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During Carrboro's 'Poetry Month,' poet laureate Celisa Steele reflects

During Carrboro’s ‘Poetry Month,’ poet laureate Celisa Steele reflects

Celisa Steele didn’t arrive in Carrboro expecting to become poet laureate. She surprised even herself when she was awarded the position after applying three years ago. Since then, Steele has learned more about who she is and has gotten to know the thriving community of poets in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. “As I approach the end of my term, I know so… Read more →

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 →

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

After five years in the San Francisco sun, Gabe Barker is back in the Carrboro area. Two weeks ago Barker and his parents opened Pizzeria Mercato at 408 W. Weaver St., just steps from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, which the restaurant draws upon for produce and inspiration. “A little over a year ago I came home for Christmas for the first… 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 →

Long-time Carrboro residents release second book analyzing its transformation

Long-time Carrboro residents release second book analyzing its transformation

No one can tell the story of Carrboro better than two local authors who have witnessed how the town has changed over the years. Dave Otto and Richard Ellington have teamed up again to write their second book — “Carrboro: Images of Modern America.” Their first book, “Carrboro: Images of America,” was published in 2011 and discusses Carrboro’s history from… Read more →

Mural project to match Carrboro's local color

Mural project to match Carrboro’s local color

  Known for its emphasis on local culture and its strong arts presence, Carrboro is culturally distinct from surrounding areas. But for people driving through the town, there are few defining images that showcase the Carrboro spirit. That is exactly what the Carrboro Mural Project aims to accomplish. “Several of us have looked at areas along the entrance way, the gateway… Read more →

Nightsound: Not your typical recording studio

Nightsound: Not your typical recording studio

A music hotbed on Main Street in Carrboro? While Cat’s Cradle may be the first to come to mind, it’s certainly not alone. Chris Wimberley’s Nightsound Studios, located at 116 W. Main St., is dedicated to helping local musicians from all genres maximize their talent and resources, but with a personal touch. “Nightsound is a place which is just as… 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 →

Two Carrboro High athletes carry famous UNC names

Two Carrboro High athletes carry famous UNC names

As the starting center for the Carrboro High School boy’s basketball team, 6-foot-5 Andrew Montross knew other people were going to expect him to be a 7-foot-tall specimen with a myriad of post moves en route to a playing career in the NBA. After all Andrew’s father, Eric Montross, is one of the most recognizable figures around the area due… Read more →