Blake Hodge

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central North Carolina beginning at 9 o’clock Thursday evening and running through 10 o’clock Friday Morning. This advisory is focused on the threat of black ice. The weather has led to several closings....

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Marathon Jam Scheduled for Saturday

For the seventh-consecutive year the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill will host the Marathon Jam. The event is this Saturday and will raise thousands of dollars for the Fisher House Foundation. WCHL’s Ron Stutts caught up with John Santa to find out more about this year’s Marathon Jam....

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Schools Forced into Tough Rescheduling Choice

Students in our area have been enjoying many snow days in the last two weeks. But they will have to be made up. A statement from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced makeup days for the rest of the academic year, one of those is May 25 – Memorial Day. Other days will be made up through the elimination of delayed openings in March, April, and May. Also Saturdays are in the mix, Saturday, May 21, will be an early-release day. Any further cancellations will likely be made up by Saturday...

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New Charge for Carrboro Assistant Boy Scout Master

A new charge has been filed against former Carrboro Boy Scout Troop Assistance Scout Master Brian Burnham. The 36-year-old Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham appeared in federal court in Durham, earlier this month. A new charge was released from the grand jury just this week. Burnham now faces a count of knowingly distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography by mail, shipping, and transporting child pornography “using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.” Burnham had previously been charged with knowingly receiving child pornography from at least early 2009 through November 2014,...

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Local Businessman Chris Derby Passes Away

William “Chris” Derby, 57, died suddenly Monday night, reportedly from a heart attack. Chris was a leader in the business community and community at large. He was owner of The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Blvd. Derby also owned a food truck called Baguettaboutit. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Membership Committee. He was also a supporter of many charities. Derby’s family shared this with WCHL: On the evening of February 23, Chris passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in the comfort of his...

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CHTC Member Storrow to Host Town Halls

Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow is scheduled to host the first of four town hall events Wednesday evening. Over the next two weeks, Storrow will host four such events to get input from the residents and business owners of Chapel Hill. Storrow says each town hall will have a different focus. Wednesday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 in the evening at DSI Comedy, Storrow will be joined by business owners and leaders from the Chapel Hill Downtown partnership to receive feedback and share goals of the future of Downtown Chapel Hill. Saturday, February 28, at 1 o’clock...

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CHCCS Under Criticism Following Delayed Announcement

Many parents with elementary and middle school aged children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were upset Tuesday morning with the decision to, initially, go forward with classes. Officials then announced parents could pick up students early, but that buses would not be running until roads were safe. WCHL’s Blake Hodge caught up with Jeff Nash from the Office of Community Relations:   http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/24/Jeff%20Nash%20for%20Air%20Tues.mp3 UPDATE: Nash says all students were picked up from school, with the last few students being taken home by district transportation around 3...

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OC Health Department Receives Funding Help

The Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic received a $4,000 check from the Delta Dental Foundation, last Friday. This money is meant to assist in providing dental care to uninsured children. Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curt Ladig says this money can go a long way. “This will help serve an additional 100 children per month, in Orange County, receive oral examinations, fluoride varnish, and sealant,” he says. “This would be directed to children who are poor and underserved in our community, that are not receiving dental services.” Ladig adds the Orange County Health Department’s Dental Clinic was...

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Measles Outbreak Sparks Vaccination Debate

A Measles outbreak across portions of the United States has sparked concern from parents here in Orange County and enflamed the debate over vaccinations. Stacy Shelp, Public Information Officer with Orange County Health Department, says there is no presence of measles in our community. But you don’t have to think back very far to remember an outbreak. “Measles is extremely contagious; to the point of about a 90 percent contagion rate,” she says. “We did have an outbreak here in Orange County back in 2013. We had eight confirmed cases in Orange County and 23 in the state. “As...

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NC State Creates Scholarship for Three Students Killed

A scholarship has been created at NC State University to honor the lives of three Muslim college students that were shot and killed earlier this month, in Chapel Hill. NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the scholarship endowment, on Friday. A statement from the chancellor says that the endowment was created with insights and advice from family members. And it will provide annual support to students in NC State’s Poole College of Management, College of Sciences, and College of Design. The three students – 23-year-old Deah Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha –...

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