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Monthly Archives: April 2021

Commissioners hesitate to give schools permission to tap their own reserves for maintenance projects

Alamance County’s commissioners have declined for the time being to allow the local school system to draw more than $9.6 million from its own capital reserves for various construction and maintenance projects that lie outside the scope of a $150 million bond package that...

Mebane faces a crossroads on what kind of city it will be: charming, or a bully and overbearing tyrant

The city of Mebane has a major test of its values on the horizon. The city, which has adopted the moniker “positively charming” to describe its small-town appeal, is faced with whether to demonstrate that hometown friendliness or show the power, authority, even ruthlessness of...

D.A.’s efforts in protest cases need shoring up

More of the court cases, stemming from demonstrations and protests last year around the Historic Court House, are scheduled to resume next week. We’re a bit concerned by some of the developments in a few of the cases that have already been heard or, in...

Graham council’s discussion on food trucks leads to second recusal debate

Graham’s city council got bogged down for the second consecutive month in whether to modify the city’s rules for food trucks, in order to satisfy one local businessman who wants the city to ease up on its limitations. In the process, the council got into...

Burlington announces new public works director

The city of Burlington announced this week that Gary Smith has been appointed public works director for the city, effective Monday, April 26. Smith is local to Alamance County and brings over 30 years of public works leadership experience including department head and division head...

DAR Good Citizen Award winners chosen

The Battle of Alamance Chapter, North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution has announced this year’s top seniors who have been chosen for the group’s Good Citizen Award. These students have all demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their...

School system reduces its expectations for county cash as pandemic relief pours in

The annual budget requests from the Alamance-Burlington school system and Alamance Community College are always a learning experience for the county’s board of commissioners. But the board’s members were in for especially rigorous schooling on Wednesday when the two institutions presented their latest financial...

Depts, agencies press commissioners for $22M more than they currently get

Alamance County’s commissioners officially kicked off the annual budget process on Wednesday (April 21) with the first day of a two-day “retreat” that they’ve scheduled to hear spending requests from the various departments and agencies that receive funds from the county. Wednesday’s marathon session allowed...

Graham council OKs industrial rezoning along Cherry Lane near I-85/40

Last month, Graham’s planning board members expressed hesitation about whether a proposal to rezone approximately 40 acres along Cherry Lane near I-85/40 was appropriate for what is now a largely residential area. The planning board ultimately split 3-2, voting to recommend denial of a proposed...

The Hawbridge School building 41,000-square foot expansion to add K-3rd grades by August

The Hawbridge School, a public charter school for kindergarten through 12th grade located in Saxapahaw, plans to build a new 41,400-square-foot building, according to documents that have been filed with the county planning department. The expansion will enable the charter school to serve students in...

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