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Cameron Avenue Reopened After Crash

****UPDATE: Cameron Avenue was reopened just before six o’clock Thursday morning.**** A portion of Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill has been shut down in the wake of a vehicle accident involving damage to a power pole. According to a press release from the municipal government, that portion is from Wilson Street to Mallette Street. The release states that Duke Energy is on site to assess the situation, with no indication of when it will be resolved. Power is expected to be out in the vicinity of Cameron Avenue and Franklin and Church streets while repairs are completed. Photo via...

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Joint Police Station Concept in Chapel Hill Prompts Public Meeting

A new emergency services facility may be coming to Chapel Hill, but the debate on the suitability of its proposed location is simmering as the approval process continues. Town officials hosted a meeting on Monday to address grievances issued by residents like Randall Barrow, who claimed that consolidation may not be apt. “Suddenly, there’s this big panic like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got to put the police and fire in the thing,'” he jested. “Why do we got [sic] to cram all this into one sausage casing?” The facility would house the Chapel Hill Police Department along with other...

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County Officials to Discuss Federal Pushback on Light Rail Project

Approval prospects for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project have become tenuous as a result of recent communication between GoTriangle and the US Federal Transit Administration. According to an agenda item intended for the Orange County Board of Commissioners, GoTriangle representatives will elaborate on the status of the project during a regular meeting scheduled for later today. The agenda item states that GoTriangle was required by the FTA to clarify aspects of the funding plan for the project, with attached letters from federal employees putting certain data points under scrutiny. Correspondence between Tyrhonda Edwards, an FTA employee, and Jeff Mann,...

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Carrboro Officials Approve Police Body Camera Policy

The Carrboro Police Department is one step closer to acquiring new law enforcement tools for its officers after town officials approved a policy last week on body-worn cameras. While ruminating on the cameras during a regular meeting, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard from Walter Horton, the local police chief, on how these tools function. “As more officers arrive on scene, the cameras will link up and they will automatically start once they sense another camera is going,” stated Horton. Horton also explained that state laws govern the release of footage recorded by officers in the line of duty,...

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UNC Student Selected for Luce Scholars Program

An undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill earned a spot in the annual class of Luce Scholars bound for Asia next year. According to a news release from the college, Martha Isaacs is one of 18 scholars who were chosen from a national pool of 161. Citing her interest in working abroad, Isaacs said she hopes to “learn from a different political, economical, and geographic context.” As a human geography major whose focus is transportation planning, she is likely to be placed in Singapore or Japan through the program. Chancellor Carol Folt applauded her induction into the program, calling it...

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South Greensboro Street Shut Down by NCDOT

A portion of South Greensboro Street in Carrboro will be closed for at least two months according to a press release from the municipal government. The release states that motorists attempting to travel along that street between Old Pittsboro Road and Merritt Mill Road should expect to be rerouted. Labor in that vicinity on a storm drain pipe is expected to commence on March 6 with oversight from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Work is expected to continue for 60 days while a larger aluminum arch culvert is installed under the street to reduce the risk of flooding...

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Rezoning Approved for Lincoln Center Expansion in Chapel Hill

Local residents and school district employees appeared before the Chapel Hill Town Council earlier in the week to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the Lincoln Center. Kerry Moore, the director of preschool programs for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, steered the discussion toward plans to establish a centralized preschool on the campus. “If we were to have an unlimited budget, we could outfit all of our classrooms and all of our schools and include the pre-K classrooms in our elementary schools,” she mused. “At this point, that’s not the case, and that’s why we’re looking towards consolidation.” Moore explained that...

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Chatham County Appoints New Elections Director

The appointment of a new director for the Chatham County Board of Elections was announced earlier in the week in a press release from the municipal government. According to the release, Pandora Paschal, a certified elections administrator with over a decade of related experience, will replace Dawn Stumpf, who has retired from service. Paschal stated that she was “truly humbled” by the appointment and expressed compassion for her predecessor, who had experienced medical issues that required a leave of absence. “When you learn from the best, it is hard to fail,” lamented Paschal. “While it is very hard to...

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Visitors Bureau Identifies Need for Attractions in Orange County

The wherewithal of local tourism was the focal point of a presentation given earlier in the week to the Chapel Hill Town Council on behalf of the Orange County Visitors Bureau. The presentation was made by the bureau’s executive director, Laurie Paolicelli, who explained that visitors recognize the particular combination of services and style within the county. “The panoply of assets and services that we trade and that we give to the visitor is really making us a unique destination that you just don’t find other places,” she stated. According to Paolicelli, understanding this combination and how it attracts...

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County Commissioners Revise Affordable Housing Policy

Changes to the affordable housing policy in Orange County were approved by the Board of Commissioners last week during a regular meeting. In approving these changes, board members defined affordable housing as any domicile for which the monthly cost of living does not exceed 30 percent of occupant income. Talks on this definition were led by Commissioner Renee Price, who sought to account for the prevalence of high-income housing markets and the relative purchasing power of residents. “The way this reads right here, you could have a house listing at $650,000, and as long as family income is over...

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