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'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)

How Chapel Hill changed its startup scene

Five years ago, Launch Chapel Hill was started in response to the success that Durham’s American Underground was having. The tech incubator offers startups a 22-week program that includes mentoring and help from an entrepreneur-in-residence. Launch’s three partners – Chapel Hill, UNC and Orange County – contribute a large amount of funding. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC graduate programs ranked among “Best Graduate Schools”

UNC at Chapel Hill graduate programs received high rankings as part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools.” Among the rankings, the UNC School of Medicine is first for its primary care program, following a second-place ranking last year. U.S. News ranks business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medical programs annually. (UNC.edu)

Celebrating Women's History Month At UNC

More than 17,000 women are enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today, making up more than half of the student body. But that wasn't always the case. It wasn't until 1877 that women began first enrolling at UNC for summer sessions. It was another two decades later before Sallie Walker Stockard became the first woman to receive a degree from UNC. (UNC.edu)

John Skipper Details His ESPN Exit and an Extortion Plot

On Dec. 18, 2017, John Skipper suddenly resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, citing his desire to seek treatment for what he called a “substance addiction.” The announcement was met with disbelief and confusion. Skipper, 62, the married father of two sons, was raised in North Carolina and had worked at Disney for 27 years. (Hollywood Reporter)

Horace Williams Airport may shut down. Here's a history of its impact at UNC.

When Carolina comes into conversation, most people begin to talk about either sports or academics. However, airplane enthusiasts always seem to talk about Horace Williams Airport. Horace Williams Airport was pivotal in the shaping of both Chapel Hill and the U.S., but is now facing a shutdown. The airport is hoping to have all planes off the grounds by May 2018. (Daily Tar Heel)

A ‘symbol of the life of the University’

When Davie Poplar Jr. was planted 100 years ago at UNC, people assumed that the tree would soon be the only Davie Poplar remaining on McCorkle Place. The planting served as a backup for the aging Davie Poplar that had stood on campus since before UNC opened in 1795. Today, the century-old tulip poplar tree still stands alongside the original Davie Poplar. (UNC.edu)

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