Salsa Night With DJ Juan Pachanga

Cafe Symmetry Presents Salsa Night With DJ Juan Pachanga on Friday, September 25.

Come to Cafe Symmetry in Carrboro for their first Salsa Lesson Latin Dance Party.  Salsa lessons from 9:30 to 10:30 PM.  Latin dancing from 10:30 PM till 1:00 AM or last call.

Carrboro Holds Twelfth Annual West End Poetry Festival

The West End Poetry Festival is a weekend-long event held by Carrboro every year. It’s a chance for people of all ages, styles and races and ethnicities to come together and share the love of poetry.

The festival took place last weekend, and ended Saturday evening.

Every year, the festival has a theme. This year, the theme was poetry and healing.

“Poetry has always sort of been there as an interest point for maybe it’s something as specific as therapy or maybe it’s something, somebody dealing with loss or those diseases that could lead up to loss in that time.”

That’s Gideon Young. He’s a member of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective and the Haiku Society of America. He’s also a member of the Carrboro Poets Council. They’re the committee that plans the festival each year. He says healing can mean many things to many poets.

“We are in a process of healing as a society all the time, and poetry can bring us to those thoughtful places that help us move forward.”

The event included two featured poets. But it also provided an opportunity for many other poets to share their healing-themed work. Poet Susan Spalt is also a member of the Carrboro Poets Council. She says the council makes a point to include all types of poets.

“We try to focus on both new, emerging and very well-established poets.”

The event also included a poetry workshop, and a panel of six poets and one doctor to talk about poetry, and how it has affected each of their lives. Young says the best thing about the West End Poetry Festival is that it features something for everyone.

“It brings together so many people from all over the country, as well as different ages and different backgrounds. And I think everyone has a different meaning for what poetry can mean for them and that’s one of the magical things about poetry is that it can mean different things to different people in that moment.”

Culbreth Middle School Principal Named CHCCS Principal of the Year

Culbreth Middle School principal Beverly Rudolph has been named the 2016-2017 Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Principal of the Year.

Interim superintendent Dr. Jim Causby at a school assembly made the announcement on Tuesday.

Beverly Rudolph. Photo via CHCCS.

Beverly Rudolph. Photo via CHCCS.

“Beverly Rudolph is one of the many exemplary principals we have here at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools,” Causby said in a release. “She is the most significant person in the lives of the students at Culbreth as they continue their educational journeys. You can tell how important each and every student’s education is to her, as well as the morale of her staff. Mrs. Rudolph was selected by all the other CHCCS principals as being the best of the best and you can’t get a better recommendation than that.”

Rudolph began her tenure as principal in 2011. She was an assistant principal at East Chapel Hill High School prior to her time at Culbreth. Rudolph also taught for Tarrboro City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and Cabarrus County Schools in her career.

Rudolph will now go on to represent CHCCS at the state level.

Events Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Chapel Hill

Localities in our community are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro adopted resolutions in 2015 recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The recognition has been growing in recent years as a counterpoint to Columbus Day, which is listed as a federal holiday.

Events are being sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, the UNC American Indian Center and the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation throughout the day on Monday.

Johnny “Blackfeather” Jeffries is scheduled to lead a program on the creation and demonstration of primitive tools and weapons beginning at four o’clock Monday afternoon at the Hargraves Softball Field at 216 N Roberson Street.

A Talking Circle is also scheduled for Monday evening with members of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Lumbee tribes facilitated by the UNC American Indian Center. The panel will discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The panel is set to begin at six o’clock Monday evening in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The documentary Survival of the Circle is also scheduled to be shown at six o’clock Monday evening in the gymnasium at the Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 S Estes Drive.

CHCCS Names New Principal at Glenwood Elementary

Katie Caggia is taking over as the new principal at Glenwood Elementary School.

The move was approved at the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday night.

Caggia has been serving as the assistant principal at Estes Hills Elementary School since 2013, where she was named the district’s Assistant Principal of the Year last year.

Prior to her tenure at Estes Hills, Caggia served as principal intern at Green Hope Elementary in Cary and was a teacher for 15 years at Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex.

“Katie Caggia is an excellent choice to lead Glenwood Elementary,” said Executive Director of Human Resources Arasi Adkins. “She has enjoyed a tremendously successful career as an educator. Her understanding of quality instruction is only matched by her passion for student success. She demonstrates superior leadership skills, and is an expert at building relationships with students, staff and parents.”

Caggia is replacing Dr. Darlene Ryan, who moved from principal at Glenwood to serving as the district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction.

Caggia received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UNC.

Carrboro Considering Options for Dilapidated CVS-Owned Building

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with a draft non-residential building ordinance. It would give the town more power over commercial buildings at risk for being a health hazard to the community.

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle says the draft ordinance is especially in reference to one building in town: the CVS-owned building on the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver Streets.

Lavelle says the question she’s asked most by members of the public is about the future of the building.

“About once a week, ‘hey what’s going on with that building? Why is it abandoned? Why does it look so bad? What’s the plans?’”

CVS bought the building but did nothing with it after the board denied the request to rezone the property around it in 2013. Lavelle says the town has offered to clean the area up, but the company hasn’t responded.

“We’ve made some offers to CVS to tear everything down; we’ve made offers to use it for parking; we’ve made offers to maintain it while they decide what they’re going to do with the property. And it’s been met with really kind of, you know, crickets.”

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She says in the building’s current state, it poses some health and safety concerns.

“You can see the ceilings are falling in. The ceilings are falling in, they might have varmints, you might have little critters kind of in there. You might have folks seeing it broken up and trying to jump over the fence to stay in there at night. You might be attracting rats.”

But with the draft ordinance, it will allow an administrator to enter a property if certain complaints have been made to the town. After that happens, the company will have a certain amount of time to repair any damages. If they’re irreparable, other plans may have to be made.

But Lavelle says there are certain protections landowners have under the proposal as well. And all she really wants is to clean up the property, and make use of the building somehow.

“It’s really our hope that this will start a conversation of some sort just to do something with the area.”

The “Town of Carrboro Non-Residential Building Ordinance” will be one of the items up for discussion at a public hearing set for October.

Carrboro Police Again Successfully Use Naloxone to Reverse Overdose

Carrboro Police have once again utilized naloxone to reverse a drug overdose.

Officials say the patient in this case was transported to UNC Hospitals for treatment. Administering naloxone reverses the effects of overdose, which allows an opportunity for medical intervention to save the life of the user.

Carrboro Police have been on the forefront of the wave of law enforcement carrying the reversal drug. CPD partnered with Orange County EMS, the Orange County Health Department and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to go forward with the program.

Authorities say this marks the third time an officer has used naloxone since officers began carrying the drug in October 2014. The first instance was a successful overdose reversal in January 2015. Just a few weeks later, in late February 2015, the second use of naloxone was during the reversal of a triple overdose.

Law enforcement officials have been more open to carrying naloxone and thinking about overdose as a health problem rather than a law-enforcement issue, even though illegal drugs or illegal use of prescription drugs is the cause of some overdoses.

Police continue to ask that you call 911 if you suspect someone is in an overdose state and remain with the subject of concern.

Gas Shortage Causing Long Lines and Angst for Motorists

The gas shortage that has been impacting much of North Carolina over the last few days has made its way into our community.

Drivers were sitting in their vehicles at stations that still had bags over the pumps at the Cruizers in Chapel Hill North on Tuesday morning. The reason they felt it was worth the wait was the large truck making a gasoline deposit.

Below is a running list of gas stations that do not have gas in our community.

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The gas shortage at BP on Martin Luther King Blvd in Chapel Hill. (Photo by Jeffrey Clayton)


  • Exxon on Main Street
  • CITGO on Main Street
  • BP at 500 Jones Ferry Road
  • Kangaroo Express on HWY 54 W


Chapel Hill:

  • Marathon on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Petro Mart on HWY 15/501 south of Chapel Hill
  • Shell on Farrington Road
  • Speedway on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Exxon on East Franklin Street in Village Plaza
  • Family Fare BP on Weaver Dairy Road at Sunrise
  • Kangaroo Express at Estes and Franklin


  • Shell on HWY 70 East
  • BP on HWY 86
  • Circle K on Churton Street



  • Mobil on Hillsboro Street
  • C Mini Mart on East Street
  • Cruizers on Andrews Store Road


White Cross:

  • Shell on HWY 54 W
  • Exxon at corner of HWY 54 and Hatch Road (Had small supply of premium)

Gas stations that have gas are listed below.


  •  Exxon on HWY 54, according to GasBuddy on Wednesday morning

Chapel Hill:

  • BP on Estes Drive (regular only as of Wednesday morning)
  • Cruizers at Chapel Hill North
  • Mobil at intersection of Hillsborough and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Run in Jim’s on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • BP at Falconbridge has regular fuel only



  • CITGO on Old HWY 86
  • Lloyd’s Quick Mart on HWY 86
  • CITGO Breene Thru on South Churton Street



  • Cruizers on Powell Place


White Cross:

  • Calvander on Dairyland Road

GasBuddy has also launched a gas availability tracker, which is based on user submissions.

If you see locations throughout the day that are not listed above but have gas or are now out of gas, please call the WCHL newsroom at (919) 967-8363 or tweet us @WCHLchapelboro.

Governor Pat McCrory has issued a state of emergency over the shortage, which was caused by a leak in a pipeline in Alabama.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolinians to report concerns over price gouging to the AG’s Office. Reports are that there are currently more than 600 reports of possible price gouging.

Local officials are urging residents to use public transit during this time. An e-mail from town manager Roger Stancil to town leadership said that the town has enough fuel to last 16-20 days during normal operations and that a gasoline delivery was received specifically for transit operations on Saturday. Stancil estimated that would last around 30 days.

The Associated Press is reporting that the pipeline company has repaired the leak and that it expects to restart the main gasoline line on Wednesday.

Chelsea Clinton Scheduled for Carrboro Campaign Visit on Wednesday

Chelsea Clinton is visiting Carrboro on Wednesday campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

Clinton is scheduled to be at 209 East Main Street in Carrboro for a voter registration drive beginning at 10:30 Wednesday morning. The website posting for the event says it is at capacity.

This is one of several stops Chelsea is making in North Carolina and of Secretary Clinton’s return to the campaign trail on Thursday after a bout with pneumonia. Clinton’s first stop after the illness will be in Greensboro on Thursday.

Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are locked in a tight battle for the Tar Heel state. Polls show voters across the state nearly evenly divided as Election Day nears. Both nominees and their vice presidential candidates have made multiple stops in North Carolina, which analyst are calling a “must-have state” if Trump has any chance to win the election in November.

Carrboro Board Approves New Plans for Town Commons Renovations

Construction on new renovations for the Carrboro Town Commons has been approved by the Board of Alderman to begin in November or December.

The Town of Carrboro’s Public Works Director James “JD” Freeman spoke at the board’s meeting last Tuesday about the proposed final plan to the area.

“What the upgrades do, it provides a flexible space at Town Commons, of course for the farmer’s market, but also for multiple events, public and festivals, that are held on these grounds,” Freeman said.

Some of the upgrades include: widening the parking lot and creating 90 degree parking spaces instead of slanted, public restrooms on-site, additional storage for the Farmer’s Market and town staff, increasing electrical availability and adding more lighting around the area.

These changes were made after hearing from the board when it was first proposed, as well as hearing from the residents through an online survey created for public comment.

In the initial plans, there were ideas for a second phase of the Town Commons which included a pass through Laurel Avenue but that was changed after further investigation of the current roadways.

The town has decided to do away with the phase two plans until receiving more data from the NCDOT on the types of cars that travel the area, considering the small area that would be created for a pass-through roadway.

The board seemed most excited about the renovations in regards to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday in Town Commons because of its high popularity in Carrboro. Former Carrboro Farmer’s Market Manager Erin Jobe shared her excitement for the new upgrades.

“We are thrilled to see this project go forward. This project will be incredible for the market. It’s the thing that we need, the fresh face of the market, the thing that will sustain the market into the future,” Jobe said.

This project has been estimated at $90 thousand and town manager David Andrews said since the bank would not be able to provide secured debt funding if the project were to go over budget, due to the type of project it is, they plan to use town reserve funds if necessary.