Orange County Board of Education member Sarah Smylie speaks 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.

COVID-19 and racial inequity discussed during Monday's OCS Board meeting

The Orange County Schools Board of Education discussed racial inequity, coronavirus and returning to school at its Monday meeting.


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The N.C. Museum of Art reopened on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 with Covid19 restrictions after Governor Roy Cooper's Phase 2.5 eased public restrictions. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Museum of Art.

Now allowed to reopen, museums develop a broad array of plans to welcome back patrons

As North Carolina moves into Phase 2.5, museums in the Triangle area are able to reopen at limited capacity. The North Carolina Museum of Art is now open, with the North Carolina Museum of Sciences opening soon. Facing lost revenue due to the pandemic, these museums have come up with innovative ways to share the museum experience virtually and some are now opening their doors once more to visitors in person.


Flicka Bateman, director, and Eh Moo, administrative assistant, pose for a portrait with members of a refugee family outside of the Refugee Support Center in Carrboro on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The family members are holding bags of diapers, which Bateman said the Center distributes monthly that families can spend up to $80 a month on.

Local organizations assist refugees through COVID-19 pandemic

The Refugee Support Center serves approximately 900 refugees who primarily primarily come from Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria. Flicka Bateman, the center's director, said many refugees work in industries that have lost a lot of business and have laid off employees, such as hotels, restaurants and housekeeping.