Waking up a block on Spring Street in downtown Burlington

When Emily and Casey Lewis started looking in downtown Burlington for a larger space to house their successful Owl and Rabbit Gallery they were only thinking about one building. But after checking out what was available, considering their options and a vision for growth downtown they gave it a second thought, and then a third. … Continue reading Waking up a block on Spring Street in downtown Burlington

MAC’S Diner: A way to bring food to hungry children in Alamance County

In June of 2019 my friend Jessica Williams wrote a story for the Burlington Times-News under the headline: "ABSS slowly expands summer feeding program." Her lead sentence? "Hunger doesn't take summers off." With that beginning and a wish expressed in the story by Pam Bailey, Child Nutrition Director for the Alamance-Burlington School System, an idea … Continue reading MAC’S Diner: A way to bring food to hungry children in Alamance County

Stocking up and sizing up changes for the annual Spring Book Sale

You see a lot of familiar faces at the annual Friends of the Alamance County Libraries Book Sale -- sometimes even before it starts. Yes, with the spring edition of the annual Spring Book Sales still a month away on Saturday morning, I spent a few hours volunteering in the basement of May Memorial Library … Continue reading Stocking up and sizing up changes for the annual Spring Book Sale

Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

Author's Note: This post has been updated to add the event listing below of things to do during the first Fourth Friday Arts Walk scheduled for Feb. 28, 2020 in downtown Burlington. Painting, poetry, play and pottery are part of the program. That's a lot of Ps for your entertainment buck. The graphic is below. … Continue reading Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

Updated: Elon fills gap by providing local candidates forum in commissioners race

UPDATE: Carrie Eaves, assistant professor of Political Science at Elon, will moderate the forum. The new regional editor for area Gannett newspapers, including the Burlington Times-News, Donnie Fetter is expected to take part. Admission is free. The Moseley Center is located across from the McMichael Parking Lot off North O'Kelly Avenue on the Elon campus. … Continue reading Updated: Elon fills gap by providing local candidates forum in commissioners race

Life at Elon: Heading into year four of this experiment

Today I enter my fourth year of working as a development writer at Elon University. To say leaving newspapers for higher education radically changed my life for the better is still a massive understatement. In fact my first day on the job was a clear indicator of just how different life would be. On the … Continue reading Life at Elon: Heading into year four of this experiment

Goodbye to the Newseum; hopefully it’s not the end of the story

Friday after roaming through six floors of images, exhibits, interactive features and videos telling the compelling story of journalism, the First Amendment and news we had one big question. Back on the first floor after an emotional, inspiring and exhausting journey through some of the most tragic stories of the past two centuries, my wife … Continue reading Goodbye to the Newseum; hopefully it’s not the end of the story

I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time

The last time I saw Vicente Hernandez he was busy. That wasn't unusual. He was always busy doing one thing or another at the restaurant he owned in Burlington, Prego's Trattoria. Watching Vince at work was a lesson in what operating a locally owned restaurant is truly like. He had a hand in everything -- … Continue reading I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time