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Hometown Heroes – Kyla and Ilene Speizer

This week’s Hometown Heroes are Kyla and Ilene Speizer, a dynamic mother-daughter duo that specializes in putting in hours at Orange County Animal Services, caring for animals and working hard to find each and every one a home. “Kyla was always an animal lover, and so when she turned 13 and decided she wanted to volunteer, she could only volunteer with a parent,” said Ilene Speizer. “We decided to do it together, and we have a great time doing it together.” Ilene’s daughter Kyla, a sophomore at East Chapel Hill High School, has been volunteering with her mother for...

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Elections 2016

2016 Election Results As of 12:49 AM on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Partisan Offices President & Vice President of the United States Candidate Electoral Votes Donald Trump & Michael Pence Republican 244 Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine Democrat 215 Gary Johnson & William Weld Libertarian (States Reported: 46 of 50)   President & Vice President of the United States In North Carolina  Candidate Percent Donald Trump & Michael Pence Republican  51 Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine Democrat 45 Gary Johnson & William Weld Libertarian (Precincts Reported: 2678 0f  2704) President & Vice President of the United States In Orange...

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Auto Logic in Carrboro Kick Off “Movember” With a Fundraiser

Movember is here! The effort, which began in Australia, encourages men to grow mustaches in November, to raise awareness of men’s health. “Mo” is slang for mustache in Australia. Carrboro’s Auto Logic kicked off the month of Movember with a lunchtime brats and (keg) root beer event last week to support customers, workers and all men with prostate cancer. The grill was hot, the sun was shining, and brats were a plenty — it certainly made for #MOGOODTIMES ! Team Auto Logic is supporting the University of North Carolina and Duke prostate cancer programs. All proceeds benefit the Movember foundation to...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Rusty

Meet Rusty! Currently living at the Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, Rusty is five years old. He has a calm and sweet disposition, and adjusts to new environments with ease, so long as he has a human companion around to provide company and plenty of petting. Unassuming but appreciative of attention, Rusty is non-confrontational when it comes to other cats demanding the spotlight. He waits his turn for food and love, and hopefully can find a home where he can be a companion and live his low-maintenance life with plenty of time set aside for lap sitting and head scratches....

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Ephesus Church Road Closure Leads to Significant Detour in Chapel Hill Starting Nov. 1

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials will be closing part of Ephesus Church Road in November to address flooding issues – but the closure is frustrating nearby residents. The closure will be near the intersection with Tinkerbell Road, close to Ephesus Elementary School. Town public works director Lance Norris said the plan is to “replace an existing undersized and dilapidated pipe” to address “the flooding issues that have been occurring on Ephesus Church Road”. But the plan was announced on short notice, and that’s frustrated both residents and officials. Mayor Pam Hemminger said the work has been delayed in an...

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Don’t Forget to Vote on November 8th

Sponsored by Orange County Government On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, Orange County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against two bond referenda: $120 million to fund the repair and renovation of safety and security features, as well as infrastructure in schools, and $5 million to create 1,000 affordable housing units for rental and ownership throughout the county. The proposed bond referendum of $120 million for schools repair and improvement is primarily designed to increase capacity, improve safety and security, and renovate and repair the district’s ten oldest schools. Chapel Hill High School will be reconstructed...

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Ron Stutts is Back and (Almost) Better than Ever!

After going through four weeks of not being able to do his morning show on WCHL, Ron Stutts is getting closer to 100 percent every day and is about to get back on the air! Currently, he plans to host Countdown to Kickoff starting at 12:30pm on Saturday before the Tar Heels face off with Virginia Tech.  Then, he’ll resume hosting The Morning Show with Ron Stutts on Monday morning! And, at the end of next week, The Morning Show will begin airing from 6am to 10am each weekday! Ron wants to thank a few people for helping him get through...

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Joe Burgess: Hometown Hero

Joe Burgess is this week’s WCHL Hometown Hero. Joe began working with the Triangle Disability Awareness Council about seven years ago. He saw the needs of how technology and special needs software could empower citizens with disabilities.  But, when he discovered that the cost of a program which speaks and reads to the disabled was over $1000, and more than the average blind person could afford, he fashioned a grant request to purchase this software for teaching and empowering citizens with disabilities.  There are now four centers and growing to serve the blind and those with special needs using this software. Joe works...

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Dr. Amy Fowler: Hometown Hero

Dr. Amy Fowler is this week’s Hometown Hero. There are several reasons why we are honoring Dr. Fowler.  One of those reasons is her work as president of the Orange and Chatham chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina, a position she has held for years.  She is also the Chair of the Special Needs Advisory Council for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  Dr. Fowler also volunteers in several capacities at her church. In addition to these positions, Dr. Fowler is a practicing pediatrician.  She has three children, one of whom has autism. Dr. Fowler received her undergraduate degree...

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With Open Arms

Editors Note: The following is an excerpt of an article written by Zachary Read of UNC Health Care.  It tells the story of UNC medical student Yousef Abu-Salha who fulfilled a dream of caring for child refugees from Syria, while honoring the legacy of his slain sisters Yusor and Razan and best friend Deah.  Read the full story at UNCHealthCare.edu.   With a view of the border wall that separates Turkey and Syria in front of him, UNC medical student Yousef Abu-Salha pulls up a chair at a makeshift dental and medical clinic to talk to a child from Syria,...

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