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A Dismal Time for Local Hotels

Hoteliers around the world have not had a good night’s sleep in months due to the drastic reduction in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With stay-at-home orders, travel and tourism ground to a halt. Hotels laid off or furloughed all but a skeleton staff, and some hotel brands shuttered venues altogether.

Traveling Far to Find Your Home and Yourself

New Year’s Eve 2017 will always stand out for Jill McCullough. She got a lot of paperwork done. As revelers gathered at parties large and small across the Triangle, McCullough hunkered down inside her home in the Caldwell community in Orange County and filled out her application to join the Peace Corps.

Marching for Black Lives

Thousands of local residents — black and white, old and young — marched up Franklin Street Saturday in a peaceful protest to “honor lives lost to police violence.”

Council Statement Urges Banding Together

The Chapel Hill Town Council issued a joint statement Wednesday night in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the large-scale national protests that have ensued.

Music in the Neighborhood

It is highly unlikely that we will be going to concerts or festivals anytime soon. These kinds of events are missed, however, so when Chatham Rabbits showed up in the Glen Lennox neighborhood on a recent Sunday morning it was great fun.

Chapel Hill is Lighting Up

The night light might be bright. Duke Energy is expected to complete a month-long project of replacing 2,000 street lights on major streets in Chapel Hill with more environmentally friendly LED lights by the end of May.

The Latest from Weaver Street Market

Now that there is a “Shelter in Place” order, our stores will still be open, and you will still be able to shop for groceries. To prepare for this phase, here are some updates and requests:

Feeding Schoolkids When There’s No School

Thousands of K-12 students in Orange County rely on free and reduced-price school meals. Thanks to groups like TABLE, these students won’t be left hungry while school is out.

Staying Conflict-Free While Staying at Home

As Orange County’s “stay at home” order, issued because of the coronavirus outbreak, begins to take effect, it means more time around spouses and kids. For some families, it may mean college students and young adults returning, living at home with parents again. Roommates are now sharing space with each other almost all the time.

Community Treasures Nominations    

The Chapel Hill Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Community Treasures awards. These awards recognize long-time residents of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County whose kind hearts and good deeds have made our communities better places for all.

Chapel Hill Garden Tour

Don’t hesitate! Online Ticket Sales for the Chapel Hill Garden Tour, April 25 & 26, 2020, are NOW AVAILABLE at the link below!!

Food Insecurity in Orange County

Each year, the Orange County Board of Commissioners is asked to fund a number of important programs that address complex social issues throughout the county.

Local Organizations Bring Pickleball to Ghana

What is pickleball? It is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., with approximately 3.3 million people playing. And here in Chapel Hill we have a vibrant, enthusiastic community of about 800 pickleball players.

Singing in the Season

It was standing room only for the annual Community Carol Sing at the former Manns Chapel Methodist Church.

Local Teen Wins National Photography Honor

A young Chapel Hill artist has won national honors for her photography. Alex Rae Hogue, 16, has been named an honorable mention winner in the annual photography competition sponsored by the National YoungArts Foundation.

At the Inn, 12 Days of Joy

Now in its 22nd year, the 12 Days of Christmas celebration at the Carolina Inn has become a local holiday tradition.

Holiday Safety in Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Police Department is encouraging everyone to “Think Safety” around the holidays. Steps are being taken to assist members of the community to remain as safe as possible through the new year.

HOPE is Hopeful About Helping Adults with Disabilities

COMMUNITY By Michelle Cassell It started eight years ago with a Facebook connection between two mothers facing extraordinary challenges trying to raise their sons with developmental disabilities. It has given…

Coming Together, Years After High School

SCHOOLS By Jock Lauterer More than 50 years ago in Chapel Hill, there were two high schools — one for black students, one for white. Now there is one alumni…

A Local Swim Meet

SCHOOLS Parent volunteers work as lane timers at the June 27 swim meet between the CHCCR Sharks and the Hollow Rock Pirhanas. Parent volunteer Stacey Lange leads a group of…

The Whistling Man

COMMUNITY By Staff Reports Perhaps you’ve seen him on campus. Or more likely, heard him. His high piercing whistle mysteriously blending with the songs of the mockingbird, the song sparrow….