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Residents escape another Carrboro apartment fire

By Emily Burns Carrboro Commons Writer More than two dozen residents escaped unharmed as a fire swept through J Building at Ashbrook Apartments, 601 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro, just after 6:30 p.m. on Weds, Nov. 28. The cause is under investigation. Three minor injuries were sustained by two police officers and one firefighter who responded to the scene. Their… Read more →

IFC Food Pantry: hunger takes no holidays

IFC Food Pantry: hunger takes no holidays

by Emily Burns Carrboro Commons Writer For many Carrboro residents, the month of November means finding one perfect turkey to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving, but staff and volunteers at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services have to find about 450 perfect turkeys for the underprivileged members of the community. Catherine Mitchell, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, bags… Read more →

Arts Committee is part jury, part cheerleader

Arts Committee is part jury, part cheerleader

By Gregg Found Carrboro Commons Writer Long before being displayed for the gaze of the town, any gallery of drawings, sculpture or photography on public exhibit in Carrboro must be investigated by seven pairs of critical eyes. The Carrboro Arts Committee, a seven-member town government advisory board tucked away next to such giants as the Planning Board and Transportation Board,… Read more →

Marty Ravellette was a teacher too

Marty Ravellette was a teacher too

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser I always wanted to write a story about Marty Ravellette, but never imagined I’d be writing a footnote to his obituary. When Marty Ravellette, 67, of Carrboro died Monday, he left behind not only a loving family, but also a veritable fan club of friends who are heartsick over his untimely death. And the… Read more →

Carrboro winners celebrate elections Tuesday night

Carrboro winners celebrate elections Tuesday night

Mark Chilton, center in hat, checks election return with, clockwise from bottom, his mother, Mary-Dell Chilton; supporter Robert Kirschner; and 8-year-old son Samuel. Sam Giffin photo By Jon Sullivan Carrboro Commons Writer In an open room at the entrance of Milltown, 307 E Main St.,candidates for the Carrboro election met and celebrated the end of their campaign and awaited the… Read more →

High-tech democracy at work

High-tech democracy at work

By Kendal Walters Carrboro Commons Writer My assignment: show up at the Board of Election Headquarters in Hillsborough and give my impressions as Voting Day ’07 comes to a close and the returns come in. As the county seat, Hillsborough is ‘Election Central,’ i.e. where all the votes are tabulated countywide for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Orange County Board… Read more →

Welcome to Election Night live coverage

Welcome to Election Night live coverage

by Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser VOTE FOR HER: Outside Carrboro’s Lake Hogan Farms polling place on Tuesday, Jonathan Broun campaigns for his wife, Joal Hall Broun, who is running for re-election to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. Cameron Weaver photo This Election Day 2007 we’re trying something new and different at the old J-School. Four journalism classes have banded… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: Confessions of a wanna-be voter

Dear Carrboro: Confessions of a wanna-be voter

by Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser Carrboro votes: Linda B. Smith of Carrboro casts her ballot in early voting Tuesday morning. Smith says she prides herself on being a long-time regular voter in Carrboro. Carrboro Commons photo It’s a good thing I really really wanted to vote this morning. Assuming that where I voted in the last election would be… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: WELCOME TO THE JAGWIRE

Dear Carrboro: WELCOME TO THE JAGWIRE

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser There’s a new newspaper in town. No, it’s not the Carrboro Citizen, and it’s not the Carrboro Commons either. Welcome to the JAGWIRE, the first-ever newspaper produced by the new journalism class at the new Carrboro High School. A teachable moment: Journalism teacher and JAGWIRE Advisor Jan Gottschalk, left, works with Carrboro High School… Read more →

Carrboro town leaders addressing a lingering problem

Carrboro town leaders addressing a lingering problem

The intersection of Jones Ferry and Davie roads in Carrboro is quiet just after noon, but three hours earlier, more than 20 men waited here for contracting companies to hire them for the day’s work. Emily Burns photo by Sam Giffin Carrboro Commons Writer The Tuesday, Oct. 23 Board of Aldermen meeting hosted the monthly public hearing session during which… Read more →