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FLORA: A November bouquet

“A November bouquet” depicts Cornelia Phillips Spencer's revered goldenrod with blue asters, black berries of catbrier, fruit of chokeberry and turning leaves of strawberry bush and sweetgum. Photo of original painting by Ken MooreBy Ken Moore
Flora Columnist
I’m returning to the words and paintings of Cornelia Phillips Spencer, who took a closer look at our local flora 139 years ago.
October 26, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: 10 things I love about gingko trees

Ginkgo trees have fantastic autumn foliage. Photo by Peter Del TrediciBy Carol Ann McCormick
Guest Flora Columnist
The earliest gingko trees were found in the Middle Jurassic (180 million years ago), and the seeds were probably dispersed by carrion-eating dinosaurs.
October 18, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

‘Wouldn’t trade the experience for anything’

The Fridays in their home. Photo by Ava BarlowEditor’s Note: Longtime UNC System President William Friday passed away in his sleep early today (Friday). This story originally ran on June 4, 2009.
October 12, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: A plant nut’s paradise

Charlie Keith will be happy to greet visitors to his arboretum. Photo by David SwansonMany years ago I learned that “plant nut” is an endearing term for any man or woman who is truly passionate about plants.
October 11, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Jammin’ at Jessee’s

MusicFestStandalone100412Curtis Eller and his band American Circus – which specializes in “banjo music for funerals” – perform at Jessee’s Coffee & Bar during the Carrboro Music Festival on Sunday.
October 4, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Takin’ in Tift

Tift Merritt performs for a crowd of nearly 4,000 concertgoers who came out for the Cradle in the Commons event last Friday. Merritt, Megafaun and Mandolin Orange performed. The concert, which was held in the Town Commons and drew residents young and old out to enjoy some tunes and the near-perfect early-fall weather. Photo by Alicia StemperTift Merritt performs for a crowd of nearly 4,000 concertgoers who came out for the Cradle in the Commons event last Friday.
September 27, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Broadcasting from The ArtsCenter

WCOM and ArtsCenter stakeholders and elected officials celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the new WCOM FM station, in the East End Gallery of The ArtsCenter, on Monday. The community radio station moved into the space from a nearby location behind Seagrove Pottery. From left: former WCOM station manager Chris Frank, ArtsCenter director Art Menius, ArtsCenter and WCOM co-founder Jacques Menache, Carrboro Alderman Lydia Lavelle, Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, Rep. Verla Insko and Beau Mills (representing Rep. David Price).  PHOTO BY ALICIA STEMPERWCOM and ArtsCenter stakeholders and elected officials celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the new WCOM FM station.
September 20, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

A campus mourns again

Crowds gather with lit candles to mourn Faith Hedgepeth while the Stoney Creek Drum Group performs at the UNC campus Monday. PHOTO BY DUNCAN HOGENearly a week after the murder of 19-year-old UNC student Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, police have yet to announce a cause of death.
September 13, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Rooftop living

Rooftop living — Meg Davis and Ken Evans spend a summer evening at the edge of their rooftop living room above Cliff’s Meat Market. Check out Meg and Ken in the Carrboro Community Resource & Visitors’ Guide as well, inside this week’s issue. PHOTO BY ALICIA STEMPERCheck out Meg and Ken in the Carrboro Community Resource & Visitor’s Guide.
September 6, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Schools open more crowded than projected

Kendall Alston, 5, and her mother, Melinda Alston, walk big brother Jace, 8, to Morris Grove Elementary School on Monday.  PHOTO BY ALICIA STEMPERStudents in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools went back to school Monday and, according to district officials, the transition was a smooth one.
August 30, 2012 | Posted in: Schools, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Dome makes journey to Burning Man

Carrboro resident John Quick deconstructs the geodesic dome he and a few friends constructed to transport out to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, where it will serve as a temporary venue of sorts. PHOTO BY JAMIE DEGRAWHeading out Hillsborough Road near McDougle School earlier this month, you may have noticed an odd structure but almost as soon as the dome appeared, it was gone.
August 23, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Working from home

Harvesting sweet potatoes, from Minnow Media's Harvest of Dignity. Photo by Peter EversollDonna Campbell and Georgann Eubanks have traveled wide in documenting lives and discovering truths – but North Carolina’s home.
August 16, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Rena Center to close this weekend

David Caldwell, president of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, Robert Campbell, president of local chapter of the NAACP and Gene Nichol, director of the UNC School of Law Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, visit the RENA Community Center as part of a statewide tour of high-poverty areas. The RENA center is set to close its doors this weekend after failing to apply for the proper permitting needed, according to the Town of Chapel Hill. Photo by Kirk Ross
August 9, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

300 East Main moving right along

Construction on 300 East Main is progressing on schedule following the March groundbreaking. The crane will likely remain on the site through September.  Photo by Alicia Stemper300 East Main is back on track and staying on schedule, with completion of the project’s first phase slated for May.
August 2, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

Storm wreaks havoc downtown

A large tree in front of a home on Manor Ridge Drive split during a storm Tuesday afternoon. The storm left 15,000 Orange County homes without power. PHOTO BY DAVID JESSEEA strong storm swept through Orange County on Tuesday afternoon, downing trees and knocking out power for homes across the county.
July 26, 2012 | Posted in: Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »