Kelly Fahey

Lease Agreement Reached for Prospective Police Station Site

The Town of Chapel Hill is one step closer to building a new police station on land owned by UNC. The UNC Board of Trustees voted on a tentative lease agreement last week for the land, which is located on Estes Drive Extension between Airport Drive and Seawell School Road, to serve as a prospective site for the new station along with other town and university offices. “We have struck a partnership to put a number of town services on that property,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, “with room for some UNC services to perhaps join us...

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Orange Correctional Center Announces New Superintendent

Larry Marion has been named the new superintendent at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough according to the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. Marion served as the assistant superintendent at Orange Correctional Center since 2011 and has been with the Department of Public Safety for 26 years. Prior to his time with Orange Correctional Center, Marion worked at the former Polk Youth Correctional Institution, Umstead Correctional, the Dan River Prison Work Farm, and served as correctional lieutenant at Wake Correctional Center. He was also correctional captain at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women. Orange Correctional Center employs a...

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Construction on West Franklin Street

West Franklin Street will be reduced to one travel lane in either direction in front of the new Carolina Square project site today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to road resurfacing. Work will continue on Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9, weather permitting. For more information, visit the town of Chapel Hill’s traffic...

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Chapel Hill Sees Spike in Larcenies

Chapel Hill has seen an increase in reported larcenies this month according to Police Chief Chris Blue. “This is that time of year when people are travelling, students are not here, and we have seen a dramatic spike in larcenies in the month of July,” said Blue. “A significant percentage of those are from cars.” Blue claims that many of these larcenies occurred while the car was unlocked. Nearly $25,000 worth of stolen items has been taken from unlocked cars in the month of July, including three guns. Blue calls the spike in larcenies “concerning.” “One of the most...

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New Ephesus-Fordham Development Sees Roadblocks

Designs for a new 273-unit apartment building near the corner of South Elliot Road and Fordham Boulevard have been met with concerns by Chapel Hill’s Community Design Commission. The development, which is controlled by Ram Realty Services, is drawing comparisons to the Berkshire Chapel Hill – formerly known as the Alexan – which was the first development to come to the Ephesus-Fordham district under form-based code. Projects in the district require approval from the CDC and town manager, rather than going before the Town Council. CDC member Christine Berndt believes that moving slowly and carefully adhering to guidelines for...

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Winning Design Chosen for “Bee Hotel”

A winning design has been selected for Hillsborough’s first “bee hotel”. The project, which seeks to create a home for bees in Hillsborough’s Gold Park, is the product of a partnership between the Hillsborough Tree Board, the Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority, and Orange County Arts Commission. The large and easily visible “bee hotel” will also serve as public art. The winning design was submitted by Chapel Hill landscape designer and builder David Hinkle. In 2016, Hillsborough became the 35th city in the country to be named a “Bee City USA”. The title comes with a commitment to building healthy...

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UNC Student Reaches Out to High School Refugees

A new college readiness and life skills course for high school aged refugees called “Project Jumpstart” will be held on UNC’s campus from August 7-19. The project is being spearheaded by Riley Foster, a UNC senior and an Eve Carson Scholar. Foster is using the scholarship to facilitate the project, which is the culmination of years of interest in and work with local refugees. “I’ve worked with the Burmese and Karen population since I was 15 at East Chapel Hill High and have continued on through the Refugee Community Partnership which is affiliated with UNC and the broader Chapel...

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Carrboro Plaza Recycling Center to Close

The recycling site at Carrboro Plaza will close permanently on July 28, according to the Orange County Government Newsletter. No replacement site has been named at this time. The property management company cited need for additional parking, dumpsters and a planned expansion of the Monterrey Restaurant as the reason for the closure. The remaining recycling drop off sites, located in Meadowmont Village, University Place, Cedar Falls Park and in Hillsborough in the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, will remain open. Orange County solid waste management officials say they plan to cooperate with the Town of Carrboro and property owners to...

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Endowment Gifts $10 Million to College Advising Corps

A $10 million endowment has been awarded to College Advising Corps, a national non-profit based in Chapel Hill that places recent college graduates from partnering universities in underserved high schools as full-time advisors. The Charlotte-based John M. Belk Endowment will help College Advising Corps increase access to higher education for low-income, underrepresented and first generation students in high schools throughout the state and the nation. College Advising Corps Founder and CEO Nicole Hurd calls the endowment a “game changer”. “Not only is it going to allow us to place advisors in rural North Carolina and increase our footprint in...

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ACL Tears Increase Among Teen Athletes, Specifically Females

A new study from the UNC School of Medicine shows that the rate of ACL tears is rising among teenage athletes, specifically among females. According to the study, the sharpest increase in ACL tears has been seen in females aged 13-17, who have experienced a 59% increase in the number of required reconstruction procedures. Lead researcher on the study and Sports Epidemiologist Mackenzie Herzog believes that increased participation in sports could be a major factor for the increase in ACL tears. “What we do know is that there’s increased participation in youth sports, and while that has many health...

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