Florence Bryan


Assaulted Latinos experience barriers

Victims of sexual assault can often feel alone and isolated, unsure of where to turn. And for Latino immigrants facing language barriers and cultural stereotypes, this feeling of hopelessness might seem insurmountable. But Orange County agencies and authorities are working together to reach out to sexual assault victims from growing Latino communities in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, encouraging them to seek help.

New charter school to be voted on today

A new elementary charter school could open its doors in Chapel Hill this August if the N.C. State Board of Education approves its application today. The application for the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School is one of nine being considered by the board through a one-time, “fast track” process following the lift of the statewide cap on charter schools last June.

Chapel Hill charter school proposal to be reviewed today

The application for a new charter school in Chapel Hill — a source of worry for some school officials and community members — could move forward in the approval process today. The application is being considered by the council through the “fast track” program for schools that want to open this fall.


The Human Rights Center settles on Barnes Street as new location

The Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro has found a new home on Barnes Street, but volunteers worry the location might limit access to its services. Judith Blau, the center’s director, said she put down money on a three-bedroom house at 107 Barnes St. on Dec. 23 and plans to close on the house at the end of the week. Blau said the house cost $155,000, and she has taken out personal loans to pay for it.

Talking Taxes — quarter-cent sales tax reactions

The quarter-cent sales tax will reappear on Orange County’s Nov. 8 ballot after failing to pass last year. The tax would affect some retail goods and could bring in an estimated revenue of $2.3 million that would be split evenly between education funding and economic development. Read the responses to the proposed tax from our man-on-the-street interviews.