For sale: Smitty’s a cool business opportunity for the right owner

Smitty's Homemade location on Front Street before the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Smitty's. Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream, a signature and beloved Alamance County business with stores in three downtown areas, is for sale. Alamance County Superior Court Judge Tom Lambeth and Amy Nakhle, co-founders of the business in 2002, made the tough decision to … Continue reading For sale: Smitty’s a cool business opportunity for the right owner

New partnership, new personality and a little wine in downtown Burlington

Two leaders in the ongoing renaissance of downtown Burlington as an entertainment and art district are partners in a new venture that will occupy part of the former Mary Katherine's store on East Front Street. Tracy Schmidt, general manager of Burlington Beer Works and Holly Treadwell, owner of The Blend and Co. are joining forces … Continue reading New partnership, new personality and a little wine in downtown Burlington

Saying goodbye to Frances Woody, a community treasure

Local newspapers used to be in the business of creating community treasures. They did so either through stories about people who step up to make a positive difference time after time in the cities and towns where they live or through manufacturing them in-house. The former was relatively easy. The latter takes some doing. Time … Continue reading Saying goodbye to Frances Woody, a community treasure

Graham ‘looks a lot like Mississippi in the ’60s’

A couple of weeks ago I received a message via social media from a friend who lives in another county. He was curious about what’s going on in Graham, the county seat of Alamance County. At the time only 48 hours had passed following another tense Saturday of protests, counter-protests, shouting and arrests in a … Continue reading Graham ‘looks a lot like Mississippi in the ’60s’

A crazy week in Alamance County

The past 10-plus days in Alamance County have produced the greatest amount of sadness, frustration, agitation, outright anger, half-truths, gaffes, misstatements, fabrications, miscalculations, social action, political action, protests, vigils, walks, marches, racism and antiracism that I can remember over such a short period of time in this community --- a place I've lived for 21 … Continue reading A crazy week in Alamance County

Commissioners have an opportunity to do the right thing, finally

Earlier today (Sunday, June 21, 2020 I saw this message posted on social media. The memo for the Alamance County Board of Commissioners by apparently the county manager looks real, it reads like an official document. I agree with what Bryan Hagood recommends to the board regarding the Confederate monument in downtown Graham that is … Continue reading Commissioners have an opportunity to do the right thing, finally