The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

Moran’s contributions to community

The homeless and disadvantaged in Chapel Hill have had few stronger and more tireless advocates than Chris Moran.

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

Brighter signs in a soggy summer

Life in the southern part of heaven may have seemed a bit like life at the other end of the heaven-hell spectrum lately.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 01:04 PM

After the deluge

Drought and water shortages of recent summers seem a dim, soggy memory in Chapel Hill and Carrboro these days.

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 09:54 AM

Tackling towing again

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.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 08:31 AM

A ban’s easy, enforcing is harder

Chapel Hill Town Council last week wrestled with two tricky questions of regulating our behavior.

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

Walmart opening reflects larger debate

You may love them, you may hate them. You may be among the seemingly handful of people who are fairly neutral about them.

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 01:31 PM

Contested ordinances moving forward

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.

May. 23, 2013 @ 01:07 PM

Editorial: Hillsborough business brews victory

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.

May. 16, 2013 @ 04:38 PM

Editorial: An appetite for food trucks, after all

Apparently, we were wrong.

It happens!

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.

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 03:55 PM

Editorial: New plaza helps unite two downtowns

“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.

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

Editorial: Where's our appetite for food trucks?

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.

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 09:19 PM

Editorial: Senators are the ones wasting time

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)?

Apparently not.

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

Editorial: Combination of cuts and tuition hikes bode ill for UNC

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.

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 08:37 PM

Editorial: Hopeful that Brown can fix UNC tutoring program

On May 6, Michelle Brown officially takes on the unenviable task of repairing the tarnished reputation of UNC’s Academic Support Program for Student Athletes.

Last week, university officials announced the hire via email. Brown, who currently holds a similar job at Florida Atlantic University, succeeds the interim director, Harold Woodard.

The ASPSA program came under scrutiny thanks to athletic and academic scandals at UNC. The university earned sanctions from the NCAA after tutor Jennifer Wiley provided improper benefits to football players. Then came the strife over “no meet” classes, improper grade changes and fraudulently run independent study courses - courses disproportionately populated by athletes, some steered there by academic counselors - in UNC’s African and Afro-American Studies Department.

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Editorial: Can a chain succeed where Pepper’s failed?

It’s a sad statement when, within days of each other, we announce in these pages the opening of a popular chain pizza restaurant in Chapel Hill and the closing of an iconic local pizza place.

But that’s exactly what happened. On Monday night, as Mellow Mushroom celebrated its opening, David Pepper Harvey closed the doors at Pepper’s Pizza on Franklin Street.

We would rather see more choices, not fewer, when it comes to dining options in Chapel Hill. However, realities of the business climate ultimately took their toll on Pepper’s, a mainstay on Franklin for more than 25 years.