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Tar Heel Baseball Holds 11 Panthers On Base For 7-2 Win

CHAPEL HILL – In preparation of its second conference weekend, the No. 1 UNC baseball team took down its second Big South opponent in as many days. The Tar Heels tallied seven runs in the first four innings and coasted to the 7-2 victory over the High Point Panthers. With a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, junior third-baseman Colin Moran hit his tied-for-team-leading third homerun batting another man in and giving the Heels four in the fourth. Moran led the way batting 2-3 with one run scored and three RBIs in all. Senior first-baseman Cody Stubbs also had a strong night batting 3-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Junior right-hander Shane Taylor started on the mound for Carolina and threw 5.1 innings giving up five hits, one earned run, two walks, and throwing three strikeouts. In all, the five-pitcher staff allowed nine hits (equal to Carolina’s total), but the defense held and High Point left 11 runners stranded. Wednesday’s win improved UNC to 16-0. The Tar Heels take their 3-0 conference mark into the weekend series against the No. 29 Miami Hurricanes who dropped their conference-opening weekend to Duke, 2-1. Box...

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UNC Chancellor Search Drawing To A Close?

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees will meet on Monday for an emergency meeting via conference call. With the search for the University’s next leader still underway, all thoughts lead to the Chancellor Search Committee. Opening and closing remarks will be conducted in open session, but per the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, the Board has decided to conduct the meeting in closed session. While the search committee has been interviewing potential candidates for the position, the committee only makes a recommendation to University System President Tom Ross who will then make the final decision on the hire. The committee is expected to suggest three potential candidates for President Ross. Monday’s meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to last for about an hour. Due to the nature of the meeting regarding personnel matters, the agenda for the meeting has not been...

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News Around Town: Last Chance To Vote For Franklin Street; Library Closes Sat

CHAPEL HILL – Friday is the last day to vote for Franklin Street as North Carolina’s best main street. The North Carolina American Planning Association (APA) annually celebrates great places across the state and the communities that sustain them. Earlier this year, people from all over the state submitted their nominations and Franklin Street was chosen as one of six finalists. Chapel Hill’s main street is still in fourth and Friday is the final day to submit your vote. To do so, click here. XXX Don’t forget the Chapel Hill Public Library at University Mall will shut its doors on Saturday. It’s scheduled to reopen at its new location in early April. Until then, the Town of Chapel Hill and the library administration suggests people “enjoy the extra time with the books, movies and music you checked out from the library.” All due dates will be adjusted so that when the library is closed and you can’t return your books, you won’t accrue late fees. The e-book and e-magazine portion of the public library is not going anywhere. The library’s website will remain up during the switch and has thousands of e-books to offer. Zinio is the library’s new digital magazine service and allows people access to full, current issues of dozens of popular magazines, and you can put them all on your library card. For more information, click...

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Walmart Opens Temporary Hiring Center In North Chatham

CHAPEL HILL – Walmart has opened a temporary hiring center in Chatham County and is looking for employees for their store which is scheduled to open this summer just over the Chatham County line. “What we’re looking for is just people that want to come on board with Wal-Mart and get a great career,” says store manager, Chris Smith. “Walmart has a lot to offer, and hopefully people can benefit from that.” A lot of people in Orange County were sad to see that the store is being built just over the County line and taking the sales taxes with it. However, Smith says this store will provide many opportunities for local people, and he’s a great example. “I’ve been with the company a little shy of 13 years, and I started out as an hourly associate,” Smith says. “This is my second store in North Carolina. Walmart is just chock-full of opportunities for people.” The temporary Walmart hiring center is located at 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 168. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested applicants can also apply online by...

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ECH Creates Social Media Constitution To Combat Inappropriate/Harmful Behavior

CHAPEL HILL – With advancements in technology have come additional methods of bullying in schools and one local high school is working to deter the misuse of social media. “Students are always going to find new and unique ways of finding power,” says Rob Frescoln, administrative intern at East Chapel Hill High School. “Bullying is just that, somebody who might previously had not had power expressing that, trying to find out who they are.” Frescoln says bullying isn’t the only concern those advancements have brought on. “If you post it, it’s permanent,” Frescoln says. “Applications such as SnapChat where kids can send messages back and forth, send images back and forth and those images supposedly disappear after four, six, ten seconds, they have this idea that it’s not permanent.” Together with some students and the administration at East Chapel Hill, Frescoln created a summit where experts in the social media industry along with counseling interns and the school’s administration got together to talk to the students about the dangers of things like Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat, but more importantly to talk about how they can be used in a positive way. “Gary Kayye came to talk to the kids about how social media is portrayed in the media,” Frescoln says. “We had a speaker come from WUNC public television to talk about how social media effects life after high...

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Carrboro Special Election Scheduled For March 19 May Be The Last

RALEIGH – With the special election to fill the vacant seat on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen less than a week away, early voting has only produced one vote in more than a week, and the North Carolina Legislature is working to make sure the unnecessary cost doesn’t happen again. “(It’s) for one person,” North Carolina Senator and former Carrboro mayor Ellie Kinnaird says. “It’s not as though there (is a) contested election even.” The one person who filed for the empty seat is former Carrboro Planning Board chair and current member, Damon Seils. The special election is costing the Town nearly $18,000. Kinnaird says a bill that passed in the Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the House will change the format and eliminate that unneeded cost when a situation like this arises. “I think there are 500 and some cities and towns that have this particular way of filling a seat with either an election or an appointment,” Senator Kinnaird says. “So, we just want to be like every other city and town that has this particular method of filling a vacancy.” In fact, Chapel Hill recently filled the empty seat on the Town Council by appointment. That seat was left vacant by Penny Rich when she left for the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Senator Kinnaird says, as she has often seen, the Orange County...

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Study Finds No Conclusion Of Link With Sludge-Based Fertilizer And Human Illness

CHAPEL HILL – After residents living near sludge-based fertilizer applications reported feeling ill, a recent study shows that more research is needed to determine whether or not it’s causing heath issues. “This research is reporting on perspectives and the experience of people who live near where treated sewage sludge is applied to land,” says Amy Lowman, research associate at the UNC Department of Epidemiology. The sludge-based fertilizer application is part of OWASA’s biosolids recycling program. They are produced through a high temperature anaerobic digestion process applied to untreated wastewater sludge according to Federal and State requirements that allow their beneficial reuse as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Lowman says very little human health research has been done on the topic, so more information will need to be gathered to find conclusive evidence. Of the information that was gathered, the study does not indicate whether or not the treated sludge is causing the sickness. The study didn’t run an exposure assessment, but Lowman says of the reports, the researchers can infer how the subjects were being affected by the fertilizer. “People reported smelling very strong and offensive odors,” Lowman says. “So, that suggests it’s something that they’re breathing in the air from the sludge. That might be one possible pathway.” The study surveyed 34 people who reported they were affected by the fertilizer application. Lowman says more than half of...

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CH Personnel Appeals Committee: Fired CHPD Officer Should Be Reinstated

CHAPEL HILL – After being fired for taking sick days and using them as vacation, a Personnel Appeals Committee says a Chapel Hill Police Officer was wrongly terminated, according to WRAL. Cpl. Chris King was fired in August for taking sick days during a family vacation in April. Upon discovery, his supervisor suggested King be suspended for a day or two, but Chief Chris Blue made the decision to fire him stating his credibility as an officer was unclear after that action. Last month, a hearing was held where King, with his lawyer Travis Payne present, admitted to the misuse of sick days. He told the Committee that he believed the punishment was too harsh. The five-member panel reported to Town Manager Roger Stancil with a recommendation to reinstate King and listed a lesser punishment, though a specific one was not listed. The report also stated that King’s Supervisor “failed to properly advise” him “of the potential consequences of ‘calling out’ sick” and that he was misled to believe it was acceptable. It said that this kind of behavior was in no way uncommon and that the policy “has not been so strictly enforced in the past.” King had no previous performance issues or other marks of discipline on his record. Payne previously told WCHL that he believes Stancil would likely take ten to 14 days to review the case with...

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Trip To The Big Dance Is Likely, But ACC Championship Would Sweeten The Deal

CHAPEL HILL – The 60th ACC men’s basketball tournament tips off Thursday night in Greensboro and for the third time since 2010, North Carolina gets to take day one off. The Tar Heels finished the season 22-9, 12-6 in the first 18-game conference schedule and in third place. That seeding is good enough for a bye for UNC into Friday evening’s 9:30 p.m. tipoff. Carolina is coming off a 69-53 loss to rival Duke on Senior Night in the Dean Smith Center. The first time the Tar Heels and Blue Devils met, UNC followed that loss with a 6-1 run to the season finale. Head Coach Roy Williams says the team’s in a different situation now. “This time we don’t have too many positive things coming out of the Duke game,” Coach Williams says. “I think that we understand the mistakes that we made Saturday night. I think now we have more knowledge and more experience to hopefully change those things quickly.” As a three seed, North Carolina will face either six-seed Florida State or 11-seed Clemson. UNC swept Florida State and beat Clemson in their one meeting this season. Coach Williams says neither team is to be taken lightly, and Thursday night’s game—while it may lean in one direction—is not yet decided. “Florida State’s really played well down the stretch,” Coach Williams says. “They won their last two games;...

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Listen Live: No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts Gardner-Webb Tuesday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 North Carolina baseball team steps outside the ACC for two one-game mid-week contests beginning Tuesday night against Gardner-Webb. UNC breezed past its first ACC opponent this past weekend with a sweep over Wake Forest on the road. In the series, the Tar Heels tallied 30 runs compared to the eight they gave up. That number is in line with UNC’s season average of ten runs to three per game. Gardner-Webb is coming off a strong home stand including a sweep of Air Force Academy. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are struggling at the plate this year batting .266 as a team. However, their opponents have only been hitting .225. The Tar Heels have obviously not seen any trouble at the plate. Carolina is batting .316 and limiting its opponents to a .196 batting average. First pitch between UNC and Gardner-Webb is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. You can hear the game in its entirety on WCHL beginning immediately after a shortened version of the Evening News with Aaron Keck. To listen to the game tune to 97.9 FM-WCHL, or click...

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