Jeff Hamlin

Wegmans Proposal Going Before Chapel Hill Town Council Monday Night

The Chapel Hill Town Council will review a concept plan for the proposed Wegmans Food Market location on Monday night. The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a $4 million incentives package last month to bring Wegmans Supermarket to Chapel Hill. The Orange County Commissioners would give Wegmans $4 million over five years. Chapel Hill would reimburse the county for half of that incentive. On Monday night, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said the council will review Wegmans’ concept plan. “Concepts plans are what’s being proposed on a specific site,” Hemminger said. “It’s just the basics. It’s not the grand...

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U.S. Marshals Make Arrest in Chapel Hill Pizza Hut Robbery

U.S. Marshals have arrested one of two suspects involved in a robbery of a Chapel Hill Pizza Hut. Authorities say the Pizza Hut at Rams Plaza was robbed October 20 by two suspects, one of whom brandished a gun on an employee. The other implied he had a weapon. They came away with over $500 in cash. The suspects were described as black males between 5′ 10″ and 6′ tall, wearing jeans, hoodies and masks. Police say the suspects may have fled the scene in a white Ford F-150. Officials say 17-year-old Anthony Leon McClary was arrested Thursday morning...

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Orange County Unveils New Portal for Economic Information

A six-month process to compile more timely information about Orange County finances is now complete. A new portal is now online that will make information about Orange County’s budget publicly available. The Financial Transparency Portal was unveiled on Tuesday night by Chief Financial Officer Gary Donaldson. “The purpose of it is to provide an alternate means to assess the county’s financial operations,” said Donaldson. Residents can go to the page and find updated information about total expenditures from various departments, including education, general government, public safety, school debt services and OPC mental health. “It just offers another view,” said...

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Chapel Hill Field Hockey Advances to State Championship Game

The Chapel Hill field hockey team will play for the state championship on Saturday after ending the dynasty of their crosstown rivals. The Chapel Hill Tigers defeated the East Chapel Hill Wildcats 2-0 on Wednesday night at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, ending the Wildcats’ run of eight consecutive state championships. Chapel Hill’s Julia Grant scored the game-winning goal with 14:57 remaining, after she launched a rocket into the box off an assist from Ines Yofree. “I knew I had to shoot it really fast,” said Grant. “It was really hype.” Chapel Hill got an insurance goal from...

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Hillsborough Chamber CEO Leaving for Position with Greater Triangle United Way

After two years at the helm, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce CEO Sara Stephens is leaving for a job with the Greater United Way of the Greater Triangle. “Sara brought a lot of energy to the Chamber and helped us as we continue to actualize our vision,” stated Board President Jonna Hunt in a statement. “She will be missed.” “While Sara will be missed,” continued Hunt, “the Chamber board is already working to find a replacement who will not only continue the positive impact Sara made, but also continue to push us forward to becoming better at our pursuit...

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Chatham County Commissioners Approved Incentives Package for Mountaire Expansion Plan

The Chatham County Commissioners have unanimously voted to approve an incentives package to expand the Townsend Processing Facility that will add over 700 jobs in Siler City. In May, Mountaire Farms announced they would purchase the former Townsend Processing Facility in Siler City for renovation. The cost would be $70 million for its opening in February 2018. In 2011, the Townsend plant closed, resulting in 550 workers being laid off. After a presentation by Mountaire Vice President Mike Tirrell, Commissioner Walter Petty immediately made a motion to approve a local incentives package worth $2.3 million over six years. “There’s...

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Latest Public Policy Poll Finds Trump Voters Believe Election will be Rigged if Clinton Wins

Donald Trump’s latest controversial statement came during Wednesday night’s debate with Hillary Clinton, when he refused to say whether he would accept the election results if he loses next month. After widespread backlash, Trump acknowledged he would accept the results of the election the following day (“if I win”). In recent months, Trump has been defiant, saying the presidential election is “rigged” against him because of alleged voter fraud, a biased media and various other entities. A new survey from Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling finds that Trump’s supporters believe his claims. A poll of Trump’s supporters in Florida showed 75% of respondents...

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Election Director: No Absentee Ballots in GOP Headquarters During Firebombing

Orange County Elections Director Tracy Reams says no absentee ballots were in the Orange County GOP Headquarters when the facility suffered extensive damage after being firebombed. Reams says she spoke with Orange County Republican Chair Dan Ashley shortly after the incident Sunday. “He has stated there were no voted absentee ballots there,” said Reams. “Also, my board chair, Cathy Knight, has stated to me there were no absentee ballots there.” There have been conflicting reports over whether ballots were found in the aftermath of last weekend’s firebombing at the GOP headquarters, which left the facility “a total loss,” according...

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Concerns About Velma Rd. Surround Turkish-American Center Expansion

Concerns about the impact of traffic along Velma Road surround a proposed expansion of the Turkish-American Cultural Center, which was the subject of a public hearing at the Chapel Hill Town Council. The center would be built at 1609 East Franklin Street on a 2-acre site between Elliott Road and Estes Drive. The site plan includes a cultural center and a guest house. The center would charge below market rate for the rooms. During a public hearing on Monday night, the Chapel Hill Town Council listened to presentations from Gwen Sancar, owner of the Carolina Turk Evi and President of...

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Brandon-Dean rushes for 107 yards, 2 TDs as Orange crushes Riverside 34-0

Three weeks ago, Orange coach Pat Moser’s plan for star linebacker Bryse Wilson was simple. During his first three years on the varsity level, Wilson has played six different positions. For Wilson’s senior year, Moser wanted to start him slowly. Keep him at his customary linebacker position only for the first few games. Then, gradually, Wilson could start to barnstorm to other positions, basically becoming the gridiron version of Pete Rose or Jose Oquendo in the 1980s. That plan lasted two weeks. In the Panthers’ 20-13 win over Northern on August 25th, starting quarterback Jackson Schmid suffered a torn...

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