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Transit Director Appointed in Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has selected Theo Letman to lead a new department of the municipal government that will focus on public transportation. Letman’s appointment to the Orange County Public Transportation Department was announced on Thursday in a press release from the Orange County Community Relations Department. As transit director, Letman will foster collaboration between transit stakeholders throughout the county while ensuring compliance with federal and state laws as they apply to public transportation. These stakeholders include GoTriangle and Chapel Hill Transit. Letman stated that he looks forward “to working on improving the transit options and connectivity...

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Felony Larceny Case Under Investigation in Carrboro

The Carrboro Police Department is investigating a case of felony larceny that occurred before dawn on January 5 in the Autumn Woods apartment complex on Old Fayetteville Road. According to initial police reports on this case, the victim lost over $8,500 in cash and property when his car was targeted for a break-in between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM on Thursday. The victim approached his car at 6:50 AM and noticed that one of his rear door windows had been shattered. After taking stock of missing items in his vehicle, he dialed 911 to report a...

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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Orange County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Orange and neighboring counties in response to projected snowfall across central North Carolina. The warning will remain in effect from Friday evening to Saturday evening, with three to five inches of snow accumulation possible in the Triangle area during that time. Kirby Saunders, the emergency management coordinator for Orange County Emergency Services, has advised residents to be prepared for the effects of severe weather in a variety of ways. “Have an emergency kit that should include at least a three-day supply of provisions,” stated Saunders, who went onto remind infirmed...

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Hillsborough Mayor Outlines Development Plans for 2017

Eminent domain proceedings on a building with historical significance in Hillsborough may be completed this year according to Tom Stevens, the town’s mayor. The building sought for appropriation by the Hillsborough municipal government is the Colonial Inn, a hotel erected in 1838 that operated for over 130 years before falling into a state of disrepair. The Carolina Inn was auctioned off in 2002 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to Francis Henry, a real estate mogul whose name appears on a stadium at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2003, Henry has been embroiled in a dispute with town officials regarding the...

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Gas Prices Climbing Across the US

A press release issued by AAA on Tuesday claimed that motorists are paying the highest turn-of-the-year gas prices since January of 2014. The national average cost of gas as of January 3 is $2.34 per gallon and rising. According to aggregate data from GasBuddy, motorists paid an average of $2.15 for a gallon of gas on New Year’s Day in 2015 and $3.30 per gallon on that same day in 2014. AAA attributed the rise in prices to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies and its decision to cut crude oil output for the first time in eight years....

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Census Planned for Orange County Homeless Population

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness will conduct a census of the local homeless population on January 25. This census is part of the Point-in-Time count, which is administered once a year by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Corey Root, the homeless programs coordinator in Orange County, explained that the purpose of the PIT count is to account for US citizens who are “the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable.” Eighty homeless people were identified in Orange County during the census of 2016. Root noted that 15 of those 80 individuals were living without shelter....

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UNC Professor Claims North Carolina is not a Democracy

A political science professor at UNC-Chapel Hill claimed that North Carolina is “no longer considered to be a fully functioning democracy” in a recent op-ed published by The News & Observer. Dr. Andrew Reynolds, a London-born career academic who previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, came to this conclusion by citing work done by the Electoral Integrity Project, an Australia-funded group of scholars based at the University of Sydney. Research published by the EIP hinges on a metric devised in part by Reynolds called the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity Index. This metric ranks territories on a scale...

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Memorial Service Held for Hillsborough Minor Killed in Accident

A memorial service was held on Friday in Hillsborough for Everett Copeland, a local minor who died on December 26 from injuries sustained in a construction accident. The service was hosted by newhope Church, a contemporary Christian ministry based in Durham whose congregation includes the Copeland family. At the church’s campus in Hillsborough, relatives of Everett reminisced about his life to a somber audience of supporters and first responders. “He was a great, incredible kid,” professed Chris Peltz, the pastor who led the service. Everett’s mother, Ashley, fought back tears with her husband, Bill, while explaining that their son...

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Christian Ministry Plans Memorial Service for Deceased Hillsborough Minor

A contemporary Christian ministry will hold a memorial service on Friday in Hillsborough for Everett Copeland, a local five-year-old boy who was killed on December 26 by a runaway dump truck. Pastor Chris Peltz of newhope Church, a Durham-based religious group with branches in the Carolinas and Kenya, will lead the service on the same day as Everett’s tentatively scheduled funeral. The service will be held at 512 US-70, Hillsborough, NC 27282. According to information released by newhope Church, all are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 2:00...

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Headhunters Seek Executive Director for Local Non-profit Group

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, a non-profit advocacy group that supports homeless residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, has partnered with a search firm to find its next executive director. Michael Reinke served as the executive director for the IFC before stepping down in August – an event that prompted the group’s board of directors to request the return of his predecessor, John Dorward. Dorward retired in 2015 after 35 years of work for non-profit groups. He noted that his reintroduction to the workforce is temporary, as executive recruiters have been asked by the IFC to find his...

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