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The Appeal: Author John Grisham gets OK to remove Chapel Hill cottages

To the dismay of some residents, the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission voted Tuesday to allow best-selling author John Grisham to remove four century-old cottages. Grisham, who wrote such legal thrillers as "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief,", asked the commission for approval to demolish or move the cottages at the back of his home, at 704 E. Franklin St. (

‘A life of purpose’

For more than two centuries, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has prepared the state’s lawyers, business leaders, journalists, teachers, politicians and doctors. But the University experience, Gov. Roy Cooper said, does more than just prepare students for the workforce. Cooper was the keynote speaker at this year’s University Day celebration. (

Roy Cooper delivers uplifting message for University Day

Gov. Roy Cooper delivered the University Day keynote address Thursday. He spoke about remaining positive in a time when it is easy to be discouraged and about the importance of public education. Cooper's speech was part of the celebration of UNC's 224th birthday — a day which marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the oldest building on campus. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

UNC School of Media and Journalism alumna, investigative reporter and former Park Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (M.A.) was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The fellowship is considered a $625,000 investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential, enabling recipients to exercise their creative instincts for the benefit of human society. (

UNC receives $50 million commitment to kick off historic fundraising campaign

Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced a gift of more than $50 million from alumni John ’77, ’82 (M.B.A.) and Marree ’77 Townsend of Greenwich, Connecticut to kick off the “Campaign for Carolina” announced on Oct. 6. Working closely with deans and campus leadership, the Townsends chose to support areas where their gift would have the greatest impact. (

The Best College Towns in the U.S.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Each year, 29,000 students descend on Chapel Hill, which basically doubles as the college campus, for basketball season (where Michael Jordan got his start). The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is among the oldest public universities in the U.S., but in recent years, the town has become renowned for its food scene and cultural attractions. (Conde Nast Traveler)

The best towns and small cities in the US: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

There are plenty of attractive college towns in the US. But Chapel Hill, in the centre of North Carolina, equidistant from its mountains and its coast, blends liberal philosophy and Southern culture in a way that borders on the utopian. “As close to magic as I’ve ever been,” was how author Thomas Wolfe described his days at the University of North Carolina. (The Guardian)

UNC chemist Bo Li wins NIH New Innovator Award

Chemist Bo Li at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Li, an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, focuses her research on bioactive small molecules produced by bacteria and the ways in which they may help defend the human body against infectious diseases. (

UNC accepts $20 million challenge to support education for military families

With the launch of “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina,” UNC has announced a $20 million challenge in support of need-based aid for the children of service men and women. Running through October 2019, the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge will further open the door to a world-class, Carolina education for students from military families who qualify for the Carolina Covenant. (

Carolina researchers receive $61 million grant to identify effective asthma treatments

A new $61 million study led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill will try to identify more effective treatments for such attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and “big data” analysis. The five-year study is being led by Anastasia Ivanova, associate professor of biostatistics at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. (

UNC announces $4B fundraising effort – but can Heels pass Duke?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking to raise money in a big way – bigger even than that other school in blue down the road. UNC announced a $4.25 billion fundraising effort Friday morning that will stretch until Dec. 31, 2022. The school said the campaign is the largest in its history and second-largest among the nation's public institutions. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC Habitat for Humanity receives grant to build university staff member's home

UNC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter received a $20,000 matching grant to supplement its fundraising efforts toward the building of a house for a UNC health care worker. Chris and his nine-year-old son are looking for a stable home to call their own. Any money the club raises will be matched by State Farm, Habitat for Humanity’s sponsor, up to $20,000 dollars. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC grad, local restaurateur Al Bowers takes a bite out of Chapel Hill business scene

From the moment he got behind a grill, Al Bowers knew he had a love for the food industry. Years after discovering his passion, Bowers is now the owner of Al's Burger Shack in two locations and Mel's Commissary in Carrboro. He discovered his love for the food industry in high school while working on a golf course and a coworker encouraged him to try grilling. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina launches $4.25 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign

UNC on Friday launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign by a university in the history of the state. “For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina” aims to raise $4.25 billion by Dec. 31, 2022, to foster an innovation generation prepared to lead the world to a better future. This campaign is the largest in the Southeast and second largest among public institutions in the nation. (

Chapel Hill: “As Close to Magic as I’ve Ever Been”

In the first of a series profiling small towns and cities in the United States, The Guardian has recognized Chapel Hill as a place that “blends liberal philosophy and Southern culture in a way that borders on the utopian,” according to author Emma John. It was Thomas Wolfe that described life at UNC with the words “as close to magic as I’ve ever been.” (

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