Chapel Hill's New Website Goes Live

New [screenshot added by OP editor]

The Town of Chapel Hill's new website appears to have gone live today.  It sure is a snazzy new look, but I haven't found much yet in the way of new features.  The menu navigation seems to be more intuitive than the old website, and it seems to be much easier to use from a casual visitor's perspective.  But I'm still not having an easy time finding archived material without a help from my dear friend Google.  Have you had a chance to check it out?  What do you think?

Time to Support OP

Hey all you OP posters,

Unless Ruby hasn't updated the chart, the contributions for helping her support this site have dried up more than our water supplies did last year.  With what might be a very interesting election season coming up and with some critical issues facing the towns and county (growth, density, taxes, transfer station siting) I expect that this site will become very busy and a popular spot for some very interesting (heated?) discussions.  For all those who enjoy posting here (and even the lurkers), if you value this site you should realize that it is unfair to expect Ruby to bear the financial burden of keeping it going.  If you haven't yet contributed (there is usually a link at the bottom of the pages) please consider doing so today.  I'm sure Ruby will appreciate it and we can all continue to enjoy the site knowing that we pitched in to help.  Thanks.

How Proud the N&O Must Be

Why do I bother participating in OrangeChat, the News & Observer's blog on Orange County?

The reporting is fine, but the comments are terrible.  It is mostly a bunch of snarking from John "Elvisboy77" Kramer and a few others.  The comments are only occassionally enlightening or penetrating.  The ones worth reading are so few and far between that it hardly seems worth bothering with.

For example, two days ago Mark Schultz posted a blurb about Elizabeth Edwards opening a store in downtown Chapel Hill:

What's the response?  Let's hit some highlights:

What she NEEDS

How can I better know the county?

I want to increase my knowledge of the history and politics of Orange County over the summer in preparation for my editor job at the DTH. Do you have any recommendations? Books, articles, etc.

I'm getting ready to get "The American College Town" from the library as a start. 

Open Thread for WCHL Forum

Today is WCHL's annual on-air all day forum (1360 AM). The "Town Gown" discussion is already underway. Are you listening? What do you think?



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