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Welcome to the Carrboro Commons, fall 2009

Welcome to the Carrboro Commons, fall 2009

by Alison Shay and Powell Latimer Carrboro Commons Co-Editors We are the new staff of the Carrboro Commons and part of Jock Lauterer’s Community Journalism class at UNC-Chapel Hill. This is a student-run, bi-weekly, online community newspaper for the Carrboro area. We endeavor to serve the community of Carrboro and learn a lot along the way. As a community newspaper,… Read more →

Music fest spotlights teen band Above Gravity

Music fest spotlights teen band Above Gravity

By Jacki Huntington Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Two young girls run and dance around a stage in the Fitch Lumber parking lot. They are hitting a bright green balloon into the air and laughing as it sinks and rises. At times they hit it onto the stage, near the monitors, where singer Sarah Howard bends down and playfully hits it… Read more →

Mayoral race in full swing

By Powell Latimer Carrboro Commons Co-Editor It took the Carrboro mayoral race a while to get started, but things are in full swing now. Incumbent Mayor Mark Chilton started out his reelection run unopposed, but at the tail end of the filing period, two challengers threw their hats in the ring. First was Amanda Ashley, a 54-year-old pet shop employee…. Read more →

Day Laborers Struggle to Get By

Day Laborers Struggle to Get By

By Megan Ballard Carrboro Commons Staff Writer *note: some names have been changed to pseudonyms to protect the identity of workers. Quotes have been translated by the writer. At 9 A.M. on a weekday there were still almost 40 men waiting at a gas station off Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro. Any passerby is greeted by a stampede of men… Read more →

Artists team up with youth and public

Artists team up with youth and public

by Gary Popp Carrboro Commons Staff Writer In late October, the Bolin Creek Festival will feature a 192-square-foot painting that depicts the diverse wildlife and serene scenes of the Bolin Creek corridor. After a team of artists diligently work over the next five weeks to create this massive mural, the paintbrushes will be handed over to the public. Emily Weinstein,… Read more →