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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Does outgoing Burlington police chief plan to run for sheriff?

QUESTION: Does Burlington’s retiring police chief Jeff Smythe intend to run for Alamance County’s sheriff in 2022? ANSWER: When Jeff Smythe first announced his retirement February, his calculations about the next phase of his life hadn’t gone much further than his intention to spend his...

Council gets on board with Saturday service, fare-free transit for Burlington’s bus system

Burlington’s city council has given Link Transit, the city’s federally-subsidized bus system, a green light to introduce Saturday service for the first time since its debut and to eliminate the fares that passengers currently pay when they board. The council signed off on both of...

Sheriff offers grim stats on turnover to prime the pump for proposed raises

The prospect of a 5-percent pay raise for each of the sheriff’s sworn officers is perhaps one of the boldest proposals in the budget which Alamance County’s manager Bryan Hagood floated before the county’s board of commissioners on Monday. But in making this plea on...

At least some commissioners exploring whether to cut tax rate

As they await next month’s public hearing, Alamance County’s commissioners will have an opportunity to tinker with the manager’s budget and fine tune some of his recommendations. One possible tweak that the commissioners may be exploring is a reduction in the property tax rate, which...

Gibsonville manager’s proposed budget: two more police, no property tax increase

Gibsonville’s town manager included no property tax hike, but an increase in sanitation and stormwater fees, when he presented the town’s board of aldermen with his proposed budget this week. The extra dollar on the monthly sanitation fee will add $39,000 in revenue, while 75...

Alderman presses for new ordinance for gay & transgender rights

A decision whether to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance with an emphasis on gay and transgender rights has divided Elon’s board of aldermen, with the majority of the aldermen holding reservations about forming a new law while the board’s youngest member pushes for its approval. Discussion...

Protester previously convicted of failing to disperse found guilty of resisting arrest & disorderly conduct

Defense attorney rejects judge's offer to consolidate sentencing into just three days of community service; instead, she enters notice of appeal to superior court Regis Kishon (“Shon”) Green, 29, black, male, of 4600 University Drive, Durham, was found guilty Wednesday of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in...

One protester who disrupted Nov. commissioner meeting found guilty; charges against two others dismissed

The trials for three people who were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a county commissioners meeting last fall resulted in two dismissals and one conviction for a protester who was also convicted earlier this year of failure to disperse...

Attention board chairmen and mayors: learn to use the gavel

Several local chairmen need to learn how to use, and not be timid about using, their gavels to control their board’s public meetings. Now that boards have returned to meeting in person, there’s apparently a lot of pent-up commentary that some board members, and some...

The First Amendment prevails

We’re pleased that the criminal charges against this newspaper’s senior writer, Tomas Murawski, were dismissed Wednesday by the district attorney’s office. Murawski and this newspaper’s publisher had been covering the march and demonstration on Halloween day last year when Murawski was, inexplicably, arrested by the...

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