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Monday, August 15, 2016

With Leadership in Transition, Where Does the Racial Equity Issue in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Stand?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM

In Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, long one of the most well-regarded school districts in North Carolina, 85 percent of African American male students in eighth grade do not pass end-of-grade reading tests. African American students are suspended at a rate seven times other students. The achievement gap—the difference between end-of-grade reading and math scores between white students and students of color—is 50 points.  Those are among the findings of a report issued last year by the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools, a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations in the area. (These outcomes are not substantially different from...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

GoTriangle to Expand Service From Durham to Carrboro

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:27 AM

Currently, GoTriangles's #405 commuter bus runs to and from Durham Station and UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.  Come August, though, that baby will run further west, into Carrboro.  “We’re pleased to extend service to Carrboro, giving passengers a one seat ride to and from Durham,” GoTriangle general manager Jeff Mann says in a release. “Carrboro has been a great partner in developing this service and I expect the peak commuting hour service will be well received.” The extension is expected to cost $650,000 its first year, and will be paid for using funds from voter-approved sales tax revenues. No word yet...

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Now a living-wage employer

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Sometimes, a little peer pressure is a good thing. Just two months ago, protesters gathered outside Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' Chapel Hill offices to protest negligent treatment of of minority students and workers. One thing CHCCS neglected to do was pay some of its workers — such as 72-year-old custodian Eugene Farrar, featured in a November story in The INDY — sufficient wages to live in the towns where they work.  Fortunately for him, and others in his situation, the grassroots Orange County Living Wage Project launched around that time. The organization uses public approval as an incentive, by...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In Chapel Hill, a big night for the challengers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

A bitterly contested race for the mayor's seat and the Town Council in Chapel Hill, as well as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, came to a bitterly close ending Tuesday night. After a campaign marked by a clamor of anti-incumbent fervor, much of it drummed up with a strong push by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) political action committee, it was the challengers who won the night in all three elections. Pam Hemminger, a former Orange County commissioner and school board member, defeated incumbent Mark Kleinschmidt in the race for mayor, picking up...

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Carrboro's PACE Academy to protest state's decision to revoke charter

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Creative Commons LicenseParents, staff and students at a troubled Carrboro charter school say they plan next week to protest the N.C. State Board of Education's decision to revoke its charter. In a statement Friday, school leaders at PACE Academy said the state board is "relying on faulty and unreliable reports" from its finance officers in recommending closure for the school this year, which has been battling to stave off charter revocation since 2013. Parents, staff, parents and community leaders will assemble to protest in front of the State Board of Education building—located at 301 N. Wilmington St. in Raleigh—at 10...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Chapel Hill, Carrboro municipal races filling up fast

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Creative Commons LicenseThe good/bad thing about politics: Just when you think you're done with them, filing season begins anew. Filing begins July 6 for a full slate of local races in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. On Monday, Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils became the latest entry into the race when he announced his intention to seek re-election. Three seats on the Carrboro board—held by Seils, Bethany Chaney and Michelle Johnson—will be up for election in 2015, along with the mayor's seat. Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Johnson have already announced their intentions to run again. No word from Chaney, who won her...

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Orange County seeks input on affordable housing

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Affordable housing is on our minds for many reasons, not the least of which being the ongoing planning for Durham and Chapel Hill's 17-mile light-rail system. The light rail is expected to bring massive hikes in land values along the track, forcing local government leaders to make housing preservation plans now. Next week is your latest chance to weigh in on the subject in Orange County. County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding housing needs in the county, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Commissioners are prepping a five-year strategic plan for addressing the county's housing problem. The plan...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New ArtsCenter, Kidzu center in Carrboro draws mixed reaction

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM

A $15 million downtown Carrboro development with tremendous implications for the town received a predictably mixed reaction during a public hearing Tuesday night in packed Carrboro Town Hall. Some locals offered concerns about the financial risks of the proposed Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center, a four-story, 55,000-square-foot structure at East Main and Roberson streets which would house Carrboro's long-running ArtsCenter and Kidzu Children's Museum, currently located in Chapel Hill. Others, such as former Carrboro mayors Mark Chilton and Ellie Kinnaird, urged town leaders not to miss this chance. Supporters said the facility would have an estimated $320 million economic impact...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carrboro considers $12 million Arts and Innovation Center tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:07 PM

A building proposal with dramatic implications for downtown Carrboro goes before the Board of Aldermen tonight. As reported in last week's Indy, town officials will hold a public hearing to consider partnering with The ArtsCenter and Kidzu Children's Museum to build a four-story, 55,000-square-foot home for the nonprofits at the corner of East Main and Roberson streets. The proposal, which has received an icy reception from town leaders thus far, calls for the town to put $4.5 million into the $12.1 million center, with the nonprofits responsible for generating the remaining $7.6 million. Backers of The ArtsCenter and Kidzu say...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Carrboro to consider $12 milion home for ArtsCenter, Kidzu

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 1:28 PM

For 40 years, Carrboro's ArtsCenter has been a hub for performing arts and arts education in Orange County. Over the next two weeks, they may have to prove they’ll be around for another 40 to land an unprecedented deal with the town for a new downtown home. On Jan. 20, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing to consider partnering with the ArtsCenter and Chapel Hill children’s museum Kidzu for a new $12.1 million center. Additional informational meetings are scheduled for tonight and Wednesday. Under the proposal, Carrboro would fund more than a third of the cost—$4.5...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Orange County commissioners to consider tax increase tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Guard your pocketbooks. One of the Triangle's most expensive places to live may soon be a little more expensive. Orange County commissioners are expected to vote tonight on a $200.4 million budget that includes a 2-cent property tax increase. Officials say the cash is needed to pay for the needs of the county's two school systems, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. The plan would spend roughly $97 million on the two systems. Chapel Hill leaders have already approved a one-cent tax increase. Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

One dead, one hurt in Carrboro shooting

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

One person is dead and another hospitalized following a shooting early Friday morning in Carrboro. The Carrboro Police Department reported a break-in and possible armed robbery at 105 Wesley St.—just southeast of downtown Carrboro—at 1:52 a.m. Friday morning. Authorities say they found two people on the scene with gunshot wounds. Police said one was dead on the scene and the other was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation. More information as it becomes available....

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Redistricting begins again in Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Expect redistricting drama to begin anew in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools tonight. The school system's Board of Education will take on the subject of Glenwood Elementary overcrowding during tonight's meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Smith Middle School auditorium on Seawell School Road. Read the agenda here. School officials say Chapel Hill's Glenwood Elementary, home of an expanding Mandarin Dual Language program, is already 90 students above its capacity. That number will grow to 155 in 2014-2015 as the school's dual language and non-dual language programs continue to swell. The popular dual language program allows students to receive instruction...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Orange County races over

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Incumbents coasted and a few plucky newcomers were winners in last night's elections in Orange County. In the race for four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council, the clear winners were current Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison, Councilwoman Sally Greene and two challengers in local pastor Maria Palmer and Duke University pathologist George Cianciolo. In Carrboro, the three incumbents—Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O'Donnell and Sammy Slade—were the victors. In Hillsborough, Jenn Weaver and Kathleen Ferguson won seats on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. And in the race for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, information technology specialist Andrew...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Carrboro aldermen to hear CVS plans Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Much-discussed plans for a two-story CVS in downtown Carrboro will be back before town leaders Tuesday night. The pharmacy bigbox's latest plans for a 24,590 square-foot store at the intersection of Greensboro and Weaver streets are likely to draw the usual share of ire from some Carrboro protesters, who argue the store will clog the town's center with traffic congestion, destroy historic homes and otherwise disrupt town life. CVS officials say their current location near Carr Mill Mall is too small to support demand in the Orange County town. Pharmacy plans have been through various phases, although the slight modifications...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Carrboro to mull Rogers Road sewer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

After years of much-bemoaned inactivity on the touchy subject of Rogers Road, leaders in Orange County seem to be on the move these days. Two weeks ago, Orange County commissioners passed a sweeping resolution to pledge $500,000 for a long-sought community center in the low-income neighborhood vexed by an aging landfill. That comes after Chapel Hill leaders closed neighbors' makeshift community center on Rogers Road last month over numerous fire safety concerns. Tonight, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will take up a proposal to provide public sewer to the community. Extending sewer service to Rogers Road residents would cost approximately...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Carrboro Family Dollar hits another snag

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Carrboro planners may have rebuffed a Family Dollar developer's designs for settling in an Alabama Avenue historic neighborhood, but local opponents of the discount store aren't breaking out the party hats and streamers just yet. "We've been having these small victories," said community resident Anissa McLendon. "But we can't celebrate 100 percent, maybe we can celebrate about 80 percent." McLendon, along with a band of fired-up neighbors, has led protests and even a march to stymie Raleigh-based builder Will Stronach's plans to build a 8,100-square-foot Family Dollar in the largely residential community. The discount store would be built on less...

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Friday, July 20, 2012

A boom, a flash, then the wood flies at Weaver Street

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Lisa Sorg Update: Tuesday, July 24: Weaver Street officials say the tree expert was hopeful; he painted on some pesticide to stop insects getting in the tree's wounds. Update, Friday at 4:15 p.m.: A Carr Mill Mall representative is having a tree expert assess the damage. There isn't a full report yet, but check the Triangulator blog next week for details. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, lightning struck an oak tree on the east side of the lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, stripping the bark from part of one side. Wood chips flew about 20 feet and hit...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Lee charter school unlikely to open this year, applies for 2013

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School is a long shot to open in August. Its founders are struggling to find a suitable temporary location for the school as they navigating the zoning approval process for a permanent site. Amid opposition from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board and the local NAACP, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved fast-track status for the Lee School in February, clearing the way for the group to open later this year. But now, as a backup plan, they say, the school’s brass has submitted a request to the state to open...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA ends formal discussions with YMCA of the Triangle

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Young man (and other concerned parties), there's no need to feel down. The Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA announced Friday that it ended its pursuit of a formal relationship with the YMCA of the Triangle. Talk of teaming up, including a possible merger, riled the community for 18 months. The Raleigh-based YMCA of the Triangle, which runs a dozen Piedmont-area YMCAs, does not list sexual orientation as a protected class in employment materials. Jennifer Trapani, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Board of Directors, said the decision to no longer seek a partnership was mutual. The controversy played a part in...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

In "Carrboro Commune" CVS takeover, no arrests, no SWAT team, plenty of controversy

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 1:39 AM

A group of 20 anti-capitalist protesters occupied CVS-owned in property in downtown Carrboro for three hours Saturday night before walking out at the strong encouragement of town police and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, who each told them they would be charged with breaking and entering if they did not leave. The demonstration concerned a forthcoming rezoning application from CVS to build a two-story, 24,000 square foot building at 201 N. Greensboro St., to house a 24-hour drug store and office space. The anarchist demonstrators, who call themselves "Carrboro Commune" and align with "Occupy Everything," would rather the site be used...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Breaking: Anti-capitalist occupiers say they've taken new Carrboro CVS

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Press release below. More to come, I'm sure....

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Orange County talks trash, next steps when landfill closes in 2013

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The Orange County Board of Commissioners are committed to closing the local landfill, a burden that the Rogers Road-Eubanks community has been saddled with for 40 years now, in June 2013. But, at last night’s Assembly of Governments meeting, leaders from the three Orange municipalities who dump garbage there as part of an interlocal agreement said they want to work together but differ on how to move forward. They have just 17 months to decide. Chapel Hill is hiring a consultant, hopefully next month, to study its options and wants to consider keeping trash local and converting it to energy....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro, 2.0

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

File Photo by Jeremy Lange The band of people that descended upon and dismantled Occupy Chapel Hill was friendly, and also a bit sentimental. About a dozen Occupiers showed up Tuesday afternoon to remove the tents, tarps and random detritus that had sat with them in Peace and Justice Plaza since Oct. 15. The voluntary disencampment isn't an abandonment of Occupy Chapel Hill. At the press conference that followed, Katya Roytburd, who helped organize the event, proclaimed, "I would like to welcome everyone here to Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro's celebration of Occupy 2.0, the next phase of our existence." The decision...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro going tentless

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will enter its second phase next week when the group removes its tents from Peace and Justice Plaza on Franklin Street, according to press release issued this morning. Occupiers have been holding camp in front of the Post Office there since Oct. 15, but amid the coming cold, and safety and morale concerns drawn from sleeping on the street in close quarters each night, the group is shifting strategy....

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