends every year. Th…

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Anna Linvill has a diverse background that has led her to engage in diverse experiences, that have ultimately shaped a diversity of interests. She is an Air Force Veteran and is on the board of the Hillsborough Arts Council. She is a musician, and at one time aspired to be a professional ope…

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Farm fresh and tuned up, Hillsborough is now home to Arrowtree Homestead — a farmers market and bike repair shop. North Carolina newcomers Katie Correa and her family of six transplanted their lives to Hillsborough in 2019, purchasing a dreamy three acres of woods and farmland. The homestead…

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Work could begin in a matter of weeks to expand from four lanes to six an approximately 11-mile section of I-40 from the Durham County line to the I-85 split at Exit 163. The project would be paid for with a large portion of $300 million in grant anticipation revenue vehicles, or GARVEE bonds. 

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When Blake Tedder was 16-years-old, he and his step-mother, grandmother and dad were traveling to and from Colorado for a late summer vacation. Blake’s dad, who was a skilled pilot, convinced his son to travel with him in the small private aircraft. The rest of the family flew on a commercia…

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If you’re a fan of live and local music, you might want to set aside Aug. 21 for a full day of an eclectic mix of tunes. If you’re a fan of live, local music and authentic Mexican food, you’ll definitely want to set aside Aug. 21, and wear loose-fitting clothes.

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“There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.”

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On a football practice field behind Orange High School, during what has been the hottest week of the year, about 60 members of the school’s marching band and color guard are standing, relaxed in casual clothes, distanced from each other, eyes forward, with instruments or flags at their side.

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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.

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help identifying two men involved in the theft of lumber from a construction site in Orange County. The thefts occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 2 and Aug. 6. The men drove a white van with a rack on top o…

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A dance team from Hillsborough took part in the World Dance Championship in New Jersey in late July, placing in the top 10 of the junior novice-level division. More than 50 teams took part in the contest. 

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The group of 80-somethings talked like they were still in high school, not like they’d graduated 70 years before. Who had class together? Who dated who? Who used to kiss in the hall between class? Whose kiss during a play might have made a few folks in the audience blush?

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“Collective History: Stories of the Colonial Inn” is out and available for purchase. The book, which rolls out, from groundbreaking to grand re-opening, the history of the most recognizable building in Hillsborough, was written and compiled by Amanda Boyd.

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Tigers, and snakes, and wolf hybrids, oh my! The streets of the Triangle have become a roaming place for many unique household pets. Adding to the list of lost exotic animals, one Hillsborough family asks the public to keep an eye out for Russo, their pet iguana. 

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With several key COVID metrics experiencing a drastic increase since the end of June, Orange County will reinstate its indoor countywide mask mandate effective 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The mandate will apply to anyone 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status.

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By most accounts, the wolf/German shepherd hybrids on the loose-thing should have happened in 2020. Dr. Sandra Strong, who took over as director at Orange County Animal Services after Bob Marotto retired, said the situation that, for several weeks, captured the imagination of locals is prett…