CHAPEL HILL


7/22/2020 2:16am

The bartender with a mask on talks to a customer at Might As Well Bar & Grill on West Franklin Street on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Might As Well is one of the several bars in Chapel Hill re-opening with some changes during this phase of COVID-19 recovery.

Orange County officials aim to quell late-night crowds with new order

If you want a late-night bite in Chapel Hill these days, you'll need to make it at home or order it to go. In response to concerns from residents, University officials and local law enforcement regarding crowds at local restaurants, Orange County restaurants have been prohibited from serving dine-in alcohol or food orders after 10 p.m, as per a declaration added to the county's state of emergency order.


7/3/2020 12:02am

A stack of books from the Chapel Hill Public Library on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Library has since decided that it will not be reopening in Phase One of North Carolina's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Chapel Hill Public Library announces it will no longer charge late fines

Chapel Hill Public Library will no longer charge users overdue fines for late items. Under the new policy, users will receive a series of reminders to return the materials before receiving a bill for replacement costs and losing their ability to check out other items. Their ability will be restored once the items are returned or paid for. Town leaders said late fines had a disproportionate impact on “low-income and traditionally marginalized populations.” 


6/29/2020 8:21pm

Chapel Hill Transit U bus driver gives thumbs up signal as he approaches the bus stop outside of the UNC Student Stores

Your guide to fall 2020 Chapel Hill Transit

As incoming students look forward to moving to Chapel Hill, the leaders of the Transit system that keeps them moving also looks to plan for bussing UNC's student body and the Town of Chapel Hill during a pandemic.


6/23/2020 8:53pm

Volunteers Lorie Clark and Letitia Davison distributed masks at Carolina Spring Senior Apartments in Carrboro. Photo courtesy of Catherine Lazorko.

Here's where to find free masks across Orange County

Orange County has mandated facial coverings in any public space where a social distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained until at least Aug. 31. Residents in need can receive free masks at several distribution sites throughout the county.


5/25/2020 8:26pm

Volunteers help with food distribution at Chapel Hill Public Library on Friday, May 22, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tom Simon.

Chapel Hill's drive-thru food distribution adapts in the wake of COVID-19

For the past five years, the Town of Chapel Hill has worked with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to distribute food to families in the Town's public housing facilities.   However, as the pandemic has caused food demand to increase significantly, the traditional walk-up distribution didn't seem safe anymore, said Public Housing Director Faith Brodie. To continue to serve the local community through the pandemic, the Town and the Food Bank have collaborated with PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area that is familiar with large-scale distribution and volunteer recruitment. 


5/14/2020 11:06pm

A stack of books from the Chapel Hill Public Library on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Library has since decided that it will not be reopening in Phase One of North Carolina's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Bad news for book borrowers: Orange County's libraries to stay closed

According to the Orange County Public Library's website, late fees for books currently out will not be collected, and books should not be returned until June 15. The Chapel Hill Public Library has also posted on its website that no materials are due, and will be operating online until further notice.