CITY & COUNTY


4/11/2018 11:14pm

Marian Cheek Jackson Center staff and partners from Pee Wee Homes welcoming one of the center's newest Northside neighbors to the community. Photo courtesy of Hudson Vaughan.

The Jackson Center has built community for years in Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is a non-profit dedicated to building community in Chapel Hill's Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods. The organization has worked alongside UNC students since its beginning and UNC recently gave the organization a $3 million loan to continue its work in the community.  “I remember growing up with neighbors that knew each other, sharing joys and sorrows, knowing who lived around you, which brought safety because you knew who your neighbors were,” said Kathy Atwater, the center’s community advocacy specialist. “The Jackson Center has become a part of the community, not just someone outside looking in." 


4/9/2018 8:31pm

There are five UNC students from the African Leadership Academy, a two-year pre-university program that has admitted students from 45 African countries. Photo courtesy of Dikenna Ogbo.

South African pre-university program helps develop future leaders

Fred Swaniker wanted to transform educational systems in Africa and create a world-class academic institution, where young students were eager to make an impact. He set his mind to the idea and collaborated with his partner, Chris Bradford. In 2008, the ALA doors opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. 


4/9/2018 8:14pm

A scoop of icecream.

Ben & Jerry's serves up free ice cream, helps Musical Empowerment

For the past two and a half years, the Franklin Street Ben & Jerry’s has partnered with Musical Empowerment, a student organization that provides over 130 youth from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area with free, one-on-one music lessons, for their Free Cone Day. The lessons are provided by students from UNC and takes place at the University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street. 


4/8/2018 7:49pm

Beer Month

Warmer weather signals the start of NC Beer Month

 Steel String Brewery Co-owner Andrew Scharfenberg said the brewery focuses most on holding beer tastings during April, which can drive future sales by exposing customers to new beers. Steel String recently unveiled “Up On the Hill,” a new IPA that Scharfenberg said will be in six packs later this year.  


4/5/2018 8:28pm

Chapel Hill honors and celebrates culture in Sunday's international festival

International flags line Franklin Street in preparation for the upcoming Near and Far Festival in Chapel Hill this weekend, which will honor and celebrate the town's global community.  The festival will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 140 West Franklin St. Plaza and will feature performances from Pline Mounzeo to Prema Natya Vidyalaya Dance School. The event will also have interactive exhibits such as UNC Global, the Chapel Hill Chinese School and a tasting tent. 


4/3/2018 8:12pm

Many Chapel Hill officials, such as Town Council member Karen Stegman, work other jobs in addition to their town roles.

Mayors, council members often hold additional full or part-time jobs

Many members of Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen — as well as both the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Mayors — hold full or part-time jobs on top of their duties as elected officials. Although their duties often slow down during the summer months and towards the end of December, municipal election season tends to be a very busy time, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said. She said she wants to improve the community by removing barriers to full participation in the council and opening opportunity for greater representation.


4/2/2018 8:17pm

Intersection of Longview St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

New traffic signal on MLK aims to reduce traffic, increase pedestrian safety

In an effort to keep drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists safe, the town of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) began installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Longview Street last week. If construction remains on schedule, the traffic signal will be functional by April 20.