Orange Slices

Hillsborough, NC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Hillsborough was founded in 1754 on the spot where the Great Indian Trading path crossed the Eno River, and though over 260 years have passed since then and much has changed, somehow this small town in the middle of North Carolina has been able to maintain historical luster. Landmarks abound including one for the Riverwalk…

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Welcome Back.

North Carolina has entered Phase 2 of the gradual re-opening of our economy and the resumption, to the degree that it’s possible, of our day-to-day lives. Welcome Back. Our Pledge is a Shared Commitment with You to Keep Each Other Healthy.


Spotlight on Luke Zhang, Founder, Dunk or Three

Among the many things this pandemic has robbed us of, the absence of sports is a loss that’s deeply felt – but enthusiasm for sports hasn’t waned. Take Luke Zhang, for instance. He’s just a regular guy who loves the game of basketball.


Memorial Day 2020

America is the land of opportunity and a beacon of hope and freedom because our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen have fought valiantly to defeat tyranny and terror, and to protect the liberties we hold most dear. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.



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. 


Local Organizations In Need of Support

I hope this finds you in good health, safe and secure in your own homes. We’re all entering an uncharted territory, struggling to maintain a sense of community while at the same time – and most importantly – keeping ourselves and others healthy.


Chapel Hill & Carrboro Development Project Update

It’s too early to forecast the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the building industry. Here is a recap of several key projects in Chapel Hill and Carrboro currently in the planning stage.


In Their Own Words

I hope this finds you in good health, safe and secure in your own homes. We’re all entering an uncharted territory, struggling to maintain a sense of community while at the same time – and most importantly – keeping ourselves and others healthy.


Club Nova’s Story

Mental health is one of the most important issues of our time. Whether you suffer, have suffered or know someone who does, it affects us all. While statistics tell us that one in four people experience a mental health condition…




Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

I first met David Joseph, owner of School of Rock, when our kids attended Scroggs Elementary together. In my job as the Visitors Bureau director, I was inspired by the quiz show called “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”



New Development Projects in Progress

Within the next decade, the Chapel Hill area is scheduled to open an expanded Science Center, a gourmet Grocer, and a Turkish Cultural Center. And there’s more.



Orange County to Host Agricultural Summit, Open to the Public

February 10, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cedar Grove Community Center. As world leaders address the challenge of feeding the earth’s growing population, Orange County is providing entrepreneurs with both the inspiration and the resources to find solutions. 


American Legion Club Grand Opening

The new American Legion Club, 3700 NC Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill, will host its official grand opening on April 18, 2020. The public is invited to attend.


Get Current

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, an immersive arts venue and studio space, opened to the public in February 2018. Since then its 7,000 square-foot state-of-the-art black box-style theater has hosted music, dance and theater.



Tis the Season to Take a Hike

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Ah, Orange County’s beauty. A hush falls over the woods in winter. But the quiet unlocks a secret world that you miss out on during…


2019: The Year of the Cradle

1969 was the year that the Cat’s Cradle opened its doors, and gave music a place to live and be live in the Triangle. First in Chapel Hill, now in Carrboro, bands will tell you that between D.C. and Atlanta there is no better club than the Cat’s Cradle.


The Brown File: Mack Brown

Mack Brown, whose charismatic style and disciplined approach led the University of North Carolina into the Top Five, and the University of Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship, began his second stint as head coach in Chapel Hill on Nov. 27, 2018.


Two Towns, One Community

Recently I was talking with colleague, friend, and former Herald Sun columnist Neil Offen about Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The two are contiguous, one runs into the other, and often visitors don’t differentiate. But locals do. Here’s Neil’s perspective…





Tiny Home Village

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Tourists are drawn to Orange County with certain expectations, just as they are everywhere else they may visit. It’s a feature-driven decision: culture, architecture, dining,…



Walking Tours in Orange County

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Walking tours offer a wonderful way to see an area, get your bearings, and learn about a locale from an expert. After all, half the…


College Towns Are Next Big Thing for Entrepreneurship

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli With students and recent graduates all over the country experiencing startup fever, college towns are the next big thing for entrepreneurship. Even though nearly 47% of venture…


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…