Kenan Stadium to Host July 4th Celebration

Kenan Stadium will be the host of a huge July 4th celebration on Saturday night.

Gates open at seven o’clock and music will be provided by the Transit Vocal Band. DSI Comedy Theater is sponsoring a watermelon eating contest. Kids can enjoy face painting, inflatables, and midway-style games.

Fireworks will begin at 9:30 Saturday night.

WCHL’s Ron Stutts will serve as the master of ceremonies, and he got a preview of all of the festivities with Amanda Fletcher from the Town of Chapel Hill and members of the Transit Vocal Band. Listen below:

US World Cup Squad to Face Germany Tonight

The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team has now set its sights on Germany in the tournament semifinal on Tuesday.

The U.S., stocked with six former North Carolina Tar Heels, knocked off China 1-0 on Friday night in the Quarterfinals.

Two former UNC soccer stars – Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg – started and played the full 90 minutes against China on Friday; Klingenberg has played every minute of the tournament to this point.

Heather O’Reilly got her first action of the tournament on Friday.

Tuesday’s matchup pits Germany, ranked number one by FIFA, against the United States, slotted at number two.

The USA is the only country to reach the semifinal in all seven Women’s World Cup Tournaments.

The next match will be at seven o’clock tonight against Germany and will be televised on Fox.

This will be the fourth time the US has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. Each of the three previous times the teams have met, the winner has gone on to win the tournament.

Diversity Across the Boards

By Barbara Foushee:

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Orange County area has a very diverse population. There are many different cultures and races.

Our local governing boards make decisions that affect all of us and these boards should be a direct reflection of the populations that they serve.

This is not the case.

There is approximately one minority member per local board in this area, which is a good indication that the needs and the concerns of some are not being met. To summarize that statement, there is not adequate representation at the table for everyone when important laws, ordinances, appointments, etc., are being discussed and subsequently voted on.

This troubles me because I know that there have been some qualified applicants in the past and recently that have been looked over in favor of the “status quo.”

I am here to encourage all of you to be a part of your local governing bodies. The decisions that they make will ultimately affect you and your neighbors. Get involved and be the change that you would like to see.

I would also like to challenge the local government entities to take a good hard look at your membership make-up, the efficiency of the board, and whether the board is actually serving the general population or a specific group.

In my opinion, it is definitely worth looking into.

UNC Finishes Fifth in Directors’ Cup

UNC finished fifth in this year’s Learfield Directors’ Cup, its highest finish since 2009 and the 18th time Carolina has finished in the top 10 in the 22-year history of the award.

After the Tar Heels won the inaugural season in 1994, Stanford has won every year since, including the 2015 title.

UCLA finished in second place, followed by Southern California, and Florida before UNC.

The ACC tied the Pac 12 for the most schools in the top 10 with three; Virginia finished in sixth place and Notre Dame checked in at number 10.

Carolina is one of four schools with at least 18 top 10s; Stanford and Florida have placed in the top 10 all 22 years, UCLA has 20 and UNC 18. No other ACC school has more than six.

Football Tickets on Sale Saturday

Single-game tickets for the upcoming Carolina football home games will go on sale at 10 o’clock Saturday morning.

North Carolina A&T, Illinois, Delaware, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke, and Miami will all make trips to Kenan Stadium this year to take on the Tar Heels.

Tickets are also available for the season opener in Charlotte against South Carolina.

17 starters will return from last year’s UNC football squad and the Tar Heels are looking to make it three consecutive years heading to a bowl game.

10 starters return for Head Coach Larry Fedora’s high-octane offense. Former Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik is set to begin his first year as Carolina’s Defensive Coordinator.

You can buy tickets here.

Traffic Blocked on Hillsborough Street

A tree is leaning on a power line on Hillsborough Street in Chapel Hill.

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The road is closed from Bolinwood Road through Rosemary Street, according to fire officials.

They anticipate the road being closed for “a while.”

Avoid the area. No traffic is being allowed through.

SCOTUS Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

In a 5-4 ruling the United States Supreme Court has struck down same-sex marriage bans that remained in place across the country.

Amendment One, passed by North Carolina voters in 2012 banning same-sex marriage in the Tar Heel state, was struck down by the fourth circuit court of appeals in 2014. As federal courts continued to strike down marriage bans, the sixth circuit court of appeals chose to uphold bans in its district. That decision brought the case before the Supreme Court.

The nation’s highest court heard arguments over same-sex marriage bans in late April and Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the ruling on Friday.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt issued the following statement:

It’s a great day for all Americans and for the promise of our democracy. Today the Supreme Court affirmed what a bipartisan supermajority—60%—of Americans have come to understand: the freedom to marry is a precious, fundamental right that belongs to all. This decision is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. State officials should now move swiftly to implement the Court’s decision in the remaining 13 states with marriage discrimination. Same-sex couples and their families have waited long enough for this moment.

As we celebrate this victory, we know we have a lot of work left to do. It is more critical than ever that we harness the momentum borne from the marriage conversation to secure true full equality for LGBTQ people. No one should have to choose between getting married and being fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or being denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are. Hate, violence and deep barriers to healthcare access continue to harm LGBTQ people, especially trans people of color; and LGBTQ immigrants face widespread abuses in ICE detention centers.

The decades-long freedom to marry movement made history, fundamentally transforming the way Americans understand gay people. We stand together as a Proud community today, ready to continue working until the lived experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people is fulfilling, good, inclusive, and equal throughout the land.

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle issued this statement:

Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges is life altering for thousands of Americans. From this day forward, under the laws of our country, same-sex couples now have the absolute legal right to be married. I am so proud to be the mayor of a town that let the charge to this day – thank you, Carrboro.

So many of us were ready to receive the benefits and accept the responsibilities that marriage entailed, but never dreamed that we would be able to marry our partners in our lifetimes. Now we can.

Some may say that this victory came with surprising speed. It is difficult to think of another social sea change that had such a sprint to the finish line. But such a focus is too narrow, as it does not acknowledge or honor the people that suffered and the people that worked tirelessly to get us to this day. Nor does it recognize the people who will never know the benefits of marriage equality. Some were silent in the closet, some battled in the headlines. Many died without knowing that their efforts bore fruit, or without being able to publicly declare their love for another. But we know. We remember. We carry on for you. And we are grateful.

So today we celebrate and give thanks, and tomorrow we get back to work. One only needs look at other civil rights movements to realize that despite this accomplishment, there are more challenges to come. But that is okay – loving won today.

4th District Congressman David Price issued the following statement:

I join many of my constituents, some of whom have been waiting for this moment for a long time, in celebrating today’s Supreme Court decision, which continues the remarkable progress we have made as a country toward equal rights for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. I am reminded this morning of the landmark cases of the Civil Rights era, when justice finally won out over long-standing prejudice.

“But we should also remember that we still have a long way to go – in many parts of the country, including North Carolina, LGBT Americans still don’t enjoy equal protection against discrimination in the workplace, in schools, by medical providers, or in public facilities. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that all of our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family members are treated fairly under the law.

Removing a Member of the Board of Governors

Speculation has surrounded the future of a member of the UNC Board of Governors after news of his arrest last month on domestic violence charges.

UNC System General Counsel Thomas Shanahan says policy was adopted in April of this year that lays out guidelines for Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations of Board Members.

Outside of missing a number of meetings or being appointed to a conflicting board, however, there is no clear policy for criminal charges.

61-year-old R. Doyle Parrish was arrested at his home on Kingsley Road in Raleigh, on May 12, after a report was filed by his wife Nancy Parrish, who was listed as the victim. Parrish was charged with simple assault.

Parrish was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Governors by the North Carolina House in 2013.

The policy that the board adopted in April has an ethical conduct category, but that focuses on the confidential nature of some work of the board.

The fourth section of the policy centers on removal of a board member. The procedure laid out calls for the chair of the Committee on University Governance to submit written specification of reasons to consider the board member’s removal.

The member would then have a chance to respond before the entire board considers the case. The board is also permitted to recommend removal of a board member to the appointing body, in this case that would be the state House.

Joan MacNeill is currently serving as the University Governance Committee Chair for the Board of Governors. MacNeill did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

At a special meeting called by the Board of Governors on Thursday, where many members – including Parrish – participated via conference call, the situation was not discussed.

The Wake County Court Calendar shows Parrish’s next court appearance is slated for August 26th.

Chansky’s Notebook: For Griff And Teddy

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here.

They played the member-guest for Griff and Teddy.

Chapel Hill lost two of its most popular figures and long-time residents over the last two years, real estate attorney Griff Graves and Insurance agent Ted Seagroves. Both were avid golfers and dedicated members of the Chapel Hill Country Club.

So this year, the club renamed their annual member-guest tournament for Griff and Teddy and awarded championship belts that would rival what Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson might have in their trophy cases . . . to the winners, retired UNC Hospitals employee Mark Kozel and realtor Mike Lewis.

Both guys were proud to wear their big, heavy medal belts around town this week, one belt called The Griff, with engraving, bangles and a picture of Griff Graves following through on his pure golf swing; the other called The Teddy with a picture of Seagroves smiling broadly from a golf cart.

Chapel Hill has a rare private country club that is more like an expensive good ol’ boys public course for its long-time and loyal membership. And they always celebrate their past with special events named for the people who have become legendary members of the club and made plenty of friends and memories.

It was appropriate that Kozel and Lewis won the first Griff and Teddy belts because they had played golf with Graves and Seagroves since 1980. They met at UNC, have been fraternity brothers and best friends for 43 years and both played dozens of rounds with their dearly departed mates. Lewis loves to tell the story of how he lost a five-dollar bet to Griff and Teddy in their first match which, after all the presses on the back nine, wound up as eighteen bucks.

The money went toward pitchers of beer and lots of laughs that night. The victorious  teammates said they felt the presence of Graves and Seagroves as they played through the two-day tournament that was one big party, just the way Griff and Teddy liked it every year.

“I definitely felt their presence all weekend, and I’ve worn this belt around most of the week,” Lewis said, holding his wrap-around trophy that must weigh at least 10 pounds. “Griff and Teddy would be thrilled we won.”

Indeed they would.

UNC Hires Senior Associate AD

Nicki Moore has been hired by UNC as a Senior Associate Athletics Director, the university announced earlier this week.

Moore has been an 11-year member of the University of Oklahoma’s athletics leadership team and is currently in her third year serving as the Sooners’ Senior Associate AD for Student Life and Strategic Planning. She is also the Senior Woman Administrator; a role she will also hold at Carolina.

Dr. Beth Miller has filled that role during her time with the university over the last 41 years, but Miller announced her retirement in March.

Moore was a four-time captain on track-and-field and cross-country teams at the University of Missouri before graduating in 1996. Moore earned a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology in 1998 and a Doctorate in Philosophy in 2002. All three of her degrees are from UM.