Blake Hodge

UNC Celebrates ‘Extraordinary’ Gift for Performing Arts

UNC has received the largest single gift by a living individual for the performing arts. A crowd gathered at the Center for Dramatic Arts on Monday morning as the university announced a $12 million gift for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at UNC. Chancellor Carol Folt said she was proud of the history of the department and the work of PlayMakers, adding that this gift would open up new opportunities moving forward. “It’s going to increase performing arts programming,” Folt said. “It will expand educational opportunities for our students, and it will enhance the performance...

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I-85 Reopened in Orange County After Morning Wreck

****UPDATE: All travel lanes reopened just before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.**** Two of the three southbound lanes of I-85 at the merge with I-40 in western Orange County are closed Tuesday morning due to a wreck. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation say the wreck at mile marker 163 was reported just after 10:15 Tuesday morning. The Orange Rural Fire Department Twitter account said crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the area the DOT reported the closure. The wreck is expected to impact traffic until close to 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to the...

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Events Held Across Chapel Hill Remembering 9-11 Anniversary

Chapel Hill firefighter, Scott Carroll, participates in the 9/11 Memorial stair run in full turnout gear. ROTC students, local firefighters and police officers climb 2,076 steps at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The same number of steps that were in each of the World Trade Center Towers. September 11, 2017. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill) Remembrance events were held across our community on Monday to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. A Patriot Day commemoration ceremony was held in Chapel Hill Town Hall with Chapel Hill police chief Chris Blue and Mayor Pam Hemminger speaking to an...

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Annetta Streater Resigning from CHCCS Board

A longtime member of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education is resigning her seat on the board. Annette Streater submitted her letter of resignation and her last board meeting will be September 18, according to a release from the district. Streater has been serving on the board since 2006. She issued a statement in the release: “I have had the honor and privilege of serving the children and staff of this district for the past 11 years – and what a rewarding commitment it has been. At this juncture in my life, I find it...

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UNC Board of Governors Approves Litigation Ban for UNC Center for Civil Rights

The UNC System Board of Governors voted on Friday in favor of a proposal that will ban the UNC Center for Civil Rights from participating in litigation. The vote followed months of debate about the center’s role in lawsuits against local governments across North Carolina. Protesters gathered outside the Friday morning meeting. Very few members of the public were allowed into the meeting for space reasons, according to officials, but the protesters could be heard chanting from outside. Dean of the UNC School of Law Martin Brinkley said that he was “disappointed” after the vote, which passed by a...

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Law Enforcement Investigating 2 Orange County Armed Robberies

Local authorities are searching for a white BMW that officials believe is being driven by suspects in multiple armed robberies in Orange County. Carrboro Police say officers were called to an armed robbery that allegedly occurred around 5:45 Wednesday evening in the Lake Hogan Farms subdivision off of Homestead Road. Police say a 2015 white BMW X5 was taken from a victim at gunpoint by a suspect described as a black male between 16 and 20 years old, estimated to be 5’ 9” and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. Police say two other suspects were in a white Nissan...

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Thursday Marks 5 Years Since Faith Hedgepeth Murder

Another year has gone by and Chapel Hill Police are still looking for the person who murdered 19-year-old UNC student Faith Hedgepeth in September 2012 when her body was found in her apartment. But Chapel Hill Police assistant chief Celisa Lehew doesn’t want anyone to assume this case is cold. “It is an ongoing investigation,” Lehew said in an interview with WCHL on Wednesday. “Investigators do work the case each and every day. We are confident that somebody out there has some information that will lead us to an arrest and/or assist with the case.” New information continues to...

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UNC Chancellor ‘Deeply Disappointed and Saddened’ Over DACA Decision

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and other university leadership are “deeply disappointed and saddened” by the decision from President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. United States Attorney General announced that decision from the Trump administration on Tuesday. UNC administrators responded in a letter to the campus community on Wednesday. The program created by former President Barack Obama has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country. Folt wrote that the change “is contrary to our own and Carolina’s heartfelt commitment to all members of...

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Hillsborough Police Officer Pulls Man from Burning Vehicle

A Hillsborough Police officer pulled a man from a burning vehicle Thursday morning, shortly before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Officials said that officer Mike Toellen joined an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy who was flagged down by a citizen around 1:40 Thursday morning on Old NC 86. The citizen told the law enforcement officers that a vehicle was on fire in the middle of a field. Toellen saw smoke and flames in and around the car, according to a release, and began searching the vehicle for any occupants. Toellen eventually found a man lying on the back seat...

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Report: Tractor Trailer Drive Killed in Orange County Wreck

****UPDATE: One lane of northbound traffic was opened just before three o’clock Friday afternoon.**** A wreck has closed all lanes of I-85 northbound at one o’clock Friday afternoon. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials posted on Twitter that the road was closed due to a wreck near Mile Marker 168. The thoroughfare is closed between NC 86 and US 70. The impact on traffic was immediate in creating major backups. Officials then said that the wreck involved a tanker truck. DOT crews are on the scene and firefighters are working the crash area, according to a release. WRAL and...

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