Cousins Carlton Alston (left), 4, and TyLinn Hamlett (right), 5, of Hillsborough enjoy corn dogs while listening to a concert at the festival.

3,500 pounds of barbecue sold at Hog Day

Nearly 13,000 attendees at the 30th annual Hog Day festival feasted on barbecue.
And for the teams responsible for cooking this barbecue, it was a serious competition involving various styles and preparations.


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.  

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Local retailers caught selling alcohol to minors

During a sting operation conducted last week, officers from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough caught six retailers who willingly sold alcohol to minors. Followed by several undercover officers, three volunteer underage buyers — college students from a local community college criminal justice program — went to 31 stores across the county and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages on March 8.

Board of Commissioners takes first step in closing Orange County landfill

The Orange County Board of Commissioners took the first steps toward closing the county’s landfill by passing a $5 tipping fee increase Tuesday night. Revenue generated from the increase — which County Manager Frank Clifton said would be between $50,000 and $60,000 per year — will be used to fund remediation payments to the Rogers Road community that has housed the landfill for almost 40 years. Commissioner Valerie Foushee emphasized the need for the board to move forward rather than revisit past options. “(The Rogers Road residents) don’t have 30 more years to keep living through this,” she said.

Hillsborough Town Board pushes for rail station

Hillsborough could get a train station if the state approves a request for funding.The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation requesting a portion of newly available federal funds for a rail station to be constructed at Orange Grove Street.