Sofia Lesnewski


 Tracy Miller, community education director, and Julia Reich, student volunteer, get work done at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Rape crisis centers affected by Violence Against Women Act expiration due to shutdown

Numerous organizations funded under the Violence Against Women Act are having to face the reality that lacks guaranteed federal funds due to the ongoing federal shutdown. The Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County even had to furlough their staff. Despite the government shutdown, the Orange County Rape Crisis Center executive director, Rachel Valentine, says she still feels very confident in the long-term health of VAWA.

Gizmo Brew Works is opening a location in Chapel Hill, filling a vacant space on E. Franklin Street across from Bandido's Mexican Cafe. Bryan Williams, one of Gizmo’s owners, said the Chapel Hill taproom will have 50 taps and will not have a kitchen but will sell pre-packaged foods.

Raleigh-based brewery Gizmo coming soon to Franklin Street

Gizmo Brew Works will open in the building where the Ramshead Rathskeller restaurant was formerly housed: “This space is beloved by Chapel Hill, so we’re thrilled that we’ve got someone going in there, and someone with a great reputation like Gizmo I think will be fantastic for the space.”