Church and Community

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 →

Crafters turn hobbies into lessons for local students

Crafters turn hobbies into lessons for local students

For the Chapel Hill Woodturners, retirement has afforded not only an opportunity to focus attention on a hobby, but also a chance to pass on valuable skills to the next generation. Since last fall, the group has developed a course at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough to educate students about the unique and meticulous trade of woodturning. Titled Creative… 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 →

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

When Carrboro community radio station WCOM launched in 2004, it was a tiny revolution. WCOM, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, was one of the first radio stations to open under the Federal Communications Commission’s low-power FM licensing program, an initiative that began in 2000 to offer more licenses to small community radio stations and allowed Carrboro to carve… Read more →

What you 'mayor' may not know about Lydia Lavelle

What you ‘mayor’ may not know about Lydia Lavelle

Mayor, teacher, partner, mother and avid Wolfpack fan are only the beginning descriptors of Carrboro’s newest mayor Lydia Lavelle, who was sworn in on Dec. 3, 2013. Lavelle is a strong community leader seeking not only to improve the community, but also to advance Carrboro’s influence as a town. Part time mayor, full time teacher Lavelle isn’t your average mayor… Read more →

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

As March rolls in, so do the applications for the Bike-Friendly Business Program in Carrboro. The program is relatively new, created by a bicycle advocacy group named the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. The program’s purpose is to recognize businesses that encourage cycling in the community. There are many ways and varying degrees by which the businesses can get involved. Several businesses… Read more →

El Centro Hispano relocates to Weaver Street

El Centro Hispano relocates to Weaver Street

The Carrboro location of El Centro Hispano has recently moved from Carrboro Plaza to 201 W. Weaver St., which allows for the organization to be closer to downtown.  El Centro Hispano, according to the statement on their website, is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community in Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas, with branch locations in Durham… Read more →

Northside paper connects community

Northside paper connects community

If a resident of Northside, the historically African-American Chapel Hill neighborhood, has a question they need answered, they can ask a neighbor, call a relative or write in to the community paper, the Northside News, where longtime resident and community leader Keith Edwards has her own “Ask Keith!” column. Alexander Stephens, who was involved with creating the Northside News in… Read more →