Here's where and how you can early vote in Orange County

Early voting for the Orange County primary election opens this Saturday and will last until Saturday, May 5. The early voting sites include the Hillsborough Board of Elections, the Carrboro Town Hall, the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, Efland Ruritan Club Building and the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill. 


Orange County Commissioners

The Board of Orange County Commissioners is responsible for guiding Orange County and making policy decisions. The seven-member board is primarily responsible for adopting the annual budget, creating the property tax rate each year, staffing advisory boards, and meeting the various needs of the county. Board meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at various locations around the county.

See who’s on the board and read upcoming agendas.

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Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill Public Library, from their book "Courage in the Moment. The Civil Rights Struggle 1961-1964" photographed by Jim Wallace. Protestors had to agree to practice nonviolent resistance by neither assisting or resisting arrest, here the demonstrators are lying on Franklin Street, according to the book. 

Gone but not forgotten: Chapel Hill School District's slow start to desegregation

The Brown v. the Board of Education Supreme Court decision was made in 1954, but the Chapel Hill school board didn’t start desegregating schools until 1960, and desegregation wasn’t complete in Chapel Hill until the summer of 1966.  “Even in progressive Chapel Hill and Carrboro, it wasn’t smooth and some very hurtful things happened,” said Mia Burroughs, a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.


The Orange County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 9. 

BOCC proposes resolution to oppose General Assembly's efforts to appoint judges

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to pass a resolution in their meeting on Thursday that will oppose a potential change to how North Carolina judges are selected. The Commissioners have been outspoken in their opposition, claiming the amendment would “abridge or impinge upon the right of the people of North Carolina to elect their judges,” as stated in the resolution. 


Long-time Orange County Commissioner Barry Jacobs pulls out of race

 “I had a gut reaction that it was time to do it,” Barry Jacobs said. “I’m usually a person that operates based on careful thought, so when I had a strong emotional reaction, I was fascinated. I thought maybe I should listen. I enjoy the work, but I want to do some other things while I’m still on as opposed to under the planet.”  


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.