CITY & COUNTY


The Carrboro Police Department.

A day in the life of a Chapel Hill police officer

In my 20 years as a law abiding citizen, I’ve only had two experiences with the police. When I was seven, I misdialed 911 and almost gave myself a heart attack waiting for the police to track me down and show up at my door. The other was during my freshman year when my bike was stolen from the bike rack near my dorm. 


Town House Apartments, located on Hillsborough Rd, was a popular student apartment complex.

Students unable to lease from Town House Apartments due to redevelopment plans

Residents of Town House Apartments cannot sign leases for the next school year right now because of potential redevelopment. An email, sent on Oct. 19, stated the apartment complex will assess the redevelopment process in February and update residents.  If Town House Apartments redevelops, it will be renamed the Residences at Grove Park, and will increase in tax value by $31.3 million, according to a Chapel Hill 2015 Special Use Permit (SUP) modification application. 


Students at East Chapel Hill High School spend time outside after school is let out. Both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools are facing a funding crisis due to proposed legislation that would reduce the size of elementary school classes.

Orange County Schools struggle to cap class size for NC legislation

North Carolina school districts are facing a funding crisis. In Orange County, voters approved a $120 million-dollar bond in November 2016 to renovate several school buildings, but additional funding for teachers and new classrooms will be needed to comply with a proposed reduction in class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.


Though Chapel Hill businesses see a decrease in revenue as students go home for winter break, it is mediated by an increase in patronage by local families.

Winter is coming, but local businesses are ready

As the stress of finals week concludes and UNC students leave town, Chapel Hill businesses will look to permanent residents to fill their shops and restaurants.  Katie Loovis, vice president for external affairs at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, said the total economic impact of winter break is felt most strongly by restaurants and retail but is less extreme than one may think.  Although roughly 30,000 students leave for the break, Loovis said many University faculty, hospital staff and international students stay in town, meaning Chapel Hill shops continue to serve a large customer base. 


Amina's Gift, a local nonprofit, buys and sells art from Africa to raise money to send children in Zimbabwe and South Africa to school. Photo courtesy of Terrence Brayboy. 

Q&A with founder of local nonprofit Amina's Gifts

UNC alum Terrence Brayboy is a founder and member of the Board of Directors for the local organization Amina's Gift. The nonprofit buys and sells art from communities in Africa to raise money to support schoolchildren in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Staff writer Simrann Wadhwa talked with Brayboy about the organization. 


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WOTS: Where do you go to relax after exams?

With finals looming overhead, more students are hitting the town after long study sessions. Staff writer Kari Larsen asked people on campus, “Where do students go in town to relax after studying or exams?”


Photo illustration. Local bartenders and bouncers are cracking down on fake IDs as ALE presence is rising. 

State and local ALE departments play different roles within the community

Only 109 agents of the State Bureau of Investigation are tasked with enforcing alcohol law in the 100 counties that make up North Carolina. Yet the presence of Alcohol Law Enforcement is strongly felt in Chapel Hill.  The state agency makes up for its relatively small size by forming partnerships with local police departments, sheriffs and district attorney's offices, ALE Special Agent in Charge Bryan House said.  “We work with stakeholders of all kinds to try and solve problems as they relate to alcohol and places that sell alcohol specifically whether they be legal or illegal,” he said. “Typically, what that looks like for us is we take an all-crimes approach as it relates to enforcement and that is at places that sell alcohol, specifically.”