The town of Hillsborough was laid out by William Churton in 1754. At the time it was called Orange. The town took its current name in 1766 after William Hill, who was the secretary of state for the colonies under King George III.
The town has a number of historical attractions. It was the home of one of the signers of the Declarations of Independence, William Hooper, and his house still stands today. The town is also home to the Orange County Historical Museum.
Hillsborough is a major site for government in Orange County. It is the home of the courthouse, the district attorney’s office, the county board of elections, the board of commissioners and the board of education.
Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough began a fundraiser at the end of this past summer with Orange County Schools to raise money to help feed children over the holiday season who are on free and reduced lunch plans.Read More »
Meet the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners candidates and those running for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board.Read More »
Dr. Jake Henry seemed perplexed. He was giving a school accountability data presentation that focused on test scores for grade levels across the board and the changes — mostly positive — that Orange County Schools had made from past years.Read More »
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners voted to become the first town in North Carolina to commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.Read More »
The town of Hillsborough just started a project to make downtown safer and more accessible for pedestrians.Read More »
About a month ago, the Hillsborough Police Department and Lt. Andy Simmons started a social media campaign using the hashtag #HillsboroughRocks.Read More »
The Hillsborough Police Department has joined the rest of Orange County’s law enforcement agencies in combating opioid overdose deaths.Read More »
On Saturday, volunteers and community members raised 100 cedar poles in Hillsborough’s River Park.Read More »
The town of Hillsborough is advising that a portion of customers near U.S. 70 boil all water for human consumption due to a construction accident Wednesday.. Areas along or north of U.S.Read More »
As of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order, immigrants from seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — were denied entry into the U.S. for 90 days. The order also suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.Read More »
The Hillsborough Police Department recently adopted a new training program to help officers keep their minds on the job and stay professional in high-stress situations.Read More »
Representatives from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County discussed the arts, economic development and the light rail project at a joint meeting in Hillsborough Thursday night.Read More »
Gov. Pat McCrory visited the Orange County GOP headquarters in Hillsborough Monday to address the vandalism and firebombing that occurred at the office early Sunday morning.Read More »
“I agree” and “I disagree” signs waved in Orange County’s West Campus Office Building in Hillsborough Monday in response to the testimonies and statements delivered to approve or reject a proposed party barn in the town. After almost five hours of hearing testimonies and reviewing evidence, the Orange County Board of Adjustment rejected Kara Brewer’s application to a Class B Special Use Permit (SUP) for the development of an event barn in an agricultural residential zone.Read More »
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Piedmont Laureate James Maxey has thought a lot about a matchup between Captain Jack Sparrow and Cthulhu.Read More »
The first time Laura Branan’s 13-year-old son wandered off into the woods out of her sight, she didn’t panic. She merely followed him.Read More »