Coronavirus

Masks? The towns have you covered.

Need a mask, now that Orange County generally requires you to have one on in almost all situations? The towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill have got you covered.


A Baseball Dream Deferred for Carrboro High

For now, the closest that Kevin Ladd will come to seeing baseball at Durham Athletic Park will be whenever “Bull Durham” pops up on basic cable. Ladd, the baseball coach at Carrboro High, had more in mind for this summer…


Open and Shut Cases

It’s one thing to successfully guide a business through a recession. It’s another to start one from scratch during the worst economic downturn in decades. But three local entrepreneurs have done just that.



Carrboro Lends a Hand

Armadillo Grill, The Artscenter and the Community Worx thrift shop are among 10 Carrboro-based small businesses and non-profits receiving grants from a second round of funding from the town designed to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.



Stepping Up to the Test

The coronavirus pandemic has meant tragedy for many and hardship for almost all. Yet it also has given some the opportunity to make a real difference. That group includes Orange County resident Maria Joyce, a doctor with the Durham VA Healthcare System. Here’s her story. 


IFC Moves Residents to Hotel Rooms

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, which provides housing for those experiencing homelessness in Orange County, has moved a large chunk of its residents to local hotel rooms.


Town Launches Campaign Encouraging Use of Masks

The town of Chapel Hill is urging everyone over 12 years of age to wear masks or face coverings when indoors in a public place and outdoors when at least six feet of physical distancing is difficult to maintain.


Are we really ‘allinthistogether’?

#allinthistogether. Kinda. The hashtag trending on Twitter and Instagram evokes solidarity among the healthy and the sick, the employed and the paycheck-less, in the chaos wrought by COVID-19.


UNC to Open, Close Early

UNC Chapel Hill will re-open its campus for the fall semester but will start and finish it early “in an effort to stay ahead of that second wave” of the coronavirus, university Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday.


Hanging Tough in Hard Times

COVID-19 has touched us all, in ways big and small. I think first about those who are sick, and those who live in fear of becoming infected. I worry about those who are laid off, furloughed or working fewer hours, and struggling to provide for themselves and their families.


One More Benefit to Eating Well

We’re all suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic. While there isn’t evidence that plant-based eating will reduce the impact if one becomes infected, there’s plenty of strong evidence that it can greatly reduce the likelihood of underlying health conditions that make one more susceptible to contract COVID-19 in the first place.


UNC Ready to Announce Fall Plans

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz says the university intends to reveal its plans for the fall semester by the end of May.


Local Businesses Start to Reopen

For Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses, it’s now time for phase one. That’s the initial segment of Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to slowly re-open the state economy, which essentially has been shut down for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.




Why Filling Out the 2020 Census is Important

Most of us know that the 2020 Census count began in January, since we’re getting reminders what feels like every other day. I will confess: I used to roll my eyes every time I got another flyer in the mail, or saw a commercial on television or online. 





The House at Gatewood

The House at Gatewood, located along Highway 70 just north of downtown Hillsborough, derives its name from longtime resident Dr. Joseph Gatewood, who practiced dentistry in the area and lived on the grounds for over 30 years. 


PPEople Providing Protection

It’s easy to do. The components are available, and you might even already have some of them at home. And the end-product is desperately needed.




Local Tourism and Hospitality Industry Today

There’s no question that the tourism and hospitality industry is being shattered by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Retail, restaurants, food service, and hotel accommodations, as well – nothing is being spared.


Retirement Communities Fight the Threat

While COVID-19 poses a significant threat to people aged 65 and older, Chapel Hill’s three retirement communities have worked hard to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay and protect their residents.


Keeping a Business Alive During the Pandemic

Driving to my empty store on a Saturday in mid-March, physically hurting from two weeks of manic bookselling, I made the usual 30-minute trip in 20, cruising through an empty college town that should be full of life.


How to Help Neighbors and Friends While Social Distancing

Just a few weeks ago, many of us had never heard the term “social distancing” before. Now, with schools cancelled and many working from home, the town has been receiving a lot of questions about how to help one another and stay connected while also staying safe.



Community Responds to Increased Food Demand

The Town of Chapel Hill Public Housing department, in conjunction with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and PORCH hunger relief organization, distributed large boxes of food to over 350 households on Wednesday, April 8.