CITY & COUNTY


6/25/2019 12:37am

Part one of "Same difference: The mural," completed by students at Scroggs Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Sarah Cornette. 

CHCCS teacher wins Fulbright Award, creates art with students around the world

Sarah Cornette, an art teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district received a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching for a semester research program. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX, allows for applicants who receive the award to participate in either a short term or semester long research program. Cornette spent her semester split between three places, gathering perspectives from different children in different parts of the world. With the objective to gather the answer to what kids think is important to their community, Cornette collaborated with children in two parts of Greece and in Chapel Hill. Despite language and cultural barriers and some expectations that did not meet reality at first, Cornette produced a three-panel work of art that, according to her, won't be complete without some additional voices. 


6/13/2019 12:06am

(From left) Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha lost their lives Feb. 10, 2015. (Courtesy of the Abu-Salha family)

Craig Hicks given three life sentences for murders of three Muslim students

Today a small moment of justice was brought to the Durham County Courthouse as Craig Hicks was handed a ruling of three consecutive life sentences in prison for the murders of three Muslim college students in 2015. Family members that were present at the sentencing offered their words and sentiments about the lives that were lost on that February night. The families of Deah, Yusor and Razan also reclaimed the narrative of their murder, with additional evidence being presented that removed false claims and presumptions about the nature of how the crime occurred. 


6/10/2019 8:22am

Debbie Horwitz, one of PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro's co-founders, is packing lettuce into PORCH’s fresh food bags. Photo courtesy of Mary Solis.

Column: The other side of summer

Later this week, school lets out for over 12,000 students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Most of these students eagerly await leisurely summers dotted with s’mores, sprinklers, and sidewalk chalk. But, for the nearly 3,500 CHCCS students receiving free or reduced price meals, there can be a very different anticipation to summer. 


6/3/2019 12:14am

Tammy McNair, Chapel Hill Transit bus driver, smiles before driving the T route on Friday May 31, 2019.

A day in the life of a Chapel Hill Transit driver

The grip of Tammy McNair’s leather-gloved hands tightened as she watched the red light turn to green. Her foot eased off the brake as she spun the wide steering wheel, turning the bus onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in one smooth motion.  She cruised toward campus, keeping a careful eye on the pedestrians on the sidewalk as she pulled onto one of Chapel Hill’s many narrow streets. McNair slowed to a stop at the side of the road, greeting three passengers as they got on the T bus.  While many Chapel Hill residents were just then heading to work or class, Tammy was already on her second route of the day.