Blake Hodge

5,500 Gallons of Untreated Sewage Reach Eno River

An estimated 5,500 gallons of untreated sewage reached the Eno River in Hillsborough Wednesday afternoon, according to town officials. Heavy rain caused flooding which closed the Riverwalk greenway and Gold Park before the sewer overflows. A release from the town says five manholes along the Eno River sewer outfall overflowed around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon due to the amount of stormwater. The statement says Hillsborough received more than three inches of rainfall within 24 hours. The town has notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality about the spill, according to the release. Officials say efforts to stop inflow and...

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Local Author Releases New Political Thriller Novel

The holiday season is here and that means a lot of time spent with family enjoying the festivities for many of us. If you like to decompress with a book, local author Pat Riley has a special offer on his newest novel just for the next few days. Riley’s last book, Executive Deception, made the Amazon Best Seller’s List. Riley spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about his newest piece, The Cook Out, and the inspiration behind the story. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/12/23/Pat%20Riley.mp3...

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North Carolina Population Crosses 10 Million

North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. The Bureau says North Carolina is growing at a rate of 281 newcomers per day, the fifth largest population growth in the country from 2010 – 2015. Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement, “Those of us who live in North Carolina know why this state is such a great place to live. With our growing economy, great colleges and university and quality of life, from the mountains to the coast, nothing compares to North Carolina.” McCrory added this...

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Riverwalk and Gold Park Closed Again Due to Flooding

Heavy rain in our community has forced the Town of Hillsborough to announced that the Riverwalk greenway and Gold Park will remain closed “for the time being.” The greenway and park were initially closed Tuesday afternoon after the Eno River submerged walkways in certain spots along the trail. The town announced Wednesday morning that the greenway and park would reopen after crews finished removing mud and debris, but additional rain caused the water levels to rise once again. Town officials say they will continue to monitor the condition of the greenway and park in the coming days and reopen...

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UNC Police Investigating Multiple Larcenies

UNC Police are investigating reports of two burglaries at Ram Village, according to an Alert Carolina message sent out on Tuesday. The two incidents occurred on Thursday, December 17, in Ram Village 5 and Monday, December 21, in Ram Village 2. The message sent to the campus community says that pry marks were found around residence hall room doors, which indicates forced entry. Police are increasing patrols around residence halls over the winter break period and are asking students or employees on campus to make sure doors are locked when leaving a dorm room or office. The message asks...

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Filing for 2016 Election Closes

Orange County voters will have races to decide in the primary and general election next year. Four seats on the Board of County Commissioners will be decided in March. All of the candidates that filed for the BOCC are listed Democrats. The at-large seat on the board has three candidates – Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes and Mark Marcoplos. Incumbent Bernadette Pelissier announced earlier this year she would not be seeking re-election. Four candidates filed for the two seats up for election from District 1. Incumbents Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich will face challenges from Gary Kahn and Jamezetta Bedford....

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Chatham County Man Charged with Murdering Juvenile

A Chatham County man has been charged with murder in connection with a child abuse case. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by UNC Hospital about a potential case of child abuse, on December 5, that occurred around Haywood Road in Moncure. The juvenile victim died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident, according to police. 24-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson was arrested, on Friday, as part of the investigation. Ferguson was charged with murder, non-negligent manslaughter and felony negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury. The Sheriff’s Office says this is an ongoing investigation. Ferguson is being...

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Chapel Hill High School Grad’s Documentary Aims to Fight Mental Health Stigma

The holiday season is a time for stories and there are few as inspirational as one that is from the lives of a family in our community. Kristen Powers is a Chapel Hill High School alumna and is now a senior at Stanford. But when she was a young girl her mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, setting Kristen off on a journey to help others in her situation. She spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about her story. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/12/21/Kristen%20Powers_Full.mp3   Twitch is available for rent or download through Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes and Google...

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NC Supreme Court Upholds Federal and State District Maps

North Carolina’s highest court issued a ruling regarding much-debated district maps for the General Assembly and congressional districts. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld maps drawn by Republicans in 2011 that lay out districts for the North Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congressional districts. The ruling was issued on Friday morning. The United States Supreme Court told state judges to review the court’s December 2014 decision to uphold the current boundaries. The mandate for review came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion in March that Alabama lawmakers had relied too much on “mechanical” numerical percentages while...

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