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Requests for Housing Help Skyrocket

Requests for emergency housing financial assistance have skyrocketed throughout Orange County, including a six-fold increase in Chapel Hill, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic lockdown.

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LATEST ARTICLES

We’re Losing Our Quality of Life

Construction is not progress. Destroy the woods and you destroy what Mother Earth has to offer. Continued and improperly managed construction puts our ecosystem out of balance and engenders the beautiful yet struggling wildlife.



In a Time of Need, Students Drive Up

During the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic lockdown, several students from the Chinese School of Chapel Hill saw local businesses and local residents struggling. They wanted to do something about that.


What changes in store for local police?

Orange County leaders and citizens gathered virtually Saturday to talk about what they have done lately to improve local police departments and what else should be done.


A Photo-Haiku from the Beach

Dear Reader: This week the Townie is on vacation at the beach, having quarantined for two weeks prior, so he can hug his grandkids. Without apology, this week’s abbreviated Lens turns to haiku.





High Schools Face an Uncertain Future

Any high school coach of significant stature lives by an annual schedule. When the final week of June rolls around, Jason Curtis is usually compiling paperwork for the upcoming soccer season and preparing for early tryouts.


Stop Cutting Down the Trees

Chapel Hill (at least those persons responsible for zoning and development) seems to be in the process of destroying our environment and town.


ArtsCenter’s Move Still On

ArtsCenter executives say the coronavirus pandemic will not delay the organization’s move to a new site. And the move is definitely still on.


Homegrown National Park

Global pandemic, crazy weather, invading pests: things feel beyond my control — but only when I forget about my gardening super powers. I imagine you’re finding solace in your garden these days, too. Digging in the dirt has never been so satisfying, it helps anchor my sanity. Having just finished Doug Tallamy’s new book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” I’m now feeling more powerful than ever.


THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS

Homegrown National Park

Global pandemic, crazy weather, invading pests: things feel beyond my control — but only when I forget about my gardening super powers. I imagine you’re finding solace in your garden these days, too. Digging in the dirt has never been so satisfying, it helps anchor my sanity. Having just finished Doug Tallamy’s new book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” I’m now feeling more powerful than ever.

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ORANGE SLICES


THE WILD SIDE

Intriguing Insects to Arouse our Wonder

When out taking nature walks, our attention is often drawn to the easily visible wildlife around us, such as birds flying by, squirrels scurrying up tree trunks and chipmunks dashing across fields and grassy areas.

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BIKE BEAT


THROUGH A TOWNIE’S LENS

A Photo-Haiku from the Beach

Dear Reader: This week the Townie is on vacation at the beach, having quarantined for two weeks prior, so he can hug his grandkids. Without apology, this week’s abbreviated Lens turns to haiku.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

High Schools Face an Uncertain Future

Any high school coach of significant stature lives by an annual schedule. When the final week of June rolls around, Jason Curtis is usually compiling paperwork for the upcoming soccer season and preparing for early tryouts.

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