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Monthly Archives: December 2021

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O’HANLON. 115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET. VIRGINIA, your little friends are...

Officials prepare to review applicants for county attorney

Alamance County’s leaders have apparently crossed the first hurdle in their search for a new legal counsel to replace their former county attorney Clyde Albright, who was summarily dismissed from his post in October. Earlier this week, the county’s interim attorney Debra Bechtel informed the...

Area resident encourages county to publicize penalties for littering

A local anti-littering activist has asked Alamance County’s elected leaders to help stamp out litterbugs by publicizing the fines that residents may incur for the careless disposal of garbage. James Walker took advantage of a designated public comment period on Monday in order to present...

Haw River town council miffed at state rep’s lack of communication on funds the town might have gotten

A seeming oversight by Haw River’s state house representative has led the town’s council members to speculate that they aren’t being well-represented, or even recognized, by the state legislature. While several municipalities across the state received funds that were in excess after the passage of...

Haw River’s newest councilman committed to small-town atmosphere

Haw River, the county’s oldest and one of its smallest municipalities, has often been championed by its residents for its small-town feel and natural beauty. For its newest councilmember, Shawn Riggan, 41, those enduring qualities are something to hold to – and emphasize –...

Scrooge – Part 2: how many raises are enough for public employees?

While we’re on the subject of disparities between government and the private sector, we also have to observe that another dimension of dissimilar treatment has to do with salaries – and, in particular, the government’s willingness to grant salary increases and bonuses one right...

Scrooge – Part 1: how many days off are enough at Christmas?

Well, we hate to bring up the specter of Ebenezer Scrooge, but we do have to question the strikingly different experiences of private sector workers vs. government ones – at this time of year and so many others. Christmas Day falls on Saturday this year. So...

ABSS will bring back former supt. Jim Merrill to serve as interim supt. beginning in Jan.

Alamance-Burlington school board members voted unanimously during a special-called meeting Friday afternoon to hire former ABSS superintendent Dr. James (“Jim”) Merrill to serve as the school system’s interim superintendent. Merrill is scheduled to begin work as the interim superintendent on January 1, 2022 and will...

Huge warehouse project proposed for Graham along Cherry Lane, in new area of Hawfields industrial park

Alamance County is in middle of "logistical hub" for the Southeast, in eyes of developer who's building the two new warehouses - and another in Whitsett Alamance County’s reputation as a hub for regional distribution centers could be getting two more shots in the...

County mulls millions in raises for high turnover departments

Persistent problems with turnover have prompted Alamance County’s administrators to propose pay raises for employees in three areas of county government that they say have been bled dry by recent defections. During a special-called work session on Friday (Dec. 10), the county’s administrators urged the...

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