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By Brent Lancaster, Times-News
A new flag may soon be flapping in the Mebane breeze. The City Council could soon adopt a new Mebane seal that would adorn the city's new Web site and would grace a municipal flag. The council looked at some initial designs at Monday night's meeting and may take up the issue again at its May meeting. Talk of creating a logo that represents all that the growing city has to offer has been floating around City Council meetings for about a year. Councilman Bob Hupman, one of the proponents of the seal, saw the need for a city flag when he was renovating a block of buildings on Center Street. Hupman wanted a third flag to go with the American and North Carolina flags above the block of buildings, which is owned by his Five Star of Mebane real estate company. "I wanted to put a city flag up there, but we didn't have one," Hupman said. Monday, the council looked at several designs created by a graphic designer. The council appropriated money in February for a designer to work on some options for a seal. The money was part of an appropriation for the city's new Web site, http://www.cityofmebane.com, which is still under construction. The council chose a round seal with symbols that represent religion, industry, law and scholarship, among other things. The council asked city staff to make some changes to the design and bring a color version to the May council meeting. The council must also choose a slogan to go along with the seal. The graphic artists' designs included "Growing with You" as a city slogan, but the council agreed that it should be changed. The designs also note the year that the city was chartered, 1881. City staff also solicited drawings from students in an Eastern Alamance High School art class. Councilman Tim Bradley suggested that once a final design for a seal is selected, the city might ask for input from residents on the design. Mebane already has a city seal, but it is rarely used. The seal was created in the early 1970s by a group of Eastern Alamance students, said City Manager Robert Wilson. "I wanted to have a seal that reflects everything the city has to offer," Hupman said.
The seal that was subsequently developed is on the city web page.
Dov Gutterman, 22 December 2002
The city of Mebane has informed me it has no flag.
Valentin Poposki, 31 October 2009
The image is above (image obtained from
shows a flag with a white field and the seal centered.
Paul Bassinson, 8 May 2019
I then found this newspaper article, but I don't know the date of the flag.
Mebane unveils new city seal
Posted Oct 8, 2014
As part of its recent re-branding initiative and implementation of its new logo, Mebane adopted a new city seal this week. Council members were presented with three similar options for a city seal Monday night and selected and approved one to become official. A tree in the center and dogwood blooms on the sides of the seal represent what’s not only the state flower, but the dogwoods found throughout the city, especially along Fifth Street. In the spring, a Dogwood Festival is held downtown. Train tracks through the center and a cowcatcher at the bottom represent the railroad through the city, and a gear on the right side and headboard at the bottom center stand for the city’s industrial history.
The seal uses the color scheme found in the city’s new logo, both designed by North Star Marketing of Burlington.
Mebane also took on a new slogan of “Positively Charming” when its logo was redesigned.