Ben Coley

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Ben is a UNC-CH senior journalism and sports administration major from Pikeville, serving as sports editor of the Carrboro Commons.

Zach Kopkin and the path to community engagement

Zach Kopkin and the path to community engagement

  After graduating from Appalachian State University last summer, Zach Kopkin knew that he wanted a job in community development. At Appalachian State he took service learning courses, participated in AmeriCorps VISTA and traveled to Uganda.  In August, Kopkin’s next step became clear – serving as the temporary coordinator for organizing and advocacy at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center on… Read more →

Weaving with a passion

Weaving with a passion

On a frosty Saturday morning, Susan Laswell proudly stood in front of her table at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The tabletop was filled with colorful baskets and imaginative figurines woven by Laswell’s gentle fingers. Basket weaving is an art form that the 66-year-old has been perfecting since she was a child in Springfield, Illinois. “When I was 9, I went… Read more →

Fleet Feet Inc. encourages healthy lifestyles for Carrboro's community

Fleet Feet Inc. encourages healthy lifestyles for Carrboro’s community

  With over 150 locations in 37 states, Fleet Feet Inc. is the largest franchisor of running specialty stores in the United States. But the headquarters isn’t located in the sunny city of San Francisco, the bustling market of Baltimore or the humongous metropolis of Houston. The brains of the operation are comfortably nestled above the Fleet Feet store located… Read more →