Cary’s Election Delayed Again, Set for May 2022

Cary, NC — Originally scheduled for October 2021, Cary’s Primary Election and Town of Cary Municipal Election were postponed to March 8, 2022, with the passing of Session Law 2021-56 in the State Legislature. Under this law, more than 30 municipalities across North Carolina had their 2021 elections delayed into the new year.

Just last week, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, Cary’s election date was further delayed, this time by the NC Supreme Court to May 17, 2022.

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Harold’s Blog: Diversity, Teslas and Delayed Elections

Cary, NC — This week the holiday festivities continued with the Cary Christmas parade.

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Top 5 Stories of the Week: December 10, 2021

Cary, NC — It’s a cold Friday morning today which calls for two important things — bundling up to stay warm and getting caught up on the top 5 stories of the moment in Cary.

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Apple Invests in Wake County, Gives Coding Opportunities to Students

Cary, NC — Yesterday, Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County announced it has teamed up with Apple to bring coding opportunities to local young learners.

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South Hills of Cary Sells For $38.4 Million

Cary, NC — About 50 acres of land along Buck Jones Road has been home to the South Hills Mall and Plaza since the 1960s. This land now has a new fate on the horizon as it was purchased on November 18th for a price tag of $38.4 million.

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Photos: The 2021 Cary Christmas Tree Lighting

Cary, NC — On Saturday, December 4th at the Town Hall Campus, I experienced my very first Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Even more special than it being my first is that Mayor Harold Weinbrecht called it the largest crowd he’s ever seen at the well-loved annual event that was moved to an entirely virtual format last year.

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Harold’s Blog: Holiday Events and Celebrating First Responders

Cary, NC — This week included speaking engagements and holiday events.

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Top 5 Stories of the Week: December 3, 2021

Cary, NC — It was a mixed bag of top-read stories this week from crime and construction to holiday events. To get you caught up, here’s a quick recap of the week’s biggest articles.

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Photos: Downtown Cary Construction Picks Up

Cary, NC — The excitement surrounding the construction of Phase 2 of Downtown Cary Park has spurred plenty of conversation. It has also spurred a building boom in Downtown Cary that hasn’t been seen since the 1970s. Read more

Cary Man Arrested in January 6 Investigation

Cary, NC — Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, of Cary, has been accused of “using chemical irritant against officers” and “smashing a window with a bat” during the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021.

The following is a released statement from the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, November 23 regarding the recent arrest of Bilyard.

“A North Carolina man has been arrested for assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon and other crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, of Cary, N.C., is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, among other charges. He was arrested yesterday in Raleigh, N.C., and made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of North Carolina later that day. He was released pending further court proceedings.

According to court documents, at approximately 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, Bilyard was among a crowd of rioters in the Lower West Terrace area of the Capitol. He was holding what appeared to be a large gold-colored canister. Video footage depicts him pointing the nozzle of the canister toward a line of uniformed law enforcement officers that was attempting to secure the building and activating the propellant, discharging an orange-colored liquid spray.

The chemical irritant is believed to have been “bear spray,” which rioters used in efforts to incapacitate officers. Later in the afternoon, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Bilyard is depicted in video footage in a group gathered in front of a large glass window of the Capitol building.

While there, he encouraged an individual who was striking the window with what appeared to be a small axe. Bilyard was handed a bat and used it to shatter the lower glass portion of the window. He then entered a Senate room through the broken window.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

In the ten months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 210 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

For additional details on this story, see the USDOJ Statement of Facts and further coverage from WRAL, CBS 17 and The News & Observer.

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Story and photos sourced from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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