Blake Hodge

UNC Trustees Vote to Close Horace Williams Airport

The UNC Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to close Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill. There is no timeline for the closure, but Thursday’s vote gave university officials the authority to close the airport located north of the university campus. The board heard at its September meeting that more than $1 million in repairs were needed to continue operating the airport and that the facility is currently losing approximately $7,000 per month. UNC also chose to relocate Area Health Education Centers training to Raleigh-Durham International Airport from Horace Williams in 2011. Initial conversations about closing the airport were...

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Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil Retiring

Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil announced on Wednesday his intentions to retire next fall. In an e-mail to the Town Council with the subject line “After 45 years, one more,” Stancil wrote that it is “never a good time for a manager to plan to retire,” but he said there were several reasons he felt this would be the best time to announce his intentions. Stancil said he committed to serving as the town manager for five to seven years when he took that position in 2006, meaning he will have served as town manager for 12 years...

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Protesters Rally Against UNC’s Silent Sam

A crowd gathered in front of UNC’s South Building, which is home to the office of Chancellor Carol Folt, on Tuesday afternoon calling for the removal of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam on the university campus. Tuesday’s rally came after protesters discovered an undercover UNC police officer at Silent Sam. Maya Little is a grad student in the history department at UNC and has been a part of the ongoing protests at Silent Sam on McCorkle Place on the Chapel Hill campus. Little questioned the motives of UNC administrators in deploying the undercover officer. “This administration should...

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Work on Churton Street Leads to Gas Line Tear in Hillsborough

Crews working on the Churton Street improvement project in Hillsborough pierced a natural gas line Tuesday morning. The damage to the line occurred while crews were installing a new guardrail along the east side of Churton Street between Eno River bridge and the intersection with Nash and Kollock streets, according to the town. The existing guardrail was no longer compliant with current regulations. Officials said in a release the puncture caused traffic to be diverted for approximately an hour. Work continued into the night after repairs took longer than initially expected. Part of the reason for the delays lasting...

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UNC Holding Public Comment Session on Silent Sam Wednesday

A public comment session on the Confederate monument at UNC known as Silent Sam will be held on Wednesday as part of the university’s Board of Trustees meeting. Board chair Haywood Cochrane said during his remarks at the September board meeting that the board would hold a public comment session amid the ongoing protests of the statue. Cochrane repeated in a message to the campus community that the public hearing was coming at the suggestion of Chancellor Carol Folt. Cochrane wrote that a fundamental part of the board’s mission is to provide for the “safety, welfare, and well-being of...

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RSVVP Day Turns Dining Out Into IFC Dollars

Helping out community members in need is as simple as going out to eat on Tuesday. The effort is part of the 29th annual RSVVP Day efforts that will turn dining out into thousands of dollars to help the Inter-Faith Council’s Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Participating restaurants have agreed to contribute 10 percent of proceeds from Tuesday to the IFC efforts. Through efforts last year, 103 restaurants donated more than $24,000 as community members have turned out in large numbers to support the cause. The goal of this year’s event is to raise $25,000. You can get a...

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UNC’s Maye Shares ACC Player of the Week Honors with Duke Freshman

UNC junior Luke Maye was named Co-ACC Player of the Week for his performance in the men’s basketball season opened in Chapel Hill on Friday. The league announced the award on Monday following Maye setting a career high in points, 26, and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds in Carolina’s victory over Northern Iowa. Maye is sharing the honor with Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III, who scored 49 points and pulled down 20 rebounds over the course of his first two collegiate games for the Blue Devils. This was the second double-double for Maye during his career in Chapel Hill....

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UNC Remains No. 9 in AP Top 25

UNC is ranked ninth in the latest men’s college basketball Associated Press poll. The No. 9 ranking keeps the Tar Heels in line with their position at the start of the season after knocking off Northern Iowa to open the season on Friday night. Duke retained its position atop the standings. There was very little shuffling of the top 25 with most teams working their way into the season against lesser competition. Kentucky dropped from fifth to seventh after two unimpressive wins. There will likely be significant movement next week with four of the top seven teams playing against...

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Chapel Hill’s Grimball Jewelers Closing

Longtime Chapel Hill jewelry store Grimball Jewelers is closing. Owner Berkley Grimball made the announcement official in a Facebook post on Saturday. Grimball said this has been “the most difficult decision of my life” when determining whether to close the store or move to a new location. The move would be necessary because, Grimball says, the company’s lease at Village Plaza in Chapel Hill was not being renewed by the landlord. Regency Centers is the landlord of the shopping center, which is anchored by Whole Foods. The area is in the newly named Blue Hill District – formerly known...

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Lockdown Lifted at Northwood High School

Northwood High School in Chatham County was put on lockdown Monday morning, according to county officials. The school is located in Pittsboro. Authorities were called to the scene just before eight o’clock Monday morning for a report of “a single gunshot fired in a wooded area” near the high school, according to a release. Rumors quickly swirled on social media regarding a possible active shooter, but officials with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said in a release just after 9 a.m. that “any rumor of an active shooter situation on campus is false.” Officials added that “no weapons have...

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