Janie Sircey


UNC junior Tom Saintsing volunteers at the South Estes Family Resource Center, helping Shane Perkins with his homework. Saintsing said, "I enjoy the experience because they are really sweet kids.  It's a lot of fun to come every week. You get the feeling of being a big kid again with them." The Family Resource Center provides after-school tutoring and other services to the underprivileged.

Center cuts reduce coverage

The Orange County Family Resource Centers has provided after-school programs to local children for 18 years, but now budget cuts have decreased the services the group can offer.

Eric Montross, former UNC basketball player and NBA player, reads to children at Read-a-thon Night at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School on Wednesday night.

Wild about reading: Frank Porter Graham Elemetary holds annual read-a-thon

Fifth-grader Bonnie Stolt says she has been reading at least 100 minutes a day since her elementary school began its 14th annual Read-a-thon. She and the rest of the students at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School are aiming to read that much everyday from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3. Their effort is part of a two-week fundraiser that brought local celebrity guest readers to the school for a special event Wednesday night.

Residents petition for Chapel Hill 2020 extension

Some residents think the eight months the town has set aside to form Chapel Hill 2020, a new plan to guide its future growth, will not be long enough. A group of petitioners plans to ask Town Council to extend the process until 2013. The council started working on the plan this fall and plan to conclude it in June.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools prepare for elections shake-up

With more than half of the school board seats up for grabs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are looking at a year filled with change. Candidates and school officials said the adoption of a new curriculum, working with a newly hired superintendent and dealing with budget cuts will be key issues this election.

Chapel Hill council candidates talk town-gown and trucks

Chapel Hill Town Council candidates fielded questions centering on the town’s relationship with the University at a Thursday night forum held at UNC’s Campus Y. Issues near and dear to the University’s heart — like town-gown relationships and food trucks — took center stage at one of the last forums before Tuesday’s election.