Blake Hodge

Bus Collides with Pedestrian in Wheelchair

An accident occurred on UNC’s campus Thursday involving a wheelchair and a bus. The incident occurred just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. UNC Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Randy Young says, as of last update, the investigation is ongoing. No citations issued or fault was determined as of Wednesday evening. But Young did confirm an individual in a wheelchair was struck by Chapel Hill Transit bus in the Manning Drive crosswalk at Ridge Road. The victim was then transported to UNC Hospitals for treatment for lacerations, but was conscious and alert at the...

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Program to Feed Hungry has Best Year Ever

A local program that raises money to feed the hungry in Chapel Hill and Carrboro had its best year ever in 2014. 112 restaurants contributed more than $26,000 during the 2014 Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent event, in November. That brings the 26-year total for funds raised to $457,386. You can read the full letter from event founder Irene Briggaman below: As we close the books on the November 11, 2014 RSVVP event, we are delighted to announce that this was the best year ever for Restaurants Sharing V/5 &V/5 Percent. The 2014 total of $26,004 brings our...

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Congressman Price to Host Town Hall Thursday Night

You have a chance to voice concerns and questions to US Congressman David Price Thursday night. Congressman Price is holding a Town Hall from 7:30 until 9 o’clock at East Chapel Hill High School. Everyone is invited and welcome to contribute to the discussion. Congressman Price will also be stopping by the WCHL studios. You can hear that conversation on the afternoon and evening news on...

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Arrests Made in 2007 Orange County Murder

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 67-year-old Jerry Wayne Sawyers and his 29-year-old son Christopher Ray Sawyers for the September 2007 murder of Charles Sidney Lloyd. Authorities say new evidence surfaced in the fall of last year, after the case had remained open for seven years. No other information was available. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919)...

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State Will Proceed with Death Penalty Case Against Hicks

46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks appeared before a Durham County Court Judge on Monday for a Rule 24 hearing. The state will be allowed to pursue the death penalty against Hicks as new details emerged about his case. Hicks is accused of shooting and killing three Muslim college students the night of February 10, in the Finley Forest Condos, which are in the Durham County section of Chapel Hill. Durham District Attorney Roger Echols says the state is prepared to go forward with the charges as they stand: three counts of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm...

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John Shelton Reed: College Athletics Déjà vu?

Editor’s Note: This article was written by UNC Professor Emeritus John Shelton Reed when he was a member of the UNC Faculty in 1989.  And, in light of the current controversies surrounding these topics, we find it interesting to see that these same things were being discussed at UNC then as today.  And John Shelton Reed writes anything so well that it’s worth reading.  Have the issues changed in the past quarter century? Bad Sports John Shelton Reed [This was originally published in October 1989 in the magazine Chronicles. Not much would need changing today except the price of buying out...

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Senate Bill Would Increase Professor Course Load

A recently proposed NC Senate Bill would require all professors in the UNC System to teach at least eight classes per academic year. This legislation, if passed into law, would especially impact research universities like UNC-Chapel Hill where many professors teach fewer classes in order to conduct research. UNC Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns says that research is an important part of the university’s mission. “There’s so much more to being a professor than fulfilling a requirement for four classes a semester or eight classes a year.” Cairns says university research advances knowledge and helps drive economic development. He adds...

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Chapel Hill Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

Chapel Hill police are asking for your help identifying the man who robbed a gas station on Franklin Street Tuesday. Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore says the crime was reported just before midnight at the Marathon store near the intersection of East Franklin Street and North Estes Drive. “The clerk reported that the subject had come inside, left the store, came back in a short time later,” he says, “and assaulted the clerk and stole money from the cash register. Then fled.” The suspect reportedly left the scene on foot. Mecimore says the clerk suffered no major injuries...

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NCCU Students Involved in Fatal Crash

A North Carolina Central University student was involved in a fatal car accident on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the university. Durham Police say the accident occurred at 6:39 Tuesday evening on Highway 55 near Crete Street. 22-year-old Chekeria Renae Reid was killed in the crash. The NCCU Senior from Greensboro was a recreation administration major with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business. She also served as a team manager with the football and women’s basketball teams. Reid was a passenger in a 2000 Honda Accord driven by 19-year-old Tariq Jamal Jacobs –...

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Openly Gay NC Mayors Pen Letter to Governor

Openly gay mayors in North Carolina – including Chapel Hill’s Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro’s Lydia Lavelle – have penned an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory thanking him for his opposition to controversial legislation being considered. You can read the full letter below: Dear Governor McCrory, LGBTQ people are represented in all walks of life in every corner of North Carolina, as business owners, teachers, parents, people of faith, and even as mayors. As North Carolina’s openly gay mayors, we write to thank you for your leadership in opposing SB 2 (Magistrate Refusal) and HR 348 (RFRA) in their...

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