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3/14/2018 7:54pm

Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill High School student Jonas Todd. Chapel Hill High School student Violet Crain is pictured here participating in the national school walkout protesting gun violence.

CHCCS students join national gun violence protest, walk out of classes

“I need to feel safe in my own school,” Chapel Hill High School first-year Isabel Sharp said. “I think that the walkout was an effective demonstration of how we need stricter gun laws.”  Wednesday marked one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people. To protest gun violence in schools, students at every Chapel Hill-Carrboro City high school participated in a walkout Wednesday, joining high school walkouts across the country. Students stood for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.

3/8/2018 8:17pm

Confederate heritage supporters rallied in McCorkle Place to defend the statue of Silent Sam in 2015. At the time, the North Orange County NAACP wanted to get rid of the confederate flag in schools.

Some groups want more Confederate flags in N.C. — here's how Orange County is reacting

The North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County (ACTBAC), another Southern heritage group, have both announced plans to raise Confederate flags along highways across North Carolina. Some citizens have expressed concern regarding these plans claiming that proposed flag would be in violation of county regulations.

3/8/2018 3:59am

Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill Public Library, from their book "Courage in the Moment. The Civil Rights Struggle 1961-1964" photographed by Jim Wallace. Protestors had to agree to practice nonviolent resistance by neither assisting or resisting arrest, here the demonstrators are lying on Franklin Street, according to the book. 

Gone but not forgotten: Chapel Hill School District's slow start to desegregation

The Brown v. the Board of Education Supreme Court decision was made in 1954, but the Chapel Hill school board didn’t start desegregating schools until 1960, and desegregation wasn’t complete in Chapel Hill until the summer of 1966.  “Even in progressive Chapel Hill and Carrboro, it wasn’t smooth and some very hurtful things happened,” said Mia Burroughs, a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

3/7/2018 10:00pm

Former Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt speaks at a March 2016 special town hall meeting to challenge the HB2 law.

Former Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt runs for clerk of superior court

Former Chapel Hill mayor has big plans for revamping clerks' offices of the superior court.  Mark Kleinschmidt entered the race for clerk of superior court in opposition to the incumbent candidate, James Stanford, who has run unopposed since he took the position May 2001. Kleinschmidt wants to make the office a more modern and welcoming place. 

3/4/2018 7:19pm

Healing Justice helps those harmed by wrongful convictions

Founded in Chapel Hill, the nonprofit organization Healing Justice aims to help those suffering from wrongful convictions and spread awareness about the problem. "By bringing people together for the weekend, they get to expand their family and support system with people that really get it, because most people just don’t get it." 

2/28/2018 8:06pm

Long-time Orange County Commissioner Barry Jacobs pulls out of race

 “I had a gut reaction that it was time to do it,” Barry Jacobs said. “I’m usually a person that operates based on careful thought, so when I had a strong emotional reaction, I was fascinated. I thought maybe I should listen. I enjoy the work, but I want to do some other things while I’m still on as opposed to under the planet.”