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Monthly Archives: April 2021

Two black protesters convicted of resisting an officer and assault as other cases languish

Two black male defendants who were arrested during protests in downtown Graham last year were found guilty at their trials in Alamance County district court this week. At the close of his trial Wednesday afternoon, Nicholas Lloyd Cassette, 35, black male, of 5982 Church Road...

While highest-profile case remains pending, D.A. satisfied so far with 2020 protest trials

Alamance County’s district attorney says he’s still considering asking a grand jury to review the evidence for a felony charge of assaulting a sheriff’s deputy against the organizer of an October 31, 2020 protest in downtown Graham (see related story, this edition). “No decisions have...

Why are some town halls still closed?

We’ve asked now for a number of weeks, and we still haven’t heard a convincing answer to this fundamental question: why are some local town halls and city halls still closed to the public? Most municipal governments shut down a year ago, at the beginning...

Mebane’s proposed “positively charming” propaganda officer

One of the newest fads in local government spending is for towns and cities to create a new position, which they often term, rather blandly, a “public information officer.” But they might as well go ahead and give the position the name that actually represents...

Police chief says keeping Strader will be based on his performance

In two interviews with The Alamance News this week, Graham police chief Kristy Cole was unapologetic about her decision to hire Douglas Strader, and she said nothing in his first month on the job has caused her to doubt that decision. Cole originally called the...

THE PUBLIC ASKS: Why are some city, town halls remaining closed as businesses, schools reopen?

Some not planning to reopen until June QUESTION: Why are Graham city hall and some other town halls for smaller towns in Alamance County still closed? ANSWER: Graham’s city hall as well as town halls in Haw River, Elon, and Gibsonville remain closed – as they...

Legal Notices, Thursday, April 1, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF SWEPSONVILLE ZONING ORDINANCE ADOPTION Notice is hereby given that the Town of Swepsonville will conduct a Public Hearing at 7 PM on Tuesday April 20, 2021 at Swepsonville United Methodist Church, 1306 East Main St. Graham, NC 27253 to consider and...

Statement from Graham Police Dept. on hiring of Douglas A. Strader, formerly with Greensboro Police Dept.

“We understand that there are some who have concerns about the recent hiring of Douglas Strader. “We want to assure our community that the City of Graham Police Department has sound practices regarding recruiting, applicant processing, and background investigation. “Our processes follow the best practices in...

Strader’s decision to shoot at fleeing vehicle gets him fired

The incident which resulted in the September 2020 firing of Greensboro corporal Douglas A. Strader happened in 2019, almost a year before his termination. On October 27, 2019, Strader was one of four Greensboro police officers who are reported to have fired on a vehicle...

Death of Marcus Smith in Greensboro police custody tragic, but officers not implicated

In the first incident, which activists describe as eerily similar to the death of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis, Strader was one of eight Greensboro officers involved in the arrest of Marcus Deon Smith, black, male, age 38, who died in police custody...

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