Blake Hodge

Latest Candidate Filing Info

The filing period for 2015 local elections opened up at eight o’clock Monday morning. The latest official reports from the Board of Elections are listed below: Chapel Hill: Mayor: Mark Kleinschmidt*, Gary Kahn, Pam Hemminger. Town Council (4 seats open): Lee Storrow*, Michael Parker, Paul Neebe, Nancy Oates, Jessica Anderson. Carrboro: Mayor: Lydia Lavelle*. Board of Aldermen (3 seats open): Michelle Johnson*, Damon Seils*, Bethany Chaney*. Hillsborough: Mayor: Tom Stevens*. Board of Commissioners (3 seats open): Evelyn Lloyd*, Mark Bell. Mebane: Mayor: Glendel Stephenson*, Robert Huey. City Council (2 seats open): Patty Philipps*, Everette Greene*. Chapel Hill – Carrboro School Board (4 seats...

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10 Residents, 3 Pets Injured by Hazardous Chemical

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Fire officials now say 10 residents were injured along with three pets. Fire Department Public Information Officer Lisa Edwards says the department has completed its services related to the incident and directed further questions to the property management. A PineGate representative told WCHL that no one from the company was able to offer an update.*** Residents at PineGate apartments wanted answers from property management after a hazardous chemical was used while painting. Hundreds of residents at PineGate apartments were exposed to hazardous chemicals while paint was being stripped away from breezeways around the complex, according to...

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Parrish Resigns from UNC Search Committee Amid Domestic Violence Allegations

UNC Board of Governors member 61-year-old R. Doyle Parrish has resigned from the Search Committee looking for the next leader of the UNC System, according to the system website. Parrish was arrested at his home on Kingsley Road in Raleigh, on May 12, after a report was filed by his wife Nancy Parrish, who was listed as the victim. Parrish was charged with simple assault. READ MORE: Removing a Member of the Board of Governors Board Chairman John Fennebresque spoke with the Charlotte Observer, confirming Parrish’s resignation from the Search Committee, adding that Parrish was taking a leave of...

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Pressure Washing UNC’s Silent Sam

Cleanup was underway in Chapel Hill and Durham, on Tuesday, after memorials to the confederacy in each town were spray painted. Spectators gathered as cleaning crews power washed away the words “Black Lives Matter” “Murderer” and “KKK” which were spray painted on the Silent Sam statue at UNC over the July 4th weekend. Listen below to report from WCHL’s Blake Hodge: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/April/15/Silent%20Sam_WRAP.mp3   Meanwhile in Durham, a similar monument to the confederacy was being pressure washed after it had also been tagged with the words “Black Lives Matter.” READ MORE: Silent Sam Memorial on UNC’s Campus Defaced The standing...

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UNC Ranks 4th in Avg Basketball Attendance

UNC basketball ranked fourth in average attendance last season, according to recently released numbers from the NCAA. 19,582 fans packed the Dean E. Smith Center on average for the Tar Heels during the 2014-2015 season. ACC peer Syracuse led the nation in average attendance at 23,854 fans of the Orange. Kentucky checked in at number one in overall attendance with 447,874 cheering for the Wildcats at home over the entire season. Louisville joined Syracuse and UNC in the top five. The Cardinals checked in just above Carolina at number three. NC State ranked 12th in average attendance. But the...

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UNC Receives Letter from SACS

UNC has received a letter from its accrediting agency detailing the decision to place Carolina on probation in mid-June, the university announced on Tuesday. READ MORE: UNC Placed on Probation by SACS Carolina issued a statement confirming the receipt of the letter saying the university is reviewing the letter now and that early next week Chancellor Carol Folt and Provost Jim Dean will have an in-person meeting with SACS leadership. In the statement, the university says the letter will be made public after the meeting with UNC and SACS leadership. At the SACS Board of Directors meeting in June,...

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Bone Marrow Drive for Carl Fox Tonight

A local judge’s fight against cancer has sparked a movement from community members to help raise awareness. Chris Ehrenfeld says his friendship with Carl Fox has been cultivated over many years. “I first came down here to go to school at UNC,” he says. “Shortly after graduating, one of my friends was a good friend of his, so I met Carl probably about 20 years ago. “And then we opened the Bean & Barrel about eight years ago, and at that time Carl was living out by Bean & Barrel. And he came in the Bean & Barrel just...

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Police: “If you see something, say something” After Chapel Hill Break-Ins

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a string of break-ins. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the department is taking this opportunity to remind residents to always lock their vehicles and homes after a series of break-ins with a common theme – it was unlocked. Mecimore says most reports have been vehicle break-ins but there were two apartment break-ins last week in the Chapel Ridge apartment complex. “In both incidents, the occupant woke up [and] saw a man standing in their bedroom,” he says. “He takes off running and leaves, didn’t steal anything. “We want to encourage people to...

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Carrboro Family Displaced by Fire

A fire in Carrboro displaced five residents from their home, according to officials. Carrboro Fire crews responded to a structure fire at 204 Cates Farm Road at 11:32 on Sunday night. Firefighters found smoke and heavy fire coming from the roof of the home. Firefighters from Carrboro, Chapel Hill, North Chatham, Orange Grove, New Hope, and White Cross Fire Departments were able to get the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes. The Red Cross is assisting the family. Carrboro Fire Marshal Kent Squires says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. An agent from the State...

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