• Longtime Chapel Hill physicianWilliam S. Joyner
, 89, was inducted into the French Legion of Honor Sept. 6, in a ceremony held at Davidson College. The induction was based on Joyner’s award of a Bronze Star for valor in combat in France in the fall of 1944. Joyner was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action during the period from Dec. 7, 1944 to Jan. 5, 1945, in eastern France. He heroically exposed himself to “intense hostile fire” and “strong enemy action” east of Lemburg, France, to install and maintain wire lines of communication between the front and company headquarters, ensuring delivery of effective artillery support for his rifle company on the front.
• Carrboro residentJames Carnahan
, co-founder of the Village Project and former chairman of the Carrboro Planning Board, has been appointed to the Strategic Plan Steering Committee of the Cosanti Foundation in Scottsdale, Az. Founded in the mid-1950’s by architect and urban visionary Paolo Soleri, the Cosanti Foundation has been, since 1970, constructing Arcosanti, a prototype of the ecological urban concept for which Soleri coined the term “arcology”, in central Arizona.
• “Roses to Chapel Hill” filmmakerOwen Essen’s
film "Watching" recently won an Honorable Mention at the Jakarta International Film Festival. Inspired by an NPR story about PTSD in drone pilots, the fictional film contrasts the family life of an American drone pilot with the realities of drone warfare. The film was partially shot at the Horace Williams Airport and at Woods Charter School, where Owen was a student at the time. "Watching" and other Owen Essen films can be seen on You Tube.
• Chapel Hill residentsJoan Gillings, Bill
andSarah McCoy, Drew
have been named to the Board of Visitors of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. They join the 237-member volunteer group which plays a critical role in increasing prublic awareness and promoting the interests of the Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital as they strive to bring the best in cancer research and care to the people of N.C.