Steph Beckett

Northside Neighborhood Initiative Celebrates One Year of Accomplishments

Gospel singers, town and county officials and community members gathered Thursday for the Northside Neighborhood Initiative Celebration. There was singing, laughing and some offered memories of what Northside used to be, and what they hope it will be in the future. Longtime resident Matthew Farrington said his house used to belong to his uncle before he passed away. “He had told me awhile back, he said ‘Whatever you do, don’t ever get rid of my house,'” Farrington said. “And thank the Lord, I still have it after 20 years.” Creating a permanent home for residents like Farrington is the purpose of...

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UNC Hosts Forum on Islamaphobia

The UNC Parr Center for Ethics held a forum Tuesday to discuss the recent anger and fear expressed towards Muslims in America. The room was full with students, professors and community members. Some had to stand in the back because there weren’t enough seats. The panelists included UNC professors Charlie Kurzman, Tim Marr and Juliane Hammer. Author and attorney Melody Moezzi also acted as a panelist. The discussion began with a breakdown of different statistics. Last year, there were a little over 16,000 homicides in America. Kurzman says Islamic Extremism accounts for a very tiny part of any of...

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UNC Non-Profit Raises Over $17,000 with Annual 5K

Carolina For The Kids, formerly UNC Dance Marathon, is a student-run non-profit at UNC. The organization held its annual 5k Sunday morning. Kilometers For The Kids (KFTK) raised $17,795.25  through registrations, sponsors and donations to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital. Carolina FTK partnered with the Office of New Students and Carolina Parent Programs to include KFTK in UNC’s Family Weekend 2016. The event also included a one-mile fun run. Publicity Chair Jacob Blount said it was an exciting start to the year of fundraising. “We are thrilled with the turnout and success of this year’s Kilometers...

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Detour Established While Orange County Bridge Replaced

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge carrying Moorefields Road over a section of Rocky Run Creek just southwest of Hillsborough. The road will be closed for 90 days. The work began on Monday and is expected to be finished by December 24. Local traffic will have access to homes and businesses on either end of Mooresfields Road. But no traffic will be able to pass the closure points on either side of the bridge. A detour has been set up on Dimmocks Mill Road, Thoroughbred Lane and S.R. 1135. This project is part of the...

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Chapel Hill Planning for Inclusive Playground

Chapel Hill is holding a public workshop Wednesday night to plan an inclusive playground for the town. An inclusive playground is one that children of varying ages, sizes and developmental and physical disabilities can all play on together. Early plans say the playground will have features of different sizes and difficulty so no child will be left out. The town currently has nine playgrounds. All of the newer ones meet the minimum requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act. But according to the town plans, officials hope to exceed the standards. The new playground will be built in Cedar Falls Park....

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Carrboro Considering Options for Dilapidated CVS-Owned Building

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with a draft non-residential building ordinance. It would give the town more power over commercial buildings at risk for being a health hazard to the community. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle says the draft ordinance is especially in reference to one building in town: the CVS-owned building on the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver Streets. Lavelle says the question she’s asked most by members of the public is about the future of the building. “About once a week, ‘hey what’s going on with that building?...

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Work Continuing on Durham-Orange County Light Rail Amid Budgetary Concerns

GoTriangle is continuing working with local universities, health care institutions, government and the private sector to continue its plans for a Light Rail that would potentially travel between Durham and Orange Counties – even while budgetary concerns remain due to a cap on light rail spending put in place by the General Assembly. After receiving feedback from these partners on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the organization is researching the possibility of connecting the line to North Carolina Central University. According to preliminary research by GoTriangle, officials say it could be the busiest light rail stop in Durham. Acting...

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Fundraising Effort for Orange County Veterans Memorial Increasing

The site has been chosen, plans are underway and the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee has begun efforts to raise money for the new memorial. The memorial will be built off of Homestead Road, in the field adjacent to the Southern Human Services Center. Renee Price is an Orange County Commissioner and committee member. She says she has backed the memorial from the beginning, and now that everything else has been decided, it’s time to start raising money. “I think once people know that something is happening; the momentum is there; it’s real, then they’ll start giving.” The committee presented...

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Chapel Hill Looking at Options to Expand Downtown Parking

For anyone who has visited downtown Chapel Hill, it’s no secret that parking can be a headache. That’s what the Town Council had in mind when discussing the possibility of adding more parking options at Monday’s public hearing. Town Manager Roger Stancil presented the council with options of where more parking could go, how much it would cost and what type of parking the land could yield. He said Chapel Hill should balance parking with other modes of transportation. “It can include transit and bus riders, of course,” he said. “But we also have lots of bicyclists and pedestrians...

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Orange County Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing About Property Revaluations

Every eight years, North Carolina requires all counties to revaluate properties. This establishes a fair market value for all homes in the state. Orange County will conduct property revaluations for the first time since 2009 beginning in January. The Orange County Board of Commissioners held a meeting on September 6, and discussed the plan for the reappraisals. Tonight, the Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the property revaluations in more depth. Dwane Brinson is the director of the Orange County Tax Office. He said the primary goal of any revaluation is to equalize the tax base. “We...

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