Is Hillsborough ‘America’s Coolest Small Town?’

The Town of Hillsborough is currently running a close second behind Washington, N.C. in a contest to find “America’s Coolest Small Town.”

Washington and Hillsborough are dominating the contest on the Budget Travel website. Topping a long list of contenders, Washington, N.C. has a total of 4656 votes, while Hillsborough has a total of 4,376 votes.

No one else even comes close. The third-place contender so far is Huron, Ohio, with 1,850 votes.

While Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens praises Washington for its coolness, he’s urging WCHL’s listeners to cast votes for his town.

“It’s just a great place to live, work, play,” said Stevens. “And most of the things that make it the coolest small town are just the things that people who live there do for themselves.”

Budget Travel is looking at towns with a population under 10,000 that can boast of stunning architecture, unique history, great food and shops, and thriving scenes in art and music.

You can vote here for Hillsborough until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Website editors will the narrow the list down to 15, and voters will pick the winner from there.

The 10 finalists will be announced in February.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/coolest-small-towns/

“Ladies Night Out” Thursday In Hillsborough

Thursday evening, head up to Hillsborough for “Ladies Night Out”!

About 20 downtown shops, galleries and restaurants will be taking part, holding special events and offering deals for ladies (and gentlemen) from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

“Ladies Night Out is a fun thing that a lot of our shops and restaurants do every year right before Thanksgiving…so if you’re not going to the game, (head) to downtown Hillsborough,” says Mayor Tom Stevens. “And it’s fun…most of the shops have little specials going on – so it’s a great and very celebratory time.”

Ladies Night Out is put on each year by the Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough, the Hillsborough Tourism Board, and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

The Qi Garden on South Churton Street is one of the participating businesses. Lucia Shaw of the Qi Garden stopped by WCHL last week and spoke with Aaron Keck.

 

Visit this link for a full list of participating businesses and more information about what’s in store.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/ladies-night-thursday-hillsborough/

H’boro PD Seeks Armed Robbery Suspects

The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking your help in finding two suspects in an armed robbery that took place Sunday afternoon at the Hampton Pointe Apartments.

The full statement from Hillsborough Police is below:

SEEKING INFORMATION – The Hillsborough Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division is seeking assistance from the community in identifying two subjects involved in an armed robbery at the Hampton Pointe Apartments on Sunday, November 16, between 4:00pm – 4:30pm. The subjects were described as two (2) black males wearing dark colored clothing and were last seen running towards I-85 North near exit 165.

If you or someone you know has information pertaining to this case, please contact Sergeant S. Nicolaysen at (919) 732-9381 x30 or submit an anonymous tip via:

http://www.ci.hillsborough.nc.us/node/add/crime-tip

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/hboro-pd-seeks-armed-robbery-suspects/

Is Hillsborough America’s “Coolest Small Town”?

Your votes could win Hillsborough the coveted title of “Coolest Small Town” in America.

With its thriving food scene, community spirit and a host of literary luminaries, Mayor Tom Stevens says Hillsborough sets an excellent example of how rich small town life can be.

“I like to think of it as setting a good example,” he says. “There’s a lot of cool places – it really is about neighborhoods and people coming together, and taking the good things that (we) have and (figuring out) how we can accentuate those and make things better.”

Hillsborough is currently in the lead in Budget Travel’s nationwide online contest ranking towns with populations under 10,000.

You can nominate a town until December 2. After that, the list will be narrowed down to 15 frontrunners. The winning town will be announced in February.

Stevens reminds all Orange County residents your vote can help shine a light on a local gem.

“Go vote for Hillsborough,” he says. “We’ve been in the lead for a good while – and you can vote every day.”

Click here to vote in the contest.

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/hillsborough-americas-coolest-small-town-2/

Is Hillsborough America’s “Coolest Small Town”?

Do you think Hillsborough is the coolest small town in America?

The website BudgetTravel.com is accepting nominations for an online “Coolest Small Towns in America” contest. Fifteen towns will be chosen to move on to the finals – and Hillsborough’s currently in first place with the most nominations. Let’s keep it there!

Head online and submit your nomination:

http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/coolest-small-towns-2015-nominations,17/

The nominating process runs through Tuesday, December 2. The contest recognizes towns with a population under 10,000 “and a certain something that no place else has.”

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/hillsborough-americas-coolest-small-town/

Riverwalk Opens In Hillsborough

After years in the making, Hillsborough’s 1.8-mile Riverwalk trail is finally, officially open.

The town marked the opening of Riverwalk with a formal ceremony and a public celebration on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds turned out to experience the trail and hear a proclamation from Mayor Tom Stevens.

Find more information on Riverwalk here.

Located along the Eno River, Riverwalk is part of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Town officials first conceived of the idea in the late 1990s to promote active recreation, protect the town’s watershed, and generate activity downtown.

Visit this page for a Riverwalk scavenger hunt.

Mayor Stevens says it’s already working – as residents and visitors are already using the trail, not just for recreation but also as a transportation corridor.

Mayor Tom Stevens joined Aaron Keck on WCHL Monday to discuss Riverwalk and look back on Saturday’s public celebration.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/riverwalk-opens-hillsborough/

Hillsborough Celebrates Riverwalk

Hillsborough’s Riverwalk project is finally complete, and on Saturday, the town is marking the occasion with an opening celebration from 1-5 pm.

A formal ceremony will take place from 2:00-2;30, with remarks from Mayor Tom Stevens – then there will be three welcome stations open for the rest of the afternoon, at Gold Park, the Eno River Farmers Market, and the parking lot by Weaver Street Market.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Mayor Stevens about Riverwalk earlier this week.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/hillsborough-celebrates-riverwalk/

What’s The Big WHUP in Hillsborough?

A fresh sound could hit the airwaves in Hillsborough soon, as volunteers look to bring a new community radio station to life.

“Hillsborough right now is just crawling with all kinds of creative people and there’s this amazing critical mass of creative energy in the town and we thought that a community radio station would be a good way to catalyze it and provide an outlet for some of that,” says Bob Burtman, one of the organizers hoping to launch the low-power station.

The station, known as WHUP 104.7, will take to the air next May. Burtman says the organizers chose the call letters after finding more traditional choices were not available.

“WHUP came up and people were just going ‘WHUP, whoop, that sounds pretty interesting- that sounds like fun.’ Then there’s all these permutations like ‘put a whoopin’ on you’, or ‘big whup’, or one that’s probably not appropriate for broadcast. We all just sort of gravitated towards it.”

The station will broadcast a variety of music, talk and current affairs programming, but Burtman says the signature sound will be live music.

“We’re going to have a focus on live music, which is not being done in very many places. Live in-studio, live from various venues on a weekly basis, live from special events and rebroadcasts of live music. There’s a treasure trove of that out there floating around that has never been heard.”

The station will broadcast to a small geographic area, but will be accessible outside Hillsborough through online streaming. About 70 people are already volunteering their talents to the planning effort. The group is looking to outfit studio space in January and launch the station in the spring. To make that happen, organizers hope to raise $70,000.

The organizers are hosting the first WHUP fundraiser Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough. The event will feature an evening of music by Yep Roc recording artist Josh Rouse.

Tickets are $5 and are available either at the door or in advance via etix. For more information, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/entertainment/whats-big-whup-hillsborough/

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Evening

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV wrapped up Tuesday for nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ran Northam on the WCHL Tuesday Evening News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

 

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-evening/

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Morning

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV is already upon the nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Tuesday Morning News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-morning/