niche markets that no other companiescan create, Conway said.Fletcher said Durham Bookcasesoffers high quality, customized products, which its large competitors cannot do.“If it’s not made here, it’s not the samequality by any means,” he said.Fletcher said the high quality of Durham Bookcases’ products has helpedthe company stay in business.Preston Howard, president of theManufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina, said high endfurniture companies are experiencing an
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Volume 121, Issue 9
An NC industr, refocused
RogersRoad seeksaccess toutilities
By Gayatri Surendranathan
As the 40-year struggle for sewer service in theRogers Road community continues, local officials areexploring a new option that would give the commu-nity more independence.Nathan Wangusi, a technical assistance provider working with Rogers Road through the SoutheastRural Community Assistance Project, said the latestidea is to incorporate the area as a utility district.If the plan is approved, Rogers Road’s water andsewer services would be independent of OrangeCounty, and the neighborhood would apply directly to the state and federal governments for funding. Wangusi said the project is ambitious for such a small area.“Utility districts have autonomy, but with autonomy comes a great deal of responsibility,” Wangusi said.He said the neighborhood — which has housed thecounty’s landfill since 1972 — would have to show thatit has the infrastructure to sustain a sewer district.“The benefit of having the county in charge now is that they have the capital and technical expertise,”he said. “And you can blame them when things go wrong — you can’t do that when you’re independent.”Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County officialshave discussed how to provide sewer service for years, but the discussion has often splintered over cost.Orange County Commissioner Bernadette Pelissiersaid she is hopeful about the proposal to incorporate.“Our goal is just for current community members who are low-income to not have to shell out muchmoney, if any,” Pelissier said.She said if incorporating as a utility district is not viable, the county will continue helping Rogers Roadlook for alternatives.She said the county could also choose to fund thesewer system — an estimated $5.8 million project.County Manager Frank Clifton said he hopes thesewer service will draw developers to the area.“If that land develops, the cost of sewer would beshared by the developers,” he said.
By Nicole Comparato
NFL Commissioner RogerGoodell says the biggest challengefacing the league is how to keep thegame of football exciting while con-tinuing to make it more safe.Safety for football players at thenational and collegiate levels has become a widespread concern, andGoodell touched on the strides heand others — including faculty atUNC — have taken to prioritizesafety as he delivered the 28thannual Carl Blyth Lecture.“Football unifies communitiesand connects generations, andthe game is thriving,” Goodellsaid Wednesday to hundreds of attendees in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. “But for any orga-nization to grow, to thrive and toremain relevant, it must evolve andprove and face up to its challenges.”Kevin Guskiewicz, chairman of the UNC department of exerciseand sport science and director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-RelatedTraumatic Brain Injury Research
By Michael Lananna
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — WinterStorm Saturn was supposed toproduce 5 to 8 inches of snow. But by the time North Carolina’s 7 p.m.game tipped off Wednesday, thegrass around College Park was farmore green than white.Sure, it was bitterly cold andrainy, but the weather was nowherenear as dreary as it could’ve been.In a nutshell, that was UNC’s night.The Tar Heels ultimately cameaway from the Comcast Center witha 79-68 win, but given UNC’s at-times tumultuous first half and a threatening Maryland second-half run, it would’ve been difficult toforecast such a decisive end.In a tough road environment —and on Maryland’s senior night, noless — the Terrapins applied con-stant pressure to the Tar Heels. Twomonths ago, when UNC last took onMaryland and was widely considereda team on the bubble, that pressuremight have been enough to derail the
NFL commissioner talksfootball safety, culture
By Amanda Albright
Assistant State & National Editor
Before Phillip Fletcher openedDurham Bookcases, a high end furniturestore, his mother gave him a piece of business advice:“Do lunch or belunch.”“Unless you’reinnovative, unless you’re creative,someone’s going toeat you,” Fletchersaid of the manufacturing industry.Durham Bookcases is part of a sectorof the state’s economy that used to be booming. But beginning in the 1990s,manufacturing jobs began experienc-ing a sharp decline due to technologicaladvancements and companies shippinglabor overseas, said Patrick Conway,UNC economics professor.More than 370,000 manufacturing jobsin the state have disappeared since 1992.Specifically, textiles, food, tobaccoand furniture manufacturers sufferedthe largest losses in North Carolina,said Matt Dotson, an economist for theBureau of Labor Statistics.Conway said competition has led tothe failures of many manufacturers.“You can go to nearly every small townin eastern and western North Carolina and find companies that used to producefurniture and textiles,” he said.The companies that have survived inthe state produce innovative products for
Guest speaker NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at the annual CarlBlyth Lecture. Goodell talked about concussions and football safety.
Tar Heels capitalizeon game of runs
A look into the state’schanging economy
This is the first part of a biweeklyseries examining how North Carolina’sindustries attempt to move forward.
Tar Heels’ night.But not Wednesday.“They’ve bought into the sense of urgency idea,” Williams said. “They bought into the unselfishness, andthey do what we asked them to do,and they compete.“I’m really proud of them. I’ve brought some really good teams inhere. We won a national champion-ship in ’09, but we didn’t win here.”UNC jumped out to an early 12-4 lead — a stretch in which all fivestarters tallied a field goal — but
Communit leaders are exploringincorporation as a utilit district.
Phillip Fletcher, owner of Durham Bookcases, has found ways to adapt to North Carolina’s changing economy and decline in manufacturing.
Center, has worked alongsideGoodell in researching concussionsand the newest technologies tomonitor safety on and off the field.Goodell said many of Guskiewicz’s findings have beenapplied at the league level, such asmoving the kickoff back to the 35- yard line when it was found thatkickoff returns produced the mostsevere injuries. Goodell said thishas resulted in a 40 percent reduc-tion to concussions, because themove has caused more touchbacks.Goodell said a big issue hasinvolved players using their headsin the game — not in terms of thinking logically but physically tackling head-first.“The helmet is for protection; itshould not be used as a weapon,”Goodell said.Guskiewicz said in an interview that players feel so invincible due
Roger Goodell spokeabout ensuring plaersafet Wednesda.P.J. Hairston was thegame’s leading scorer,with 22 points.Manufacturing jobs begandeclining in the 1990s.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: UNC 79, MARyLAND 68GAME NOTES
UNC (22-8, 12-5 ACC) beatMaryland 79-68 Wednesday nightin College Park, Md., in the teams’last regular season ACC meeting.Reggie Bullock recorded a dou-ble-double with 19 points and 12rebounds.Marcus Paige committed a sea-son-high eight turnovers, but hitthree 3-pointers.The win is the Tar Heels’ sixthstraight — a season high.
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CABINET PICKS BEGIN
A selection committee for ChristyLambden’s cabinet is looking at29 applications and will send himrecommendations soon.
RESEARCHERS BRINGANCIENT REPTILE TO LIFE
UNC researchers unveiled Sunday a re-construction of a prehistoric reptile. Thereptile, a rauisuchian that researchersnamed Alison, was one of the top ter-restrial predators of the Triassic period.
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STEALING LAPTOPS,TEACHING LESSONS
UNC is serious about teachingstudents to keep an eye ontheir belongings in the library— so serious, in fact, that policemight take your things to giveyou a wake-up call.