John Thomas

Tar Heel 10 Miler to Cause Road Closures in Chapel Hill Saturday Morning

The tenth running of the Tar Heel 10 Miler takes over Chapel Hill on April 22, and the race will cause a number of road closures the morning of the event. Downtown Chapel Hill will be heavily affected, and drivers are advised to seek out alternate routes around town from 6 to 10 a.m. From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Chapel Hill Police will block off Raleigh Road stretching from Country Club Road to U.S. Highway 15-501. They will also block off Franklin Street beginning at Estes Drive and ending at Graham Street. That closure will last from 7...

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Chapel Hill Police Prepare for Potential Final Four Weekend Celebrations

Franklin Street is always the life of the party at UNC. After a win against Duke. On Halloween night. Or, if all goes well, after a national championship just a few days from now. Keeping people safe during a rush of Franklin Street is a tall task for Chapel Hill Police. But Captain Josh Mecimore says they’ve dealt with this before. “The planning that we do is very similar to the planning we do for Halloween,” Mecimore said. “Crowd sizes might be a little different and certainly they’ve varied over the years for Halloween.” That Halloween planning and the...

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No Varsity Football for East Chapel Hill High in 2017

When fall rolls around, Friday nights are typically reserved for high school football. But this fall, there’s one local high school where that won’t be the case. East Chapel Hill High School Football coach Ryan Johnson knows something must change. “We decided not to do the same thing over and over again,” Johnson said, “that’s been done the past three years.” In those last three years, the Wildcat varsity football team has won just two games. It’s also been a struggle to find enough players. East Chapel Hill forfeited three of its final four games in 2014 because of...

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Chapel Hill to Establish Task Force Regarding American Legion Property

Chapel Hill is nearing the completion of an agreement to purchase the approximately 35-acre property on Legion Road from the American Legion Post No. 6. A newly commissioned task force will seek to determine how to best use that property. The task force will include Mayor Pam Hemminger and town council members Donna Bell and Nancy Oates. It will also be made up of members from various commissions and the visitors bureau, a person with knowledge of commercial development and three at-large community interests representatives. “I’m excited about this, because it does really take usually a task force or...

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Congressman David Price Holding Chapel Hill Town Hall Saturday

Congressman David Price will host a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon at East Chapel Hill High School from 1 until 2:30 to take questions and hear concerns from residents of North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District. It’s part of a series of town halls that Price began on March 4 in Durham and Knightdale and continued on March 6 in Cary. In Cary, Price received questions about the repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act and about budget cuts to programs like the Environmental Protection Agency. Those topics will likely come up again Saturday, along with questions about immigration...

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Town of Carrboro Enters Discussions with The ArtsCenter on Relocation

The Town of Carrboro is discussing the possibility of The ArtsCenter relocating to 203 S. Greensboro Street as part of a joint project that would include town offices. The location would include performance spaces, studios and classrooms to serve and educate the creative community in Carrboro. “While there are many decisions still to be made, we are enthusiastic about working with the Town of Carrboro to provide more arts opportunities to more citizens,” said Daniel Mayer, executive director of The ArtsCenter. The ArtsCenter is a non-profit founded in 1974 that seeks to inspire creativity and enrich the community through art....

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Inter-Faith Council Hires New Executive Director

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service announced the hiring of a new executive director yesterday following a search process that began in the fall of 2016. Jackie Jenks, who has served as the director of the San Francisco-based community organization Hospitality House since 2001, will begin work as the IFC’s executive director April 10. The IFC chose Jenks from a pool of 72 candidates. “We are looking forward to having Jackie lead us as we move forward,” said IFC Board President Keith Taylor. “She brings with her an abundance of knowledge and experience as well as tremendous passion.” Jenks’...

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Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center to Close for Renovations

Orange County will close the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, to begin a “significant modernization project.” The project includes a host of renovations that are expected to take about ten months, including paving the center. Installation of low-level containers will make it easier to dispose of bulky items and new trash compactors will improve the center’s capacity and efficiency. The county asks that citizens use the temporary waste center on Millhouse Road, less than a mile away from the Eubanks Center, during the renovations. That center will open the morning of...

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Health Department to Present Mental Health Priorities to County Commissioners

The Orange County Health Department will present its three priority areas for mental health services in the county to the Board of County Commissioners at the board’s meeting at seven o’clock Tuesday night. These areas include: -Restoring funding for mental health care from birth to age five -Enhancing in-school services for all grade levels, including having one or more mental therapists per school in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools -Educating the community on how to navigate access to mental health care The health department identified these areas via a report completed in January that analyzed the...

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Local Elected Officials Concerned Over Provision in House Bill 2 Proposal

Government officials statewide are still processing what Governor Roy Cooper is calling his “common-sense compromise” to repeal House Bill 2. The three-part proposal includes a provision that has concerned some local elected officials. Orange County Board of Commissioners chair Mark Dorosin said he’s ultimately excited about the possibility of repealing House Bill 2. “It’s a shameful bit of legislation that has marginalized large numbers of our community and also just brought humiliation and embarrassment to the state,” he said. But Dorosin said he’s also struggling with Governor Roy Cooper’s plan to repeal House Bill 2. “I’m frustrated by the...

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