Victor Lewis

Chapel Hill Ranked Among “Best American Foodie Towns”

Living in the Chapel Hill – and Carrboro – area means easy access to find food and drink across a wide spectrum of tastes and price points. RewardExpert, a free service that helps travelers fly for cheap by maximizing their miles and points, recently released rankings of the “Best American Foodie Towns.” Chapel Hill clocked in at number two on the list, right behind Asheville. It seems that when it comes to good eats in the Southeast, North Carolina has the market cornered. “Everyone knows that places like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are home to top-notch eateries.”...

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Image Comics: Creator Tested, Reader Approved

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that comics, like most published creative art, are a business. With the production of independent titles reaching unparalleled heights thanks to relatively easy-to-use design and publishing software, it can be prohibitively difficult for an independent creator to get their work in the hands of an active readership. Of course, creators can publish their work online, but such publications suffer from over-saturation and risk never being seen by the kind of audience that could make them sustainable as a product. It’s looked down upon within the industry to lament the struggles of everyday life when...

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The Great American Eclipse: Coming Soon to a Sky Near You

For just under a little under three minutes on Monday, the “Great American Eclipse” will blanket a 70-mile wide swath of the United States in darkness during daylight hours. The western tip of North Carolina is in the path of totality – 100 percent shadow during the eclipse – and provides a literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch a glimpse of a spectacular celestial event. If you can make it to the mountains and don’t yet have a plan, then Gorges State Park – located in Transylvania County roughly 40 miles southwest of Asheville – is the only North Carolina...

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Special Process for Fat Cat Adoption in Chatham County

At 31 pounds, “Mr. Handsome” is severely overweight. For a housecat. Putting North Carolina in the internet spotlight, Mr. Handsome has drawn the kind of attention to Chatham County that is normally reserved for I-40 during a snowstorm. The portly pussy has been seen in posts across reddit and Facebook over the last couple days, and the broad coverage is showing no sign of stopping. “Due to the huge outpouring of interest from people and potential adopters, we are announcing a new adoption process for public safety reasons,” said Animal Services Director Alan Canady. “We are a small rural...

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First-Ever Raleigh Supercon Takes Off

This past weekend, Supercon invaded the Raleigh Convention Center. Celebrity guests like LeVar Burton, Justin Roiland and Ric Flair attracted hordes of fans from across the pop culture spectrum, and for three days the convention floor was filled with colorful costumes, artists, writers, content creators and vendors galore. The Raleigh Supercon was put on by Super Conventions, Inc., a Florida-based company that specializes in high-profile events and conventions that attract thousands of guests and big-name celebrities. According to its website, the company was established in 2006 and its flagship event – the Florida Supercon – attracted over 51,000 attendees...

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Washed Out’s “Mister Mellow” at Cat’s Cradle

Photos by Robert McCraw Ernest Greene, making music under the moniker “Washed Out,” doesn’t seem to be all that interested in attention. This attitude suits his plush, fuzzy and dreamlike music well, and “Mister Mellow” is a fitting album title for music that feels not unlike a slice of butter melting on top of a big ol’ pile of flapjacks. If you don’t know Washed Out, you may have heard “Feel It All Around,” the title music for IFC’s “Portlandia,” also found on the “Life of Leisure” EP released in 2009. Greene has evolved since then, as a musician...

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Every Day is Fried Chicken Day if You Believe

In the calendar of obscure national “holidays,” none should be as important to us good and God-fearing Southern folk than that which falls on today, July 6. Yes, friend and neighbors, it’s that time of year once more. Time to bust out the fine china and cloth napkins, because National Fried Chicken Day has come around again. It’s unclear as to who or what exactly established July 6 as a day to celebrate the nation’s preferred way of consuming poultry, but they deserve a medal for finally recognizing the South’s fifth most important contribution to culture. We may not...

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Ron Stutts – Celebrating 40 Years with Ron Fest!

When Ron Stutts arrives at the radio station sometime after five in the morning, it’s dark more often than not. Both inside the building and out. For Ron, it’s time to play music. But first, it’s time to light the lights. For 40 of the 64 years that WCHL – Chapel Hill’s oldest continuous broadcaster – has been on the air, Stutts has been hosting the morning show. He’s officiated weddings, acted as master of ceremonies for countless events, led Chapel Hill’s holiday parade as Grand Marshal more than once and been recognized as the North Carolina Association of...

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Babalu Tapas & Tacos Opening New Location in Chapel Hill

Taking its name from Desi Arnaz’s famous exclamation on “I Love Lucy,” Babalu Tapas & Tacos will offer a “melodic mix of Latin-inspired cuisine” in a new Chapel Hill location. The location at 1800 E. Franklin St. in Eastgate Crossing is scheduled to open Monday, July 24. It will be the first Triangle location for the Mississippi-based chain – which already has seven other locations in the Southeast. “Our new Triangle restaurant will reflect the local community, culture and personality of Chapel Hill,” said Stan Stout, chief operating officer of Eat Here Brands, Babalu’s parent company. “While no two Babalu are alike, our...

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Hometown Hero: Dr. Deborah Mayer

This week’s Hometown Hero is Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN and FAAN. That list of acronyms helps to signify her as an advanced practice oncology nurse whose 40 years of experience make her an essential addition to the UNC School of Nursing. Dr. Mayer has been the president of the Oncology Nursing Society, a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Advisors. She has been elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing, and recently was the editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing along...

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