Blake Hodge

CHCCS Nominated for Green Ribbon

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School System has been nominated for a national award for the “green” programs they have implemented. Two school districts in the state have been nominated for the Green Ribbon; the other being Cherokee County Schools. Dan Schnitzer is the Sustainability Coordinator for Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools, and he says this is a relatively new program, being introduced in 2011. Hear the full interview here: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/04/CHCCS%20Sustainability%20For%20WKND.mp3 “The U.S. Department of Education, a few years back, started Green Ribbon Schools program,” he says. “The Green Ribbon Schools program is specifically for schools working in...

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How Far Will Google Fiber Reach? Still To Be Determined

Google made the announcement last week that it would be bringing their ultra-fast internet service to our community. But with the excitement came questions: When will we receive Google Fiber? Will my neighborhood be included? How much will it cost? The short answer to all of those questions is – we don’t know yet. John Bjurman, Chief Information Officer with the Town of Chapel Hill, says the town is still in discussions with Google on these topics. “Google has not been open to some questions that we have for them,” he says. “And I think it’s probably because they...

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Chapel Hill Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals

A Chapel Hill man was arrested, on Friday morning, on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. 20-year-old Joseph Adam Alexander was charged with eight counts stemming from two separate shooting incidents, on December 23 and 24 of last year. The shooting on Dec. 23 occurred at 800 Pritchard Avenue. Alexander allegedly fired two shots into the apartment; the man inside was not injured. Alexander allegedly fired six shots into an apartment at 751 Trinity Court on Christmas Eve. A woman and two small children inside were physically unharmed. U.S. Marshals arrested Alexander on Friday morning, without incident,...

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Founding CEO of Hulu Named UNC Spring Commencement Speaker

UNC has announced that Jason Kilar will be speaking at the Spring Commencement. Kilar is a 1993 graduate of UNC. He went on to be the founding CEO of Hulu, the online television streaming service. Kilar is currently the co-founder and CEO of Vessel – a recently-launched streaming service aimed at providing a wide-range of videos directly to your mobile device. In a moment when “innovation” is a buzzword – across the UNC campus, with the recently announced Carolina Research Venture Fund, and across the state as Governor Pat McCrory is pushing for our area to become the third...

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Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Meeting

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on Thursday. Several honors were handed out during the proceedings. One award went to a public servant for their partnership with the business community. This year that recognition went to Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. Among the other awards handed out, longtime Orange County Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass was recognized with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. The finalists for the chamber’s businesses of the year were also named at the meeting. In the non-profit division: Table Inc., Walking Classroom, and the Compass Center for Women and Families. In...

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UNC Votes for NCAA Autonomy

The five power conferences in the NCAA, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, have voted in favor of autonomy when determining guidelines governing student athletes. The decision was made at a meeting with university leaders from around the nation. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt says the conference included 80 members, one from each of the 65 universities in the power conferences along with 15 students. “The most interesting part of the conference was the students. They were incredible,” she says. “They had lots to say about these things. This is the first time students have started to be included in their...

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“Alert Carolina” Message Warns of Scam Targeting College Campuses

An “Alert Carolina” message was sent to students, faculty, and staff on the UNC campus, on Wednesday, warning of a scam targeting college campuses. According to the FBI, college students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams through emails to their school accounts that recruit them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. Students are then asked to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account, which is involved in the scam. Likewise, university employees are receiving fraudulent e-mails...

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Amtrak Train Strikes Pedestrian in Burlington

Emergency crews in Burlington responded to an area of North Fisher Street near Webb Avenue in reference to a pedestrian who had been struck by a train, on Tuesday afternoon. Officers located a subject near the tracks who suffered fatal injuries as result of the collision with an Amtrak train. The incident occurred at 2 o’clock. The train was traveling north just prior to its arrival at the Burlington Amtrak Station. Amtrak personnel reported seeing the victim walking beside the track just prior to the accident. Police identified the victim as 25-year-old Franklin D. Gwynn of Burlington. The investigation...

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