Blake Hodge

Orange County Reports 4th Rabies Case of 2015

Orange County is reporting its fourth rabies confirmation of 2015. This incident involved a raccoon, the primary carrier of rabies in our region. This follows 23 confirmed cases in 2014, nearly double the twelve confirmed cases in both 2012 and 2013. Orange County Animal Services Director, Bob Marotto, says there is no exact science to predicting how many cases a given area may see each year, but there are data points that reveal certain trends. “The historical data that we have indicates that there is a cycling in these numbers,” he says. “We saw, in 2014, the beginning of...

Read More

Pouring Grease Down Sink Leads to Sewage Spill

Improper disposal of grease was a contributing factor to a sewage spill in Hillsborough on Friday. Will Baker, Assistant Utilities Director for the Town of Hillsborough, says grease is a major problem for municipalities across the country. “Grease is one of the biggest problems Anytown, USA, has with a sewer system,” he says. “That’s something we’re trying to work on with educating the public.” He says it important to properly dispose of that grease to ensure that these pipes do not get clogged and cause backups in the sewer system. “Let’s say you just had you a big ole’...

Read More

Scammers Targeting Carrboro Businesses

Several Carrboro businesses have been the target of a scam over the last couple of weeks. Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack says all of the scams had a common theme. “We have had six reports between March 17 and March 19, we haven’t had any since, all of them were businesses located in and around the East Main Street – West Main Street area,” he says. “A caller would purport to be from Duke Power and claim that this particular business was in arrears significantly to where they were about to shut their power off.” A bit of good...

Read More

Carolina Pulse Tackles Topics of Race and Current Events

Just more than 100 students and faculty gathered on a beautiful Monday evening for the first in a series of discussions entitled “Carolina Conversations.” After an initial address from Chancellor Folt, Student Body Vice President Kyle Villemain, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, the crowd broke down into smaller groups and had open conversations about race and current events. Villemain says he was encouraged the students voiced their desire to have events like this Carolina Pulse conversation, and then followed through and participated in the facilitated discussion. “I think it speaks to the strength of the student...

Read More

UNC Distinguished Writer in Residence to Hold Reading of New Work

A noted author and environmentalist will hold a reading Tuesday night on the UNC Campus. Terry Tempest Williams is an author, environmentalist, and activist. She is also the 2015 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at UNC. Williams says, coming from the Western United States, North Carolina is a blast of nature. “From the mountains, to the piedmont, to the coast, I don’t know of any state that has kind of stratigraphy of change,” she says. “I have such respect for the history that is here, the arts, [and] the music. I think it’s just a stunning place. “And as a Westerner, it’s...

Read More

CHTC Approves Affordable Housing Fund

The Chapel Hill Town Council authorized the development of an Affordable Housing Development Reserve that will be used exclusively for development and preservation of affordable housing, during their Monday night meeting. The fund will focus on land acquisition, rental subsidy and development, and future development planning, among other areas. The guidelines for the use of these funds are being established by the Housing Advisory Board. Input was also provided on a referendum plan, which will allow the process to begin. The $40.3 million bond, which would require no new taxes, would fund capital projects in Chapel Hill. The Council...

Read More

UNC Senior Associate AD Retiring

The Senior Associate Athletics Director, and Senior Woman Administrator, at UNC is retiring. The university announced that Dr. Beth Miller will be retiring on July 1. In a statement, Miller says, “I’ve been fortunate to be part of the University and the North Carolina athletic department for 40 years and it’s been a wonderful experience.” UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunnigham says, “Beginning as a coach and transitioning into an administrative role, Beth has always worked tirelessly to support all of our student-athletes and coaches. She has been a pioneer for women’s college athletics both nationally and at UNC. Because...

Read More

“Race and Current Events” Marks Beginning of Carolina Conversations

The first in the series of discussions entitled “Carolina Conversations” will be held Monday evening. “Carolina Pulse: Race and Current Events” is scheduled to begin at 5 o’clock and run until 6:30 at the Aquarium Lounge of the FPG Student Union. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp says the university wants all of the students – no matter race, religion, identity, orientation, or any other difference – to feel they are being heard and valued on campus. “What we’re trying to do is acknowledge that we want this campus to be a place where all of our students,...

Read More

Town and County Leaders Debate How to Pay for Recycling

Town and county leaders are coming closer to consensus on how to fund recycling pick-up. Leaders from Hillsborough, Carrboro and Orange County agree all residents should pay a flat fee to fund recycling pick-up. Solid Waste Director Gayle Wilson says the $103 fee would apply to all developed properties throughout the county. “This option presents, sort of, a new funding paradigm and a new way of viewing the solid waste program,” he says, “in that it eliminates any obvious division between rural and urban boundaries. “And [it] reflects how our program is actually administered and operated, which is a...

Read More

Hillsborough PD Looking for Appliance Thieves

Hillsborough Police are seeking information regarding a series of break-ins. Lieutenant Simmons with the Hillsborough Police Department says the string of incidents have a common theme. “We’re seeing a rash of break-ins in new homes under construction,” he says. “They’re going into the new homes and stealing appliances.” Nine dishwashers of various makes and models have been removed from new residences in three construction sites between February 23 and March 14. Damage from each occurrence is in excess of $35,000. Police are seeking two suspects, one male (pictured above) and one female (pictured below). Police have identified possible suspect...

Read More