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Trial Date Set for Man Charged with Death of Hillsborough Minor

A pretrial hearing for a construction worker who may be culpable in the death of a Hillsborough minor was held on Wednesday at the Orange County Courthouse. Judge Joe Buckner presided over the hearing and read Alejandro Suarez his rights before setting a trial date for him. An interpreter was utilized to translate Bucker’s statements into Spanish for Suarez, who participated in the hearing from the Orange County Jail. Suarez was arrested on December 26 after a truck at a construction site in the Forest Ridge subdivision rolled downhill into a house. That incident resulted in the death of...

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Chapel Hill Officials Consider Plans to Redevelop Village Plaza

The Chapel Hill Community Design Commission heard from representatives of Ram Real Estate earlier this month regarding the redevelopment of a shopping center near South Elliot Road. Speaking on behalf of the regional realty firm, Ashley Saulpaugh educated board members on plans for the property that residents have come to know as Village Plaza. Village Plaza currently houses businesses that include O2 Fitness, Eros Nail and Monterrey Mexican Restaurant. According to Saulpaugh, these businesses will benefit from façade improvements intended for the entire property. Saulpaugh also outlined a plan that targets a liquor store on the northwest end of...

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Contractors Sought by OWASA for Rogers Road Sewer Expansion

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority issued a request for contractor qualifications on December 20 that relates to a sewer extension project in one of Chapel Hill’s oldest neighborhoods. The project has remained in a conceptual state for the past decade as a result of events surrounding a defunct landfill that opened over 40 years ago along Eubanks Road. In 1971, the Orange County Board of Commissioners initiated a search for a site on which to establish a landfill. The primary location under consideration by the board was along Chestnut Ridge Church Road, which facilitated months of deliberation among...

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Ephesus Church Road Access Limited by Google Fiber Construction

The pursuit of faster internet connection speeds in Chapel Hill will produce a month of traffic delays for motorists who depend on access to Ephesus Church Road. Traffic along that road will be consolidated onto one lane from Tinkerbell Road to Colony Woods Drive during the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM while contractors affiliated with Google install underground vaults and cables. The installation is part of Google’s plan to establish itself as a cable television provider while offering internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second to customers in over 20 US cities. AT&T has a...

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Trial Date Set for High School Guard Accused of Sexual Abuse

A trial date has been set for Randy Sam Bradford, a former security guard at East Chapel Hill High School who was arrested on December 21 over allegations of sexual abuse. Judge Joe Buckner set the conditions for Bradford’s pretrial release on Thursday at the Orange County Courthouse. Those conditions included having no contact whatsoever with the alleged victim and payment of a $10,000 unsecured bond. Bradford’s employment at East Chapel Hill High School was terminated on December 13 in the midst of an ongoing investigation led by the Chapel Hill Police Department. Eight days later, a warrant was issued...

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Proposed Chapel Hill Housing Development Under Review

Plans for a proposed residential complex near the intersection of Amity Court and West Rosemary Street were reviewed last week by the Chapel Hill Community Design Commission. During the review, board members heard from Jared Martinson, an architect from Durham-based design firm MHAworks, on the multigenerational impact of the project. For the past two years, Martinson has pitched plan revisions to board members on behalf of developer Larry Short, who seeks to combine affordable housing with retail space. According to Martinson, this combination is the result of community input gleaned from meetings held earlier in the year, with participants...

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Hillsborough Holds Winter Solstice Celebration

Hillsborough residents in search of seasonal festivities have an opportunity to celebrate the winter solstice on Wednesday during the town’s second annual lantern walk. According to Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, the origins of the town’s latest local tradition lie with the Stickwork sculpture erected last year by Patrick Dougherty. Solstice observers and yuletide merrymakers are encouraged by Stevens to participate in the event, which falls in step with the ancient act of beating back the darkness of winter. Nearly 2,000 lanterns were carried over the banks of the Eno River by event-goers last year – a holiday spectacle that...

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Detour Set for Cameron Ave Tree Removal

Motorists in Chapel Hill may experience delays near the heart of the town from now until January 7 due to an area beautification project. The project entails the removal of four trees along West Cameron Avenue between South Graham and Kenan streets. Traffic will be diverted from that road segment onto Franklin and other adjacent streets during the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM through Thursday of this week. Four trees on Franklin Street are also scheduled to be removed during the first week of January, but no detours for that operation have been announced by the municipal government....

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Vehicle Intrusions Prompt Police Advisory

The Hillsborough Police Department is advising residents to keep their cars locked after a recent influx of vehicle intrusion reports. The reports suggest that thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles after hours near the Cornwallis Hills, Gatemoore and Beckett’s Ridge neighborhoods. Automobile owners in and around these areas who wish to prevent thievery should ensure that their vehicles remain locked when...

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Orange County Commissioners Approve Funding Increase for Non-profit Groups

A funding increase initiative for local non-profit groups was approved by the Board of Orange County Commissioners during a meeting held last Tuesday. Provisions for the increase were summarized by Chairperson Mark Dorosin, who explained that “a 1.2 percent target of general fund expenditures […] for funding outside agency operations” was the crux of the recommendation. Commissioners considered the opinions of two county residents, Hathaway Pendergrass and Riley Ruske, during their analysis of the measure. Pendergrass, who presides over the board of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, claimed that “allowing more options for capital funding” of non-profit groups...

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