Voters supported $16.2 million in bonds to build Chapel Hill's new expanded library. And now some of them might not get to conveniently use it.
The 63,000 square foot library off Estes Drive is supposed to open in April, but patrons are now faced with the prospect of reduced hours to save $433,000 in personnel and facility costs.
Big shiny new library plus heightened expenses plus belt-tightening time for governments equals frustration for many. Nearly 500 people already have signed an online petition against the Town Council’s cutting the library's operating hours from 68 to 54. The suggestion for this change came from Town Manager Roger Stancil.
It’s a time for artistic growth for the Hillsborough Arts Council.
Oh, and maybe a little elbow room.
They’re getting closer and closer to completing a move from the space they occupied for about two years.
The news from Carrboro this week felt like a peek at the end of a novel: Nice Price Books is closing its doors.
Blame it on the economy. Blame it on digital books, movies and music on demand. Blame it on busted sidewalks and construction delays.
No matter the culprit, a third of the modest used-book empire of Cindy Kamoroff and Barry Blanchette will be gone in March after 26 years in business.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus is awash in serious discussions over sexual assault.
It is a vital discussion.
For most people reading this, we suspect, books and reading are simply a normal part of life, something we grew up with and take for granted.
Later this year, Carolyn Hutchinson won’t be helping to protect and serve the town of Carrboro for the first time in almost three decades.
More than ever before, paying for a higher education costs – a lot.
When a former governor is commissioned to compile a report on an academic scandal at the state’s flagship public university, more than a few onlookers will be interested in the results and the process. This was most certainly the case when former governor Jim Martin released the report on the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The tragic mass shooting incident in Connecticut last week has prompted a range of responses. Police department administrators and school officials have been undoubtedly taking a close look at safety issues as they relate to elementary schools.
This is a dilemma that is not unique to Chapel Hill, but it has led to a series of debates about the nature of free speech. It is a controversy over advertisements on public transit in the town.
One of the challenges faced by administrators in higher education is developing new programs that succeed on a number of fronts.