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Carrboro passes anti-tethering rules

From correspondent Tammy Grubb

The Board of Aldermen unanimously passed limits on dog tethering this week.

Police Chief Carolyn Hutchison said the town’s animal control officer estimates there are 40 to 50 locally tethered dogs.

Tethers can include ropes, chains, wires or other lines, even if the line is attached to a cable trolley system. Opponents say the practice is inhumane, and chained dogs are more likely to bark, be aggressive or bite, and become tangled or prevented from reaching food, water and shelter.

Several North Carolina communities, including Durham and Raleigh, have passed anti-tethering ordinances in the past few years. Orange County’s ordinance allows tethering for up to three hours in a 24-hour period, while Chapel Hill prohibits all tethering and sets minimum sizes for outside fences and kennels at 100 square feet for a dog under 20 pounds and 200 square feet for a 20-plus-pound dog.

Carrboro’s new ordinance adopts those fencing requirements but allows tethering up to seven consecutive days for hunting; field, water, obedience or law enforcement training; or veterinary treatment. An owner or keeper also may tether a dog if they are nearby or with the dog, or if a stray dog is being kept during the search for its owner.

We'll have a full story on the new anti-tethering rules coming Sunday in The Chapel Hill News.

Carrboro reconsiders day laborers anti-loitering rule

From correspondent Tammy Grubb

The Board of Aldermen offered several options Tuesday night for keeping a Jones Ferry Road corner available to day laborers looking for work at while preserving neighborhood peace and safety. (See our most recent story here.)

Opponents of the town’s current anti-lingering ordinance want it repealed, because they say it penalizes the workers and violates their right to be in a public place. The ordinance bans loitering between 11 a.m. and 5 a.m. at the corner of Jones Ferry and Davie roads, where primarily Hispanic and African-American men have traditionally waited for work. It was adopted in 2007 in response to complaints about harassment, trespassing, drinking and public urination by people who were not there to look for work, officials said.

In Tuesday’s unanimous vote, the board requested staff look into alternatives, including whether the town should hired a full-time, on-site person to help those looking for work and mitigate continuing criminal and public nuisance activities.
Other ideas included setting hours when employers could solicit workers, creating a no-stopping zone on both sides of Jones Ferry Road and talking with county officials about how other agencies, like Social Services, might be able to help. The board also directed staff to research where the public right of way is located on both sides of the road.

The board will hear from staff and give residents a chance to offer ideas, too, when they return to the issue in November.

We'll have a full story on the aldermen's discussion coming Sunday in The Chapel Hill News.

Tuesday's high school sports postponed

All of Tuesday's athletic events in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system were cancelled or postponed due to the threatening weather across the district.

That includes four varsity events for Carrboro, three of which have been rescheduled for Wednesday.

Carrboro's cross-country team and tennis teams both will host conference events at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Jaguar volleyball team will host Raleigh Charter at 6 p.m.

Tuesday's non-conference soccer match between Jordan and Chapel Hill has been moved to Oct. 20. School officials also opted to switch the site of a match next Monday with Cedar Ridge to Chapel Hill's home field.

A field hockey match between Carrboro and East Chapel Hill has not been rescheduled at this time.

Other events already scheduled for Wednesday — like Carrboro's soccer match at East Chapel Hill High School — are set to go on as planned.

Hurricane Irene blows away Carrboro match

Among the casualties of Hurricane Irene even before it hits North Carolina will be The Brittany Soccer Showcase. That means Carrboro's boys soccer match with a talented Swansboro team, originally scheduled for Friday night in Wilson, is cancelled.

Most Triangle high school football teams are still scheduled to play Friday night, but many of those playing farther east or south are opting to play Thursday night or postponing for a later date to avoid the heavy rainfall expected along the I-95 corridor over the weekend.

For example, Durham Hillside at Fayetteville E.E. Smith has been moved to Thursday.

The Brittany for the Boys soccer showcase in Wilson, which was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, was also canceled. It's traditionally been a major draw for prep soccer, bringing in scores of teams every year.

Mike Petty, a spokesman for The Brittany organizing committee, said the decision to cancel was made so that traveling teams would be able to change their motel reservations, chartered buses and dining plans.

“To allow them to make their cancellations in time to avoid charges, it is necessary to make our ‘go, no go’ decision now rather than waiting for later weather updates and the right decision is to cancel,” Petty told the News & Observer. “If we err, we choose to err on the side of caution.”

The Chapel Hill News and the News & Observer's Preps Now blog will update you on changes to high school schedules as they are received.

Chapel Hill. Carrboro open with wins

Chapel Hill withstood the 239 yards rushing mounted by South Granville's Josh Bailey and opened the season with a 19-13 win Friday night on the road. In other games involving area teams, both played in-county, Carrboro out-lasted Central Davidson 47-36 and Orange looked strong in downing Person 42-14. East Chapel Hill lost to East Wake 28-21. Northwood was stung by East Duplin, 56-6, and Cedar Ridge fell 57-37 at Eastern Alamance.

Tigers, 'Cats will meet early

Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill will stage an earlier than usual version of their intense soccer rivalry Thursday night in the finals of The O.C. invitational tournament.

The cross-town rivals will play at 8 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Carrboro High School in The O.C.'s championship game. That match will be preceded by Carrboro hosting Jordan-Matthews in the third-place consolation final at 6 p.m.

Over at Culbreth Middle School, Cedar Ridge will play Cary Academy at 5 p.m. Thursday, and Northwood will face Western Alamance at 7 p.m.

The O.C. junior varsity championship will be played tonight at 6 p.m. at Culbreth, featuring Carrboro against Chapel Hill.

In Tuesday's championship semifinals for the varsities, Chapel Hill fought off the talented and still under-rated visitors from Jordan-Matthews for a 4-3 win, and East Chapel Hill advanced to the title game after winning a penalty kick shootout with Carrboro.

The Wildcats and Jaguars were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, and then were still tied through one round of penalty kicks before East won the shootout in sudden death, 7-6.

Co-working space to open in downtown Raleigh

A so-called co-working space, which offers office amenities to freelancers and independent contractors, will open early next month in downtown Raleigh.

It’s the brainchild of sisters Sara Rose Roman and Cristina Roman. Called The Raleigh Forum, it will occupy a 1,300-square-foot space at 208 S. Wilmington St.

It will provide workers with desks, wireless Internet, office supplies, snacks, lockers and other amenities for up to 20 people at a time.

The cost is $300 a month for a full membership. That includes full-time access to the space. A part-time membership, which allows up to 25 hours a week, costs $200 a month.

Day passes are available for $25.

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Carrboro Alderwoman Joal Hall Broun will not seek re-election

Carrboro Alderwoman Joal Hall Broun will not seek re-election. She released this statement this morning: 

"Thank you to all of my supporters, the voters and the people of Carrboro.  I enjoyed serving the citizens of Carrboro for the past twelve years.  I will continue to be engaged and involved in my community in Carrboro and Orange County.  However, I will not be seeking re-election to the Board of Aldermen at this time."

Three seats on the board, plus the mayor, are up this fall. Mayor Mark Chilton, Alderman Dan Coleman and Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle filed Friday, along with newcomer Michelle Johnson. The filing period ends July 15.

Photos from the Fourth of July in Carrboro

See this and other photos from yesterday's Independence Day celebration in the photo galleries section of or just click here

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