CITY & COUNTY


3/12/2020 4:46pm

A North Carolina school bus located in Carrboro, N.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. On Feb. 6, 2020, local schools dismissed early in order to get students home in the midst of severe  weather. The storms  coincided with dismissals, however, causing students and staff to return indoors.

CHCCS adjusts calendar, plans remote instruction in response to coronavirus fears

As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced Thursday it will make Monday, March 16; Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 optional teach work days and have spring break from Thursday, March 19 to April 3. Students will then begin remote learning in hopes of returning to class on Monday, April 6.


3/11/2020 9:47pm

A North Carolina school bus located in Carrboro, N.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. On Feb. 6, 2020, local schools dismissed early in order to get students home in the midst of severe  weather. The storms  coincided with dismissals, however, causing students and staff to return indoors.

Local school districts prepare for coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic, and North Carolina is now in a state of emergency as universities across the state are closing. In light of this, local school districts are making adjustments to cope. 


3/6/2020 1:01pm

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks at a North Carolina Democratic Party event for Super Tuesday in Raleigh on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. "I believe the state government should look like the people that it serves,” he said.

Second case of coronavirus reported in Chatham County

A second case of coronavirus was confirmed in North Carolina Friday. After an initial case was reported in Wake County earlier this week, the state confirmed another case in Chatham County on Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to confirm the test, but the man who contracted the virus is in isolation at his home, according to a press release from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.


3/4/2020 12:59am

Voters cast their ballots during the midterm election at Frank Porter Graham School on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Voters elect three new faces to Orange County Schools Board of Education

Bonnie Hauser, Jennifer D. Moore and Carrie Doyle were elected to the board, according to unofficial vote counts. Unofficial primary election results show that Hauser, Moore and Doyle each received about 17 percent of votes.  The results show that there was only a 0.38 percent margin between unofficial vote counts for Doyle and LaTarndra Strong, who said she is not planning on requesting a recount. 


3/4/2020 12:52am

Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich reviews documents at a joint school boards meeting between Orange County Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Board of County Commissioners. The meeting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough, N.C.

Local PACs drive out incumbents on Orange County Board of Commissioners

Chapel Hill Leadership PAC, related to the local interest group known as CHALT, and Save Orange Schools PAC backed newcomers Amy Fowler and Jean Hamilton over incumbents Mark Marcoplos, Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich in the race for Orange County Board of Commissioners. Fowler unseated Marcoplos in the race for the At-Large District and Hamilton received more votes than both Dorosin and Rich in the race for District 1. Because the margin between Dorosin and Rich is so narrow, there is the possibility of a recount to see who will get the second seat on the Board for District 1.


3/3/2020 6:45pm

John Chandler, 58, of Chapel Hill, fills out his ballot for the local election at Chapel of the Cross on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Early voting for the Chapel Hill local election is available here on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Polls are closed in North Carolina. Here are the early results.

Polls for the North Carolina primary closed at 7:30 p.m. Early results indicate former Vice President Joe Biden will win the most votes for the Democratic presidential nomination. Primary races are also on the ballot for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, and council of state. Winners of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and Orange County Schools Board of Education elections will assume their seats in June. This article will be updated as results continue to come in. 


3/2/2020 9:32pm

DTH Photo Illustration. Undercounting in the 2020 census may seriously impact Orange County results. The numbers will help state, local and national officials plan for future development. Children under 6, ethnic minorities, renters and migrants often do not participate in the census often due to reasons such as the fear of what the government will do with the information and lack of funding. 

Orange County residents receive GOP "census" mailer weeks before actual census mailed

A Republican Party-sponsored fundraising mailer titled "Congressional District Census" has Orange County officials and census activists questioning if it will lower the census' completion rate. According to the official U.S. Census Bureau website, the census, which is administered every ten years, will be sent by mail in March. The GOP mailer has been sent out in national waves since late last year.


3/2/2020 8:41pm

Supporters wave signs as Michael Bloomberg addresses the crowd during an early voting rally at Raleigh Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The rally marked the start of early voting in North Carolina for the March 3 Super Tuesday primary elections. (Kevin Hagen/Mike Bloomberg 2020).

Bloomberg garners high-profile N.C. endorsements going into crucial Super Tuesday

Bloomberg has secured 157 endorsements from current and former mayors throughout the country at this point in his unorthodox presidential bid, which he is funding on his own dime. Seven of those mayoral endorsements come from North Carolina, according to the Bloomberg campaign, including from Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and two former Raleigh mayors.  The state’s House and Senate Democratic leaders, Rep. Darren Jackson and Senator Dan Blue, recently endorsed Bloomberg’s bid for commander-in-chief. North Carolina figureheads like Bev Perdue, the state’s first female governor, have also thrown their weight behind him.