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Side streets: Suggestions for Chapel Hill-Carrboro restaurants

Located at 107 N. Columbia St., Buns is just a short walk off campus. Patrons can either build their own burger — choosing between Angus chuck beef, turkey and veggie patties — or select one of the restaurant’s signature burgers. With unique dipping sauces like “dragon sauce” and curry mustard, Buns is an individualized spin on a classic American burger joint. (Daily Tar Heel)

Merritt's Store and Grill among concession stands at the 2024 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2

Known for its award-winning BLT sandwich, Merritt’s Store and Grill started as a Chapel Hill gas station in 1929. It's among the premier sandwich shops in North Carolina. Merritt’s Single BLT and the Linda Woods Chicken Salad sandwich are available. Woods, who died in 2022, was an executive assistant to legendary UNC coach for decades. (Fayetteville Observer)

Remembering David Dansby Jr., first Black undergraduate to get their degree from UNC

In 1961, David Dansby Jr. and his fellow classmates dedicated themselves to the fight for desegregation in Chapel Hill. In May of that year, Dansby became the first known African American undergraduate to earn his degree from the University of North Carolina and went on to attend the UNC School of Law. Dansby died on January 22 at the age of 84. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media wins 6th straight Hearst National Championship

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, considered the Pulitzers of collegiate journalism, named UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media as the 2024 national champion in collegiate journalism. It is the school’s sixth straight national intercollegiate championship, ninth in the 10 past years, and 13th since 2002, far surpassing the closest competitors. (

'It connects all of us': A walk down Franklin Street

It’s a sweltering summer afternoon in Chapel Hill, the kind that makes the pavement glisten in the sun, and you are about to start a journey many UNC students have embarked on: a walk down Franklin Street. Stepping onto Franklin Street at the Morehead Planetarium, you’re immediately immersed in the heart of the vibrant Chapel Hill community. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's Southern Oral History Program celebrates 50th anniversary

In 1973, the founder of the Southern Oral History Program Jacquelyn Dowd Hall came to the University of North Carolina to teach history and create the first oral history program in the South. Fifty years later, the program has now conducted and archived more than 6,500 interviews to preserve Southern voices and stories across the region. (Daily Tar Heel)

Higher prices affecting Chapel Hill restaurant owners as inflation stalls

Restaurant owners in Chapel Hill are feeling the strain as they grapple with higher prices. For Vimala Rajendran, owner of Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, higher costs are making it harder to operate. Despite low unemployment rates, high job creation and wage growth, a period of high inflation spurred by the pandemic has left prices higher than consumers would like. (UNC Media Hub)

Remembering Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, UNC alum Edwin Yoder

lived his life devoted to the humanities. He attended UNC (or "Chapel Hill," as he called it), where he majored in English and served as co-editor of the DTH. He credited his writing professor, Phillips Russell, with instilling in him a commitment to clear and concise writing. Most momentously, he met his future wife, Mary Jane Warwick, in a poetry class. (

Let us be frank: A go-to guide of Carolina dogs in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, the "Southern Part of Heaven," is known for many things. Academics, basketball, indie rock and more. Some even call it the hot dog capital of the Carolinas. By some, we mean us — the official DTH heavyweight hot dog champions and connoisseurs Carson Elm-Picard and Lucas Thomae. We teamed up to survey part of the local hot dog scene. (Daily Tar Heel)

'It's beautiful in there': Cosmic Cantina relocates to 118 E. Franklin St.

Cosmic Cantina has relocated from 128 E. Franklin St. to 118 E. Franklin St. as a result of UNC’s Campus Master Plan. The reopening took place on May 1, and an inaugural party was held on May 4. Cosmic Cantina was one of three recipients of the Downtown Small Business Relocation Grant, which was introduced in 2023 by the Town of Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)
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