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Chapel Hill Expands Duties of Police Chief

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue will now also serve as the Executive Director for Community Safety for the town. The extension of duties was announced by town manager Roger Stancil earlier this week. “We look forward to the opportunity to think about community safety in a different way, bringing a renewed level of energy and focus to the ongoing Community Safety Partnership,” Stancil said. Blue will now be working with other department heads to understand how the divisions relate to his new role, according to a release. “Our ongoing goal is to refine our organizational structure to focus...

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UNC Facing Tough Challenge in Sweet 16

The top-seeded UNC men’s basketball team is preparing to take on number four Butler in the Sweet 16 in Memphis Friday. The South Region, where the Tar Heels are the number one seed, is the only region where the top four seeds are left. UNC junior point guard Joel Berry is working his way back to being 100 percent after rolling his ankle in the opening round game against Texas Southern. While the Tar Heels got a scare in the second-round matchup against No. 8 Arkansas, Butler has cruised past two double digit seeds in No. 14 Kent State...

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Chapel Hill Cooking Fire Leads to $17,000 in Damage

A cooking fire led to a Chapel Hill resident being displaced on Wednesday. Chapel Hill Fire crews responded to the reported fire just after 10 o’clock on Wednesday night at 601-5 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Officials say the fire started on the range top, according to the investigation, before spreading into the kitchen cabinets. The fire did approximately $17,000 worth of damage. Residents are reminded to stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. There were no injuries reported in the...

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Governor Cooper Calls HB2 Anniversary ‘Dark’ Day

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of House Bill 2 into law in North Carolina. The law immediately drew criticism from LGBT advocacy organizations and some high-profile businesses. The National Basketball Association, NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference all pulled sporting events out of the Tar Heel state due to the law. HB2 was also a key piece in the gubernatorial campaign between then Governor Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper, who was North Carolina’s Attorney General. Cooper went on to defeat McCrory in the general election, which marked the first time an incumbent seeking a second term had...

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Chatham Sheriff’s Deputies Use Naloxone for First Overdose Reversal

Deputies with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office have used Naloxone for the first time to reverse an overdose. The law enforcement agency began carrying Naloxone late last year. Officials say this instance included deputies finding a 20-year-old female who had overdosed on Monday. She was transported to a local hospital, according to authorities, and she survived. “Our goal with this initiative is to save lives. Naloxone is an important tool for law enforcement who may encounter opioid overdoses in the line of duty,” says Sheriff Mike Roberson. “Heroin is here in Chatham, but thanks to Narcan, we have another...

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Howard Lee Honored by Public School Forum of North Carolina

Former North Carolina Senator and Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee has been named the recipient of the 2017 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award winner. The award recognizes “leaders who have demonstrated innovative, creative, effective leadership for public education in North Carolina.” Lee was the first African-American to be elected mayor of a predominately white southern town since reconstruction when he was elected Mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969. Lee was also the first African-American to serve in multiple roles at the state level – first as a cabinet member when he was appointed...

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Former Gov Bev Perdue Visits Northside Elementary

A group of local elementary school students got a chance to learn from a former North Carolina Governor on Wednesday. Former Governor Bev Perdue visited a group of eager fourth graders at Northside Elementary School. The visit from the Tar Heel state’s 73rd Governor – and first female to hold that office – came as the class was learning about North Carolina in their Social Studies class. Perdue told the students about her upbringing in a coal-mining town in Virginia. She stressed the importance of reading and getting an education, sharing that her father had to drop out of...

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Roy Williams: HB2 ‘Just Not Right’

With an NCAA deadline approaching, North Carolina’s House Bill 2 continues to remain a hot topic in the Tar Heel state. UNC head coach Roy Williams took his Carolina men’s basketball team to Greenville, South Carolina, for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The games were set to be held in Greensboro but were removed over HB2, which advocates maintain is the worst piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation. But Williams said concern over the law should extend well beyond sports. “It shouldn’t just be about athletic events,” Williams said. “That’s the most...

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UNC Dominates in NCAA Opening Round

The North Carolina Tar Heels made sure they would not be the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament by pounding Texas Southern on Friday afternoon. UNC dispatched of Texas Southern in easy fashion in Greenville, South Carolina, after the games were moved from Greensboro due to North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Carolina’s 103-64 victory on Friday was fueled by six Tar Heels scoring double figures, led by Junior Justin Jackson’s 21 points. UNC led by 20-plus points throughout most of the ballgame. Carolina will now face Arkansas on Sunday in...

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Taxi Driver Robbed at Gunpoint in Orange County

A taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint north of Chapel Hill, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. A message from law enforcement says two individuals were picked up at Pritchard Avenue and told the driver to go to an address in the 6400 block of Union Grove Church Road. After the roughly 10-mile ride, the two passengers – described as black males in their early 20s – pistol whipped the driver, according to authorities. Officials say the suspects took over $400 in cash from the victim. One suspect was described as wearing a red hoodie. The second suspect...

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