Blake Hodge

UNC Systems Elects New Leadership

Lou Bissette has served as the chair of the UNC System Board of Governors since the resignation of former chair John Fennebresque from the board in October 2015. But Thursday marked Bissette’s final meeting as chair. The board on Thursday elected current vice chair Harry Smith to replace Bissette. Bissette said he was proud that during his time as chair Margaret Spellings has gotten two years under her belt as president of the system. “When she first came, it was not quite smooth sailing as I recall,” Bissett said. “But I think everybody in the system knows her and...

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Orange County Commissioners Discussing Education Funding Thursday Night

Orange County manager Bonnie Hammersley is proposing a $174 increase in per-pupil funding in her recommended budget. But that recommendation still falls short of what each school district in the county is requesting. Hammersley is proposing a total of $109.1 million for the county’s two districts – Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools. That figure represents 50.1 percent of Hammersley’s overall budget, which checks in above the 48.1 percent target previously established by the commissioners. The $174 per-pupil increase being proposed is below $396 increase requested by Orange County and the $253 increase request from...

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Carrboro Police Locate Missing Child

****UPDATE: Police said at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday that Ada had been found safe.**** Carrboro Police are asking for help locating a missing child. Authorities said Wednesday morning that they were searching for 4-year-old Ada Fairman-Stokes. Police said she was last seen in the area of Viburnum Way, which is off of Hanna Street near North Greensboro Street. She was last seen wearing a gray Carrboro Farmers’ Market t-shirt. That is the info we have at this time. Last seen wearing a gray carrboro farmers market t-shirt — Carrboro PD (@CarrboroPD) May 23, 2018 Anyone who has any information regarding...

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Revised Lloyd Farm Proposal Submitted to Carrboro

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 in December 2016 to reject a proposal to develop the approximately 40-acre Lloyd Farm property. A revised proposal has now been submitted hoping to win the favor of the board. That initial vote came five years after the project was initially proposed. The developer and the property owners adjacent to the property at the corner of Old Fayetteville Road and NC 54 had gone through mediation over differences of opinion on the impact on the surrounding area depending on the future of the property. The initial project drew concerns of lacking density...

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Chapel Hill Restaurant Legend ‘Mama Dip’ Dies

Mildred Council, better known across Chapel Hill and North Carolina as Mama Dip, died on Sunday, community members confirmed to WCHL Monday morning. WRAL first reported Council’s death on Monday citing her daughter. Council was a legend in the restaurant community in the Tar Heel State. She opened Mama Dip’s in the late 1970s and has been serving southern comfort food for decades. Council’s family has been taking a larger role in running the restaurant in recent years. Mama Dip’s has been honored on numerous “Best Of” lists over the years and she authored cookbooks teaching some famous recipes. Council recently...

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Murder Trial Begins in Shooting Death of Chapel Hill Infant

Opening statements were delivered in the Orange County Courthouse Friday morning in the murder trial of 24-year-old Ramone Jamarr Alston. Alston, along with 25-year-old Pierre Je Bron Moore, is charged with shooting and killing 1-year-old Maleah Williams in late 2015. Williams was shot while in her mother’s arms outside their apartment complex on an unusually warm Christmas Day. The infant died three days later. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman said during his opening statement that this was a “tragic case of a cycle of violence that didn’t end until it took the life of the most innocent person imaginable.”...

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Chapel Hill Shooting Victim Dies

A man shot in Chapel Hill Thursday night has died as a result of his injuries. Authorities identified the victim on Friday as 52-year-old Mark David Stiles, of Chapel Hill. Police previously said officers responded to a shooting near the J building of Camelot Village Apartments just across from University Place on Estes Drive around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and that a victim was taken to UNC Hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds. Stiles died on Friday morning. Authorities are now investigating the shooting as a homicide. Authorities said Thursday night they “believe this is an isolated incident and do not believe...

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Man Injured in Chapel Hill Shooting

****UPDATE: The victim has died as a result of their injuries.**** A man was taken to UNC Hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting in Chapel Hill Thursday night. Police said officers responded to a shooting near the J building of Camelot Village Apartments just across from University Place on Estes Drive around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said they “believe this is an isolated incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.” The investigation is ongoing. No further information was given regarding the condition or identity of the victim or any potential suspects....

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Price Joins House Democrats Criticizing Iran Deal Decision

On the heels of President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Iran deal, local congressman David Price said the move represented “the worst day of the Trump presidency.” Price, the Democrat representing North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, was one of several Democratic House members voicing their opposition to the move last week in a press conference organized by minority leader Nancy Pelosi. “The historic agreement negotiated with five partners,” Price said, “eliminated the threat of a nuclear Iran without firing a single shot, without taking one life.” Price said the move damages the United States’ credibility...

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North Carolina Teachers Rally for Increased Educational Funding

It’s being estimated that more than 20,000 educators and supporters traveled from across North Carolina to greet lawmakers returning to Raleigh for the first day of the short legislative session on Wednesday. School districts across the state – including all local districts – closed due to the high number of teachers who had requested personal leave for the day. Teachers are asking for increased education funding, as teachers have done in other states recently winning some legislative gains. Jackie Ennis spent 15 years in the classroom in Nash-Rocky Mounty Schools and is now the dean of the School of...

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