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Saplings From Davie Poplar Thriving Across North Carolina

To celebrate UNC's bicentennial in 1993, 100 students representing North Carolina’s 100 counties received saplings from the Davie Poplar to plant in their hometowns and bring a piece of Carolina to every corner of our state. We revisited some of those saplings and the Tar Heels who planted them to see how Carolina has literally taken root in North Carolina. (

Robert Seymour, Civil Rights Activist and Chapel Hill Pastor, Dies at 95

Local pastor and longtime civil rights activist Rev. Robert Seymour has died at age 95. Seymour became the first pastor at Chapel Hill’s Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in 1959. During the 1960s, he fought for racial integration of both his church and the wider community. The pastor had a close personal relationship with . (

Carolina’s oldest student group celebrates 225 years

Hanna Berg doesn’t travel by horse, write with quill pens or study by candlelight, but she still has a connection to the Carolina students who did do those things more than 200 years ago. Berg is part of Carolina’s DiPhi debate and literary society, the University’s oldest student organization. The student organization was created on June 3, 1795. (

Chapel Hill: No Franklin Street Halloween due to pandemic

A North Carolina college town’s popular Halloween celebration will not be permitted this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chapel Hill officials announced on Friday afternoon that all town-sponsored public events and festivals through the end of the year have been canceled. The annual Halloween-related closure of Franklin Street was also canceled. (WBTV)

Chapel Hill college student missing in San Francisco

A Chapel Hill woman studying at a university in California has vanished in San Francisco. Sydney West, 19, of Chapel Hill, is a student at UC Berkeley in California. West “has not had any contact with friends or family since September 30.” Officials said they are asking anyone in North Carolina who had recent contact with West to contact authorities. (CBS 17)

New sheep set to become Rameses XXII at Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm

A new era in UNC live mascot history is coming to Chapel Hill with the retirement of Rameses XXI, as a new ram prepares to make his appearance as Rameses XXII. For now, the new ram goes by Otis until he takes on the official title of Rameses XXII. He was supposed to make his debut to the community this fall before COVID-19 prevented it. (Daily Tar Heel)

'It’s all about survival': Long-time Chapel Hill restaurants reflect on past, future

Some restaurants, such as Sutton’s Drug Store, Carolina Coffee Shop and Linda's Bar and Grill, have been open for decades, or even a century. They're just a few Franklin Street staples still struggling to hold on, unsure how much longer they’ll be able to survive. Their history and cultural importance to Chapel Hill, however, keep them fighting. (Daily Tar Heel)

Six Degrees of Andy Griffith

The Show first aired on CBS on October 3, 1960. When the final half-hour episode — number 249 — ran eight years later, it was one of only three American television shows to end its primetime run at No. 1. People continue to watch reruns of Andy taking the moral high ground, and come to Mount Airy for a glimpse of Mayberry, that enduring symbol of small-town life. (Our State Magazine)

'Halloween isn't canceled': UNC students adapt plans to keep up spooky season traditions

As the air chills and the days get shorter, students have begun preparing for the approaching Halloween holiday by planning decorations and figuring out how their annual traditions will change. UNC junior Elizabeth Wheless tends to go for group celebrations. But with COVID-19 in mind, she and her roommates have updated their Halloween plans to stay safe. (Daily Tar Heel)

First-year students at UNC-Chapel Hill suffer from pandemic-induced anxiety

Dr. Allen O’Barr, a psychiatrist and the director of UNC’s Counseling and Psychological Services, said he expects first-year students to experience a sense of disconnection and anxiety after starting college under such intense conditions. BJ Miles, a first-year from Greenville, N.C., moved out from Craige Residence Hall the morning after classes were moved online. (UNC Media Hub)
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