Conor Furlong



Deconstruction necessary before school can be built

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district will soon begin clearing the path for a new elementary school in Northside. Local school officials said workers will begin deconstructing several buildings at the site next week to make way for the new school, temporarily called Elementary School 11.

Lovette trial jury selection almost complete

Today could be the last day of jury selection in the case of the man accused of killing former student body president Eve Carson. After getting off to a slow start, Judge Allen Baddour told potential jurors Thursday he is hopeful arguments in the trial of Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr.

Court date set for arrested 'Occupy Everything' protesters

Seven protesters who were arrested Sunday during the Chapel Hill Police raid on the formers Yates Motor Company building did not enter any plea at a court appearance Thursday, but were scheduled to reappear in court on Jan. 30 at Orange County District Court. The defendants, Monica Ganguly, Ellen Crawford, Jack Jarrell, Eva Jones, David Maliken, Kassandra Ofray, Daniel Regenscheit, appeared in Orange County District Court in Hillsborough Tuesday morning.

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Piedmont Grown program promotes locally grown food

Local agricultural experts and farmers are optimistic that a program to promote locally grown food can now obtain a grant they say will help it flourish. At Tuesday’s Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board authorized county staff to submit a $148,500 grant proposal to the Golden LEAF Foundation on behalf of the local food branding program Piedmont Grown.

St. John Precinct turnout meets expectations — younger voters are sparse

Craig Ashton, a Chapel Hill resident, said the fact that his grand-daughter just began school caused him to come out and vote at the St. John Precinct. Ashton said he supports the quarter-cent sales tax due to its proposed benefits to local schools. “I want to make sure (my granddaughter) has good schools to go to,” Ashton said. He was one of 153 people to cast a ballot at the McDougle Middle School polling station so far today.

County Commissioners weigh benefits of quarter-cent sales tax

At the Thursday night Orange County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, the board discussed the benefits a proposed quarter-cent sales tax could offer. Orange County’s planning and economic development staff presented an overview of the types of infrastructure and development that could happen with the help of increased revenue the proposed tax could provide.