The flooding that pummeled parts of Chapel Hill June 30 drove more than 150 families from their homes. For many, the disruption continues as they seek new permanent housing or wrestle with repairs to water-damaged homes and possessions.
The Town of Chapel Hill’s approach toward controversial bus advertising moved forward with seeming calm last week, as a new ad was headed for public display this month and next.
The homeless and disadvantaged in Chapel Hill have had few stronger and more tireless advocates than Chris Moran.
Life in the southern part of heaven may have seemed a bit like life at the other end of the heaven-hell spectrum lately.
Drought and water shortages of recent summers seem a dim, soggy memory in Chapel Hill and Carrboro these days.
Just weeks after the N. C. Court of Appeals affirmed the town’s right to limit practices by towing companies that infuriated residents, the new towing ordinance is on hold again.
Chapel Hill Town Council last week wrestled with two tricky questions of regulating our behavior.
You may love them, you may hate them. You may be among the seemingly handful of people who are fairly neutral about them.
A state Court of Appeals panel has given the Town of Chapel Hill the green light to move ahead on two ordinances the council passed last year, but which have been stalled by court cases.
Erik Myers didn’t expect to win.
The CEO of Mystery Brewing, whose company was one of three competing during a recent episode of CNBC Prime’s “Crowd Rules,” thought another company would win the hearts of the show’s panelists.
And, along with their hearts, $50,000 for capital investment.
Apparently, we were wrong.
Not so long ago, we surmised in this space that Chapel Hill’s Town Council didn’t want to see popular food trucks trundling around the community.
But last week, as The Chapel Hill Herald’s Gregory Childress reported, council members sent an entirely different message.
They voted to cut an exorbitant vendor regulatory fee from $600 to $200, starting in July.
Tasty decision, we think.
“It really tied the room together.”
That’s how The Dude lamented his missing rug in the Coen Brothers’ cult classic movie “The Big Lebowski.”
But it’s also what one could say about the artsy new gathering spot introduced recently on Franklin Street.
The open space at 140 West is called The Plaza. It includes a high-tech stainless steel sculpture with computer-programmed LED lights and roiling fog, called “Exhale,” by artist Mikyoung Kim that curves along the lines of the concrete plaza.
Chapel Hill just doesn’t seem hungry for food trucks.
If you’ve ever tried parking downtown, it also seems like they’re not necessarily keen on drawing people to the brick-and-mortar shops on Franklin Street unless you’re on foot, arriving by bus or riding a bicycle.
But the topic of conversation at Wednesday night’s Town Council meeting was the outrageous $600 permit fee that Chapel Hill wants food truck operators to pay to sell burgers, dumplings, pizza-by-the-slice and pie – among so many other things – inside the town limits.
The good news reported by The Chapel Hill Herald’s Gregory Childress is that it sounds like the Town Council might be willing to reduce the fee.
The bad news? There’s no telling how significant the reduction might be or when it would take effect.
Don’t North Carolina senators have better things to do?
Aren’t our lawmakers busy enough trying to kill criminals, drag out divorce proceedings and establish a state religion (personally, we recommend the Jedi Church)?
A fiscal triple-whammy lurks ahead on the calendar for the UNC system.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s first budget proposal has called for cuts in state appropriations by $138.5 million, would only partially fund the Board of Governors’ five-year strategic plan projects and would saddle out-of-state students with yet another tuition hike.
Those cuts in state money come after $400 million in previous reductions during the past two years.
And, as The Chapel Hill Herald’s Gregory Childress reported last week, revenues from the tuition increase that would normally go back to campuses to provide financial aid instead would be destined for the state’s General Fund.