Kelly Fahey

Car Break-Ins Hit Southern Village, Meadowmont

A string of 26 car break-ins late last month taking place in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village and the parking lot of the Meadowmont swim club has the Chapel Hill Police Department urging citizens to take extra precaution while parking their cars. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue stated that the majority of these break-ins happened to cars that were left unlocked. “Those are the kind of things that can really help slow down or prevent those car break-ins from happening, simply locking the door and taking valuables out of the car,” said Blue. Blue also stated that if you...

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Some Urge for Increased Action Over Silent Sam Statue

As the national argument over the appropriateness of monuments deemed offensive to marginalized communities, specifically people of color, carries on, some at UNC are calling for increased action by the powers that be. Chancellor Carol Folt has maintained that she would order the Silent Sam statue to be removed if she felt the university had the legal authority to do so, but cites a 2015 law requiring approval by the North Carolina Historical Commission for the removal or relocation of any monument, memorial or work of art owned by the state. After the North Carolina Historical Commission voted last...

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DOLRT Station Info Meeting Thursday Night in Chapel Hill

The Durham-Orange Light Rail Project has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration to enter the engineering phase. The project is in contention to receive over $1 billion dollars in federal investment. Go Triangle project director Danny Rogers claims that this will bring continued involvement from the FTA. “They take that very seriously,” said Rogers, “because now [the FTA] is going to start investing in our project through partnership and more involvement.” This approval by the FTA also means that any work done on the project is still eligible for reimbursement. The Orange County Board of Commissioners was briefed...

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UNC Grads Relocate Furniture Manufacturing Company

A furniture manufacturer called Cardinal Workshop is relocating its headquarters to Hillsborough in December. The e-commerce startup that specializes in designing and manufacturing long-lasting furniture that is easy to move is currently located in Queens, New York City. “Orange County offered the perfect balance of functional manufacturing space, a growing local market for our products and services, and an unbeatable talent pool as our company grows,” said Bryce Williamson, a partner in the firm. “Above all, the people we met throughout the relocation process and the tight-knit community feel made the decision to move to Hillsborough a no-brainer. We...

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Eubanks Road Speed Limit Decreased

A portion of Eubanks Road stretching from Millhouse Road to Martin Luther King Boulevard near the I-40 interchange has had its speed limit reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH. According to Community Service Safety Communications Specialist Ran Northam, the decision was made by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Northam said that the Chapel Hill Police Department is taking extra precautions to make drivers aware of the change. “We’ve got two digital signs out there that will be out for a few weeks letting people know of the change because really it was just a sign change that...

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Artistic Director of Playmakers Repertory Company Wins National Award

Producing Artistic Director of the PlayMakers Repertory Company Vivienne Benesch has been named the 2017 Zelda Fichandler award winner by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Benesch will receive a $5,000 grant from the award, which is presented to an individual committed to the arts who has made significant creative contributions to theatre in the U.S. Benesch is in her second season at Playmakers and has directed many acclaimed productions including Molly Smith Metzler’s The May Queen, Deborah Salem Smith’s Love Alone, and John Logan’s Red. The award is named after Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning director Zelda Fichandler...

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Extended Candidate Filing Period Added for School Board Election

Due to an extra vacancy on the Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board, an extended filing period will be added for additional candidates to have the chance to file for election. The board agreed on October 2 to October 6 to be an adequate time for a filing extension period. Annetta Streater, whose term was originally set to expire in 2019, is stepping down from her position on the board. James Barrett, Joal Broun, and Andrew Davidson’s terms all expire this year. Barrett and Broun are running for reelection. Since Streater’s term only has two years left, the candidate that comes...

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Demonstrators Gather in Peace and Justice Plaza

Demonstrators gathered in Chapel Hill’s Peace and Justice Plaza yesterday for what was deemed “A More Perfect Union”. With Silent Sam looming in the background, Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP, the Community Church of Chapel Hill and others originally planned to gather for a counter protest of White Nationalist leader Richard Spencer’s would-be appearance on campus. Although his application was denied due to safety concerns, Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP President Anna Richards said the groups decided to still gather as a united force against White Nationalism. “Even though he isn’t coming, we thought this was a great opportunity to bring together people...

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Chapel Hill Extends Hours of Retail Sale of Alcohol

An ordinance allowing the sale of beer and wine at 10 A.M. on Sundays by businesses licensed for off-premises sales passed unanimously at last week’s Town of Chapel Hill Council meeting. The ordinance conforms to the so-called “brunch bill” passed in late June that allowed restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 10 A.M. on Sundays. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said that the decision to pass the ordinance came after a meeting with the community coalition against binge drinking. “I will say that we have met with them and they didn’t have any data that showed any difference in...

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East Chapel Hill High Celebrates New Solar Initiative

East Chapel Hill High held a Solar Kickoff event last Wednesday to celebrate their winning a grant to install solar panels at the school. The $300,000 grant was awarded to the school and seven other schools in the state by Duke Energy with the help of Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower. Outside of generating renewable energy for the school, the program will also serve as an educational tool for students, which Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Pamela Baldwin believes is of utmost importance. “As a former science teacher, this is the kind of learning experience I long for...

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