Blake Hodge

Nine Current and Former Mayors of Chapel Hill, Carrboro Issue Letter Supporting Durham-Orange Light Rail

Nine current and former mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro signed onto a letter supporting the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project. The letter was released Thursday afternoon and was signed by several former mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Current Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle also signed the letter supporting the proposal. Current Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger did not sign the letter. Hemminger told WCHL on Thursday that she would be working with the Town Council to bring forward a resolution supporting local transit at Monday night’s meeting. The Orange County Commissioners held a work session discussing the light...

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Armed Home Invasion and Assault

Local authorities are investigating an Orange County home invasion where to victims were assaulted. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Wednesday morning in reference to a reported home invasion on Lady Di Drive, off of Sesame Road, west of downtown Carrboro. Three suspects armed with handguns entered the home, according to a release, and assaulted two victims. The suspects allegedly fled through the woods. Officials described the first suspect as a light skinned, black male, approximately 6’ 1” and 220 pounds with an average build and no facial hair. He’s described as wearing...

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Lanes of I-85 Reopen in Orange County

****UPDATE: The lanes of I-85 were reopened for normal traffic just before four o’clock Wednesday afternoon.**** Multiple lanes of I-85 are closed on Wednesday afternoon in Orange County. Officials said the two right lanes of I-85 south are closed near Exit 164 near Hillsborough due to a crash. There is no timeline for when the lanes will reopen. No injuries have been reported as of three o’clock Wednesday...

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Homestead Road Reopened After House Fire

****UPDATE: Officials said Homestead Road reopened shortly after 10 o’clock Wednesday morning.**** Chapel Hill Fire crews started Wednesday on the scene of a “fully involved structure fire.” Officials say the fire forced the closure of Homestead Road near Weaver Dairy Road. The fire was reported just before eight o’clock Wednesday morning. Fire officials said that Homestead Road was “completely blocked” while crews were on the scene. There is no timeline for when the fire will be extinguished or the road will be reopened. There is no word as to any injuries associated with the fire. Photo via Chapel Hill...

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Public Opinion Remains Split on Durham-Orange Light Rail Project

The Orange County Commissioners heard from a packed room on Tuesday night regarding the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail project. The meeting began with an hour-long presentation from GoTriangle updating the commissioners about the 17-mile light rail proposal. The meeting then turned to more than three hours of public comment from approximately 70 speakers. The public comments made at the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road were split nearly down the middle between those opposing and supporting the light rail line. Tuesday’s public hearing was closed but the meeting was not technically adjourned. It was recessed until Thursday when...

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Final Durham-Orange Light Rail Public Hearing Set for Tuesday Night

The final public hearing before local officials are set to vote on the potential light rail project that would connect Orange and Durham counties is set for Tuesday night. The Orange County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the overall Orange County Transit plan, which includes the Durham-Orange Light Rail project, on April 27. The proposal has encountered funding hurdles in recent months and has drawn a lot of attention from residents supporting and opposing the project. “It’s the only thing on the agenda,” Orange County Commission chair Mark Dorosin said of Tuesday night’s public hearing. “So we’re going...

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Public Hearings on Two Chatham County Megasites Set for Monday Night

The Chatham County of the future is likely to look much different than today’s Chatham County. And a public hearing Monday night will allow citizens to add their voices to two major pieces of that future. While Chatham Park is set to bring an explosion of growth to Pittsboro in central Chatham County, two other locations could be major contributors to the county’s employment numbers and tax base. Chatham County has two “megasites” that officials have been marketing as each having the capacity to host a “large manufacturer.” Both the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing and Moncure megasites have been...

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Road Reopened After Downed Power Lines Near UNC

****UPDATE: Officals said all lanes were reopened just after 4:30 Thursday afternoon.**** Downed power lines are causing traffic delays around the UNC campus on Thursday. Eyewitnesses called the issue in to WCHL just after 2:15 Thursday afternoon. Chapel Hill Police confirmed the power lines were blocking the roadway at South Road near Country Club roughly 20 minutes later. Police asked motorists to avoid the area if possible. Those traveling through the areas should expect delays. An eyewitness told WCHL through traffic was not being allowed for those traveling east down Raleigh Road. Traffic issues have been reported throughout Chapel...

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Reports: Homicide Investigation Underway in Pittsboro

Pittsboro Police are reportedly conducting a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead in her apartment. Authorities say 54-year-old Donna D. Todd was found at 25 Creekside Drive on Tuesday. While no cause of death has been determined, according to WRAL, law enforcement officials are treating the case as a homicide. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Pittsboro Police. WNCN’s Derrick Lewis is reporting this is the second homicide Pittsboro officials have investigated over the last 15 years. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Pittsboro Police or the...

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First Meet and Greet with New CHCCS Superintendent Thursday Night

Local residents will have their first chance to meet the new Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools superintendent Thursday night. Dr. Pamela Baldwin started a new job on April 1 leading the school district. “I’m passionate about students; that’s my number one priority,” Baldwin said in a recent interview with WCHL. “I’m a mom first, and so I understand that it’s important that we treat all of our students that way.” Baldwin was hired to replace Dr. Tom Forcella, who retired over the summer of 2016. Dr. Jim Causby led the district on an interim basis before Baldwin’s hire....

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