Business: Caterpillar Shuns Illinois for Cary Area

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Laura Gilmore.

Cary, NC – The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday afternoon that Caterpillar is relocating a plant from Japan to the United States and has said no to Illinois elected officials, preferring to move the operation to the Cary area. Read more

Restaurants: KoMo KoMo

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – You know the Cary restaurant scene is coming of age with the introduction of fusion cuisine. Say hello citizens of Cary to KoMo KoMo, a new French-Korean restaurant in Maynard Crossing. Read more

Go Local: Used Book Stores

Story and photos by Jeff Strowe. Above, Second Chance Books.

Cary, NC – These days, reading tends to happen online, and hey, CaryCitizen is only available that way, so this is not a complaint.  However, contrary to popular belief, printing presses have not gone silent and books are still being bound, published, and sold, right here in Cary.

Herewith, a tour of four used bookstores in the Greater Cary Metroplex. Read more

Can Mass Transit Improve Quality of Life in Cary?

Story by Lindsey Chester and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- Karen Rindge of Wake Up Wake gave everyone an update on transit and how it effects Cary at the Heart of Cary’s Feb 2 meeting. Read more

Music Students Invited to Play with the Pros

Story by Lindsey Chester, photos by Brooke Meyer from last year’s Cross Currents Festival

Cary, NC – Last summer’s Cary Cross Currents Music Festival brought more than a week of chamber music to Downtown Cary and kicked off the opening of the Cary Arts Center. A key ingredient of the festival was the “Side By Side” instruction given to select area music students.  This year, director Carrie Knowles is expanding the program and the time for students to apply is now. Read more

Events: FUMC Consignment Sale

Cary, NC – During the past 20 years, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Downtown Cary has hosted a children’s consignment sale that has raised over $115,000 to directly benefit the local community. This weekend, the annual event is ramping up again. Read more

Opinion: The Straight Story on Morrisville & Taxes

Written by Jackie Holcombe, Mayor of Morrisville, North Carolina. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Balance Between Services and Cost

This year, as every year, the Town of Morrisville will consider how best to balance a desire for a well-maintained, safe community that offers reasonable quality of life amenities with taxpayer cost.  Over the next 5 months we will examine revenue and growth projections, review strategic priorities and receive departmental staff reports. We will hold workshops, virtual open houses and public hearings, all dedicated to our Fiscal Year 2013 budget.   And when that budget is adopted in June, if we have done our job and listened well, the balance between services and cost will reflect the desires of our community. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Technology, Planning and No Political Positions

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through February 5, 2012. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – A week that was supposed to be relatively light and have some open days, filled up quickly. So I was unexpectedly busy this week. Read more

Peace Corps: Cary-ite Helps Create Jobs for Women in Armenia

Cary, NC – Caroline Lucas of Cary, N.C., a Peace Corps volunteer, helped launch a women-owned small business in Armenia that produces and sells handmade stuffed bears. Since the Berd Bear project started in March 2011, the women of Berd have earned thousands of dollars to support their families.

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Business: Cary Innovation Center Set to Open

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Raleigh has one. Durham has one, too. Now Cary is set to get its own Innovation Center supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups. Read more