Blake Hodge

Bagel Bar Bandit

A Chapel Hill man was arrested earlier this week on charges of felony breaking and entering. According to the police report, 25-year-old Phillip Davis was arrested around three o’clock Monday morning on charges of breaking into The Bagel Bar on Weaver Dairy Road and stealing nearly $1,600. Chapel Hill Police allege Davis smashed the glass door to the business with the intent of stealing money. Records show Davis lives on Weatherstone Drive in Chapel Hill and was an employee of The Bagel Bar. Davis faces charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny by employee, and felony possession of...

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Four Tar Heels Selected on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Four North Carolina Tar Heels were selected on day two on the Major League Baseball Draft. Skye Bolt, Trent Thornton, Benton Moss, and Reilly Hovis were all taken in seven rounds of the draft on Tuesday. Junior Outfielder Skye Bolt was the first UNC player to be chosen, going in the fourth round to the Oakland Athletics at number 128 overall. Next up was another Junior in Pitcher Trent Thornton selected in the fifth round by the Houston Astros. Senior Pitcher Benton Moss went off the board at number 178 overall as a sixth round selection of the Tampa...

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Carrboro Mayor Lavelle Running for Re-Election

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle has announced that she will be seeking re-election this November. Lavelle served as a member of the Carrboro Board of Alderman for six years before being elected mayor in 2013. Lavelle released a statement announcing her re-election bid on Tuesday night, which states in part: “We are experiencing a period of growth and change downtown. Our Hampton Inn & Suites was recognized by Hilton Worldwide as the top new Hampton hotel in the Americas. Two of our nationally known local businesses, Fleet Feet and Kalisher, chose to remain in Carrboro and are in new locations...

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Michael Parker Announces Bid for Town Council

Michael Parker has announced that he is running for Chapel Hill Town Council this fall. Parker is one of several candidates vying to be appointed to the Town Council following the vacancy left when Matt Czjakowski stepped down in March, although it is unclear if the Town Council will appoint a new member before this fall’s election. Parker serves on the Chapel Hill Planning Commission, in addition to being a board member for the Friends of Downtown and the Arts Center in Carrboro, according to his campaign website. Parker says via his website that “in the years ahead we...

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Types of Popularity Have Different Impacts on Your Health

Being popular during adolescent years may have a positive or negative long-term impact on your life. Depending on the type of popularity. What is your definition of popular? Is it the jocks from Revenge of the Nerds? The picture of popularity put forward in movies is what most of us relate to when we think of the popular kids. UNC Psychology Professor Mitch Prinstein has a different definition. “There are two different kinds of popularity that are studied in the literature,” he says. “One of those is mostly characterized by how much kids are liked by one another. And...

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Fleeing Suspect Naps in Chatham County Home

A suspect wanted by Burlington Police on assault charges was spotted napping in a Chatham County home on Monday. Investigators from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office continue to look for 19-year-old Adrien Tyron Hurley, of Chapel Hill Road, Burlington. “Yesterday, a Chatham County resident on Bonlee Carbonton Road returned to her home to find someone sleeping in her bed,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a released statement. “That person matched the description of Hurley and he fled the residence on foot.” As of four o’clock yesterday afternoon, officers were utilizing search dogs, K-9 units, and the NC Highway Patrol...

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Student Killed in Chatham County Wreck

A student at Northwood High School was one of two killed in an accident while driving to school on Monday morning, authorities have confirmed. The crash was on Highway 15-501 near Bynum in Chatham County around eight o’clock. The accident was reported to WCHL during the morning commute backing up traffic from Pittsboro into Chapel Hill. 18-year-old Yolanda Gonzalez-Saavedra, of Chapel Hill, was driving a 1999 Chevy Tahoe south on U.S. 15-501 when it traveled into the median and began to overturn, according to the Highway Patrol. The report indicates the Tahoe then continued into the northbound lane and...

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UNC Will Have Heavy Influence in Women’s World Cup

The United States women’s national team kicks off its start for 2015 World Cup tonight at 7:30. Team USA comes into the tournament with high hopes and is one of the favorites to win it all. UNC will be very well represented with nine current and former soccer players competing in the World Cup, the most of any university. While the majority of the players are suiting up for the United States, England, New Zealand, and host nation Canada all have UNC players on the roster. With Heather O’Reilly playing in her third world cup, she leads former Tar...

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Judge Overturns Ruling on The Cedars Fees

The Cedars of Chapel Hill can continue to collect membership fees and monthly overhead fees, according to a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this week. Three appellate court judges overturned Wake County Special Superior Court Judge William Pittman’s decision that The Cedars must stop collecting the fees. Pittman issued that ruling in January 2014. The Court of Appeals ruled that the fees are legal because they are clearly laid out in the contract signed upon purchase of a condo in The Cedars – which offers housing from independent living to skilled nursing care. The members own their condos...

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Hillsborough Police Looking for Missing Person

Hillsborough police are searching for Stephanie Michele Rodgers, who was last seen on April 28. The 37-year-old Rodgers is 5′ 1″ tall and weighs about 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Police say she is believed to be driving a 2008 gray Honda Accord with NC license plate BMP-1916. According to authorities, there is no indication of foul play; however, Rodgers has threatened to harm herself in the past. If you have any information regarding Rodger’s whereabouts contact Hillsborough...

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