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Monthly Archives: July 2021

Attorney General names former police chief head of state’s education and training standards commission

Former Burlington police chief J. Jeffrey "Jeff" Smythe, who retired from that position in May, has been named as the director of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division.  The announcement was made Wednesday by Attorney General Josh Stein. The Criminal Justice Standards Division is...

Council confirms hosiery mill’s historic status ahead of its proposed conversion to new use

Burlington’s city council has unanimously agreed to confer historic landmark status on a defunct textile mill off of Webb Avenue as a prelude to the mill's proposed conversion into loft-style apartments. Known formally as the Aurora Cotton Mills, the facility at the nub of this...

99 more apartments, townhouses recommended in Mebane

Mebane’s planning board heard two developers’ plans for 48 new apartments and 51 additional townhouses Monday night, recommending both projects to the city council for its final approval. Both projects are along South Eleventh Street on the Orange County side of the city, an area...

Who needs a budget?

Nineteen days. That’s how long it took for Alamance County’s commissioners to ignore the budget they just adopted last month and layer on a half million dollars in new spending. We don’t know what good it does to establish a budget if you’re not going to...

Memo to county manager: Graham is the center of the county

We hate that we apparently need to provide remedial education for the county manager Bryan Hagood, but someone needs to remind him that the county seat of Alamance County is in Graham, not Burlington. And some commissioners may need a refresher, as well, if...

Don’t grow too fond of any local politician; they’ll almost surely disappoint. This week’s example: tripling school board pay

We’ve learned never to get too enamored of any local politician. Just when you think you finally have a few good, well-principled people serving in public office, they’ll do something to prove they are just like every other self-serving politician. Not so special. And not very principled...

Taxpayers aren’t laughing at school system’s ineptitude: no plan, no planning, just a lot of money they’re ready to spend

Well, it was really a week for laughable public meetings of local boards (see adjacent editorials), but, as usual, the school board didn’t want to be left out from being ridiculous. School board members actually scurried to hold a “special” meeting Monday afternoon so they...

Legal Notices, Thursday, July 22, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Graham, NC will hold a public hearing in the Council Chambers at Graham City Hall, 201 S Main Street, Graham NC 27253 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 6:00...

Municipal slates for 2021 elections now set; last day brought several surprising last-minute filings

The final day for candidate filings for 2021 municipal elections brought some surprises and significant developments. Filing Friday morning for mayor of Burlington was councilman Jim Butler, who opted to challenge incumbent Ian Baltutis rather than seek re-election to his current council seat. Butler has been...

Majority of Western’s top graduates attending NCSU, UNC this fall

Several Western Alamance High School’s top graduates may be running into familiar faces on their college campuses this fall as the majority of the group heads off to two of the state’s top universities. Out of the 11 students who tied for the school’s “top...

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