2/12/2018 9:20pm

GoTriangle has designed mock-ups for a light rail between Durham and Chapel Hill paralleling 15-501. Graphic courtesy of GoTriangle.

Light rail funding continues to stay on track

The light rail project in Orange County took a big step forward in late January when Wake County officials helped clear the way for the project to gain state funding. Now, the goal to have reliable, sustainable transportation between Durham and Orange counties seems to be striding closer to reality.

2/12/2018 7:18pm

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Buckmire.

Local nonprofits help North Carolina combat food insecurity

With one in four children facing food deprivation, North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of children who are food insecure in the U.S., according to a report by NC Food Banks. Staff writer Sophia Wilhelm looked into three local organizations that help children's food insecurity in Orange, Chatham and other surrounding counties.

2/7/2018 8:06pm

Photo Illustration. Although traditional cigarette use has fallen in the past decade among young people in North Carolina, the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes has presented a new challenge for health officials. 

Why vaping in Orange County may be worse for you than you think

E-cigarettes and vaporizers have become increasingly popular among younger demographics; however, officials worry that users are unaware of major health threats. Even though use of traditional cigarettes has declined over the past decade, tobacco usage among young people has increased in the past five years, prompting officials to fund a campaign to raise awareness of the health risks associated with these devices. The campaign, Vision 2020, is targeting signage and education within the North Carolina Public School System in an attempt to drive down e-cigarette usage.