New York Times bestselling author and Long Island native Jennifer Stanley introduced her most recent mystery series, The Secret, Book & Scone Society, this Thursday at Chapel Hill Public Library. Stanley has written more than 30 novels. Under her pseudonym Ellery Adams, Stanley has published several mystery series and two cookbooks.
The proposed Chapel Hill Town Council budget aimed to focus on people first. “We understand that none of us are successful without the other 700 employees that work hard every day – seamlessly, in many ways,” Town Manager Roger Stancil said.
The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted its legislative agenda for the 2018 session of the North Carolina General Assembly Wednesday, which includes two local bills and two statewide initiatives proposed by Town Attorney Ralph Karpinos.
The value of the Hispanic community in Carborro and the peace of mind immigrants should be allowed in the community was emphasized at the "Know Your Rights" event. "Trust is a hard thing to gain and an easy thing to lose,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said. “We're willing to do the work to gain your trust if you're willing to give it to us."
ICE officials have recently made at least 10 detainments in Orange and Chatham Counties. Carrboro and Chapel Hill officials want citizens to know their rights: Everyone has the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the right to not open the door and the right to not show identification.
In regards to affordable housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ranked Chapel Hill as a “troubled performer." However, this ranking came as a result of a clerical error. New forms have been submitted, and the town score is being reevaluated.
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."
Chapel Hill and Carrboro are teaming up with the non-profit CASA to build an affordable housing development on South Merritt Mill Road.
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.
Many of Chapel Hill’s bus stops are over thirty years old, but the town is in the process of giving them an upgrade to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A car on Raleigh Road caught fire Thursday around 6:10 p.m. A lane of Raleigh Road is now blocked off by the Chapel Hill Police Department and the Fire Department.
Chapel Hill High is around 60 years old and falling apart, but expect renovations to begin this summer, if plans are approved by the town council.
A little more than half of UNC undergraduates live off campus, which has led to steep rent prices and efforts from the University to attract more students to dorm life.
“I’ve certainly been convinced that we need to do a bond, there’s no doubt in my mind about that,” said councilperson Michael Parker. “We’ve never tried, as a town, to commit this much money, and I want to make sure that we get the maximum value for every dollar we spend.”
The free bus system serving the Chapel Hill area doesn't just save foot traffic for exhausted students. It also fosters love at first sight. The Chapel Hill Transit system provides over seven million rides annually and is the second largest transit system in North Carolina, but for one couple, this commodity did so much more.
The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously voted to sell $4.3 million of the 2015 referendum bonds on Wednesday to complete the purchase of the American Legion property.
Charlotte's new light rail extension offers students affordable transportation and gives them access to more entertainment and job opportunities.
“We’re confident that as the negotiations move forward at the federal level that lawmakers will continue to recognize the value of transit and continue to invest in that.”
On any regular day, eleven-year-old Paul Rosu seems just like every other kid at Smith Middle School — but he’s recently achieved a feat that not many others have. He received a 5 on his AP Calculus AB exam and could have potentially been the only fifth grader to take the exam that year.