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Even John Denver agrees, “Ain’t nothin’ in the world that I like better than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes.” Tomato connoisseurs gathered on the lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site on Saturday to enjoy the Heirloom Tomato Picnic & Tasting. Whit’s Ice Cream and Colonia…

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Sheriffs from across North Carolina gathered last week in Carteret County for their 99th annual business conference. While there, they elected New Hanover Sheriff Ed McMahon as President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood as First Vice Pre…

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“Something to Say,” a new art exhibit at the Margaret Lane Gallery in downtown Hillsborough, features artwork from residents at Orange Correctional Center (OCC) in Hillsborough. Visitors are encouraged to come “hear” their messages, expressed through a range of mediums and styles, by artists…

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This is likely the first time the word ‘trichotillomania’ has ever appeared in the News of Orange. It might also be the first time many of the paper’s readers have seen or read the word. Cana Gerald, a rising ninth grader in Orange County, has not only seen and read it, but she can spell ‘tr…

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When Orange County EMT Camelia Carr and Paramedic Nicole Sheyko arrived at the home of Susan and Steve Halkiotis, they calmly and quickly exited their vehicle with the necessary equipment to treat an allergic reaction, up to the worst case scenario of anaphylaxis. In the eight minutes from t…

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For about two years, toward the end of my high school career, I worked at a movie theater in Greensboro that mostly showed foreign, independent and arthouse films. The Janus Theater was owned by a man named Dr. Hammond Bennett, who became something of a pioneer in arthouse cinemas. He was a …

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In cinema, with few exceptions, the sequel is almost never better than the first; the remake is almost never better than the original. Since it reopened weeks ago after the pandemic restrictions on gatherings eased, the Chelsea Theater is proving to be one of the exceptions to the rule.

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Sia Yazdanfar talks like a person running out of time. But he will tell you he’s making up for lost time. A year ago, the Iran-born photographer, who called Hillsborough his second home, was maintaining a high level of frustration with not being able to return to his homeland. 

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A recent incident at a popular downtown Hillsborough hangout raised tensions and concerns about the presence of hate groups in the area, spurring the business owners to implement changes to address the issue.

Oscar Anderson Compton, 87, of Cedar Grove, peacefully departed this earth to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 9, 2021 with his wife and children by his side.

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Braxton Bragg was born in 1817 in North Carolina. During the Civil War, he was one of seven people to be promoted to full general in the Confederate army. He was, however, considered one of the worst generals of the war, developing a reputation of being unpopular with his own men, and for st…

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There’s an evolution going on in the dark at Yonder Southern Cocktails and Brew on King Street in downtown Hillsborough. A writer has become a reader, and then a performer. Witnesses, crime, shady detectives, and shadowy settings thicken the room. Heroes are absent, but an audience is there,…

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Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) wishes to inform the public about at-large dogs which are presumed to be wolf and German shepherd hybrids. It has not been confirmed that all of the dogs are wolf hybrids. These dogs recently escaped from their enclosure in Orange County, NC, and it is es…

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Authorities are seeking information on a fatal hit-and-run incident that happened at 6:35 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The State Highway Patrol responded to the crash that occurred on Wilkerson Road in Orange County. 

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The Hillsborough Rotary Club (HRC) proudly inducts Hilary Verville as president. The two-year Rotarian who served as President-elect the past year now steps into the shoes of preceding president Rick Ashby. Verville, who has been a dedicated Blue Devil for the past 14 years, holds a Master’s…

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With a folding table in one hand and a typewriter carefully grasped in the other, William Davis, better known as Endlesswill, creates an interactive poetry experience during Hillsborough’s Last Fridays Art Walk. Crowds gather to watch as Davis composes personalized poems from the inspiration…

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Hillsborough’s Last Fridays Art Walk has, over the more recent past, offered visitors a feast of creative talents — a buffet of arts, with music, visual and literary arts neatly portioned for the community and out-of-towners. Tour downtown’s half-dozen or so art galleries and then gather on …

 In Orange County, 21 percent of adults reported excessive drinking in 2016 — a rate higher than the state level of 17 percent. Excessive drinking contributes to health, criminal justice, social and economic consequences that impact both the drinker and the wider community. 

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The 43 chapter titles of Steven Petrow’s book, “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old,” work well when read one after the other as a sort of “to-not-do list,” or bulleted reminders, that anyone within earshot will nod in agreement or chuckle knowingly. 

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I first met Troy Manns at a Mental Health Legislative breakfast many years ago; he was the keynote speaker. Troy is a Peer Support Specialist, certified in Substance Disorders counseling. He is also a person in long term recovery from substance use; he therefore has critically important live…

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Three people were killed Thursday in a traffic accident on N.C. 57 near Strouds Creek Road in Orange County. The State Highway Patrol responded to the crash, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office assisted.

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Hillsborough resident Matt Karatz loves his 2005 Ford Mustang convertible. He knows every inch of his car, and has meticulously maintained it over the years. But about a year ago, when it came time to give the car a bath, Karatz rolled his dashboard dice on a just-opened business toward the …

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As she takes the edge of paper between her fingers, Katie Hayes exhales. She’s at that moment where the hours of planning, drawing, carving, inking, rolling, and burnishing are fresh in her mind, while the anticipation, excitement, and satisfaction of creating a work of art are on even groun…

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The Orange Rural Fire Department uses an A-E classification system for running medical calls. An ‘A’ — or Alpha call — is comparable to someone waking up with a kidney stone, calling 9-1-1 and getting help, minus the sirens and lights. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orange C…

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Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle Sunday evening on Orange Grove Road after observing the driver speeding and passing other motorists across a double yellow line. The vehicle, a 2009 Lexus, failed to stop before eventually spinning out near the inte…

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The parking lot behind the Hillsborough Police Department was abuzz with activity Friday morning, as more than a dozen kids -- and a few of the police department's finest -- put their artistic talents to work painting stepping stones in one of the town's activities to celebrate Pollinator Week.

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to Alice Miller Road off Richmond Road in Efland Thursday afternoon just before 5:00 p.m. in response to a call about a gunshot. Deputies located a man suffering from a wound to the abdomen. He was transported to Duke Hospital where …

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Alex Long had already determined he would attend N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro. He would then work on convincing his twin sister, Alexis, to enroll at UNC-Greensboro for the school’s nursing program. Alex wanted his sister close. Not to watch over her — he knew she was a fighte…

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Even the most optimistic high school staff members will say, come June, they are ready to escape the halls, classrooms and, yes, the students, for a much-needed break. Which is why it seems odd that as the Orange High School staff blissfully hits the exits, Jason Johnson can’t wait to get back in.

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Hillsborough’s community parks are now filled with the sound of music. Park-goers can enjoy the newly installed inclusive percussion play equipment at Gold Park and Cates Creek Park. A team effort on behalf of the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board, Public Space Division, Town Board, an…

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Quintana Stewart’s mask hides a beaming smile, but it’s impossible to miss her joy and excitement. Her quiet, introverted and, humble personality hide something else that would otherwise be hard to miss: confidence. 

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It seems almost cartoonish to think about, but bears really do go after honey when they get the opportunity. David Bailey, who owns and operates Bailey’s Bee Supply in Hillsborough, builds what he calls “bear-proof trailers” to set in areas north and south of Hillsborough for weeks at a time. 

I will soon become a third-generation graduate of Orange County Schools. My mother graduated in 1996 and my grandmother in 1972. I have grown up hearing stories that detail the troubling circumstances they had to endure while attending school here because of a lack of attention towards the l…

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At their June 1 meeting, The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided, for the time being, to pause talks of potential development of Buckhorn Area Study Area B, but that development of Study Area A could move forward once residents are brought together, informed of the cha…

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The crafted tastes of Botanist and Barrel’s natural southern ciders and wines are now being served in Asheville. Creating thirst-quenching beverages from their farm in Cedar Grove since 2017, the company is taking its talents westward. 

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What is your big-picture vision of what the Hillsborough of the future will look like? Moving walkways and floating cars? Electric car charging stations? Or more live/work developments with walkable retail amenities and conveniences? Or what about “green building” requirements for future aff…

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Early on June 1, a colorful and striped flag gently and quietly waves in a breeze at an identical flag about 30 yards away along Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough. The action, almost unnoticed and understated, repeats itself further up the road and splits down East and West King Street…

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A familiar face is returning to Orange High School as principal. Jason Johnson, who led the school from 2012 to 2016, was picked to take over for Matthew Hunt, who is stepping down. Johnson is currently the Executive Director of Student Support and School Improvement with Orange County Schools.

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Jenn Weaver has been Hillsborough’s mayor since 2019. More than half her time in service has been spent navigating an unforeseen and unpredictable pandemic with a town in tow, all while remaining stoic, supportive, sensitive, and smart. 

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The annual Hog Day Festival is a few months away, but its organizers are wanting to refresh the event’s t-shirts. And it’s calling on the community for help with the design. 

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With COVID-19 infections trending downward across North Carolina and much of the nation, many people are enjoying the relief of finally ditching the facemask now that vaccinations have been administered to more than half the country’s adults. People are also enjoying a little more levity. 

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There must be something in the water. Legendary Duke University men's basketball coach Mike 'Coach K' Krzyzewski, will reportedly retire after the upcoming 2021-22 NCAA basketball season, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. Krzyzewski’s announcement comes just months after UNC Tar Heels men…

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Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) apprehended a man on Old Greensboro Highway near the White Cross Fire Station at approximately 1:45 this morning. The man, a suspect in a shooting late Tuesday evening in Knightdale, also shot into a dwelling in the Spring Hill Mobile H…

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The Lambda Literary Awards presented the first-ever Randall Kenan Prize at its Lammys virtual ceremony Monday. It was the first award announced for the event. Kenan won a Lambda Literary Award in 1992 for his short story collection “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead,” and served on the faculty of…

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On the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2020, Atlanta Braves pitcher Bryse Wilson was trying to stay calm as the minutes before game time ticked away like the popping of a fastball hitting a catcher’s mitt. It was Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. He was facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.…

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This month, three interns completed semester-long experiences with my office. I want to tell you about them and encourage other students to consider coming to learn and grow with us.