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Remote Learning Until January

It’s going to be even longer before local schoolkids get to enter their classrooms. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education has voted unanimously to keep all learning online at least until Jan. 15, 2021.

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The Local Reporter Needs You

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.

With your help, we can offer more of what good community journalism can do, including:

  • rigorous reporting on local issues, government, law enforcement, development, business and the schools;
  • features and lifecycle coverage reflecting the community’s rich mosaic of life;
  • a civil forum for public debate, through a robust offering of guest columns and letters to the editor, airing the views of our diverse readership.

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.

Please help TLR move on to the next step. Share our appeal with friends and neighbors.

Thank you.

Friends of Local Journalism, publisher of The Local Reporter

LATEST ARTICLES

High school sports? Not yet, but when?

High school football coaches throughout the state spent the opening day of August going through withdrawal. The first official day of high school football practice, slated for last Friday night, was officially canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.  


An Electoral Opportunity for Teens

The North Carolina General Assembly passed a law in 2003 allowing students to work at the polls on Election Day. This law resulted in the creation of the student election assistant position, giving students the opportunity to support election officials in facilitating efficient, fair and organized Election Days. 


COVID Creativity

Four and a half months of sheltering in place have led to an outpouring of creativity — sidewalk art, bread making, labyrinth construction, gardens, painted rocks placed on forest trails.


Zoom Replaces the Room for Councils

Twenty-five years ago, market researcher Diane Bloom conducted focus groups on the then-emerging technology of telemedicine. As a community advocate and Chapel Hill resident, she also spent many evenings at Town Hall, waiting for her turn to speak to the town council.


Back to Narnia

Sixty-four years ago, I went to Narnia, where I became a lion named Aslan. To get to that foreign land, I didn’t need a passport. But I did need a great teacher to open the magical door through the old wardrobe.


Baby birds are still around!

While we are now well into summer, some avian neighbors were still mating recently and expanding their families. Several bird species have more than one brood each season…


Franklin Street Gets More Sidewalk Dining Space

There will be less space to drive on Franklin Street, but more space to eat and drink. Town of Chapel Hill staff have begun installing barriers and bollards on the street from Robertson Lane to Graham Street to increase sidewalk capacity while temporarily reducing lanes for vehicular traffic.


 Good Grooming for Plants

It is a truism that plants, like people, benefit from good grooming. And, as with people, good grooming practices differ from plant to plant. When I’m busy anthropomorphizing my plants, I envision that they appreciate what I’m doing to enhance their looks. Of course, this lies in my imagination because the reason plants produce flowers and the reason I think they produce flowers are two entirely different explanations.


Utility Workers and the Virus

This morning when I was out for a jog, I passed a major utilities upgrade project on Ephesus Church Road in Chapel Hill, between Churchill Drive and Pinehurst Drive. At the corner of Churchill and Ephesus I saw a group of about a half-dozen workers digging a large hole, with shovels.



Helping Our Schools in a Time of Need

One of the best parts of our community is our unwavering dedication to our kids and public education. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has turned what should be a great time of year — Back to School — into so much uncertainty.


THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS

 Good Grooming for Plants

It is a truism that plants, like people, benefit from good grooming. And, as with people, good grooming practices differ from plant to plant. When I’m busy anthropomorphizing my plants, I envision that they appreciate what I’m doing to enhance their looks. Of course, this lies in my imagination because the reason plants produce flowers and the reason I think they produce flowers are two entirely different explanations.

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THROUGH A TOWNIE’S LENS

Back to Narnia

Sixty-four years ago, I went to Narnia, where I became a lion named Aslan. To get to that foreign land, I didn’t need a passport. But I did need a great teacher to open the magical door through the old wardrobe.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

High school sports? Not yet, but when?

High school football coaches throughout the state spent the opening day of August going through withdrawal. The first official day of high school football practice, slated for last Friday night, was officially canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.  

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ORANGE SLICES


THE WILD SIDE

Baby birds are still around!

While we are now well into summer, some avian neighbors were still mating recently and expanding their families. Several bird species have more than one brood each season…

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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…

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