Chapelboro.com http://chapelboro.com More of what you live here for Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:34:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 More of what you live here for Chapelboro.com no More of what you live here for Chapelboro.com http://chapelboro.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chapelboro.com Amtrak Train Strikes Pedestrian in Burlington http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/amtrak-train-strikes-pedestrian-burlington/ http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/amtrak-train-strikes-pedestrian-burlington/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:28:16 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128673 Emergency crews in Burlington responded to an area of North Fisher Street near Webb Avenue in reference to a pedestrian who had been struck by a train, on Tuesday afternoon. Officers located a subject near the tracks who suffered fatal injuries as result of the collision with an Amtrak train. The incident occurred at 2 […]

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Emergency crews in Burlington responded to an area of North Fisher Street near Webb Avenue in reference to a pedestrian who had been struck by a train, on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers located a subject near the tracks who suffered fatal injuries as result of the collision with an Amtrak train. The incident occurred at 2 o’clock.

The train was traveling north just prior to its arrival at the Burlington Amtrak Station.

Amtrak personnel reported seeing the victim walking beside the track just prior to the accident.

Police identified the victim as 25-year-old Franklin D. Gwynn of Burlington.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

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30 Years Later, Ross In Friday’s Footsteps http://chapelboro.com/columns/one-on-one/30-years-later-ross-fridays-footsteps/ http://chapelboro.com/columns/one-on-one/30-years-later-ross-fridays-footsteps/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:50 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128380 “He’s got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross’s job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC’s board of governors changed. He explained, “Look, if the board fires him, he will run for governor—not something they would welcome.” Now that the board has […]

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“He’s got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross’s job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC’s board of governors changed.

He explained, “Look, if the board fires him, he will run for governor—not something they would welcome.”

Now that the board has given Ross notice, will he fulfill the prediction and run for governor?

Probably not. Democrats already have two candidates headed for a Democratic primary next year.

But the U.S. Senate?

Maybe.

The UNC presidency and U.S. Senate races have had close connections. Even more than 60 years later, North Carolinians still talk about university president Frank Porter Graham’s appointment to the Senate in 1949 and his loss to Willis Smith a year later in a contest that still defines North Carolina politics.

More recently, Erskine Bowles, university president from 2006 through 2011, had already run for the Senate twice, losing first to Elizabeth Dole in 2002 and then in 2004 to Richard Burr.

Should he become a candidate, Ross would bring a rare combination of many assets that would make for a very strong statewide candidate, one that would make Democratic leaders smile.

In addition to the visibility, experience and widespread earned respect he gained as university president, Ross has actual campaign experience, winning election as a superior court judge. As judge and later as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, he traveled widely, making connections in courthouses across the state. Having served on the staff of Congressman Robin Britt, he knows something about how Washington works. Leading the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, he got an education every day in the great needs and potential of the people across North Carolina.

William "Bill" Friday; Photo courtesy UNC

William “Bill” Friday; Photo courtesy UNC

Should Ross consider a candidacy, he would find parallels in the experience of William Friday, who led the university from 1956 through 1986. After he had announced his retirement, but before he left office, Friday considered a senate campaign.

In William Friday: Power, Purpose, & American Higher Education, biographer William Link wrote that Friday “seriously considered a political career in 1985, when Democratic leaders such as Lieutenant Governor Robert Jordan III advised him to stand for John East’s Senate seat the following year. On September 28, 1985, former governor Terry Sanford took Friday aside after the inauguration of Duke University President H. Keith Brodie and urged him to run.”

Polls showed Friday “leading the field.”

According to Link, “Friday weighed his alternatives. In the first week of October, he told John R. Jordan that he was ‘not removing himself’ as a candidate, but that he would not resign the UNC presidency early in order to enter the campaign. During the last week of that month, he twice spoke by telephone with Bob Jordan, who, as the highest-ranking Democratic leader in the state, was leading the search for a strong opponent to Senator East. Then, in a public statement issued on October 24, 1985, Friday withdrew himself from consideration.”

Later, Friday confessed that he had second thoughts. “Whether it was the right choice or not,” he told Link, “one can never know.”

Link gave several reasons that Friday decided not to run. “Lacking an organization, he would need to raise a considerable amount of money and recruit a staff from scratch. Moreover, he remained obligated to UNC during the period of transition to the new president.”

More important, Link suggests, was Friday’s memory of the ugly attacks on Frank Graham’s role at UNC and his worry that “the university might become an issue in the political campaign.”

Should Ross, now, 30 years after Friday made his choice, also consider a senate candidacy, he would face similar considerations. Maybe, though, he will make a decision that will not leave room for the kind of second thoughts William Friday experienced.

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Bridal Showcase at the Carolina Inn http://chapelboro.com/photos/bridal-showcase-carolina-inn/ http://chapelboro.com/photos/bridal-showcase-carolina-inn/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128599 Who could resist the glamour and fun at the 20th Annual Bridal Showcase at the Carolina Inn, the region's most exclusive showcase of the top wedding professionals in the Triangle!

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Who could resist the glamour and fun at the 20th Annual Bridal Showcase at the Carolina Inn, the region’s most exclusive showcase of the top wedding professionals in the Triangle!

Lovely showcase models Katie and Jessica As is tradition, each guest was greeted by a gentleman in formal attire Lots of brides-to-be filled the Carolina Inn! Renee and Randi with Sugar Euphoria Beautiful desserts by Sugar Euphoria IMG_7250-001 Emily and Lisa with Southern Wedding Magazine and stationary IMG_7221-001 IMG_7242-001 Brittany, Joyce and Jocelyn Nooshin and Meredith with Zimzoom, the only photo booth that uses professional lighting for better portraits! Chelsea and Julia IMG_7101-001 Christy and Laura with Bella Bridemaids The Old Well Room was decorated for a beautiful reception! Gorgeous flowers by The English Garden! Cydney, Nikki and Amanda with The English Garden Mina's Studio was styling hair on-site! Everyone loved this cake by Sugarland! Erin, Carrington and Emily of Erin McLean Events Elegant table setting by Erin McLean Events Tapsnap phototainment was fun for everyone! IMG_6980-002 Items for the groom were available as well! Paula, Ashley and Colby of Makeup by Ashley Mooney IMG_7014-001 Marcus with Natty Neckware Reverend Ed Sansbury with Triangle Custom Ceremonies-001 IMG_7174-001 The courtyard area was staged for an outdoor wedding! Jessica and Kendall with Lana Addison Bridal The Carolina Inn's white chocolate moose with raspberry gelee-Yum! Chocolate peanut butter fudge torte by the Carolina Inn Create your own cannoli bar courtesy of the Carolina Inn Leyda with the beautiful cakes from Custom Cake Atelier The Violeta cake by Custom Cake Atelier is designed to look like a Tiffany window! Lots of great wedding photographers like f8 Photo Studios were on hand as well! IMG_7139-002 Robin Lin Photography Randi, Erin and Jenna at the Bride and Groom Magazine Table Lindsey with her Bride and Groom Magazine cover

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Orange County May Soon Award Grants to Local Farms and Small Businesses http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-may-soon-award-grants-local-farms-small-businesses/ http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-may-soon-award-grants-local-farms-small-businesses/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:58:20 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128662 If you own a small business in Orange County, you may soon be able to apply for up to $10,000 to grow your business.

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If you own a small business in Orange County, you may soon be able to apply for up to $10,000 to grow your business.

A 1/4 cent sales tax, approved by voters in 2011, generates $2.5 million annually for education and economic development in the county. Of that money, $100,000 is allotted for business investment grants, and $60,000 for agriculture grants.

At Tuesday night’s work session in Chapel Hill, the Orange County Board of Commissioners talked about how best to distribute that money to agricultural and non-agricultural businesses to stimulate growth and job creation.

Jim Kitchen, a UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School lecturer and member of Orange County’s Economic Development Advisory Board, helped draft the grant programs.

He imagined one applicant’s story.

“That guy will come in and say, ‘I need a new barber chair. I have two, right now. If I had a third, I could hire another barber. And I could increase my business by $100,000 next year, which would have a significant impact on me and the community,’” said Kitchen. “Okay great, you have validated the demand, and you’re passionate about getting it done.”

Karen McAdams, an Efland farmer and member of the advisory board, also worked on developing the programs.

“We do have a diverse and strong agricultural realm here in Orange County,” said McAdams. “We have the traditional farmers and we have new farmers.”

Economic Development Advisory Board members proposed two types of grants for businesses, including farms.

Small grants of up to $1,000 would have a simplified application process. Commissioners debated about whether this amount is too small to be effective.

Large grants of $1,000 to $10,000 would require a more thorough application, including more detailed financial information.

Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier said the selection process should not be weighed heavily toward business “innovation.”

“The idea is to get more income,” said Pelissier. “So if the market is far from saturated on strawberries, why wouldn’t you want to help somebody who wants to add on strawberries?”

County officials will hash out details of the grant programs, which will likely include partnerships between grant recipients and mentors. Commissioners could approve these programs at the board meeting on February 3.

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Countdown to First Pitch: Benton Moss http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/countdown-first-pitch-benton-moss/ http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/countdown-first-pitch-benton-moss/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:50:16 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128258 After turning down an offer to play or the defending world champions, senior starting pitcher Benton Moss is back in Chapel Hill for a final run at...

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After turning down an offer to play for the defending world champions, senior starting pitcher Benton Moss is back in Chapel Hill for a final run at college glory. Our Countdown to First Pitch preview continues with an inside look at UNC baseball’s most fascinating player.

Selected in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants during last June’s MLB Draft, you can’t blame Moss for feeling a little slighted. The right-hander from Rocky Mount is also a Morehead Scholar, so his academic load is obviously much greater than the average Carolina student.

Unfortunately, this seemed to scare some teams away from selecting him earlier, worrying that his head could be too focused on other pursuits off the field.

San Francisco didn't feel like the right place for Moss. (Daily Tar Heel)

San Francisco didn’t feel like the right place for Moss. (Daily Tar Heel)

“It was very weird emotions, honestly, because I was hoping to go in the top ten (rounds), but got a little discounted because of the academic side, and they knew I had interests in school,” Moss says, “It’s kind of a weird situation.”

Seeking degrees in both business and economics, Benton’s main concentration in school is on finance.  If he doesn’t end up in baseball, it’s easy to picture him finding success channeling his inner Warren Buffet.

“Long term, I’d like to be an investor. I’d like to buy and help run, mentor, and coach younger companies. I really like venture capital and I also like private equities,” Moss says.

He came to UNC four years ago as a nationally ranked, top 100 recruit, and has been a weekend starter every season he’s been on campus, often pitching close to a hundred innings per season.

Due to his heavy work rate in the spring, he often takes the summer off from baseball to rest his arm.

There is no sitting around though. He usually spends his summers doing various internships, including one where he got to live out his dream.

“I actually did an internship with the Yankees, they’re my favorite team,” Moss says.

Benton had a great experience interning for the New York Yankees. (UNC Athletics)

Benton had a great experience interning for the New York Yankees. (UNC Athletics)

While there, he found that one thing he shares in common with the Yanks is that they each set the bar extremely high for themselves, saying “I respected the culture they have. They run a tight ship and expect only the best, highest level of excellence possible.”

Getting a chance to meet with legendary Yankee closer Mariano Rivera meant a great deal to Benton, who has always admired Rivera’s legendary calm demeanor on the mound.

“I was always very impressed with Mo Rivera. He’s just quiet, calm, cool, and collected. Obviously, he didn’t start out that way because when he was young he was a hothead. But he learned how to control that and had a huge career. I’ve always respected him,” Moss says.

With the amount of time he spends on athletics and academics, it’s hard to believe that this man could possibly have more talents.

But he does.

In his down time, it turns out Benton is also a very highly skilled musician.

“I played the piano for 12 or 13 years, and taught myself to play the acoustic guitar after my aunt gave me a couple lessons. And with singing, I just started to sing a little bit and it sounded okay,” Moss says.

Performing in front of crowds doesn’t scare him either, as he’s performed and sang in front of large audiences at the Rammy Awards, an annual event celebrating academic, athletic, and community outreach performances by student-athletes.

Alone in the car however, Benton says he can’t help himself from cranking the volume up, and singing along with Sam Smith’s hit songs “Stay With Me”, and “I’m Not the Only One”.

“Guilty as charged”, he claims.

Moss is poised to take on a heavy leadership role with the team. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Moss is poised to take on a heavy leadership role with the team. (Durham Herald-Sun)

As far as the team goes, Moss believes this year’s group has made some serious improvements from last season. He says he’s enjoying taking on a major leadership role in the clubhouse, and that this bunch of guys has been the most fun to be around during his time at UNC.

Impact freshmen seem to be the key to the season, and so far they’ve definitely impressed Benton.

Newcomer Ryder Ryan actually hit a homer off Moss during a recent team scrimmage when Moss left a cutter hanging. Benton also says he sees a ton of potential in Ryan’s fellow freshmen classmates – pitcher Hansen Butler, infielder Logan Warmoth, and first baseman Hunter Williams.

After that promising scrimmage, Moss envisions plenty of success for the Tar Heels this season.

“What I think you’re gonna see is that when we take these two teams we had today and put them together, we’ve got a pretty studly lineup,” Moss says.

With Virginia seen as one of the early favorites to win the ACC, Benton admits he has his sights set on defeating the Cavaliers this year.

The future appears bright for the 2015 edition of Coach Mike Fox’s program.

For Benton Moss, arguably the most interesting man in Chapel Hill, it may be even brighter.

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January 27, 2015 http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/wordoftheday/january-27-2015-5/ http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/wordoftheday/january-27-2015-5/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:54:53 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128589 Wayne Pond’s Word of the Day-January 27, 2015

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The Commentators – Lee Storrow – January 27, 2015 http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/commentators/commentators-lee-storrow-january-27-2015/ http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/commentators/commentators-lee-storrow-january-27-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:52:10 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128585 Our community needs more meeting space.

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Our community needs more meeting space.

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January 27, 2015 http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/sports-notebook-wchl/january-27-2015-3/ http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/sports-notebook-wchl/january-27-2015-3/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:49:11 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128581 I don’t know about you but I am totally deflated about “DeflateGate”.

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I don’t know about you but I am totally deflated about “DeflateGate”.

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Village Pride Award –Delores Clark– January 27, 2015 http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/village-pride-awards/village-pride-award-delores-clark-january-27-2015/ http://chapelboro.com/wchl/features/village-pride-awards/village-pride-award-delores-clark-january-27-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:46:46 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=128579 Delores Clark–Village Pride Award – January 27, 2015

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