Government

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.

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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…


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…