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OWASA Begins Investigation Into Water Shortage

With the Chapel Hill water shortage over, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority has launched two investigations to assess the situations that caused this weekend’s water shortage in Chapel Hill. OWASA director Ed Kerwin said those investigations are in their early stages. But Kerwin also said OWASA would be able to provide more detailed information about what happened during their board of directors meeting at six o’clock Thursday night. The meeting has been moved from Carrboro to Chapel Hill Town Hall in order to make it easier for the community to have their questions answered. “It’s going to be...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Marina

Meet Marina! This little girl is the last of her litter to be adopted.  She is the calmest and most timid of her litter, but also very playful and sweet and affectionate once she knows you. Marina will be turning 1 this Friday and would love nothing more than to find her forever home. Her wide eyes are a stunning yellow that compliment her beautiful smoky coloring.  She would love to have a playmate and is friendly with other kittens. If you would like to adopt Marina, please visit The Goat House Refuge and meet Marina and her friends. View...

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TAP Your Potential: Discover Your Power Priorities

When she moved to a new city, Elizabeth had every intention of continuing the traditional life she had come to love, which included being the classroom mother for all of her four children’s classes and organizing fundraisers at their new schools. However, shortly after the move, her husband left her and the children to take his life in a new direction. His new direction didn’t pan out financially and the result was that there was very little financial support for Elizabeth and her kids. Devastated but resilient, Elizabeth sprang into action; using her network of only a few people,...

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Hometown Hero: Norma Centeno

Norma Centeno, teacher assistant at Ephesus Elementary School is this week’s Hometown Hero! Centeno is described by her colleague Kirsten Venema as someone who wears many hats at the school. “She started a Spanish reading and writing club at Ephesus,” Venema said. “She’s a fantastic artist—she’s the go-to person at Ephesus if we ever need any drawings or life-like images for science or social studies or anything else.” Centeno also works with the Blue Ribbon Mentor program at the school, designed to improve the achievement of students of color. Venema teaches English as a Second Language at Ephesus and...

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University, Community Leaders Spark Conversation About Immigration Policy

UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill are creating dialogue surrounding President Donald Trump’s executive order: prohibiting residents from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya from traveling to the US. University and community leaders gathered at the Student Union Wednesday evening to discuss this executive order and two others he signed at the end of January. “I think most immigration lawyers are telling clients, ‘Do not travel,'” said Lynn Calder, UNC professor and immigration attorney. “Just don’t travel outside the country for awhile. No matter who you are. If you’re not a citizen, look at your specific circumstances...

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The Commentators: The Roads More Travelled

Commentary by Wesley Hyatt There’s good and bad news in the State transportation improvement program proposed for the next decade. The good news is that the NCDOT plans to widen NC-54 from Glen Lennox to the Parkwood neighborhood in Durham. Hallelujah, even if construction won’t start for another eight years. The bad news is that there are no plans to widen I-40 between Hillsborough and 15-501. Are you kidding me, NCDOT? I-40 is at least six lanes for more than one hundred miles between Winston-Salem and Raleigh, except for about eleven miles in Orange County. Long backups already are...

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