Blog: Calling up Carrboro Memories

During the bi-annual walking tour of Carrboro, the staff of the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE pose for a group portrait, along with tour guides Dave Otto and Richard Ellington. (Photo by Alicia Stemper)
During the bi-annual walking tour of Carrboro, the staffs of the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE pose for a group portrait, along with tour guides Dave Otto, Tom Hartwell and Richard Ellington. (Photo by Alicia Stemper)

As Carrboro grows and changes, The Carrboro Commons continues to realize the importance of reporting its news.

Our founder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer, reminds our reporters frequently that before the Commons came onto the scene, Carrboro was a news desert.

Now our reporters, students at UNC-CH, have to leave town at end of each semester, which means there’s a break in the news coverage. Don’t worry, we’ll be back soon. For now, let’s reminisce on a few of our favorite stories of the semester.

Matt Neal of Neal’s Deli stands at the counter as his employees close for the day. (Staff photo by Kelley Hamill)
Matt Neal of Neal’s Deli stands at the counter as his employees close for the day. (Staff photo by Kelley Hamill)

Neal’s family carries on a culinary legacy in Chapel Hill and Carrboro with family ties to La Residence, Crooks Corner, Lantern and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

We sat down with him to chat about the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, which has plans to serve the homeless in the community.

To read more, click here.

The Good of the Hive project started here, in LaBelle, Florida, where Willey can be seen painting the first of what he hopes will be about forty murals. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Willey)
The Good of the Hive project started here, in LaBelle, Florida, where Willey can be seen painting the first of what he hopes will be about forty murals. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Willey)

We got to talk about the buzz coming to Carrboro, thanks to Matthew Willey and the Good of the Hive Project.

As a Bee City USA Community, Carrboro welcomes the mural addition.

To read more, click here.

Jake Melville is leading the Carrboro boy’s lacrosse team to its best season in history. He said the whole team has a chip on its shoulder when it plays bigger teams, and that he creates personal rivalries with bigger defenders. (Staff photo by Ben Coley)
Jake Melville is leading the Carrboro boy’s lacrosse team to its best season in history. He said the whole team has a chip on its shoulder when it plays bigger teams, and that he creates personal rivalries with bigger defenders. (Staff photo by Ben Coley)

We met Carrboro’s lacrosse underdog, who is making big moves on the field.

In the 2016 season, Jake Melville scored 26 goals and dished out 16 assists, making Carrboro’s smallest player one of the team’s biggest offensive threats.

To read more, click here.

The worship team at Doxa Church, a new church launched on Jan. 31 in Carrboro, ends its first service in song. More than 50 people attended the inaugural service. (Photo by Janell Smith)
The worship team at Doxa Church, a new church launched on Jan. 31 in Carrboro, ends its first service in song. More than 50 people attended the inaugural service. (Staff photo by Janell Smith)

We also visited Carrboro’s new Doxa Church, which functions as a set-up, tear-down location inside Carrboro High School.

It transforms the schools auditorium into a place of worship every Sunday.

To read more, click here.


Thanks for sharing your stories during our spring 2016 semester. We know that your news doesn’t stop because it’s not being written, but that means we need your help.

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Author of the article

Sarah Kaylan Butler of Fayetteville, a senior reporting major at UNC-CH, she served as a writer-photographer for the VOICE during the fall 2015 semester. She is now serving as the editor at large for the Durham VOICE and the Carrboro Commons.