Elizabeth Straub


Cupcake sales support LGBT Center

Sugarland Bakery cupcakes help customers satisfy their sweet tooth — and now those with a charitable streak might also be satisfied. Sugarland is donating a percentage of its August cupcake sales on Wednesday nights to the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Chapel Hill looks to lobby

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is hoping to draw national attention to Chapel Hill issues. On his recommendation, the town of Chapel Hill is considering hiring a private lobbying firm to represent them to the federal government.

Council looks at efficiency

Recent Chapel Hill Town Council meetings have kept officials and attendees up past their bedtimes — but officials hope a regulation on public petitions could improve time management.


Be special-savvy this LDOC

The last day of spring classes usually brings hoards of students to downtown Chapel Hill for one last night of fun before finals begin, and many local business owners expect tomorrow to be no different. And local businesses are offering deals — check them out before you head out on the town to celebrate.

Carrboro looks to discuss fertilizer tax and climate with state legislature

At a Tuesday night meeting, Board members suggested several topics for the discussion on local legislative priorities, including anti-fracking, proposing a state-wide fertilizer tax and opposing annual rate hikes to finance nuclear power. “For a couple years, I have wanted us to put a surtax on fertilizers and use that to offset what it costs us and what it could cost us to keep it out of Lake Jordan,” said Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist.

County Commissioners talk trash — again

Orange County Commissioners have voted to shut down a landfill located on Rogers Road — but that didn’t put problems with trash in the area to rest. Michael Talbert, assistant county manager, presented information on illegal dumping sites on Rogers Road to Commissioners at a Tuesday night meeting.

Town council updates revisit Carolina North

At a Wednesday night meeting, the Chapel Hill Town Council received a compliance report and update on Carolina North. Carolina North, a planned research and academic campus two miles from UNC, has been a joint project between the university and the town since June 2009.