Patrick Ronan

Patrick is a UNC-CH senior journalism major from Winston-Salem serving as a writer-photographer for the Carrboro Commons.

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

It’s hard to go out on top. It’s even harder to imagine anything bringing Duke and UNC fans together. There have been too many heartbreaking loses, elbows thrown, trash talked and mutual hatred to imagine the two shades of blue ever teaming up. But thanks to one man’s unparalleled legacy, a couple young entrepreneurs and the creativity of a Duke… Read more →

Homegrown Leadership

Homegrown Leadership

When Carrboro got word that veteran police chief Carolyn Hutchison would be stepping down in October 2013, a nationwide search began to find her replacement. More than 100 applicants from all over the country put their name in the mix, but in true Carrboro fashion, they stayed local. Carrboro Police Capt. Walter Horton was sworn in as chief of police… Read more →

A love for something bigger than beer

A love for something bigger than beer

Craft breweries are the poster boys of the modern beer movement. The depth of flavors, quality of ingredients, and small-scale brewing techniques have fueled beer’s progressive movement into the 21st century. David Larsen, founder of YesterYears brewery and taproom, located at 300 E. Main Street, comes late to the microbrewery game, but it’s not the future he’s looking toward. “I… Read more →