Kelly Fahey

Study Shows Population Disparity in N.C.

According to a study by Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center, although the population of North Carolina as a whole is growing substantially, populations in the state’s more rural municipalities are steadily declining. Of the state’s 553 municipalities, about 41% have seen population decline from 2010-2016. Demographic Analyst at the Carolina Population Center Jessica Stanford noted that this decline hit certain areas of the state harder than others. “There was quite a bit of decline in the Northeast Corridor and some municipalities such as Rocky Mount that had once been much larger and are seeing massive decline numerically,”...

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CHCCS Appoints Three New Administrators

Following seven new administrative appointments last week, the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School Board continues its shifting of administrative roles with three new appointments this week. Pamela McCann was named principal of Estes Hills Elementary School. She is currently assistant principal of the same school after arriving in 2016 from Durham Public Schools. She takes over for Drew Ware, who was named Principal of Phillips Middle School last week. Monica Bintz was named principal of Grey Culbreth Middle School. She is currently assistant principal of Phillips Middle, where she has worked since 2015. Bintz takes over for Beverly Rudolph,...

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Study Shows Employment Growth Inequality in N.C.

A new study shows that the state’s post-recession economic growth may only be worsening the income gap. According to N.C. State Economist Mike Walden, while the highest and lowest paying jobs in the state have seen growth, “routine” middle-income jobs have decreased steadily in the past year. Policy Analyst at the North Carolina budget and Tax Center Patrick Mchugh says this trend can be seen throughout our state. “This is not limited to rural North Carolina small towns or former manufacturing cities,” said McHugh. “This is happening across the board, virtually every city.” WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Patrick...

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CHCCS Announces New Administrative Appointments

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approved seven administrative appointments at its meeting on Tuesday evening. Among which were three principals. Beverly Rudolph was named principal of Carrboro high, Drew Ware of Phillips Middle and Arrica DuBose of Seawell Elementary. Rudolph served as principal of Culbreth Middle since 2011. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at East Chapel Hill and taught English/Language Arts in Edgecombe, Buncombe and Cabarrus County Schools. Ware has been the principal of Estes Hills Elementary since 2013. He has also served as a principal, assistant principal and a teacher in...

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Timeline Laid Out For New Library

A timeline has been laid out for the future library and multi-use arts center to be located on South Greensboro St. between Carr and Roberson St. According to Mayor Lyida Lavelle, a development agreement could be coming soon. “We’re in the process of finalizing a development agreement with the county commissioners who are also excited about this project,” said Lavelle. Lavelle says creating a site plan for the lot could take up to a year and groundbreaking is scheduled for next fall. Architect Jim Spencer presented plans for the center at a town meeting in late June, which includes...

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July 17 Proclaimed “Ron Stutts Day” in Chapel Hill

The Town of Chapel Hill has officially proclaimed Monday, July 17, as “Ron Stutts Day”. The accolade marks the 40 year anniversary of Stutts hosting the Morning Show on WCHL. Stutts has also officiated weddings, acted as Master of Ceremonies and led Chapel Hill’s Holiday Parade as Grand Marshal on several occasions. Stutts’ work at WCHL has included covering politics since the presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan and covering five UNC Basketball National Championships. The proclamation was made by Community Safety Communications Specialist Ran Northam at a celebration honoring Stutts held at the Strowd on...

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Water Pipe Replacement on Hillsborough St

Routine maintenance on sewer pipes on Hillsborough St. will begin today. The construction will cause Hillsborough St. to close from Martin Luther King Blvd. to North St. between the hours of 7AM and 4PM. The southbound lane will remain open to maintain access to emergency vehicles, service vehicles, buses and residents in the vicinity. OWASA will need to temporarily interrupt water service when connecting the new pipes to the existing water lines. Customers will be notified one to two days before interruption of service. Work on the road will normally occur between the hours of 7AM and 4PM on...

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UNC Announces New University Librarian and Vice Provost

UNC has selected Elaine L. Westbrooks as its new University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries. The decision has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, and will come into effect August 15. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Westbrooks was the Associate University Librarian for Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Chancellor Carol Folt and I are excited to welcome Elaine to Carolina,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. “She brings more than 19 years of higher education library experience to her role, where she will oversee one of...

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Grand Opening Scheduled for Metro-Target

The grand opening for the new Metro-Target located in Carolina Square on Franklin Street is scheduled for this Sunday at 8 a.m. Complimentary reusable shopping bags will be handed out to the first 1,000 customers. The grand opening follows a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, which is not open to the public, and a soft opening on Wednesday. The layout of the new Metro-Target offers a more downtown-focused design than a Super Target. Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger spoke on this. “They actually have a pickup window too,” Hemminger said. “You can order online and walk over and pick...

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Kenan Trust Helps Launch Health Initiative

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the UNC School of Medicine $1.5 million to launch the UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative. According to the initiative’s director, Dr. Meg Zomorodi, it will help establish clinical experiences for students while still serving the community. “We want to place students and have them learn from the providers in these rural settings but we also want to give back to the community,” said Zomorodi. “The students will do that through projects that they’ll work alongside with the primary care practices to do.” The trust launches a three-year pilot program which...

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