Category: People

Gabe Bratton: Artistry and old lace

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko Gabrielle “Gabe” Bratton loves a good story almost as much as she loves making jewelry. Bring her your grandmom’s old lace wedding dress or yellowing veil, and Bratton wants to hear everything…

Pack mentality

words and photograph by Juli Leonard Fifty-two feet, 26 ears and 13 tails swarm and churn around dog walker Lee Huggins near Raleigh’s Ridge Road on a sunny afternoon. A tangle of leashes crisscross Huggins’ chest like rainbow sashes. Poop…

A facelift and a fresh start

by Stacy Chandler photographs by Carla Williams Before a group of Wake County remodelers came to the rescue last fall, the headquarters of the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, which helps people out of homelessness, was worn out. Its carpet was…

Hometown heroes: The World Series champs next door

by Cam Higgins “Should I use the autograph I’ve been practicing, or just sign my normal name?”  Few 13-year-olds get the chance to ask their coach that question, but then again, Dante Defranco and his fellow players on the West…

Inner strength

by Charman Driver What a fantastic year of fun and fitness adventures I’ve had with Walter. I’ve run, kicked, jumped, stretched, melted, boxed, danced, climbed – even joined the circus! People often ask me how I maintain the discipline and…

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