Chapel Hill

Manifest music festival's poster: A person with a heart shaped face holds a baby and a piece of cake that's on fire.
Ria Aubrey Taylor

No one ever asks Henbrain to turn up the bass. The band features two electric basses chugging alongside one another, which defines its low-frequency acid rock sound.

Town of Chapel Hill

A leaky roof, lack of space and aging infrastructure are just some of the problems plaguing the roughly 40-year-old building that houses the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Rogers Road, Sewer, Environmental Justice, Orange County
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Orange County officials are reaching out to residents in the historic Rogers Road community to expedite sewer service. The historically African-American Rogers Road community has waited more than 40 years for water and sewer.

Howard Lee, Chapel Hill, Civil Rights
Town of Chapel Hill

Fifty years ago today, Howard Lee was elected the first African American mayor of the town of Chapel Hill. There hadn't been an African American mayor of a predominately white Southern city since Reconstruction.

Pee Wee Homes Help Address Chapel Hill Housing Crisis

Jan 28, 2019
Volunteers coming together to build three Pee Wee Homes on the lot of The Advocate in Chapel Hill.
Courtesy of Charles Rousseau

An Episcopal church in Chapel Hill is helping address the town's affordable housing crisis by working with officials to open three new homes on its property. The Church of the Advocate is working with Pee Wee Homes, a non-profit that builds small homes for needy residents. 

Shanelle Nicole Leonard and April Mae Davis to star in 'Jump.'
Courtesy of HuthPhoto

The latest play on stage from Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill is centered on the topics of suicide, grief and depression, yet playwright Charly Evon Simpson still threads theatrical whimsy and humor throughout the production. Simpson draws from her background in social work to create characters who are honest and funny despite the grief they are experiencing, like the protagonist Fay. 

Silent Sam on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus is a controversial Confederate symbol.
Don McCullough / Flickr Creative Commons

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Board of Trustees issued their recommendation Monday for the future of the confederate Silent Sam monument. The board wants to see the statue housed in a $5.3M history center on south campus. The news prompted protest among the students and faculty on campus who do not want the statue re-erected on any part of the campus.

Courtesy Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance is revolutionizing tap dance, and the world is watching. Dorrance stomps and slides across the floor with movements that are experimental, loose, romantic and everything in between. She breaks the rules of what many expect tap dance to look like, and reinforces that tap dancing is first and foremost about making music.

 William Travis Jewelry has been a fixture in Chapel Hill for more than 15 years. Behind the success is William Travis Kukovich, an award-winning jewelry designer with a pedigree in metalsmithing. Kukovich is a fifth-generation metalsmith who became a bit of a prodigy in the jewelry industry when he won the highest award in his profession at the age of 26.

File photo of Maya Little, a UNC graduate student arrested at a Silent Sam rally earlier this year.
Gabriella Bulgarelli / WUNC

Activists and students who support the toppling of the Confederate Silent Sam statue at UNC Chapel Hill say they have been abused and assaulted by police. Pepper spray was used at one of the last demonstrations to disperse a crowd.

Isabel Taylor with guitar
Courtesy of Isabel Taylor

Isabel Taylor wanted to perform on stage for a long time. So long, in fact, that it became one of those dreams that lingered until it felt more and more distant. So she finally set a deadline: by 40 she would take the stage at an open mic.

Picture of author, John Grisham
Billy Hunt / Grisham Publicity

 

John Grisham is a masterful and prolific storyteller best known for his courtroom dramas. But in his latest book, “Camino Island” (Doubleday/2017), Grisham breaks from the courtroom and brings readers into the underworld of rare and stolen books. 

Freedom In Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, UNC Southern Historical Collection
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

There were many memorable freedom songs made famous during the Civil Rights movement. Anthems like “We Shall Overcome” gave disenfranchised people of color strength while facing down their oppressors.

A drawing of a neighborhood surrounding a light rail station.
Gateway Planning / GoTriangle

Transit consultants are hosting six public meetings in Chapel Hill starting next week to discuss possible development around stations along the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit line, which would run along U.S. 15-501.

A picture of running tap water.
malla_mi / Flickr

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority says its tap water is safe to drink. Officials say samples from across the service area tested safe Saturday afternoon. Though they're asking customers to use water sparingly as supplies remain low. The Orange County Health Department has lifted its Do Not Use order and hotels and restaurants are free to reopen. More information here.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. Fri, Feb. 3, 2017

Customers of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority are being told not to drink or use tap water for at least another 24 hours. That's according to emergency management and water officials.

Emergency water bottle donations are being accepted at the Chapel Hill Community Center.

UNC Hospitals has arranged for a water tanker.

The men's basketball game between UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame - originally scheduled for Saturday evening - has been moved to 1 PM Sunday, in Greensboro.
 

Updated at 2:37 p.m. Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority is directing customers to stop using water immediately due to a water main break in Chapel Hill.

Mandolin Orange
Scott McCormick / Sacks & Co.

Mandolin Orange's new album, "Blindfaller," moves between a haunting warning about politics, allusions to lingering effects of historical wars in the South, and a honky-tonk ode to life on the road.

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Blacks
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Students, staff and visitors to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may be familiar with the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery sitting at the top of the knoll on South Road.

Then they also know how segregated the cemetery is – with headstones of whites on one side and blacks on the other.

Sunday, a new headstone was unveiled to remember all the unmarked graves of African Americans buried there.

Southern Season, Food, Gourmet Food, Chapel Hill
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Chapel Hill-based gourmet food retailer Southern Season was auctioned off today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greensboro, before Judge Benjamin Kahn. 

Calvert Retail of Delaware acquired specific assets of Southern Season stores for $3.5 million.  The acquisition includes all of Southern Season's intellectual property, its website and the Chapel Hill store.

UNC-Chapel Hill Takes Aim At Campus Alcohol Abuse

Jul 22, 2016
A picture of beer bottles
Pixabay

Officials at UNC-Chapel Hill hope a new initiative will change the way students think about alcohol.

The school's revised alcohol policy takes a public health approach to problem drinking, emphasizing education, prevention, treatment and recovery.

Photo from "Violet"
Jon Gardiner

In the 1960s, when a young woman named Violet has an accident that leaves her with a disfiguring scar, she sets off on a journey from her home in North Carolina to seek the help of a healing preacher in Oklahoma.

Along the way, she meets two soldiers who help in her discovery of inner beauty, and guide in her understanding of racial divides in a new era for the American South.

Book cover of "The One That Got Away," by Leigh Himes
Leigh Himes

Abbey Lahey is a middle-class working mom who yearns for the finer things in life. And during a trip to the mall to return a Marc Jacobs handbag that she can not afford, she gets that opportunity.

She tumbles down the escalator and wakes up in the hospital as Abbey Van Holt, married to a wealthy man who she could have married years before.

Yusor Abu-Salha, Deah Barakat and Razan-Abu-Salha were murdered on Feb, 10th, 2015.
Yasmine Inaya, Deah Barakat, Nida Allam / Facebook

One of Yusor Abu-Salha’s favorite foods was butter chicken, an Indian dish. She was a movie buff and ‘Saturday Night Live’ was her go-to show.

Her friends describe her as someone with a solid sense of humor – she had an affinity for pulling pranks and sending colorful Snapchats.

“She had a lot of swag,” her friend, Morjan Rahhal, remembers. 

North Carolina NAACP

The Chapel Hill NAACP is holding a prayer service in honor of Maleah Williams, the 1-year-old who was shot on Christmas Day, and died of her injuries.

Flash flooding led first responders to evacuate residents of two Chapel Hill apartment complexes.
Jess Clark

Flash flooding led firefighters to evacuate residents of two Chapel Hill apartment complexes Wednesday afternoon.

Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger
Town of Chapel Hill

After the fatal shooting of a Chapel Hill toddler, Mayor Pam Hemminger says she wants local governments to be able to pass their own gun ordinances. 

Hemminger says state legislators should reverse a law that took away local authority to pass gun regulations, such as bans on concealed firearms in public parks.

"It takes away our feeling of safety," Hemminger says.

An image of producer Charlie Shelton
Andrew Tie / WUNC

With a new year just around the corner, “The State of Things” takes a moment to reflect on the highlights of 2015 with the program’s producers. Some of producer Charlie Shelton’s favorite segments include conversations with folklorist Bill Ferris and musician Rhiannon Giddens.

Image of Host Frank Stasio, Avett Brothers' Cellist Joe Kwon, and SOT Producer Anita Rao
Charlie SHelton / WUNC

The year is coming to an end, and “The State of Things” staff is taking a moment to reflect on some of the year’s most memorable conversations. Producer Anita Rao’s favorite segments include a conversation commemorating Yusor Abu-Salha, one of the three Muslim students shot and killed in Chapel Hill in February.

And image of Chapel Hill artist Donald Martiny standing between two paintings at the World Trade Center
Jon Kalish / North Carolina Public Radio

 

 

In the lobby of the south entrance to the One World Trade Center in lower Manhatten, Donald Martiny is busy at work. His 600 square-foot impromptu work space has been cordoned off by nylon curtains for privacy. It is about the same size as his painting studio back home in Chapel Hill.

 

The pick-up trucks and cars adorned with Confederate and American flags flapping in the air were hard to miss as they rolled down Franklin Street.

As the caravan came to a stop, one woman got out of her truck with a flag wrapped around her waist. Others sported rebel caps and Confederate t-shirts.

An image of people holding up alcholic beverages
Pixabay Public Domain

The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has rejected a proposed penalty for a Chapel Hill bar. La Residence, commonly known as La Rez, is accused of serving 20-year-old Chandler Kania prior to a fatal highway crash this summer. Kania is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is accused of driving the wrong way on I-85, hitting a Jeep and killing three people. Police say his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

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