Blake Hodge

Missing Person Reported by Orange County Sheriff

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the community to find a missing person. 41-year-old Brice Edward Holliman Sr. has been missing since Thursday, April 9. According to authorities, he left a friend’s house on Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road near the Orange-Alamance County line around 6:30 in the evening. He reportedly told friends he would be back for dinner in about 30 minutes but has not been seen or heard from since. He was last seen driving a white Lexus ES300 with North Carolina license plate CMN-9691. Holliman is described as 6’ 3” and approximately 250...

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Citizens Voice Concerns Over Coal Ash Disposal

The placement of coal ash from Duke Energy in Chatham and Lee Counties has many residents concerned. About 30 area residents gathered at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro to air their concerns out to county commissioners regarding the disposal of coal ash in areas of Chatham County. Speaking in three-minute segments, several residents said they felt placing the coal ash in clay mines would be hazardous to the health of the residents. John Wagner says leadership should consider the future effects of this decision. “The problems our generation is passing on to the next are unacceptable,” Wagner...

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Congressman Price Makes Stop in Chapel Hill

US Congressman David Price made a stop in Chapel Hill this week to hold a Town Hall at East Chapel Hill High School. Prior to the event, Price stopped by the WCHL studios and told WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about what his priorities are in Washington and shared his concerns about recent decisions from state lawmakers in North Carolina. Listen to the full interview below:...

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200+ Turn Out to Walk Against Sexual Assault

More than 200 students attended the “Walk a Mile” event that took place on UNC’s campus Thursday evening to stand against sexual assault. The event was put together by Sigma Phi Society, a fraternity on campus, and partnered with several Greek and non-Greek organizations. Group discussions were held following the walk to encourage continuing difficult conversations.   More than $1,000 was raised at the event for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center....

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Bus Collides with Pedestrian in Wheelchair

An accident occurred on UNC’s campus Thursday involving a wheelchair and a bus. The incident occurred just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. UNC Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Randy Young says, as of last update, the investigation is ongoing. No citations issued or fault was determined as of Wednesday evening. But Young did confirm an individual in a wheelchair was struck by Chapel Hill Transit bus in the Manning Drive crosswalk at Ridge Road. The victim was then transported to UNC Hospitals for treatment for lacerations, but was conscious and alert at the...

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Program to Feed Hungry has Best Year Ever

A local program that raises money to feed the hungry in Chapel Hill and Carrboro had its best year ever in 2014. 112 restaurants contributed more than $26,000 during the 2014 Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent event, in November. That brings the 26-year total for funds raised to $457,386. You can read the full letter from event founder Irene Briggaman below: As we close the books on the November 11, 2014 RSVVP event, we are delighted to announce that this was the best year ever for Restaurants Sharing V/5 &V/5 Percent. The 2014 total of $26,004 brings our...

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Congressman Price to Host Town Hall Thursday Night

You have a chance to voice concerns and questions to US Congressman David Price Thursday night. Congressman Price is holding a Town Hall from 7:30 until 9 o’clock at East Chapel Hill High School. Everyone is invited and welcome to contribute to the discussion. Congressman Price will also be stopping by the WCHL studios. You can hear that conversation on the afternoon and evening news on...

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Arrests Made in 2007 Orange County Murder

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 67-year-old Jerry Wayne Sawyers and his 29-year-old son Christopher Ray Sawyers for the September 2007 murder of Charles Sidney Lloyd. Authorities say new evidence surfaced in the fall of last year, after the case had remained open for seven years. No other information was available. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919)...

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State Will Proceed with Death Penalty Case Against Hicks

46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks appeared before a Durham County Court Judge on Monday for a Rule 24 hearing. The state will be allowed to pursue the death penalty against Hicks as new details emerged about his case. Hicks is accused of shooting and killing three Muslim college students the night of February 10, in the Finley Forest Condos, which are in the Durham County section of Chapel Hill. Durham District Attorney Roger Echols says the state is prepared to go forward with the charges as they stand: three counts of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm...

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John Shelton Reed: College Athletics Déjà vu?

Editor’s Note: This article was written by UNC Professor Emeritus John Shelton Reed when he was a member of the UNC Faculty in 1989.  And, in light of the current controversies surrounding these topics, we find it interesting to see that these same things were being discussed at UNC then as today.  And John Shelton Reed writes anything so well that it’s worth reading.  Have the issues changed in the past quarter century? Bad Sports John Shelton Reed [This was originally published in October 1989 in the magazine Chronicles. Not much would need changing today except the price of buying out...

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