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20 years after ‘Cold Mountain,’ award-winning author and UNC grad Charles Frazier is hot again

Charles Frazier’s first novel, “Cold Mountain,” was a massive bestseller about the Civil War and a critical success. It won a 1997 National Book Award and was adapted for an Academy Award-winning film. In the 20 years since that spectacular debut, Frazier has published sparingly. But now, with his superb new novel, “Varina,” he has circled back to the Civil War. (Washington Post)

UNC student selected as James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program recipient

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Frances Reuland has been selected for the elite James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program run by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is UNC-Chapel Hill’s second recipient of this one-year award. The Junior Fellows Program provides substantive work experience at the Carnegie Endowment. (UNC.edu)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks at UNC in 1960

Today marks 50 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of the late civil rights leader, we reflect on the time that King spoke at the University of North Carolina in 1960. Invited to the University by campus religious organizations and the Carolina Forum, King's visit occurred just as the fight for equality began gaining momentum in the community. (UNC.edu)

April 1968: Carolina Reacts to the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 – 50 years ago today – the reactions of UNC students were emblematic of the complex racial landscape at UNC. In a timeline of events on campus in the week following the assassination, alumnus John Sellars remembered the reaction on campus when students learned of King’s assassination. (UNC.edu)

Revisit late novelist and UNC grad John Ehle, who founded some of NC's most innovative schools

What if you turned over the keys to state government to an innovative novelist/intellectual and told him he had a year to come up with some original ideas for the state? That is what Gov. Terry Sanford did in 1962, when he hired John Ehle as his special assistant and idea man. The result was a burst of creative energy that North Carolina state government had not seen before. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Last round for Spanky's in Chapel Hill, new restaurant weeks away

Reports of Spanky's retirement brought fans of the Chapel Hill landmark back for one more round, one more meal and a stroll down memory lane. Generations of UNC students and alumni passed through the restaurant's doors during its 40-year tenure at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets. The owner calls the end of Spanky's a retirement of the current concept. (ABC 11)

'One more time:' Patrons visit Spanky's Bar and Restaurant in Chapel Hill before it closes

An iconic Chapel Hill restaurant announced Thursday that it would be closing after 40 years in business. Terra and Jason Bellavance, like so many, wanted to eat at Spanky's one last time. "I celebrated my 21st birthday, my 25th, my 30th, and then we had our rehearsal dinner here," Terra Ballavance said. "We've known Spanky's from the beginning," patron Curtis Clark said. (WRAL.com)

Two decades of Dance Marathon

When the first UNC Dance Marathon took place, 75 students participated and raised $40,000. Two decades later, hundreds of dancers took to the floor in Fetzer Gym this March 23 for the annual event, raising $434,139. Now known as Carolina For The Kids, the student organization has raised nearly $6 million for the UNC Children’s Hospital over the past 20 years. (UNC.edu)

UNC-Chapel Hill startups boost employment, economic development

Startups affiliated with UNC continue to bring jobs and increased revenue to North Carolina communities, according to a biannual report that analyzes the economic impact of the University’s commercial and social ventures. The analysis conducted in early 2018 indicates an upward growth trend for UNC startup companies and social ventures across North Carolina. (UNC.edu)

Iconic Chapel Hill Restaurant Spanky’s “Retiring”

Longtime Chapel Hill restaurant Spanky’s Bar and Restaurant is “retiring.” The restaurant owners announced the decision on Thursday night. Spanky’s, which is part of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, has been open for four decades and has been an iconic part of the downtown Chapel Hill landscape at the corner of Columbia and Franklin streets. (Chapelboro.com)

John Ehle - celebrated writer, UNC School of the Arts founder, and UNC alum - dies

Winston-Salem author John Ehle, who at 92 was one of the state's greatest writers and a formidable promoter of the humanities in North Carolina, has died. In addition to being an accomplished writer, he helped spearhead the development of what is now the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ehle wrote 17 books over his lifetime, both fiction and nonfiction. (Winston-Salem Journal)

"Carolina students have a sense of giving back:" UNC ranks high in global service

In the years since its founding, the University of North Carolina has produced 1,658 participants for two of the foremost organizations for global service. The Peace Corps at UNC has risen to fourth in the nation among Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities. UNC is also ranked tenth in the nation for Fulbright Scholarship Award recipients. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina For The Kids celebrates 20th year of Dance Marathon

The annual 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting Dance Marathon is the culmination of a yearlong effort by Carolina For The Kids to raise money to support families of patients at UNC Children’s Hospital. The organization’s flagship grant, the For The Kids Fund, provides financial assistance for necessities not covered by insurance, like money for travel and critical utility bills. (Daily Tar Heel)

A spring break of service

The beach is a popular spring break destination, but a group of UNC students stopped short of the ocean for their week away from campus. More than a dozen students and faculty members from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s physical therapy, nursing and public health programs spent the week in Tyrrell County doing health-related community service projects. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Named One of the South’s Prettiest Cities

When combined with the attractive and artistic architecture from the university and the many forest trails around the city, it’s easy to see why Chapel Hill is a place many people want to visit. Perhaps noticing these features, Southern Living recently published “The South’s Prettiest Cities 2018,” which lists Chapel Hill at No. 10 on the list of most attractive cities in the South. (Chapelboro.com)

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