By Staff
  • Jeff Nash and Tom Forcella

    Jeff Nash: Hometown Hero

    May 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Jeff Nash is Tuesday’s Hometown Hero. Jeff is the executive director of community relations with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  You may see him at special events like last week’s “Teachers First Breakfast.” He is always singing the praises of teachers, students, and staff members at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  That’s exactly what he did at […]

  • Should Orange County Ban E-Cigarettes?

    May 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Orange County is considering banning the use of e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants across the county. Ashley DeSena joined Aaron Keck to discuss the issue.

  • The Human Microbiome and Raw Milk

    May 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Jeff Danner discusses the Human Microbiome.  Specifically with regards to the debate over raw milk.  Danner takes issue with a recent commentary by Colleen Bridger on the subject. Previously, Danner wrote a four-part essay on the Human Microbiome.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

  • Bernadette Pelissier

    Bernadette Pelissier: Hometown Hero

    May 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Bernadette Pelissier is Monday’s Hometown Hero. After eight years of service as an Orange County Commissioner, Pelissier is retiring.  She will step down in December of 2016. The Orange County Health Department recently named Pelissier Orange County’s 2016 Public Health Hero.  The Public Health Hero Award is given by the Orange County Health Department to […]

  • Aidan and Timna Understein

    Timna Understein: Hometown Hero

    April 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Timna Understein is Friday’s Hometown Hero. She started Respect the Rays to raise her awareness about skin cancer.  Timna is a two-time cancer survivor.  She started the Respect the Rays Facebook page back in 2012 and it has grown into much more. More about Timna Understein from the Respect the Rays website: “After her second […]

  • Tim Hucks

    Tim Hucks: Hometown Hero

    April 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Tim Hucks is Thursday’s Hometown Hero. Tim has done great work in the community over the years for a number of causes.  He has especially devoted a lot of time to Volunteers For Youth. The focus of Volunteers for Youth is delinquency prevention. Through the mentoring program, community service program, and teen court program, Volunteers […]

  • Bebe Smith

    Bebe Smith: Hometown Hero

    April 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Bebe Smith is Wednesday’s Hometown Hero. She works with the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.  The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is a coalition of housing and service providers, local government and the broader community working together to prevent and end homelessness in Orange County. Bebe is a social work researcher in the […]

  • Shannon Gigliotti

    Shannon Gigliotti: Hometown Hero

    April 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Shannon Ghigliotti is Monday’s Hometown Hero. Shannon works with the Inter-Faith Council. She works closely with the Support Circles program.  Support Circles partners with individuals and families who are experiencing – or at risk of – homelessness and who are transitioning into permanent housing. The Inter-Faith Council is the principal agency in Orange County for mobilizing our […]

  • Sam Odom

    Sam Odom: Hometown Hero

    April 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Sam Odom is Friday’s Hometown Hero. Sam is the director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. About the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute: “The mission of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is to enhance the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation […]

  • Barbara Wendell

    Barbara Wendell: Hometown Hero

    April 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Barbara Wendell is Thursday’s Hometown Hero. Barbara is an extraordinary volunteer for the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  It wouldn’t be the same without her.  Consistently, she puts in more volunteer hours than anyone, and has been doing that since 2008.  She’s always there, and she can be counted on to really step […]

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