Kelly Fahey

New Performing Arts Space Opens in Carolina Square

UNC’s new CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio’s inaugural installation Sound Maze exuded different bells and dings among the sounds of its first exhibit, an interactive display featuring dozens of towering musical “instruments” designed by composer Paul Dresher. Anchoring downtown Chapel Hill’s new Carolina Square development, CURRENT’s 7,000 square feet are divided into two spaces: the ArtSpace, which held Dresher’s SoundMaze, and the Studio, a multi-purpose rehearsal and event space. The space’s purpose is to house exhibits and events that fall outside of the traditional theater or concert hall format, while offering a space where visiting artists, faculty, students and community...

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Coyote Sightings on the Rise in Orange County

With an increase of coyote sightings in Orange County, Animal Services is urging citizens to “coexist” with wildlife. Small dogs and cats should be kept inside or on leashes, supervised while outside, and should not wear collars with bells on them as they could attract unwanted attention. Animal Services Director Bob Marotto says keeping your yard clear of food waste can also help to keep coyotes away. “Keeping properties clear of food and scraps is critical,” Marotto said. “Residents should avoid feeding wildlife or domesticated animals outside if possible, and ensure scraps are disposed in a way that does not...

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Chapel Hill Looking to Solve Mobile Home Displacement

The residents of the Lakeview Mobile Home Park on Weaver Dairy road are in danger of being displaced from their homes, and, according to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, there may be very little the Town of Chapel Hill can do to prevent that. Texas-based developer Hanover Co. has proposed to redevelop the property and even if the town denies the plans, the current landowners have the right to dissolve all of the residents’ leases and start the process over again without encumbrance. “We don’t get to decide whether people stay [in their homes],” said Hemminger. “The landowners decide...

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Local Senator Pushing for Automatic Voter Registration in NC

A bill has been introduced to the North Carolina Senate that would establish automatic voter registration at Driver License Offices and college campuses. Although the bill has received little discussion by lawmakers, supporters say Senate Bill 704 could have an extremely positive impact on election reform in North Carolina. Orange County Democratic State Senator Valerie Foushee, who is co-sponsoring the bill along with three other Democrats, says that automatic registration would make voting a more inclusive process. “It just expands the opportunities and the access to the ballot box by being able to register to vote in situations where...

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Hillsborough PD Teaming With MADD

The Hillsborough Police Department is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise impaired driving awareness. The department has set a fundraising goal of $3,000 for MADD and are urging citizens to donate or sign up for Raleigh’s “Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash” on June 2 in Garner. Participants will be registered to walk or run either virtually or in person after a $30 registration fee. All proceeds go to MADD. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says this kind of thing is nothing new for the Hillsborough Police Department. “I don’t know when they’re not fundraising,” said Stevens....

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Town of Carrboro Begins Yearly Budget Process

Carrboro’s Board of Alderman held a public hearing on its yearly budget last week, offering citizens an opportunity to get involved in the process. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle says that this year could be an opportunity to tackle some projects that the town has been deferring on for several years, which could require a tax increase. “That’s something we haven’t had in many, many years,” Lavelle said. “But if we do, that we want to make sure we do it thoughtfully and with a good deal of input and with some really smart forecasting,” said Lavelle. Some of the...

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Hillsborough Receives First Applicants for Board of Commissioners Vacancy

Multiple applicants for Hillsborough’s Board of Commissioner vacancy have come forward. Hillsborough residents Anna Linvill and James Schweitzer had submitted applications earlier in the week in hopes to fill the empty seat left by Commissioner Brian Lowen, whose resignation will be effective March 26. Lowen announced his intentions to resign earlier this month, setting off the series of events to fill his seat, which is up for election in November 2019. Second Vice Chair of North Carolina’s Democratic Party Matt Hughes has also announced his intentions to seek the seat, although he has not applied as of this posting....

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New Study Shows How Courts “Criminalize Poverty”

A new study which looks into how courts use fees and fines to “criminalize poverty” in North Carolina has been published by the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund. The study called “Court Fines and Fees: Criminalizing Poverty in North Carolina” reveals a vicious cycle in which criminal offenses as simple as traffic infractions can lead to jail time. Social Sciences Research Associate at UNC Heather Hunt, who co-wrote the study along with Gene Nichol, said the fines associated with these offenses are not so easy to pay for everyone. “For a lot of defendants who are primarily poor, predominantly poor,...

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Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn Under New Ownership

The Colonial Inn in Hillsborough has finally changed hands after a lengthy process which included eminent domain proceedings brought upon by the Town. The deed was signed earlier this month by Allied DevCorp. LLC for $800,000, $75,000 under the asking price. Hillsborough attorney Sam Coleman represented the developers in the deal. “Sam is such a hometown advocate and so well known,” said Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens. “He would not be supporting this if it didn’t feel like a really strong team that he’s representing.” The plans for the revitalized Colonial Inn call for a boutique hotel, restaurant and event...

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Chapel Hill Raises Gun Violence Awareness Flag

The Town of Chapel Hill raised an orange gun violence awareness flag at Peace and Justice Plaza yesterday in response to the increased frequency of school shootings. Tuesday’s Marshall County High School shooting in Benton, Kentucky, marked this week’s third school shooting in the country. “We’re so tired of raising this flag,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. “We have got to make some better decisions.” The color orange corresponds with Moms Demand Action, a non-partisan group that advocates for stronger gun control laws and policies. “We’ve got [the flag] out there and we’re standing together in hopes of...

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