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Orange County resident Ken Dawson, 69, stands in one of his greenhouses on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Dawson has been living in the Cedar Grove community since 1972 and has been on the board of both the Carrboro and Durham farmers markets.

Climate change presents new challenges, long-term threats for N.C. farmers

“We get hotter hots, colder colds, wetter wets and dryer drys,” farmer Ken Dawson said.  Climate change is more than just a looming threat for local farmers. Severe flooding events are becoming more common, and unpredictable weather patterns have thrown off traditional growing seasons, forcing farmers to change what and when they’re harvesting.


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Disgruntled with Chapel Hill parking? So are Franklin Street businesses

Since last July, eleven stores and restaurants in downtown Chapel Hill have closed their doors. Is lack of parking the culprit? Parking in downtown Chapel Hill is an issue that community members and business owners alike have felt. Shops on Franklin Street need parking for their employees, but also for patrons who cannot walk from one place to another. Some businesses even find that passersby go elsewhere where parking is more convenient, thereby driving away local business traffic.  A few newer solutions popped up, like Park on the Hill, which attempt to maximize parking availability. But dissatisfaction is still high.



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Community members holding signs at the Monday, May 20 Board of Education meeting for Orange County. 

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Community members holding signs at the Monday, May 20 Board of Education meeting for Orange County. 


Community members helped map Chapel Hill's future through 2049.

Community members helped map Chapel Hill's future through 2049.


Community-drawn maps are hung up at the first show-and-tell for updating the Future Land Use Map of Chapel Hill

Community-drawn maps are hung up at the first show-and-tell for updating the Future Land Use Map of Chapel Hill


The Town of Chapel Hill hosted a show-and-tell to receive community input as part of the Charting Our Future initiative.

The Town of Chapel Hill hosted a show-and-tell to receive community input as part of the Charting Our Future initiative.


Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz posed for a portrait showing her scars on her stomach from when she was stabbed by her former partner in Honduras.

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Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz posed for a portrait showing her scars on her stomach from when she was stabbed by her former partner in Honduras.


Belen Alvarado and her three children live in Lakeview Mobile Home Park.

Belen Alvarado and her three children live in Lakeview Mobile Home Park.


The Really Really Free Market, an anti-capitalist event, held its monthly gathering on Saturday, marking thirteen years in Carrboro.

The Really Really Free Market, an anti-capitalist event, held its monthly gathering on Saturday, marking thirteen years in Carrboro.