Kelly Fahey

First Orange County Sheriff’s Office Community Appreciation Cookout Set for Tuesday

A series of Community Appreciation Cookouts hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office begins today at the Efland Ruritan Club. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood says he hopes the cookouts will foster goodwill and understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the community. “This is just an opportunity for us to go to several select communities and, on a different kind of agenda, sit down and talk with our people,” says Blackwood. While the cookouts are meant to be enjoyable, Blackwood says the department will not shy away from discussing serious topics. “When you come out, I want you to...

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Mini Park Coming to Franklin Street

A new mini park will be constructed in front of Chapel Hill Tire near the northwest corner of W. Franklin and Roberson Streets. The park, which is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire, is part of the Town’s Downtown 2020 Work Plan to enhance visitor experiences and add green spaces in downtown Chapel Hill. Executive Director of the Downtown Partnership Meg McGurk says that while the park is temporary, there may be more “pocket parks” coming to downtown in the future. “This is where...

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Construction Continues on UNC Campus as Student Return Nears

With a new academic year approaching, some construction projects at UNC are nearing conclusions. Among the projects underway are a new café and student lounge on the third floor UNC Student Stores overlooking the Pit, replacing pavers, new seating and shade trees on the walkway in front of the House Undergraduate Library, and utility projects on South Road behind Davis Library and Lenoir Hall. The South Road project will be finished on August 11 and the road will reopen. Longer-term projects on campus include a new soccer-lacrosse stadium and an indoor practice facility at Fetzer and Navy fields. There...

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State NAACP Protests General Assembly Ahead of Redistricting Meetings

The North Carolina NAACP held a demonstration at the state capitol on Monday calling on the General Assembly to hold from passing any new bills until after the 2018 election. The current legislature was elected based on maps that the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. The demonstration corresponded with the 52nd Anniversary of the signing of the 1956 Voting Rights Act. Chair of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP Anna Richards said she finds it troubling to still be dealing with voting rights violations. “It’s ironic that 52 years after that landmark legislation was signed, we’re here in North Carolina...

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Parts of Booker Creek Road Closed

Booker Creek Road will be closed to through traffic until Early October between Lakeshore Lane and Foxwood Drive near the Booker Creek Townhouse Apartments. The closure is due to a storm water drain pipe replacement. The road is projected to reopen in October, weather permitting. A detour map can be found...

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Police Vehicles Experiencing Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Police departments nationwide are taking action over defective Ford Explorer patrol vehicles. Carbon Monoxide fumes from the vehicles are seeping inside, potentially sickening the officers and sometimes causing them to lose consciousness. According to a CBS report, Vermont State Police and other departments in the Northeast have installed carbon monoxide monitors in their vehicles, and two departments in Texas have pulled all of their Explorers off the road. Austin, Texas Police Association President Ken Casady said on CBS This Morning that the issue is of upmost concern. “If this is not done by the end of the week, we’re...

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NC House Reps Meet to Discuss Rural Broadband Access

North Carolina House Representative Graig Meyer and a representative from the State’s Office of Digital Infrastructure will speak tonight on the State’s effort to improve rural access to broadband internet across the state. The meeting, which will take place at the Schley Grange Hall, will focus on the state of broadband access in rural Orange County. Meyer claims that despite agreement on the issue across the political aisle, the General Assembly still hasn’t been able to make any leeway on legislation. “Every rural representative in the state wants to see an expansion of rural broadband access for economic and...

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UNC Announces Fellowship Recipients

UNC has announced eight incoming freshmen and two rising juniors as this years Global Gap Year Fellowship recipients. The fellowship allows the students to defer a year of university enrollment to travel internationally for a combination of study, work and volunteer service. While the fellowship is generally exclusively awarded to incoming freshman, a collaboration with student run The Meantime Coffee Co. enabled the program to grant two inaugural Bridge Year Fellowships to rising juniors Araseli Valverde and Kaitlin Galindo. The Meantime’s co-founders Keegan McBride and Scott Diekema started the company in hopes to provide students with these types of...

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UNC Alum named Ambassador to Spain

The White House announced last week its intent to nominate Duke Buchan III as Ambassador to Spain. Buchan, a Henderson, North Carolina native, graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish in 1985. After graduating from Carolina, Buchan founded a highly successful private investment management firm called Hunter Global Investors and soent time at several large financial and Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch. Buchan serves on Carolina’s Arts and Sciences Foundation Board of Directors and on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. His family also established the Buchan Excellence Fund, which the University called “the largest single endowment...

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UNC Climate Change Study Estimates 60,000 Deaths by 2030 Due to Air Pollution

A new study out of UNC calculates the number of premature deaths that will be caused by future climate change’s effect on global air pollution if left unaddressed. According to the study, which appeared in the July 31 issue of Nature Climate Change, global air pollution is expected to result in roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100. The study is the most comprehensive look yet on how climate change will affect health via air pollution. Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences and reaserch supervisor on the study Jason West claims that climate change’s...

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