Janell Smith

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Janell is a senior journalism and global studies at UNC-CH serving as editor of the Carrboro Commons

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Compassionate Carrboro. That was one of the buzzwords that residents, both for and against the proposed Inter-Faith Council food pantry in downtown, used to describe Carrboro on Tuesday, March 22, at the Board of Aldermen’s public hearing. The public hearing was held as part of the city’s rezoning process, which if approved would allow social services like IFC to provide… Read more →

Pauli Murray Award honors commitment to social justice

Pauli Murray Award honors commitment to social justice

“True community is based upon equality, mutuality and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.” These are the words of the late Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, a civil rights activist from Durham. On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Orange County Human Relations Commission recognized four Orange County… Read more →

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Change — it’s something the Northside neighborhood has grown accustomed to over the years. On Feb. 8, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved ordinances that would create more changes in the historic, black Chapel Hill neighborhood. These changes include improving the affordability and energy efficiency of homes in the neighborhood. The ordinances also raised concerns about enforcement issues with student… Read more →

New church comes to Carrboro

New church comes to Carrboro

There’s a noticeable shortage of churches in Carrboro. Jason and Shaina Victory, of Mebane saw this and launched Doxa Church, a new mobile church that meets in Carrboro High School. After more than a year of planning to launch a new place of worship and with the support of their home church, Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, the couple held… Read more →