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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Do unauthorized anti-speeding signs in Alamance go too far?

QUESTION: Is it legal for residents in the Village of Alamance to put up their own caution signs that warn drivers to “SLOW THE #@%! DOWN”? ANSWER: The meandering, densely-developed lanes of NC 62 have long been a safety hazard for drivers who hit the...

School system to sell off land near old, segregation-era school

Alamance County’s commissioners have cleared the way for the local school system to sell off two acres of land near the site of a segregated black school that once operated off of NC 87 in the southern part of the county. The commissioners, who had...

County budget proposal: 10 new employees, 28 unfrozen positions, pay raises, 10% increase in spending, same 67¢ property tax rate

Alamance County’s manager has unveiled a proposed budget that recommends 10 new staff-level positions, pay raises as high as 5 percent, outlays on equipment and vehicles, and the restoration of funds to many programs sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic – all without any increase...

Southern softball wins state championship

Southern High School’s softball team, the Lady Patriots, brought home a state championship win Saturday when they defeated Alexander Central High School in a three-game series at North Davidson High School. Before bringing home the trophy for their 3A division, the Lady Patriots played the...

Hearing finally held on rezoning for Muslim cemetery; support voiced by city clergy; vote set for June 1

After months of delays, Burlington’s city council has finally held a public hearing on a zoning request that would allow a local mosque to establish a Muslim burial ground along Hanford Road. This proposal, which originally came to the council in February, would allow the...

Despite reversal of face mask requirements by CDC and Governor, local judge maintains ‘status quo’ requirements for local courts

Requirements in Alamance County courts to continue "through at least the end of June," top local judge mandates Though most of North Carolina’s Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, they will continue to remain in place inside Alamance County’s court facilities. Gov. Roy Cooper has lifted statewide...

Expansion of food truck frequency in downtown Graham fails

Graham’s repeated consideration of how often to allow food trucks in the central business district took a unique turn this week. In a somewhat ironic twist, one council member’s desire to extend a pending temporary provision for an additional two months ended up resulting...

Council defends city staff’s caution over proposed cemetery

Burlington’s city council may not have rendered a final decision on the Muslim burial ground that came up for a public hearing on Tuesday. But the council, which plans to vote on the cemetery on June 1, didn’t exactly sit silent after it allowed...

County manager’s budget: something for just about everyone – except the beleaguered taxpayer

This week’s presentation of the county’s manager’s proposed 2021-2022 county budget was as vivid an illustration as we’ve seen lately of the difference between bureaucrats and the taxpayers who are expected to pay the bills. County manager Bryan Hagood found “room” in the budget to...

Continued mask mandate in courts is nonsensical

Senior resident superior court judge Tom Lambeth is usually the epitome of what a good judge should be: prudent, even-handed, thoughtful, and dispassionately examining the evidence and testimony in his courtroom. Thus, we are surprised, perplexed, and deeply disappointed by his decision this past week...

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