Good News Friday – The Ice Bucket Challenge is Back in the News!

In covering the news and keeping the community informed, unfortunately we have to report a lot of bad news; but rest assured that every Friday throughout the summertime, when you tune into WCHL, we will have some good news to report to you!  That’s because it is “Good News Friday!”

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Click here to listen to Ron Stutts broadcast this week’s ‘Good News Friday’ featured story.

 

The ice bucket challenge is back in the news….and that’s a good thing!

Two summers ago, whether you participated or not (and likely you did!) you certainly remember the ice bucket challenge.

Started by former ACC baseball player Pete Frates of Boston College, who himself was diagnosed with ALS; commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease; Pete and his friend, Pat Quinn, dumped a bucket of ice water on their heads, and then, through video and social media, challenged 3 friends to do the same.

28 million Facebook mentions later, with an estimated 1.6 million gallons of water used, and over 100 million dollars in donations to ALS charities collected –  the summer of 2014 BECAME the summer of the ice bucket challenge.

This week a report from Project MinE released by the journal of Nature Genetics documented that a major discovery has been made in the work to find a cure for ALS.  A new hereditary gene, linked to ALS, has been identified. Finding this gene and learning how it works, are the first steps towards developing early testing methods, creating gene therapy treatment, and is a leap forward in the work to eventually find a cure.

AND, amazingly, the research by Project MinE that led to this discovery was directly funded by the money raised through the ice bucket challenge.

With the release this weekend of the powerful film “Gleason” documenting the battle of former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, with his ALS diagnosis; and the continued inspiration provided by our neighbors Vivian Connell from Chapel Hill and Chris Rosati from Durham; we are reminded that ALS remains as one of the most aggressive and degenerative diseases, and the work to raise money and find a cure continues as a MAJOR priority.

But the news this week that money raised can have a direct impact reaffirms our hopes and our commitment to keep on fighting….And THAT’S our good news story of the week!

Click Here to see photos and video of Ron Stutts, Aaron Keck, Roy Williams and more, take the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014!

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http://chapelboro.com/lifestyle/good-news-friday/ice-bucket-challenge-is-back

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Evening

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV wrapped up Tuesday for nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ran Northam on the WCHL Tuesday Evening News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

 

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-evening

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Tuesday Morning

The second and final day of the 2014 ICV is already upon the nearly 100 Orange County residents, including WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s ICV has taken the group to Athens, Georgia, with a stop in Greenville, South Carolina on the way. Athens is a college town much like Chapel Hill-Carrboro with the campus of the University of Georgia abutting the City.

Aaron joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Tuesday Morning News to tell the latest about the trip.

***Listen to the Interview***

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-tuesday-morning

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Monday Evening

The first day of the 2014 ICV came to an end in Athens Georgia for WCHL’s Aaron Keck, who is making his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, along with almost 100 other Orange County residents.

Aaron joined Ran Northam, who is filling in for him on Aaron in the Afternoon and the WCHL Evening News.

***Listen to the Conversation***

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-monday-evening

The 2014 Inter-City Visit, As Told By Aaron Keck: Monday Morning

WCHL’s host of Aaron in the Afternoon and the WCHL Evening News, Aaron Keck, made his second-consecutive trip with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and almost 100 other Orange County residents for the 2014 inter-city visit.

This year’s journey is to Athens, Georgia–the home of the University of Georgia. But, first, the journey stopped off in Greenville, South Carolina–the home of Furman University.

Aaron joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Monday Morning News to tell the story of the journey so far.

***Listen to the Conversation***

Have you missed any of Aaron’s updates from Athens?
Monday Morning | Monday Evening | Tuesday Morning | Tuesday Evening

While in Athens, Aaron has also been writing a column.
Dispatch From Athens: Part I | Part II | Part III

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/2014-inter-city-visit-told-aaron-keck-monday-morning

Congressman David Price To Visit WCHL Studios Tuesday

Members of Congress are on a five-week recess, and your Representative, David Price, is taking some of his time to stop by the WCHL Studios and talk about the top issues being debated in Washington.

Congressman Price is a native of eastern Tennessee and made his way to Mars Hill College and UNC, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He also studied at Yale University where he received a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science. Congressman Price spent additional time in the classroom as a professor at Duke University in 1987 teaching Political Science and Public Policy.

Now Congressman Price serves North Carolina’s Fourth District and is on the House Appropriations Committee. He serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Congressman Price recently announced that North Carolina will receive an added $1.1 million in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security, compared to last year. That work was done through the Appropriations Committee. He and Wisconsin representative Tom Petri, a Republican, announced a bipartisan NCAA financial transparency bill in the heat of heavy intercollegiate athletics discussions.

Congressman Price will also weigh in on foreign affairs as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues as well as the United States’ recent air strikes on Iraq.

Tune in to the WCHL Afternoon News with Aaron Keck Tuesday when Congressman Price will sit down with Aaron for the entire 4:00 hour to discuss timely topics of local, national, and international importance.

http://chapelboro.com/news/national/congressman-david-price-visit-wchl-studios-tuesday

“Downtown Imagined” Wants You!

Chapel Hill’s “Rosemary Imagined” project has expanded and become “Downtown Imagined” – and once again, the town is asking for your input.

Head to University Baptist Church on Monday, August 11, for a pair of drop-in meetings – one from 11:30 to 1:00, the other from 4:30-6:30. (The two meetings will be identical – come to whichever’s most convenient.) Town staff will deliver an overview presentation, but the primary purpose is to solicit community feedback on the project’s current status and gather ideas about future planning for downtown.

Town planner Megan Wooley and Meg McGurk of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have been spearheading the project. They joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air this week to discuss it.

For more information about the Rosemary Downtown Imagined project, visit RosemaryImagined.com.

University Baptist Church is located at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets in downtown Chapel Hill. The meetings will take place in the church’s Great Room.

http://chapelboro.com/news/development/downtown-imagined-wants

Triangle Heart Walk Takes Raleigh In September

You can help the American Heart Association fight heart disease and stroke – two of the four leading killers in the U.S. – by taking part in the 2014 Triangle Heart Walk in Raleigh on September 28.

More than 20,000 walkers are expected to participate, each raising money to donate to the AHA. (The walk itself is one or three miles long, pet-friendly and stroller-friendly.)

Libbie Hough of Comma Marketing in Orange County will be among them; she’s organized a team of walkers called Orange Opens Its Heart. “I’m a heart mom,” she says: she got involved with the AHA in 2009, when her daughter Natalie – then a student at Cedar Ridge High School – went into cardiac arrest at school. Fortunately Natalie survived – another student alerted teachers, who performed CPR and used the school’s automatic external defibrillator (AED) to restart her heart – but Hough says the incident demonstrates how important it is for everyone to be trained and ready for emergency situations, as well as the importance of having AEDs on hand everywhere.

Hough set a goal of raising $1000 for the Triangle Heart Walk – and she’s already doubled that goal, with nearly two months still to go.

Libbie Hough joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air this week to discuss the Heart Walk and the fight against heart disease.

For more information on the Triangle Heart Walk, visit TriangleHeartWalk.org. To donate to Orange Opens Its Heart, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/triangle-heart-walk-takes-raleigh-september

“Be Loud 14” Takes Over Cat’s Cradle – For A Cause

Head to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro this Friday and Saturday for “Be Loud 14,” a two-day musical extravaganza to benefit kids with cancer.

The show begins on Friday at 8:00, with performances by the Pressure Boys (reuniting for only the second time in 20 years), the Connells, and the Dexter Romweber Duo. It continues on Saturday afternoon with a festival in the parking lot, featuring music, poetry, and food trucks – and concludes with another concert on Saturday night at 9:00, with A Number of Things and Let’s Active along with a repeat performance by the Pressure Boys.

It’s all to benefit the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. Founded by Niklaus Steiner (director of UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives) in honor of his late daughter Sophie, the foundation exists to help teens and young adults with cancer “pursue their own interests whatever they are” – to live normal lives, even while undergoing treatments.

Niklaus Steiner and Pressure Boys drummer Rob Ladd joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air Thursday afternoon.

Tickets to “Be Loud 14” are $40 for the full weekend – or you can buy passes for each individual show as well, for $10-$25. For tickets, visit BeLoud14.com or CatsCradle.com – and visit BeLoudSophie.org for more information about the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/loud-14-takes-cats-cradle-cause

For NCCU Coach Moton, “The Worst Times Are The Best Times”

Last year, the Eagles of NC Central took the college basketball world by storm with the best season in school history – including an MEAC title and the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAAs.

But for head coach LeVelle Moton, the challenge of building on that success comes second to the challenge of inspiring young people to follow his example of overcoming adversity.

Next month, Moton will publish a memoir entitled “The Worst Times Are The Best Times,” co-written with journalist Edward G. Robinson III. Some of the proceeds from the book will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Coach Moton joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air Monday to discuss the book.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/collegiate/nccu-coach-moton-worst-times-best-times