Election season 2014 begins with the start of candidate filing at noon Monday.
Potential candidates will have until noon on Feb. 28 to make their intent official as they file to run for available positions available in Orange County.
“In the past, we’re normally busy that first day,” said Tracy Reams, the director of the Orange County board of elections. “That’s normally our busiest day.”
Sometimes great things come from having the courage to try something new.
Lucia Romano admitted that when she first got to the pool, “I was afraid I was about to fall,” but she didn’t let that keep her from getting her feet wet. By the time she was 8, Romano was competing in the Special Olympics.
Lucia joined the Carrboro High School swim team this season but has spent most of her life in the pool. Beginning with the Adaptive Aquatics program through Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation by age 6, Romano has gone on to become a strong swimmer, despite the muscle weakness that characterizes Down syndrome.
Whether it is through words and prose, the sanding of wood, a brushstroke of purpose, or the melody of a song that lasts generations upon generations, art, in any form, enriches.
The historic flavor of Hillsborough is a community that tastes better because of the influence of many local artists. Here, artist of all genres inject purpose and spirit and sustenance of character to a town of many characters.
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.”
This quote from Maya Angelou helps us remember how closely connected “Black History Month” is to the history and the horrors of slavery.
A headline from The Hollywood Reporter could be read to send the same message: “Oscar Nominations: ‘12 Years a Slave’ Remains the Film to Beat.”
You have never heard of these artists, but they have been composing, writing and singing for more than 50 years. They are not forgotten. They did not come into fame and disappear in fame’s shadow. They are not stage names. They are important in folk and musical heritage and they are becoming known now, even famous, touring and composing, and, in many cases, putting out a first album, in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
And what makes this all the more special is that all of this is from the efforts of a man and a following of believers at the office of Music Maker Foundation, it is all occurring in Hillsborough.
There will be help available for those wanting to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.
The main branch of the Orange County Public Library along with the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham Counties and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina have come together to offer free, public enrollment sessions for the ACA.
Former state Sen. Howard Lee of Chapel Hill have been elected to the board of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
While serving as the state secretary of natural resources and community development in 1977, Lee proposed the creation of a statewide hiking trail that would span the mountains to the sea.
In an effort to better serve clients, El Centro Hispano has a new home.
No longer in Carrboro Plaza, the Carrboro office of El Centro Hispano is now at 201 W. Weaver St.
Despite the new location’s smaller size, El Centro president and CEO Pilar Rocha-Goldberg said that it is more than adequate to serve their needs.
The Orange County Cooperative Extension office is inviting farmers and the residents of Orange County to the 16th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit.
Scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25, the summit will be held at Maple View Agricultural Educational Center at 3501 Dairyland Road in Hillsborough. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
If you were Hillsborough’s Allan Gurganus, you would probably want to kick back and rest a little bit after touring around the country visiting book stores and book groups to talk about the new book, “Local Souls.”
The three novellas in the book have gained glowing critical attention across the country.
Reviewer Jamie Quatro wrote in The New York Times, “It’s been 12 years since Gurganus last published a full-length work -- but if there remains any doubt of his literary greatness, his fifth book, ‘Local Souls,’ should put it to rest forever."
Morris Grove Elementary principal Amy Rickard has another reason to smile after being named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Piedmont Triad/Central Region.
After being named Principal of the Year for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in October, Rickard will now compete with eight other finalists for the state honor and cash prizes for herself and her school.
Celebrating 50 years, St. Thomas More Catholic School is kicking off the fun with an honor to its mission Friday.
A special Mass with the Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge and a golden jubilee dinner with alumnus and CEO of Habitat of Humanity International Jonathan Reckford will end Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 26- Feb. 1) but mark the beginning of the schools 50th year.