Daniela Ocampo

Chapel Hill License Place Agency to Reopen

The Chapel Hill License Place Agency will reopened Wednesday in its previous location on Franklin Street. The agency was closed and its contract cancelled in mid-July after an anonymous tip that resulted in an investigation by the DMV License and Theft Bureau for possible violations of state laws. Until a new contract to operate is awarded, the office will be staffed by DMV employees. The DMV is currently accepting applications for potential agency contractors through Sept. 6. The office will be open Mondays- Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well...

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Chancellor Folt Requests Initiative to Bring More Art to Chapel Hill

You can expect to see a lot more art around Chapel Hill soon, but not just in Ackland Art Museum and Memorial Hall. A new initiative is aiming to put art all over town. Art Everywhere kicked off in April with an on campus event that included painting, performances, and one of Art Everywhere’s first projects- putting 10 pianos around UNC’s campus. Carolina Performing Arts Director and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts, Emil Kang, says the idea for the initiative came from art-lover Chancellor Carol Folt’s desire to immerse the entire campus in art. “We want...

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Governor Roy Cooper Kicks Off State-Wide School Supply Drive

Governor Roy Cooper launched an annual school supply drive in order to help students and teachers offset the costs of supplies that public schools require but do not provide. The drive was announced at Pearson Elementary School in Durham on Tuesday, where Gov. Cooper spoke about how this unmet need can be a problem for teachers. “Far too often, teachers are having to dip into their own pockets to cover the cost of classroom supplies. Supplies that their students need to learn,” Gov. Cooper said. On average, teachers spend about $500 of their own money on supplies for their...

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Durham Joins in on Brunch Bill, Allowing Alcohol Sales Earlier on Sundays

Durham residents can now enjoy an alcoholic drink with brunch starting two hours earlier on Sundays. The Durham City Council met on Monday to amend the city code, allowing restaurants to begin selling alcohol at 10 am instead of noon. Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 155, or the Brunch Bill, into law on June 30, allowing local governments to amend their ordinances to permit earlier alcohol sales on Sunday mornings. It only took Carrboro and Raleigh a week after the law was made to pass new regulations allowing earlier alcohol sales on Sundays. Carrboro and Chapel Hill called...

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Report: NC Not Doing Enough to Fight Tobacco Use

When it comes to preventing and reducing tobacco use in all states, North Carolina is close to last place according to a report put out last week by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, or ACS CAN. Every year ACS CAN releases an annual report called How Do You Measure Up?, a report that measures how states are doing in reducing and preventing tobacco use. According to the report, North Carolina and 11 other Southern states are not implementing any of the nine policy actions which are proven to protect adults and youth from preventable death as a...

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Affordable Housing Wait List to Prioritize Homeless

The Orange County Housing Authority will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for homeless only beginning Saturday, August 12, until Thursday, August 17. Interim Housing Human Rights and Community Development Director Annette Moore said many families have been waiting to receive these vouchers for a long time. “We have people already who have come that have been in tents and in their cars, and they’re ready to get this process started and so are we,” said Moore. To be eligible, applicants must fit under the Orange County Housing Authority Administrative Plan definition of homeless: “An individual or family...

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New Bridge for Old Greensboro Road

The Old Greensboro Road Bridge that passes over Phils Creek between Jones Ferry and Neville Road in Chapel Hill will be replaced with a new bridge. The N.C. Department of Transportation Board of Transportation has awarded $984,000 for the project which will begin in October and is scheduled for final completion in March 2018. “The work includes elevating the bridge by two feet and adding new bicycle lanes in each direction,” said Division 7 Board Member and Chairman Michael Fox. “This will increase safety by improving sight-distance as well as improve connectivity for drivers and bicycle riders in this...

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Compass Center Trains Hairstylists to Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence

Compass Center for Women and Families, a nonprofit that provides domestic violence, self-sufficiency and youth health services, launched CUT IT OUT® beginning in July, a national curriculum that trains salon professionals in recognizing warning signs of domestic abuse. Stylists at Mina’s Studio in Chapel Hill have already completed the free one-hour training. “The Compass Center was gracious enough to come in and educate our stylists more about sort of how abusive relationships go, the difficulties of people getting out of abusive relationships and what we as stylists should and shouldn’t do when we think or know that we have...

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Police and Community Come Together Tonight for National Night Out

Tonight is the 34 Annual National Night Out. From 6 to 8 p.m. people in neighborhoods across the nation are encouraged to go outside, come together and get to know one another to build a stronger sense of community. Many local neighborhoods will be hosting special events such as block parties, cookouts, and visits from police. “The best crime prevention is knowing what’s normal in your neighborhood and knowing who your neighbors are and being able to connect and agree that you’ll look out for each other,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. National Night Out is designed...

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Rams Plaza Sells for $21.55 Million

Chapel Hill retail center Rams Plaza off Fordham Boulevard has sold to new owners for more than $21 million, following $2 million renovations made to the plaza. This purchase is the first out-of-state retail investment that the buyer, an affiliate of Austin Sumner Properties of Athens, Georgia, has made, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Previous owners were real estate developers The Kalikow Group of New York, Breakers Capital Partners of Miami and Argus Development Group of Charlotte. The businesses jointly bought the plaza in 2011 for $13 million. Following the purchase, Rams Plaza Associates LLC began building and...

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