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  • Joe DeSimone

    Joe DeSimone: Hometown Hero

    May 31, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Joe DeSimone is Tuesday’s Hometown Hero. Recently, DeSimone was one of 17 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which was given to him by President Barack Obama.  He was recognized for his work with cancer research and 3D-printing. DeSimone is part of a joint program, where he is a professor of chemistry at UNC […]

  • Valecia Jones

    Valecia Jones: Hometown Hero

    May 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Valecia Jones is Friday’s Hometown Hero. She’s been with the PTA Thrift Shops her entire life.  For the past 16 years, she’s been the organization’s operations director.  Executive Director Barbara Jessie-Black says she’s the glue that holds it all together. All net profits from PTA Thrift Shop stores are divided among Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ PTAs according […]

  • Carrboro

    Mike Brough: Hometown Hero

    May 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Mike Brough is Thursday’s Hometown Hero. He was the Town Attorney for the Town of Carrboro.  He was at that post for almost 40 years.  He was first appointed on August 1, 1976. His last meeting was back in February. You can nominate your own Hometown Hero.  WCHL has honored local members of our community […]

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    Susan Swafford: Hometown Hero

    May 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Susan Swafford is Wednesday’s Hometown Hero. Susan volunteers in schools.  She is the outgoing president of the Glenwood Elementary School PTA.  She also works with the Dual Language program. From the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools website: “Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is proud to offer language programs that prepare students for the 21st century world in […]

  • Dina Rousset

    Dina Rousset: Hometown Hero

    May 24, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Dina Rousset is Tuesday’s Hometown Hero. She is the director of Launch Chapel Hill.  Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator.  They work with high-potential entrepreneurs.  They provide support, tools, and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate growth. Last year, Launch Chapel hill was ranked as one of the top 4 university […]

  • Deborah Bender

    Deborah Bender: Hometown Hero

    May 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Dr. Deborah Bender is Monday’s Hometown Hero. Bender volunteers in Mimi Collins’ ESL classroom at Culbreth Middle School.  She goes to the class every Wednesday and helps students with science, math, and reading. She really loves sitting and reading books with children. Dr. Bender is a retired UNC professor.  She worked at the university in […]

  • Charlotte White and Eric White

    Charlotte White: Hometown Hero

    May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Charlotte White is Friday’s Hometown Hero. Charlotte and her husband founded SKJAJA.  According to their website, the SKJAJA Fund’s mission is to provide underprivileged children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina the opportunity to participate in social and educational enrichment activities such as, but not limited to: team sports or camps, art or dance classes, […]

  • Marianne Jones

    Marianne Jones: Hometown Hero

    May 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Marianne Jones is Thursday’s Hometown Hero. Marianne owns Auto Logic in Carrboro. Auto Logic is celebrating 30 years in business today.  They plan to have entertainment, food, drink, and even a big birthday cake.  Ron Stutts is going.  You’re invited, too. Stop by between 5:30 and 7:30. The event is a fundraiser for Club Nova, […]

  • Chela Tu

    Chela Tu: Hometown Hero

    May 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Chela Tu is Wednesday’s Hometown Hero. Chela planned and coordinated Friday night’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (also known as the BEAs). The BEAs recognized the best that Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the surrounding area have to offer.  See the full list of winners.  The finalists were chosen from over 80 nominations […]

  • Cub Scout Pack 283

    Cliff Jones: Hometown Hero

    May 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Cliff Jones is Tuesday’s Hometown Hero. Cliff has volunteered with Cub Scout Pack 283 in Chapel Hill for years.  He’s been a cub master, a den leader, and an activities coordinator with the pack. He also volunteers for Boy Scout Troop 45. John Turner calls Cliff the “quintessential volunteer” because, “he’s doing something that he […]

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