11/1/2017 8:14pm

Q & A with Crook's Corner chef Bill Smith Jr.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in December about a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding because the service would violate his religious views. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission inspired Bill Smith Jr., head chef at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, to sign a "friend of the court" brief, submitted by the Human Rights Campaign, to show his support of gay rights. Staff writer Ashley Peterson spoke to Smith Jr. about why he chose to get involved. 

10/31/2017 8:06pm

Chapel Hill looks to encourage solar power initiatives

With about 216 sunny days per year, Chapel Hill is a prime location for the popularity of solar energy to take off.  Local policies have sought to encourage the installation of solar panels and charging stations for electric vehicles to plan for a future more dependent on renewable energy. 

10/30/2017 8:23pm

John Williams, principal at Phoenix Academy High School, was recently named CHCCS Principal of the Year. Photo courtesy of CHCCS. 

Q&A with John Williams, CHCCS Principal of the Year

John Williams is the principal at Phoenix Academy High School in Chapel Hill and was recently named Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Principal of the Year. Staff writer Jacquelyn Melinek spoke with Williams about the award and his experience as an educator.