Blake Hodge

UPDATE: Missing Teen Found

UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police have announced that Arafah has been found and returned safely home. Chapel Hill Police are searching for a missing 16-year-old. Arafah Mohamed Ali is described as a 5’ 5” female with a small build and long brown hair. She was last seen on Tuesday in the area of Weaver Dairy Road, according to police. Authorities say she may be in the Chapel Hill or Durham area. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact Chapel Hill Police at (919) 968-2870 or Orange County Communications by calling 911 or (919)...

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Kindergarten Readiness Program Aims to Close Achievement Gap

A local program is helping low-income and at-risk children prepare for kindergarten. 66 children from low-income families or that were identified as needing additional support participated in a summer kindergarten readiness program from the Family Success Alliance to prepare those students for the start of kindergarten. Dr. Michael Steiner is a pediatrician at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and serves as an adviser to the Family Success Alliance. He says data shows significant improvements in the assessment scores of children who participated in the first year of this program. “This program is currently the entry point into this long...

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Tom Ross on UNC Presidential Search: ‘I’ve Stayed Out of It’

The UNC Board of Governors will be meeting at 11 o’clock on Friday morning to select a new System President. A tentative agenda for the meeting calls for the 32-member board to go into closed session for reports from the Presidential Search Committee and the Committee on Personnel & Tenure. The board will then move into open session for a report from the Presidential Search Committee, Election of a President and Remarks from the President-Elect before adjourning. Tom Ross is the current UNC System President who is being forced out by the board. That announcement was made in late...

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Petition Requests Action on Homophobic Graffiti at East Chapel Hill High School

A petition is circulating asking administrators at East Chapel Hill High School to respond to homophobic graffiti being spray painted on the school last month. More than 400 people have added their named to a petition asking East Chapel Hill principal Eileen Tully to take three actions in responding to profanity-laced homophobic slurs spray painted on East Chapel Hill High School on September 26. The graffiti was spray painted on a building adjacent to a parking lot where members of the school’s Queer Straight Alliance were meeting up to carpool to the NC Pride Parade in Durham. The open...

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UNC Board of Governors Scrambles to Presidential Search Finish

A new President of the UNC System is expected to be in place before year’s end. And while a selection may be closer, it does not appear the decision is being made with a unanimous voice. The UNC System Board of Governors met for more than four hours on Friday in what was dubbed an “emergency meeting.” UNC System spokesperson Joni Worthington told WCHL via e-mail before the meeting that no candidate names would be discussed at the meeting and that no action would be taken on any candidate. While no action was taken, it does appear that candidate...

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UNC Board of Governors to Hold Emergency Meeting for Presidential Search

The UNC System Board of Governors has called an emergency meeting for one o’clock Friday afternoon at the SAS campus in Cary. The Presidential Search Committee has been meeting at a breakneck pace in recent weeks as they are narrowing down their search for the replacement for Tom Ross. UNC System spokesperson Joni Worthington said in an e-mail that no candidate names will be disclosed at the meeting and the Board of Governors will not take action on any candidate. It’s possible a new president could be named at the board’s monthly meeting on October 30. The News and...

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2 UNC Defensive Backs Arrested on Assault Charges

Two members of the North Carolina football team have been suspended indefinitely and will not play against Wake Forest on Saturday night after warrants for their arrests were served on Thursday. The university announced Thursday night that sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart and freshman cornerback Mike Hughes have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules related to an incident that occurred earlier this month in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says police received a report around three o’clock in the morning on October 4 referring to an incident at 303 East Franklin Street, the address listed...

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Pedestrian Struck in Hit and Run

Chapel Hill Police are seeking information from the public after a vehicle fled the scene after striking a pedestrian on Thursday evening. A tweet was sent from the Chapel Hill Police Department account just before 4:30 Thursday saying that a pedestrian was struck on Homestead near Weaver Dairy. The account reports a brown sedan driven by a black male struck the pedestrian and fled before authorities arrived. Pedestrian struck on Homestd near Weavr Dairy. Brown sedan w/ B/M driver left scene. Ped taken 2 ED w/ broken bones. DM w/ info plz — Chapel Hill Police (@ChapelHillPD) October 15,...

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UNC Shares Top Spot in Preseason Poll with Kentucky

There’s a tie at the top to start the 2015-2016 men’s college basketball season. The USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, released on Thursday, has North Carolina and Kentucky tied at number one. The Tar Heels received 12 of the 32 first-place votes to the Wildcats 11, but the overall points were tied at 749. This marks the fourth time in the last nine years UNC will start the season at the top of the coaches poll, matching the ranking for 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 seasons. Maryland, Duke and Kansas round out the top five; the Terrapins received five first-place...

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Chapel Hill Police Arrest Six on Forgery Charges

Six individuals were arrested on Tuesday in Chapel Hill and charged with a combined 27 felonies and 16 misdemeanors. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the incident started with a traffic stop when an officer stopped a vehicle for traveling 59 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. “During that traffic stop, [the officer] established that the person driving had used a fake ID, handed him an ID that was not real or at least not him,” Mecimore says. “The officer dug a little further into it and was able to establish that these guys...

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