Blake Hodge

Chapel Hill Police Looking for Two Breaking-and-Entering Suspects

Chapel Hill Police are searching for two suspects believed to be responsible for breaking into a vehicle, in the Meadowmont community. Lieutenant Joshua Mecimore, of the Chapel Hill Police Department, says the break-ins occurred last Wednesday, on Sprunt Street. He adds the suspects quickly used stolen cards to run up quite a bill. “Those cards were used at several stores, just inside Durham,” he says. “And were used a couple of times shortly after that at other locations. Those totaled close to $5,000 in charges.” If anyone has information concerning the identities or whereabouts of these individuals, please call...

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Town of Chapel Hill Named among Healthiest Companies in Triangle

The Town of Chapel Hill has been named one of the 35 healthiest employers across the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Jason deBruyn, with TBJ, says he is very excited about a new program that has been launched by the Town of Chapel Hill. “They do some pretty progressive stuff,” he says. “They have a free employee health clinic. That’s staffed with a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a health coach that are all employed by UNC Health Care.” deBruyn says that the clinic is open to all town employees – eliminating many of the excuses we...

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Two Hillsborough Mills Granted Landmark Status

The Town of Hillsborough has adopted an ordinance that will grant local historic landmark status to two of the town’s mills. The former Bellevue Manufacturing Company and Eno Cotton Mill buildings will enjoy the new designation after the ordinance passed the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says this decision will spur growth in the area. “That will help in their redevelopment,” he says. “It will be great for economic development and provide a lot of new residencies and amenities in Hillsborough.” Stevens adds they have proof of the potential ramifications because the Eno Mill has been...

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Temporary Process To Report Suspicious Academic Activities Unveiled

Plates were full for administrators, faculty, and students at UNC this holiday season, with commencement, final exams, and reviews from the UNC System Board of Governors. There was certainly a lot to cover on Friday, and Chancellor Folt made an effort to touch on everything in front of the Faculty Council. She encouraged as many as she could to come to commencement on Sunday, and celebrate the hard work of the approximately 2,100 students who will be graduating. Chancellor Folt also took a moment to praise the faculty for their presentations to the UNC System Board of Governors –...

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Final Weekend for “All Is Calm” at the Arts Center

World War One is being remembered at the Arts Center this holiday season on the 100th anniversary of the Great War, with “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914.” Director Jeri Lynn Schulke says this play is a wonderful story of the holiday spirit, even during some of the most dreadful times in history. “(It’s about) when soldiers in the first Christmas of World War I put down their guns, formed a truce, and celebrated Christmas together,” she described. “They sang carols, they exchanged gifts, and they shouted and buried the dead. They played soccer. All of that is told in this story.” Schulke described the plays as both “moving” and “funny,” saying that the concert-style play has a lot of depth and different aspects that are brought out through the performance. She says, “There’s a lot of music in it – interspersed with text taken from letters and diaries, war documents, and poems, but mostly music.” This is the second time the play will be making its way through the Arts Center in Carrboro; Schulke says they put on a rendition of the play two years ago, but this version is a fresh show. “It’s not just a re-staging of what we did before. It’s completely different,” she assures. “The stage is different. And the staging is completely different. You’re going to see a different show.” There...

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PORCH Set to Eclipse Huge Benchmark

A local organization devoted to feeding needy families in our community is set to eclipse a major milestone. PORCH is an organization that has a singular mission and humble beginnings. According to co-founder Susan Romaine, they got started by simply asking neighbors for a helping hand. “Would you be okay putting a few cans of tuna out on your porch?” Romaine asked. “We would be very happy to come by and collect that tuna from your porch, deliver it to the food pantry, and we’re just going to keep this as simple as possible.” From that simple start, PORCH...

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Carrboro Moving Forward with Arts and Economic Development

Art and economic development are converging in Carrboro and planning the best pathway to move forward. A public hearing has been called on a proposed new Arts and Innovation Center in Carrboro. Mayor Lydia Lavelle says this is your chance to voice your opinion on the project. “We want to hold this meeting to get input from Carrboro folks, from Carrboro residents, business owners, property owners,” she says. “We’ve had a request submitted to us by The ArtsCenter (and) Kidzu…that we construct, own, or lease to this partnership, an arts center building.” The meeting will be held at the...

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