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Missing Chapel Hill 13 Year Old Found Safe

****UPDATE: Police said Monday morning that Orr had “returned home and is safe.”**** Chapel Hill Police are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl and are asking for public assistance. Authorities say Kayla Orr has been missing since 8:15 p.m. Sunday, January 21, near 307 Colony Woods Drive. Orr is described as a black female, 5 feet 1 inch tall and approximately 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark gray hoodie, black Adidas pants with a white stripe and black Vans shoes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Orr is asked to call Chapel Hill Police at...

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Chapel Hill Police Identify Pedestrian Killed

A Chapel Hill Police spokesman confirmed that 56-year-old Stephen Daniel Taylor, of Chapel Hill, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday night. Police officials said the collision was on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard at Westminster Drive near the intersection with Weaver Dairy Road. Authorities say the wreck was reported around 9:30 p.m. The wreck was still under investigation as of Friday and there is no word on any potential...

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Odd Sequence Brings New Hire to UNC – Chapel Hill, New Search to University of Louisville

An unusual sequence of events has now led to one job being filled at UNC – Chapel Hill and yet more bumps in the road to recovery for the embattled University of Louisville. Jonathan Pruitt will begin serving as the vice chancellor for finance and operations at UNC – Chapel Hill on January 29, according to a message from Provost Bob Blouin on Tuesday, January 16. Pruitt is coming to the Chapel Hill campus from the UNC System, where he served as chief financial officer. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to fill this critical position quickly and...

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Local Closings Extending Into Friday Amid Winter Storm Aftermath

A Winter Weather Advisory is continuing for our community in the aftermath of the latest winter storm that has left several inches snow across our community and roads in hazardous conditions. The lingering effects of the storm have prompted closings and delays that now stretch into Friday, January 19. Alamance – Burlington Schools will be closed for students and staff Friday, January 19. Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools will be closed for students and staff Friday, January 19. Chatham County Schools will be closed for students and staff Friday, January 19. Durham Public Schools will be closed for...

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I-85 Reopened in Orange County

****UPDATE: All northbound lanes of I-85 are now open.**** I-85 northbound is closed Thursday after a wreck during the aftermath of a major winter storm. The interstate is closed just past the NC-86 exit near mile mark 168. One lane was reopened for a short time Thursday morning before the road was closed once again. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials reported the closure just after 8 a.m. Thursday causing major delays. Roadways throughout central North Carolina are treacherous after a winter storm dumped 10-12 inches of snow in portions of Orange County. The DOT is estimating it could...

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Widespread Power Outages Leads to Chatham County State of Emergency

****UPDATE: Chatham County officials said as of 2:45 p.m. Thursday power outages had dipped to around 2,400.**** Chatham County has declared a State of Emergency amid widespread power outages after approximately 12 inches of snow fell in portions of the county on Wednesday. The declaration went into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday “due to the impact of the excessive snow and resulting power outages.” County officials reported that 5,786 Chatham County residents were without power as of 7 a.m. Thursday. Utility crews were working to restore that power, prioritizing “main power feeder lines and outages affecting large concentrations of...

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Driving Conditions Treacherous in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill crews will be working throughout the day to help get the town back closer to normal after several inches of snow fell Wednesday. The latest winter storm left dangerous driving conditions across Orange County as a whole. Chapel Hill Emergency Management Coordinator Barry McLamb told WCHL Thursday morning that there were no new crashes reported overnight as residents heeded warnings to stay off the road. But he said that warning will be in place throughout Thursday as well, even as temperatures warm above freezing later in the day. “We’re not going to make a lot of progress...

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Orange County Declares State of Emergency After Winter Storm

Orange County has declared a state of emergency after a snowstorm dumped as much as 12 inches of snow in some parts of the county on Wednesday. The declaration was signed by Orange County Board of Commissioners chair Mark Dorosin. The state of emergency declaration is issued “for the safety and well-being of residents,” according to the county. The declaration allows a county to implement emergency procedures. It is also the initial step for receiving state or federal resources or reimbursements, if those will eventually be needed. The declaration will automatically expire in five days unless it is modified...

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Winter Storm Causing Thursday Closings

A second winter storm in January has dropped several inches of snow across central North Carolina. That has led to closings extending into Thursday, January 18. Alamance – Burlington Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday, January 18. Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday, January 18. Chatham County Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday, January 18. Durham Public Schools will be closed for students Thursday, January 18. Orange County Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday, January 18. St. Thomas More Catholic School will...

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Power Slowly Being Restored in Orange County

****8 AM UPDATE: Power crews are making progress to restore power in Orange County. As of 8 a.m., outages are estimated at between 300-350 Duke Energy customers.**** ****5 AM UPDATE: While some outages were restored overnight, more than 1,000 Orange County residents are still without power as of 5 a.m. Thursday.**** More than 3,000 Orange County residents are without power during the latest instance of winter weather on Wednesday. Snowfall totals reached near 10 inches in some portions of Orange County. Most of the Orange County power outages were focused on Fordham Boulevard in Chapel Hill between Raleigh and...

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