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Never on Sunday? Not CH Transit.

A sanitizing wipe snuggled under his hand, Chapel Hill resident Philip Stephens savored the feeling of a Sunday morning bus ride.

Council OK’s Road Extension

Despite a rising price tag but with little apparent choice, the Town of Chapel Hill is going ahead with plans to extend Elliott Road.

A Crossroads of Empty Corners

In early August, after nearly five months in lockdown, Chapel Hill woke up to visitors. Students and their families drove into town — remember traffic jams? — and unloaded a semester’s worth of belongings into dorm rooms and off-campus bedrooms.

TLR’s New Affiliations

The Local Reporter is now a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the broadest network of independent investigative and public service newsrooms in the country.

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.

Library Changes Its Pick-up Service

There will be a new way to pick up your books and other media at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Beginning Monday, users of the new “Park & Pick Up” service will call ahead, park in the library’s parking lot and pick up their items outside the main entrance. 

Saying Goodbye to a Willow Oak

Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department sent word that it was hosting a gathering for people to pay their respects to a nearly 100-year-old willow oak on Franklin Street before it was removed. As this was the closest thing to a party I’d been invited to in months, I put it in my calendar.

Barrett to Head Jackson Center

George Barrett will be the new executive director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center. Barrett, who has been associate director of the Rosemary Street non-profit for the last four years, will be the Jackson’s Center’s first full-time on-site executive director.

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.

What changes in store for local police?

Orange County leaders and citizens gathered virtually Saturday to talk about what they have done lately to improve local police departments and what else should be done.

ArtsCenter’s Move Still On

ArtsCenter executives say the coronavirus pandemic will not delay the organization’s move to a new site. And the move is definitely still on.

A Dismal Time for Local Hotels

Hoteliers around the world have not had a good night’s sleep in months due to the drastic reduction in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With stay-at-home orders, travel and tourism ground to a halt. Hotels laid off or furloughed all but a skeleton staff, and some hotel brands shuttered venues altogether.

Traveling Far to Find Your Home and Yourself

New Year’s Eve 2017 will always stand out for Jill McCullough. She got a lot of paperwork done. As revelers gathered at parties large and small across the Triangle, McCullough hunkered down inside her home in the Caldwell community in Orange County and filled out her application to join the Peace Corps.

Marching for Black Lives

Thousands of local residents — black and white, old and young — marched up Franklin Street Saturday in a peaceful protest to “honor lives lost to police violence.”

Council Statement Urges Banding Together

The Chapel Hill Town Council issued a joint statement Wednesday night in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the large-scale national protests that have ensued.

Music in the Neighborhood

It is highly unlikely that we will be going to concerts or festivals anytime soon. These kinds of events are missed, however, so when Chatham Rabbits showed up in the Glen Lennox neighborhood on a recent Sunday morning it was great fun.

Chapel Hill is Lighting Up

The night light might be bright. Duke Energy is expected to complete a month-long project of replacing 2,000 street lights on major streets in Chapel Hill with more environmentally friendly LED lights by the end of May.

The Latest from Weaver Street Market

Now that there is a “Shelter in Place” order, our stores will still be open, and you will still be able to shop for groceries. To prepare for this phase, here are some updates and requests:

Feeding Schoolkids When There’s No School

Thousands of K-12 students in Orange County rely on free and reduced-price school meals. Thanks to groups like TABLE, these students won’t be left hungry while school is out.

Staying Conflict-Free While Staying at Home

As Orange County’s “stay at home” order, issued because of the coronavirus outbreak, begins to take effect, it means more time around spouses and kids. For some families, it may mean college students and young adults returning, living at home with parents again. Roommates are now sharing space with each other almost all the time.

Community Treasures Nominations    

The Chapel Hill Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Community Treasures awards. These awards recognize long-time residents of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County whose kind hearts and good deeds have made our communities better places for all.

Chapel Hill Garden Tour

Don’t hesitate! Online Ticket Sales for the Chapel Hill Garden Tour, April 25 & 26, 2020, are NOW AVAILABLE at the link below!!