Government

Marijuana: Decriminalize or Legalize?

The resolution before the Orange County Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 15 meeting called for the support of legalizing marijuana. But that wasn’t clear from the title: “A Resolution Supporting the Decriminalization of Marijuana.”


Carrboro Ponders Reparations

The agenda item on Carrboro Town Council’s Sept. 2 meeting called for a discussion on tree distribution disparity in historically Black neighborhoods, perhaps as a way to tiptoe in to the topic of reparations. But the council never got to the trees.


Zoom Replaces the Room for Councils

Twenty-five years ago, market researcher Diane Bloom conducted focus groups on the then-emerging technology of telemedicine. As a community advocate and Chapel Hill resident, she also spent many evenings at Town Hall, waiting for her turn to speak to the town council.



Carrboro Makes Juneteenth Official

Juneteenth is now an official holiday in Carrboro. The Town Council has unanimously approved a resolution making June 19 — colloquially known as Juneteenth — a paid town holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.


Some Say Police Resolution Falls Short

At the Chapel Hill Town Council’s final meeting of the fiscal year, council members approved a heartfelt resolution to improve racial equity and public safety. Most community members who spoke, however, were underwhelmed.



Library Dodges a Funding Cut

The Chapel Hill Public Library dodged a bullet when a budget amendment proposed by Orange County Commissioner Chair Penny Rich to cut $568,139 in county funding to the library failed by a 2-5 vote.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 Town Wants Your Opinion

Should the Town of Chapel Hill offer an incentive for property owners to upgrade their own buildings and make them more energy efficient?




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…