Claire Smith


Accessibility to group homes may be limited due to money

More than 2,000 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities could soon face homelessness if the N.C. Senate doesn’t act fast. In December, legislators wrote a state budget that cut Medicaid funding and made some group home residents ineligible to receive personal care services by raising the level of assistance needed.

Orange County, Chapel Hill review big projects

Smoking, Rogers Road and trash were the topics of discussion in the joint meeting last night between the Chapel Hill Town Council and Board of Orange County Commissioners. The joint meeting did not result in any votes, and consisted mainly of updates on ongoing projects in the town and county.

Hillsborough farm supplies residents with local turkeys this Thanksgiving

Chapel Hill residents in search of locally grown organic produce and for their Thanksgiving feast Thursday are in luck. Coon Rock Farm, located in Hillsborough is a family farm that strives to provide residents of Orange, Durham,and Wake counties with fresh produce, and humanely raised meats year round. Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb started Coon Rock Farm in 2004, the same year they started Zely and Ritz, a local Organic restaurant.

County Commissioners talk fundraising, kennels

Orange County Commissioners met to discuss a range of issues Tuesday night. While there were only four members of the board present, the meeting continued as scheduled. Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director for Orange County spoke on behalf of the creation for a Community Giving Fund.