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Tuesday October 19th


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.  

Board of Commissioners takes first step in closing Orange County landfill

The Orange County Board of Commissioners took the first steps toward closing the county’s landfill by passing a $5 tipping fee increase Tuesday night. Revenue generated from the increase — which County Manager Frank Clifton said would be between $50,000 and $60,000 per year — will be used to fund remediation payments to the Rogers Road community that has housed the landfill for almost 40 years. Commissioner Valerie Foushee emphasized the need for the board to move forward rather than revisit past options. “(The Rogers Road residents) don’t have 30 more years to keep living through this,” she said.

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Hillsborough Town Board pushes for rail station

Hillsborough could get a train station if the state approves a request for funding.The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation requesting a portion of newly available federal funds for a rail station to be constructed at Orange Grove Street.

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Hillsborough mayor dubs 2011 ‘year of infrastructure’

During his state of the town address Monday night, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens proclaimed that 2011 will be the town’s “year of infrastructure.” As an example of this, Stevens listed the town’s Nash Street sidewalk project, which is expected to be completed this summer. The three-mile sidewalk will serve as a north-south link in the Hillsborough community and will connect neighborhoods, businesses, schools and eventually Gold Park and Riverwalk. Riverwalk was another project Stevens said would define the year for the town. The one-and-a-half-mile greenway trail, which runs along the Eno River as an east-west link in the community, will extend to the Occoneechee Speedway Trail when it is completed. The town is also working on infrastructure projects like designing and building a new wastewater treatment plant.

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Hillsborough seeks proposals to support local tourism

Hillsborough’s Tourism Board is requesting that nonprofit agencies and civic groups submit grant proposals that would create programs to support area tourism. Funding for the selected project will come from money the town received from its 1 percent prepared food tax. Applications are available both on the town’s website and at Town Hall, which is located at 101 E.

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Republicans open Hillsborough office to increase visibility

After seeing a larger turnout in the November elections, the Republican party has opened up a permanent office in Orange County. In order to strengthen its presence in the area, the party will use its new Hillsborough office — located at 347 Ja-Max Drive — to provide voters with easy-to-access information.

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Hillsborough food center opening delayed

Hillsborough’s new food processing center’s opening date has been pushed back to April, with more than half the construction left to be done. The Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center, which broke ground in October, will not open in March as previously anticipated.

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Hospital facility set to break ground in February

The ground breaking of a new UNC Hospitals facility in Hillsborough is planned to begin in February after the settlement of a major roadblock. Construction of the new branch’s physicians’ offices will precede that of the hospital portion of the facility, which won’t begin until as late as 2014 as a result of the settlement of an appeal, said Margaret Hauth, town of Hillsborough planning director.

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Duane Hampton is sworn in as the new Chief of Police in Hillsborough by Mayor Tom Stevens on Monday at the Hillsborough Town Barn.

New Hillsborough police chief sworn in

Before an audience of family, friends and fellow law enforcement officials, Duane Hampton, Hillsborough’s new police chief, pledged an oath to the town to uphold his position with integrity. Hampton assumed his new role Monday night as he was sworn in during a ceremony at the Town Barn in Hillsborough.

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