Blake Hodge

Former Gov Bev Perdue Visits Northside Elementary

A group of local elementary school students got a chance to learn from a former North Carolina Governor on Wednesday. Former Governor Bev Perdue visited a group of eager fourth graders at Northside Elementary School. The visit from the Tar Heel state’s 73rd Governor – and first female to hold that office – came as the class was learning about North Carolina in their Social Studies class. Perdue told the students about her upbringing in a coal-mining town in Virginia. She stressed the importance of reading and getting an education, sharing that her father had to drop out of...

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Roy Williams: HB2 ‘Just Not Right’

With an NCAA deadline approaching, North Carolina’s House Bill 2 continues to remain a hot topic in the Tar Heel state. UNC head coach Roy Williams took his Carolina men’s basketball team to Greenville, South Carolina, for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The games were set to be held in Greensboro but were removed over HB2, which advocates maintain is the worst piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation. But Williams said concern over the law should extend well beyond sports. “It shouldn’t just be about athletic events,” Williams said. “That’s the most...

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UNC Dominates in NCAA Opening Round

The North Carolina Tar Heels made sure they would not be the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament by pounding Texas Southern on Friday afternoon. UNC dispatched of Texas Southern in easy fashion in Greenville, South Carolina, after the games were moved from Greensboro due to North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Carolina’s 103-64 victory on Friday was fueled by six Tar Heels scoring double figures, led by Junior Justin Jackson’s 21 points. UNC led by 20-plus points throughout most of the ballgame. Carolina will now face Arkansas on Sunday in...

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Taxi Driver Robbed at Gunpoint in Orange County

A taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint north of Chapel Hill, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. A message from law enforcement says two individuals were picked up at Pritchard Avenue and told the driver to go to an address in the 6400 block of Union Grove Church Road. After the roughly 10-mile ride, the two passengers – described as black males in their early 20s – pistol whipped the driver, according to authorities. Officials say the suspects took over $400 in cash from the victim. One suspect was described as wearing a red hoodie. The second suspect...

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Man Convicted of Killing UNC Professor in 2014

A Chapel Hill man has been found guilty in the 2014 murder of a UNC professor. A jury returned a guilty verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Troy Arrington on Thursday. The jury was given the case on Wednesday afternoon and deliberated for approximately five hours over the course of Wednesday into Thursday morning. Arrington has been in custody since he was arrested in July 2014 for the murder of Feng Liu, who was a research professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Liu was hit in the head with what officials have described as a landscaping...

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Deliberations Underway in 2014 Murder of UNC Professor

****UPDATE: Arrington was found guilt of first-degree murder and armed robbery on Thursday morning.**** The first-degree murder case against Troy Arrington was given to the jury after closing arguments were delivered on Wednesday afternoon. After about three hours of deliberation, the jury went home for the day without rendering a verdict. Arrington is one of two suspects accused of killing Feng Liu, who was a research professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Liu was killed in July 2014 when taking a walk around the campus. Liu was hit in the head with what officials described as a...

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Amendment Aimed at Repealing House Bill 2 Fails

Another effort to repeal House Bill 2 fell flat in the North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday. “What we did [Tuesday] is try to force a vote on House Bill 2 repeal – a clean repeal,” said House Democratic leader Darren Jackson at a press conference following Tuesday’s House session. Jackson proposed an amendment to a banking bill that would repeal House Bill 2. That amendment was ruled out of order, but Jackson appealed for a vote by the full House, a de facto vote on a clean repeal of the law that advocates maintain is the worst piece...

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Crowder Responds to NCAA Ahead of Upcoming UNC Deadline

A central figure in the long-running paper class scandal at UNC has submitted a response to the NCAA ahead of an upcoming deadline. Deborah Crowder is a retired administrator from the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department at UNC. Crowder’s name has been at the crux of a long-running NCAA investigation into an academic scandal at the university. Crowder said in a response to the NCAA that no courses were created to help student-athletes remain eligible and that athletes and non-athletes received equal treatment. Crowder’s response to the NCAA was disseminated to several local media outlets last Thursday....

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Road Blocked After Log Truck Overturns in Carrboro

Highway 54 is closed between Old Fayetteville Road and W Poplar Avenue in Carrboro due to an overturned log truck. Police tweeted just after 9:30 Friday morning asking motorists to avoid the area. Authorities then said the road was closed and did not have a timeline for when it would be reopened. Officials say there were no injuries reported from the wreck. Photo via Carrboro...

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Chatham County Teacher Charged with 33 Counts of Sex Offense with Student

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 28-year-old Guilford County man on dozens of felony charges related to “an inappropriate relationship” with a student at Chatham Central High School. Robert William Woodard III was arrested on Thursday, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. Woodard was a band teacher at both Chatham Central High School and Bennett School. He was suspended with pay on March 6 for an unrelated alleged violation of school policy, according to authorities. Woodard resigned his position on Thursday afternoon before his arrest. An internal investigation from school officials and a subsequent tip...

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