Kelly Fahey

Poll Shows Tillis, Health Care Repeal Unpopular in NC

Over half of voters in North Carolina disapprove of the Senate Republicans health care repeal bill, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling. Nearly half of voters claim that Senator Thom Tillis’ support of the repeal would make them less likely to vote to re-elect him in 2020, as opposed to 28 percent of voters who said it would make them more likely to vote to re-elect Tillis. The poll shows that as of now, Thom Tillis would narrowly lose re-election by four points to “his Democratic opponent.” Healthcare is certainly a large factor in this, as...

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Chapel Hill Residential Parking Permits Expire This Month

Parking permits for Chapel Hill residential parking districts are scheduled to expire on July 31st. Residents who live on a street where parking is prohibited and have no practical way of parking off the street may apply for a new permit as of July 3. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year, except for residents age 65 or older, whose fees will be...

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Orange County Encouraging Mosquito Prevention

The Orange County Health Department is helping in the fight against mosquitoes and mosquito born-illnesses by giving away mosquito dunks at any of its three locations. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Daniel Kashdan spoke on the importance of mosquito prevention. “The reason we need to be taking these steps against mosquito and tick bites is because there are a lot of mosquito born illnesses like Zika, Chikingunya and the West Nile virus that the mosquitoes spread,” said Kashdan. A mosquito dunk is put in standing water to kill larvae before they mature into biting adults without harming humans or other animals....

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Local Officials Offer July 4th Safety Tips

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the Town of Chapel Hill are urging residents to follow safety tips this July Fourth. According to Fire Marshall Tommy Gregory, the safest way to celebrate is by attending the public fireworks display at Kenan Stadium rather than attempting to host your own. “Small, consumer fireworks burn at very hot temperatures and can be extremely dangerous with the potential to cause life-changing injuries,” says Gregory. “If you do use sparklers and other fireworks that are legal in Chapel Hill, do so in a safe space with adequate options to extinguish them.”...

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NC Rural Roads Among Deadliest in Nation

North Carolina’s rural roads are some of the most unsafe in the nation, according to a recent study. TRIP, a national transportation research group, revealed in its rural road study earlier this week that North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in rural road fatalities. AAA spokesperson Tiffany Wright spoke on the matter. “North Carolinians who drive, who live and travel on rural roads, they deserve a transportation system that’s safe, efficient and reliable,” says Wright. Wright claims that simple updates in safety features like updated guard rails and wider shoulders could vastly improve driving conditions on rural North...

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July 4th Travel Projected at All-Time High

With the holiday weekend approaching, North Carolinians can expect to see a record number of travelers on the road. According to AAA spokesperson Tiffany Wright, the projected 1.25 million North Carolinians expected to be traveling this 4th of July is an all-time high. “The historic number of travelers we’re going to see really just adds to what we already predicted we knew would shape up to be a busy summer travel season,” Wright said. Lower gas prices are a likely catalyst for these record numbers. Prices are down eight cents from last year to $2.12 a gallon but, according...

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Second Annual “Food for the Summer” Program Underway

Food for the Summer is well into its second year of providing lunches for children in need in the community and according to new program coordinator Emma Jenkins-Sullivan, the program has seen growth in outreach and involvement. “Last year we had over 650 volunteers come out from the community,” said Jenkins-Sullivan, “and we’re hoping to grow that number even more this summer. Individuals and local groups alike have reached out to lend a hand to children in need. “We have many different collaborators: non-profit collaborators and local government collaborators working with us on the program as well.” Among those...

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Al’s Burger Shack Opening Second Chapel Hill Location

A popular locally owned burger restaurant has announced today that it will open its second location this summer. Al’s Burger Shack, which opened its first location on Franklin Street in 2013, will open a new location in Southern Village near Weaver Street Market. The restaurant has a focus on local and sustainable food and drink and antibiotic free, pasture-raised beef. Its popularity has earned it praise in a number of national publications, including the New York Times and Garden and Gun, as well as accolades from Indy Week and Chapel Hill Magazine. Al’s Southern Village will offer staples from...

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Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament Raises $80,000 for Ronald McDonald House

Over 100 golfers gathered for the 29th Annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament last Thursday. The tournament, which was hosted by UNC head football coach Larry Fedora, raised $80,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, which is the only Ronald McDonald house that serves families from all 100 counties in North Carolina. The Carolina Kids Classic has raised more than $3.8 million since it was created in 1988 by the legendary “Voice of the Tar Heels” Woody Durham and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley. Fedora and Durham welcomed contestants to the Finley Golf Course, among whom were...

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Chapel Hill Awards Top Honor to Two Employees

Two Town of Chapel Hill employees have been awarded the town’s highest employee honor. The 2017 W. Calvin Horton Service Award winners were announced on Sunday by Town Manager Roger Stancil as part of the town’s Employee Appreciation Day at the UNC Friday Center. Joseph McMiller, Assistant Operations Manager at Chapel Hill Transit, and Heather Robinson, Master Firefighter, were given the award. McMiller has served on various committees during his tenure with the municipality, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee and the Employee Forum. He has also organized a Hurricane Matthew Relief Drive and started the Stuff...

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