NEWS 5/3/23 11:32am

Patsy Simpson resigns from the Alamance-Burlington School System Board of Education

Patsy Simpson officially resigned from the Alamance-Burlington School System Board of Education, despite a previous announcement that she would not step down until learning how the board would be finding her replacement. Simpson has expressed her plans to retire since March; however, the board’s lack of transparency regarding the selection process of her replacement caused her to rescind her resignation.

NEWS 4/27/23 9:25am

North Carolina House proposed bill to ban nearly all abortions

The Human Life Protection Act of 2023, proposed in the North Carolina House, would ban nearly all abortions, except when a mother’s life is in danger. Republican Rep. Keith Kidwell was joined by Reps. Ben Moss and Ed Goodwin in filing House Bill 533 last month, which prohibits abortion except in cases that would result in a mother’s death or “impairment of a major bodily function.” 

NEWS 4/26/23 11:48pm

Former Vice President Mike Pence visits University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke Wednesday at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as protests occurred outside the student union before the event. The event was titled, “Saving America From the Woke Left” and was organized by the Young America’s Foundation. The former vice president touted his Christian faith throughout the speech and his support for bans on abortion. Last month, North Carolina House bill 533, known as the Human Life Protection Act of 2023 was introduced by the North Carolina General Assembly which would restrict abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger. 

NEWS 4/26/23 10:58am

Elon University earns voter friendly campus distinction

For the second year in a row, Elon was designated a voter friendly campus in a project started in partnership with Fair Election’s Center’s Campus Vote Project and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Elon was one of 14 North Carolina schools given this designation and one of 258 schools nationwide.Elon Votes announced this designation April 16 and Co-lead Voting Ambassador Ruby Radis said this designation was earned in part due to the work her organization put into making voting easier for students. 

NEWS 4/24/23 11:42pm

Town of Elon’s fire district tax rate changed at council meeting

During the April 24 Elon Town Council meeting, the council voted to change the tax rate for the fire district. Discussions continued from the previous meeting on the funding for the fire department, specifically in regard to implementing a revenue-neutral tax rate. The council discussed the fire department needing more resources and firefighters. 

NEWS 4/22/23 7:46pm

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson announces 2024 gubernatorial bid

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson announced his bid in the 2024 race for North Carolina governor April 22 in Alamance County. Robinson is the first Black lieutenant governor in North Carolina, serving since 2021, and hopes to be North Carolina’s first Black governor. He is the second Republican to declare his gubernatorial bid in North Carolina, behind State Treasurer Dale Fowell. Robinson brought up issues of the economy and supporting working class families and protecting teachers. Robinson said he is running to represent average North Carolinians as he understands the struggles working class families face. 

NEWS 4/20/23 7:45am

Elon University Indigenous students strive for land acknowledgements

According to Paula Patch, NASA’s adviser and professor of English, the organization has about 13 people on its roster, but only four to five members are active. Patch said she feels the organization is an important space to have on campus, even with low attendance. NASA mainly functions as an internal group to talk about problems people have noticed and then to advocate for the change they want to see. Part of this is to increase land acknowledgements on campus events.

NEWS 4/4/23 10:02pm

Elon Town Council approves Link Transit expansion

Elon Town Council voted to begin operating Link Transit within the town of Elon on May 22. The town will spend $3,152 this fiscal year to operate the free-to-ride public bus service and set aside $28,347 for next fiscal year. This is a pilot program, and Mayor Emily Sharpe said after seeing how many people in the town use the program, the council will assess if they want to continue the service. 

NEWS 3/30/23 10:10pm

Former President Donald Trump indicted March 30

A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump March 30. The charges are for paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels in his 2016 campaign, the first time a former president of the U.S. has been indicted. The felony indictment was filed under seal by the Manhattan district attorney and Trump has not been arrested yet and the specific charges have not been announced yet. 

NEWS 3/28/23 7:37pm

President Joe Biden visits Durham, kicks off ‘Investing in America’ tour

U.S. President Joe Biden kicked off his “Investing in America” tour with a visit to the Tar Heel State Tuesday, highlighting multiple pieces of legislation related to the tour’s  agenda. These include the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan. The White House is using the tour to highlight Biden’s domestic agenda of growing the economy from the “bottom up.” 

NEWS 3/27/23 9:57pm

Elon Town Council approves future purchase of new ladder truck

Fire Chief Landon Massey asked Elon’s Town Council to fund the $2 million purchase of a new ladder truck. During the March 27 town council meeting, the council voted to approve the purchase for the new truck in 2025, which is when payment would start. The council’s vote today did not determine where the money would come from.  Massey said there is an option to prepay for the truck, meaning the town would pay the entire cost before getting the truck. The benefit to this option would be a discount of $81,500. Both Massey and Town Manager Rich Roedner did not recommend this option.