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Police targeting vehicle break-ins

CHAPEL HILL -- As the Chapel Hill Police Department began investigating 11 car break-ins that were reported Thursday morning, it also announced a new initiative to combat them.

Officers root out marijuana plants at 7 locations in Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH -- Four law enforcement officers tore out 306 marijuana plants from seven locations this week in Orange County after National Guard helicopter pilots spotted the marijuana from above.

Computer failure leads to sewage overflow

CHAPEL HILL -- The failure of a pump station's computer system caused the overflow of 70,000 gallons of sewage early Friday at OWASA's Rogerson Drive pump station, the utility reported Friday in a news release.

Review in on Briar Chapel: Project meets most standards, but some issues in dispute

PITTSBORO -- An independent review of the environmental impact assessment of the massive Briar Chapel mixed-use development proposed for northern Chatham County found that the report generally meets standards but falls short in several areas.

Nonprofits offer opportunities to donate, shop at thrift stores

CHAPEL HILL -- Our area is rich in nonprofit organizations, many of whom support their mission with thrift stores that sell donated goods at discounted prices.


The Herald-Sun/Bill Willcox

Arthur Trice of Hinesley Thompson Co. works at the corner of Cameron Ave. and Merritt Mill Road on Friday, Aug. 20. To pave the way for a new UNC-Chapel Hill employee parking lot, crews have cleared trees and demolished a home and smaller structure formerly owned by Town Councilman Cam Hill on Cameron Avenue, and prepared to move two other adjacent homes formerly owned by the Clark family.

Carrboro's well-versed poet sticks to his rhythm

CARRBORO -- The reign of Carrboro's poet laureate, Patrick Herron, will last for at least one more year. The town's arts committee voted to extend Herron's term and made the announcement earlier this week.

Poem by Patrick Herron

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Entertainment this weekend

Playwrights "slamming" it and Mel Melton "cooking" it highlight the weekend's fare.

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A recovery with rhythm (and blues)

August 19 CARRBORO -- They don't claim to be professional entertainers, but a shine comes through in their performances nonetheless. "It's not like a polished performance, but it's coming from the heart. It's heartfelt, genuine, and I think people can see it in our performance," said TROSA ensemble member Chuck Williams, a drummer.

GOP lawyer to face Sen. Kinnaird

August 19 HILLSBOROUGH -- Republican Robert E. "Whit" Whitfield, an attorney who earlier this year failed in a bid for a seat in Congress, will face state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird for the District 23 seat in the Nov. 2 general election.

Interim director to lead new downtown development group

August 19 CHAPEL HILL -- The new downtown board has chosen Nick Didow, a professor in UNC's business school and longtime city school board member, as its interim executive director.

Deadline today for barn photos

August 19 HILLSBOROUGH -- If you're a skilled shutterbug, and also one of those people who sees beauty in the rough wood, shape and color of old barns, today is the deadline for submitting a photo or photos you shot of a barn while roaming the back roads.

UNC, Duke still ranked among best by magazine

August 19 CHAPEL HILL -- UNC and Duke continue to rank among the nation's elite universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings.

UNC students start moving in today

August 19 CHAPEL HILL -- They're baaaaaack. Say goodbye, Chapel Hillians, to the halcyon days of summer --when you could get across town without braking a thousand times for streams of UNC students crossing the road.

Peeling the Orange

August 19 "Suspicious condition" may turn out to be anything but. A Carrboro police officer responded to a 3:54 a.m. call Thursday about a "suspicious condition" from a woman who lives on East Poplar Avenue. The woman told the officer she had heard something at her front door and "wanted to know if she had a subpoena to be in court." The officer told her it was unlikely that anyone would be delivering a subpoena at that time of day.

Anti-radiation pills to be given out again

August 18 MONCURE -- Parents of children attending a Chatham County child care center will be among the state's first to test a new training program on the necessary precautions to take in case of a nuclear power plant radiation leak.

300 E. Main may get dramatic makeover

August 18 CARRBORO -- The retail center at 300 E. Main St. that includes the Cat's Cradle and The ArtsCenter could be in line for a dramatic makeover, if the ambitious plans being crafted by the center's owners eventually gain approval.

Paintings feature local scenes

August 18 HILLSBOROUGH -- Jennifer E. Miller and Henryk Fantazos were on the Eno River, just below the dam on U.S. 70 West, when two entangled snakes drifted along the water ferociously fighting over the carcass of a dead fish.

Frog helps kids face 1st day of school without getting jumpy

August 18 CHAPEL HILL -- It's not every day students are greeted by a giant green frog that's dressed in a grass skirt and coconut bikini top.

Suspect arrested in burglary, rape

August 18 CARRBORO -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape and first-degree burglary that occurred on June 26 at a residence on North Greensboro Street.

Architect chosen for new senior center

August 18 CHAPEL HILL -- Orange County has chosen an architect to design the new Southern Orange Senior Center. County commissioners agreed this week to hire Durham-based Gurlitz Architects, the recommendation of a 12-member citizen selection committee.

Briar Chapel debate shifts to forum plans

August 18 PITTSBORO -- The latest debate over Briar Chapel isn't about the controversial Chatham County mixed-use development itself. Instead, it's about the public input process that officials will use to evaluate the 2,389-home, 1,589-acre project.

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