Blake Hodge

UNC Kicker Nick Weiler Named Semifinalist for Wooden Cup

UNC kicker Nick Weiler has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. The award is presented annually to the student-athlete that best displays character, teamwork and citizenship, that attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society, according to the university. Weiler, a junior from Fairfax Station, Virginia, has been a peer mentor in the Carolina Leadership Academy for two years, according to UNC, and he has participated in the Rising Stars Program. Officials say Weiler also volunteers weekly at New Hope Elementary School as a mentor to students and...

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Time Warner Cable Customers Experiencing Outages

Time Warner Cable has reported widespread outages across the Triangle. The company confirmed the outages on Twitter just before two o’clock Thursday afternoon. Customers in the Carolinas, we are currently working on resolving an issue causing service problems. No ETR at this time. ^SS — TWC Help (@TWC_Help) January 7, 2016   The website downdetector.com shows an outage map impacting several markets in North Carolina.  Recent outage reports originate from Raleigh and Cary among several other areas.  Elsewhere in North Carolina, there are reported outages near Charlotte, the Triad, and Wilmington.  Most of the outages, 64 percent, are internet related.  ...

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Chatham County Officials Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect

Chatham County law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect in connection with a Chapel Hill bank robbery Wednesday afternoon. Multiple outlets are reporting that shortly after three o’clock Wednesday afternoon a suspect robbed the State Employees’ Credit Union on North Chatham Parkway. Reports say the suspect approached the teller with a note demanding money. The Sheriff’s Office received a distress call, according to reports, and an employee was able to call 911. Police do not know if the suspect was armed. Police described the suspect as wearing a blue, New York Yankees hat with a striped, gray hoodie,...

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Durham Police Investigating Convenience Store Robbery

Durham Police are trying to identify two males who robbed a convenience store on New Year’s Eve. Investigators say two males wearing black ski masks and hoodies entered the Morehead Mini Mart at 1601 Morehead Avenue. Police say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects appeared to be Hispanic males, according to police, in the late teens or early 20s. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the suspects may have been involved in a similar robbery at the business on November 23. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator R.J. Guardino at (919)...

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North Carolina Ranks 45th in Tobacco Prevention Program Spending

An annual report released in December that details how states are using funds from the 1998 state tobacco tax settlement and tobacco taxes finds that many states are still not spending the recommended amount of money on smoking prevention efforts. North Carolina ranks near the bottom nationally, according to the new data. The report says that North Carolina spent $1.2 million on tobacco-prevention programs, while the industry spent $392.2 million in marketing. John Shachter is the director of state communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the report and how North Carolina stacks...

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Carrboro Park Closed Due to Rain Damage

The Wilson Park playground in Carrboro is closed while crews are repairing damage to playground surfaces, the town announced Tuesday. Officials say the damage occurred during the heavy rain events over the past week. Town crews are asking residents to refrain from using the equipment while “Facility Closed” signs are in place. Officials say the repairs are expected to be made by January...

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Durham Police Identify Victim in Weekend Shooting

Durham Police have identified the victim in a fatal shooting on Sunday as 20-year-old Nicholas Bell, of Durham. Police say Bell died of a gunshot wound and the case is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities say officers responded to a call around 6:30 on Sunday evening and discovered the deceased male, now identified as Bell, behind a house. No charges have been filed. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator S. Pate at (919) 560-4440, extension 29341, or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never...

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Durham Roadway Shut Down After Vehicle Strikes Power Poles

Old Oxford Highway in Durham is shut down between Hamlin Road and Hebron Road after a Wednesday morning accident. Durham Police say a vehicle hit three power poles and knocked the lines to the ground. The diver was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening, according to law enforcement. Authorities say the road may be shut down for several hours. Motorists are advised to avoid the...

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UNC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Ranked in Top 10

The UNC women’s tennis team enters the 2016 spring season tied for fourth in the team rankings which were released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. Carolina leads six other Atlantic Coast Conference programs in the rankings. The Tar Heels are joined by Virginia at number seven, Miami at 13, Duke at 16, Clemson at number 20 and Georgia Tech ranked 23. Senior Whitney Kay and junior Hayley Carter are ranked as the number two doubles team entering the spring semester. The spring dual match season begins on Sunday for the Tar Heels at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, where...

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Ackland Art Museum Store Moving Locations

The Ackland Art Museum store is relocating to a new space in downtown Chapel Hill, according to a release from UNC. Officials say the store will move to 109 East Franklin Street, next to FRANK Gallery. The store will be moving from its current location at the corner of Franklin and Columbia, according to store manager Alice Southwick. “While we will miss our corner space, we are energized to start the new year in a new downtown home that is still close to the Ackland Art Museum,” Southwick said in a statement. “We’re moving only steps away form our...

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