Blake Hodge

AL Stanback Middle School to Close Early Amid HVAC Repair

AL Stanback Middle School in Orange County will be closing at noon on Wednesday while repairs are made to the school’s air-conditioning system. School officials said in a message to parents there were concerns with the HVAC malfunctioning and the hot temperatures on Wednesday, which are expected to surpass 90 degrees. Officials said that fans and water stations were placed throughout the hallways and the building “to keep students and staff cool and hydrated” on Wednesday. Maintenance staff has been working and will continue to work through the day to repair the system. No other schools in the Orange County...

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Flat Tire Leads to 10 Drug Charges in Chapel Hill

A flat tire has led to the arrests of two individuals on drug charges in Chapel Hill. Police Captain Josh Mecimore said an officer saw a 2008 Honda Accord traveling on East Franklin Street around four o’clock Wednesday morning with a flat tire. When the officer maneuvered behind the vehicle, the driver put the hazard lights on and pulled over. Mecimore said the officer got out of his vehicle along with the driver. The officer wrote in his report “it was apparent the driver was under the influence of an impairing substance.” Mecimore said the driver, 19-year-old Dominick Michael...

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NC Senator Collapses During Race, Taken Away in Ambulance

****UPDATE: Senator Tillis posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday morning saying, “I’m fine,” and that he “got overheated.” He added there was “no CPR, no special measures, just checking me out [at the hospital].”**** Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, D.C., race Wednesday morning and has been taken away by ambulance. Tillis, 57, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about the two-mile mark in the three-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city. Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when...

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Human Remains Discovered in Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after human remains were discovered on Tuesday. Authorities say “skeletal remains” were recovered in a wooded area near 508 Buckhorn Road in Mebane just before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Personnel from the North Carolina Department of Transportation discovered the remains near the entrance of the Buckhorn Flea Market, according to authorities. Deputies then canvassed the area and processed the scene before the remains were transported to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. Evidence at the scene did not suggest foul play, according to a release. Officials say additional information will be...

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Two Pedestrians Struck by Vehicle in Chapel Hill

Two pedestrians were being treated for serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Authorities said officers responded to a report of the traffic collision just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the two pedestrians were transported to the UNC Hospital Emergency Room for related injuries. The collision occurred in the crosswalk on West Rosemary Street in front of Shortbread Lofts. The driver of the vehicle was cited with failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a...

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Lloyd Farm Project Could Be Resurrected With New Conditions

More than five years after it was originally proposed, a development project on the approximately 40-acre Lloyd Farm property in Carrboro was voted down in December. Now the property owners are back before the Carrboro Board of Alderman hoping to agree on a proposal moving forward. “They came to the town,” Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said, “and basically said, ‘We want to move forward and here’s what we know we can do.’” The options now are to move forward under current zoning regulations or work to come to an agreement between the property owners and the town. “We saw...

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Chapel Hill Police Locate Missing Teen

Chapel Hill Police say a local teenager has been found safe after being reported missing earlier in the weekend. Police initially reported 16-year-old Nyanna Arie Austin missing early Saturday morning. Austin was reportedly last seen on Friday afternoon near Phoenix Academy, before being found on Sunday evening....

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Supporters of UNC Center for Civil Rights Appeal to Board of Governors

A much-anticipated public hearing on the future of the UNC Center for Civil Rights was held on Thursday. Advocates for the UNC Center for Civil Rights with yellow arm bands packed a board room at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development on Thursday supporting the work of the center. A proposal was put forward by a member of the Board of Governors that would cut the center’s power to litigate cases. Elizabeth Haddix is an attorney at the center, and she said the work being done by the center has led to the American Bar Association requiring experiential...

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State NAACP Rallies for UNC Center for Civil Rights Ahead of Public Hearing

Peace and Justice Plaza has a history of housing protests throughout history, and it was once again on Wednesday afternoon. The Chapel Hill – Carrboro chapter of the NAACP, in conjunction with the state branch, were joined by members of the UNC Center for Civil Rights in front of the Post Office in Chapel Hill on Franklin Street. The group was protesting a proposal by the UNC System Board of Governors that would remove the center’s power to litigate cases. President of the state NAACP Doctor William Barber called for the end of what he described as the attack...

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