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.

“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

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.

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 To donate to Orange Opens Its Heart, click here.

“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 or – and visit for more information about the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

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.

In H’boro, “National Night Out” Promotes Small-Town Vibe

This Tuesday is “National Night Out” in your local community.

“National Night Out” is an annual event, now in its 31st year, co-sponsored by police departments across the country to promote close, friendly neighborhoods – the better to prevent drug abuse and crime.

From 6-8 pm, you’re invited to turn on your outside lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside with your neighbors. Many neighborhoods in the area are hosting special events, and police officers will be there to meet with residents as well.

In Hillsborough, National Night Out is another example of the town’s commitment to its close-knit, small-town character. Mayor Tom Stevens joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the Monday afternoon news to discuss both National Night Out and the town’s efforts in general to preserve its character in the face of development and growth.

Fate Of Colonial Inn At Stake Wednesday

The fate of Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn could be decided on Wednesday.

That’s when the town’s Historic District Commission meets to consider a request for demolition from the building’s owner, Francis Henry.

The building at 153 West King Street is 175 years old, but it’s sat in disrepair for years. Henry bought the property in 2001.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 Wednesday evening at the Town Barn. Some residents are planning to gather on the lawn in front at 6:30 for a “lawn party” in support of the building.

Hillsborough mayor Tom Stevens joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the Monday afternoon news to discuss the issue – as well as the procedure that the commission will use to make its decision.

Chapel Hill Public Library: Summer Reading So Far and Banned Books Project

The Chapel Hill Public Library has had quite a busy summer, and the summer reading program is still ongoing with a few more events on the way later this year.

Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library, Susan Brown, joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck to give an update on how this summer’s reading program has faired thus far.

“Summer reading is going really well. Chapel Hill is a town of readers of all ages,” says Brown. “Thanks to our friends groups, we have funds for some awesome programs. Our goal this year was 20,000 hours for everybody: kids, teens, adults, and I think we’re right on the cusp of meeting that, and we really want to bust it.”

The Banned Books Week Project is also coming back to the library in the last week of September. Brown explains the details:

“We’ve started getting in some great submissions,” says Brown. “This is where we ask local artists to create a small scale work of art on paper based on a banned book or author. We had about 48 submissions last year. All of the submissions get put into an exhibit at the library, but we have a jury, including the mayor, and we choose seven in a blind jury to print as little trading cards. During that week in September, you have to come into the library every day of the week to get a full set. It’s great art.”

There is still time left to sign up for the Chapel Hill Summer Reading program, available for kids, teens, and adults. To learn more, click here.

For more information on the Banned Books Week Project, click here.

Mayor Kleinschmidt Reassures Public Safety for Chapel Hill

In the week following the tragic murder of UNC professor Feng Liu, Chapel Hill citizens have voiced their concerns about their safety within the community.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck about this past week, and how it has affected the Chapel Hill area.

“It’s been a very difficult, challenging week to be able to balance the needs of our community following the violent crimes that occurred, but also learning how to and remembering to celebrate great events with a community that has been fighting so hard for them,” said Mayor Kleinschmidt.

He says that the people of Chapel Hill want to be reminded that this is a safe community and that need that guidance when things seem so uncertain when it comes to their well-being. He says he spoke with the UNC chancellor and affirmed their goal for public safety. He assured that he and the police departments have heard the concerns from citizens and have been surveying neighborhoods that were affected by the attack and working to provide a feeling of security.

“People need to know that we understood that, and our police department did and were there immediately,” says Mayor Kleinschmidt. “The response to this crime actually happened very, very quickly. Now we’re working with our police department and our crisis units, which we have one of the best in the country as part of our police department as well as getting expertise from our local school system to talk to families about how to deal with violent crime that occurs like this in their neighborhood.”

Mayor Kleinschmidt says he has also heard from people outside the neighborhoods asking what plans to be done. He says that now is the time that the police needs to process the information and figure out what to do next.

“I think we need to step back and give them the time to do the processing,” suggested Mayor Kleinschmidt. “We are there helping them process, and so I think many others in the community really need to take a deep breath and let them handle what happened in their neighborhood.”

He also encourages that everyone participates in the national Neighborhood Night Out on August 5 from 6 to 8 pm, in which residents in neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill as well as across the country are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

For more information on Neighborhood Night Out, click here.

Orange County Rape Crisis Center Seeks Volunteers

Back to school time is approaching, and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center is now looking for volunteers.

Alyson Culin of the OCRCC joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck to talk about the programs starting up again with the school year, including the Safe Touch program.

“We have our Safe Touch program, wherein all of the elementary schools in both school districts from pre-K all the way through fifth grade,” says Culin. “We’re teaching kids about being safe and safe versus unsafe touches, talking about your body belongs to you, things like that. We are having another volunteer training because we need wonderful people who are very excited to go into the classrooms and talk to kids.”

The Safe Touch program covers many facets, from teaching younger children about what to do when they feel unsafe, to older kids and the dangers of bullying and what to do when being bullied. The OCRCC speaks to well over 9,000 kids in schools across the county. Culin says that this is a great opportunity as she was once a volunteer for the Safe Touch program before she became a permanent member of the OCRCC.

“We offer training sessions. They’re going to start in mid-August,” Culin states. “We start at the beginning and cover everything from the heavier stuff on what sexual violence is all about, but then also how to answer crazy questions from 5-year-olds. After training, people will do a couple test runs, practice programs, and then they will jump into the schools, usually with a partner that’s a little bit more experienced.”

Culin says that the OCRCC is looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with the program. She says that they are accepting applications for their middle and high school programs that as well; training for those programs is starting in September.

For more information and to volunteer with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, click here.