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Southern Rail restaurant rolls into Carrboro

Southern Rail restaurant rolls into Carrboro

By Gregg Found Carrboro Commons Writer The newly-opened Southern Rail restaurant welcomed 450 guests on its opening weekend, and hostess Leslie Rautenberg got to greet almost all of them. Rautenberg said of the restaurant’s decorations, “this place has a lot of character, everywhere you look.” Gregg Found photo Southern Rail restaurant General Manager Spencer Pope refused to call the restaurant’s… Read more →

Second Friday Artwalk keeps things colorful

Second Friday Artwalk keeps things colorful

by Laura Davenport Carrboro Commons Writer Local artist Amy Richards displays her “little boxes” at DeWitt Law, a stop on the Sept. 14 Artwalk. Laura Davenport photo For the past six years, the second Friday of each month has been home to a tradition the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill call the Artwalk. This free event attracts art aficionados… Read more →

Carrboro Film Festival growing like Topsy

Carrboro Film Festival growing like Topsy

by Marianna King Carrboro Commons Writer The judging has begun on about 50 entries for Carrboro’s second annual Film Festival. The only requirement for the films, other than a 20 minute maximum length, is that the creator brushed Orange County at some point in his/her life. Why so inclusive? According to its mission statement, the festival’s goal is to “support… Read more →

Carrboro’s community garden: a growing concern

Carrboro’s community garden: a growing concern

by Kate Newnam Carrboro Commons Editor In the face of a continuing drought, Lauren Craig waters a row of parched plants. Kate Newnam photo Each Saturday as the sun beats down and the temperature rises, a group of gardeners gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Hillsborough Road to lend a hand in community food production. As part… Read more →

What would Cat Baby say?

What would Cat Baby say?

By Jock Lauterer Adviser, Carrboro Commons A 26-year-old George “Cat Baby” Cannada leads the CHHS football team onto Carrboro’s Lions’ Park field in 1963. Jock Lauterer photo Cat Baby would have loved the return of high school football to Carrboro. That’s right, The inaugural football game on Aug. 31 at the new Carrboro High School off Smith Level Road was… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: Welcome to the Commons, round two

Dear Carrboro: Welcome to the Commons, round two

By Jock Lauterer Lecturer and advisor The Carrboro Commons. Welcome to the Fall 2007 edition of the Carrboro Commons, a student-produced biweekly online source of stories, photos and commentary about this wonderfully eclectic community of ours. I say “ours” because as a Chapel Hill native and now a resident of Greater Carrboro, I take pride in being a Carrburban —… Read more →

Jaguars hit the halls of new Carrboro High School

Jaguars hit the halls of new Carrboro High School

by Marianna King Carrboro Commons Writer Carrboro High School, the newest addition to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system, began the third week of its inaugural school year. While it boasts an environmentally sound “green” rating, new technology and a smaller student body, the new school faced a few challenges typical of any opening. About 70 more students than anticipated… Read more →

Music Festival celebrates 10 years in Carrboro

Music Festival celebrates 10 years in Carrboro

Cody Braun Carrboro Commons Writer The night before the Carrboro Music Festival 10 years ago, Gerry Williams was scared. “Lots of professionals said we couldn’t do it,” the music festival’s creator and organizer says. Despite this advice, Williams went forwards with the project, which he says has been a great success. Andrews and Williams proudly display the Carrboro Music Festival’s… Read more →

New scooter store takes Carrboro for a ride

New scooter store takes Carrboro for a ride

by Elyse Archer Carrboro Commons Writer Does spending $5 a week on gas sound like pure fantasy? For Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents, it’s now a reality, thanks to Carrboro’s new Scooters Inc. The scooter store opened on 211 E. Main St. on Aug. 10. Dave Jansen, the store’s owner, is also the owner of Combustion Cycles, a motorcycle store… Read more →

WCOM hosts candidates in musical debates

WCOM hosts candidates in musical debates

by Gregg Found Carrboro Commons Writer Carrboro aldermen candidate Katrina Ryan will spend plenty of time focused on campaigns, fliers and policy arguments in these months leading up to the December elections. But on Saturday Sept. 1, she undertook a contest of a different sort – she spun tunes for Carrboro residents as part of WCOM’s “musical debates.” The brainchild… Read more →