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Carrboro to get its own newspaper

Carrboro to get its own newspaper

By Justin Smith Staff Writer Robert “Bubba” Dickson (left) and Kirk Ross saw a need for a newspaper dedicated to Carrboro. Commons Photo by Justin Smith Carrboro will have its own traditional weekly newspaper starting next month. The first edition of The Carrboro Citizen will roll off the press March 21, and subsequent issues of the free traditional-sized newspaper will… Read more →

Thrift shop serves community

Thrift shop serves community

Nick Sotolongo Staff Writer For the past decade, Club Nova in Carrboro has provided individuals living with mental illness the opportunity to better their lives. Not only does the club address the needs of the mentally ill citizens of Orange County, they also manage to carry out their service in a thrifty way.

Students create original dramas in 48 hours

Students create original dramas in 48 hours

By Sara Gregory Staff Writer Cassidy Cooper, left, and Ryan Pater listen to critiques on their performances after the final rehearsal for The February 48 on Sunday. “It’s like a lukewarm hell, as opposed to a burning hell,” Pater said, describing the pressure of learning his lines. Commons Photos by Sara Gregory Students lounge in the house seats of the… Read more →

This barber shop is ‘Friendly’

This barber shop is ‘Friendly’

By Kristen Pope Staff Writer Nancy Tivnan cuts client Al Durham’s hair Saturday afternoon. The rich history of Friendly Barber Shop decorates the walls, detailing the shop’s service to Carrboro for 46 years. Commons Photos by Justin Smith Bob White walked into Friendly Barber Shop, donning a pair of overalls over a green plaid shirt, his mouth purple from the… Read more →

Confessions of a Carrboro Wanna-be

Confessions of a Carrboro Wanna-be

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Advisor Dear Carrboro… Like many projects, The Carrboro Commons is the result of collaboration and teamwork. And I would add, The Commons is its own community — a community of scholars. For the Community Journalism class that produces the content for the Carrboro Commons is only one part of the equation. Where would we be… Read more →

ArtsCenter expands Irish celebration

By Jordan Lawrence Staff Writer For Tess Mangum Ocaña, concert and facilities director of the ArtsCenter, one day a year is not enough to celebrate Celtic and Irish culture. Because of this she has expanded the usual St. Patrick’s Day show into the center’s first Celtic concert series.

A Language Barrier

Latino Beat Editor Christina Lopez takes a personal look at growing up Hispanic in North Carolina. by Christina Lopez Latino Beat Editor I never looked at my family as interracial. I was brought up like many families, in a warm house with two brothers, a mom and a dad. I went to Catholic elementary school and perceived my life to… Read more →

Veteran finds peace in Carrboro

Veteran finds peace in Carrboro

By Meghan Cooke Staff writer James Stallings, a Korean War veteran with a PhD in economics, has traveled to 24 African countries. Commons Photo by Meghan Cooke He was an Army commander during the Korean War. He had breakfast with Milton Friedman, a famous economist. He has traveled to 24 African countries. And now, James L. Stallings is taking it… Read more →

Trash idea trashed

Carrie Crespo Staff Writer There is too much trash in Carrboro and no place to put it. One option to option to lesson the amount of trash, called “Pay-As-You-Throw,” was not met with positive reviews. The Carrboro Board of Alderman and citizens sounded hesitant to this idea. Fees already are charged for picking up large items, extra yard waste and… Read more →

Carrboro scores high on mobility report card

Carrie Crespo Staff Writer Taking an extra minute to get to work isn’t such a bad thing — at least not to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. When presented the 2005 Carrboro Mobility Report Card, Board members felt that the slight increase in traffic since the previous study in 2003 was positive for the town because it might convince more… Read more →