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Some Say Police Resolution Falls Short

At the Chapel Hill Town Council’s final meeting of the fiscal year, council members approved a heartfelt resolution to improve racial equity and public safety. Most community members who spoke, however, were underwhelmed.

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As a nonprofit, The Local Reporter is dependent on the generosity of our readers. We have no stockholders nor commercial interests. That’s why we’re reaching out to you now.

The Local Reporter can be the community newspaper you want and deserve — but only if it receives support from those interested in what a relentlessly local news source can provide for Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

We’ve already shown what we can do. Thanks to your support, in just a few months and even with a predominantly volunteer staff, The Local Reporter has published important stories, including on the impact of high-density projects in Chapel Hill, vandalism in a Chapel Hill cemetery and a wide range of stories about the coronavirus impact on our area.

We also have published many guest columns, on subjects including the pandemic, homelessness and the criminal justice system. As funding increases, we have added locally-focused regular columns on gardening, wildlife and vegetarianism, the kinds of features and voices that have disappeared from regional newspapers during this era of consolidation.

But there’s much more we can do. Our free-access website (http://thelocalreporter.press) is a prototype of what we hope a full-fledged news platform can be. It is updated frequently, plus we send out a weekly email newsletter. Ultimately, we hope to publish a print edition.

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  • rigorous reporting on local issues, government, law enforcement, development, business and the schools;
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But none of this will happen unless TLR is supported by the community we serve.

TLR is fortunate to have thousands of readers, and some have stepped up and donated generously and others have become monthly sustainers.

But if you believe in our goal, we need you to join them and donate now so we can hire professional reporters and editors, expand coverage and provide you with a true community newspaper.

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LATEST ARTICLES

Gardening while Lazy

This summer, what with dealing with a changing world due to COVID-19, I find that I’m not as enthusiastic about spending time in the garden. Whether it’s due to a creaking, aging body or a loss of concentration, my enthusiasm has waned a bit. Consequently, when I happened upon Mark Weathington’s presentation about lazy gardening on YouTube, it hit a chord.


Jim Wallace: f/8 and Be There

“f/8 and be there!” — the old-school photojournalist’s equivalent cheer of “GO HEELS!” for Tar Heel fans — might as well have been created by James (Jim) H. Wallace Jr., fabled DTH civil rights photographer.


County Imposes New Restrictions

With COVID-19 cases rising sharply locally, the Orange County Commissioners will start requiring restaurants to be closed for the onsite consumption of food and beverages from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. They also will not be allowed to serve alcohol after 10 p.m.


Library is Now Fine-Free

Taking the lead from institutions around the country, the Chapel Hill Public Library kicked off July by moving to a completely fine-free model. The library will no longer assess late fees or fines for overdue books or other materials.


THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS

Gardening while Lazy

This summer, what with dealing with a changing world due to COVID-19, I find that I’m not as enthusiastic about spending time in the garden. Whether it’s due to a creaking, aging body or a loss of concentration, my enthusiasm has waned a bit. Consequently, when I happened upon Mark Weathington’s presentation about lazy gardening on YouTube, it hit a chord.

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ORANGE SLICES

Historic Preservation and the Need for Belonging

The need for belonging. When you think of historic preservation, it’s not often that you think of the need for belonging. Until you read Tom Maye’s book. Then it all makes sense. Historic preservation are simply two big words for saving old places.

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THE WILD SIDE

Intriguing Insects to Arouse our Wonder

When out taking nature walks, our attention is often drawn to the easily visible wildlife around us, such as birds flying by, squirrels scurrying up tree trunks and chipmunks dashing across fields and grassy areas.

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BIKE BEAT

How Businesses Adapt When New Competitors Arise

Like any small business, bicycle shops have had to grow and change over the last 40 years in response to increasing competition as our retail economy shifted dramatically. In the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and surrounding area of 1980, there was no Amazon, no Best Buy, no Target, no REI.

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THROUGH A TOWNIE’S LENS

Jim Wallace: f/8 and Be There

“f/8 and be there!” — the old-school photojournalist’s equivalent cheer of “GO HEELS!” for Tar Heel fans — might as well have been created by James (Jim) H. Wallace Jr., fabled DTH civil rights photographer.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

High Schools Face an Uncertain Future

Any high school coach of significant stature lives by an annual schedule. When the final week of June rolls around, Jason Curtis is usually compiling paperwork for the upcoming soccer season and preparing for early tryouts.

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