John Thomas

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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Inter-Faith Council Collecting Donations for Residents Displaced by Water Line Break

The Inter-Faith Council is now receiving donations on behalf of residents living near Foxcroft Drive in apartments that flooded after an OWASA water line broke February 3. The flooding damaged six apartments. Two were damaged so badly that their residents moved to a hotel until other apartments became available. Two graduate students occupied one of the apartments, and a UNC staff member lived in the other, according to the non-profit. OWASA cannot assist the residents due to North Carolina law, causing the IFC to strongly encourage donations from members of the community. The IFC also indicated that it will help...

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Inter-Faith Council Offers Chance to Meet Executive Director Candidates

The Inter-Faith Council will hold meet-and-greets with its final two candidates for executive director Thursday and Friday in Chapel Hill. The first candidate will be available to talk with the community and answer questions from 3:45 to 5:00 Thursday afternoon. The second will be available at the same times Friday. Both sessions will be held in the fellowship hall at United Church of Chapel Hill, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Homestead Park. Following the meetings, a senior IFC staff member will receive feedback from those who attended. That feedback will be shared with the IFC’s search committee. The IFC...

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OWASA Releases Water Shortage Timeline Ahead of Board Meeting

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority will address the recent Chapel Hill water shortage at its Board of Directors meeting at six o’clock Thursday night. The meeting will take place at Chapel Hill Town Hall instead of its usual location in Carrboro. OWASA executive director Ed Kerwin said this change in location would ensure the people of Chapel Hill have the chance to easily raise questions about what happened. “It’s so important that we’re fully transparent and forthcoming with this information,” he said. To aid with that goal, OWASA released a timeline of events Wednesday regarding the water shortage. The timeline...

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OWASA Begins Investigation Into Water Shortage

With the Chapel Hill water shortage over, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority has launched two investigations to assess the situations that caused this weekend’s water shortage in Chapel Hill. OWASA director Ed Kerwin said those investigations are in their early stages. But Kerwin also said OWASA would be able to provide more detailed information about what happened during their board of directors meeting at six o’clock Thursday night. The meeting has been moved from Carrboro to Chapel Hill Town Hall in order to make it easier for the community to have their questions answered. “It’s going to be...

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Chapel Hill to Host Community Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department announced it will host its Community Police Academy beginning on April 4. The two-day academy is designed to provide members of the community a behind-the-scenes perspective at how their department functions and a look into the daily life of a police officer. The academy will feature a number of hands-on experiences, including K9 demonstrations, discussions on usage of force and computer simulations of real police scenarios. Participants can attend the first session on the evening of April 4 or April 6. All participants will attend the second session in the afternoon on April 8....

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Carolina For the Kids Achieves $50,000 Fundraising Goal

The student-run UNC non-profit Carolina For the Kids raised more than $50,000 over 24 hours Tuesday and Wednesday to benefit UNC Children’s Hospital. The fundraising push was part of the organization’s second annual “50K in One Day” initiative, which fell just short of its goal in 2016. This year, Carolina FTK brought in about $52,000. The program began Tuesday night during the UNC basketball game against Pittsburgh, where fans had the chance to donate to Carolina FTK members. The organization held events for UNC students on campus Wednesday to bring in more donations, including an egg hunt for an...

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Carolina For the Kids Seeks to Raise $50,000 in One Day

For the second straight year, Carolina For the Kids, a non-profit made up of UNC students, will attempt to bring in $50,000 of donations in one day. Carolina FTK’s “50K in One Day” event kicks off Tuesday night at 7:00 at the UNC men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh in the Dean Smith Center and will close exactly 24 hours later. Fans at the basketball game will be able to donate to any of the Carolina FTK members in attendance. “We are very excited to be working with Carolina athletics to give sports fans a greater opportunity to support Carolina For...

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UNC Sets New Record for First-Year Applications

For 12 years running, UNC has set a new record for first-year applications for the upcoming academic year. More than 40,000 students applied to the university before the January 16 deadline. That’s a nearly 14 percent increase over the number of applicants last year, the second-largest increase in the last 25 years. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions Stephen Farmer said the university is “humbled by the interest shown in us by so many terrific students from all over the world.” All those students now await their decisions from the university. Those who applied in October will receive...

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