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 – Staff Writer
The News & Observer

HILLSBOROUGH — The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to examine alternatives to building a solid waste transfer station.

“The basic assumption that a transfer station is the best alternative may be too narrow,” Commissioner Barry Jacobs said Friday.

The county has been planning to build a transfer station, most recently in Bingham Township west of Carrboro. Garbage trucks would bring the county’s trash there to be loaded onto semi-trailers for shipment to an out-of-county landfill.

One alternative would be to have vendors collect and haul the county’s trash, said Bonnie Hauser, co-founder of the grassroots Orange County Voice.

(read the whole story here)

Kathryn Koesy, Staff Writer
Daily Tar Heel

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Following in the footsteps of decades past, a chorus of voices on Franklin Street rang in unity early Monday morning.

“I ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around, gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land,” they sung.

Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, many in the Rogers Road community said they are still fighting a battle for social equality. Hundreds gathered at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally and march to commemorate the leader’s life.

“This rally is so important because you must have a vision, and this visionary gave me a vision,” said the Rev. Robert Campbell, who was the keynote speaker at the event. (read the full story here)

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009

Evan Rose, Assistant City Editor

Orange County residents who live near the proposed location for a waste transfer station plan to file suit against the county in the coming weeks.

Residents will follow through on a December letter from their attorney, which asked for more dialogue on the transfer station siting process and threatened a lawsuit, said Susan Walser of Orange County Voice, a group that is supporting the legal action.

Residents will seek to keep the county from building the transfer station at a site in Bingham Township near Orange Grove Road that county commissioners named as their final choice. (Read the whole story here)