Blake Hodge

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Shooting

A victim was transported to UNC Hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting in Chapel Hill late Friday night. Chapel Hill Police said the shooting occurred in the area of 260 Erwin Road around 11:20 p.m. Friday. Authorities said they believe this to be an “isolated incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.” Chapel Hill Police are investigating the shooting. No other information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call 911...

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Chapel Hill Reiterates Request for UNC to Permanently Relocate Silent Sam

Chapel Hill is reiterating its request to UNC – Chapel Hill that the university permanently remove the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam from where it stood on the university campus for more than 100 years. Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Chapel Hill Town Council sent a letter on Friday restating the town’s request that the monument be moved. A similar letter was sent from the town to the university in August 2017. The statue was pulled down form its pedestal on McCorkle Place by protesters on August 20, 2018. Three rallies have been held bringing groups with opposing...

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Silent Sam Opponents Protest Police Brutality on UNC Campus

More than two dozen individuals have been arrested at rallies around the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam on the UNC – Chapel Hill campus over the last month. There have been three rallies around the monument since the statue was pulled down from its pedestal on August 20. Some of those Silent Sam opponents from these rallies gathered outside South Building, UNC’s main administrative offices, on Thursday afternoon to protest what they called police brutality during these most recent events. UNC Police have received increasing criticism over the rallies for what has been seen by Silent Sam opponents...

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Some Roadways Reopening in Central North Carolina After Hurricane Florence Flooding

Some roadways in Chatham and Durham counties are reopening following washouts earlier this week due to heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The heavy rains early Monday morning caused widespread flooding issues and caused many roads to be closed. Crews have been working to reopen those roadways and assessing some more long-term project. Whitfield Road in Orange County remains closed as it is approaching NC 86 just north of Chapel Hill. The North Carolina Department of Transportation website said the section of roadway could be closed until October 8. A section of US 501 near the Chatham...

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Ackland Art Museum Celebrates 60th Birthday

The Ackland Art Museum is turning 60 years old Thursday. The museum is starting a yearlong celebration in recognition of the honor. “This is the birthday present; it is opening; there is a bow, and it expresses our spirit of enjoyment of this moment, celebration, but also surprise,” deputy director for Curatorial Affairs at the Ackland Peter Nisbet said Wednesday when describing a large gift box at the center of a section the museum’s gallery space. Nesbit walked reporters through the space at a media preview of the Birthday Presents exhibit. Nisbet said that he had spent the last...

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CHCCS Receives Criticism for Make Up Day on Yom Kippur

Local school officials are facing criticism over the decision to hold school on Wednesday, which is Yom Kippur. Members of the local religious community sent a letter last week to Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools superintendent Dr. Pam Baldwin and the school board urging the district to alter “practices relating to the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.” The district is using Wednesday as an inclement weather make-up day after losing three instruction days over the last week due to the impact of Hurricane Florence. “Closing schools for any reason means lost instruction time and...

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Chapel Hill Considering UNC Health Care Eastowne Proposal Wednesday Night

UNC Health Care is proposing a redevelopment plan that would lead to a new 150,000-square-foot medical office building being built on university-owned land along 15-501 at the western intersection of Eastowne Drive near I-40. Plans were initially submitted in January, before scaled-back plans were put forward in a concept plan in March. The Chapel Hill Town Council was then set to vote on whether to approve the project in June at its last meeting before the summer break. Instead, UNC Health Care CEO William Roper asked that the item be pushed until the fall. Roper said the request came at the recommendation...

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Detour Established as Some Chatham County Communities ‘Isolated’ After Hurricane Florence

Several Chatham County communities have been “isolated” due to flooding conditions following heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence, according to the county. Officials said in a Tuesday release that water was blocking some roads and some structures had been flooded, particularly near Indian Creek Estates, Carbonton and Gulf. “Most of the affected residents had opted not to evacuate, even with water not yet subsiding,” as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said emergency responders had taken precautionary steps to have rescue equipment close and on stand-by in case an evacuation was needed. “We are still determining the source...

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Hillsborough: Water is Safe, Parks Closed Following Hurricane Florence

The Town of Hillsborough is in clean-up mode after the last remnants of Hurricane Florence dropped massive amounts of rain on central North Carolina Monday. Portions of Hillsborough’s Riverwalk greenway along with parts of the Gold and Kings Highway parks were flooded by the Eno River on Monday. Town officials said in a release late Monday that it was too soon to know when the parks would reopen once the water recedes. Crews will have to clear debris before the facilities can be reopened. Residents are being urged not to move barriers or caution tape and enter closed off...

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Orange County Opening Emergency Shelter After Flooding

Orange County has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the flooding that came Monday morning from the final remnants of Hurricane Florence. County emergency officials announced Monday afternoon that a shelter had been opened at the DSS Commons at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough. The shelter will be open for up to 72 hours for those who have been impacted by flooding experienced during heavy rainfall on Monday morning. The shelter is pet friendly, according to the county. Orange County opened two shelters last week to allow residents in flood-prone areas to evacuate before the massive storm made...

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