Blake Hodge

New Charge for Carrboro Assistant Boy Scout Master

A new charge has been filed against former Carrboro Boy Scout Troop Assistance Scout Master Brian Burnham. The 36-year-old Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham appeared in federal court in Durham, earlier this month. A new charge was released from the grand jury just this week. Burnham now faces a count of knowingly distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography by mail, shipping, and transporting child pornography “using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.” Burnham had previously been charged with knowingly receiving child pornography from at least early 2009 through November 2014,...

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Local Businessman Chris Derby Passes Away

William “Chris” Derby, 57, died suddenly Monday night, reportedly from a heart attack. Chris was a leader in the business community and community at large. He was owner of The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Blvd. Derby also owned a food truck called Baguettaboutit. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Membership Committee. He was also a supporter of many charities. Derby’s family shared this with WCHL: On the evening of February 23, Chris passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in the comfort of his...

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CHTC Member Storrow to Host Town Halls

Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow is scheduled to host the first of four town hall events Wednesday evening. Over the next two weeks, Storrow will host four such events to get input from the residents and business owners of Chapel Hill. Storrow says each town hall will have a different focus. Wednesday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 in the evening at DSI Comedy, Storrow will be joined by business owners and leaders from the Chapel Hill Downtown partnership to receive feedback and share goals of the future of Downtown Chapel Hill. Saturday, February 28, at 1 o’clock...

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CHCCS Under Criticism Following Delayed Announcement

Many parents with elementary and middle school aged children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were upset Tuesday morning with the decision to, initially, go forward with classes. Officials then announced parents could pick up students early, but that buses would not be running until roads were safe. WCHL’s Blake Hodge caught up with Jeff Nash from the Office of Community Relations:   http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/24/Jeff%20Nash%20for%20Air%20Tues.mp3 UPDATE: Nash says all students were picked up from school, with the last few students being taken home by district transportation around 3...

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OC Health Department Receives Funding Help

The Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic received a $4,000 check from the Delta Dental Foundation, last Friday. This money is meant to assist in providing dental care to uninsured children. Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curt Ladig says this money can go a long way. “This will help serve an additional 100 children per month, in Orange County, receive oral examinations, fluoride varnish, and sealant,” he says. “This would be directed to children who are poor and underserved in our community, that are not receiving dental services.” Ladig adds the Orange County Health Department’s Dental Clinic was...

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Measles Outbreak Sparks Vaccination Debate

A Measles outbreak across portions of the United States has sparked concern from parents here in Orange County and enflamed the debate over vaccinations. Stacy Shelp, Public Information Officer with Orange County Health Department, says there is no presence of measles in our community. But you don’t have to think back very far to remember an outbreak. “Measles is extremely contagious; to the point of about a 90 percent contagion rate,” she says. “We did have an outbreak here in Orange County back in 2013. We had eight confirmed cases in Orange County and 23 in the state. “As...

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NC State Creates Scholarship for Three Students Killed

A scholarship has been created at NC State University to honor the lives of three Muslim college students that were shot and killed earlier this month, in Chapel Hill. NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the scholarship endowment, on Friday. A statement from the chancellor says that the endowment was created with insights and advice from family members. And it will provide annual support to students in NC State’s Poole College of Management, College of Sciences, and College of Design. The three students – 23-year-old Deah Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha –...

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Higher Education Contributes Over $60 Billion to NC

Higher Education Institutions across North Carolina contribute over $60 billion to the state’s economy, according to a new study. Don Hobart, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC, says the flagship university’s impact on the economy is felt across the Tar Heel state. “UNC-Chapel Hill actually represents around $7.1 billion. That’s both the university and the hospital and faculty positions here,” he says. “It’s fair to say that UNC-Chapel Hill is really a powerhouse, in terms of its economic impact and its significance to the economy, in North Carolina.” Hobart says a variety of factors were considered to reach...

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Orange County School Board Member Passes Away

Orange County Board of Education member Rosa Williams has passed away. The full statement from Orange County Schools is below: On Monday, February 16, 2015, Orange County Board of Education member Rosa Williams passed away after a courageous battle with an illness. Ms. Williams was elected to the Board in 2014. Ms. Williams recently retired after thirty years of service with the City of Durham government in business services. Ms. Williams was an active member of the Psi Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rosa Williams’ service on the Orange County Board of Education is remembered...

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New Student Body President Elect at UNC

Houston Summers is the new Student Body President elect at UNC. Voting was extended into Wednesday due to the winter weather on Tuesday. Summers won the election with nearly 65 percent of the vote while runner-up Kathryn Walker received 35 percent. A runoff between Summers and Walker was held after neither candidate received a majority in the general election. Summers will take over as Student Body President at Carolina on April...

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