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Monthly Archives: July 2022

Graham city council still unsettled on how to spend nearly $5M in Covid-19 relief funds from ARPA

Graham city council members reached a tentative consensus Friday night on how they want to start spending some of the $4.98 million that the city is to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In a rare Friday evening meeting (that lasted about two...

How should Graham spend its windfall of federal dollars?

Graham city council members have met for four hours last week, trying to decide how they should designate projects to be paid with about $4.98 million in special ARPA (that’s the federal American Rescue Plan Act) money that Congress passed in 2021. Here’s a novel...

“Whack-a-mole” in Elon

Sometimes with local governments and their elected officials – and the need to hold them to the state’s requirements for open government – we sometimes feel like we’re playing an ongoing game of “whack-a-mole,” batting down one violation in one jurisdiction only to see...

Planning board head survives former vice chairman’s failed revolt on 3-2 vote

For what seemed like the nth year in a row, local property manager Richard Parker has been selected by the members of Burlington’s planning and zoning commission to serve as the group’s chairman. But Parker’s latest nod for this post was remarkable in one major...

Well, now it’s obvious – Officials: “we don’t care what you think”

Rarely does the public get such a close and first-hand look at the dismissive attitude some officials have toward the public they ostensibly serve. But Burlington’s planning board gave a rare and distressingly frank glimpse into the contempt with which they hold the members of...

Planning board OKs change from medium to light industrial use on Anthony Rd.

Burlington’s planning and zoning commission ultimately devoted its shortest discussion on Monday to what proved to be the single-largest parcel which came up for consideration that night. The commission gave this relatively speedy all-clear to a request for light industrial zoning on some 17.22 acres...

Planning board OKs rezoning for additional location for Zack’s Hot Dogs

A zoning request that could allow Zack’s Hot Dogs to set up a second location has apparently cut the mustard with Burlington’s planning and zoning commission. During a regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, the commission voted 3-to-1 to endorse this request – which, if ultimately approved...

Restoration of natural spring taps into park’s storied history

The restoration of old spring at Burlington’s Willowbrook Park has brought more than just fresh water bubbling up to the surface. Over the past several months, this half-forgotten spring has become the centerpiece of an eye-catching historic tableau that offers the park’s patrons a tantalizing...

19-year-old Durham man arrested on felony charges of soliciting an Alamance County minor (who turned out to be undercover sheriff’s deputies)

An undercover operation on social media by the Alamance County sheriff’s office has netted the arrest of a 19-year-old Durham man who had corresponded with a person who thought was a minor, but was, in actuality, an undercover agent. The process began on Monday, July...

Work begins on new(est) 7-Eleven – just down the street from another one already under construction

It hasn't been long since a few months ago when the former drug store building at 2127 Chapel Hill Road in Burlington was demolished. Now its replacement, a new 7-Eleven convenience store with gas pumps, has begun. The new building will have 4,743 square feet and...

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