Blake Hodge

Stories Continue to Honor Coach Smith

Thoughts, stories, and memories are still coming in honoring of the late legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. Listen below for a conversation with Smith’s longtime Pastor Bob Seymour: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Bob%20Seymour.mp3 Listen below for reflections from Barry Jacobs: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Barry%20Jacobs_RAW.mp3 Listen below for a conversation with UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Hatchell%20on%20Dean.mp3 Listen below for memories from Director of Public Policy Polling, and avid UNC fan, Tom Jensen: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/Tom%20Jensen%20on%20Smith.wav Listen below for a great story from Elizabeth Fritz, who scheduled the birth of a child around the 1982 National Championship game: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/10/E%20Fritz%20on%20Smith.wav Listen below for the story of a monk...

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Donation Means No Adoption Fees at Orange County Animal Services

You can add a new pet to your home this Valentine’s Day from Orange County Animal Services, for FREE. In the true spirit of the season, The Animal Hospital of Carrboro made a donation of over $5,300 to Orange County Animal Services to sponsor adoption fees. As a result, when the center opens on Valentine’s Day, this Saturday, visitors will be able to take home their choice of 48 adoptable animals, at no charge. In addition to the adoption fees, the remaining funds will go into the department’s Community Spay/Neuter Fund, according to a press release. Those animals sponsored...

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Former Carrboro Assistant Boy Scout Master to Appear Before Judge on Child Porn Charges

Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham will appear in federal court in Durham, on Thursday. The 36-year-old Burnham has been indicted on charges of knowingly receiving child pornography from early 2009 through November 2014, according to court documents. Burnham’s arrest warrant shows he was arrested on February 3, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Burnham was heavily involved in troop 845, which is based in Carrboro; he was one of two adults who led ten local teens on a cross-country bicycle trip in 2013. The investigation began in November 2014 with a cybertip from The National Center...

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WCHL Remembers Dean Smith

Everyone at WCHL, and throughout the Chapel Hill community, is better off for living in a place so heavily influenced by Dean Smith. Listen below for our tribute to the great coach, including comments from former players and colleagues, as well as “877,” a segment that originally aired following Coach Smith’s record-setting victory  – airing in cooperation with the Tar Heel Sports Network. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/08/WCHL%20SPECIAL-Dean%20Smith-full%202%20hours%20for%20chapelboro-020915.mp3 You can find additional audio from individuals, including current Head Coach Roy Williams,...

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Roy Williams Remembers Dean Smith

As Chapel Hill and the nation mourns the passing of former UNC Coach Dean Smith, tributes from notables are pouring in from far and wide. Current Tar Heel Head Coach Roy Williams reflected at a press conference on Sunday....

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Need for Yik Yak Questioned on UNC Campus

Yik Yak is a social media network that allows users to anonymously post messages that can be seen by other users in their area. The app has been under scrutiny, as of late, as some colleges and universities across the nation have banned its use. Schools do this by denying access to the app on the school’s wireless networks – leaving the option open for those on campus to access the app through their data network. Specific to UNC’s campus, Yik Yak has been controversial after a bomb threat was made on the social media platform. Offensive statements were...

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Chapel Hill Public Library Offering Assistance as Open Enrollment Deadline Looms

The open enrollment period to file an application for health insurance is coming to a close on February 15. The Chapel Hill public library is offering assistance to those who are looking for help navigating the path to sign up for health care. Shannon Bailey, the library’s Reference Librarian, says enrollment sessions are scheduled throughout the next week, leading up to an all-day sign up event on Friday. “Anybody can come in and meet with a certified application counselor in our library computer lab,” she says. “And on Friday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. we will be hosting an all-day enrollment session.” Leading up to Friday, Bailey says they will have sessions on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1-4 in the afternoon, Monday evening from 5-8, and Tuesday afternoon from 2-5. She adds they have picked Friday for their all-day session, even though the enrollment deadline is Sunday. “We cannot predict, obviously, what the website is going to do this year,” she says. “We did learn from experience last year that the day before and the day of the site gets overloaded.” Bailey says there are some things you will need to bring to sign up for coverage. “In order to enroll, they will need their social security number – for themselves and everyone in their household that needs coverage,” she says. “They will need employer and...

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CHCCS Teams with Verizon to Provide At-Risk Students with Internet Access

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools and Verizon are teaming up in an effort to bridge the achievement gap. 120 students throughout the four high schools in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro School District will receive a Google Chromebook laptop. To open up access to the internet with that device, the students will also receive a MiFi Jetpack from Verizon that will work as a mobile hotspot for internet service over Verizon’s 4G LTE network. School Superintendent Dr. Tom Forcella says, to be able to find a solution, the school system first had to recognize there was a problem....

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UNC Offers Admission to Over 6,200 Applicants From Early Deadline

UNC has offered admission to more than 6,200 candidates from the record number of first-year applications to the state’s flagship university, according to the school. These candidates were selected from the more than 17,000 applications that were submitted before the early-notification deadline. Overall, from the first and second deadlines, nearly 32,000 applications for admission were submitted to UNC; that marks 10 consecutive years of record applications. A statement from the university says admitted students hail from 96 North Carolina counties, 47 states, and 30 countries – including the US. Thirteen percent will be the first generation of their family to graduate from college. Decisions for second-deadline applicants will be released by the end of March. The University expects 4,000 new first-year students to enroll in...

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Paige Named Academic All-District

UNC Tar Heel basketball standout Marcus Paige has been selected to the Capitol One Academic All-District team. This is the second consecutive year that Paige has earned that honor. Last year, the Tar Heel point guard went on to earn second-team Academic All-America. The Iowa-native Paige is majoring in journalism and history. He is doing that all while leading the Tar Heels in scoring, assists, three-point field goals, three-point percentage, and steals. And he is second on the team in free-throw percentage, for good measure. Vanderbilt’s Luke Kornet, Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw, Virginia Tech’s Christian Beyer and Radford’s Kyle Noreen...

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