Kelly Fahey

UNC Grad Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

UNC graduate Patrick Mateer has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurs, a list that recognizes young entrepreneurs leading businesses as a way to create positive change throughout the world. Mateer’s business, Seal the Seasons, makes local, seasonally grown crops such as strawberries and blackberries available year-round by freezing them and selling them regionally. His focus has always been local, and he has no plans of changing that regardless of the international recognition. “We see that doing things locally can reduce the carbon footprint and create jobs for our local economy, as well as having...

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro Celebrate Small Business Saturday

The town of Chapel Hill is urging citizens to shop local on this year’s Small Business Saturday. The Town Council delivered a proclamation last week to Cameron’s Gallery owner Bridget Pemberton-Smith and Spirit Guide at Top of the Hill Distillery Esteban McMahan, who stressed the importance of shopping at small businesses and the effect it has on the local economy. “When you’re spending those dollars locally, we get to invest them back into our local businesses,” said McMahan. “That all helps lead to a much more vibrant community and a lot more charitable giving, and it helps lead to a lot more funkiness and unique character for towns like Chapel Hill.” As a Carrboro business owner who lives in Chapel Hill, Pemberton-Smith sees the uniqueness of both cities on a daily basis. “Today I had the opportunity to walk around Carrboro and talk to a lot of the small business owners to promote small business Saturday,” said Pemberton-Smith. “I’m always amazed of the variety of shops and restaurants we have, and I think that’s true in Chapel Hill as well.” Parking in downtown Chapel Hill will be free this Saturday to celebrate Small Business...

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Orange County Mayors Set Sights on New Development After Re-Election

Mayors Pam Hemminger, Lydia Lavelle and Tom Stevens are turning their focus to the future of their respective towns after re-election, and a large part of that future includes development. After plans for a new Wegmans were approved by Chapel Hill’s Town Council, Hemminger says the next project they hope to tackle is finding a use for the 36-acre plot of land that currently houses the American Legion, which the town voted to purchase nearly a year ago. “There’s been a legion task force that has been meeting, and they did a survey and got over 900 responses of...

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Construction on Churton Street Nearing Completion

A construction project on Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough is nearly completed after seven months. The project ran into one final hurdle last week when a gas line was punctured during the installation of a new guardrail along the east side of Churton Street between the Eno River Bridge and the intersection with Nash and Kollock Street. The accident caused a lane closure on Churton Street until the installation was completed. “I appreciate everyone’s patience and support throughout the project and especially this week as we dealt with the gas line break,” said Hillsborough Public Space manager Stephanie Trueblood....

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Future of Chelsea Theater Uncertain

With the end of the Chelsea Theater’s current five-year lease looming, the future of the Chapel Hill stalwart for independent films remains uncertain. The theater released a statement suggesting that its current owner Bruce Stone may be nearing retirement. “On November 16 we will have started our 28th year of operation. Now in the last year of our current 5 year lease, with only a handful of months to go, we must make some serious choices about the future of the Chelsea Theater,” read the release. “Given the advancing years of the current owner it might be difficult committing...

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Attorneys Working to Continue Work of UNC Center for Civil Rights

The future of the UNC Center for Civil Rights remains uncertain after its power to act in litigation was stripped by the UNC System Board of Governors earlier this fall. Mark Dorosin, the center’s managing attorney, was effectively relieved of his position in the move. He technically will maintain that post until January 12. “In an effort to figure out how best to transition the advocacy work and continue the client-community representation away from UNC, we’re looking at a bunch of different options,” said Dorosin. Those options include setting up a non-profit organization to serve as a placeholder for...

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New Memorial to Celebrate Veterans, Raise Awareness

The Orange County Veterans Committee held an event last Friday to commemorate the completion of the first phase of the planned veteran’s memorial at the Southern Human Services Center. The event also corresponded with Veterans Day. Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall spoke at the  event about the responsibility that veterans have to make their voices heard. “We are a part of the community, not apart from the community,” said Hall. “We should never let our communities forget that, and we should never sit down on the job, as we were responsible...

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Students, Staff, Community Speak on Silent Sam at Public Comment Session

UNC students, faculty and community members were given the chance to directly address the university Board of Trustees today at a public comment session held at the Chancellor’s Ballroom at the Carolina Inn regarding Silent Sam. The session was called by board chair Haywood Cochrane, at the urging of Chancellor Carol Folt, who stated that campus safety is a priority along with delivering an accurate depiction of the university’s history. “We are committed, as we’ve said many times in the past, to sharing the full and accurate story of our university’s history, and continue to work with Chancellor Folt...

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CHCCS Provided With Fire Truck for Firefighting Academy

The Chapel Hill Fire Department has rewarded Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools with a fire truck as part of their new district-wide Firefighting Academy at Chapel Hill High. The fire truck and the academy are a result of a partnership between CHCCS’s Career and Technical Education Department, the Chapel Hill Fire Department and Durham Tech Community College. CHCCS Board Chair James Barrett called the unveiling of the fire truck a “historic day”. “The piece of equipment that we have here has served our community well; it has protected property; it has even saved lives in its’ past career,”...

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Silent Sam Protesters Identify Undercover UNC Police Officer Amid Demonstrators

UNC is receiving backlash from students and community members after a video surfaced late last week showing student protestors confronting a uniformed police officer that was previously seen dressed in plain clothes taking part in the Silent Sam protests. UNC students claimed to have seen and spoken to officer Hector Borges at Silent Sam protests dating back to August when a large rally was held to coincide with the first day of the fall semester protesting the Confederate soldier monument. Protesters allege that at the time he introduced himself as Victor, an auto mechanic from Durham who was sympathetic...

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