Chapelboro.com » News http://chapelboro.com/category/news/ More of what you live here for Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 More of what you live here for Chapelboro.com no More of what you live here for Chapelboro.com » News http://chapelboro.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chapelboro.com/category/news/ Marathon Jam Scheduled for Saturday http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/marathon-jam-scheduled-for-saturday/ http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/marathon-jam-scheduled-for-saturday/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:50:52 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132675 For the seventh-consecutive year the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill will host the Marathon Jam. The event is this Saturday and will raise thousands of dollars for the Fisher House Foundation. WCHL’s Ron Stutts caught up with John Santa to find out more about this year’s Marathon Jam.

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For the seventh-consecutive year the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill will host the Marathon Jam. The event is this Saturday and will raise thousands of dollars for the Fisher House Foundation.

WCHL’s Ron Stutts caught up with John Santa to find out more about this year’s Marathon Jam.

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Schools Forced into Tough Rescheduling Choice http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/schools-forced-into-tough-rescheduling-choice/ http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/schools-forced-into-tough-rescheduling-choice/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:57:22 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132665 Students in our area have been enjoying many snow days in the last two weeks. But they will have to be made up. A statement from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced makeup days for the rest of the academic year, one of those is May 25 – Memorial Day. Other days will be made up […]

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Students in our area have been enjoying many snow days in the last two weeks. But they will have to be made up.

A statement from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced makeup days for the rest of the academic year, one of those is May 25 – Memorial Day.

Other days will be made up through the elimination of delayed openings in March, April, and May. Also Saturdays are in the mix, Saturday, May 21, will be an early-release day.

Any further cancellations will likely be made up by Saturday classes.

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New Charge for Carrboro Assistant Boy Scout Master http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/new-charge-for-carrboro-assistant-boy-scout-master/ http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/new-charge-for-carrboro-assistant-boy-scout-master/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:31:16 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132663 A new charge has been filed against former Carrboro Boy Scout Troop Assistance Scout Master Brian Burnham. The 36-year-old Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham appeared in federal court in Durham, earlier this month. A new charge was released from the grand jury just this week. Burnham now faces a count […]

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A new charge has been filed against former Carrboro Boy Scout Troop Assistance Scout Master Brian Burnham.

The 36-year-old Former Boy Scout Troop 845 Assistant Scout Master Brian Burnham appeared in federal court in Durham, earlier this month.

A new charge was released from the grand jury just this week. Burnham now faces a count of knowingly distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography by mail, shipping, and transporting child pornography “using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.”

Burnham had previously been charged with knowingly receiving child pornography from at least early 2009 through November 2014, according to court documents.

The investigation began in November 2014 with a cybertip from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

In the search warrant, an investigator swore that Burnham has not spoken face to face with juveniles about sexual topics: adding that Burnham only talks to the juveniles about these topics via the internet and cell phone.

Burnham’s defense attorneys argue that, however inappropriate some of those messages may be, the ones quoted do not support any inference that Burnham may have committed any sexual crimes against the minor males or attempted to entice any of the minor males to do so.

Burnham was released from prison under a $50,000 secured bond, under the conditions put forward in the court, including that Burnham would reside with his mother in Matthews. He also submitted to electronic monitoring, he shall have no contact with the victim or any minor child under the age of 18, unless in the presence of his guardian. Burnham is also ordered to not possess or use a computer, or any other means, to access any “on-line computer service,” or possess or cell phones or other electronic devices.

Defense attorneys filed 33 character testimonies from citizens who wrote in attesting to the character of Mr. Burnham.

He is due back in court next week for arraignment.

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Closings and Delays http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/school-closings-and-delays/ http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/school-closings-and-delays/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:00:38 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132232 Schools: Alamance-Burlington Schools closed Thursday, February 26. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools closed Thursday, February 26. Chatham Charter School closed Thursday, February 26. Chatham County Schools closed Thursday, February 26. Durham Public Schools closed Thursday, February 26. Hawbridge School closed Thursday, February 26. Orange Charter School closed Thursday, February 26. Orange County Schools closed Thursday, February […]

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Schools:

Alamance-Burlington Schools closed Thursday, February 26.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools closed Thursday, February 26.

Chatham Charter School closed Thursday, February 26.

Chatham County Schools closed Thursday, February 26.

Durham Public Schools closed Thursday, February 26.

Hawbridge School closed Thursday, February 26.

Orange Charter School closed Thursday, February 26.

Orange County Schools closed Thursday, February 26.

PACE Academy closed Thursday, February 26.

St. Thomas More will be closed on Thursday, February 26.

Willow Oak Montessori Charter School closed Thursday, February 26.

Woods Charter School closed Thursday, February 26.

Colleges:

UNC has canceled classes through 10 o’clock Friday, February 27.

Duke has canceled classes through 10 o’clock Friday, February 27.

Government:

Durham County Government Offices are closed Thursday, February 26.

Orange County Government Offices are closed Thursday, February 26.

Orange County Courts are closed for Thursday, February 26.

OWASA will be closed Thursday, February 26.

Healthcare:

UNC Hospitals’ procedural areas, UNC Hospitals clinics, and UNC Faculty Physicians clinics will delay openings until 11 a.m. Thursday.

Carolina Dialysis in Carrboro will open at 8 o’clock Friday, February 27.

Transit:

Chapel Hill Transit will not operate Thursday, February 26.
Events:
Conversation with Yo Yo Ma, to be held at Memorial hall, has been canceled.
UNC Wesley Campus Ministry Big Wesley Auction has been re-scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 at Christ United Methodist Church.

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Local Businessman Chris Derby Passes Away http://chapelboro.com/news/obituaries/local-businessman-chris-derby-passes-away/ http://chapelboro.com/news/obituaries/local-businessman-chris-derby-passes-away/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:45:29 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132290 William “Chris” Derby, 57, died suddenly Monday night, reportedly from a heart attack. Chris was a leader in the business community and community at large. He was owner of The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Blvd. Derby also owned a food truck called Baguettaboutit. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chapel […]

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William “Chris” Derby, 57, died suddenly Monday night, reportedly from a heart attack.

Chris was a leader in the business community and community at large. He was owner of The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Blvd. Derby also owned a food truck called Baguettaboutit. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Membership Committee. He was also a supporter of many charities.

Derby’s family shared this with WCHL:

On the evening of February 23, Chris passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in the comfort of his home. In addition to being a devoted family man, Chris was actively involved in the community. Chris was well-known for his positivity, leadership, boundless energy, generosity and integrity. As an active member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and board member at Extraordinary Ventures, Chris supported fellow business owners and members of the community.  In addition, Chris owned The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Boulevard and was a partner in Baguettaboutit.

Chris was fortunate to meet the love of his life, Marcy, at Catawba College; they were married in 1984.  Chris was a devoted and loving husband, “Cool Rocking Daddy,” caring son, fantastic brother and genuine friend to many. His children, Brett, Kelly and Torri, brought out the best in Chris as he excelled at fatherhood, supporting their every endeavor from school to scouts to sports.  Chris loved classic rock music, making mix CDs, the beach, performing magic to delight others, working in his yard, being the king of the grill and planning gatherings with his life-long friends.

Chris is survived by his wife Marcy, his son, Brett, 27, and his daughters, Kelly, 25 and Torri, 19, his sister, Julie Derby Jaecksch of Martinez, CA, and his brother, Lee (Shelley) Derby of Damascus, MD, mother-in-law/father-in-law, Patricia and Melvin Hook of Pittsburgh, PA, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lisa Hook and Peter Gillon of Washington, DC, Dave Hook of Emeryville, CA, Polly Hook and David Lawlor of Irvine, CA, John and Katherine Hook of Pittsburgh, PA, and Chris and Tammy Hook of Cleveland, OH, as well as eight nieces and nephews.  Chris was predeceased by his mother, Catherine L. Derby.

Chris brightened each and every day with his enormous smile, opening his heart to family, friends, employees, customers and community members.  Chris touched many lives and all who knew him will continue to strive to emulate him and carry him in their hearts and memories always. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street in Chapel Hill. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests that donations in memory of Chris be made to Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 or the American Heart Association.

Derby was named a WCHL Hometown Hero in 2012:

 

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce release the following statement:

“The Chamber is saddened to learn of the death of business leader, community leader and chamber board member William ‘Chris’ Derby, owner of The UPS Store at Fordham Boulevard and Meadowmont and the Baguettaboutit food truck and restaurant.

Chris served ably on the Chamber board for years, chairing the Chamber’s membership committee and serving on its executive committee. Chris was also active on the board of the local nonprofit Extraordinary Ventures and played a leadership role in the Chapel Hill 2020 process. Chris was a genuine friend to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, generous supporter of many organizations and tireless worker endeavoring always to make this great place even better.

The Chamber staff and board offer our most sincere condolences to the Derby family and Chris’ employees. The Chamber will share details about the service and memorial contributions as they become available.”

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NC Senate Passes Bill Allowing Magistrates to Refuse Gay Weddings http://chapelboro.com/news/state-news/nc-senate-passes-bill-allowing-magistrates-to-refuse-gay-weddings/ http://chapelboro.com/news/state-news/nc-senate-passes-bill-allowing-magistrates-to-refuse-gay-weddings/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:52:54 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132567 A bill that allows magistrates to opt out of performing weddings for same-sex couples, on religious grounds, passed in the state Senate Wednesday, and will now go to the House.

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A bill that allows magistrates to opt out of performing weddings for same-sex couples, on religious grounds, passed in the state Senate Wednesday, and will now go to the House.

Senate Bill 2 passed 32-16. Support for the bill was almost all on the GOP side. But two Republicans – Sen. John Alexander of Raleigh, and Sen. Jeff Tarte of Cornelius – voted against it.

And two Democrats – Sen. Ben Clark of Raeford and Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte – sided with the majority.

SB2’s primary sponsor is Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County.

The bill states that: “Every magistrate has the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages under this Chapter based upon any sincerely held religious objection. Such recusal shall be upon notice to the chief district court judge and is in effect for at least six months from the time delivered to the chief district court judge.

“The recusing magistrate may not perform any marriage under this Chapter until the recusal is rescinded in writing. The chief district court judge shall ensure that all individuals issued a marriage license seeking to be married before a magistrate may marry.”

Sarah Preston, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, urged a Senate panel on Monday not to move SB2 to the floor for a vote.

“The American Civil Liberties Union that is interested in both protecting religious freedom and the rights of gay and lesbian individuals,” said Preston. “And we see this as an attempt to allow government officials to impose their religious beliefs on North Carolinians, and pick-and-choose which job duties they wish to perform. And for that reason, we find it incredibly troubling.”

Preston said she shares the concern of some Democratic legislators that, if passed into law, SB2 could have consequences beyond those intended by its sponsors and supporters.

“What you could very well see,” said Preston, “is a situation where a couple, whether they’re a same-sex couple, or an interracial or interfaith couple, actually go into a government office, and they are seeking to have a marriage performed, and they could be told, ‘No, hang on a minute, I have to go talk to my supervisor.’

“And that magistrate could recuse himself, right there, on the spot. So you could see people being getting discriminated against. You could see people getting stigmatized.”

Preston said that the idea of magistrates opting out of job duties is such “a new concept,” she’s not yet sure how events will proceed through the courts, if the bill becomes law. She said she hopes that people will contact the ACLU, if they feel they’ve suffered discrimination from it.

Similar bills have been introduced in Indiana, Georgia, and Arkansas.

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CHTC Member Storrow to Host Town Halls http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chtc-member-storrow-to-host-town-halls/ http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chtc-member-storrow-to-host-town-halls/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:19:32 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132557 Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow is scheduled to host the first of four town hall events Wednesday evening. Over the next two weeks, Storrow will host four such events to get input from the residents and business owners of Chapel Hill. Storrow says each town hall will have a different focus. Wednesday, February […]

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Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow is scheduled to host the first of four town hall events Wednesday evening.

Over the next two weeks, Storrow will host four such events to get input from the residents and business owners of Chapel Hill.

Storrow says each town hall will have a different focus.

Wednesday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 in the evening at DSI Comedy, Storrow will be joined by business owners and leaders from the Chapel Hill Downtown partnership to receive feedback and share goals of the future of Downtown Chapel Hill.

Saturday, February 28, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, Storrow will host a Town Hall at the Rogers Road Community Center. This event will focus on social and environmental justice.

Thursday, March 5, at 5:30 in the evening from The Siena Hotel, a Town Hall will focus on economic development.

Finally, at 5:30 in the evening of Thursday, March 12, Storrow will host a Town Hall at the Chapel Hill Public Library. This will include leaders from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and will focus on working together across governmental lines in Orange County.

Storrow says that he is holding these events to receive feedback about what issues are important to residents of Chapel Hill.

When asked if this was the first step in announcing a run for election when his term is up this fall, Storrow says it is still early to make a formal announcement. He adds that an announcement will likely be made next month.

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3 Former UNC Athletes Join McAdoo in Lawsuit Against School http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/3-former-unc-athletes-join-mcadoo-in-lawsuit-against-school/ http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/3-former-unc-athletes-join-mcadoo-in-lawsuit-against-school/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:35:31 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132465 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former women’s basketball player at the University of North Carolina has joined in a lawsuit which alleges the school failed to provide athletes a quality education by guiding them toward sham classes. Kenya McBee has joined the class-action lawsuit filed by ex-football player Michael McAdoo in federal court last November. […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former women’s basketball player at the University of North Carolina has joined in a lawsuit which alleges the school failed to provide athletes a quality education by guiding them toward sham classes.

Kenya McBee has joined the class-action lawsuit filed by ex-football player Michael McAdoo in federal court last November.

Another former women’s basketball player, Leah Metcalf, and former football player James Arnold have filed a similar class-action lawsuit in state court.

McAdoo’s lawsuit said he was guaranteed a good education while being recruited, but was ultimately directed toward three options, one of which was African-American Studies — the curriculum that formed the basis for the long-running academic scandal.

UNC spokesman Joel Curran said in a text message that the school wouldn’t comment on pending litigation.

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UNC Settles Lawsuit From Mary Willingham http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/unc-settles-lawsuit-from-mary-willingham/ http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/unc-settles-lawsuit-from-mary-willingham/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:48:52 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132327 The University of North Carolina has reached a settlement in the lawsuit from learning specialist Mary Willingham, who resigned last year after her public statements about academic improprieties at the school resulted in a tense meeting with Chancellor Carol Folt.

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The University of North Carolina has reached a settlement in the lawsuit from learning specialist Mary Willingham, who resigned last year after her public statements about academic improprieties at the school resulted in a tense meeting with Chancellor Carol Folt.

Willingham said she was berated at that hourlong April meeting.

In July, Willingham sued the university, and asked the Board of Governors for reinstatement.

The terms of the settlement have not been announced. UNC has said the settlement does not include reinstatement.

Here is Monday’s statement from UNC, attributed to Rick White, Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs:

“The University has reached a settlement with Mrs. Willingham that resolves all of the outstanding legal issues in the case. We appreciate the efforts of the mediator to help us achieve a successful and timely conclusion to the mediation. We believe the settlement is in the best interest of the University and allows us to move forward and fully focus on other important issues. The settlement is pending review and final action by Judge Boyle.””

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CHCCS Under Criticism Following Delayed Announcement http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/chccs-under-criticism-following-delayed-announcement/ http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/chccs-under-criticism-following-delayed-announcement/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:59:49 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=132306 Many parents with elementary and middle school aged children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were upset Tuesday morning with the decision to, initially, go forward with classes. Officials then announced parents could pick up students early, but that buses would not be running until roads were safe. WCHL’s Blake Hodge caught up with Jeff Nash […]

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Many parents with elementary and middle school aged children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were upset Tuesday morning with the decision to, initially, go forward with classes. Officials then announced parents could pick up students early, but that buses would not be running until roads were safe.

WCHL’s Blake Hodge caught up with Jeff Nash from the Office of Community Relations:

 

UPDATE: Nash says all students were picked up from school, with the last few students being taken home by district transportation around 3 o’clock.

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