Blake Hodge

I-85 North Re-Opened in Orange County After Wreck

****UPDATE: DOT officials said northbound lanes of I-85 in Orange County have re-opened following the wreck.**** All of I-85 nothbound is closed in Orange County, approaching the Durham County line on Thursday afternoon due to a crash. Reports into the WCHL newsroom said there were multiple crashes causing traffic to back up. Emergency crews were reportedly on the scene. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said the northbound lanes of the interstate were closed while crews were working to clear the scene and open the roadway. There is no word on any injuries associated with the crash. This post...

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CHCCS Board Discussing Public Comment Policy Thursday

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will meet Thursday night and review a proposal to alter public comment at board meetings in the future. The board initially discussed possible revisions to the board’s current public comment policy at the board retreat in late September, according to district officials. Board chair Rani Dasi wrote in an email to WCHL that the board reviewed public comment practices in other districts, which include receiving public comment once per month, limiting the public comment period to one hour or having a hard stop time placed on their meetings. The...

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2nd Carrboro Employee Charged in Embezzlement Investigation

A second former Carrboro employee has been arrested in connection with an investigation that led to an employee being charged with seven felonies late last month. Kevin Lamar Wright was arrested on Monday, Carrboro Police documents show. The 45-year-old Hillsborough resident has been charged with one felony count of embezzlement. Wright’s arrest comes after Christopher Cates was arrested in late October after an investigation alleged he used a town card to purchase four sets of tires for personal use. Wright’s charge stems from the same investigation, according to Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack. The investigation is ongoing. Wright is...

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Chapel Hill Considering Plan for 223 Units, 95 Affordable, in New Development

Carol Woods retirement community and Orange County Habitat for Humanity are bringing a proposal before Chapel Hill elected officials that would bring 223 residential units to nearly 34 acres on Sunrise Road, off of Weaver Dairy Road near East Chapel Hill High School. The plan calls for a multi-family residential project that would add 95 affordable units to the town’s housing stock. The proposal includes assisted living facilities, duplexes, apartments and some community spaces and amenities. There are currently four single-family homes on the site that would be removed as part of any potential redevelopment, documents show, which could...

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Retired Administrator to Deliver UNC Winter Commencement

Former vice chancellor for student affairs at UNC – Chapel Hill Winston Crisp will deliver the university’s winter commencement address this year. Crisp retired from his post as vice chancellor abruptly in October after 26 years at the university. He had served in that role since 2010 after he joined student affairs as the assistant vice chancellor in 2005. “When we think about Carolina, it is because of people like Winston who leave personal and lasting Tar Heel footprints on our campus and in our hearts. He cares so deeply and gives so completely, and no one ever forgets...

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UNC Approves Raises for Some Chancellors, Extension for NCSU Chancellor

The UNC System Board of Governors voted Friday to approve pay increases for 11 chancellors across the 17-campus system. Some chancellors were not eligible for a pay raise – either in the form of a salary increase or a bonus – because they have been in their role for fewer than two years, which is the threshold to be considered for a raise. UNC – Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt did not receive a raise or bonus, despite leading the system’s flagship university since 2013. System President Margaret Spellings said after Friday’s vote that Folt is approaching her quadrennial...

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Hillsborough Police Find 2 Dogs Abandoned in Park During Cold Temperatures

Two dogs were taken to Orange County Animal Services on Sunday night after Hillsborough Police officers found them abandoned in Gold Park. Authorities said in a post to the department’s Facebook page said that officers “heard barking coming from a freezing cold Gold Park.” The two dogs were locked in the dog park fence, according to law enforcement. “Neither dog had a collar but both appeared to be friendly and well cared for.” Temperatures dipped into the 30s overnight Sunday. If anyone has any information on the two dogs, police asked that you contact the department. Photos via Hillsborough...

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Banner Flies Over Chapel Hill Calling for Restoration of Silent Sam

A plane flew over Chapel Hill on Sunday with a trailing banner that had a Confederate flag and the words “RESTORE SILENT SAM NOW” attached. Pictures of the plane were shared on social media. The Confederate monument known as Silent Sam was pulled down from its pedestal on the UNC – Chapel Hill campus during a rally on August 20. Protesters have been calling for the monument’s removal for years. A law passed by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2015 limits the movement of “objects of remembrance” from public grounds. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt has cited that legislation in...

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UNC Gets Extension for Silent Sam Proposal

UNC – Chapel Hill will have beyond November 15 to submit a plan to the UNC System Board of Governors for the “disposition and preservation” of the Confederate monument on the campus known as Silent Sam. The initial deadline was placed on the campus after protesters pulled the statue from its pedestal on August 20. Board of Governors chair Harry Smith said after Friday’s meeting that campus officials had asked for an extension. “I think it’s a fair request,” Smith said. “It’s a lot more complex than I think any of us thought. You have to figure out a...

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Carrboro Police Arrest Murder Suspect

Carrboro Police have arrested 31-year-old Steven Sutton in connection with a fatal shooting last week. Authorities were called to 810 Old Fayetteville Road just after 2 a.m. Friday, November 2, after reports of gunshots. Two victims were found shot. One died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Sutton was arrested by members of the US Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force in Durham this morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Sutton...

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