Blake Hodge

Effort to Blanket Orange County Begins Monday

The 12th-annual Blanket Orange County blanket drive starts on Monday. The goal for this year’s event is to bring in 300 new or gently used blankets for distribution to Orange County citizens in need. There are eight drop-off locations in our community: Bean and Barrel, 501000 Governors Drive Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, 104 S. Estes Drive Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Road Fitch Lumber, 309 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 W. Main Street, Carrboro Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road UNC Wellness Center, 100 Sprunt Street, Meadowmont WCHL, 88 Vilcom Cirlce, Suite 130. The...

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UNC Fires 2 After Personnel Review from Wainstein Report

The University of North Carolina has announced the completion of personnel reviews from the fallout of the Wainstein Report. UNC has terminated the employment of two individuals, permanently restricted one faculty member from future administrative responsibilities and cleared three other employees of any wrongdoing following employment reviews after the Wainstein Report. The university announced the decisions through the Carolina Commitment website on Thursday. Provost Jim Dean and vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement Felicia Washington led the review process, which was aimed at determining if the employees named “knowingly participated in or facilitated the irregular courses” detailed...

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Chapel Hill Police Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Felonies

A traffic stop led to multiple felony charges in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Police arrested 35-year-old Ricardo Anthony Dixon on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with seven felony counts for various offenses, including breaking into Culbreth Middle School. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the arrest started with an officer checking motorists speed on Highway 54, just past 15-501. “[The officer] clocked a car speeding into town, 66 in a 45,” Mecimore says. “He turned around to stop the vehicle. They were, sort of, driving suspiciously after he got behind them and then refused to stop when he...

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UNC Picks Up Commitment From Seventh Woods

Carolina men’s basketball picked up another highly-ranked recruit on Wednesday in the Class of 2016. Seventh Woods, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, spurned the hometown Gamecocks to head north to Chapel Hill and play for the Tar Heels. Ross Martin with carolinablue.com and 24/7 sports tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about what UNC fans can expect from the new Tar Heel. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/11/Seventh%20Woods%20Longer.mp3   Woods joins forward Brandon Robinson and center Tony Bradley to make up Carolina basketball’s 2016 recruiting class so...

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UNC Initiatives Aim to Increase Campus Safety

UNC is taking steps to step up campus safety after a kidnapping near campus last Friday night. The kidnapping was thwarted when bystanders intervened and the suspect fled. An Alert Carolina message sent from Chancellor Carol Folt, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp and Department of Public Safety Director Jeff McCracken called the incident “deeply alarming and unsettling for all of us.” The message says Carolina will permanently increase foot patrols to enhance the presence and visibility of officers to monitor activity and safety in the downtown business district Thursday through Saturday nights. A university working group is...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Brings in 7-Player Recruiting Class

The Carolina women’s basketball program signed seven high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sylvia Hatchell announced on Wednesday. The seven members of the class are Shayla Bennett, Jhileya Dunlap, Jocelyn Jones, Taylor Koenen, Alyssa Okoene, Emily Sullivan and Naomi Van Nes. The group was ranked as the number 13 class in the nation, according to ESPN. The UNC women’s basketball program saw an exodus earlier this year with Jessica Washington, Allisha Gray and Stephanie Mavunga all transferring following the release of the NCAA Notice of...

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Elon University Student Dies After Fall from Morrison Residence Hall

An Elon University football player died after falling from Morrison Hall on the UNC campus. Elon University announced the death of Demitri Allison on Wednesday evening. Allison was a junior from Cornelius, North Carolina, and was a wide receiver on the Elon Phoenix football team. The message from Elon to the campus community said that Allison left the Elon campus on Tuesday and teammates, friends and family asked police to look for him because they were concerned for his well-being and emotional state. Elon Athletic Director Dave Blank said in the release, “Everyone associated with Elon athletics is devastated....

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Matt Hughes Running for Orange County Commissioner

There will be a race for the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Matt Hughes currently serves as the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, a position he has held since 2011, and he announced his intention to run for the at-large seat in the 2016 election. Hughes is a native of Hillsborough and currently lives in Chapel Hill. Hughes says he believes his past work with the Democratic Party as well as his work with non-profits will provide him with the basis to launch a campaign and serve on the Board of Commissioners. Hughes...

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Case Against Suspect in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Continued

Update: The Chandler Kania case has been continued until March. 20-year-old Chandler Kania appeared in the Battle Courtroom in Hillsborough on Tuesday morning facing three counts of second-degree murder, among other charges, relating to a fatal wrong-way crash on I-85 in July. The case was continued until January 12, 2016. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman asked for the continuance as the state is still awaiting the crash reconstruction from the State Highway Patrol. Kania’s attorneys, Roger Smith Jr. and Wade Smith, had no objections to the request. Chandler Kania and members of his family sat in the middle rows...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Death

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a death following a request for a wellness check. Police responded to a home on Pritchard Avenue just before 11 o’clock last Friday morning, where a resident who had passed away was found, according to police records. Police have not released the name of the deceased while the family is notified. Authorities do no suspect foul...

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