The Orange County commissioner race will have Mia Burroughs on the ballot instead of Alice Gordon along with incumbents Earl McKee and Barry Jacobs.
In a statement released earlier this month, Gordon announced that she will not seek re-election after serving for more than two decades.
In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday holiday on Monday, the Orange County Landfill and all related services like hazardous waste collection will be closed. The Solid Waste Convenience Centers and Administrative Office will be closed. Curbside recycling will run as usual; place bins out by 7 a.m.
Orange County is going to use the Orange County Building Futures program to help its at-risk youth lead positive lives with training and continued support.
Through the Orange County Department of Social Services, Building Futures will seek to help young people between the ages of 16 and 21 get the skills they need to be successful, professionally and personally.
H.G. Jones knows how to put a mark on important historical events. He spent a lifetime doing it for others, serving as curator of the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill for many years. Before that he was director of N.C. Department of Archives and History.
A recent day at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village marked another important event, his 90th birthday. Not content to celebrate only with his friends, he joined with two fellow Galloway residents, Lee Stillman, who also became 90 this month, and Ted Reyling, who became 95.
Their friends and families packed the largest room at Galloway Ridge.
Two years ago when I embarked upon the dynamic idea of featuring local people and personalities and particular interests in the Hillsborough and Northern Orange area, I did so without any particular direction or set-course.
During this time, I have learned, been inspired, discovered, and in less than 1,000 words, attempted to capture the essence of a feature story.
“It speaks of a congregation’s perseverance, longevity in the community and most of all their faith in Christ.”
Those were the words of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Rev. Thomas Nixon on the 150th anniversary of the church this year.
In his 10th year with the historic church, Nixon also attributes the staying power of the church to a higher power.
Finally there is good news again about Chapel Hill in The New York Times and other national media.
After raking our university over the coals last week and then blowing on those coals to keep the story alive, today’s Times turns favorable attention to our town. The Times Sunday Book Review heaps praise on “Starting Over,” the new book of short stories by Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer.
Planning board chair Bethany Chaney will run for the Carrboro Board of Alderman seat left vacant by Mayor Lydia Lavelle in a special election May 6.
In a press release last week, Chaney announced her run for former Alderman Lavelle’s seat, noting her time as a public servant among the assets she would bring to the board.
Northern Orange County’s Vern Miller has made his life different with a wealth of diverse talents. Recently, when his first book, “Gypsy the Goat,” was published, it allowed Miller to share finally with a larger audience his pursuit of a creative outlet.
What can we do in Chapel Hill during the winter holidays when the campus is deserted and the doldrums begin to set in?
One good answer is, “Take a walk.”
Our town is blessed with many great pathways for winter hikes.
Erin Thompson’s volunteer efforts have garnered a state-level award and a resolution by the Orange County commissioners recognizing her donated time.
Thompson was presented with the 4H Youth Volunteer Award for the state’s North Central district for her work in the community.
Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee has announced that he will run for re-election in 2014.
In a written statement, McKee said that he will “continue to work on past goals as well as focus on issues which affect each and every one of us on a daily basis.”
Reading Without Limits is an innovative approach to get parents engaged in their children’s education while encouraging physical activity.
Piloted in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in October, Reading Without Limits is a community book project where pages of a children’s book are posted along trails in the community for families to walk and read together.
Carrboro is seeking suggestions from residents as it continues discussion on a proposed arts center and entertainment district.
Town officials held the first of several monthly meetings last week that will allow Carrboro residents to voice their opinions and provide feedback on the proposed 50,000-square-foot space for the arts.