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.  

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	Attendees view the car show held by Triangle Thunder Cruisers on May 19. The car show started in 2007 and is the largest in the area.

3,500 pounds of barbecue sold at Hog Day

Nearly 13,000 attendees at the 30th annual Hog Day festival feasted on barbecue. And for the teams responsible for cooking this barbecue, it was a serious competition involving various styles and preparations.

Local retailers caught selling alcohol to minors

During a sting operation conducted last week, officers from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough caught six retailers who willingly sold alcohol to minors. Followed by several undercover officers, three volunteer underage buyers — college students from a local community college criminal justice program — went to 31 stores across the county and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages on March 8.