Blake Hodge

Threat Made Against Chapel Hill High School

A “noticeable” police presence will be on hand Tuesday at Chapel Hill High School, Smith Middle School and Seawell Elementary School after a threat was made against the high school. A message was sent parents of students at the three schools – which are all located next to each other on Seawell School Road – at 5 p.m. Monday, according to a district spokesperson. The message said that a threat was “recently” made against Chapel Hill High School. The message said that a man and woman were walking in the woods near the high school. The man then reportedly...

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Durham Remembered: ‘We Listened to Woody’

A crowd gathered into Carmichael Arena on Sunday afternoon for a memorial for the late Woody Durham. The legendary broadcaster who served as the Voice of the Tar Heels for 40 years passed away in early March due to complications with a neurocognitive disorder – primary progressive aphasia. Jones Angell succeeded Durham in the broadcast booth and opened Sunday’s ceremony. Angell shared a story about growing up listening to Durham that was mirrored in families across the Tar Heel State. “I grew up in North Carolina,” Angell told the crowd. “I grew up in a Tar Heel family. And...

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NCDOT Replacing University Station Road Bridge in Orange County

Replacement of an Orange County bridge is causing a detour until August. North Carolina Department of Transportation contractors were scheduled to close a portion of University Station Road bridge where it crosses Stony Creek just south of Interstate 85 beginning Monday morning. Crews anticipate the bridge replacement will take until August to complete, according to a release. Officials say local traffic will still be able to access locations up to the point of closure on either side of the bridge. The current bridge, which was constructed in 1956, “no longer meets the demands of the traffic using it and...

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Places Pro-Confederate Monument Billboard on I-40

Supporters of Confederate monuments in North Carolina have taken their message to the interstate. The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans have placed a billboard along Interstate 40 asking supporters to “protect” Confederate monuments. The group posted a photo of the billboard on its Facebook page. The ad shows a picture of Silent Sam – the Confederate monument on the UNC – Chapel Hill campus – with the words “Help us protect our veterans monuments.” A letter that the group posted to social media along with the photo on Thursday said that, “More billboards will be appearing in the...

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Heavenly Buffaloes Opens Chapel Hill Location

The newest restaurant on Franklin Street has opened its doors. Heavenly Buffaloes opened its second location on Thursday with the Chapel Hill location serving some of the same wings staples that have been coming out of the Durham location with a couple of additions. The Chapel Hill location at 407 West Franklin Street – the location of the former restaurant Sandwich – will have a different feel that the Durham location, which serves as primarily a take-out and delivery option. The Chapel Hill location will have indoor and patio seating. You can get more information here. Photo via Heavenly...

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Man Sentenced for 2015 Carrboro Murder

A Chapel Hill man has been sentenced in connection with a December 2015 murder in Carrboro. Carrboro Police said in a release that Tory Amyr Pope was sentenced to between 14 and 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the murder of 56-year-old Todd Richardson. Authorities were called to Richardson’s apartment on NC 54 on December 26, 2015, responding to a well-being check. Police found Richardson deceased at the scene. Police said at the time there were no signs of forced...

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Former UNC Provost Named President of University of New Hampshire

Former UNC provost Jim Dean has been named the new president of the University of New Hampshire. Dean announced the move on social media Wednesday morning saying, “Thanks to everyone at [Kenan-Flagler] and [UNC] who made our time here so wonderful.” After 21 years at @UNC I have accepted the role of president at the University of New Hampshire. My wife Jan and I will move there in June. Thanks to everyone at @kenanflagler and @unc who made our time here so wonderful. We are excited about @UofNH ! — Jim Dean (@TarHeelProf) April 4, 2018 Dean has been...

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Chapel Hill Combating ‘Rumors’ During HUD Visit

Officials from the United States Department on Housing and Urban Development are scheduled to visit Chapel Hill on Wednesday. This comes after the town graded out at 52 out of 100 possible points during a semiannual evaluation of the town’s public housing by the federal agency in late 2017. The score left Chapel Hill in the “Troubled Performer” category of HUD rankings. The letter and scheduled visit from HUD led to what town manager Roger Stancil described as “rumors” in an email to the Town Council. “We know no basis for the rumors that HUD will take over our...

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8 Arrested in Chatham County Drug Investigation

A three-month drug investigation from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office resulted in eight arrests and 127 charges. Authorities said in a release that the investigation was focused on a “suspected local opioid prescription pill-sharing network.” Approximately 600 prescription pills were allegedly passing through that network each month. “The opioid crisis is a national issue that is also impacting us here in Chatham County,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said in a release. “Your Sheriff’s Office is working tirelessly to combat this crisis through education, prevention, intervention, and treatment. It takes a community effort and plenty of teamwork to reach...

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Orange County Weighing Purchasing Property for Future Campus Site

Orange County Commissioners could take the next step toward securing a home for a future county jail facility Tuesday night. The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners recently voted to rezone a 21-acre property, which had been targeted for a new county campus – including a new detention facility – by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Chair of the Orange County Commissioners Mark Dorosin said the county is set to move forward with the acquisition process after completing its due diligence evaluating the property. “Assessing the soils, the environmental issues, all of the things that go into determining whether this...

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