Blake Hodge

Preliminary Renaming of Saunders Hall is Underway

The changeover from Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall is already beginning. Preliminary work is underway to remove the name of Williams L. Saunders from the building that houses the Geography and Religious Study courses at Carolina. Just last Thursday, the UNC Board of Trustees voted to remove “Saunders” and rename the building “Carolina Hall.” Now, the letters above the side doors spelling out Saunders’ name have been removed, with just the residue left behind harkening back to days gone by. Student activists and faculty have been calling for the removal of Saunders name due to his past as a...

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Silver Alert Issued for Chapel Hill Man

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police say they have located Demmy. He is safe and in good condition.*** Local police are searching for a missing 89-year-old male who is believed to be cognitively impaired. And the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has now issued a Silver Alert for Robert Charles Demmy, of Chapel Hill. Demmy was last seen near Manly Drive and Tinkerbell Road, according to authorities, although it was unclear where he was going. Demmy is 5′ 2″ tall, weighs about 140 pounds, and has short white hair and brown eyes. He is hunched over due to back surgery....

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NC House Could Vote on SB2 Veto Wednesday

After Governor Pat McCrory vetoed legislation last week that would make it legal for magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of performing marriages based on religious beliefs against same-sex marriage, the state Senate overrode the veto. Now it is up to the House. Representative Graig Meyer spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the scheduled vote....

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Police Investigate Possible Overdose at East Chapel Hill High

Police are looking into an incident where four students simultaneously required medical attention at East Chapel Hill High School earlier this week. Emergency Medical Services responded to a call at the high school on Weaver Dairy Road around 1:30 Monday afternoon after four students were unconscious or fainting, according to the emergency services report. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says officers were called to the scene as well. “Four young people don’t have similar medical issues at the same time for no reason,” he says, “clearly something has caused this. “What we’re able to identify so far is...

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UNC Schedules Homecoming for Marcus Paige

The UNC Men’s Basketball team will take part in a homecoming for star guard Marcus Paige next season. The university announced a matchup next season with Northern Iowa on November 21. Paige is a nation of Marion, Iowa, about one hour off Northern Iowa’s campus. The Tar Heels will make the pit stop in Iowa on their way to Missouri for the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, where they will be joined by Kansas State, Missouri, and Northwestern for doubleheaders Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving...

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Marble Maze Inspires Kindergarten Class

Many teachers will say their most important, and sometimes most difficult, job is keeping students engaged. That challenge has prompted one local kindergarten teacher to come up with an out-of-the box idea. The covered-outdoor walkway outside Claire Ross’ kindergarten classroom at Estes Hills Elementary was the place to be on Friday afternoon as the group of young builders tried out their marble maze. What started out as a project during the class’ fun-center activity, evolved into a massive structure of toilet paper rolls, duct tape, and masking tape – 318 toilet paper rolls to be exact. Listen to the...

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Suspicious Package Detonated on E Franklin St

Traffic is flowing once again on E Franklin Street after Chapel Hill police blocked off both lanes of traffic shortly before 11 o’clock Monday morning to investigate a suspicious package. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue tells WCHL that the bomb squad was called in from Durham County and detonated the package. Blue could not give any further details on what the package contained. He says that the contents will be analyzed in the coming days and that the investigation is ongoing. You can hear Chief Blue with WCHL’s Ron Stutts and Blake Hodge below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/06/01/Chief%20Blue%20for%20Afternoon.mp3   If you...

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3 UNC Golfers Named to All-Region Team

Three UNC golfers have been named to the 2015 PING Division One All-Region team, the university announced Sunday. Carter Jenkins, Ben Griffin, and William Register were named to the team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. All three golfers are North Carolinians – Jenkins a Sophomore from Raleigh, Griffin a Freshman from Chapel Hill, and Register a Freshman from Burlington. Griffin led Carolina with a stroke average just above 70 and was named All-ACC during his rookie campaign. Register checked in second, only behind Griffin, in stroke average for the Tar Heels and was the top finisher for...

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Former Chapel Hill Mayor Dies

Former Chapel Hill Mayor Jonathan Howes has died. The 78-year-old Howes passed away on Sunday morning, according to a statement from his family. Howes and his wife Mary were married in August of 1959 and moved to Chapel Hill, where Howes earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC. Howes was elected mayor for the first time in 1987, serving two terms through 1991. Prior to being elected mayor, Howes was a member of the town council for more than a decade. Dave Godschalk, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at UNC, shared memories with...

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