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UNC Investigating Possible Check-Cashing Scam

The UNC Department of Public Safety is looking into a possible check cashing scam. DPS says multiple victims have recently contacted them about the scam. Victims have been contacted through University email and Craigslist job postings with requests for babysitting or personal assistant work. DPS is encouraging anyone receiving a check from a suspect who requests that they either deposit or cash the check and then send the suspect funds in return should contact the UNC Public Safety at (919)...

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Vice Chair of Orange County Board of Commissioners Not Running for Re-Election

County Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier says she’s ready to take on a new challenge. After two terms on the Orange County Board of Commissioners, Bernadette Pelissier announced she won’t be seeking re-election next year. Instead, she’ll pursue a long-time dream, running a farm with her family in Cedar Grove. “Between my children and myself, we have four acres of blueberries,” says Pelissier. “I’m considering things like kiwi and blackberries. We have plans to do a cidery with blueberries and apples. I have no idea yet what it will evolve into.” Pelissier was first elected to the board in 2008. Looking...

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Incumbents win in Hillsborough

Hillsborough voters welcomed two incumbents and one newcomer to the Town Board. Commissioner Evelyn Lloyd returns for her seventh term in office. Commissioner Brian Lowen returns for his fifth. Lloyd received 618 votes; Lowen 611. Eric Hallman opted not to run for re-election, paving the way for Mark Bell to take his place, beating out challengers Ashley DeSena and Cindy Talisman. Bell received 602 votes. DeSena received 167 votes and Talisman received 116 votes. Bell has served on the town’s Historic District Commission and on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough. Historic preservation played a...

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Unopposed Carrboro Leaders Look to Future

Carrboro incumbents sailed to victory on Tuesday, as all were running unopposed. Mayor Lydia Lavelle was re-elected to her second term with 1,746 votes. Alderpeople Bethany Chaney, Damon Seils, and Michelle Johnson received 1,585, 1,562 and 1,635 votes. In the coming year the board will tackle questions of how to regulate parking in downtown Carrboro, as well as how to accommodate a request from the IFC to relocate the non-profit Community Kitchen to Main...

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