Government

Solid Waste Making Changes

Chapel Hill’s Solid Waste Services is making adjustments to its operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.



Orange County Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Orange County issued a stay-at-home directive to all residents Thursday morning in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The order will take effect Friday at 6 p.m. and will remain in effect until April 30 at 5 p.m.


Town Facilities Closed to the Public

The Town of Chapel Hill has closed town facilities to the public effective to further promote the idea of social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.



Orange County Identifies First Cases of COVID-19

Orange County, North Carolina persons have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The tests, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, are positive. The people are doing well and are in isolation at home.






Large Estes Drive Proposal Comes Under Review

Chapel Hill’s Community Design Commission has reviewed a concept plan for a development that would bring hundreds of residential units plus retail and office space to the corner of Estes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.




Judicial Candidates Questionnaire

POLITICS TLR is publishing the responses of all the candidates who submitted answers to our questionnaires. Judicial Candidates Question 1: In order to render a decision, the Judge must determine…


The Census: It’s Time to be Counted

You count, and need to be counted, for the sake of all of us in North Carolina. The 2020 Census focuses on April 1, and it’s no April Fool’s joke.


Report Finds Two Systems of Justice

There are, in practice, two systems of justice in Orange County — one for the poor and one for those who are not poor, according to a new report.




Town Council Member Announces Future Plans

Council Member Rachel Jones Schaevitz, Ph.D., has announced her pending resignation from the Chapel Hill Town Council to relocate with her husband David and two young children to Auckland, New Zealand.




Town Council Race Goes to a Recount

ELECTION 2019 TLR Staff Report The Orange County Board of Elections will conduct a recount of the Chapel Hill Town Council race November 21 to determine who won the last…



How Should 15-501 Be Reimagined?

U.S. 15-501, the major road linking Chapel Hill and Durham, is likely to undergo significant change in the years to come. The question now under debate…


Election 2019 Results

Who will be representing you? Results from Election Day show that in the Chapel Hill mayor’s race, incumbent Pam Hemminger will continue in her position…


Growth and the Risk of Flooding

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report Over the past three years, 1,084,822 net square feet of impervious surface has been added in the town of Chapel Hill. Another 2,555,539 net…


The NC 54 Corridor

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli New American Legion Club Joins a Growing Corridor in Chapel Hill The new American Legion Club, 3700 NC 54 West, Chapel Hill, is scheduled for…


Aldermen to Decide Future of Natural Heritage Site

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT By Terri Buckner, Orange County Resident A public hearing set for September will help determine whether part of one of Carrboro’s most environmentally sensitive and ecologically endangered areas…


How New Construction is Changing the Community

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report As Chapel Hill evolves from a small university town into a medium-sized town with a university, growth means significant change is coming to the…


Where Did All the Trees Go?

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report Why is Chapel Hill losing so many trees? The past several months have seen extensive clear-cutting of trees in a number of different local…