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Allied Churches of Alamance County prepare for future

It's been a tumultuous fall for Allied Churches, which provides Alamance County's only homeless shelter. In late September, the now former executive director put out an emergency call for $50,000, threatening the shelter could close otherwise. He and some other fulltime staff were then let go, and the board has been largely silent as its worked behind the scenes to keep the shelter and services running. Reporter Kate Croxton fills us in after a sit-down with ACAC Board Chair Kelly Paul and...


Burlington police invite community to input sessions

Burlington Police Assistant Chief Brian Long stops by to invite the public to four remaining community input sessions the department is hosting as it updates its strategic plan. The current plan was built from meetings held in 2015, and the department used feedback from those to develop iniatives in operation today. The next meetings are: 6 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 1 - Turrentine Middle School 9 a.m. Sat. Nov. 3 - Dream Center, 1423 N. Church St. 6 p.m. Nov. 27 - Andrews Elementary 6 p.m. Dec....


The Year of the Bond: Alamance Community College

Alamance Community College is asking voters to approve $39.6 million for new buildings and improvements to campus. Reporter Jessica Williams gets into the details there, and also talks about the proposed ABSS high school and what would happen to Cummings and Graham (No: They aren't closing!).


Comments, questions and concerns: Teen bakes grandfather's ashes into cookies, feeds them to class

The weirdest news story of the day left a lot of us scratching our heads and laughing at the macabre. Reporters Jessica Williams and Kate Croxton join Digital Editor Michael Abernethy for quick takes on this bizarre story out of Northern California.


Registering to Vote in Alamance and N.C.: Reporter Isaac Groves takes a look conflicting laws and language

Can you pre-register to vote when you get your driver license at 16 or 17? Do felons in N.C. have to have their rights restored before they can vote? These shouldn't be difficult questions, but information given to voters and the public have only muddied them. Reporter Isaac Groves has spent the week trying to find clarity on two issues for people registering to vote in North Carolina and Alamance County. As of Thursday night, he was still trying to get answers from the state and...


This week: Burlington's Western Electric site open for tours, public input, in historic architectural planning session

Burlington's Economic Development Director Peter Bishop talks about the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team visit Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Friday, Sept. 21. Basically, we're getting $200,000 of in-kind design and architectural study for the vacant 23-acre site that was once a hub of Burlington industry and economy. The team will take public comments and ideas during sessions Wednesday. Find out more at, and leave your ideas...


LISTEN: 911 call led to May 2 fatal shooting by three Alamance County deputies

A recording of the 911 call reporting a disturbance and at least one shot fired before deputies were dispatched to Oak Grove Church Road near Liberty late May 2. Billy Carson Pike Jr. was later shot 15 times by three deputies, an autopsy showed.


Burlington braces for Hurricane Florence

Morgan Lasater, the city of Burlington's community engagement manager, talks about how the city and numerous departments are getting ready for Hurricane Florence. More information at #BTNnow and


Silent Sam, ACTBAC, Antifa, Police and Pepper Spray

Police turned into aggressors at Aug. 30 dueling protests on UNC's campus. Online editor Michael Abernethy and Kate Croxton recount what they witnessed and experienced Thursday night -- with audio from the scene -- including being among those pepper sprayed by police. 4:00 - police presence 4:20 - Dance party on the quad 5:50 - Interview with UNC freshmen at the scene 7:30 - ACTBAC arrives 9:00 - Police barricades, and who were and weren't allowed inside 11:00 - Interview with...


Silent Sam: Toppling controversy, ACTBAC, Graham's monument and more

Digital Editor Michael Abernethy and Reporter Isaac Groves talk about the toppling of the UNC Confederate monument, the rhetoric on Alamance County-based ACTBAC's Facebook page, our recollections of being students on campus with the monument, and what's being done to protect Graham's monument from violence and vandalism.


Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck's End-of-Duty Call

Burlington police lead telecommunicator Tatiana Verdeck gives her father's final radio call.


Burlington police radio traffic from fatal officer-involved shooting

Burlington police radio traffic leading up to the Monday, July 23, fatal police shooting on Dorsett Street. Burlington police distributed this file to the media on Tuesday, July 24. The incident itself lasted around 24 minutes. Chief Jeffrey Smythe says this is a condensed audio file that automatically edited out silent portions of the radio traffic reducing the audio to around 11 minutes.


The Year of the Bond, part 3: Which campuses would see improvements from $150M ABSS school bond?

Reporter Jessica Williams catches us up on her year-long series detailing what's behind the ABSS bond and what would come from it if voters approve it Nov. 6. In this podcast: :55 -- Breakdown of spending campus by campus 1:30 -- Why Southern Alamance would get the most money 3:44 -- The gross bathrooms 5:35 -- Work that the public won't see 7:40 -- Black mold at Cummings 10:30 -- Recapping the first two stories in the series 11:30 -- Graham HS science lab 13:00 -- Mr. Wizard, Bill...


Burlington City Park murder trial update, June 6

The trial of Khakim Malik Harvey and Kyle Lavar McNeil continues in Alamance County Superior Court. They're charged with first-degree murder in the Memorial Day 2016 death of Tony Antwane Daye Jr. In this update: 0:25 - Recap of the crime, timeline of events at the scene 5:22 - Who are the parties involved and key witnesses? 7:30 - Who's in the courtroom? 8:17 - The testimony so far 10:00 - What's the physical evidence so far? 13:00 - DNA evidence 15:00 - Detective work 16:00 -...


Reporter Isaac Groves gives an update on the City Park murder trial

Two men are on trial for murder in an alleged robbery gone wrong at City Park overnight on Memorial Day 2016. Reporter Isaac Groves has been in the courtroom daily and gets us up to speed on what the three eyewitnesses have testified to before jurors.


Rally for Respect: Jessica Williams talks about what she heard and saw in Raleigh on May 16

Times-News education reporter Jessica Williams describes the sights and sounds at the state capitol Wednesday, and talks a little bit about some of the frustrations ABSS teachers feel in the classroom. Will the rally create political change? That remains to be seen. But did teachers leave Raleigh feeling the weight of their numbers and cause? Yes.


Full interview with STEM Coordinator Valerie Sellars and Graham High Science Department Head Christine Sudzina Schut

Sellars and Schut say the specialized STEM program is opening new avenues for their students and making their time in the classroom more rewarding.


"I get goosebumps thinking about this": Graham High's STEM programming has changed student learning

STEM Coordinator Valerie Sellars and Science Department Head Christine Sudzina Schut get excited talking about the new possibilities they have to educate students through state-of-the-art lab equipment and computer technology after the school got a $1.5 million Gold Leaf Foundation grant to equip STEM learning.


Gangs in Alamance County, part 2

Reporter Kate Croxton describes interviews with "inactive" gang members and what they said led them to join a gang and to eventually want to participate less in gang life.