Daniela Ocampo

Chapel Hill Preparing for Homegrown Halloween

This year’s Homegrown Halloween will take place Tuesday night, which means Franklin Street will close off to cars so residents can take to the street in costumes. Police Chief Chris Blue says parking will begin closing on Franklin Street earlier in the day, and the road will close at 8 p.m. “And we will try very hard to start clearing it at 10:30,” Blue says. “That’s our plan.” Blue says rules for the night are the same as in previous years. “We don’t want items in the event that look like weapons; certainly, we don’t want weapons in the...

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Local Students Host Week of Action Events

This week is the Eighth Annual National Week of Action Against Schools Pushout! Students in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro have teamed up to host events and lead the conversation. Week of Action challenges the systemic problem of push out in our nation’s schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Carrboro High School student-body president, Niya Farrington, said that this year’s theme, Education is a Human Right! We Will Not Give Up the Fight!, is something she truly believes in. “When I talk about equity the first thing that comes to mind is the achievement gap, which is...

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Board of Education Candidates Respond to Position Questions at Forum

A forum was held last Monday for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro School Board of Education candidates to answer questions about their positions on issues regarding Chapel Hill and Carrboro schools. WCHL’s Aaron Keck moderated the forum. The candidates present at the forum were James Barrett, Joal Hall Broun, Calvin Deutschbein, Amy Fowler, Kim Talikoff and Mary Ann Wolf. Candidate Ryan Brummond was not present due to an emergency. The forum began with each member giving opening statements followed by a series of long answer questions, short answer questions and questions from the audience. The forum space was filled...

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Tiny Homes Coming to Northside Neighborhood

Downsizing and moving into tiny homes has gained popularity in the past few years and Chapel Hill is turning that trend into a service project with a tiny home duplex coming to the Northside Neighborhood. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger says the tiny home duplex will house individuals or couples that have graduated out of the homeless shelter program. “These are two three hundred square-foot homes, it’s a joint collaboration, it’s really, really wonderful, the Jackson Center, Habitat [for Humanity], Self-Help Credit Union and they’re meant to help people who are coming through our shelter program have somewhere to stay and...

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Early Voting Begins Thursday in Orange County

It’s time to cast your ballots. Early voting begins Thursday which means any Orange County registered voter can stop by the Orange County One-Stop Early Sites and cast their vote. Thursday and Friday, those who wish to vote early can head over to the Board of Elections on Cameron Street in Hillsborough from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s the only site open this week. From Monday, October 23 through October 30, early voters can go to four different sites to place their vote, the Board of Elections in Hillsborough, Carrboro Town Hall, Chapel of the Cross on East...

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Local Public Defender and UNC Center for Civil Rights to be Honored at ACLU Awards Dinner

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is hosting the 2017 Liberty Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh this Saturday to honor “champions of liberty,” or those who have worked to advance civil rights and civil liberties in North Carolina. Former public defender for Orange and Chatham counties, James E Williams, Jr., will be presented with the highest honor: the Frank Porter Graham Award for lifetime achievement in civil liberties. Williams retired at the end of May and worked as a public defender for 27 years. The UNC Center for Civil Rights will also be receiving...

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