Brent Van Vliet
The Town of Chapel Hill's population is decreasing, despite popular assumptions. In fact, growth in this decade so far has been the slowest the town has seen since the 1970s. While this may sound alarming, it's more complicated than that. The rising cost of living has caused people to move to places right outside of Chapel Hill and Orange County, but this poses additional questions for the future of development and growth in Chapel Hill. How will the town expand, and how will they get people to stay?
New legislative maps have passed in the N.C. Senate and N.C. House and now require approval from the three-judge panel in the Common Cause case to be finalized.
“Yesterday was incredibly disappointing. People hate when politicians lie, cheat and steal. I hate when politicians lie, cheat and steal, and that’s what we have this week,” said N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Caswell, Orange.
The decline in opioid-related overdoses in 2018 is a positive sign for North Carolina. The state saw a 34 percent increase in 2017 which inspired a strong response at both the state and local level. Legislation and statewide initiatives are credited with the decrease, but some say there is a long way before the state can recover from the crisis.
Students living on campus at UNC are split among four election precincts, complicating the voting process for thousands. Proposed changes to Orange County’s election precincts aim to direct students to a single voting location for the upcoming primary and general elections.
Traveling by train is becoming increasingly popular in the Piedmont. A $76 million dollar grant means that the service between Raleigh and Charlotte could see newer facilities with modern features.
The construction will bring new sidewalks, crosswalks and curb ramps, and is expected to last until the end of September. Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Damon Seils said the construction will improve safety for pedestrians.
The Orange County Speedway held the Summer Firecracker Frenzy 200 on Saturday, June 20, continuing the racetrack's long tradition of short course races. For many, the speedway is more than a place to go on the weekends - its a community.
The annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration has changed up its location this year following safety concerns from previous shows at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
It's not just about looking on-duty, but being protected from threats when these K-9s enter high-risk situations. Thanks to a grant from Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit group based out of Massachusetts.