CITY & COUNTY


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.


3/2/2020 7:39pm

Owners Jose Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra and business partner Miguel Cuevas are preparing for the opening of Que Chula, which they hope will open by April. Photo courtesy of Jose Ramirez.

Mexican food with a familiar twist will replace Hops on Franklin St.

Que Chula’s menu will focus on authentic Mexican dishes inspired from Central Mexican regions like Guanajuato and Jalisco. José Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra, two of the co-founders, both have family roots in Jalisco. “I think Chapel Hill is ready for something really authentic,” Ramirez said. “It’ll be something you haven't tried unless you traveled outside of the U.S. to Guanajuato or Jalisco.” Ramirez said the owners are currently waiting for custom furniture to come in from Mexico. He said they will start hiring employees in about two weeks.


3/1/2020 6:43pm

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks at the California Democrats' State Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Taking place from May 31 to June 2, the convention featured 14 presidential candidate speakers and hosted an audience of more than 3,000. Photo courtesy of Anna Vazhaeparambil.

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar comes to Raleigh for Fox News town hall

A big question coming from both the moderators and voters was about Klobuchar’s ability to win the nomination for the Democratic party. The moderators said at the beginning of the town hall that Klobuchar stands in sixth place in Fox News polls. Two days after this town hall, Klobuchar suffered a loss in the South Carolina primaries, getting 3.2 percent of the vote. 


2/27/2020 9:24pm

Gov. Roy Cooper stands before members of the media following a press conference introducing Well Dot Inc. to the Chapel Hill area on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Battle to overturn 2016 limitations on governor’s power moves to N.C. Supreme Court

In Dec. 2016, a month before Roy Cooper took office, two laws were passed by Republicans that limited the governor's powers. By the end, the number of positions that worked directly for the governor was cut from 1,500 to 300, meaning those appointed to these positions by former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory would remain.  Now, a group of plaintiffs led by advocacy group Common Cause N.C. has appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court to overturn those laws.  But some experts say this claim is a long shot and would require a landmark ruling.