Blake Hodge

Letter Grades Given to NC Public Schools

Schools across North Carolina received letter grades from the Department of Public Instruction on Thursday. Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools, as a whole, outperformed their counterparts across the state under the new guidelines gauging school performance. The new standards, pushed for by the General Assembly, weighted 80 percent of a school’s grade based on their achievement score, in the form of end-of-year testing, and 20 percent on student growth. Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Forcella says he would like to see the weight of the score adjusted. “The one detriment of the grading system is...

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Shots Fired at Durham PD Vehicle

Shots were fired at a Durham police investigator around noon on Wednesday, and CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident. Police say an investigator was driving an unmarked police vehicle on South Street when numerous shots were fired from a car on Bond Street. One bullet struck the officer’s car, but the officer was not injured. Investigators believe the shots were fired from an older model gray sedan with tinted windows. The vehicle was possibly a Nissan. The vehicle was occupied by two black males wearing blue and black jackets. Investigators believe...

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Kidzu to Host Pre-Opening Events at New Facility

Kidzu Children’s Museum has inhabited several locations during its nearly a decade of operations in Chapel Hill. And they are scheduled to open their new 8,500-square foot facility in University Mall in mid-March. But, Kidzu will be holding a series of pre-opening events throughout the month of February. The first will be coming up this Saturday with a free jump rope performance followed by a workshop; donations are requested for the latter portion of the event. A list of the pre-opening events is below: February 7 Bouncing Bulldogs (1:15pm-2pm performance; workshop 2pm-3pm, donation requested) The area’s favorite, award-winning athletic...

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UNC Football Announces 2015 Recruiting Class

UNC has announced the 2015 Tar Heel football recruiting class. View the full list from UNC below: 2015 NORTH CAROLINA SIGNEES Jake Bargas TE 6-4 225 Boca Raton, Fla. St. Andrews Corey Bell Jr. CB 5-9 170 Charlotte, N.C. Hough J.K. Britt* S 6-0 190 Newnan, Ga. Newnan Aaron Crawford DT 6-1 310 Ashburn, Va. Stone Bridge Jalen Dalton* DE 6-6 260 Clemmons, N.C. West Forsyth Nathan Elliott QB 6-1 195 Celina, Texas Celina Tommy Hatton OL 6-3 285 Montvale, N.J. St. Joseph’s Charlie Heck TE 6-7 255 Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst Mike Hughes CB 5-11 185 New Bern,...

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North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival is Underway

The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival is underway through February 15. The festival is produced by the DSI Comedy Theater, at 426 West Franklin Street, and will feature sketch comedy, standup, and improv. Acts will be performing in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham. Some events are free, and other tickets range from $10 – $32. You can get a link to the full schedule of...

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CHCCS Nominated for Green Ribbon

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School System has been nominated for a national award for the “green” programs they have implemented. Two school districts in the state have been nominated for the Green Ribbon; the other being Cherokee County Schools. Dan Schnitzer is the Sustainability Coordinator for Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools, and he says this is a relatively new program, being introduced in 2011. Hear the full interview here: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/04/CHCCS%20Sustainability%20For%20WKND.mp3 “The U.S. Department of Education, a few years back, started Green Ribbon Schools program,” he says. “The Green Ribbon Schools program is specifically for schools working in...

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How Far Will Google Fiber Reach? Still To Be Determined

Google made the announcement last week that it would be bringing their ultra-fast internet service to our community. But with the excitement came questions: When will we receive Google Fiber? Will my neighborhood be included? How much will it cost? The short answer to all of those questions is – we don’t know yet. John Bjurman, Chief Information Officer with the Town of Chapel Hill, says the town is still in discussions with Google on these topics. “Google has not been open to some questions that we have for them,” he says. “And I think it’s probably because they...

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Chapel Hill Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals

A Chapel Hill man was arrested, on Friday morning, on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. 20-year-old Joseph Adam Alexander was charged with eight counts stemming from two separate shooting incidents, on December 23 and 24 of last year. The shooting on Dec. 23 occurred at 800 Pritchard Avenue. Alexander allegedly fired two shots into the apartment; the man inside was not injured. Alexander allegedly fired six shots into an apartment at 751 Trinity Court on Christmas Eve. A woman and two small children inside were physically unharmed. U.S. Marshals arrested Alexander on Friday morning, without incident,...

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Founding CEO of Hulu Named UNC Spring Commencement Speaker

UNC has announced that Jason Kilar will be speaking at the Spring Commencement. Kilar is a 1993 graduate of UNC. He went on to be the founding CEO of Hulu, the online television streaming service. Kilar is currently the co-founder and CEO of Vessel – a recently-launched streaming service aimed at providing a wide-range of videos directly to your mobile device. In a moment when “innovation” is a buzzword – across the UNC campus, with the recently announced Carolina Research Venture Fund, and across the state as Governor Pat McCrory is pushing for our area to become the third...

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