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Remembering Mildred Council

Mildred Council wasn’t supposed to surprise anyone. She was down-home. She was hard-working. She could cook good country food. She was an African-American woman born at a time and place, rural North Carolina in 1929, when not much more was expected of a black woman than to be down-home, hard-working, and a good country cook.

'Mama Dip' is remembered for helping the community. That community is returning the kindness.

A memorial walk will be held Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill to honor Mildred Council, the owner of Mama Dip's Kitchen who died Sunday. The walk will begin at 12 noon at Mama Dip's Kitchen, 408 W. Rosemary St., in Chapel Hill and will proceed to the Hargraves Community Center, at 216 N. Roberson St., a distance of about a quarter-mile.

A great year to be a Tar Heel

Take a look back at some of the biggest stories and events that shaped this academic year. By the numbers: $1 billion in annual research activity. 43,384 first-year applicants — a record number. No. 1 best value in American public higher education. $2.06 billion raised through the For All Kind campaign.

Chapel Hill Revamping its Downtown Parking

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue is aware of the reputation of a parking problem the town has faced. “We’ve had this perception – and it’s somewhat reality based – that there’s no parking downtown, and it’s inconvenient, so let’s just go someplace else,” said Blue. That is precisely why the town is looking to “change the narrative” on parking in downtown Chapel Hill.

Carolina hosts Valor Games for military athletes with disabilities

The Valor Games, an introductory Paralympic sports competition for veterans and active-duty service members with disabilities, came to UNC on Tuesday for a day of competition in the Dean Smith Center. Nearly 125 athletes from around the country are competing in this year’s games, which includes archery, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting and more.

The legacy of 'Mama Dip,' of great Southern food and hard work, lives on in her family

People most often think of amazing food when they think about Mildred “Mama Dip” Council — that succulent fried chicken and those tender biscuits. Council’s skills as a business person have been less recognized, and how she passed down that drive to succeed to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — especially to the women of her family.

North Carolina food icon 'Mama Dip' passes away

One of North Carolina's most beloved chefs and restaurant owners, Mildred Cotton Council aka "Mama Dip," has died. Council, who turned 89 last month, was known for her southern cooking and boisterous, warm laugh. Council opened Mama Dip's in November 1976 on West Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill with the help of local real estate agent George Tate.

In 1943 in Chapel Hill, the boys of summer readied for war

75 years ago, a train carrying Boston Red Sox slugger and future Hall of Famer Ted Williams screeched into Durham. For the next three months Williams bunked at the University of North Carolina, where the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School housed the most difficult and dangerous physical training program in the world for fighter pilots—the Top Guns of their generation.

UNC Medical Center Recognized as One of “100 Great Hospitals in America”

UNC Medical Center is among the best healthcare providers in the country. Now, it is being recognized for the care that it provides its patients. Becker’s Hospital Review is an annual list that recognizes hospitals for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. UNC Medical Center has been included on this list for the past several years.

Al's Burger Shack owners to open pub in Chapel Hill

The owners of Al's Burger Shack plan to open a neighborhood pub in Chapel Hill this summer at 50050 Governors Village. Al's Pub Shack will serve sandwiches, seafood, soups, salad and nightly entree specials. The menu will also include the burgers and hot dogs from Al's Burger Shack and some of the lunch favorites from Mel's Commissary.

The Cave Closed on April 30. But Now, a Resurrection Is in the Works.

There's an oft-mangled aphorism from Mark Twain that goes, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." As it turns out, that's true of The Cave, the venerated fifty-year-old bar and club that was set to close for good on Monday, April 30. But suddenly, it's in the process of being sold to a new set of owners who hope to reboot The Cave in the coming weeks.

UNC's Morehead Planetarium celebrates 69 years

The Morehead Planetarium opened its doors on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus May 10, 1949 after 17 months of construction. It was the first planetarium in the South and only the sixth in the United States. At $3 million – more than $50 million in today’s dollars – it was the most expensive building in the state at the time.

Former ESPN president John Skipper lands new job at global sports media company

John Skipper, who resigned as ESPN president in December after admitting to a years-long “substance addiction,” has been named executive chairman of Perform Group, a sports media company that operates numerous websites along with an over-the-top subscription service that offers live sporting events in a number of countries.

Video: UNC Spring Commencement Ceremony Highlights

6,119 students received their degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and turned their tassels during the 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony on a sweltering hot Sunday at Kenan Stadium. Here are the highlights of that special day.

Horace Williams airport in Chapel Hill to close after years of debate

Horace Williams airport will close to the public on May 15 and a solar energy project will be built on the land, UNC-Chapel Hill officials said Tuesday. The news was sent in an email to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Town Manager Roger Stancil by Jonathan Pruitt, UNC's vice chancellor for finance and operations. The closure is not a surprise.

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