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.

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Aldermen approve free-standing Carrboro library

Hopes of a free-standing library in Carrboro will become a reality in a matter of years after the project was approved by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. Aldermen voted 6-1 to rezone property located at 210 Hillsborough Road to create the southwest branch of the Orange County Public Library system. The site will be rezoned from a residential to a business classification.


Towns restoring Bolin Creek

itting the memory of his giving spirit, Chapel Hill and Carrboro celebrated the completion of a stream restoration project Saturday at the park that shares Henry Baldwin’s name. Chapel Hill Town Council member Donna Bell said the project includes a community garden that will serve the towns in a variety of ways just as Baldwin, an active community leader, did.


Graphic: Census reveals county's changes (Jessica Tobin

Census reveals county changes

The face of the Orange County resident is changing. Since 2000, county population groups of all ethnicities have seen significant changes to their makeup, according to recently released data from the U.S.


Carrboro residents voice opinions for proposed library location

Past and present Carrboro residents voiced their opinions on the proposed location of a Orange County Public Library branch at a crowded public hearing Tuesday night.With the bulk of the opposition for the 210 Hillsborough Road site coming from surrounding neighborhood residents, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen requested more information on how a freestanding library could impact local traffic flows before the board makes its decision April 19.


El Centro Hispano adds new programs

Nine months after opening, a nonprofit targeting the Latino population in Carrboro is expanding services to aid its local youth population. The El Centro Hispano center in Carrboro is adding several projects, including the Jóvenes Líderes en Acción program, or Young Leaders in Action, which began in 1996 in El Centro Hispano’s Durham office.