Topics: Hillsborough

The town of Hillsborough was laid out by William Churton in 1754. At the time it was called Orange. The town took its current name in 1766 after William Hill, who was the secretary of state for the colonies under King George III.

The town has a number of historical attractions. It was the home of one of the signers of the Declarations of Independence, William Hooper, and his house still stands today. The town is also home to the Orange County Historical Museum.

Hillsborough is a major site for government in Orange County. It is the home of the courthouse, the district attorney’s office, the county board of elections, the board of commissioners and the board of education.  

Hillsborough aims for 100 percent clean energy by 2050

 The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners voted to become the first town in North Carolina to commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.  


Hillsborough set to improve downtown accessibility and safety

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The town of Hillsborough just started a project to make downtown safer and more accessible for pedestrians.


Hillsborough police create social media T-shirt campaign to send children to camp

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About a month ago, the Hillsborough Police Department and Lt. Andy Simmons started a social media campaign using the hashtag #HillsboroughRocks.


Hillsborough police train to use naloxone in opioid overdoses

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The Hillsborough Police Department has joined the rest of Orange County’s law enforcement agencies in combating opioid overdose deaths. 


Efforts to build replica village honor history of Occaneechi

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On Saturday, volunteers and community members raised 100 cedar poles in Hillsborough’s River Park.


Portion of Hillsborough water customers advised to boil water

The town of Hillsborough is advising that a portion of customers near U.S. 70 boil all water for human consumption due to a construction accident Wednesday..

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Local leaders issue responses to Trump's immigration ban

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As of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order, immigrants from seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — were denied entry into the U.S. for 90 days. The order also suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.


Hillsborough Police Department implements new training program

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The Hillsborough Police Department recently adopted a new training program to help officers keep their minds on the job and stay professional in high-stress situations.


Orange County governments came together to discuss county-wide development

Representatives from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County discussed the arts, economic development and the light rail project at a joint meeting in Hillsborough Thursday night.


McCrory addresses GOP office firebombing with visit to Hillsborough

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Gov. Pat McCrory visited the Orange County GOP headquarters in Hillsborough Monday to address the vandalism and firebombing that occurred at the office early Sunday morning. 


Hillsborough teacher resigns amid Trump comments

A Cedar Ridge High School teacher voluntarily resigned Sept. 26 after her comments criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in class went viral.


Hog Day comes to Hillsborough

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Hillsborough brought home the bacon with the 34th annual Hog Day festival Friday and Saturday.


Orange County unanimously rejects the development of a party barn in rural county outside Chapel Hill

“I agree” and “I disagree” signs waved in Orange County’s West Campus Office Building in Hillsborough Monday in response to the testimonies and statements delivered to approve or reject a proposed party barn in the town.

After almost five hours of hearing testimonies and reviewing evidence, the Orange County Board of Adjustment rejected Kara Brewer’s application to a Class B Special Use Permit (SUP) for the development of an event barn in an agricultural residential zone.


Local police departments are "letting it grow" for a cause

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Piedmont Laureate and local authors debate hero versus hero

Piedmont Laureate James Maxey has thought a lot about a matchup between Captain Jack Sparrow and Cthulhu.


First responders promote understanding of children with autism

The first time Laura Branan’s 13-year-old son wandered off into the woods out of her sight, she didn’t panic. She merely followed him.


Post-Reconstruction schools on exhibit at Orange County Historical Museum

The Orange County Historical Museum premiered its exhibit on education during the post-Reconstruction period in America Wednesday.


Prescription boxes installed to curb drug abuse

To further its effort to curb prescription drug abuse, Orange County is opening two more drop boxes for prescription drugs in Hillsborough Wednesday.


Historic Burwell School open for tours

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From 1837 to 1857, girls from across the country squeezed their hoop skirts through the Burwell School’s narrow doors.


Orange County plans to install two electric vehicle charging stations

Orange County is well on its way to advancing an eco-friendly agenda.