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Group Calling Itself "Occupy Graham" Announces Protests For January

Protesters say they plan to be out in Graham every afternoon between now and January 20th, when Joe Biden is scheduled to become our 46th President. They are now calling themselves “Occupy Graham” and they say they will be protesting around the old courthouse starting around 5:30 or 6 each afternoon. Today (Wednesday) they say, they will start around 5, to give themselves time to march to Ted Budd’s Graham office. They say they are upset Congressman Budd had questions about the validity of Joe Biden’s win in the Presidential election.

Coronavirus Vaccine In Alamance County Still Available To 75+ year olds

Alamance County Health Department is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to persons age 75 and over, by appointment only. Beginning today (Wednesday) multi-day appointments can be made for Thursday, January 14 through Tuesday, January 19. Callers will be assigned a specific day and time. Interested persons should call 336-290-0650 to make an appointment. The COVID19 vaccine appointment line is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm or until all appointment slots are full. Expect high call volumes and wait times. Please exercise patience.

ABSS Votes To Delay Bringing Students Back To The Classroom

A change of heart at the Alamance Burlington School Board. Yesterday, the Board decided to hold off bringing the kids back to the classroom. Instead of February 1st, the plan now is to start March 1st for Kindergarten through 5th grade, and March 8th for 6th through 12th grade. Superintendent Dr Bruce Benson says the delay will help more staff to be vaccinated before the kids come back in-person. At one point, the ABSS Board considered a motion to remain on remote learning the rest of the school year, but that motion was quickly voted down.  

Several Covid 19 Positive Test Results in Alamance County This Week

Alamance County health officials say they have an outbreak of covid cases at Southern High School this week. They say 3 students and 3 staff tested positive. They say there is also an outbreak at Positive Attitudes Youth Center in Burlington, where 6 children and 2 staff members tested positive. On top of that, the health department says they found 15 cases at a long-term health care facility. 13 of them among patients at Brookdale Senior Center in Burlington and 2 from staff members. 

Burlington City Council Wish List for 2021

The Burlington City Council has come up with a wish list for 2021. Among other things, they say they want the federal government to start sending covid relief money directly to cities, instead of to the state governments for them to decide who gets what. They also say they want the General Assembly to give them leeway to find more things to tax, instead of having to rely on property taxes. The Burlington Police Chief says he wants some traffic cameras too.

Alamance County Gets Money To Help Feed The Hungry

A National Board overseen by Homeland Security has donated more than $60,000 to Alamance County. The board is made up of folks from several national charities, including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Under the terms of the grant, the money will be going to Alamance County non-profits that have shown they can do the job of getting food out to local people.

More Housing Developments Coming To Alamance County

Word on a couple more housing developments either  proposed or approved here in Alamance County. We told you yesterday that Elon has okayed a plan for 200 more houses along Gibsonville Ossippee Rd. Now, the Graham Planning Board has approved a plan for 200 houses on nearly 60 acres along Monroe Holt between Lacy Holt Rd and Rockwood Drive. The developer says the single family houses would be 2,400 to 2,800 square feet and sell for around $300,000. They say they will call it Colonial Heights. Now that the Planning Board has approved it, the plan will go before the Graham City Council at their next meeting. If you travel that area you know there is already another housing development underway along Lacy Holt. 

Alamance County Convicted Rapist Will Not Have To Wear Ankle Monitor For Life

The North Carolina State Court of Appeals has ruled a convicted rapist will not have to wear an ankle monitor for the rest of his life, once he gets out of prison. 34 year old Juan Antonio Perez went to prison for a series of violent rapes in Alamance County. The Appeals Court says the prosecutor did not prove that lifetime ankle monitoring keeps violent offenders from committing more violent offences, and therefore it was unconstitutional. Perez is due to be released in 2025.

Writers Club Contest Opens

The Burlington Writers Club says it is accepting entries for the next contest. The 65th Annual Spring Adult writers contest. It is open to all adult writers from Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Randolph and Rockingham counties. There are 8 categories, and you can get all the rules at any area library or at their website burlingtonwritersclub.org

Plans for A 40 Acre park In Mebane

Folks in Mebane might soon have a park similar to Springwood in Burlington. This one though, would be entirely paid for by the community. It would be nearly 40 acres right there near Bushy Cook and West Ten Rd in Efland, near the middle school. Plans call for at least 6 softball fields, pavilions for large gatherings, a gym slash community center, walking trails and more. The planners right now are calling it Patriots Park. They are still working up the official plan. Once that is done they will submit it to the Orange County Planning Board since it is right over the Alamance County line. 

Burlington Leaders Have Funding For Two More Murals Downtown

Grab that paint can. The Burlington downtown Corporation is looking for artists interested in creating more of those murals. As you might know, these downtown murals are pretty popular right now. Graham has them, so does Gibsonville, and Mebane has actually created a committee to handle more murals. Now, Burlington is looking for a second and third mural. The downtown corporation actually got a $10,000 dollar grant for 3 murals, but the artist who did the first one used up all the money. Now though, they have raised 11,000 more. The Burlington mural is on the back of Bella’s House. The next one will go at Walkerdance Ballet on Front St and then one at McCauley Family Learning Center on Spring St. The concept of the mural is entirely up to the artist.

Covid Vaccine Now Appointment Only In Alamance County

There is a new way to get that coronavirus vaccine here in Alamance County. You have to call for an appointment rather than show up to a first come first served line. Just call 336-290-0650 for an appointment. But remember, this first batch is only for people 75 years old and older.

Elon Aldermen Approve Another Housing Development

The second fastest growing city in Alamance County has just approved another housing development. The Elon Aldermen  okayed plans for a 200 house development at the intersection of Manning and Gibsonville-Ossippee Rd. Its a little more than 80 acres, and the developer originally wanted to put 230 houses there, but that was cut back. It looks like the plans are for 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. No word yet on the price.

Elon Aldermen Approve Another Housing Development

The second fastest growing city in Alamance County has just approved another housing development. The Elon Aldermen  okayed plans for a 200 house development at the intersection of Manning and Gibsonville-Ossippee Rd. Its a little more than 80 acres, and the developer originally wanted to put 230 houses there, but that was cut back. It looks like the plans are for 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. No word yet on the price.

Shirley "Red" Wilson Dies At 95 Years Old

As you might have heard over the weekend, former Elon football coach Red Wilson has died. The Burlington resident passed away at the age of 95. He was better known outside Alamance County as the former football coach for Duke University. Red Wilson was the winningest football coach in Elon history. His Duke teams struggled for the first year, but did end up with winning seasons in his last 2 years there. His final game for Duke was a win over UNC. Wilson’s wife Katie just died last month, the day after Christmas. They had been married for 72 years.

ABSS Enrollment Drops

Record numbers of parents are pulling their kids out of the Alamance Burlington School system. According to a story in this week’s Alamance News, there are more than 1,000 fewer students now than there was last year. A 15 year low in ABSS enrollment.

 

Alamance Burlington Schools have been growing every year. 15 years of growth has ended, with more than a thousand parents pulling their kids out of ABSS and choosing instead to home school or send them to private school. 

Tinted Windows Lead To Drug Arrest In Burlington

Burlington Police and Alamance County Sheriff Deputies say they arrested a man this weekend, and ended up filing several drug charges against him. Burlington PD says they originally tried to pull him over for having windows that were too dark. But they say he refused to stop. That was around Sharpe Rd near Lakeside. Eventually Deputies got him to stop there on Lakeside. Turns out they say, he was carrying a load of marijuana and more than $17,000 in cash. 29 year old Jamaul Dontae Vinson is in the Alamance County jail this morning. 

Alamance County Students Struggle With Online Learning

So how well did your kids do with online learning? A report from ABSS Superintendent Bruce Benson says more than half our middle school students failed at least one course - 55%.

34% of our high school students failed at least one course this fall. 

ACC Names Elon Their 2020 Business Partner Of The Year

Alamance Community College has named Elon University as their Business Partner of the Year for 2020. You might not know that Elon and ACC are pretty tight in several areas. For instance, ACC students can transfer to Elon as juniors. There are special scholarships set up for ACC students at Elon. Elon also allows ACC students to take courses there in medicine, landscaping, building and plant maintenance and other areas. Elon has hired several ACC grads over the years as well. 

BCA The Only Alamance County School To Receive Payroll Protection Money

A new report this morning on those PPP payments sent out earlier this year. You might remember this was the Payroll Protection Program. It was meant to help small businesses meet their payroll and keep folks going on unemployment. The report from the Triad Business Journal talks about all the schools in the Triad that received some of that money. It was mostly private colleges and some local private high schools. Burlington Christian Academy was the only one in Alamance County, getting a little less than 700,000. That was primarily as insurance against the lockdown becoming even more severe. 

Arrests Made In Altercation In Downtown Graham

More out of town folks causing trouble in downtown Graham. This time, it was a man apparently from Pittsboro, who got into a confrontation with a man from Graham. According to police reports, 64 year old Robert Butler of Pittsboro got into a verbal argument with 30 year old Avery Harvey of Graham. Both of them were charged with disorderly conduct.

Opposition Organizing to Buc-ees in Efland

Some folks in Orange County are starting to organize to block that new Buc-ee’s from going up in Efland. The 104 acre truck stop will include 120 gas pumps, 64,000 square feet of retail space and eventually a 120 room motel. Opponents though say it will cause irreparable damage to the environment. The Buc-ee’s would create at least 200 new jobs and millions of dollars to the tax base. The catch is, the location might very well be sitting on a protected Eno River watershed.

ARMC To Receive Pfizer Vaccine Today

Alamance Regional Medical Center should be getting their first shipment of the Pfizer version of the covid 19 vaccine. A little less than 1,000 for now. No word yet on how they plan to hand it out. 1,000 doses would be enough for 500 people, since it requires two jabs set a week or so apart.  

Burlington Man Dies After Being Thrown From Vehicle

In Burlington, a man and a woman were injured over the weekend, in a wreck on Fountain Place. They say the driver was a 62 year old Burlington woman, Norma Jean Corbet. They say she left the road and hit a light pole and a couple of trees. The passenger was 59 year old Donnie Lee Sellars of Burlington. He was apparently thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. They say it does look like speed was a factor, but no charges have been brought yet against the driver.

Positive Testing Leads To Temporary Closure For Sheriff And For Library

The Alamance County Sheriff’s front office is closed to the public for the rest of the week. They say some of their administrative staff has tested positive for Covid 19. The closure means no fingerprinting or applications for firearms until Monday. 

 

Also in Alamance County, the Graham public library will be closed until further notice. That comes after a staff member there also tested positive for the coronavirus.

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