Steph Beckett

Orange County Voters Support $125 Million Bonds

While Orange County residents voted in the presidential and other races on Election Day, the majority also voted for two bonds – one to update safety and security features in schools, and another to create more affordable housing units. The proposed bond designates $120 million to the school features, as well as updating infrastructures of the buildings. Another $5 million have been designated to create 1,000 affordable housing units throughout the county. The school bond passed 75/25 and the affordable housing bond passed 66/34. According to current projections, property owners will see property taxes increase to pay for the...

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Hillsborough Police Make Arrest for Armed Robbery

Hillsborough police arrested a Hillsborough man for an armed robbery at an apartment complex earlier this month. Jermarise Dejuan Bolden was arrested Monday for an armed robbery at Ashford Lakes Apartments on October 22. Bolden was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, and was placed in Orange County Jail with a secured bond of $25,000. Police had received a report of an armed robbery at the apartment complex on S Churton St. at about 2:20 P.M. on October 22. Officers who responded to the scene learned that two people were held at gunpoint and robbed of about $1,000 and...

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Gas Prices Expected to Rise After Pipeline Shutdown

Officials at AAA Carolinas say they expect gas prices to climb after a gasoline explosion in Shelby County, Alabama, late Monday evening. Colonial Pipeline shut down Lines One and Two in response to the explosion. Tiffany Wright is the Public Relations Manager for AAA Carolinas. She says, “If September’s shutdown was any indicator of what we should expect, prices are definitely going to spike at the pump.” In September, Colonial shut down the pipeline due to a leak. Fuel prices then increased in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Both North and South Carolina also experienced shortages at gas stations for about...

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Google Fiber Moving Forward with Installation in Chapel Hill

Google has announced that its project, Google Fiber, will not be accepting any more new cities for its Internet network. The project was created to go up against cable and other Internet providers as a much faster option. But the process has proven to be too expensive. According to Bloomberg, nine percent of the staff is being let go, and Project Chief Craig Barratt is stepping down. There are already eight metropolitan areas with Google Fiber as an option, the Triangle being one of them. Google began installing Fiber in Chapel Hill earlier this year, but residents expressed concern...

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Missing: Pumpkins, Inflatables Stolen in Chapel Hill

There have been multiple reports in the past 24 hours to the Chapel Hill Police Department that pumpkins, inflatables and other Halloween decor have been stolen from yards. @ChapelHillPD at our house it is the squirrels. Not cool. — Carl Seashore (@carlseashore) October 26, 2016 Several pumpkins and a 12-foot inflatable Jack-0′-Lantern were reported stolen from locations along North Estes Drive. The Boy Scout Troop on North Estes Drive also reported multiple pumpkins and two inflatables missing from the location, according to Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore.  Decorations, including several other pumpkins and an inflatable spider, were also reported stolen from...

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Police, Community Members Hold Forum to Discuss Race and Policing

Race and policing are topics that have often been discussed together in the past five years regarding inconsistencies in arrests, searches and traffic stops. Law enforcement in Orange County are already beginning a pilot program that police say is meant to push towards the end of racial profiling. But they also held a forum on “Policing, Race and Community” public to any who wanted to be there. “This is something that’s been going on for a long time,” said Orange Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall in his remarks opening the forum. “It’s not anything new. Maybe it’s boiled to...

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Sage Road Adding Bike Lanes

Sage Road in Chapel Hill is adding bike lanes to both sides of its roadway from Erwin Road to Fordham Boulevard. The lanes are being added as part of a resurfacing and restriping project scheduled to continue through Nov. 10. The project will change Sage to a three-lane road with one vehicular travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane and buffered bike lanes. There are already sidewalks on both sides of the road. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimized during the project, with lane closures and traffic flaggers between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. This project is part...

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Orange County Project Connect to Take Place Thursday

As of the last point-in-time count earlier this year, there were 80 people without homes in Orange County. And chances are, those people need the same types of services and resources that people with homes do. That’s what coalition members with the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness were thinking when they created Project Connect. It’s a chance for those who are experiencing or are at risk for homelessness to stop by and get everything from a winter coat to legal advice to a haircut and makeover for job interviews. “Our goal this year is to really have quite...

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Orange County Early Voter Turn Out Up 43% Over 2012

It’s currently the fourth day of early voting in North Carolina, but through Saturday, 12% of all registered voters in Orange County had already voted. Voter turnout is already expected to be high this year. According to a study by Pew Research Center, 80% of respondents said they’ve thought a lot about the election. This is the highest amount measured in the past quarter century. Also, from that same study, 60% of people say they are more interested in this election than they were four years ago. While interest may be a reason for the spike in early voting...

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UNC Alumna Gives Five Million Dollars to Wilson Library

UNC alumna Florence Fearrington has given $5 million to the Wilson Special Collections Library. This is the largest gift ever given to a library on the UNC campus. She designated $1 million of her gift to help update the reading room in Wilson for the first time since a three-year renovation that began in 1984. It will be renamed the Fearrington Reading Room in her honor. The rest of her contribution will create the Fearrington Special Collections Library Fund, and will be used for research work and student resources. Fearrington has made previous gifts to the the UNC Library’s Rare Book Collection....

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