Chapelboro.com » News http://chapelboro.com/category/news More of what you live here for Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:18:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 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 NC General Assembly Adopts New Congressional Maps http://chapelboro.com/featured/nc-general-assembly-adopts-new-maps http://chapelboro.com/featured/nc-general-assembly-adopts-new-maps#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:42:27 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163113 North Carolina voters will likely head to the polls three times in 2016. The March 15 primary is quickly approaching and North Carolina lawmakers have been in session this week redrawing Congressional maps after a federal court ruled the 2011 renderings were unconstitutional. The state House and Senate have now approved new Congressional districts, which […]

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North Carolina voters will likely head to the polls three times in 2016.

The March 15 primary is quickly approaching and North Carolina lawmakers have been in session this week redrawing Congressional maps after a federal court ruled the 2011 renderings were unconstitutional.

The state House and Senate have now approved new Congressional districts, which they say comply with the law. Opponents of the new districts say that the new drawings are still illegal because they pack black voters into certain districts.

Leaders in the North Carolina legislature have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the federal court mandate, but the nation’s high court has yet to respond.

Friday was the deadline issued by the federal court for new districts to be approved.

Since district maps do not have to be approved by Governor Pat McCrory, the new renderings became law upon the approval from both the House and the Senate.

The new districts have altered the shape and range of nearly all of North Carolina’s 13 districts, leaving those running for the U.S. House of Representatives scrambling.

The March 15 primary will be held and voters will cast their ballots in the party races for President, Senate, Governor and local elections.

Voters will be asked to go back to the polls in the Congressional primary on June 7, if a stay is not granted.

If a stay is not issued by the March 15 primary, a second filing period will be opened to file for the U.S. House of Representatives. If the U.S. Supreme Court issues a stay, all races will be held during the March 15 primary.

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I-40 East Back Open at 15-501 http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/i-40-east-back-open-at-15-501 http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/i-40-east-back-open-at-15-501#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:23:54 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163106 Eastbound I-40 was closed at US-501 (MM 270) in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon.  The closure was due to a serious accident. The left two lanes were soon opened and traffic was able to get by while work continued in the right lane and the right shoulder. Authorities say to expect delays until 6:30 on […]

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Eastbound I-40 was closed at US-501 (MM 270) in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon.  The closure was due to a serious accident.

The left two lanes were soon opened and traffic was able to get by while work continued in the right lane and the right shoulder.

Authorities say to expect delays until 6:30 on Friday evening.

An alternative route:  Motorists coming from I-85 North/I-40 East should stay on I-85 North, then take the NC-147 (Durham Freeway) exit to NC-147 South. NC-147 South will re-access I-40 East.

Traffic was at a standstill going both directions near US 15-501 on I-40.  Eastbound traffic was backed up to New Hope Church Road (MM 263), seven miles from the accident.

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Judge Dismisses Student-Athlete Lawsuit Against UNC http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/judge-dismisses-student-athlete-lawsuit-against-unc http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/judge-dismisses-student-athlete-lawsuit-against-unc#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:41:55 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163085 A Mecklenburg County judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of North Carolina athletes alleged the school failed to provide them and other athletes a quality education by directing them toward sham classes. Superior Court Judge Richard Ervin cited arguments by attorneys representing UNC that said both the statute of limitations and […]

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A Mecklenburg County judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of North Carolina athletes alleged the school failed to provide them and other athletes a quality education by directing them toward sham classes.

Superior Court Judge Richard Ervin cited arguments by attorneys representing UNC that said both the statute of limitations and sovereign immunity prevented former football player James Arnold and former basketball player Leah Metcalf from pursuing their case.

Cyrus Mehri, an attorney for the athletes, said he would take the case next to the N.C. Court of Appeals. He said the case not only impacts UNC athletes, but college athletes nationwide.

UNC spokesman Rick White said the school was pleased with Ervin’s decision. He said the school’s focus is a world-class education for everyone.

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Remembering Harper Lee’s Impact on the South http://chapelboro.com/featured/remembering-harper-lees-impact-on-the-south http://chapelboro.com/featured/remembering-harper-lees-impact-on-the-south#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:23:18 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163069 Harper Lee, the elusive author whose “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an enduring best-seller and classic film with its child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died. She was 89. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author’s death to The Associated Press on Friday. For most of her life, Lee divided […]

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Harper Lee, the elusive author whose “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an enduring best-seller and classic film with its child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died. She was 89.

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HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author’s death to The Associated Press on Friday.

For most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book’s fictional Maycomb.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, is the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a Depression-era Southern town. A black man has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman, and Scout’s father, the resolute lawyer Atticus Finch, defends him despite threats and the scorn of many.

Bill Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Study of the American South. Ferris spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge to reflect on the passing of Lee.

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Briar Chapel Breaks Ground In Chatham County http://chapelboro.com/news/development/briar-chapel-breaks-ground-in-chatham-county http://chapelboro.com/news/development/briar-chapel-breaks-ground-in-chatham-county#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:54:08 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163051 Briar Chapel broke ground on the first of its four commercial segments Thursday in Chatham County. “After nearly 10 years of strategic planning, this commercial development marks a milestone in Chatham County’s economic growth,” said senior project manager Lee Bowman. Briar Chapel’s commercial section, known as Veranda, will have four buildings with approximately 42,500 total square […]

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Briar Chapel broke ground on the first of its four commercial segments Thursday in Chatham County.

“After nearly 10 years of strategic planning, this commercial development marks a milestone in Chatham County’s economic growth,” said senior project manager Lee Bowman.

Briar Chapel’s commercial section, known as Veranda, will have four buildings with approximately 42,500 total square feet.

It will feature restaurants, office space and medical care facilities.

They are planning open Veranda in late-2016 or early-2017.

“Not only can Briar Chapel residents enjoy convenient dining and shopping options within a short stroll of their own backyards,” Bowman said.  “The creative retail offerings will position Veranda as a destination that visitors from Chatham County and beyond will want to return to time and time again.”

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Orange County Hires New Homeless Program Coordinator http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-hires-new-homeless-program-coordinator http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-hires-new-homeless-program-coordinator#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 17:04:11 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163031 Corey Root will serve as the county’s new Homeless Program Coordinator. The county manager’s office announced the hire on Thursday. Root will “lead and coordinate the effort to develop a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness in Orange County,” according to a release. Root will work to assist at-risk and currently homeless individuals in pursuing services […]

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Corey Root will serve as the county’s new Homeless Program Coordinator.

The county manager’s office announced the hire on Thursday.

Root will “lead and coordinate the effort to develop a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness in Orange County,” according to a release.

Root will work to assist at-risk and currently homeless individuals in pursuing services by working with the Orange County Social Services and Housing Departments.

Root joined the statewide nonprofit North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness in April 2013, according to a release, managing the NC Balance of State Continuum of Care.

Root will begin working on Monday, March 21.

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Zika Virus Confirmed in NC http://chapelboro.com/featured/zika-virus-confirmed-in-nc http://chapelboro.com/featured/zika-virus-confirmed-in-nc#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:09:22 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163021 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced the first case of Zika virus in a North Carolina resident. Officials say the case was confirmed in an adult who recently traveled to a country with an ongoing Zika virus transmission. A release says the patients’ symptoms have resolved. State health director Randall […]

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced the first case of Zika virus in a North Carolina resident.

Officials say the case was confirmed in an adult who recently traveled to a country with an ongoing Zika virus transmission.

A release says the patients’ symptoms have resolved.

State health director Randall Williams says that more travel-related Zika virus infections are expected in the Tar Heel state as long as the outbreak continues in Central and South America.

“While travel-related cases don’t present a public health threat to North Carolina, we always actively monitor emerging global situations and adjust resources to meet needs,” Williams says.

Officials add that no cases of the disease are known to have been acquired in North Carolina, at this time. One infection in Texas has been attributed to sexual transmission.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported travel-related Zika infections in 21 other states, as of February 18.

“We want to take this opportunity to reinforce that travelers to any of the countries with active Zika transmission should follow precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites,” Williams says.

The virus has been in the news recently as concerns have spread that the disease, which is initially passed through mosquito bites, could possibly be causing birth defects. Pregnant women can pass the infection on to unborn children, according to HHS officials.

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Saturday Is “Living History Day” In Hillsborough http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/living-history-saturday-in-hillsborough http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/living-history-saturday-in-hillsborough#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:14:20 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163012 Though really in Hillsborough, *every* day is Living History Day.

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Last year an ice storm knocked out the power. This year the weather will be a lot better.

This Saturday, February 20, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host the 16th annual Revolutionary War Living History Day, commemorating the occupation of Hillsborough by British General Lord Cornwallis in the winter of 1781. (Cornwallis and his army were in the area trying to rally British loyalists. They weren’t able to recruit many.)

Visit the Alliance’s website for more information.

Living History Day will take place from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Hillsborough Visitors Center (150 E. King Street), with local reenactors, colonial dancing performances, spinning and weaving demonstrations, kids’ activities, a book signing by novelist Suzanne Adair, and demonstrations about Occaneechi life by John Blackfeather Jeffries. There will also be historical tours as well as other events at the Burwell School and the Orange County Historical Museum.

Michael Verville and Lindsey Payton of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough joined Aaron Keck on WCHL to discuss Living History Day – along with Jeremiah DeGennaro, who’s leading a historical tour, and reenactor Dave Snyder.

 

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Joal Hall Broun Appointed To CHCCS Board Of Education http://chapelboro.com/featured/joal-hall-broun-appointed-to-chccs-board-of-education http://chapelboro.com/featured/joal-hall-broun-appointed-to-chccs-board-of-education#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:16:13 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=163002 Joal Hall Broun was chosen from seven applicants to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education left by Michelle Brownstein, who resigned in December. While electing the new member in their meeting Thursday night, no board member spoke about any specific candidate. “We’re normally very verbose,” said board member Andrew Davidson. “We tend to […]

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Joal Hall Broun was chosen from seven applicants to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education left by Michelle Brownstein, who resigned in December.

While electing the new member in their meeting Thursday night, no board member spoke about any specific candidate.

“We’re normally very verbose,” said board member Andrew Davidson. “We tend to clam up during this process because when we have this, what we called an ’embarrassment of riches’ last time, we have seven highly qualified candidates so it’s hard for us to speak up.”

Davidson said the board did not want to discourage anyone who applied for the position.

The board voted initially to narrow down the field. In the first vote, the top three names, in no specified order, were Broun, Allen Baunsi and Mary Anne Wolf.

In the second vote, composed of the three remaining candidates, Broun received the majority of the votes and was unanimously approved.

Board member Rani Dasi explained how she evaluated candidates.

“What the board in my mind needs is some structural support,” she said. “We lost 31 years of experience in our last three board members who have left the board. So I really thought about making sure that my candidate had elected experience.”

Broun has worked on the Carrboro Board of Alderman and has served on the board for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority.

She did not address the board on Thursday, but spoke at the meeting last week. She said scrutinizing our expectations of students is important for closing the achievement gap.

“Do you expect that child because he does not look or she does not look like someone else, do you expect them to do well? So the expectation is that all students should do well,” Broun said.

She will be sworn in and officially begin her duties at the next meeting on March, 3.

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Meet Orange County Commissioner District 1 Candidates http://chapelboro.com/featured/meet-orange-county-commissioner-district-1-candidates http://chapelboro.com/featured/meet-orange-county-commissioner-district-1-candidates#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:00:10 +0000 http://chapelboro.com/?p=162983 Four candidates will be on the March 15 primary ballot for two seats up for election out of District 1 on the Orange County Board of Commissioners. District 1 covers the southern portion of Orange County, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Inucmbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for reelection. They will face a […]

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Four candidates will be on the March 15 primary ballot for two seats up for election out of District 1 on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

District 1 covers the southern portion of Orange County, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Inucmbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich are running for reelection. They will face a challenge from longtime Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board member Jamezetta Bedford and Gary Kahn, who has ran for Chapel Hill Town Council, Orange County Commissioner and, most recently, Chapel Hill Mayor in recent years.

WCHL has compiled introductions from each candidate:

Jamezetta Bedford:

 

Mark Dorosin:

 

Gary Kahn:

 

Penny Rich:

 

WCHL will run introductions for candidates from District 2 and the at-large seats over the next week on the morning and afternoon news. The introductions will be posted to chapelboro after running on 97.9 FM/1360 AM.

The Primary Election will be held on March 15. Early voting will run from March 3 – 12.

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