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Home brew (access required)

The professionals who use the North Carolina School of Government planning listserv cracked themselves up last week when someone brought up the subject of homemade alcohol. It all started when Dervin Spell, a planner who works for Granville County, asked ...

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Going postal (access required)

With a projected loss of $10 billion this year, administrators at the U.S. Postal Service know they need to cut costs, and in Charlotte that means new technology to sort mail so letter carriers don’t have to do it. The ...

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Spooky spaces (access required)

William Jacocks was known as cheerful, mischievous and dapper gentleman who had a distinguished career with the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. Jacocks has been dead since 1965, but the folks at Carolina Inn, the Chapel Hill property ...

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Sweet 
success (access required)

On Sunday, Fort Mill-based cupcake bakery Cupcrazed took home the top prize on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” TV show. Heather McDonnell, owner of Cupcrazed, which is in Baxter Village, is now $10,000 richer, even though one of her creations could ...

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All work and 
no play … (access required)

Here’s an omission that’s sure to upset Charlotte boosters. Kaboom, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps communities build playgrounds, has released its annual “Playful City USA” list. The listing recognizes cities and towns that “make play a priority and use ...

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