Blake Hodge

Why Are Some Trees Being Removed on Franklin Street?

Many of our readers and listeners have been asking us about the removal of some trees on Franklin Street. So we asked Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. “It’s part of the streetscape improvements on the 100 block of East Franklin Street,” she says. “And this is part of the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan that the Town of Chapel Hill adopted in 2009.” McGurk says some of these same improvements have already taken place on West Franklin Street, Rosemary Street, and some of those connecting roadways. She adds that they are working on improving many...

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UNC Grad Programs Recognized

UNC graduate programs are very well represented in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from the US News and World Report. The new honors for UNC graduate programs includes the school of medicine, public health, nursing, business, law, and education – with specialty areas recognized within each department. UNC Provost James Dean says the school is quite proud of the rankings. “We have a lot of very strong graduate programs, and they generally are recognized by the US News rankings,” he says. “But you can never take it for granted. “It’s possible that other competitors come in,...

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Durham Police Search for Missing Teen

Durham law enforcement authorities are looking for 16-year-old Lucedid Apolonio, who has been missing since March 2. The teenager was wearing a white dress, gray jacket, and sandals at Jordan High School, the last place she was seen. She also was carrying a bookbag. Apolonio is described as 5’ 4” tall with a medium build. She has black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information regarding her disappearance, you are asked to call Durham Police at (919)...

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Durham Man Charged in Fatal 3-Car Crash

A Durham man has been charged with DWI and driving with while his license was revoked in connection with a fatal crash. The three-vehicle accident occurred on Fayetteville Road near Cook Road just before 8 o’clock Wednesday night. 41-year-old Daryl Brooks has been charged in the incident where he allegedly hit the back of 53-year-old Kelwin Biggs’ vehicle, causing that to then collide with an oncoming car. Biggs was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. Brooks, along with the driver and passenger from the third vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that do not...

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Community Art on Display at Chapel Hill Library

Chapel Hill’s Public Library is creating a new installation to showcase on their walls. It’s a selection of public art on display by an uncommon homegrown artist… you. “It’s called Unbound because I was looking at the library as a place that binds together material, books and CD’s and DVD’s.” says Erik Carlson. “And all these pieces of information so that they can be protected but then also they’re unbound and shared with the community.” Carlson is an artist from Providence Rhode Island. His proposal for the space was chosen amongst many other submissions. Susan Brown, Director of the library, says it was a competitive process. The national call brought in about 238 submissions and Carlson’s was chosen because of the unique community aspect of his proposal. It was about a four hour process, but Brown says she can’t complain. “It was a great process. And we were so thrilled with Erik’s because it really captured the idea of the community and the library,” Brown said. All of this was made possible by the towns Percent for Art program, where development projects allocate a percent of their budget for a work of public art. Members of the community can submit their own memorabilia to be on display. Things like your grandmother’s best recipe, a photo of your great uncle sitting in his car on Franklin St. or any other...

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BOG Takes 1st Step to Replacing President Ross

The first step in determining the next President of the UNC System was taken by the Board of Governors on Wednesday. Tom Ross is scheduled to leave that position in January of next year, following a decision by the BOG. A nine-member nomination committee was unveiled during a conference call. That committee will nominate members to three committees that will be involved in the search process. Those committees will consist of a leadership statement committee, a screening committee, and a search committee. The leadership statement portion will involve campus leaders to put forward a description of the qualities the...

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Chapel Hill Police Make Heroin Arrests

Chapel Hill Police have made several arrests in recent weeks involving heroin. Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says two arrests were made as part of a narcotics investigation that dates back to July of last year. “There was an arrest on March 4 of an Allison Elizabeth Murrow for trafficking heroin, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of trafficking heroin, and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin,” he says. “And then Nathaniel Corwin [was arrested] for the exact same charges but an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.” RELATED: Chapel Hill Police to begin carrying...

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New Leadership Renews Cooperation Among Fire Departments

Change in leadership for the Carrboro Fire Department is leading to its renewed cooperation with the Chapel Hill fire officials. Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones says in the past Chapel Hill and Carrboro firefighters have worked in close conjunction to best serve citizens of both towns. “At one time, we had a very close working relationship,” he says. But Jones says differences arose after a change in management at the Carrboro Fire Department. “And some differences in philosophy – about how responses are handled and, basically, command and control at emergency scene differences – put some stress on the relationship,” he says. “The personnel in the field continued to work together through that period of time. “We never stopped working together. It just wasn’t the level of cooperation it had once been.” Jones says most of the differences in philosophy were highly technical. After the resignation of Carrboro Fire Chief Travis Crabtree and Deputy Chief Richard Cox earlier this year, an Interim Chief was brought in to lead the Carrboro Department. Jones says that change has brought a renewed sense of teamwork. “The Interim Chief, Chief Styons who is there now, is of the philosophy that used to be the case in Carrboro and matches well with Chapel Hill,” he says. “We immediately reached out to each other and reestablished that relationship.” Jones says that decision will lead...

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Make Up Days Announced for Orange County Schools

Traditional school students in the Orange County School System will add 20 minutes to the end of the instructional day beginning March 16, in a new plan from the Board of Education to make up for days missed due to winter weather. April 29 will change from an early-release day to a full day. June 12 will be an early-release day and the last day of school. June 15 is an optional teacher workday. Students at Hillsborough Elementary will also add 20 minutes to the end of the instructional day beginning March 16. March 16-19 in the spring intersession...

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Health Report Card Released for NC Children

The health of North Carolina children is improving is several key areas, but in other aspects the Tar Heel state is lagging, according to a new study. The 20th Annual Child Health Report Card was released Monday morning by the child advocacy group NC Child. The report card found the number of uninsured children has decreased across the state, while the overall dental health improved. Also, the number of high school students graduating on time was up nearly eleven percent for the 2012-2013 academic year, when compared with 2008-2009. Another positive note was the finding the teen pregnancy rate...

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