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'She was all about absorbing life': Remembering UNC student Sally Sasz

Sally Sasz, a rising senior at UNC who always found beauty in the many people and places she encountered, passed away on July 6 while hiking in Utah at age 21. She is survived by her father and mother, Steve and Nancy Sasz, and younger sisters, Patsy and Lulu. Her parents said Sally was an authentic and genuine soul who was growing into a beautiful young adult. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks fifth among national public universities for 20th consecutive year

For two decades, the nation’s oldest public university has consecutively been ranked one of the country’s best. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings named UNC fifth in their list of top public schools among national universities. The rankings also placed the University atop their best value schools list among public national universities. (

UNC student, filmmaker, and adrenaline junkie Josh Neuman facing fears head-on

Skydiving from planes thousands of feet in the air. Dangling off the edge of skyscrapers. Flying down mountains in the Alps. Over 750,000 subscribers later, UNC junior Josh Neuman never could have anticipated that the tutorials he shot at 12 years old on his dad’s video camera would lead to some of the most-watched skateboarding videos on YouTube. (Daily Tar Heel)

What It Was, Was Football

Before the gospel albums, before that famous whistled theme song, there was a comedy record. In 1953, just down the road from his UNC alma mater, recorded the story of a country preacher (or deacon, perhaps) who accidentally stumbles into his first collegiate football game. The recording was sent back to Chapel Hill for mastering and distribution. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Army ROTC commemorates the anniversary of 9/11

For the past three years, senior Kyle Walker has started each Sept. 11 by running 110 sets of stairs in Kenan Stadium to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The pandemic this year wasn’t going to stop him and his fellow Army ROTC cadets from continuing that tradition to pay respect to the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11. (

'Ghost town': Students still in dorms talk readjusting to life in an empty campus

As UNC made the switch to remote learning, student occupancy on campus fell from 91.2 percent to 12.9 percent. And those who decided to remain on campus have adapted to a new way of life during the pandemic. For Jessica Uba, a sophomore philosophy major, it is the community aspect of UNC that is missing. “You’re reminded of this daily,” Uba said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carrboro Beverage Company - Including Tyler's Taproom - to Close Its Doors After 16 Years

A longtime Carrboro business will be closing permanently. The Carrboro Beverage Company, which includes the Tyler’s Taproom and its Speakeasy, announced to the community this week its plans to close and sell its inventory. Owner Tyler Huntington said he’s appreciated the chance to see patrons again in the company’s closing days. (

Still no arrests 8 years after UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was found dead in apartment

Eight years have passed since a UNC student was found dead in her Chapel Hill apartment, but police have made no arrests in the case. 's body was found on Sept. 7, 2012 by her roommate. A $40,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at (919)942-7515. (WTVD)

Linda's Bar and Grill temporarily closes

Linda’s Bar and Grill, located between Time-Out and Bonchon on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, announced through Twitter on August 24 that it is temporarily closing. This decision comes following UNC's return to classes and a corresponding spike in COVID-19 cases. Linda’s first opened on Franklin Street in 1988, a staple at Carolina for over 30 years. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tyler Hansbrough Lists His Top UNC Players & Chapel Hill Restaurants

There are two things Chapel Hill is known for: great basketball and good food. When asked by the Pittsboro Rotary to name his top-five in both categories, North Carolina legend put out two lineups that are hard to argue with. Hansbrough’s All-Time UNC Starting Five: was a consensus All-American in three straight seasons. (Inside Carolina)
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