Blake Hodge

Former UNC Player Charged with Violating Sports Agent Law

A former UNC football player made his first court appearance on felony charges of athlete-agent inducement, on Tuesday. Former UNC Defensive Back Christopher Jamel Hawkins appeared before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett through videoconference from the Orange County Jail. Hawkins was arrested on Monday and charged with violating the state’s sports agent law. Overall, he is facing four charges – two misdemeanors and two class i felonies, which are the least serious felony offenses in North Carolina. The judge told Hawkins that a conviction could mean three – four months up to 10 – 12 months in the prison....

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UNC’s Ben Griffin Named All-ACC

A UNC golfer has been named to the All-ACC team. Ben Griffin is a freshman on the Carolina golf team, from right here in Chapel Hill, and now he can add all-conference to his list of accolades. The conference announced the teams on Monday. Griffin won two tournaments in his rookie season, both with a winning score of 10 under par. He finished the season with eight top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments this year, and for good measure he was in the top-25 in the other three. Griffin led the Tar Heels with an average round of just under...

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No Appointment to the Chapel Hill Town Council…Yet

Candidates hoping to be appointed to the vacant seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council will have to wait another week before any decision might be made. A vote on whether or not the council would vote to appoint another candidate to the Town Council failed to pass by a vote of four to three at the council meeting on Monday night. Chapel Hill resident Nancy Oates petitioned the Town Council to put off any consideration of appointing a new member until a full council was present. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says, regardless of council population, any candidate would need...

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Chapel Hill Proposed Budget Projects Big Increase in Sales Tax Revenue

The $100.7 million proposed budget for the Town of Chapel Hill is calling for an 11 percent increase in sales tax revenue, but the North Carolina General Assembly may have something to say about that. The Town Council got their first look at the proposal from Town Manager Roger Stancil on Monday night. “The recommended [2015-2016] budget does not include a tax increase,” Stancil says. “There is revenue growth from other sources, such as sales tax and permit fees.” Stancil says following several lean years after the recession, sales tax revenue has been riding an upward trend. But proposed...

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UNC and GSK Announce Company to Fight HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS has affected thousands of lives over the past three decades as scientists are still working toward a cure. Hundreds of researchers, doctors, university leaders, business leaders, and government officials packed into Marsico Hall for an announcement on a new partnership with UNC directly from Chancellor Carol Folt. “It’s a first-of-its-kind joint venture between UNC-Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline creating an HIV Cure Center and a new company called Qura Therapeutics,” Folt says. “It will be jointly owned and will focus on discovering a cure [for] HIV/AIDS.” Folt pointed out Carolina has been a leader for research toward finding a...

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Free Internet Access Coming to Chapel Hill Public Housing

The Town of Chapel Hill is bringing a first-of-its-kind experiment to public housing. The Internet has opened up a whole new world during its evolution over the last two decades. Many of us think of it as a necessity in this day and age. But a survey conducted by the Town of Chapel Hill in 2014 found that, of the residents with school-age children in public housing units in the town, one in four did not have access to the internet. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says that is going to change. “The town has partnered with AT&T to offer free...

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Marshals Arrest Ends in Fiery Crash

A US Marshal investigation of a Chapel Hill man concluded with two vehicles on fire and the suspect in custody. 37-year-old Askire Deshun Edwards was arrested on Wednesday after warrants were issued in late March by Chapel Hill Police, according to a statement from authorities. Edwards was charged with seven counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine and seven counts of Sell and Deliver Cocaine. The charges stem from a year-long narcotics investigation involving Edwards. During surveillance, Marshals identified the suspect in the area of Hatch Road and Warren Court in Chapel Hill. Marshals then attempted...

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Commencement Weekend in Chapel Hill

This will be a celebratory weekend for many across Chapel Hill. There will be more hustle and bustle as parents filter into the town for commencement. More than 6,000 students are expected to graduate from Carolina, culminating with the commencement ceremony on Sunday morning in Kenan Stadium. Dr. Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer at UNC, says Jason Kilar, a 1993 graduate of Carolina with a background in innovative ideas, will be delivering the commencement address. “[Kilar] is the former CEO of Hulu and a very active entrepreneur,” Strauss says. Strauss adds officials at UNC were...

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Contentious Words Follow Press Conference Over Confederate Flag Photo

A press conference turned into a contentious back and forth on Wednesday after a picture of students waving confederate flags sparked concern from parents in Chapel Hill. Ronald Creatore attended the press conference. He is the father of the senior at East Chapel Hill High who posted the picture of two female students waving confederate flags with the caption, “South will rise.” A comment was posted by another user reading “already bought my first slave.” Following the press conference Creatore and Michelle Laws had a contentious conversation. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/05/07/CHCCS_1_WRAP.mp3 Laws is the Executive Director of the North Carolina NAACP and...

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Former CHPD Chief Passes Away

Former Chapel Hill Police Chief Ralph Pendergraph passed away on May 4, according to his family. The 70-year-old Pendergraph had been battling pancreatic cancer. Pendergraph joined the Navy in 1962 before joining the Chapel Hill Police force in 1973. He served as an officer for 28 years before being appointed Chief of Police in 1992. He served as Chief for eight years before retiring in 2000. He is survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren. Visitation will be on Wednesday evening from six to eight o’clock at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro. The funeral services are...

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