Kelly Fahey

Food for the Summer Sees Growth in 2018

Food for the Summer recently wrapped up its third summer after serving over 50,000 meals this year. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, who was a driving force in the program’s origination, said the town is working to find ways for the program to serve even more children next summer. “Lots of enrichment programs, lots of interactions,” Hemminger said in a recent interview when describing what she envisioned adding to the program. “We’re continuing to try and make this program even better. We met with the school board on Monday night to talk about how we can give more opportunities...

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Hillsborough’s Daniel Boone Village Sells

Hillsborough’s Daniel Boone Village has sold to the developers from the Collins Ridge development under the name Daniel Boone Landco, LLC. The nearly 60-acre site once held an amusement park but has since become the home of the big barn and several antique stores. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says that although specifics have not been released, the land will likely become a shopping center to service the Collins Ridge development, the first phase of which is being constructed directly behind the Daniel Boone Village. “Right now, it’s already zoned commercial,” the mayor says. “So, if they proceed, there’s no...

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Inaugural Orange County Local Fest This Weekend

The inaugural Orange County Local Fest is being held this Saturday at the Blackwood Farm Park in Hillsborough. Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners Mark Dorosin says the festival, which will feature everything from food trucks and local breweries to animal presentations, is meant to bring the community together to celebrate all Orange County has to offer. “[It’s] really just an opportunity for folks to come together and reintroduce themselves to the county and to Blackwood Farm, and really just to celebrate all the great things that make this county unique,” says Dorosin. Dorosin says the festival...

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Nobel Prize Winner Moving Closer to Opening Turkish Cultural Center in Chapel Hill

The groundbreaking for Chapel Hill’s new Turkish Cultural Center took place late last month. The center, which was approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously in November of 2016, is the long time vision of Gwen and Aziz Sancar, the latter of which is a native of Turkey and the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said she looks forward to the impact the center will have on the community. “The Sancars are doing this amazing project to bring community together,” said Hemminger. “It’ll be [for] visiting scholars; it’ll be a...

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Hillsborough Approves Colonial Inn Rezoning Request

The Hillsborough Town Board unanimously approved the zoning request recently for the soon-to-be-remodeled Colonial Inn. Allied DevCorp LLC is planning to add a two-story wing to the historic property which will contain an additional 18 guest rooms. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says specifics regarding a loading zone, parking and the sidewalk still need to be discussed with the board. “We approved the rezoning, and they can move forward,” Stevens says. “But there are a couple specific items that will come back in front of the board, and I think they’re going to get resolved.” Stevens says he doesn’t expect...

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2017 Visitor Spending Increases in Orange County and North Carolina

Domestic visitors to and within Orange County spent nearly $198 million in 2017, according to Visit North Carolina. A 2.67 percent increase from 2016, which represents a tax saving of $105.53 per county resident. Travel and tourism employs more than 1,900 people in Orange County and, according to communications director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, gives a local economy a major boost. “We’ve seen increases in tax revenue,” says Griffin. “The state tax revenue generated in Orange County due to visitor spending [was] $10.69 million, and local taxes, an increase of four percent at $4.33 million. So,...

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Ackland Art Museum Birthday Brings RedBall to Chapel Hill

The world’s longest-running public art installation is making its way around Chapel Hill. The RedBall Project, created by Asheville-based artist Kurt Perschke, is a 250-pound, 15-foot-diameter inflatable red ball placed in a different location around town each day. “The entire performance is temporary,” says Perschke. “Each site is just a day, and for me the project is very much about being able to look at the physical space we inhabit – the city, the town, the community – and play with it, literally, as a canvas.” The installation was brought to Chapel Hill through a partnership between the Chapel...

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Orange County Piloting Rural Broadband Project

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has approved a contract to develop broadband infrastructure for unserved or underserved residents in rural areas. Open Broadband, LLC will be servicing the 36-month pilot project, which will serve almost 5,000 resident address points in the county. Many residents of rural Orange County still rely on DSL for internet, which chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners Mark Dorosin calls a huge impediment for businesses, economic development and education. “It’s really impossible to understate what a critical element of our modern infrastructure broadband internet is,” says Dorosin. “If you live in one...

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Carrboro Holding Public Engagement Session to Discuss 203 Project

The Town of Carrboro hosted a public hearing on September 4 to discuss the basic schematics for the planned public library, arts center and more that will be constructed at 203 S Greensboro St. Perkins + Will, the architecture firm tasked with designing the 203 Project, presented three different schematics, including one that seemed to draw support from the Board of Alderman entitled “The Commons.” Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said this particular design received positive feedback from attendees of the hearing as well. “I don’t think anyone disagreed with the idea that ‘The Commons’ seemed to be the best...

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Governor Cooper Touts New Community College Student Grants in Pittsboro

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the Finish Line Grants program in July, $7 million dollars  in federal money intended to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies stay in school. The funds will help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care or other financial struggles faced through no fault of their own. The Finish Line program is directed at students who are close to graduation but might fall short due to financial hardships, and Governor Cooper said at a recent visit to Central Carolina Community College’s Pittsboro campus that he believes it will...

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