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When Anne Weston and her husband Barry attended a seminar on estate planning, she did not expect the presenting attorney to lead out with the question, “When all is said and done, who gets the body?” Anne had never considered estate planning from that angle...of repose. Then the attorney wen…

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As Chair of the Hillsborough Garden Club 2021 Garden Tour, Valerie Blettner has her hands full. Recently, she has handled fundraising, setting up the participating gardens, scheduling artists, and arranging sponsor tables at the ticket pick-up location (which is her driveway). And now, she’s…

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Synchronized ice-skating teams Carolina Ice Synchro (CIS) and Triangle Formation (TF) will lace up their skates together this season. The newly merged Carolina Formation brings together two of North Carolina’s most accomplished synchro groups. “Both CIS and TF have earned trips to Nationals …

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Julian Foster has a small business with a fleet of five cars unlike almost any other. One of the cars is a 1952 Rolls Royce Wraith; two others are 1957 Rolls Royce Princesses; another is a 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud; and the last — Foster’s favorite — is a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle. The fleet…

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Verville Preservation is paying homage to Orange County cemeteries. Husband and wife duo Michael and Hilary Verville restore and help maintain the headstones that mark our loved one’s final resting place. “Cemeteries are places where people remember their loved ones,” explained the Vervilles…

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One year after Covid-19 put it in park, the Orange County Speedway is getting rolling again. Track announcer and Chaplain Dennis McDonald is hoping fans eager to watch something from some place other than their couch will return to races and other events planned for the speedway.

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Ross Carr Turner was a pillar of the Orange County community and surrounding areas through much of his adult life. He was a husband, father, grandfather, visionary, entrepreneur, barber, real estate investor, church founder, church builder, Pastor, Nurse, and community convenience store owne…

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To the untrained eye, participants at the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show and Sale look like kids and teens excited to show off the animals they raised. You could assume hundreds of hours went into feeding and caring for the cow, swine, goat, or sheep. We could give you the benefit of…

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Orange County Deputies responded to a check well-being call on Virginia Lee Lane in Efland early this morning and found a woman who had been severely injured in a domestic assault. Emergency services transported her to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce found itself in unfamiliar territory. With businesses shut down for the foreseeable future, and the future for many of those businesses suddenly unclear, the organization whose very core is hel…

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In January, I reviewed the criminal processes used to compel defendants to appear in court. Last month, I discussed the initial appearance hearing during which a magistrate sets conditions of pretrial release. In this final installment of the three-part series, I review current reform effort…

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Legendary basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement on Thursday after 18 years with the UNC Tar Heels. Williams led North Carolina to three national championships. He steps down after 48 seasons of coaching and 903 wins as a college basketball coach. The UNC team finished the 20…

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A maverick is defined as “an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.” Going by that definition, The Maverick – an alternative country music station with frequencies covering most of Alamance County and, now, Mebane and Hillsborough – is properly named.

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Do you remember your first date? Do you remember what you did, where you went? Did you go to a movie or to dinner? Maybe you went to a concert, or a race. An upcoming exhibit at the Orange County Historical Museum might help jar your memory.

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The price of gas has gone up. I know this well, as I fill up my car each week. I’ve seen on social media that the new administration is to blame, but presidents rarely have an effect on the price of gas. The recent gas price jump is likely more to do with the declining number of positive Cov…

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance photos today of a pick-up truck involved in the larceny of two HVAC units from The Cedar Grove Ruritan Club, located at 6116 Efland Cedar Grove Road in Cedar Grove. Thieves stole the units early Monday morning. Sheri…

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Six years ago, Michelle McKee went on a hunt for a t-shirt for her 3-year-old son, Isaac. She had hoped to find a shirt that conveyed her pride for Hillsborough. It didn’t go well.

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Squeezed between a couple of shops in a row on King Street in downtown Hillsborough, the tiny Tacos Los Altos just managed to get a little bit bigger. The popular Mexican restaurant just opened an expanded dining area and is waiting on the Orange County Health Department to give it the OK to…

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In her second virtual State of the Town Address, Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver reflected on the challenges and achievements of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the community’s work on striving for racial equity, and a new opportunity to engage in comprehensive sustainability plan…

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About 75 members of the Orange County community gathered Friday evening at the old Orange County Courthouse to remember the victims of the Atlanta shootings and in support of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander community members. The event was organized by the Northern Orange NAACP, Hillsbo…

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Orange County Animal Services has received its first positive rabies test result of the year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. This incident involved a bat and occurred in Chapel Hill, NC. The County recorded a total of 8 positive cases last year and 6 the y…

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A line of wicked storms possibly sent tornados hopscotching across parts of Orange County Thursday evening, snapping trees, swirling debris and peeling back a number of roofs. The Orange County Emergency Services did not report any injuries.

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On Wednesday, March 10, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Board of Directors concluded a special called meeting for the purpose of finalizing the 2021-2025 Realignment Plan and implementing the 2021-2022 sports calendar. The Board also altered playoff qualification…

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Many locals are pushing aside their grocery carts and subscribing to a farm-to-fork service. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) services have sprouted over the past year, with the growing demand for farm-fresh produce. CSA’s allow farmers to sell to the public directly, traditionally thro…

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Visual artists are often mischaracterized as people who draw (no pun intended) from inspiration and talent; who just see the world differently and ‘lose themselves’ in the artwork and process. But just as is the case with the performing arts — and in athletics — inspiration and talent are th…

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Almost one year ago to the day, Orange County Schools Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder was at the Welcome Center with a room full of staff members, making phone calls and developing a plan for closing the school district ahead of the pandemic. She knew only to be calm and measured as she pr…

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A truck stuck the bridge at the Orange Grove Road overpass on I-85 N. The truck crossed the road and rolled over on the south side of the median. The inside southbound lane (heading toward Efland) will be closed for several hours. Expect delays.

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Orange County Schools teachers and other staff members got to roll up their sleeves, get in line and get their shot last week in the parking lot at Orange High School. The district partnered with Hillsborough Pharmacy and UNC Health to provide COVID-19 vaccines. OCS employees who registered …

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help. Nicholas Robert Woodrum, 16, left his residence yesterday morning to run an errand. He did not return. After looking for him for several hours, his parents reported him missing Tuesday evening.

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Zim Torain stood helpless watching his home go up in flames, thankful that no one was hurt. The house, built in 1931, had been in his family for decades. Torain had been away from the house for about 45 minutes, running errands that Saturday afternoon when he started getting messages saying …

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Investigators with the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with a spree of catalytic converter thefts across several counties. The arrests resulted from an on-going, multi-jurisdictional investigation. More charges are possible.

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The Town of Hillsborough Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance to change the name of Thomas Ruffin Street to Lydia Lane. 

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission (HRC) rolled out the red carpet Sunday in celebration of the 31st Annual Pauli Murray Award winners Savannah Clay, Present Day on Main, and Quinton Harper. People nation-wide joined the ceremony on Zoom, showing their support for these remarkable …

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Emily Ivey was walking her dog beside the road that runs near her home on a brisk, beautiful day in February. A truck approached, and she recognized it belonged to her neighbors, Sam and Gail Woods. Ivey did what she’s done hundreds of times when she sees neighbors: She waved.

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It is downright disrespectful to steal another man’s boots, especially in Orange County. It’s only fair to mention that my Jeep was stolen as well; reckon I should start at the beginning. It was cold that night. Twenty-five degrees or so. The moon was less than a quarter full and with overca…

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The News of Orange County won three North Carolina Press Association awards for 2020. The weekly community paper won second place for Sports Feature Writing; second place for Ledes; and first place for Appearance and Design. The awards were the most ever for the News of Orange, and its first…

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This edition of The Lowdown is the second in a three-part series. Last month, I reviewed criminal process; this month’s column covers the initial appearance hearing.  With this information, I hope readers will have the background necessary for next month’s concluding column about bail reform…